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Download: The Shoe – “Paper Cup”

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Jena Malone and Lem Jay Ignacio, aka The Shoe, first met at a Christmas carol party at the Mandrake in Los Angeles, California in 2008. They ended up playing that night and meeting for the first time on stage. They performed “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” but with Jena singing completely in scat-style gibberish and Lem Jay musically not missing a beat. A unique musical friendship and language was born.

Jena had built an instrument she called “The Shoe” which was simply an old steamer trunk she dollied around with a plethora of electronic instruments inside. She brought it over to Lem Jay’s garage to jam soon after they met. Lem Jay, who is a pianist and music producer said:

“From that night, it seemed like she was always over and we were always free-styling, making up songs, playing abstract piano duets, psychotherapy rants and love spells. We’d stay up all night recording all our jams, sometimes we’d improvise complete songs from start to finish. I think we literally have over a hundred hours of nights like this. Since we did this so much, it was hard to know what it was, whether it was a band or an art project or just two friends constantly making music.”

The band’s first EP, At Lem Jay’s Garage, came out in 2009 under Jena’s label, There Was An Old Woman Records.

The Shoe’s sophomore effort, I’m Okayalso recorded in Lem Jay’s garage, beautifully captures the essence of today’s pop music. Malone, her voice sailing tenderly amongst Ignacio’s poignant arrangements, recites witty lyrics, resembling those of the grand songstresses Joni Mitchell or Rickie Lee Jones. The instrumentation, a Wurlitzer piano, an electric guitar, a bass and percussion, interweaves in the most handsome, yet minimalistic ways, borrowing elements from the fuzzy surf pop of the Beach Boys, the dreamy shoe gaze of Mazzy Star and the catchy melodies of Sara Bareilles’ classic pop songs.

Of this newest effort Jena says “This new record means so much more to me because I actually wanted to write songs. I wanted to craft them more than I had ever done. I love the art of freestyle, for me I always start there as a songwriter, but this record was different. I wanted to tell stories everyone could feel and understand, not just me.“

Jena Malone has been acting for over 19 years in independent and blockbuster films. Most recently seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and soon to be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Inherent Vice. She has been making music for eight years and has self-released two albums as Jena Malone and her Bloodstains.

Lem Jay has made music with many different artists, including Zooey Deschanel and Charlyne Yi. He has composed music for brands such as Pokémon and Converse and for art projects at MOCA, LACMA, and The Hammer Museum.

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Listen/download: The Shoe – “Paper Cup”

 

Also: Check out Jena on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon talking about The Shoe.

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Interview: Heavy Glow

Who is Heavy Glow, and why are you guys the next big thing in rock?
Heavy Glow is a rock AND roll band. Plain and simple. We’re about being loud and soft. We’re about being heavy and loud but with a sensual swagger. It’s primitive swagger. We’re Heavy and we’re glow…
I think there’s a great future for us because we’re real. We put out music that moves us first. If it doesn’t move us then we assume it won’t move anyone else. Every song means something to us. There’s no gimmicks really. It’s a group of guys playing raw, honest music with substance. Hopefully it’s fun for everyone along the way.

What made you decide to play 70’s style rock and roll?
I don’t think there was ever a conscious decision to play any particular style of music. We play what moves us. Rock moves us and the best rock tends to come from artists with a 60s and 70s flair. To me it’s about using the language of rock music and making your own sound…which is what we’re looking to do.

Any albums/projects on the horizon?
Absolutely! We’ll be releasing our follow-up album early next year. No title as of yet. We spent the summer working with Michael Patterson and Nic Jodoin couped up in an L.A. studio. Michael is pretty well-known and has worked with Beck on “Midnite Vultures,” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Trent Reznor etc. Nic is a recording genius. He’s currently working on the new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club album. Super excited. 10 new songs. They have an air of very confident energy…It was a very emotive and physically demanding album to record.

