Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Neko Case's DIY Ethic

I admire musicians who write their own rules. Neko Case, with a voice like soft honeyed light, is one such person. She has refused all offers from major record labels, choosing instead to stay with small independents because she retains creative control of her work.

She left home at age 15, and had herself declared an emancipated minor. Now she has emancipated herself from the tyranny of the music business and record labels, very similar to another heroine of mine, Ani DiFranco. Case was a member of the Vancouver-based New Pornographers, one of the greatest supergroups of all time. Many people believe Neko to be the most talented, with good cause, but I have gradually come to admire Daniel Bejar above all others, mainly on his lyrical strengths. Case is no slouch in that department either - not just a pretty face with a pretty voice, but a beautiful mind, as well.

Here's a Letterman clip from her newest, "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood." Enjoy.


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