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Cursive / No Knife

Cursive / No Knife: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2003)
Saddle Creek Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: Katie4213Katie4213
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As much as I don't support the U.S.'s decision to go to war in Iraq, I wish the protesters on Thursday night in Chicago could have chosen a different night or a location other than Lake Shore Drive to do their demonstration. A drive, which normally takes me under a half hour, turned into a two hour.


As much as I don't support the U.S.'s decision to go to war in Iraq, I wish the protesters on Thursday night in Chicago could have chosen a different night or a location other than Lake Shore Drive to do their demonstration. A drive, which normally takes me under a half hour, turned into a two hour and fifteen minute adventure to get to the Metro to see Cursive, No Knife, Small Brown Bike, and The Ghost.

So thanks to the traffic I completely missed The Ghost and Small Brown Bike. But at least the demonstration got its point across. As for The Ghost, I love this band. I have seen them a few times before, and I was really looking forward to seeing them again. I just picked up the Thick Records Oil Compilation CD and am hooked on The Ghost's contribution to the CD. If you do not own this CD, you need to pick it up. It is amazing. Anyways, this Chicago native band always put on amazing live show. Check out their full length "This is a Hospital" on Some Records. If you are a fan of Cursive, you will love these guys. Their lyrics are sophisticated and unique, with amazing guitar skills. I am not going to be too much help on Small Brown Bike. I have heard a lot about them but have not yet had the chance to see them live. From what I've heard, I've liked, and they are known to put on a pretty impressive show. I guess I will just have to wait until next time.

The first bad I got to see for the night was No Knife. In October of last year I saw them in Seattle when they opened for Jimmy Eat World. That was the first time I had ever heard them, and I was hooked. I have been listening to them ever since, and was stoked to see them again. They are a five-piece band, with a keyboard. Their sound is all their own. I find it hard to compare them to anyone else. My advice, check them out for yourself if you have not already. Their latest album, Riot For Romance released in Fall 2002 on Better Looking Records, is a must have. Go get it.

I feel inferior when I write about Cursive. They are too amazing to praise. Anything I write seems inadequate. Again, their set was flawless, which was no surprise to me. And they played a bunch of new tracks off their newest release The Ugly Organ. One of the best characteristics of Cursive, besides their cello, is how they never forget to leave out any of their amazing old songs. Although their new album just came out, they still wooed the crowd with songs from Domestica, and Burst and Bloom. Lead singer Tim Kasher had one of the best voices I have heard in a long time. He is innovative and unique, creating his own style and trademark. The Metro was pretty packed by the time Cursive took the stage. This band is getting a lot of exposure and support. When I saw them in Seattle it was a sold out show, and last night the metro got close to selling out. On a side note, Cursive had some pretty cool new merch I was temped to buy. You would be stupid to not check these guys out if they come through your town. This is what real talent sounds like.

What a welcome back to Chicago. If only I was able to see all the bands, but hey, I got to see Cursive, and that just made my whole spring break. All these bands are amazing, so if you ever get a chance to see any of them, jump on it. You will get to hear some good music, and see some great people perform.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 31, 2003)

im sorry, but Small Brown Bike was the best band there. Its to bad you missed them. Next time they come around you need to see them!

Anonymous (March 31, 2003)

This shit is ridiculous.
--Joeheadface

Anonymous (March 29, 2003)

"..only one *loking* stupid here is you. When your only argument is that im making myself *lok* stupid.."

Thank you for proving my point. You do LOOK stupid!

gamesetmatch,
-feedmynightmare

GreenVandal (March 28, 2003)

Oh, I wasnt saying you were a dick....but you did say it like a dick. It was very condescending. But I thought it was funny. And yeah, I dont know why I called you Safari. Sorry bout that Fuzzy.

Fuzzy (March 28, 2003)

Actually, my name's Fuzzy. Well, Justin. The safari thing is in reference to the new Apple Web Browser that doesn't like PN's cookies. And if knowing a band's in print catalog is being a scenester, then label me as such. I'm not even that huge of a Cursive fan. I was a dick about it, just basically wanted to inform him.

GreenVandal (March 27, 2003)

Way to show off how big of a scenester you are Safari. Hahahaha. And feedmynightmare or whatever your called, I think the only one loking stupid here is you. When your only argument is that im making myself lok stupid, you know you dont have one.

Anonymous (March 27, 2003)

So did they play anything off their first album? Such Blinding Stars... Because Cursive had life before they were on Saddle Creek. Again, one thing you should do is know the band's material before you talk bout them "playing the old stuff". But overall, a decent review. Small Brown Bike is pretty amazing live, you missed what was probably a great performance. -Fuzzy (safari hates your cookies)

Anonymous (March 27, 2003)

Pissing people off is a side effect that cannot be avoided sometimes. You can't fit thousands upon thousands of people on sidewalks, so the streets are where people are forced to go. A normally 45 minute ride took roughly 2 hours going to this show and I wasn't really upset even though I saw Small Brown Bike play 4 songs, and they're one of my favorite bands. I knew it was important NOW (when we're at war) and realize it is not only freedom of speech, but for a good cause. Sure, it won't change the minds of everyone for or against the war, but it's still needs to happen.

