When the Omaha, Nebraska, indie scene erupted in the late '90s, Tim Kasher must have felt a few symptoms of Younger Sibling Syndrome. While touring partner and drinking buddy Conor Oberst was simultaneously dissing the emo tag and posing for Spin
covers, Kasher was quietly reuniting his own lesser-known outfit, Cursive, for 2000's spectacular Domestica
. But whereas Cursive gained some critical praise and moderate public attention, Oberst and Bright Eyes blasted into Midwestern hipster heaven (which Oberst promptly ditched for self-aggrandizement on the streets of New York City). In the long run, however, it's Kasher who has been the more prolific of the two. Besides Cursive's successful 2003 follow-up, The Ugly Organ
, Kasher formed the Good Life
, an outlet to scale down his postpunk a few notches. And what a good life it's been: The band's prophetically titled full-length, Album of the Year
, hit critical pay dirt once again, garnering the appellation Best Indie Record of 2004 on Allmusic.com
. For a man in the shadows, Kasher certainly knows how to shine brightly.