Neko Case on Austin City Limits

This past weekend, the PBS live-music show Austin City Limits dedicated half an episode to alt-country force of nature Neko Case, who practically seems built for a show like this. In her half-hour on the show, Case sang seven songs, four of them from her seriously great 2013 album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. She inexplicably played second fiddle to former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell; her segment starts at the 28:25 mark of the video below.

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You is out now on Anti-.

Comments (10)
  1. The video isn’t letting me skip ahead. There is a war going on right now between my love for Neko Case and how little I want to watch whoever the first half of this episode is about.

  2. PSA: Click that “Watch Jason Isbell / Neko Case on PBS” link below the video and go through to the player on the site. I couldn’t successfully skip to Ms. Case’s part of the video in the embedded player, but the site worked just dandy.

  3. …Jason Isbell is actually really good though, I don’t think you guys will be too disappointed if you sit through his set.

  4. “She inexplicably played second fiddle to former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell”. this comment is offensive to me on so many levels.

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    • “Offensive” might be pushing it, I assume Tom just meant that Neko has a higher profile or more name recognition than Isbell. But yeah, Isbell’s new album is just as “seriously great” as Neko’s, if not even better.

  5. She’s so rad. Also, I’m not understanding the anti-Isbell sentiment? Wasn’t his solo album very well-received?

  6. Neko is amazing, challenging, frustrating, sublime and original. Jason is tired and clich├ęd, playing warmed over cow punk tropes that Green on Red and The Long Ryders did much better 30 years ago.

    • TROPE – “a word, phrase, or image used in a new and different way in order to create an artistic effect.” Pretty sure that’s what he’s doing pretty well.

      Not sure what all the confusion is here anyway…I’d put these two on the same stage together if I could.

  7. Jason Isbell’s new album was much better than Neko’s

  8. Lol inexplicably? As much as I love Neko Case , Mr Isbells album has been lauded by many publications as the album of the year. Hardly somebody to just pass over

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