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wonders never cease Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th, 2010 Beauty, Thy Name is Neko and Aimee

AimeeandNeko We aren't going to beat around the bush. Two of our favorite living musicians, Neko Case and Aimee Mann, both share a September 8th birthday. Both were born in the commonwealth of Virginia although they currently reside on opposite ends of the left coast. Local origins, amazing talents, either one would have merited a solo "happy birthday" play list so we're loading up on songs this week. Consider yourselves incidental beneficiaries and thank the muses who bless the children born this day. It's not easy to follow Cassady's birthday play list but if anyone can pull it off, these super cool sirens can. Aimee Mann had her toe cut off in The Big Lebowski, for crying out loud. The Dude abides. We can too. Here are fourteen treasures from the impressive songbooks of these two birthday girls, along with some of the fine lyrics found within:

1. Thrice All American - Neko Case
"Well I don't make it home much, I sadly neglect you, but that's how you like it away from the world.
God bless California, make way for the Wal-Mart, I hope they don't find you Tacoma."

2. Save Me - Aimee Mann
"You look like a perfect fit for a girl in need of a tourniquet."

3. Maybe Sparrow - Neko Case
"OH MY SPARROW IT'S TOO LATE YOUR BODY LIMP BENEATH MY FEET YOUR DUSTY EYES COLD AS CLAY YOU DIDN'T HEAR MY WARNING."

4. You Could Make a Killing - Aimee Mann
"There is nothing that competes with habit And I know it's neither deep nor tragic It's simply that you have to have it."

5. I'm an Animal - Neko Case
"AND YES, THERE ARE THINGS THAT I'M STILL SO AFRAID OF... BUT MY COURAGE IS ROARING LIKE THE SOUND OF THE SUN."

6. Wise Up - Aimee Mann
7. This Tornado Loves You - Neko Case
"I CARVED YOUR NAME ACROSS THREE COUNTIES AND GROUND IT IN WITH BLOODY HIDES."

8. Freeway - Aimee Mann
"You got a lot of money, but you can't afford the freeway The road to Orange County leaves an awful lot of leeway Where everyone's a doctor or a specialist in retail They'll sell you all the speed you want if you can take the blackmail."

9. Things That Scare Me - Neko Case
10. Voices Carry - Til Tuesday
"He wants me but only part of the time. He wants me if he can keep me in line."

11. Middle Cyclone - Neko Case
"SAY SOMEONE MADE A FOOL OF ME 'FORE I COULD SHOW THEM HOW IT'S DONE."

12. This Is How It Goes - Aimee Mann
"So I'll try to hold on while you try to let go. You won't tell me it's gone but baby I'll know."

13. Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth - Neko Case
"When she's on her best behavior Don't be tempted by her favors Never turn your back on mother earth."

14. Medicine Wheel - Aimee Mann
"Black Marker on cardboard Little drawing of a medicine wheel Everything that's good you steal."


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