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09/28/2008 Cake, Winterpills (Rochester, NY @ The Main Street Armory)

By Eric | September 28, 2008 11:59 pm

Tiff and I rolled in around 7:15, and milled around before the opener started. The Winterpills, well, um, let’s just say it’s not my kind of music. I’m not indie, I’m not into the jangly garage stuff, and while the female singer wasn’t too bad, she didn’t sound all that great when paired with the male lead singer / guitarist. Blah. 40 minutes too long.

We met up with Matt and Lisa, who had friends from Toronto in tow, and we were off to the left side of the stage for the main event. Cake! The actual review for this show is going to be short and sweet, because, well, Cake did their Cake thing, and did it very well. John McCrea had a couple of soliloquies between songs, ruminating on his world view without actually getting overtly political. “War is good for a lot of people,” he mused at one point. “We probably wouldn’t have this beautiful armory if it wasn’t for the militaristic past of the United States of America.” Also, after the left side/right side crowd participation of Short Skirt/Long Jacket, he commented that both sides lost, just like always. The band also gave away an apple tree, to a fan in the crowd who correctly guessed the percentage of the world’s population that has running water in their homes (allegedly 34%). All of the snark and quirky topics Cake is known for came through on this night, and the setlist was nicely varied, with songs from all of the albums, with a surprising emphasis on Prolonging The Magic and Comfort Eagle songs (4 each, out of 17 total). Also, in the ultimate irony to the drunk idiot behind us yelling all night, they *did not* play Sheep Go To Heaven, much to his dismay. Personally, I was stoked for Comfort Eagle, Arco Arena, and Wheels. It was a fun show, a fun night, and Cake still has it!

Setlist: Love You Madly, Comanche, Ruby Sees All, Frank Sinatra, Comfort Eagle, Stickshifts and Safetybelts, Arco Arena, Shadow Stabbing, Wheels, War Pigs, Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town, Guitar, Mexico, Never There. Encore: Short Skirt/Long Jacket, I Wanna Hold You (new song), The Distance.

Ruby Sees All

Stickshifts and Safetybelts

War Pigs

Mexico

Short Skirt/Long Jacket

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