Sound Advice: Cake at Minglewood Hall

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This Friday night, the quirky Northern California alt/roots band Cake returns to Memphis for a show at Minglewood Hall.

Cake should be riding fairly high at at the moment. The band's long-awaited, self-produced new album, Showroom of Compassion (their first proper release since 2004, not counting a 2007 b-sides collection), surprisingly debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart this week, largely on the strength of a concerted push by a ravenous and dedicated fanbase. This comes after an extended hiatus that saw the band retreat from the major label realm back to an indie, as well as construct a solar-powered recording facility, where the new album was committed to tape.

Here's a sample of some of Cake's newest material, the lead single from Showroom of Compassion:

And here is what is probably my favorite Cake song, from 1998's Prolonging the Magic:

"An Evening With Cake"
Friday, January 21, 8 p.m.
Minglewood Hall
$35

www.minglewoodhall.com
www.cakemusic.com

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