Author: Kara Pound
Omaha, Neb.-native, Tim Kasher, has spent much of his music career as the frontman of indie groups Cursive and The Good Life.An accomplished multi-instrumentalist (he plays accordion, guitar, organ, keyboard, vuvuzela and bass) and master lyricist/vocalist, Kasher will be making his way to Caf_ 11 in support of his first debut solo album "The Game Of Monogamy" (October 2010 on Saddle Creek Records), and the follow-up EP, "Bigamy: More songs from the monogamy sessions" (August 2011 on Saddle Creek Records).Compass caught up with Kasher recently to chat about his upcoming gig. Here's a bit from that conversation.Compass: How's the road been treating you?Tim Kasher: Um, it's been good. I've actually done more writing and recording this year ? in 2011 ? than touring. So it's been kinda nice. It seems like a change of pace ? this year.Compass: I know you went through a divorce about a decade ago. Is your latest music a response to that time?T.K.: No. Not even in the least _ at least I don't think. It's [monogamy] kind of a conversational topic that we all go through and experience. I think it's all of our collective experiences. It's just a few different angles of something that's just so much larger.Compass: The video you made for the track "Cold Love" is depressing and funny ? even a bit tongue-in-cheek. Would you agree? T.K.: I think when I was younger I was really serious. Over the years, I've noticed that writers I really like tend to be a bit more well rounded. So that's something I've tried to do in my own writing. Maybe with cynicism comes a lot of acceptance as well. I'm trying to get better at applying more of myself to the source for more dramatic material.Compass: When I was watching the video, the actress you cast as your spouse looked really familiar, so I Googled her to find she's actress Molly Parker. Are you two friends? How did you get her to do the video? T.K.: We had met a few years back and we decided to collaborate on a project and hopefully she'll do something else with me in the future. She was really considerate to play along with it. She never even read the short script for it. I kept suggesting that she read it, so she knew what she was getting herself into. Compass: You've been active in the music industry for nearly 20 years, yet this is the first time releasing an album under your own name. Why now?T.K.: Well, just in the past I was kinda uncomfortable ? there's certainly a stigma to releasing under your own name ? at least in the indie rock scene. People usually use monikers. I don't really find the name "Tim Kasher" to be appealing or easy on the ears. It's sort of a dull title. Using the name now is just kind of a means to starting over again.Tim Kasher with Full Band featuring Aficionado/Best of Synthia performs on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at The Original Cafe 11, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.