Tim Kasher's Good Life as a Song Writing Machine

Tim Kasher will be in the Constellation Room with the Good Life on Thursday.
Tim Kasher will be in the Constellation Room with the Good Life on Thursday.
Shervin Lainez

Over the last 22 years, Tim Kasher has written a few songs.

Actually, over the last 22 years, Tim Kasher has written a few hundred songs.

But that's what happens when you lead multiple successful bands and a solo act all at the same time. Sure, Kasher may be best known as the driving force behind Cursive, but that doesn't make his work with the Good Life (or by himself, or with various other groups) any less important. In Kasher's eyes, they're just different styles.

"It's a different group of musicians, and it's all different people," Kasher says. "I think it's kind of a boring technical difference musically, but when I'm writing for Cursive, I try to make the best Cursive album. When I'm writing for the Good Life or myself, I'm just trying to make the best songs possible."

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OC will be graced with a good portion of those songs on Thursday, when the Good Life performs in the Constellation Room at the Observatory in Santa Ana. While the Good Life (much like Kasher's own life) has evolved over the last 15 years, the 41-year-old Omaha native believes their live shows have taken on a tone of their own.

"We play stuff from our entire catalog, not just the new album," Kasher says. "I think it's more of a rock and roll show than it used to be. We did the east coast already, and I think it was pretty good."

Originally, it looked like Santa Ana would be getting a double dose of Omaha emo/indie songwriting genius with Conor Oberst's Desaparecidos scheduled to play the Observatory this past Friday. That show was unfortunately canceled due to Oberst falling ill, but Kasher still thinks it's a cool coincidence that the two can tour the country with their "other" bands at roughly the same time.

"I don't think either of us even intended to be in our 'other' bands playing at the same time, it just kind of worked out that way," Kasher says. "It's cool to see (Oberst) have success like that, because (having multiple bands) is something that I think we both like to do."

The Good Life will be at the Constellation Room on Thursday, November 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and are available on the Observatory's website.

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