Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (2006)
Not too many ladies were on my playlists around Spring 2006, but that would change upon hearing Neko Case. Laura’s recent mixtapes had me looking for new kinds of music in many places and one that I had neglected was Impact 89FM, MSU’s college radio station. Another great college student job I had was at MSU’s Roofing Department, where I often was the driver of one of the dept.’s vehicles. This would often entail chauffeur duties, materials pick up and deliveries from the local convenience store, Quality Dairy (aka QD). Pondering responsibility, debt, job searching and confusion all became part of my recent graduation on these solo laps around campus. Eventually, I had to listen to something other than the ’60s/’70s rock that brought back memories to our motley crew of criminals, has beens, characters that were the full-time roofers (that being said they were hilarious and great to work with).
Being that it was summertime, the student DJ’s at Impact pretty much played whatever they wanted, without a rhyme or a reason. One of the DJ’s apparently liked Neko Case’s 5th studio album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood because it came out of the pitch and dust-filled truck speakers often on my journeys. I eventually picked up the album for my own stereo and was amazed that the story-telling, let alone Case’s enchanting voice. “Margaret vs Pauline” was a tale of fate’s troublesome path, “Hold On, Hold On” had reflective heartbreak and “John Saw That Number” mocks blind faith in foot-stomping fashion. This album was one of the many I discovered that summer that helped me maintain sanity, while eventually finding my first job, moving from East Lansing and seeing my girlfriend return from Italy.