Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tasty New Slice of Cake

By Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Jun 14, 2007 at 5:06 PM

cakebsides.jpg Though the band's really from Sacramento, Cake has been adopted by a hearty core of Bay Area fans as one of our own. That's why Ear Bud is proud to report a new disc from the group: B-Sides and Rarities, a collection of covers (eight), Cake originals (three), and live tracks (three) -- with scratch-n-sniff album art! While it's certainly not as special as a fresh batch of tunes from this reliably quirky and innovative band, it's at least a good listen from beginning to end. Bookended by hilariously subdued covers of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," B-Sides and Rarities also includes covers of "Strangers in the Night," Barry White's "Never Never Gonna Give You Up," and live versions of "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" and "It's Coming Down." Plus there's Cake's excellent version of "Mahna Mahna," which you can hear in a Dr. Pepper running right now. Sure, this release is for fans only, but that's just fine with us.

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