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Neko Case -- Middle Cyclone

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NEKO CASE'S BOLD, ELEMENTAL NEW ALBUM 'MIDDLE CYCLONE' - HER FIRST IN THREE YEARS - SET FOR MARCH 3 RELEASE ON ANTI- RECORDS

On March 3, 2009, Anti- Records will release the eagerly awaited new Neko Case album 'Middle Cyclone.' The fifteen-track collection is Case's first release since 2006's 'Fox Confessor Brings The Flood,' the best-reviewed and best-selling album of her career. 'Middle Cyclone' was produced by Case with Darryl Neudorf and recorded in Tucson, Brooklyn, Toronto, and Vermont. It features Case backed by her core band - guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Tom V. Ray, backing vocalist Kelly Hogan, multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse, and drummer Barry Mirochnick - along with numerous guests including M. Ward, Garth Hudson, Sarah Harmer, and members of The New Pornographers, Los Lobos, Calexico, The Sadies, Visqueen, The Lilys, and Giant Sand, among others. In addition to twelve new songs written by Case, 'Middle Cyclone' includes covers of "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" by Sparks, and "Don't Forget Me" by Harry Nilsson.

In 2006, SPIN Magazine called Case "one of pop music's best" voices, and Interview Magazine hailed her album 'Fox Confessor Brings The Flood' as "one of the most original, beguiling, honest records of the year." The album also earned Case Female Artist of the Year honors from the PLUG Independent Music Awards, and a Top 10 placement in the Village Voice's annual Pazz and Jop Critics Poll of the year's best releases. 'Fox Confessor' was Case's first album to debut in the Billboard Top 100, and has sold nearly 200,000 copies in the U.S. alone.

Track listing for 'Middle Cyclone'

1. This Tornado Loves You

2. The Next Time You Say Forever

3. People Got A Lotta Nerve

4. Polar Nettles

5. Vengeance Is Sleeping

6. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth

7. Middle Cyclone

8. Fever

9. Magpie To The Morning

10. I'm An Animal

11. Prison Girls

12. Don't Forget Me

13. The Pharaohs

14. Red Tide

15. Marais La Nuit

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I'm not the biggest Sparks fan, but I like 'Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth' - it will be interesting to hear what she does with it.


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Best album cover of all time?

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I mean, sure, if sword-wielding neo-hippie chicks atop the hoods of vintage cars are your thing. I can't say I haven't fantasized such things, albeit usually without the swords, which strike me as a major distraction. But it's a little too reminiscent of Tawny Kitaen in that unforgettable Whitesnake video. The problem is I'd like to forget it.

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Best album cover of all time?

I mean, sure, if sword-wielding neo-hippie chicks atop the hoods of vintage cars are your thing. I can't say I haven't fantasized such things, albeit usually without the swords, which strike me as a major distraction. But it's a little too reminiscent of Tawny Kitaen in that unforgettable Whitesnake video. The problem is I'd like to forget it.

I believe this is an intentional subversion of that very video.


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Nuts. I was just about to post the album cover. I like it -- much better than the Neko-designed cover for the New Pornographers' Challengers.

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I have received no fewer than 6 emails with the cover as the primary message body. I would have never guessed that I knew so many people that liked swords and Mercury Cougars.


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I have received no fewer than 6 emails with the cover as the primary message body. I would have never guessed that I knew so many people that liked swords and Mercury Cougars.

Yes, the Mercury Cougar stops me in my tracks.

I think it's a pretty funny cover. I also think it looks like it ought to be featured prominently in the latest issue of Testosterone Monthly. Here we have a beautiful neo-hippie chick, a vintage car, and a sword. It's enough to make me want to buy a fire pit and a chainsaw, and join The Guys in my neighborhood in chopping down all the trees in suburbia. Fell trees. Make fire. Drink beer. Ogle women. Good.

It's the sword that really does it for me, though. Without the sword, Neko merely looks like Tawny Kitaen in that Whitesnake video. Merely. But with the sword she looks like a Fair Elven Maiden Warrior, Liv Tyler ready to kick some Orc butt.

As I said previously, I can't wait to hear the album.

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I can see a poster for this album cover posted in basements all over America where 14-year-old boys gather to play Dungeons and Dragons.

The people who designed this album cover should turn it into a role-playing game. That would make World of Warcraft look so lame.

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I can see a poster for this album cover posted in basements all over America where 14-year-old boys gather to play Dungeons and Dragons.

The people who designed this album cover should turn it into a role-playing game. That would make World of Warcraft look so lame.

I don't think 14-year-olds play D&D these days, despite WotC's revamped new game design. Pencil and papers games are all for people Neko's age. (or young folk like me who got into them in the '90s :) )

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Give me a pencil and paper, some 14- and 20-sided dice, a six-pack of Dr. Pepper, and I'll join with Neko on a campaign anytime! :wizard:

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The sword? Meh.

Now, if she were up there with one of her vintage tenor guitars...

I'll take Neko's sword over your tenor guitar:

Neko: Have at thee now, string plucker!

MM: This is an A Flat Diminished (strums):

Neko: Die, fool! (runs sword through MM belly).

You can't stand up to a Fair Elven Warrior Maiden with a tenor guitar.

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Here's a behind-the-scenes promo video for the new album.

I have to say, Neko's so metaphorical and esoteric in the way she speaks that I don't really understand half of what it said here. But you can hear a fair amount of new material, and it sounds really good.


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Thanks for that. Just hearing the bits of new songs, I think she could sing anything with that voice, it'd still be great. Especially when she doesn't shout: that's when she sounds the best. Her voice is just fine in itself. Of course, Neko Case happens to have good taste as well, and she makes a good use of that voice.

Great, too, to make a recording studio of her home. It's cheaper, and it's an independent act that seems essential to make a real work of art. The place you record the songs counts as much as the songs themselves. Neko always paid attention to the recording process, you can hear it in every album she made so far. My personal favorite remaining Canadian Amp. Her voice on this one is really close to you, you feel like you're in the same room (whereas she uses a lot of echoes on the others).

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You can't stand up to a Fair Elven Warrior Maiden with a tenor guitar.

All I'm saying is, if that were MY car I'd rather see someone on it with a guitar instead of a sword. Women with swords are, in my estimation, less approachable than women with musical instruments. See what I mean?

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Let's Carl the whole thing Orff!

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Wow, that was strange when the lead guitar kicked in, and the second guitarist was playing feedback in the background that sounds like something from U2's Zooropa album.

I'd love to see what this band would do on some My Morning Jacket songs. :D

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That bass tone!

I rather like the bass line in this version of the song. It sounds a little fat live, though.


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