Any tours/shows we should be on the lookout for?
Yes we’ll be doing a West Coast Tour from L.A. to Seattle and back in January. We’ll be hitting up as many cities along the way as possible. Putting out a single on vinyl…probably 10″ so we’ll be promoting that on the tour. It’s really a “buy it at the show only” kinda thing.

Got any shout outs? Where can we find you?
Hi Mom. Just joking…Come say hi on our facebook. facebook.com/heavyglowband
Fun to chat with fans all over the world on that there Internet.
If we’re not there we’re probably watching B movies and thinking of Jameson…sometimes at the same time:)

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Interview: The Royal Concept

Check out this interview with Swedish band The Royal Concept, who released their self-titled EP in June via Lava/Universal Republic and has a full-length album due out in October. They’re also touring in October and November with Wolf Gang.

MA: What song is the most played on your iPods?

TRC: Up until yesterday we all thought Jimi Hendrix was the god of rock guitar but then we saw St Vincent and now her song Cruel is constantly on our iPods.

MA: What chore do you hate the most?

TRC: Sneaking our guitars on board planes as carry on luggage.

MA: Are you attending any festivals soon? (Whether performing or just going to hang out)

TRC: We’re at one now actually! Europe’s best festival: Way Out West in a beautiful park in Gothenburg, Sweden. We’re actually playing ourselves. It’s a small independent festival with some other bands including, Kraftwerk, Black Keys, Blur, Bon Iver.

MA: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

TRC: In the small and beautiful mountain village in Croatia called Groznjan. Filip is born in that neighbourhood and its the most inspiring place on Earth.

MA: Do you ever read any music blogs? If so, how do you pick which ones?

TRC: Our relationship with music blogs is random. It can lead anywhere. From big blogs to the tiniest ones. We have the blogs to thank for our success so far.

MA: What’s your favorite music media outlet? (TV, radio, shows, magazines, etc. and which ones?)

TRC: Is internet an option? Other than that old radios, vintage magazines, Spotify and all kinds of app’s. We almost never watch TV, honestly. 

MA: What’s the first concert you went to?

TRC: David saw Joe Zawinul, the father of synthesizers, when he was really young and he’s still talking about that show. So that’s gotta be the one. Zawinuls band Weather Report is a huge inspiration for us when it comes to sounds, so please check that out if you haven’t heard it before.

MA: Oddest food combination that you love? (Everyone has one!)

TRC: Yellow pea soup, mustard, pork, dried Thyme and Arrak Punch – believe it or not this is a Swedish speciality that you eat on Thursdays.

MA: Do you believe in past lives? If so, what do you think your life was like before this?

 TRC: 50 % of the band believes and 50 % only hopes. But as we don’t remember any past life, we probably won’t remember this life in a next life, so whats the point really. Let’s say we were Marilyn Monroe , Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly and Rita Hayworth then, that would explain a few things.

MA: What’s going to be your next big purchase?

TRC: A Jaguar probably, gotta get that real quick. And we also need some strings and band aid for the road, so we’re saving for that first.

The Royal Concept and Wolf Gang Tour Dates:
OCTOBER
1 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
2 San Diego, CA Casbah
6 Portland, OR Doug Fir
7 Seattle, WA Crocodile
10 Salt Lake City, UT Urban
11 Denver, CO Hi Dive
12 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
14 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
15 Minneapolis, MN Varsity
16 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
18 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill
20 Columbus, OH A & R
22 Toronto, ON Wrong Bar
24 Providence, RI Met Café
25 Boston, MA Brighton Hall
27 Washington, DC U Street
28 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
29 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
30 Brooklyn, NY Cameo

NOVEMBER
1 New York, NY Santos Party House
3 Charlotte, NC Stage Door
4 Atlanta, GA Vinyl
5 Birmingham, AL Workplay
7 Houston, TX Fitzgeralds
8 Dallas, TX Trees
9 Austin, TX Parish

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Interview: Youngblood Hawke

Youngblood Hawke has a shiny brand new self-titled debut EP out TODAY! The quintet’s anthemic new single “We Come Running” is iTunes’ official Single Of The Week and is available for a FREE download.

