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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Confession: Neko Case is LEGIT

Neko Case brought her band to La Zona Rosa Tuesday 4/18 to close out the state-side leg of her 'Fox Confessor...' tour. It may have been "sad" for her and her band, but certainly not for us fools. I first saw her a few years ago after a friend begged me to join him for a show at Antone's. Only really knowing 'Deep Red Bells' I was hesitant, but ended up going and was VERY glad I did. I spent most of the show trying to figure out if her voice was pre-recorded because it sounded so amazing. This tour I knew better: Neko is not to be missed.

Neko's voice was bangin' as always. With 2 (or maybe 3) encores (there were a lot), she belted just about every good song of hers I can think of. Highlights for me were 'Deep Red Bells' and 'Hold On, Hold On'. Quite a few off of the live disc, 'The Tigers Have Spoken', were also quite good.

The between-song banter was better than most shows I can remember, most of which was provided by backing vocalist Kelly Hogan. We learned that Neko's tour bus has a $150 fine for "solids" (I'm assuming per the bus company they rented from). An unnamed member of the tour crew wanted to donate $300 for 2 shits just to stick it to the man.

Openers, The High Dials, were pretty good. Only hearing one song prior to seeing them I was a little in the dark, but left w/ another decent band on my list of bands to check out. Local future mega-stars, The Black Angels, were in full force courtesy of The High Dials. I noticed when I bought their quality debut LP, Passover, at the CD release show at Emos on 4/1 that The High Dials were among the many bands in the "THANKS to" section. Knowing they were opening for Neko I was intrigued. There were a couple of High Dials songs that reminded me of The Black Angels actually. The show closer featured the bass player on sitar. It sounded like what I imagine would result from The Angels flying to India, a la George Harrison, and returning w/ "expanded minds" and shit. And rockin' sitar solos are actually pretty good when the rest of the band fills in the background. Overall I really enjoyed how the band was quite cohesive. The backing vocals played very nicely w/ the lead vocals. Same went for the two guitars in the band also. It made for lots of very melodic rockin'.

Speaking of The Black Angels ... John In The Morning of Seattle's awesome radio station KEXP recently bumped Neko Case from the top of his best-of-2006 list. Who beat her out you say? The Black Angels. He's been proclaiming the Angels' disc the best of the year for a while, but it wasn't until this week that he made it official.

JOHN'S TOP 20 OF 2006
1. Black Angels - Passover (Light in the Attic)
2. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti-)

Sorry Neko. You had a good run. See you on the next tour.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black Angels have been getting some good press recently across the board. KEXP and you both know your shit.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the black angels love show gazer

4:58 PM  

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