Finally! (*gush*) After nearly a decade of near misses attempting to see my beloved
band and cursing Murphy's Law run amok, I have at last
witnessed the Unlimited
Sunshine that is a Cake concert. Yay!
Forgive my giggling girlitude about the matter, but there's just
something so uplifting and
happy-making about Cake.
How do they
invariably manage to make me feel so good? Maybe it's their quirky,
winking lyrics. (I offer up "Satan is my motor, feel my motor purr," as
it's their Mexicali funk-tinged alt-pop, that sounded so
different from anything else the 90s
pumped out. Possibly it's that
unmistakable rockabilly guitar with its ballsy, low end
anchors the lightheartedness. Very likely it's that signature trumpet
every Cake tune immediately identifiable. Most definitely
it's the "aw yeah, aw no, alright"
that punctuates nearly every tune.
I can't get enough of those. I find myself 'aw yeah, aw
alright'ing for days after listening to Cake, and it never ceases to
make me smile.
one thing missing from my adoration was the ability to say, "Aw yeah,
I've seen 'em
live." And now I can gladly say that Cake live up to all
my expectations live. No wonder
they've dubbed their annual trek the
Unlimited Sunshine Tour. They spin sunlight. Sample
some of these live
moments, and let the sun shine in on your long winter's nap.
year's trek celebrates the release of their new album, "B-Sides and
who had one of those, "Is that... could it be..."
moments hearing the opening notes to
Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" would
be well advised to pick up a copy of the new disc.
(See what I said about it at Spinner.com.)
along for the ride were one of my most favorite live bands: The
Sabina and Co. were their New York arty, gorgeous
selves. But alas, it wasn't exactly
the right pairing of sounds for a
tour. Brazilian Girls are the epitome of nighttime New
York. They are
not happy-go-lucky, sunshiney, nor goofy. What they are is sexy,
sophisticated, and sultry with a sly, European lunacy. It's like adding
a single trip-hop
band to an all alt-folk lineup. And I think it
Brazilians tried their darnedest, but they never won over the Terminal
5 crowd. And
their energy flagged as a result, which simply served to
perpetuate the problem.
Alas, the 12th just wasn't their night.
Therefore, I choose to remember their free show at
Greene Park a summer or two ago, where they proved they really can
sunshine-friendly in an outdoor summertime setting. Or their triumphant
turn last New
Years Eve atIrving Plaza. Or their hot as hellfire show
in the CA desert last Spring at
Check out one of my faves from Coachella and see why I love them so...
MORE CAKE LIVE
--See Photos: Cake live at Terminal 5 in NY
--Watch Video: Cake live at Terminal 5 in NY
--Get Tickets: See Cake live in concert
MORE BRAZILIAN GIRLS LIVE
--See Photos: Brazilian Girls live at Terminal 5, Coachella, New Years Eve at Irving
--Watch Video: Brazilian Girls live at Terminal 5 and Coachella
--Watch Video: Brazilian Girls New Years Eve show live at Irving Plaza
--Get Tickets: See Brazilian Girls New Years Eve in San Francisco