Click here to go download it.

You can also buy the EP here.

MA: What do you think about the success of “We Come Running”?

YBH: It’s unexpected!  We felt really close to the song and knew people would connect with it on some level, but the response has been overwhelming!  We couldn’t be happier with how people are responding!

MA: What’s the first thing you want to do when the debut EP is released? (That’s TODAY!)

YBH: Sit in the sun for a second… open a beer, deep breath.  Drink it.  Chill out for like 15 more minutes, then head back into the studio and keep writing!  Can’t stop!

MA: What’s been your summer theme song?

YBH: Brett Dennen – Must be Losing My Mind.  Soul and bass grooves for days.

MA: I just interviewed your labelmates The Royal Concept. Do you know their song, “Gimme Twice”?

YBH: Sounds rad!  Just listened!  Picked up on the Phoenix influence.  Solid jam!

MA: What’s your favorite food to eat in a hurry?

YBH: Fast food?  Um, those Natural Valley nature bars.  Oat’s N Honey booooy!

MA: What are you most looking forward to right now? (It can be anything; something in the next hour, the next few days, weeks, years…)

YBH: I most looking forward to traveling.  Im so anxious to get out there and start playing for different crowds.  See new things!  Meet new people!  Also, I’m going to Subway in about 17 minutes.

MA: What’s your next goal…no matter how big or small?

YBH: My next goal is to chase down and shatter Usain Bolt’s 100m world record.

MA: What song from your new album do you think fans will love the most (that hasn’t been heard yet)?

YBH: I can’t wait for people to hear “Dreams” or “Apache Heart.”  Haven’t locked in a name yet.  It shows a different side of us.  Its funky, eery, dancy and has an surprise guest feature!

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FILTER Magazine Celebrates The Simpsons 500th Episode

FILTER Magazine continues its 10th Anniversary celebration with the launch of Issue 47, which hit newsstands a couple days ago.  For its latest issue, the ‘Good Music’ publication takes readers inside the music surrounding the longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons, as it reached its 500th episode milestone- which aired Feb. 19, on FOX.

FILTER speaks to Simpsons creator Matt Groening, among others involved in the animated series, on everything from the show’s musical guests, original compositions and his own personal music tastes. The article goes on to touch onto the rare 35-piece orchestra that scores the show to the instantly recognizable theme song.  Even at episode 500, 23 seasons on the air and 18 years in syndication, The Simpsons continues to bring laughter, drama and culturally relevant content to viewers around the world.

On The Simpsons

 “Every so often a show comes along where all of the pieces fit in a really magical way, and The Simpsons is one of those…and when it happens, everybody tries to recreate it, but you can’t” – Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa Simpson

On The Simpsons musical guests

 “I’m amazed by what good sports the guests are. It’s fun to see Mick Jagger burst out laughing when Dan Castellaneta as Homer doesn’t want to test the microphones and asks Mick Jagger to do it. You just feel like nobody has said that to Mick Jagger in decades.”  – Matt Groening

On The Simpsons Theme composed by Danny Elfman

  “I love it,” says Groening. “I love how it is a really complicated theme and there’s a lot to it. “

Over the course of the series the theme song has been recorded by Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Los Lobos, Green Day, Tito Puente, NRBQ, Fall Out Boy and some of Groening’s more eccentric picks, such as the cult English trio The Tiger Lillies and Texas’ Brave Combo polka band.

The Simpsons has featured more than 85 guest musicians since the show’s debut in 1987 including:

50 Cent, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Bette Midler, U2, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, Elton John, three Beatles, Aerosmith, Johnny Cash, The White Stripes, even Lady Gaga.

