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Musical Pairing: The Sea and Cake – Everybody paired w/ Blueberry Cake (AND Iron & Wine giveaway!!)

For those who didn’t realize it, this past Saturday was music-nerd Christmas (Record Store Day). Record Store Day is billed as a day when independent record stores and artists come together to celebrate music. To mark the occasion “special vinyl and CD releases . . . are made exclusively for the day.” Needless to say, I spent a boat load of money on records this weekend. Don’t worry if you missed it though, I picked up something for you too (keep reading). One of my favorite purchases was the Thrill Jockey Record Store compilation, which seems appropriate since today’s Musical Pairing is a Thrill Jockey band: The Sea and Cake (who didn‘t appear on the compilation).

The Sea and Cake’s album, Everybody, is tender, warm indie-pop that pairs perfectly with this blueberry cake. It is upbeat, relaxed and beautiful. Lean, fuzzy guitars power the impeccable and catchy “Crossing Line.” On “Lightning,” lead singer SamPrekop’s sounds like he is delivering the lyrics through a hazy, trance while shimmering guitars and soft, light twirping noises echo softly in the background.

The Sea and Cake features members of several more experimental post-rock groups (Tortoise, Cocktail, Shrimp Boat, and Gastr del Sol), but the experimental leanings of these members is only alluded to on a few tracks on this album. Instead, most of the tracks are very straightforward and frequently sound jazz-influenced. When The Sea and Cake do wander away from straightforward songwriting, they still stay true to their overall sound. Dream-like vocals gradually flow across a landscape of warm, washing guitar feedback on the track “Left On.” Head over to KVRX to download a few live, acoustic tracks from The Sea and Cake.

And The Giveaway: Iron & Wine Live at Norfolk 6/20/2005 CD

Also, Musical Pairings @ Eating/SF is happy to announce it’s very first giveaway: a copy of the Record Store Day 2009 limited edition Iron & Wine live at Norfolk 6/20/2005 CD. This CD was sold at independent record stores this weekend as part of Record Store Day 2009. The 18 track disc was recorded during the Woman King tour and features a full band. How do you win? Leave a comment on any post on http://musicalpairings.blogspot.com/ between today and May 3, 2009. One person will be randomly selected on May 4.

–Matthew

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Ben

    I want that dern Iron and Wine album…

  • Joy

    I really enjoy the musical pairings! I get to try new recipes AND learn about cool new music! Thanks so much!

  • Leland’s Mama

    I just discovered your site. You have great taste in music.

  • Matthew

    Thanks Joy and Leland’s Mama! I’m glad you are enjoying the musical pairings. Always feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions or requests too!

  • Jerry

    I'd really like to score a copy of the Iron & Wine album

  • Jessica

    I tweeted about Everybody on Friday – it’s such a great album! I said that it always makes me want to drive up the coast with the windows down. (Right?) I can’t wait to check out the rest of your suggestions, thx!

  • Anonymous
  • Douglas

    Would love to get the Iron & Wine album! Thanks for having the give away!

    bananaco9@gmail.com

  • Anonymous

    I need it!

    ylevkiv@gmail.com

  • Jake Hansen

    Awesome, Iron & Wine is such good stuff. We all know Samuel Beam's beard is amazing. also what's the tracklist for this?

    jakefolkrock@yahoo.com

  • Jake Hansen

    Hey Matt, i just got the album, it’s awesome oh yeah you were right this version of “Teeth In the Grass” is amazing.

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