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wonders never cease Wednesday, September 2, 2009

playlist of the week: songs for cassady

Cassady Six Pix Seven years ago today, in a dusty town in western Georgia, our beloved Cassady was born to a stray Boxer who’d been rescued by our friend David. Cassady’s mom, like many of the artists on our playlist, left an enduring gift to the world before she died that day. The playlist today is a tribute to our best friend. (And her brother Buster and their 8 siblings.)

1. “Best Friend” – The Dandy Warhols A subtle, building lead-in makes it the perfect opener to celebrate man’s best friend. 2. “Long May You Run” – Neil Young Although it’s actually written about a car, this classic expresses the proper birthday sentiment for our beloved pooch. The Canadian rock warhorse releases his 14th cd of this year, Dreamin' Man, due in stores on or about Nov 2nd. I guess rust isn’t the only thing that never sleeps, eh? 3. “Jenny and the Ess-Dog” – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Ex-Pavement frontman pokes fun at the self-satisfied with catchy hooks, and he sings a part from the perspective of the dog (at least that’s how I hear it). 4. “Sweet Georgia Brown” – Ella Fitzgerald This song fits Cassady like a glove – a brownish dog, born in Georgia, sweet as the day is long. And you’ll never go wrong with Ella. 5. “Black Eyed Dog” – Nick Drake A lovely tune from the tragic acoustic genius, gathered up and released posthumously. 6. “One Man Guy” – Rufus Wainwright In addition to being a perfect description for the most loyal dog in DC, it is also an incredibly poignant, complex, layered song, written and performed for years by Loudon Wainwright III, then covered by the supremely talented Rufus with backing vocals from his sister Martha. It’s rich with beautiful singing, a simple guitar, and about forty different ways to hear and interpret the lyrics. 7. “Walkin’ After Midnight” – Patsy Cline Cline initially didn’t want to record what she called "just a little old pop song,” but it launched her career and inpires dog owners to get off the couch to this day. 8. “Brown Eyes” – Kitty Hawk One of DC’s best kept secrets, Chris Walker’s got some mighty wisdom and beautiful tunes for anyone willing to listen. 9. “I Wanna Be Your Dog” – Alejandro Escovedo Escovedo sets his violins and cellos as well as his velvet guitar licks on the Stooges classic. Even Iggy Pop would have to sit up and enjoy this romp. 10. “Do The Dog” – The Specials Seventies ska band ranking full stop with their latest dance, lobbying for their moves over any other. 11. “The Boxer” – Simon and Garfunkel Beautiful ballad from NYC’s folk-rock troubadors for our half-boxer. Unfortunately we don’t know any songs about a ridgeback that we felt good recommending. 12. “She’s My Best Friend” – The Velvet Underground It seems a bit like this semi-nonsensical song might have been actually been written about our girl Cassady, except for the part about being better than a dog or car.

Stop by our Georgetown shop with your best friend for free birthday (dog) biscuits and a bottomless bowl of water, all week.

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