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Here is the news on how blogging is great for you. This is definitely a sign everyone should write more here!

As for Cake, I stood 5 feet from John McCrea, Cake’s vocalist, sometimes guitarist, and wicked vibraslaper.

Vibraslap

Cake played a rad set list, including War Pigs! War Pigs is a song every band should play. It owns just that hard.

McCrea threatened the audience as it got dark and people were using flashes on their cameras (I never do that because it’s very rude). I’m going to write a blog on photography at concerts later, but with Cake, McCrea said, roughly anyway, “Hey, it’s distracting when you guys use flashes on your camera. If you keep it up, I will stop in the middle of the song and yell at you.”

It was a very Anton Newcombe moment.

McCrea also did something Cake did last time I saw them. He had the audience sing along to a few song and pointed out that when he made the audience fight to out “ohhhh!” the other side (he divided the crowd between left and right) was much louder than the first side. Then the first side would get louder, then the second, and so on. And his point was basically people are much louder and interactive when they have to compete against someone else. Everyone singing along is much quiter than people competing. He went on this whole thing about how there are, “Winners and losers. Good and evil. People who work hard and succeed, and people who don’t work and complain.” It was pretty epic.

They brought this tree on stage and no one could figure out its purpose. So later in the show, during the encore, they come back and McCrea starts mess with the audience about the tree. He then decided he’d ask everyone how long the civil war lasted. It was awesome because there were some really loud guys standing behind us and I think McCrea was directing it completely at them when he said anyone who yelled the answer would not get the tree. Dude was hella serious. He said you had to raise your hand and if he picked you, you’d give him the answer — if it was right, you’d get the tree. So this couple ends up getting the tree. Oddly enough, they’d been shopping for the same kind of tree (a crabapple) the same day.

Anyway, here are some pictures. Clicky to make biggie.

I didn’t realize what good musicians they are until I saw them close. Their drummer (who also plays with Les Claypool) is awesome. Their guitarist is just… wow, he was so fast. It was something else, man. It was a great show. Standing nearly completely against the stage is awesome. If you ever get the chance to see them, do it.

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Written by M

June 9, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Posted in Concerts

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  1. Most people who play with people like Les Claypool have to have a few more notches in there belts then most. Like in Bela Flek & Teh Flektones.
    If that makes sense.

    Teejay

    June 9, 2008 at 9:36 pm

  2. I saw Bela Fleck and the Flecktones a few years ago. Omg. So good. Victor Wooten 4 life.

    Marshall B

    June 9, 2008 at 9:51 pm

  3. I’ve never been super into Cake, but now I really want to see them live.

    I really like that song by them that’s on the movie Orange County. I can’t remember for the life of me what it’s called though.

    Jacob Z

    June 9, 2008 at 10:41 pm


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