The Sea and Cake: COD/SD etc. etc.

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I know zilch about this band, but I recently heard Prekop's "C+F" playing in a coffee shop -- the groove was so compelling, I had to figure out what it was (tried 3 times with a "song ID" phone app; it finally figured it out just before the track ended!)

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 9 April 2018 23:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

They are perfect coffee shop music for sure (not that that’s a bad thing)

calstars, Monday, 9 April 2018 23:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Any of you guys fans of Shrimp Boat?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 April 2018 23:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xp Yeah, it reminded me of one of those bass-heavy songs from recent Spoon albums, but heavier on the atmosphere than the vocals -- which (however one may feel about that description) is ideal for that environment.

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 9 April 2018 23:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Any of you guys fans of Shrimp Boat?

Uhm, hell yes.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 03:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink


That's funny, I often think of Spoon as Austin's Sea and Cake.

I'll probably check this out, but it's been a while since they made an album I truly loved.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 03:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"These Falling Arms" is such a lovely tune

well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 07:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I can hear the Sea & Cake and think they're incredible and I can hear them a day later and think they're okay. I guess this is true of most music - I guess the new Autechre tracks can sound like genius or a racket depending on mood - but it surprises me the Sea & Cake, somehow.

― djh, Monday, April 9, 2018 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^ I think those are two really good examples of this phenomenon. I don't think it applies to all music - there is something about Sea and Cake that shifts from super compelling to super average; the line between the two is so subtle.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Sea and Cake may be the most subtle band in history.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

djh that's really otm. TSAC sound incredible some of the time, other times I just completely forget I'm listening to them. As they've solidified their sound this gulf has only gotten wider.

as for Shrimp Boat - they're definitely very good, Duende in particular sounds like proto-TSAC to me, lots of catchy tunes and a bit of edge that this band doesn't have. kind of funny to hear what Prekop's voice sounded like before he decided to do that soft n' smooth vocal style full time

frogbs, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

At least a couple tracks on early TSAC rekkids have that vocal style too. To me it kind of sounds like he’s aping Malkmus

calstars, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 16:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yea I listen to "Jacking the Ball" and wonder why he don't ever sing like that anymore

frogbs, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 16:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

lol I remember being in a record store and they played the debut album and I was like "wow! what is this GREAT album you guys are playing?!" but it was quite expensive so I didn't buy it

years later when I created a Spotify account that was one of the first albums I went to check out, but for some reason it now sounded completely average, and really I've never been able to hear again what I heard on that day in the record store

niels, Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I just dialed it up on Spotify, out of curiosity. One of these guys is heavy on the Lou Reed-aping vocals! (that's not meant as a knock, half the indie guys in the '90s sang that way...)

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

part of the appeal, surely

niels, Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

haven't heard a sea and cake album since One Bedroom, I should go back and listen to what I've missed. the debut is one of my favorite albums of the 90's.

akm, Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

there was a thread on RYM about artists who's best tune was the first song on the first album. Sea & Cake immediately came to mind. Obviously they've done plenty of great stuff but man, "Jacking the Ball" is so perfect

for me The Biz is still the one that sticks out. I discovered it on accident. I was looking for "Cake" and someone cut out "The Sea And" on the file so I saw "The Biz" and was like, hmmm never heard that one before. There is something particularly mesmerizing about that tune, the way it just sorta gets lost within itself. The entire album is great.

as for the later stuff, I still really have an affinity for One Bedroom, it feels more exciting and solid than Oui or The Fawn. part of that might have been the fact that it was my second TSAC disc. there's sort of a diminishing returns with them. haven't really given their stuff after that much of a fair shake but according to iTunes I've played Everybody and Car Alarm a lot

frogbs, Thursday, 12 April 2018 19:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I have those opening riffs of 'jacking the ball' in my head once a day, and have for like 20 years.

akm, Thursday, 12 April 2018 19:33 (eleven months ago) Permalink

looking forward to boot & saddle philly represent may 18

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 13 April 2018 00:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I have those opening riffs of 'jacking the ball' in my head once a day, and have for like 20 years.

― akm, Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:33 PM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalin

Time to change your ringtone.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 13 April 2018 01:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

here comes the reddening SOUL

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 13 April 2018 01:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

they sound reinvigorated

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 5 May 2018 16:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

They sound exactly the same

calstars, Saturday, 5 May 2018 17:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

The bits and pieces I've heard from the new one have all sounded really good. But, just throwing this out there: Runner will be hard to top.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 5 May 2018 20:42 (ten months ago) Permalink

I could imagine holding both reggie and calstar's thoughts in my head.

djh, Saturday, 5 May 2018 21:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

the first three songs are really great! the rest is just a mass of sea and cakey niceness so far. more listens might open up those songs more i guess.

mizzell, Sunday, 6 May 2018 18:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

That’s a leak right? I thought it didn’t come until later in the month.

calstars, Sunday, 6 May 2018 19:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

i preordered it from bandcamp and it came last week

mizzell, Sunday, 6 May 2018 19:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

ooh thx for the tip mate!

calstars, Sunday, 6 May 2018 20:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

Listening to the new one, opening track is probably the most “aggressive” (in a laid back sense) I’ve ever heard them

calstars, Friday, 11 May 2018 12:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

So funny this popped up. Was thinking of reviving a Sea & Cake thread yesterday because I was listening to some solo Prekop and had the realization that it sounded like Prairie Home Companion jazz.

(NB, I do actually like these guys.)

Love Theme From Oh God! You Devil (Old Lunch), Friday, 11 May 2018 12:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yeah, was surprised to find a new album waiting for me on spotify just now. I've had a love/hate/ennui relationship with their last couple albums. Nothing bad, but nothing that gets me excited either. I'll give this a try, but don't have high hopes at the moment.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 11 May 2018 13:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

This is sounding pretty nice. They seem to maybe be getting past their regular rock n roll band phase, back to something a bit more stylized and nuanced.

I feel like I should go back to some of their more recent releases, maybe I didn't give them a fair shot.

Is Everybody the only one th at McEntire did not produce?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 11 May 2018 20:34 (ten months ago) Permalink

They feel reinvigorated on this one - might be their best in many years. That said it’s still predictably Sea and Cakey. It starts to lose me in the second half. Perhaps that will change after more listens.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 12 May 2018 17:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

hard to believe it's been 5 1/2 years since Runner

calstars, Saturday, 12 May 2018 18:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

This is predictably excellent.

RE: Claridge's involvement
Sam answered a question on an Instagram post yesterday and said that, unfortunately, Eric had succumbed to serious carpel tunnel in his fretting hand and is now unable to play as frequently as recording and touring would demand. Really too bad. Hope he's doing well otherwise.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Thursday, 17 May 2018 04:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

Ah, I'd been wondering about that. Just saw them at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, and Doug McCombs was on bass.

jaymc, Thursday, 24 May 2018 06:14 (ten months ago) Permalink

Apparently, McEntire is moving to Nevada City, California:

jaymc, Thursday, 24 May 2018 06:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

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