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I’m worried about this one. Not because Neko Case’s Wild Creatures retrospective collection is anything other than completely AWESOME. Not because I’m saying anything negative and Neko Case might read it (because I would NEVER say anything negative about Neko Case and will frankly challenge anyone who does to a duel at dawn). No, I’m worried because Neko Case might read this and find out about my decades-long crush on her and issue a restraining order. 

Anyway. Did I mention that this “Knit to This” is about Neko Case?

If you’ve been following her since her beginnings with the bands Neko Case & Her Boyfriends and The New Pornographers, and if you have your “Neko Case Has a New Project” holiday buntings installed on your second-floor waving balcony, then you already know that she has a new project out.

There’s only one new song on Wild Creatures—the spectacular “Oh, Shadowless”—but this collection is a long, wide-ranging career-glance that is irresistible even if you already own every single OTHER song on it in at least three formats. (I eagerly await the release of her entire oeuvre on 8-track to complete my collection.)

Though Wild Creatures is digital-only, it’s loaded up with geegaws and artwork and extra commentary from the likes of David Byrne and Rosanne Cash and Thao Nguyen and Andrew Bird and Jason Isbell and a billion other people already indoctrinated into the Case Cult.

If you’re still among the uninitiated, just hunt up Wild Creatures on whichever streaming service you prefer (I think that’s the lingo the kids use these days) and get your “Man” on. 

And Neko, Neko—call me. 

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About The Author

DG Strong took up knitting in 2014. He lives in Nashville with his sister, her rat terrier and a hound dog named Opal. He has a blog of drawings and faintly ridiculous rambling called The Psychopedia—there are worse ways to spend your afternoon.

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  • love Neko Case…
    but I tell ya’ – kids these days and their newfangled whatcha thingys just hear a song or two. Heck, we used to just flip the record over and set the needle back down.

  • The energy! The graphics! Bring it!

  • Loved seeing “Man” live! Thanks for bringing back that memory

  • An excellent start to my Saturday morning! Now I feel I can tackle my garden.

  • Oh DG! If Neko knew you the crush I’m sure would be mutual!

  • I want to tell you about my hometown
    It’s a dusty old jewel in the South Puget Sound
    Well the factories churn and the timbers all cut down
    And life goes by slow in Tacoma

    • so good.

  • Yes, yes, YES! Such a great storyteller, and this retrospective is a gorgeous record. The song “Bad Luck” was my constant work companion in April 2020. Curse of the I5 corridor gets me every time, cuts right through seattle and every heart.

  • I went to school with Neko Case at Emily Carr Institute in the 90’s. She was so cool.

    • OMG I was a hair’s breadth away from going to Emily Carr in the ’90’s, and now I’m really, REALLY wishing I had. p.s. DG, I’ll be your second and hold your coat in any duel involving a Neko Case doubter.

  • Long time Neko Case fan here!

  • I already loved you with an all consuming passion, but the fact that you, too, are a BIG fan of Neko Case means that we really are soulmates. Best get a restraining order drafted. 😉

  • She also has an excellent Instagram.

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