Neko Case

Sing It, Sister: How Pop Music Can Heal a Heartbreak

I didn’t “get” Taylor Swift, really, until I had suffered an overwhelming amount of heartbreak. Last summer, I spent a few weekends in Westerly, Rhode Island, where my fiancé’s friend owned a home. The buzz there over Memorial Day was all about Taylor Swift, who had bought a multimillion-dollar home in Watch Hill, right off the main strip that ran through town. Everyone I heard talking about Taylor Swift seemed to be annoyed at her presence, which was, basically, just as a specter. I never had much of an opinion about her, because, other than the few upbeat songs of hers I’d heard on the radio, I hadn’t devoted much time to her. Then my fiancé broke up with me, and that’s when I listened to “Dear John” for the first time. … Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Julia Holter, The Julie Ruin

It’s Friday, which means that it’s time to look back at the best new music we’ve heard over the last few days. This week suggests that the dearth of decent releases over the last couple of weeks is finally coming to an end — there’s another new track from the new Julia Holter album, which sounds many kinds of awesome, along with the return of Kathleen Hanna (and JD Samson!), a summer jam from John Cale, weird dark atmospherics from Dustin Wong, a great collaboration between Fatima Al Qadiri and Visionist, and plenty more. Click through to get listening! … Read More

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The 10 Best Songs We Heard This Week: The Julie Ruin, Neko Case

It’s Friday, which means we are contemplating the weekend ahead and also, as ever, rounding up the best songs we’ve heard this week. This week saw the release of the first tracks from new albums by No Age, Neko Case, The Julie Ruin, and Hunx and His Punx, all of which are most excellent indeed. Elsewhere, there’s cerebral instrumentals from Anna Meredith and Shigeto, a new track from Wise Blood, a super-creepy and curiously compelling video to go with Slava’s new single, and the entire new After Dark 2 compilation, which you can download for free. Click through and get a-listening! … Read More

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Neko Case Releases Trailer for Her New Album

A trailer for an album seems pretty ridiculous, no? I mean, isn’t it just a short music video? But let’s… Read More

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10 Egregious Omissions from VH1′s ’100 Greatest Women in Music’

We recently took VH1 to task for including some fairly undeserving — and a few just plain awful — acts on their countdown of the “100 Greatest Women in Music.” So, who do we think would have been more deserving? We’re so glad you asked! Although it’s lacking in many categories, female rockers were especially slighted. We’ve attempted to point out some of the most egregious snubs, keeping two rules in mind: 1. VH1 has limited itself to the past 20 years, so it’s only fair to follow suit. 2. It’s not realistic to expect a mainstream TV network to acknowledge the existence of performers as obscure as, say, Carla Bozulich — so, while we certainly think she’s great, she’s not on this list. See who we would have included after the jump. … Read More

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TV Shows and the Musicians Who Were Born to Soundtrack Them

In case you were wondering why fans of both The Hold Steady and Friday Night Lights have been losing their shit all week, here’s what happened: the band’s frontman has announced plans to release a solo album called Clear Heart Full Eyes, an homage to the show that was recorded in Texas and whose title is a play on FNL‘s most memorable catchphrase (“Clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose”). The news got us thinking about how wonderful it would be if our favorite programs were scored by bands we love, which led us to compile the following wish list of TV shows and the musicians who were born to soundtrack them. Add your pairings in the comments. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we wished that the world had more adorable skydiving grannies like 82-year-old birthday girl/lifelong daredevil Judy Wade. We discovered that Mad Men screenshots and Arrested Development dialogue go surprisingly well together. We couldn’t believe that ABC thinks that they can replace Roseanne Barr with the likes… Read More

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