The cover

The cover art features both vertical and horizontal unique images of Homer created especially for FILTER by Simpsons lead artist, Julius Preite.

“Issue 47 of FILTER Magazine is incredibly special for us as it marks the first issue of our 10th anniversary year,” said Alan Miller, Co-publisher of FILTER Magazine. “We are excited to provide our readers with an exclusive inside look into the music of The Simpsons as they celebrate a milestone of their own. This is a truly unique story that we know good music fans will appreciate as much as we do.”

More Highlights from Issue 47

The Shins: One Man Band (page 62)

In a conversation with James Mercer, the Portland native maintains that “the Shins is a band,” but makes it clear that it is and has always been his band, assembled to present his songs and ideas and “involves people from all parts of my friendships.”

Mercer also dives into the themes that run through his new album, Port of Morrow:

 “I’m fascinated by people who don’t care about the truth, which is something I’ve realized – I care about the truth. I want to know the truth. I feel like it’s one of the things humans can do that’s special and different from the rest of the animal kingdom. It amazes me it’s not something a lot of people are really interested in.”

A Broken Hallelujah: The Incomparable Musical Journey of John Cale (page 86)

FILTER speaks with the musical legend John Cale on his road from his early days with The Velvet Underground to his legendary production work as well as his upcoming album for Domino Records.

“The only reason we wore sunglasses onstage was because we couldn’t stand the spotlight of the audience” – John Cale, on the Velvet Underground

The article also features Steven Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees, artist and Andy Warhol muse Ultra Violet, and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy on their experiences with Cale.

CIUDAD DE MORRISSEY: A Homecoming in Mexico City (page 40)

Morrissey declares his homecoming in Mexico City, halfway through his greatest hits set:

“I’m home, I’m home, I’m home.”

FILTER takes you inside the experience of Morrissey’s “homecoming” performance in Mexico City along with local culinary delight highlights and more.

Why So Serious? Some Joking Aside with Jason Sudeikis

FILTER Magazine chats with the “SNL” star on everything from his upcoming role on “Eastbound and Down” to how his hectic schedule and incredible work ethic have caused his “What’s up With That” skit to become his main workout routine.

 “I think work ethic comes from having enthusiasm for what I get to do and the joy of getting to work with amazing people…You learn by being around these smart, funny people…you can’t help but accidentally get better when you’re sitting at a rewrite table with Tina Fey week after week.” – Jason Sudeikis

To read more on the Simpsons cover feature and the latest good music news from FILTER Magazine, pick up  FILTER 47 issue, on newsstands now.

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Interview: Walk Off The Earth

I got a chance to have some burning questions answered by the band, Walk Off The Earth, who recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform their cover of Gotye‘s “Somebody I Used To Know,” (which I posted a few weeks ago, but in case you haven’t seen it…here it is).

And here’s their performance on Ellen:

Walk Off The Earth is made of 5 people: Gianni, Marshall, Taylor, Joel and Sarah. So, with out further adieu, here we go:

MA: How did the 5 of you come together?
Sarah: 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 5!  Voila!  That’s us!

MA: Any story behind the name ‘Walk Off The Earth’?
Gianni: The band name we liked because when we make music we want it to take people away from the everyday.  We want people to walk off the earth and in to the happiest place in their minds. 

MA: Favorite activities (besides Ceiling Kicking)?
Sarah: Throwing instruments, jumping on trampolines, singing, making music and dancing.

MA: Favorite TV shows, past or present?
Sarah: The Muppet Show.

MA: Weird superstitions you use or abide by?
Sarah: I make wishes in to those fluffy flowers in the summer and blow them in to the air genuinely believing they will come true as long as no one else wishes on that one.

MA: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Sarah: Making other music.  I don’t know.  I teach yoga as well. 

MA: Taylor, do you love the ‘Epic Beard Guy’ persona? AND, do you have and wear the tee shirt?
Taylor: Um…well I guess it’s alright.  I don’t wear the shirt but I know some people do enjoy it from time to time. 

