PICS: Cake at the Observatory North Park

Beloved alt-rock group Cake went 'the distance' at the Observatory North Park on Saturday, Dec. 16 (the second show of a two-night San Diego stand).

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The alt-rock band from Sacramento packed out the North Park venue.
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The band, known for their infectious melodies, quirky lyrics and prolific use of the Vibraslap, brought a nigh-energy show that had the audience singing and clapping along.
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Of Cake's five founders in 1991, singer John McCrea (pictured) and trumpeter Vince DiFiore are the only remaining active members.
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Cake is known for often tongue-in-cheek lyrics sung in deadpan monotone. (Guitarist Xan McCurdy pictured)
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The band's name refers not to the word's noun form (such as a tasty, traditional birthday treat) but to verb form, describing a one thing covering and encrusting something else.
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The band remains best known for "The Distance," the lead single off its second album, “Fashion Nugget,” released in 1996. (Drummer Paulo Baldi pictured)
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Another monster hit, "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" came out in 2001 on the album “Comfort Eagle.”
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The video for that single earned the band a nomination for Breakthrough Video at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.
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After releasing their fifth studio album in 2004, Cake didn't put out another record for nearly seven years.
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But fans agreed that 2011’s “Showroom of Compassion" was worth the wait -- it debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for its first week.
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Fun fact: "Showroom of Compassion" was recorded entirely with solar energy.
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That album was described as 'deadpan brilliance' by The New Yorker.
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The band released a live album, "Live from the Crystal Palace," in April 2014.
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It's their only live album to date, and was recorded over two nights back in 2005.
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On Dec. 16, Cake performed a 19-song set list (according to setlist.fm) featuring: “Arco Arena,” “Sad Songs and Waltzes” (a Willie Nelson cover), “Opera Singer”...
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…”Stickshifts and Safetybelts,” “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” (an Osvaldo Farres cover), “Where Would I Be?,” “Mexico,” “Nugget”…
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…”Sick of You,” “Frank Sinatra,” “Sheep Go to Heaven,” “Shadow Stabbing,” “Meanwhile, Rick James…,” “Jolene”…
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…and “Never There,” “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” and “The Distance.” Come back soon!
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