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Oh man - Dalai Lamas recordings just showed up in the mail. I don’t even know what to do. This is John McCrea (of CAKE), his old band from the 80’s.
A cassette from 1990 called “Dog Show” (and a CD-R backup) with an additional CD-R of a cassette demo recorded in 1985-86. This includes early recordings of “Never There,” “Shadow Stabbing,” “Love You Madly,” “Too Much Carbon Monoxide” plus other old songs I’ve never heard before. I don’t even know how to listen to this. I started to listen to one song and got so happy I had to take pause. So now I’m just blog-bragging about it. I have these 21 super rare tunes to enjoy, and I know I’m going to enjoy it. I hope I don’t get hit by a bus on my way out to grab lunch.
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“Don’t Leave Me This Way (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes cover)”
Live Bootleg: Sacramento 06-01-1996
Here’s a rare treat.
I’m often explaining that I’ve always been a big Cake fan, but no, not that kind of big Cake fan where I, like, get happy when their music comes on at a barbecue or whatever - No, what I mean is: I used to surf eBay to buy rare singles and cassette bootlegs of their old shows, go to every concert in Michigan, obsess over them.
I recorded some of the gems of those old Sacramento bootlegs today by putting Dave Geis’ Zoom recorder really close to Dave Geis’ cassette player. Not ideal, but neat to trap these sounds on my computer finally.
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(Showroom of Compassion, 2011)
Got the new CAKE album in the mail today, early because of Pre-Order. The Winter is my early contender for fav. Got To Move is something special too.
Also, from the inside cover:
“This album was written, rehearsed & recorded using 100% solar energy.”
Keep doing what you love and do it on your terms, John McCrea. CAKE has been around for 20 years and I wish them 20 more.