- Blacklisted (Matador Europe) - ole-569 - 2002-10-21
October 21, 2002
The enigmatic Neko Case returns with 'Blackliste'd, the follow-up to 2000's critically acclaimed 'Furnace Room Lullaby'. On this, her third album, Case gracefully adds to her repertoire, taking on the roles of songwriter and musician, in addition to vocalist, with an intuitive ease. The haunting, lush layers of 'Blacklisted' serve as a showcase for Neko's formidable vocal strengths and her talent for creating this intensely intimate work.
Neko Case was born in Alexandria, Virginia and grew up all over North America, spending enough time in Tacoma, Washington to consider it her hometown. When she was 18 and already on her own, (she left home at 15), she began playing drums in a several punk rock bands including Cub, but not until she joined Vancouver trio Maow in 1994 did she start singing, in addition to playing drums. While living in Vancouver she attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and in 1998, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree; with that, her student visa ran out, so sadly she had to leave Maow and Canada. Before leaving Canada as a resident, however, Neko received six award nominations, two from the British Columbia Country Music Association and four from the Georgia Straight.
In 1997, Case recorded her solo debut, 'The Virginian', a traditional country album that revealed The Voice -- rough around the edges but possessing a vulnerable strength and range that has caused critics and her growing legion of loyal fans to swoon ever since. Her second album, 'Furnace Room Lullaby', was released in 2000 and garnered countless accolades in publications like The New York Times, GQ, Esquire, Interview,People, and Time.
Since then, Case has been hard at work, touring non-stop on her own and opening for folks like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. But Case is not simply a solo artist; she delves into any opportunity to work with other musicians. Among her other projects is the beautiful old-time country she sings with Carolyn Mark as the Corn Sisters. She also records and performs as one of The New Pornographers, who released an album of rollicking guitar pop at the end of 2000 to their own fair share of glowing press and a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album.
Between all of her tours and projects (and a move to Chicago), Case made time to go back into the studio at the end of 2001. She recorded and co-produced 'Blacklisted' in Tucson, Arizona at Wavelab Studio with producers Darryl Neudorf and Craig Schumacher, who were both open to Case's desire to be "really adventurous and always ready to try something new."
Once again, Case cast a wide net among her talented friends for musicians to play on her new album. Joining her are longtime Neko collaborators Jon Rauhouse and Tom V. Ray, and Dallas Good (The Sadies). She also asked Joey Burns and John Convertino (Calexico), Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Brian Connelly (Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, Atomic 7), Kelly Hogan, and Mary Margaret O'Hara to lend their talents. She exuberantly describes the recording process as "the best time in the studio ever."
Unlike her previous releases, Case wrote most of the songs and played a wide variety of the instruments on 'Blacklisted', including regular guitars and tenor guitars, piano, saw and even drums. The album reflects this lost, almost homesick, feeling -- each song aches with vivid images, to stunning results.
After the highly anticipated release of 'Blacklisted' on August 20th (in Canada; October 21 in Europe), Case plans to spend the rest of 2002 touring in support of the album. Expect to see Canadian dates in the fall. She will also be starting work on the second New Pornographers record, honing her guitar skills and working on some half-completed art projects. And maybe cleaning up her apartment.
Released under license from Mint Records.
10/15/02 — newly licensed to Matador in Europe.
Matador has licensed the 3rd album from vocalist Neko Case, 'Blacklisted', coming out in late October. This stunning recording is licensed from our friends at Mint Records of Vancouver, British Columbia.
After the highly anticipated release of 'Blacklisted', Case plans to spend the rest of 2002 touring in support of the album. Expect to see Canadian dates in the fall. She will also be starting work on the second New Pornographers record, honing her guitar skills and working on some half-completed art projects. And maybe cleaning up her apartment.
Neko is currently in Europe on a promotional visit ; live dates are planned for January 2003.
Please note that 'Blacklisted' is currently available in the US via Bloodshot Records and in Canada from Mint.