Neko Case readies first CD in three years
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
– Neko Case will release her first album in three years in March, "Middle Cyclone," on Anti- Records. The 15-track collection is Case's first release since 2006's "Fox Confessor Brings The Flood."
"Middle Cyclone" was produced by Case with Darryl Neudorf and recorded in Tucson, Ariz., 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. Guests include M. Ward, Garth Hudson, Sarah Harmer and members of The New Pornographers with whom Case sometimes plays, Los Lobos, Calexico, The Sadies, Visqueen, The Lilys and Giant Sand. Case wrote 12 new songs for the disc. She also covered "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" by Sparks and "Don't Forget Me" by Harry Nilsson.
Songs on the CD are:
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
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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