This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: CVU: The CMJ 2012 Album, featuring interviews recorded at and around this year’s CMJ! Host Jaime Black checks in with Santah, Scott Lucas, Into It. Over It, and Gemini Club! Stream or download those podcasts above.
Dynasty Podcasts: The CMJ 2012 Album
CVU220 – Santah @ CMJ
In an interview recorded outside of Pianos, Stan McConnell, Vivian McConnell, Steve Plock, Otto Stuparitz, and Tommy Trafton of Santah discuss their new You’re Still a Lover EP, released on the day of the interview.
CVU221 – Scott Lucas @ CMJ
Scott Lucas sits down with CVU in Union Square Park to delve into Local H’s new full length, Hallelujah! I’m a Bum, including revealing how the album connects to 2008′s 12 Angry Months effort. The multi-band frontman also reveals his reasoning for more making a more politically charged record, and how Chicago plays into Hallelujah! I’m a Bum.
CVU222 – Into It. Over It @ CMJ
Into It. Over It frontman Evan Weiss discusses the band’s new 52 Weeks reissue box set, as well as the adjustments that come with performing with a full band in a live setting.
CVU223 – Gemini Club @ CMJ
Standing outside of Webster Hall, Tom Gavin and Gordon Bramli of Gemini Club discuss their road travel misadventures, in addition to weighing in on how the band has been able to procure official showcase slots at both CMJ and SXSW.
ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Pinterest.
As exclusively reported here at CVU all the way back in January 2011, the next album from Local H will be titled Hallelujah! I’m A Bum. The Sanford Parker-produced effort, set to drop on September 18th via Slimstyle Records, will be a 17-song double album.
In addition to announcing the album’s title here at CVU last year, Local H premiered the studio version of Hallelujah! cut “Another February” last year on the late Local 101 on Q101. Find video below of Hallelujah! track ”Night Flight to Paris,” recorded in-house at Engine Studios with Parker. That clip follows frontman Scott Lucas’ recent CVU podcast from earlier this summer, wherein he discusses the new Local H record, and is followed by the Hallelujah! tracklist. And catch Local H live in Chicago on September 18th at Bottom Lounge (tix).
Local H – Hallelujah! I’m A Bum
2. Cold Manor
3. Night Flight to Paris
4. They Saved Reagan’s Brain
5. Blue Line
6. Another February
7. Say the Word
8. Cold and Mannered
9. Trash Fire Bummers
10. Feed A Fever
11. Here Come Ol’ Laptop
12. Look Who’s Walking On Four Legs Again
13. Ruling Kind
14. Limit Your Change
15. Paddy Considine
16. Sad History
17. Waves Again
(Scott Lucas at The Music Garage – Photo credit: CVU)
This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Scott Lucas of Local H and Scott Lucas & The Married Men, with special guest co-host Allison Hagendorf of AOL’s Signature Sounds! The multi-band frontman comes up to The Music Garage to talk with the CVU podcast and Signature Sounds about The Married Men’s new record, Blood Half Moon, out today. Lucas discusses the album’s desert influence, reflects on the Chicago alternative scene in the ’90s versus now, and shares details on Local H’s forthcoming record, Hallelujah! I’m A Bum.
Stream or download that podcast below, followed by Lucas’ CVU live session performances of “Blood Half Moons” and “Heavy Lidded Love,” performed and recorded at the Music Garage.
ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black and produced by Leyla I. Royale, and recorded out of The Music Garage in Chicago. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.
Members Of Kill Hannah, Hey Champ, Local H, Gemini Club, & More Come Together For A John Hughes Valentine, Dynasty Podcasts Broadcasts Live
In the grand tradition of Chicago supergroups like Gaylords and Them Crooked Vulvas, Kill Hannah‘s Greg Corner has assembled a powerhouse of Chicago rockers for a one night Valentine’s event at Debonair. A John Hughes Valentines Day Live Tribute features members of Kill Hannah, Hey Champ, Local H, The Lovehammers, Gemini Club, The Handsome Devilz, The Streets on Fire, and more, who together make up The Shermer High School Band. The group will be performing selections from Hughes classics like Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and more, tonight, Tuesday, February 14th. The event is free before midnight with RSVP via Do312. And look for Dynasty Podcasts to be broadcasting onsite from the event, with a podcast of that broadcast to post in the near future.
In addition to fronting two bands (and occasionally a third), Local H and Scott Lucas And The Married Men frontman Scott Lucas has been keeping active as of late, between the studio and the college radio circuit. In a four-part podcast interview with Chicago South Side college station WXAV, Lucas reflects on the demise of Q101, as well as what he has happening with both of his projects. For the Married Men, that includes working on their sophomore effort at Milion Yen Studios. Speaking about the sessions in a recent statement, Lucas reveals, “We’re making a country-ish, alt-rock record for people who like metal. The shows we’ve been playing since the first record have gotten progressively louder and heavier. And, I think this record reflects that. I mean, we haven’t turned into Slayer or anything. But we’re definitely aiming for something epic here.”
