CAKE announces B-Sides and Rarities & tour dates

Music News | Apr 18th, 2007

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CAKE is proud to announce their upcoming release, B-Sides and Rarities, which features covers of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and Barry White’s “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up”, plus other covers and CAKE originals. CAKE is inviting fans to submit videos for “War Pigs,” with the winner earning $1,000 (deadline April 30).

CAKE formed in Sacramento, California in 1991. The band quickly became a hot item in the downtown club and cafe scene, then went on to gain a steady following in San Francisco’s Bay Area. Lead singer John McCrea’s unwitting amalgam of Jonathan Richman, David Byrne, and Woody Guthrie, backed by CAKE’s shambling countrified funk, took Northern California by storm. To date, CAKE has toured extensively throughout the world including North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Japan.

CAKE’s most recent studio album (their fifth), “Pressure Chief”, was released in October 2004. This album marked the band’s return to their earlier more self-reliant DIY aesthetic in which they recorded and engineered their music independently. Songwriter John McCrea, often controversial and iconoclastic, discussed this album with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air in February 2005. The band continues to make ground on their sixth studio album, which is tentatively scheduled for a first quarter 2008 release.

As the band continues work on their next studio album, they have announced that two new albums will be released during 2007 through Upbeat Records: “Live at the Crystal Palace” (autumn 2007); and “b-sides and rarities” (spring 2007), which features Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and Barry White’s “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up”, plus other covers and CAKE originals. The limited edition “scratch and sniff” album art and appeal of the recordings to long-time-listeners adds to the “b-sides and rarities” album’s uniqueness.

CAKE’s Tour Dates:

April 20 – Winona, MN / Winona State

April 21 – Concordia, MN / Concordia College

April 27 – Knoxville, TN / University of Tennessee April 28 – Watab Island/Collegeville, MN / St. John’s University April 29 – Boulder, CO — Univ. of Boulder, CO

May 11 – Baltimore, MD / Pier 6

May 12 – Nashville, TN / festival with Son Volt

May 22 – Dallas, TX / H.O.B

May 23 – Tulsa, OK / Caines Ballroom

May 24 – Kansas City, MO / Uptown Theater May 25 – Omaha, NB / Stir Cove @ Harrah’s May 26 – Chicago, IL / Northwestern University

CAKE “B-sides and Rarities” track listing:


1. War Pigs

2. Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town

3. Mahna Mahna

4. Excuse Me, I Think I’ve Got A Heartache

5. Conroy

6. Strangers in the Night

7. Subtract One Love (Multiply the Heartaches)

8. Never, Never Gonna Give You Up

9. Thrills

10. Short Skirt, Long Jacket

11. It’s Coming Down

Listen to Cake’s ‘Never Never Gonna Give You Up’