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Thao and Mirah both often go by their first names only. That is mostly why they wanted to make a record together. Other reasons include: they are friends, they were finally in San Francisco at the same time, and both joyfully welcomed a short departure from their respective successful solo careers to collaborate on a project.

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  • Vinyl (April 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B004OX2HUU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Thao and Mirah both often go by their first names only. That is mostly why they wanted to make a record together. Other reasons include: they are friends, they were finally in San Francisco at the same time, and both joyfully welcomed a short departure from their respective successful solo careers to collaborate on a project.

Mirah (K records) started making music in the late 90's in the Pacific Northwest, becoming a much beloved indie fixture there and well beyond. Her 5 celebrated solo records and multiple previous collaborations have brought her together with an eclectic assortment of dj's, baltic music enthusiasts, entomologists and multi-media artists.

Thao signed to Kill Rock Stars in 2006 and has since released two records with her band, The Get Down Stay Down, to wide critical and popular acclaim. She has fast established herself as a well-loved songwriter and performer in and out of the indie realm.

The two enlisted dear friend and colleague Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards, 4AD) as co-producer, guest musician (and for one song, guest writer) and the aptly titled album Thao and Mirah was recorded over 2 freewheeling weeks for Kill Rock Stars this past summer.

Thao and Mirah each wrote a new batch of beautiful songs which were jointly performed and produced by the three with some help from fine Bay Area friends. The album is a collection of songs from two distinctly different, highly respected songwriters, threaded and woven together with the creative energy and freedom of collaboration. Such freedom allowed for varied and rewarding levels of innovation, and a determination to keep the music-making as in-house as possible: both Thao and Mirah assume many of the instrumentation duties: from drums and bottles to slide guitar and knee caps. All songs maintain the writers' shared gifts: profound emotional poignancy with lyrics and melodies to match and stay with you.

Both Thao and Mirah work closely with Air Traffic Control- an organization dedicated to helping musicians become better social activists. They will team up with ATC to focus the release and touring efforts of Thao and Mirah toward supporting causes and organizations they love.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Weatherbird on November 25, 2011
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Thao and Mirah have very different voices and musical personalities, so the combination is quite an interesting one. There is a nice variety of musical styles and some very interesting lyrics on this album. Note that the catchy first song, 'Eleven' is quite a bit different from anything else on the album, so you might want to check out some of the other songs before deciding to get this album. Although some of the other songs may not be quite as catchy on first listen, they may grow on you. I think it's well worth it to spend some time listening to this album.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2011
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I am not a wordsmith, so I will keep this simple. Try it (30 second clips on Amazon), and if you like it, then buy it.

The songs are sometimes serious, and sometimes quirky. The arrangements are odd and exciting. If you catch a video of them on youtube, you might notice that Thao does not move to the obvious beat of the music. I think she has her own personal drummer.

This is not mainstream music, so if you like the blond dancing showmen that's all over music these days, then you might want to move on. But if you want really good and different sound, then check them out.

-rwg
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Abrahamsen on May 18, 2011
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I've been a fan of Mirah's work for a while, and I'm very impressed by this release. I find it to be so incredibly fun and enjoyable, with the songs being beautifully quirky. Not everyone will be into this, but I definately love it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nick dagostino on January 6, 2013
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little cup is one of my favorite songs "SIKITA,SIKITA,SIKITA,SIKITA" but as an old friend of mirah i had to check out thao and mirah and quite pleased i did. great album for those who love or into the underground indie scene.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By roger on April 29, 2011
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Im a big fan of Thao, i cant say i ever heard a mirah song but Ive heard amazing things. Plus before this album came out they posted an amazing accoustic version of How Dare You, the album version is heavily produced and loses alot of sweetness. The whole album is a little like that. Like almost there. The album is ok but it really doesnt live up to either of the two artists.
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