Poking through my music library, I recently stumbled across Cursive's back catalog and got sucked into a nostalgia time warp to my emo-soundtracked high school years. Domestica (2000) and the follow-up EP Burst and Bloom (2001) represent some of the best of what's been called emo: brash and melodic, with lyrics and vocals that are overwrought and affected but not cheesy. (I unfortunately can't say the same about the album art, as seen above.)
"The Radiator Hums" is one of my favorite tracks of all time, and it's been firmly stuck in my head for a couple of weeks since revisiting it. It's supposedly offered for free on the band's website, but the link is broken, so here it is. Eat it up.