Wow. The great folks at NPR’s All Songs Considered have done it again. Just as I was lamenting the fact that I had forgotten to instruct the elves in my computer to record Neko Case’s concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., that NPR was streaming on Sunday night, All Songs Considered already has made it available as an mp3 download.
Once again, this is great for me because Neko is only coming as far West as Austin, at least on this tour. So this is as close as I’ll get to her live, although I’ve seen her a couple of times in the past at small venues in Tempe. She’s tremendous. (Duh … deep analysis, I know.)
An added bonus: Her pedal steel guitar player is (and has been for some time) Jon Rauhouse, a stalwart of the Phoenix/Tempe music scene, not to mention one of the nicest guys around.
As always, I’ve trimmed the one file into separate song files not to discount the value of concert banter but more for ease of navigating through songs. I encourage you to pick up the entire file here. And this is a monster: 21 songs. I might have to do this in three posts.
Neko Case, NPR Live Concert Series, 4/9/06:
(with opener Martha Wainwright)
1. A Widow’s Toast
3. If You Knew
4. Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
5. Set Out Running
6. Outro With Bees
7. Star Witness