Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Cursive, Live@Chessvolt Studios with Video and Mp3s

by Landry on September 12, 2009

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Cursive sounds like Cursive. After 14 years and 8 records, distinctive and true, Tim Kasher and his Omaha band continue to alchemically pound out intellectual, intensely stormy accounts and contemplations into sublimely vitreous song-drops, the way a tempestuous ocean unfailingly beats jagged rocks into beautifully shiny, smooth stones.

Kasher’s graphic lyrics penetrate, perfectly dark. Combined with his weary, all-out, one-of-a-kind wail, his vocal lines simultaneously jar and transfix. Add to that longtime buddies/bandmates – Matt Maginn laying down reliably rousing, expert and heavily throbbing bass and Ted Stevens doing his thing on guitar – plus some spice from horn, Nord and, of course, fresh drumming, and you get living, ‘post-hardcore’, ‘indie rock’ manna in the form of these juicy live recordings.

The session was a full-out, engrossing, private concert of five songs – three from the new record, Mama, I’m Swollen, and two older favorites. Kasher gave it his all the whole time, wailing, possessed, invested and button-pushed.

Driftwood: A Fairy Tale came off immensely. This vital-as-ever rendition of their long-loved, umbral Pinnochio love tale originally emerged on Cursive’s 2003 album, The Ugly Organ. Occasional backing vocals – super low ala Leonard Cohen – add a surreal quality of slight ironic humor. Their other seasoned tune here is an energetic The Radiator Hums from 2000′s Cursive’s Domestica. From the new album, the band played Caveman, Mama, I’m Satan and last, a fittingly exasperated-sounding From the Hips, characteristically chock-full of savory lines, like: ‘I hate this damn enlightenment. We were better off as animals, right?’

A creatively tortured genius, Kasher naturally jacks up compassion meters in his fans. His songs, his smarts and the way he bares the intimate fabric that lines him on the inside make you love him.

Cursive – Caveman – Luxury Wafers Sessions from Luxury Wafers on Vimeo.

Listen to the Exclusive Live Tracks (option/click to download):

Driftwood [mp3]

From the Hips [mp3]

Mama I’m Satan [mp3]

The Radiator Hums [mp3]

Links to: Mama, I’m Swollen(3/10/2009, Saddle Creek), The Ugly Organ (2003, Saddle Creek), Cursive’s Domestica (2000, Saddle Creek).

By the way, the Cursive crew came casual (their most outstanding fashion flair occured in the subtle touch of Kasher’s light pink Chucks), reminding me of why I love to hang with artists and why I think music magazines with an emphasis on what bandmembers are wearing suck big ones. Long live substance and meaning.

    { 5 comments… read them below or add one }

    stanleybobbles September 14, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Cursive… Good… (read aloud, like a caveman would.)

    Mike L September 15, 2009 at 8:58 am

    I love Cursive. Great recordings. I’m glad they brought it back to Domestica for a little. The Radiator Hums is one of my favorites from that album. You guys just keep it going and I really respect that. I have yet to find something I don’t like.

    Yuri September 15, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Wow! this song sounds really great! Tim has a great voice here as well, and the whole feel is amazing! Great session!

    milli September 16, 2009 at 12:32 am

    ;) *

    Robert Huston September 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    "Long live substance and meaning."
    _ word. People tend to forgot that.

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