Plates Of Cake / Plates Of Cake
Album: Plates Of Cake   Collection:General
Artist:Plates Of Cake   Added:Jan 2011
Label:All Hands Electric  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-04-24 Pull Date: 2011-06-26
Week Ending: Jun 26 Jun 5 May 15 May 1
Airplays: 2 2 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 22, 2011: feelin' the music
A Band Of Partisans, The Shining Path
4. Jun 02, 2011: meowgasm!
Emil The Soldier
2. Jun 22, 2011: meow proper
Emil The Soldier
5. May 13, 2011: Wee Animalcules (guest D. Cannibal)
Private Yacht
3. Jun 03, 2011: Death Control
Emil The Soldier
6. May 11, 2011: The Independent Mind
This Way Not Some Other Way

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2011-04-18
Here's simple, basic, indie-rock. Meaning it's pretty damn good. Their PR blurb says they go for clever lyrics and melodies like Guided by Voices (yeah, I guess I hear that) and Skip Spence of Moby Grape (nah, I don’t hear that).

There's definitely some clever songwriting in this set of short songs coming in just under half an hour. The singer’s got a range of about 6 notes. He sorta talk-sings in a gravelly, low Leonard Cohen-ish voice. Instead of putting you off, though, it makes you lean forward & listen.

There’s not a bad song on here, but I’ve marked what I think are the best.

No FCC issues.

1. * It’s your first album, song number one: get off to a good start. Epitome of this band and album in one song. Twangy rhythm guitar; curmudgeonly lyric; laryngitis vocal. (2:16)
2. ** Old-fashioned jangle. Tongue firmly in cheek. And you can dance to it. (2:29)
3. Acerbic look at the rich. Uptempo and sarcastic. The band sings backup. (2:51)
4. * Lyric presents a series of seemingly unrelated images. It’s creepy & very cool. (2:33)
5. * Good instrumental! Start with arpeggios, add crunchy chords, even a bit of lead. (1:56)
6. War weary cynicism set to 2 chords. Spanish Civil War allusions. RIYL folk-rock. (2:37)
7. Tongue in cheek love song. Catchiest melody. (3:14)
8. Comically hoarse singing. Acerbic wit. A bit more bite from the guitars. (3:38)
9. ** Acoustic guitar for a change. Folk-song storytelling. Very like Leonard Cohen. (2:29)
10. * Goofy, odd, catchy. Humorous finish to the album. This will leave you smiling. (2:20)

Track Listing
1. Living Winter   6. A Band Of Partisans
2. Emil The Soldier   7. Old Debts
3. Private Yacht   8. Leper Hill
4. Kirchner   9. This Way Not Some Other Way
5. The Shining Path   10. Big Purse