Watching the VibraSlap (Cake on tv)

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She parts the ass jawbone with help De Jorge liceada

I caught Cake’s performance on late late television with Craig Ferguson of CBS. The performance is of a new song called “Long Time” notably featuring Vince Difiore on keyboard, a vocal chorale sample, over trumpet.

I wondered what type of analog expensive-looking watch John McCrea wears and uses.

I counted 22 beats from John with the VibraSlap, the pseudo-Latin percussion device modeled after a donkey’s jaw. Once each after stanzas two and three, then a pattern of six, then a burst of 14 going out.

I already own a VibraSlap, by Latin Percussion company, which I bought at Draper’s Music in Palo Alto in 1995, and in fact got to sit in on one song at Cubberley that fall, with Vince cueing me, John McCrea being on his then more customary bajo sexto perhaps or travel guitar. With Draper’s now, like Yorick, –speaking of jawbone — gone into the infinite jest, people can get theirs too at Guitar Center in San Jose for about $40. I called and confirmed that with a clerk (and would be rock star or Cake sideman) named Josh. It’s a great laugh.

John, Vince and bassist Gabe Nelson all wore little caps, not baseball or trucker style more like what I call a Fidel look. I scored one sorta like that at a Michael Franti show. Check that, Vince, who is or was also a clinical psychologist, and played in a band at U.C. Davis with the future wife of Palo Alto High teacher Eric Bloom, Jane, a bassist, wore a beret.

The band’s name uses cake as in the adjective “caked”, as in if you step into a puddle and remove your boot it is caked with mud; not the more direct or common baked good, or so they say (they used to forbid birthday cakes, in their rider, for their postres). Not big fans of Wayne Thiebaud I would venture. For a twist here is Craig Ferguson performance lip-synching with a lineup comparable to that of Cake, instrument-wise:

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About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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