In EG's CD collection, CAKE is filed under "Geek Rock", which is a category where we overlap. We own four of their albums between the two of us, and I have all four on my iPod. Going in, I kinda thought I'd enjoy the show no matter what they played, and that was basically true. I forgot my pen and paper, so the incomplete set list below is from memory.
Sad Songs & Waltzes
Short Skirt/Long Jacket
Song from their first album, new song?
Other stuff they played, in no particular order:
Let Me Go
Somewhere in here, they took an intermission. Another thing most bands don't do. But it was kinda nice, actually.
Satan Is My Motor
Walk on By
Sheep Go to Heaven
Love You Madly
They played more, but I don't remember all of them. Plus, some of them were either from their first album, or new.
If you've ever seen Ben Folds live, their styles have a lot in common. There was a lot of opportunity to sing along, and having the audience divide up - house left, house right; upstairs, downstairs; men, women - and compete against each other (which is different from Ben actually). They also had a bucolic backdrop featuring a mountainside and a disco ball (which may just always be at 9:30, but I don't remember it being used in other shows we've seen).
Other things that rocked about this show:
- They started at 8:35. The 9:30 Club is so called because that's usually what time the show starts. Usually the opening act goes on about 8:30ish . CAKE didn't bring an opening act and played for just over two hours including the intermission. You've gotta love that. Plus, neither of us loves staying up late, esp. on a work night, so it was great to get out of there at a decent hour.
- They opened with one of my favorite songs of theirs and generally played a very strong set.
- They gave away a tree. Kooky, offbeat and environmentally friendly!
- Their lead singer is really cool and fun. For all I know, they all are, but the lead singer did the talking.