"My hugest goal was to get a Retweet from Questlove, because he has all these followers and he's so great. And he totally gave me one! I was like, 'This is a Twitter victory!'"
The cover of Neko Case's 2009 album, Middle Cyclone, featured the redheaded indie-folk singer barefoot and brandishing a sword on the hood of her 1967 Mercury Cougar, ready to head into battle. "I thought, 'If I were a 10-year-old boy in 1982, what would my fantasy album cover be?'" Case says of the image she conceived with photographer Jason Creps while living in Tucson, Arizona. "I would have a sword, because [fantasy film] The Beastmaster was big then, and I would be standing on the hood of a muscle car. I thought, 'It's either gonna be really great, or it's gonna flop.'" In the end, she got a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package.
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On Friday, Case is raffling off her Cougar, which she bought about eight years ago in Denver and named Angie Dickinson shortly thereafter. She's calling the giveaway the Mercury Cougar-Rama Muscle Car-'Splosion, and the proceeds will benefit 826 National, a charity that assists children ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills and publishes books of their stories. Author Dave Eggers cofounded the organization's Valencia flagship chapter near San Francisco, and serves on the board of directors for its New York chapter.
Case, who is currently working on a new album and will be doing separate tours with both power-pop crew the New Pornographers and her own solo group later this year, hopes the car will help 826 reach its $45,000 target for the drawing. To ramp up to the grand-prize car giveaway, she and other generous donors have contributed items ranging from a guitar signed by Elton John, Elvis Costello, and others to a giant collection of Sub Pop LPs. Today, they're offering up a 1966 Gretsch "Silver Duke" guitar that she's gigged with and gotten signed by artists like Michael Stipe, Britt Daniel, Black Thought, and others. And, as if giving away her car weren't enough, she and 826 are including a bevy of other items that will also be given away Friday: a drumhead signed by the New Pornographers, a Chipotle dinner for 10, CD prize packs, and more. All of this generosity, she says, is helping soften the blow of letting go of one of her favorite rides.More »