Anonymous (March 27, 2003)

"Cursive, No Knife, Small Brown Bike, and The Ghost. "

thats a show lineup to dream about. 3 of my favorite bands.

Anyone else get new shoes for the new war?

the new wars fucking awesome.

wyzo

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

"I wish I didn't have to explain this to you, but the reason they're in the road is because there were so many and the road was shut down. Is this too complex of a concept for you? And I'm sure they're really concerned about some idiot like yourself who wants to cry because they're stuck in traffic. This is war not something that can just be dismissed so you can get to where you're going on time. DICK. I also see that somehow you've come to the conclusion that protesting doesn't change people's minds or have any point. Right..."

Sorry I wasn't there for this exact protest, but I know that just recently in my home town people shut down a busy intersection in protest. If they're not concerned about "some idiot" like me who wants to get where I want to go, then fuck them, they shouldn't have been in the road in the first place. They may regret it when they're a splatter on my fender.

I'm not dismissing the war by saying get the fuck out of the road. I'm saying that if they are blocking traffic and fucking with people it's gonna take away from their cause. People are less likely to take someone's message to heart if they're blocking the fuckin road. So stay on the side of the road and protest, that's cool, get your point across that way, but you're less effective if you're just pissing people off. Or is that the point?

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

"Oh my god. Live looping and recorded sampling, there is SUCH huge fucking difference there"

Please stop making yourself look so fucking stupid!

cheers,
-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

"now that's a knife!"

"no that's not, that's a spoon."

"all right, all right, I see you've played knifey spoony before."

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

I can't believe you said "ish"

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

That was coherant....ahaahaahahah...duhhhhh.ahjahahahdhsfg. I'M AN IDIOT@! AAHAHAHHA

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

bottle rocket was a pretty funny movie...big ups for the name DIGNIN...ahahahahahahahahaha, nothings funnier than comments about war on the REVIEW FOR THE CURSIVE/NO KNIFE SHOW...ahahahahahahahahahahahahahha...isn't there like a chat room where you can do that shit...ahaha...

cursive's new ish is really good can't wait to see them myself. CHECK EM OUT

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

http://cryptome.org/rad.htm

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

How about making a statement? Any rational person wouldn't look at it simply as a silly inconvenience."

"Actually, if a bunch of douchebags were blocking traffic, I'd see it as a rather "silly" inconvenience. If they wanna protest, fine, hold up signs and shit but don't block my fucking traffic. You're not changing the guy in support of the war's mind anyway."

I wish I didn't have to explain this to you, but the reason they're in the road is because there were so many and the road was shut down. Is this too complex of a concept for you? And I'm sure they're really concerned about some idiot like yourself who wants to cry because they're stuck in traffic. This is war not something that can just be dismissed so you can get to where you're going on time. DICK. I also see that somehow you've come to the conclusion that protesting doesn't change people's minds or have any point. Right...

GreenVandal (March 26, 2003)

Oh my god. Live looping and recorded sampling, there is SUCH huge fucking difference there. I mean, if they do recorded beats, there is no integrity there. No way. Get off your fuckin soap box, your petty argument didnt do anything. I dont care how the samples were made, I care how they got there, and that they complimented the music. It worked fine. And how come everyone assumes that you have to be in bands from the "golden age" of rock to be a talented song writer? One listen to "The Ugly Organ" and you will know this dude is one hell of a song writer. Now please shut up.

Strewtho (March 26, 2003)

no one cares about the highlighted reviews

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

hey here is an idea!!!
instead of bitching about politics on a web board, go out and vote in your next election! shit then maybe you just might change something. and dont start bitching "I DO VOTE!!" because polls dont lie. young people who are old enough to vote simply dont! No matter how much the pop culture conglomerate MTV has "rocked the vote" young adults dont vote and that is where youweusme lose our voices. why is there a republican in office??? its because young people didnt vote in the last election. during presidental campaigns, hopefull elects spend their time appeasing the moderate vote, in this case {meaning today or the last election) is mostly baby boomers, elderly people who like clockwork vote. you can bet your ass most people 40 and up vote religously, shit 60 and up you have voters in the bag. why should a politican spend time trying to educate or appease the youth of today when they are not going to vote for them, even if we are old enough.
ok i am going to look at pictures of girls having sex with girls! now that the stuff!

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

It's punk to be anti-war....so fuck the government!

