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Sam Prekop – “Weather Vane”

The first two solo albums by Sam Prekop — his 1999 self-titled debut and its follow-up, 2005’s Who’s Your New Professor — bore a lot of similarities to the music made by Prekop’s primary band, the Sea And Cake. (Both of those solo albums and all TSAC’s albums are totally essential, btw.) In 2010, though,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 19, 2015 - 1:43 pm

The Sea And Cake – “On And On” Video

Director Naomi Nagata made her video for “On And On,” a tune from Chicago sophisti-rock veterans the Sea And Cake, through a process called sand animation. I’m not really sure what that is, but it this case, it involves turning an endless sidewalk into a sinuous, weirdly hypnotic waveform. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2012 - 2:55 pm

The Sea And Cake “Harps” Video

The Sea And Cake dropped “Harps” in July; it was the first single from the band’s wonderful new album, Runner, which was released in September. So it makes sense that they’d wait till late October to give us a video for “Harps.” The clip was directed by Jay Buim, and follows a pair of twee-looking… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 26, 2012 - 4:13 pm

The Sea And Cake – “On And On”

Next month, longtime Chicago smart-music scenesters the Sea And Cake will release their new album Runner, the follow-up and companion piece to last year’s The Moonlight Butterfly. We’ve already posted first single “Harps,” and below, we’ve got a stream of “On And On,” a spindly chug of a pop song. More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2012 - 10:13 am

The Sea & Cake – “Harps”

Earlier this morning, Chicago indie rockers the Sea & Cake announced plans for a new album called Runner, the follow-up to last year’s The Moonlight Butterfly. They also offered the first taste of Runner, the floating, pleasant “Harps.” Download it below and scope tour dates while you’re there. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 26, 2012 - 9:34 am

The Sea And Cake – “Up On The North Shore” (Stereogum Premiere)

Chicago veterans the Sea And Cake are following 2008’s Car Alarm with their ninth collection, a six-song “mini-album” called The Moonlight Butterfly. Vocalist/guitarist Sam Prekop, multi-tasking guitarist Archer Prewitt, bassist Eric Claridge, and drummer John McEntire have been doing this so long, so well, that when they lock into something, it feels as smooth and… More »

By: brandon / April 6, 2011 - 11:07 am

Sam Prekop – “The Silhouettes” (Stereogum Premiere)

Sam Prekop’s most distinctive attribute is his voice — that voice you’ve grown used to via longtime work with Shrimp Boat and the Sea And Cake (and via Broken Social Scene’s Forgiveness Rock Record). On “The Silhouettes,” the lead track from his forthcoming modular synthesized solo album Old Punch Card, he doesn’t open his mouth. More »

By: brandon / August 6, 2010 - 10:05 am

Citibank Urges Smart Spending With The Sea And Cake

We all have to spend, even in a recession, so why not bank with Citibank and spend smarter? That’s the premise of a new commercial in which folks share everyday examples of fiscal prudence. Citigroup has seen better days (I’m a finance scientist, obviously): the company’s splitting in two on the heels of accepting $45… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 4, 2009 - 12:49 pm

The ‘Gum Drop LVII: Hear New Sea & Cake, Win A GPS Unit

The Sea & Cake’s eighth album Car Alarm is out 10/21 via Thrill Jockey. A couple weeks ago, we posted the sun-kissed summertime video for electro-infused “Weekend.” In this week’s Drop, we debuted Car Alarm’s expansive, affecting title track and asked S&C founder/frontman Sam Prekop about the song’s shuffling lyricism as well as the pointlessne… More »

By: brandon / October 1, 2008 - 11:00 am

The Sea & Cake – “Car Alarm”

The Sea & Cake’s eighth album Car Alarm is out 10/21 via Thrill Jockey. A couple weeks ago, we posted the sun-kissed summertime video for electro-infused “Weekend.” In this week’s Drop, we’re offering Car Alarm’s expansive, affecting title track. We asked S&C founder/frontman Sam Prekop about the song’s shuffling lyricism.

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By: brandon / September 30, 2008 - 10:50 am

New Sea & Cake Video – “Weekend”

As its title might suggest, the Sea & Cake’s new video for “Weekend” arrives right on time for each of our individual weekends. It comes from their forthcoming eighth album Car Alarm, which follows last year’s Everybody. The clip opens with a kid flipping into a body of water then trails a pack of tee… More »

By: brandon / September 12, 2008 - 9:28 am

New Sea And Cake Video – “The Crossing”

Something about scrolling backdrops and the Sea & Cake these days. Just two days ago, the beautifully breezy Everybody cut “Coconut” was used as soundtrack for a sideways-moving collage of cool frogs, Grateful Dead bears, and 8-bit breakdancers; here, it’s more “real” than that, but just as single-angle minded. Director Lung sets a camera o… More »

By: Stereogum / September 28, 2007 - 3:18 pm

New Sea & Cake Video – “Coconut”

The constant sideways scan reminds us of Iron & Wine’s video for “Naked As We Came” — what is it with these noun/ampersand/noun bands? — but Sea & Cake’s “Coconut” is less sprinkler-side last-feast, more that obnoxious, constant rush of computerized imagery we’re all faced with on a daily basis: Goddamn those chattering and spinning… More »

By: Stereogum / September 26, 2007 - 1:44 pm

The Sea And Cake – “Exact To Me”

This one comes from Chicago post-jazz/rock outfit The Sea And Cake’s seventh full length, still a few months from release. “Exact To Me” has busy bass intersecting with palm-muted guitars, while Sam Prekop’s breathy coo is in the same subtle shape as last we heard it. The staccato groove shifts for the bridge, but it’… More »

By: Stereogum / February 23, 2007 - 10:45 am