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Album of the Year

Author: Rob Harvilla
10/04/2004 | Pitchforkmedia.com | www.pitchforkmedia.com | Live Show Preview
Ah, yes, autumn, when a young man's thoughts turn to side projects. Fresh off Cursive's triumphant Curiosa misadventures, frontman Tim Kasher now trains both barrels on The Good Life, his sadder, subtler, more sensitive incarnation. The group is presently intent on touring its collective ass off to support Album of the Year, the splendid new rock opera-ish full length that, for the record, really sounds very little like Faith No More.

So here's The Good Life's U.S. tour dates, with a trio of Japanese engagements to round things out. But in the event you hit one of these shows, Tim's got a couple requests:

1. In the event you've had a romantic liaison with Tim previously, don't ask if that song about the awful, deteriorating relationship (i.e. any of them) is about you. It's not. "It's fiction," Kasher insisted in a recent alt-weekly interview. "I never met anyone by throwing up in the ladies' room stall, but it's symbolic of the way a relationship starts. That's what writing is, you know?" We totally do! (This news story is a complete work of fiction, by the way.)

2. Kindly destroy some property to ease the tension. "It's always great when the crowd is really quiet and everyone seems to be really focused on it, but the more they're focused on what I'm singing the weirder it gets for me," Kasher noted. "I'm usually up there like, 'Oh God, will someone please break a glass or something!'"

Here's to The Good Life:

10-04 Austin, TX - Emo's *
10-05 Denton, TX - Hailey's *
10-06 Houston, TX - Mary Jane's Fat Cat *
10-08 Orlando, FL - The Social (w/ Neva Dinova)
10-09 St. Augustine, FL - Café 11 *
10-10 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
10-11 Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle (w/ Neva Dinova, Rilo Kiley, Now It's Overhead, Tilly and the Wall)
10-12 Washington, DC - Black Cat *
10-13 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
10-14 Clinton, NY - Hamilton College (w/ Neva Dinova)
10-15 New York, NY - Webster Hall (w/ The Faint, Broken Spindles, Beep Beep, and Son, Ambulance)
10-16 Providence, RI - The Call (w/ Pinback) *
10-17 Boston, MA - Paradise (w/ Pinback) *
10-18 Toronto, Ontario - Horseshoe Tavern *
10-19 Montreal, Quebec - La Salla Rossa *
10-20 Buffalo, NY - Nietzchies *
10-21 Columbus, OH - Little Brothers *
10-22 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
10-23 Chicago, IL - Abbey *
10-24 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock *
10-25 Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis *
10-26 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground *
10-29 Ebisu, Japan - Liquid Room (w/ Eastern Youth)
11-01 Kichijoji, Japan - Star Pine's Café (w/ Hyotan, M.A.G.O.)
11-04 Shibuya, Japan - Quattro (w/ The Velvet Teen)

* with Neva Dinova and The '89 Cubs (but not the '85 Bears, unfortunately)
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