Posts Tagged ‘Tim Kasher’

Dear Landlord is playing Subterranean on August 25, 2012. Now I just need to convince my friends that they like Dear Landlord:

Here’s a video of Sleater-Kinney playing the Henry Rollins show:

Check out this Love Drunk Studio video of Brendan Kelly performing outside the Gingerman.

Here’s another Love Drunk Studio video but with Tim Kasher.

Here’s some obligatory Tom Gabel:

This was probably the best show I’ve ever seen at Lincoln Hall but I don’t really remember too much of it. I did get there a little early so I could be sure to grab a good spot.

Tim Kasher

This was my fourth time seeing Tim this year but the first time I didn’t see him headline. The kids didn’t seem to be into Tim Kasher as much, but then again he was the opener. I have a feeling that many people didn’t know who he was. However, I saw some kids singing their hearts out, especially the kids wearing glasses and plaid shirts. It was a solid performance by Mr. Kasher. He played most of the songs from the album and he did covers of Bowie, The Good Life, and Cursive. Also, he still hasn’t had a haircut since July. I’ve seen him four times in six months and I’m still not sick of him.

Here’s a photo I took:

Tim Kasher set list:

  1. “Bad, Bad Dreams”
  2. “No Fireworks”
  3. “Just Don’t Get Caught”
  4. “There Must Be Something I’ve Lost”
  5. “Empty Bed” (Good Life cover)
  6. “Cold Love”
  7. “Surprise, Surprise”
  8. “Soul Love” (David Bowie cover)
  9. “A Grown Man”
  10. “Driftwood: A Fairy Tale” (Cursive cover)
  11. “I’m Afraid I’m Gonna Die Here”

The Hold Steady

I’d been looking forward to this since the day it was announced. The Hold Steady is probably my favorite live band. Lincoln Hall is my favorite live music venue. It was bound to be epic and it did not disappoint. It’s funny that one of the last shows of the year would be one of the best.

I was really bummed out that the Hold Steady didn’t play this summer and I was slightly disappointed by their show at the Vic. This made up for all of that.

I had been listening to their music all week. “Hornets! Hornets!” had been stuck in my head all day, especially that line that goes “She said I really like the crowds at the really big shows, people touching people that they don’t even know.” I thought it’d be the perfect song to start the night (because you can’t start with “Constructive Summer” in the winter).  The song started with Craig speaking into the mic, “She said always remember . . . ” The crowd went crazy. At that moment, I knew it was going to be an amazing show.  Hold Steady shows are always a good time, but this one was especially so because of the length of the set and the songs that were chosen. I’d say that they played about 95% of my favorite Hold Steady songs. There was a lot of jumping up and down, a lot of singing along, and a lot of drinking. It was definitely a great time. It was really cool seeing them in a venue this intimate (Lincoln Hall holds 500 whereas HOB holds 1300, the Vic holds 1400, and the Riv holds 2500).  I don’t know if the performance could ever be topped, but the next time they come into town, I’ll definitely be there.

The Hold Steady set list:

  1. “Hornets! Hornets”
  2. “Hurricane J”
  3. “Girls Like Status”
  4. “The Swish”
  5. ‘Rock Problems”
  6. “You Can Make Him Like You”
  7. ‘We Can Get Together”
  8. “Cattle and the Creeping Things”
  9. “Navy Sheets”
  10. “Chips Ahoy!”
  11. “Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night”
  12. “Stuck Between Stations”
  13. “Southtown Girls”
  14. “Your Little Hoodrat Friend”
  15. “The Smidge”
  16. “Stevie Nix”
  17. “Most People Are DJ’s”
  18. “Constructive Summer”
  19. “Massive Nights”
  20. “Slapped Actress”
  21. “Sweet Part of the City” (encore)
  22. “Sequestered In Memphis”(encore)
  23. “Stay Positive” (encore)
  24. “Killer Parties” (encore)

You can also check out a recap of the show by MeanLittleBumbleBee.

She even has a video of the first song up on Youtube:

I made a list like this for Lucero songs a few months ago. Well, the Tim Kasher solo album is finally out so I figured I’d make a list of my ten favorite Tim Kasher songs.

“The Martyr”

“The Lament of Pretty Baby”

I really didn’t start listening to Cursive until Domestica came out in 2000. At the time, they just seemed like a band that listened to a lot of Fugazi. It wasn’t until much later that I realized the emotional significance of this album; it’s all about Tim Kasher’s divorce. It’s really hard to break up these songs so I grouped them together. However, these are tracks two and six respectively. I remember getting to see Cursive when they toured for this album (they opened for Spoon). It’s crazy how much they have changed over the years.

“The Great Decay”

This is the second song on the Burst & Bloom EP. It came out in 2001. I believe that’s the EP where Cursive first incorporated a cello.

“May Flowers”

This came out in 2002 as part of a split with Eastern Youth entitled 8 Teeth to Eat You. It’s another song with cello. I’ve seen Cursive several times since they got rid of the cello and I still buy their albums but I think they’ll never be as good they were with the cello.

“Some Red Handed Sleight Of Hand”

This is not only one of my favorite Cursive songs. It’s one of my favorite songs of any band. I listened to this all the time in college. Released in 2003, It’s the first actual song on Ugly Organ. I couldn’t stop listening to that album when it first came out and it’s still one of my favorite albums.

“The Recluse”

I really can’t convey how much I love this song. Almost every song on Ugly Organ is a classic. These are some of my favorite lyrics: “You’re in my web now, I’ve come to wrap you up tight ’til it’s time to bite down.”

“O’Rourke’s, 1:20 A.M.”

This is one of my favorite songs of any band. It’s track four on Black Out, which came out in 2002. Although, I don’t think I started listening to the Good Life until a few years after that. I think this whole album is about drinking. This song is kind of depressing but very easy to relate to.

“Album of the Year”

This is probably my favorite song from the Good Life. Released in 2004, it’s the title track of the third album, Album of the Year. That’s another LP about a relationship falling apart. This is a great song to listen to, especially after a breakup. Some more great lyrics: “The last time that I saw her she was picking through which records were hers.”

“So Let Go”

This is the ninth track off the latest Good Life album, Help Wanted Nights. It came out in 2007. It’s my favorite recent Good Life song.

“I’m Afraid I’m Gonna Die Here”

Tim Kasher’s solo album, The Game of Monogamy, is pretty new, I’m not even sure if it’s officially out now. This is track three on it. Even though I’ve only listened to the album a few times, I remember seeing him play this song back at Tonic Room a few months ago. It definitely stood out as one of the best songs that night. I really dig it, mainly because of the trumpet. I can’t wait to see him play it at Schubas in November.