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Planting the seed

“We think about it as a team,” she said. “Watching so many bands for so long and standing in the audience, I was like, ‘I want to try that.’ After playing by yourself for so many years and seeing what level you can reach with so many musicians coming in, you pretty much have to.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

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Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

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Cake - B-Sides and Rarities

None November 15th, 2007



This new Cake release? It stinks. And I don't mean the songs, but the package itself' a scratch-and-sniff affair with a scent so permeating, there's no need to scrape to get a whiff of what those around the office only can guess is like grape Pez gone bad.


But to the music: Nineties indie faves Cake still sound sweet, even if this disc is mostly a holdover until the next album proper. "B-Sides and Rarities" is what it's called and that's exactly what it contains. To Cake fans, it's a natural listen; to the uninitiated, start elsewhere.


Most of the tracks are covers, rendered in Cake's deadpan style. There's Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," devoid of all metal leanings (and also in a hidden live track, with guest Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips); Kenny Rogers' country-fried "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town"; plus standards from Frank Sinatra and Barry White. None are more bizarre' and therefore, Cake-ready' than Piero Umiliani's lounge classic "Mahna Mahna."


The band tacks on live versions of "It's Coming Down" and "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" for the faithful.


"”Rod Lott

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