MA: Where would you like to be in 3 years time?
Sarah: Playing a rock show in outer space.

MA: Favorite thing Ellen said to you last week?
Sarah: “Well it’s a good thing you don’t play ukelele.”

MA: Plans you have going down in the next 2 weeks?
Gianni: We are writing and recording a bunch of new stuff.  Releasing a couple new videos and songs! 

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Tegan and Sara – Get Along

Beloved Canadian pop-rock icons Tegan and Sara will release a very special DVD/CD package, entitled Get Along, on Warner Bros. Records on November 15th, 2011.

Get Along is a collection of three films and a live album that offers viewers a rare and intimate look into the lives of widely celebrated songwriters, performers, and musicians Tegan and Sara Quin. The first film, States, is a 30-minute documentary that uses American touring footage and interviews with Tegan and Sara as a backdrop to illuminate their early career beginnings and unique connection with their fanbase. The second film, India, is a 25-minute documentary shot during Tegan and Sara’s first-ever tour of India, using interview footage with Tegan, Sara, and a cast of family and friends to chronicle diverse reflections on road life. The third film, For The Most Part, is a 70-minute stripped-down studio concert, shot before a live audience of 75 fans, friends, and family over two days at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, BC.

Get Along will come in three configurations. The first is a standard DVD/CD that includes States, India, and For The Most Part, plus an audio CD of the 15 live tracks on the DVD (see below for track-listing). The second is a Direct-to-Consumer piece that includes the three films and live concert audio, plus three signed lithographs, two digital instant grat tracks (live versions of “Back In Your Head” and “Wake Up Exhausted”) that will be delivered upon pre-order at teganandsara.com, and two digital bonus tracks (the previously unreleased “Northshore” Chuck Brody Remix and a live version of “I Bet It Stung”) that will be delivered on November 15th. iTunes versions of Get Along will also be available via the digital retailer, with the CD component available in the Music Store and the DVD component available separately in the Movie Store.

Get Along is now available for pre-order at teganandsara.com. Stay tuned to the site for information about upcoming screenings of the films, plus very special Q&A sessions with Tegan and Sara to be held in November.

The tracklisting for Get Along is as follows:

Alligator
I Know I Know I Know
Monday Monday Monday
I Hear Noises
Night Watch
Back In Your Head
Divided
Call It Off
Relief Next to Me
The Ocean
Nineteen
Knife Going In
Not With You
I Won’t Be Left
Sentimental Tune

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The Other F Word

What happens when a generations ultimate anti-authoritarians – punk rockers – become society’s ultimate authorities – dads?  “The Other F Word” is the revealing, funny and touching film that tackles this question.  With a large chorus of punk rock’s leading men – including Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath – the documentary follows Jim Lindberg, a 20-year veteran of the skate punk band Pennywise, on his hysterical and moving journey from belting his band’s anthem “F—k Authority,” to embracing his ultimately authoritarian role in mid-life: fatherhood.

Director Andrea Blaugrund Nevins explains “When I was a kid growing up in New York City, Punk Rockers were the people you crossed the street to avoid.  So when Cristan Reilly, the film’s producer, came to me with a book that her old friend, Jim Lindberg, the lead singer of the Southern California skate punk band Pennywise, had written about being a Punk Rock Dad, I was both repelled and intrigued.”

Producer Cristan Reilly adds, “Punk Rock Dad. It’s a great oxymoron. Andrea and I, who share, among many things, an ironic sense of humor, started with that very tiny but amusing kernel… We had no idea how much deeper the story would go, and we believe our film reflects the journey from funny concept to a series of moving realizations about rebellion, growing up, fathers, and fatherhood.”

Other dads featured in the film, which was Executive Produced by Morgan Spurlock & Jeremy Chilnick, include Art Alexakis (Everclear), Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Tony Adolescent (The Adolescents), Fat Mike (NOFX), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), skater Tony Hawk, and many others.

