Neko Case will release two new albums via Epitaph’s Anti- imprint in the coming months as part of a licensing deal with Mint Records for the world excluding Canada. The first set, “The Tigers Have Spoken,” is due Nov. 9. An as-yet-untitled new studio album is expected in spring 2005. Case was previously signed to Bloodshot as a solo artist.
“The Tigers Have Spoken” was recorded earlier this year across seven shows at venues in Chicago and Toronto. Case was backed by the Sadies, steel guitarist Jon Rauhouse and a host of guests, including Kelly Hogan, Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops and Carolyn Mark.
The track list includes two new cuts (the title track and opener “If You Knew”), covers of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Soulful Shade of Blue,” the Shangri-Las-popularized “Train From Kansas City” and her interpretations of the standards “Wayfaring Stranger” and “This Little Light.”
Also featured is the title track from Case’s latest solo album, 2002’s “Blacklisted,” which peaked at No. 31 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart.
Case has two dates on her tour itinerary: Sept. 16 at the Parish in Austin, Texas, and the following day in the same city as part of the Austin City Limits Festival.