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Jon Rauhouse on His Grammy-Nominated Project with Neko Case and Living in Tempe When the Drinking Age Was 19

In case you've been avoiding the Internet the past several days, thanks for coming back. Now let's catch up: The Grammys went down on Sunday night (with all the schwag such an industry fete entails) and people are talking about it.

While much of the post-Grammy discussion has centered on what Beyoncé and Pharrell had on their heads, Macklemore's win over Kendrick Lamar (no doubt tied to his association with the Dr. Pepper Illuminati), and Trent Reznor's expletive-packing tweet to the Grammy brass, our most puzzling concern remains unaddressed: Who puts Vampire Weekend, the National, Nine Inch Nails, Tame Impala, and Neko Case in the same category?

Jon Rauhouse, who contributed guitar, pedal steel, and trombone to Neko Case's The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, which was nominated for Best Alternative Album, isn't quite sure how Case's music compares to Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City, which ultimately took the golden gramophone home. But he's not worried about it, either. Ever the working musician, he found out the awards show outcome right before he went on stage in Houston.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.