Dealt With With Poise
by Dan
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Neko Case - "Favorite"

Doesn't this sound like she's stopping the clock? Right from the beginning, it's as if she's singing to a room full of people who just stopped doing whatever they were doing (my guess is drinking and socializing just a little too much after a funeral) to listen to her. With a swipe of her arms, she's silenced the crowd, a banjo has started from the top of the stairs, and the tambourine's just shakin' in its boots. But she just wants you to know her pain, she sings from behind a long black veil, and paces up and down the bar, putting people's drinks down with her foot as they try to take a sip. We're not done yet.

This is the first track off the new otherwise-not-worth-it compilation from Mint Records of some CBC Radio 3 sessions. Largely, the sound is so good, that this sounds more like a collection of album versions rather than live, which is in part an unfortunate contradiction, and part just coincidence that these bands didn't have live "versions" of these songs (for instance, Radiohead's live album was composed, I think, entirely of slightly different version of songs, ones that played well live). [I can't find a place to buy this]

Katie Moore - "Getting Older"

Jordan, when posting Katie Moore before, spoke of how her voice sounded. I will instead speak of her delivery: this sounds like a lie to me. Such sad words, about walls closing in, strangers instead of friends, changes all around. But I don't believe a word of it. The drums are grinning with their eyes shut, the guitar is soloing across the floor like someone who feels they should dance a little bit while crossing the dancefloor. And her, she's leaning up against the wall, her hair falling in her face, singing this song. But her hair's not there to hide the tears, it's there to hide the smile, she loves that she can sing this song, she loves how much it sucks. You're not fooling anyone, Katie Moore. Let's dance. [site]

Hot Springs - "Gotta D.J."

Woah, Giselle Numba One has been singing a rock band this whole time, and I never knew. She's my new Doseone. Selfish girls do get everything done. Her magnet voice, the way it quivers when it gets close, repels from your ear, slides down your cheek (you catch it with your lip) fits so well with the guitars like big canvasses, rigid flags, big planks that fall, flap, and wave by. [site]

Posted by Dan at October 10, 2006 1:34 AM

I think you have to listen in silence when someone says "blood from its heart spilled out onto my dress and was warm." What a simple yet sensually loaded sentence.

Posted by danica at October 10, 2006 2:22 AM

Hi Dan,

There's a full band version of this song that I really dig on The Tigers Have Spoken (a live concert).

It also appears on Canadian Amp:

The Tigers Have Spoken version of "Favorite" was my first Neko Case song. I think that says enough. Good job.

Rahawa Haile

Posted by rahawa at October 10, 2006 9:29 AM

I have to say, you guys here at StG have great taste in Neko Case songs - I mean, its really quite difficult to go wrong, but "Favorite" and "Teenage Feeling" are my two absolute favorites and you posted them both. I've never heard this version before and I really like it. All the instruments sound so crisp. It sounds far more live than most live recordings. Thanks Dan!

Posted by Karin S. at October 11, 2006 12:20 AM

Thanks for the beautiful Neko Case track, there are days that I just can't stop listening to her, especially Fox Confessor...

Posted by Daphne at October 12, 2006 6:32 AM

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