Art of Manliness Weekly Link Roundup: Cake and Mates of State Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay on July 25, 2009 · 6 comments

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This weekend is the annual D-fest music festival in Tulsa. Kate and I are going tonight, and I’m pretty stoked about the line up. Two of my favorite bands will be playing: Cake and Mates of State. Many of you have probably heard Cake before. They sing “Going the Distance” which is probably played at every sports event in America. But there’s definitely more to Cake than than one song. Check out Comfort Eagle. I think it’s their best album. Mates of State is a husband and wife duo that has a sound that’s hard to describe. It’s definitely mellow and chill and sort of nostalgic.

Alright, let’s take a look at some links:

Jayson at Revolutionary Man posted a great article on the purpose and value of men’s groups. He followed that post up with a good rundown on how to start a men’s group. If you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to Jayson’s blog. He’s a fantastic writer and puts out interesting and useful content for men.

Trent at The Simple Dollar has a fantastic series going on called “Trent’s 14 Rules of Money.” The most recent rule was “Stop Trying to Impress Other People.” Couldn’t agree more.

Leo Babatua at Zen Habits has put out another e-book called Essential Motivation Habits. If you feel like you’ve been in a rut lately, definitely pick up the book. Lots of great info in it.

According to a survey of British women, mechanics have the manliest occupation. Hmm… maybe it’s time you learn a manual skill.

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Around the Community This Week

Brian asks What’s Your Favorite Cologne? Lots of good suggestions from readers.

I started a discussion about fears unique to men. Are there fears that are unique to the male experience?

Robert asks the community how to be a mentor. It’s tough transitioning from being the mentee to being the mentor. What advice would you give a man who suddenly finds himself the mentor of a young man?

Andrew wants to know “how do you hold your pants up?” Are you a belt or suspenders man?

In the Manly Dads Group, Brad seeks advice on getting ready to have kids.

The men in the Film Group are discussing what upcoming movies they are looking forward to seeing.

In response to this week’s article on best guns for home defense, Shaun Daws asks in the Philosopher’s Group whether  killing in self defense is morally acceptable?

Other questions posed in the Philosopher’s Group include:

Should couples wait until marriage to have sex?

Is there such thing as an original thought?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dusty Gilpin July 26, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Let’s hear it for Oklahoma!

2 Tess July 28, 2009 at 8:23 am

I agree, Comfort Eagle is Cake’s best album. I hope I get a chance to see them live someday. They never come to my area, though! Maybe one of these days I should make a week of it and go wherever they are.

3 Brett July 28, 2009 at 12:17 pm


I guess you could say that they’re never there! :)

Their show is definitely worth at least a moderate drive. As you can tell from Cake’s lyrics the lead singer is really smart and witty and he really puts on an entertaining show. We really enjoyed ourselves.

4 Justin Koeppen July 28, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Wile I’ll agree that Comfort Eagle is a good album, there’s not getting around Fashion Nugget or Prolonging the Magic for classic era Cake. Seems like in the span between Prolonging… and Comfort Eagle they traded some of their raw appeal for slick production. However the title track off Comfort Eagle is as good as anything they’ve done before or since. That’s just me though and I like bands at their most eager; before they’re too popular and compromise their integrity. :)

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