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Cursive knows fans want to hear some obscure songs. People even bug frontman Tim Kasher about it at the bar.
Over the next few weeks, those super-fans might get their wish.
Starting Thursday night and continuing on Dec. 12 and 19, the acclaimed Omaha-based indie rock band is holding down a residency at The Waiting Room Lounge. During those shows, which start at 9 p.m., the group is playing both its popular songs and a big group of fan favorites and deep cuts from its nine-album catalog.
Kasher told me he didn't want to sell the series as the band playing every song from its now-extensive history. It can't play 40 songs a night, he said.
But it is digging out tunes from as far back as 1997's “Such Blinding Stars for Starving Eyes.”
“There's just a lot of stuff to choose from,” Kasher said. “As I was selecting (the set lists), it's almost all stuff that we've taken out and done on the road. There's really only maybe a few songs that were daunting to relearn.”
Kasher said it's been nice going back to revisit these songs and that muscle memory took over after listening to them and, yes, looking up the lyrics online.
The set lists are a mix of songs such as “The Martyr” and “Art Is Hard,” tunes that Kasher said have been played at almost every show since they were released. Others are songs fans have been clamoring for or favorites of band members they don't often play.
Over the three shows, some songs will be played once and others twice. Each night will be different in case super-fans are wondering whether to attend each show.
Perhaps most interesting is that Cursive is recording all three of the concerts. Back in the day, the band brought live recording equipment on the road to document some of its shows. Unfortunately, someone broke into its van and stole the hard drive, which was likely worth little to the thief. It meant a lot to the band, and members were so frustrated that they scrapped the idea.
For Kasher, the recordings will be a snapshot of the band.
“I want to encourage everyone to play the songs the way they've evolved. Those nuances can be very subtle and worth rerecording for posterity,” he said.
At some point, the band may compile them into a live album, but that all depends on how the guys feel after listening to the shows.
Until tonight, the band has been working hard to make the shows — and all those long unplayed songs — as good as they can be.
“We're gonna be rehearsing every day like a boot camp,” Kasher said. “That's all I really have in mind.”
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Benson record shop to host live music series
Almost Music, the Benson record shop, is starting a new live music series.
Local guitarist Luke Polipnick is curating the series along with Brad Smith, the shop's owner. It will mostly feature experimental music.
The record store, which shares a space with Solid Jackson Books, will host the series periodically on the bookstore side of the store.
Polipnick's Esoteric Trio, Derek Higgins and Rake Kash kick off the series Saturday. Tickets are $5.