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

Meh, start your own website and pay for your own hosting costs if you don't like the bold reviews. Scott has every right to do whatever he wants with the site. BTW, I saw Cursive and SBB in Minneapolis and it was great... oh but I long to see No Knife.. Why must I live in this hell hole?

bruceless (March 25, 2003)

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Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

all these bands are great
i'm going to the show at the glasshouse, only i don't think small brown bike or the ghost are there for that show.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

GreenVandal . Please stop , you have no idea what youre talking about. Yet another person that should learn something about music. Obviously no one would bring all the instruments, but im talking about live sampling. What Cursive does is pre record loops from a computer that they record. They then set presets on the sample machine and click them in during the song. LIVE sampling is recording shit on the fly and looping it. Live sampling is taking pieces of loops that a band would record offstage and during a set, mix these pieces to make the entire sample. Cursive already has this done, I dont see how this is talent. Now fuck off you brainless douchebag.

relay1112 (March 25, 2003)

"How about making a statement? Any rational person wouldn't look at it simply as a silly inconvenience."

Actually, if a bunch of douchebags were blocking traffic, I'd see it as a rather "silly" inconvenience. If they wanna protest, fine, hold up signs and shit but don't block my fucking traffic. You're not changing the guy in support of the war's mind anyway.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

Eighteenth!

dignin (March 25, 2003)

Actually Mr. Anonymous I am anti war and those "mindless comments" as you put are what some would call participating in dialogue. I didn't actually beleive in those comments but I was trying to have an inteligent discussion so that both me and the person who I was debating with could learn more about the subject. On a sidenote I was at a war protest in Seattle the other day and some of the people there made me ashamed to have the stance I have. They were there mostly to yell at cops and to live or relive the 60's.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

right on GreenVandal.

GreenVandal (March 25, 2003)

oh and that kid wasnt saying he didnt like the time signature of Small Brown Bikes songs. He was saying they were playing offbeat. Like one perosn playing too slow and the other one playing too fast. Thats not being creative. Thats sucking.

GreenVandal (March 25, 2003)

OK, everytime I check a review today, Feedmynightmare is there making another stupid comment. Dude, do you ever shut the fuck up? You are a absolute moron! I have not red a single intelligent thing out of you yet! Cursive has real talent, and taking all the equipment they need to play there songs with them on tour would be absolutely ridiculous because they are far from millionaires. So they use loops to keep the songs integrity intact. Most bands just tack on violin and organs and other fncy stuff to there music in the studio, but Cursive writes with all that stuff there. Those are the songs. SO they use loops because its pretty hard to take a organ on tour with you in your van. And it still sounds good. I dont know what is up your ass but, you need to get it out. The kid was pissed that he missed part of the show cuz of the rally. I would be too. Realistically you would be too. Please stop trying to seem so cool and shut up.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

Yea to the douchebag that commented about the guys in small brown bike playing to different beats, not all music is played in 4/4. These guys have more talent than most of the bands today. So, next time you say something ridiculous , learn a thing or two about music.

exploding the airwaves since '99,
-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

"You know, though, the MOST important thing about protesting a war is changing people's minds to see what you see, and ticking them off by makiing them sit int raffic for an hour and a half is not the best way to do that."

How about making a statement? Any rational person wouldn't look at it simply as a silly inconvenience. Anyway, I saw this show and all the bands were pretty good, Small Brown Bike wasn't that off time, give me a break. Otherwise, Cursive sounded better than they did at the fireside last time I saw them. Come to think of it, No Knife is kinda boring.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

Fuck of Dignin, I'm sick of your shit. You posted about 500 mindless comments on war posts that were disproven repeatidly. FUCK YOU!

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

i was at this show. small brown bike absolutly blew. not because their music was bad but because they didnt even keep time with each other. it was really pathetic. watching a bunch of guys rock out to different beats.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

yeah, shut up. Cursive is the best.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

You know, though, the MOST important thing about protesting a war is changing people's minds to see what you see, and ticking them off by makiing them sit int raffic for an hour and a half is not the best way to do that.
And so what if the loops are prerecorded, who do you think recorded them? It still takes talent to put on a show like they did. I saw it the other night. This show is amazing. They even did the oddest cover ever of "You Shook Me All Night Long,"
as well as playing a song from one of their first two albums. They even played a slow version of "The Radiator Hums" because last time they were here some kid kept yelling for it. Great show.
I do have to add that No Knife bored the crap out of me, but Minus The Bear was very cool.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

Who's Ted Kasher?

dignin (March 25, 2003)

I heard Bush was going to stop the war because of the protesters...yaaa riiiiight.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

Bob Dylan was real talent, The Beatles were real talent. Cursive is very good at what they do, but real talent? Cmon now. All of Ted's loops and effect patterns are even pre recorded.

-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

Small Brown Bike stole the show. Cursive's last album was great, Ugly Organ is all filler(garbage).

Oh and how dare those protestors inconvience you . I mean getting to the show on time is much more important than the voice of hundreds. Grow the fuck up. Realize whats important here.

-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

          S E C O N D ! ! !

TheBouncingSoul (March 25, 2003)

good review, but again folks, can we just put reviews on the site from people who actually caught the entire show?

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