New Married Men productions like “Lover the Lullaby” and “Steady Gaze” have been making their way into the group’s sets over this last year, as well as an uneasy and tumultuous version of “Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold This Body Down),” which was recently connected to Johnny Cash. Hear a live studio version of that cut from the band’s current sessions, followed by the performance from the Married Men’s recent Lincoln Hall set, below.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, Lucas will close out the year playing live when Local H headlines the Bottom Lounge on December 31st for a New Years Eve performance. NYE gigs have become somewhat of a tradition for the band, often performing at venues like Double Door in years past. Like the Married Men, Local H have new material on the horizon, tentatively titled Hallelujah! I’m A Bum. Discover the low and snarling new H song “Another February,” performed live at Metro earlier this year, below.
New CVU Podcast: Debonair Social Club | Live Review: The Bones Brigade (Kill Hannah/Local H/The Streets On Fire) @ Debonair Social Club
This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Claudia Gassel and “Red Hair” Matthew Murray of Debonair Social Club! In an interview recorded onsite at Debonair Social Club this past Sunday night, October 30th, the club’s managers reflect on the venue’s past five years, delve into its origins, and share why Debonair has endured when so many other spots haven’t. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by a live review of The Bones Brigade, the local supergroup who performed on Sunday night, comprised of members of Kill Hannah, Local H, The Streets On Fire, and more!
CVU120 – Debonair Social Club Five Year Anniversary
The Bones Brigade
Debonair Social Club, Chicago, IL
Sunday, October 30, 2011
It’s not always particularly publicized, but some version of the group who played this Sunday under the title The Bones Brigade has been performing sporadically throughout the city the better part of the last decade. A Chicago scene supergroup of sorts, the act has included members of Kill Hannah, Local H, Alkaline Trio, Assassins, and assorted other music and nightlife regulars from across the city. Known under names like The Gaylords, A Perfect Circus, and Them Crooked Vulvas, the band specializes in rock, retro, and post-punk covers, with this Sunday’s set being no exception.
Comprised of Kill Hannah bassist Greg Corner and drummer Elias Mallin, as well as guitarist Tom Schleiter (ex-Powerspace), the group featured Local H’s Scott Lucas as its primary vocalist. The multi-band frontman tore through faithful versions of The Cult‘s “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Mountain Song” by Jane’s Addiction, as well as TV On The Radio’s “Wolf Like Me, a live staple for the singer. The Streets On Fire singer Chadwick, meanwhile, took on Joy Division‘s “Digital,” bringing a manic energy to the performance with his hyper stage presence. As it was the venue’s five year anniversary, Debonair staff joined in as well, with singer-songwriter Erin Gipson putting a brat-punk stamp on Barry Mann‘s “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)” and “Red Hair” Matt joining Lucas for a crowd-pleasing version of KISS anthem “Rock and Roll All Nite.” And Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine joined in to lead a cover of Billy Idol hit “Dancing with Myself.” See video of that performance below, and keep a watch on New Years Eve loft parties and Halloween DJ events. A collection of Chicago’s finest just might come together to deliver another night of covers of the music they grew up on.
Two man Chicago rock outfit Local H has announced a special performance set to happen next month, July 8th, at The Empty Bottle. The night will see the group digging into their album tracks and lesser known material for a night of deep cuts, not unlike the act’s recent Couch House Sounds session. Stream that stripped down set via audio or video below, and catch Local H going deep live on July 8th at Empty Bottle, followed by a West Fest performance July 9th.
(Photo via Gabe Rodriguez)
It would be understandable to be confused about what year it was Sunday night. Case in point, upon entering the Metro, a stack of Illinois Entertainer magazines were visible, with ’90s Chicago rockers Urge Overkill on the cover. It was an evening that saw Local H traveling down memory lane, performing its greatest hits in a room that’s hosted the band more times than can be counted over the years. Much like the group’s seven-night stand in 2008, Local H took Sunday night to revisit its ever-expanding catalogue before the group releases a new studio album later this year.
It could be easy to forget, given Scott Lucas’ forays into electro-punk (The Prairie Cartel) and golden-tinted Americana folk-rock (Scott Lucas And The Married Men) in recent years, but the two man machine of Lucas and Brian St. Clair know how to deliver heavy and unflinching raw-power rock that gets in, gets out, and gets the job done. From the jagged and angst-fueled “Fritz’s Corner” to “Everyone Alive,” which featured pummeling drumming from St. Clair and howling screeches from Lucas, Sunday night’s show drove home just how muscular Local H’s greatest hits arsenal truly is. “Half Life” delivered an immediate offering of guitar rock from the band’s overlooked 2002 effort Here Comes The Zoo, with a ferocious Lucas shouting over loud and humming feedback. Elsewhere, the meaner “24 Hour Break-Up Session” got by on low and grinding guitar work. Of course, nowhere was the testosterone as front and center as on “Hi-Fiving MF,” off the band’s 1996′s breakthrough album As Good As Dead, wherein the overblown power rock song called out overblown power rockers. It’s a testament to the track’s straightforwardness that a startling 15 years later, it still whips a crowd into a frenzy.
