Monday, June 01, 2009

"While Frank Sinatra sings 'Stormy Weather'..."

EG and I saw CAKE at the 9:30 Club last Sunday night. Among the reasons I've always liked these guys is that they follow their own rules (a rock band with a trumpet? Cool!) and they play a lot of waltzes (which goes along with the first thing, really). I was very psyched to get to see them, and glad we could go together.

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
Comfort Eagle
Song from their first album, new song?
Other stuff they played, in no particular order:
Let Me Go
Frank Sinatra

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
Never There
They played more, but I don't remember all of them. Plus, some of them were either from their first album, or new.

War Pigs
The Distance

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.
So it was a damn good show and lots of fun. AND, it was 'cause of the club not the band, I think, but everyone in the house got a coupon for one free cupcake! How cool is that? They were good, too. If you ever get a chance to catch these guys, I would. Also, they've recently rereleased their first album and they should have a new one coming out at some point. They said something about how albums don't matter anymore. (A view I've heard at least one other artist express, but I disagree.) Anyway, damn good show.


McGone said...

"Frank Sinatra" and "Daria" would have made me pretty happy. I'll have to catch them live sometime.

Love the McGone-customized label!

red said...

I've seen Cake a couple times and they are great live. The lead singer always seemed like a dick, though. Maybe he just hates San Diego.

And speaking of Ben Folds, have you checked out his acapella album, Red? Ah-mazing!!

Boldly Serving Up Wheat Grass said...

I LOVE Cake!!! Saw 'em once in Pittsburgh a few years back at a free show. (Pgh. has a lot of free concerts.) I thought it was funny because they chose a free show to play that one "Shut the FUCK Up" tune. Before playing it, the lead singer said, "Now, the word we're going to say is 'funk'" -- and then he proceeded to quite clearly say FUCK every time.

Rassles said...

I'd have to say that "Comfort Eagle"? Totally one of the best songs ever to sing in the car. And their cover of "Perhaps." I dig Cake, for sure.

cardiogirl said...

I can't say I've ever heard of the band Cake, but I am have to admit a trumpet in a rock band is a huge plus.

I have been hanging out at YouTube investigating.

I did see an interesting video there for Short Skirt/Long Jacket. They asked people to listen via headphones and comment. It was fun.

Thanks for a new band to check out.

p.s. I do love Ben Folds. He actually has some songs on the movie Over the Hedge. I particularly like Rockin' the Suburbs.

Del-V said...

I'm going to see Sonic Youth and Dead Weather at the 9:30 club on two different week-nights...

It might be a rough day at work after that.

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