Even if you didn’t dig into “From The Hips” and “I Couldn’t Love You” (you should have), take the four minutes to start your day with Cursive’s stop at the Ed Sullivan Theatre Friday night. The Omaha outfit summoned an air of electricity from the sparse jags and soaring climax of Mama I’m Swollen’s lead single, and I’m not sure that David’s sound system’s ever sounded more dialed in. You don’t need Letterman’s 180º (from teasing the album title during his band intro to “Good God”ding his way over to congratulate them) to certify its awesomeness, but it does show Dave’s still paying attention to his musical acts. As of now, Cursive is on fire.

Whoa. The title track can be Dropped, or you should probably just get the whole record which is out via Saddle Creek.

Comments (18)
  1. jayfarer  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2009 0

    So much better than Happy Hollow.

  2. amazing performance, im loving this album!

  3. Jarrett  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2009 0

    Hot damn. That was slick.

  4. Jamie  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2009 0

    Yeah this was a great performance.

  5. chrischke  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2009 0

    pop punk.

  6. Great performance. Song’s… alright.

  7. where did cornbread compton go? this drummer is mediocre in comparison

  8. Christian  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2009 0

    take that pitchfork, with your lazy 5.0

  9. Mark  |   Posted on Mar 17th, 2009 0

    Further proof that Tim Kasher has the best bad voice in rock and roll. Kick ass.

  10. polyh3dron  |   Posted on Mar 17th, 2009 0

    Holy crap that was a great performance.. But the album is nowhere near as brilliant as Happy Hollow, Ugly Organ or Domestica.

  11. Nancy  |   Posted on Mar 17th, 2009 0

    If you think they were great on Letterman, check out the entire album. It is amazzzzzzzzzzzzzing!

  12. I have a general rule I go by:
    if its posted on stereogum, and they have beards, its probably worth a listen.
    I know that’s probably not the best criteria to use to discover new music, but so far it has worked.

  13. Zink  |   Posted on Mar 19th, 2009 0

    Is this a U2 cover? Too bad. Real cute lead singer, though.

  14. Cornbread is my man! too bad he wasn’t in this performance :(

  15. “Zink” Cursive is Original as of this far Tim Kasher has not covered anyones music… He doesn’t need to, this man has talent.

    And even IF he ever did remake another band song… There isn’t anything wrong with U2… and who knows maybe Tim Mother Fuckin Kasher would only fix the song for the better.

    Tim Kasher isn’t cute…. that man is BEAUTIFUL!

  16. Ugh so effing good.

  17. Terry's Chocolate Orange  |   Posted on Mar 29th, 2009 0

    Ted’s backing vocals sound ridiculously stupid.
    this is, however, a step up from Happy Hollow.
    i miss the visceral punch of the Ugly Organ & everything before it.

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