Not all of the evening proved as aggressive. Fan favorites like a slightly sped up “All The Kids Are Right” and the irresistibly simplistic “All Right Oh Yeah” still demonstrate Local H’s stronger power pop sensibilities. And “Eddie Vedder” remains one of the group’s catchiest songs, single or otherwise, while “California Songs” stayed topical, calling out “Fucking Katy Perry on the radio.” If there was any downside to be found in a Local H greatest hits set, it’s that the full scope of the group’s songwriting capabilities can end up overlooked, with more expansive material like “Summer Of Boats” or “What Would You Have Me Do” MIA. Nonetheless, a night loaded with greatest hits and fan favorites demonstrates just how impressive a catalogue the two-man unit has amassed over the years, with due credit to former drummer Joe Daniels’ time in the band. In a lot of ways, Sunday’s show served as a call back to Local H shows at Metro from years past. But with the band actively producing new material, it’s just as much as a refresher for what comes next as it is a nostalgia trip.
To get more Local H live, check out the group’s performance on the Live From Studio 10 Podcast on iTunes, or, catch the band live at the Cinco Division event happening tonight at Mothers for a set featuring unreleased material.
This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album, featuring eleven interviews recorded live on location at this year’s SXSW music festival. Host Jaime Black checks in with members of My Gold Mask, Netherfriends, Scattered Trees, White Mystery, Loyal Divide, Empires, and California Wives, plus Scott Lucas of Scott Lucas and the Married Men, Virgil Solis and DJ RTC of Ruby Hornet, and Martin Atkins of Tour:Smart! Find each interview as an individual podcast below, or download the entire collection as an album at the Dynasty Podcasts Bandcamp page!
CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album Intro
CVU57 – My Gold Mask @ SXSW
Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo check in on the eve of SXSW music, talk about the influence of weather on their music, and preview what’s next for My Gold Mask.
CVU58 – Netherfriends @ SXSW
Netherfriends mastermind Shawn Rosenblatt discusses his 50 Songs 50 States project and recording in a gas station bathroom, in addition to revealing why bands need to spend less time practicing and performing for their friends.
CVU60 – Scattered Trees @ SXSW
The members of Scattered Trees talk about their forthcoming record Sympathy, set to drop on April 5th, as well as critical and geek response to the Star Wars themed video for “Love And Leave.”
CVU61 – White Mystery @ SXSW
Alex and Francis White of White Mystery talk about the magic of SXSW and being on tour, plus describe the gritty sound of their forthcoming Blood And Venom album, which will see release on April 20th.
CVU62 – Martin Atkins @ SXSW
Martin Atkins, of the Tour:Smart movement, discusses his experiences at both SXSW interactive and SXSW music, as well as why bands need digital savvy members in their ranks.
CVU63 – Loyal Divide @ SXSW
The members of Loyal Divide delve into the status of their long finished debut album Bodice Ripper, new music after that record drops, and ideal returns on playing SXSW.
CVU64 – Empires @ SXSW
Ryan Luciani and Max Steger of Empires reveal details about the Rolling Stone cover contest the band is participating in, including the level of disbelief at what winning would entail.
CVU65 – California Wives @ SXSW
The members of California Wives share on the origins of their new song “Tokyo,” hint at appearances at Chicago summer festivals, and explain why the band didn’t just come up out of nowhere.
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CVU66 – Scott Lucas @ SXSW
Scott Lucas, of Local H and Scott Lucas And The Married Men, shares his thoughts on making a timely statement with the next Local H record, as well as the extreme difficulty of carrying amps across 6th Street while dressed in a suit.
CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album Outro
For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: Local H!
Sometimes it seems like Scott Lucas doesn’t sleep. If it’s not seven consecutive nights at the Beat Kitchen for a run of Local H discography shows, it’s releasing two EPs on the same day, as was the case this past October with Local H and Lucas’ Married Men collective. Now, in 2011, the multi-tasking musician is readying two releases from Local H, with the first being a greatest hits collection set to drop under Universal Music’s ICON imprint on April 5th. The 12 song collection, comprised of material from the band’s Island Records albums, will also feature collectors cuts, including an alternate cut of a Ham Fisted track, as well as out of print soundtrack songs.
On the new music front, Local H is currently working on a new record, which Lucas reveals to CVU is “untitled as of yet – but I’m leaning towards Hallelujah! I’m A Bum.”
“I kind of want it to be a ‘state of the union’ type of statement from us,” the frontman continues. “It’s about almost everything : politics, neighborhoods, how we treat each other, the media, our patience as a nation, etc. etc. Just all of it. Sort of a political record that’s completely personal. I want to make a big statement in the smallest ways possible. Musically, we’re shooting for a big sound that’s all over the place. Sprawling. We’ve got big, adrenalized pop songs. There’s some metal going on in there. One of the songs is like a mix between Jonathan Richman and Killing Joke. There’s a even a straight-up country song. We’re shooting the works.”