“The Other F Word” screens first in New York and Los Angeles, then hits theaters across the country in November and December.

Theatrical Screenings:

11/02: New York, NY @ Film Forum
11/04: Los Angeles CA @ Nuart Theatre
11/11: Austin, TX @ Violet Crown Cinema
11/11: Boston, MA @ Landmark Kendall Square
11/18:  Berkeley, CA @ Landmark Shattuck
11/18: Mesa, AZ @ The Royale
11/18: San Francisco, CA @ Landmark Lumiere
11/18: Seattle, WA  @ Landmark Varsity
11/25: Minneapolis, MN @  Landmark (Location TBA)
11/25: San Diego, CA @ Landmark Ken
12/02: Philadelphia, PA @ Landmark Ritz @ The Bourse
12/02: Washington, DC @ Landmark E Street
12/09: Denver, CO @ Landmark Chez Artiste

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Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

Click video above to watch the trailer for Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

When Fishbone first emerged from California, no other band sounded or looked like them, and the weight of their innovative and iconic presence is still being felt decades later.  Coinciding with the group’s 25th anniversary, filmmakers Lev Anderson & Chris Metzler have directed a compelling new documentary, narrated by Laurence Fishburne.  Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is both a fascinating and brutally honest look at the band’s history for longtime fans, as well as a perfect entry point for newcomers.

Pale Griot Films is proud to present the US Theatrical release of Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone in New York and Los Angeles this October.  The film had its World Premiere at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, and went on to screen at the SXSW Film & Music festival, among many others.  Everyday Sunshine will open on October 7th at the ReRun Theater in Brooklyn, NY, and on October 21st at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, CA.  Many other cities (including Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, DC) will follow.  The band is also celebrating their 25th anniversary with the release of their much-anticipated new EP, Crazy Glue, out on October 11th on DC Jam Records.

Everyday Sunshine is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years.  From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980’s, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of “making it.”

Laurence Fishburne narrates Everyday Sunshine, an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, and an untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young Black men from urban America.  Highlighting the parallel journeys of a band and their city, Everyday Sunshine explores the personal and cultural forces that gave rise to California’s legendary Black punk sons that continue to defy categories and expectations.

At the heart of Fishbone’s story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art.  To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.

The documentary includes interviews with: Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ice-T (rapper), Branford Marsalis (saxophonist), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros), Questlove (The Roots), and more.

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Congratulations, CAKE!

CAKE is back on top! The band’s new album, Showroom Of Compassion, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking their first number one album in their nearly two decades of existence. Showroom Of Compassion, CAKE’s first record of new material since the release of Pressure Chief seven years ago, comes via the band’s own label, Upbeat Records. Not only is this a first for CAKE, who have always made it a point to stay true to their independent roots, but also the first Number One release for Warner’s Independent Label Group.

“Sick Of You” remains a Top 5 hit at both Alternative and Triple A radio, and the video continues in heavy rotation at both MTV2 and MTVu. Rolling Stone did a Q&A with lead singer John McCrea and premiered the video for the Showroom opener “Federal Funding.”

The buzz continues with “Long Time” set to be the second single from the album, featuring an animated music video. Look for the video to debut next week.

“We heard this hip little fuzzed-out tune on the radio, and we were, like, who’s this cool new band? Maybe something called Bear Antler? Then we realized it was CAKE.” – Rolling Stone

“[‘Sick Of You’] is vintage CAKE, with frontman John McCrea’s jaded, semi-spoken vocals, crunchy guitar riffs, a skippy beat, and blasts of trumpet.” Spin.com

Oh, and how funny is this? From CAKE’s road journal:

Monday, December 6, 2010
Pittsburgh, PA

We were in Pittsburgh on a Monday, so The Warhol museum was closed, which was especially unfortunate because a Marilyn Monroe exhibit is there now.

Do you know Pittsburghers have a dialect all their own?!

 

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