By Josh Jackson
Hey little girl, would you like to be the king’s pet or the king?
I’d choose the odorless and invisible, but otherwise, I’d choose the king
Even though it sounds the loneliest
There’s no mother’s hands to quiet me.—“Wild Creatures”
Late one night, Neko Case was at the Honolulu airport waiting for a shuttle when she saw a young girl singing and clinging to her mother. The mother suddenly screamed at her daughter, “Get the fuck away from me! Why don’t you ever shut up?”
“It was really awful,” Case recalls of the event which made it verbatim into “Nearly Midnight, Honolulu” on her new album, The Worse Things Get,...