by J.D. Reager
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.