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CVU Exclusive Premiere: Scott Lucas & The Married Men – “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant”

Posted in CVU Exclusive Premiere,Scott Lucas,Scott Lucas & The Married Men by Jaime Black on December 20th, 2012

Premiering today exclusively at CVU is Scott Lucas & The Married Men‘s cover of John McCauley of Deer Tick‘s “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant.” The live cut comes from the band’s third annual Hideout Holiday Music Hour event, which took place earlier this month on December 9th.

The full holiday concert will be in broadcast rotation at the official Married Men site beginning at 4PM on Christmas Eve, where it will remain for streaming for a limited time. The event saw Lucas covering Christmas cuts like ”Last Christmas” and “Run Run Rudolph,” as well as original Married Men compositions. Joining the band on select tracks was fellow Chicago act Purple Apple.

“The whole idea is to have it on in the background while you’re wrapping last minute presents by the Christmas tree or whatever,” Lucas reveals of the broadcast. “It’s meant to be like an audio Yule Log. A companion to your little family get together, perhaps? Or if you wanna listen to it while you sit around getting drunk alone — that’s fine, too.”

Check out the full Hideout Holiday Music Hour broadcast starting at 4PM on Christmas Eve, and find an exclusive CVU premiere of Scott Lucas & The Married Men covering “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant” below.

Scott Lucas & The Married Men Cover Bananarama At The A.V. Club

Posted in Scott Lucas & The Married Men by Jaime Black on August 16th, 2012


As part of its A.V. Undercover live cover series, The A.V. Club has posted video of Scott Lucas & The Married Men covering Bananarama‘s “Cruel Summer.” The performance was filmed at Chicago’s Novelty Golf, and comes in advance of the group’s upcoming set on Saturday, August 25th at the Food Truck Social here in Chicago. Watch that performance below, followed by Lucas’ CVU podcast in support of the Married Men from earlier this summer, and his CVU live performances of “Half Blood Moons” and “Heavy Lidded Love.”

AOL’s Signature Sounds Program Visits Chicago, Dynasty Podcasts

Signature Sounds @ Dynasty Podcasts

(Allison Hagendorf, Scott Lucas, & Jaime Black at Music Garage)

Earlier in the month, media personality Allison Hagendorf visited the CVU podcast at The Music Garage to co-host an interview with Scott Lucas. Now, footage from that interview has posted in the second of two Chicago episodes of AOL’s Signature Sounds program. The episodes finds Hagendorf exploring the Chicago music scene, including interviewing house legend Frankie Knuckles, talking blues with JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, and record shopping with Secret Colours at Saki.

Find those Signature Sounds episodes below, followed by the full Scott Lucas CVU podcast with Hagendorf, and two live Scott Lucas & The Married Men acoustic performances, recorded and filmed at the Music Garage.


New CVU Podcast: Scott Lucas With Special Guest Co-Host Allison Hagendorf!


(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.

Scott Lucas & The Married Men Debut First Video With “Blood Half Moons,” Return To Dynasty Podcasts Next Week

Posted in Scott Lucas & The Married Men by Jaime Black on June 1st, 2012


With the group’s sophomore record Blood Half Moon dropping this coming Tuesday, June 5th, Scott Lucas & The Married Men have been out in full force in support of the effort. The act just last night guested on Chicago Live!, and before that, played Millennium Park on Monday. Now, Married Men frontman Scott Lucas visits Dynasty Podcasts at the Music Garage today for a special live acoustic performance and CVU podcast interview. The session will also be filmed for AOL’s Signature Sounds program, hosted by media personality Allison Hagendorf. For pictures, updates, and more from the live session and interview, follow Jaime Black and Dynasty Podcasts on Twitter. And look for a new Dynasty Podcasts interview and live session with Scott Lucas to post at this site this coming Tuesday, as well as in the Chicago episode of Signature Sounds once it posts online.

In the meantime, catch Scott Lucas And The Married Men at a free show this Sunday, June 3rd at Logan Square Farmers Market, or, June 9th at  Metro (tix). While there, the group encourages attendees to film the song “Heavy Lidded Love” on their smart phones, then submit the footage to the band for possible inclusion in the track’s forthcoming video. And for a Married Men fix right now, scope the band’s hazy new desert-set video for the track “Blood Half Moons” below, directed by Lucas himself. That video follows the frontman’s winter 2011 CVU interview, recorded during the mixing of Blood Half Moon.

Scott Lucas & The Married Men Preview Sophomore Record With “Blood Half Moons”

Posted in Scott Lucas,Scott Lucas & The Married Men by Jaime Black on April 16th, 2012


Late last month, CVU reported on specifics for the new Scott Lucas & The Married Men record, entitled Blood Half Moon and dropping June 5th through The End Records. Now, a new song from that record has hit the web, via Spinner. The cut is the title track from the group’s new album, said to be constructed following a multi-day dessert drive. Frontman Scott Lucas describes the song as containing ”lyrics full of blood, crows and whiskey.” Hear that selection via the link below, followed by CVU’s podcast interview with Lucas during the mixing of Blood Half Moon. And catch Scott Lucas & The Married Men June 9th at Metro.

Scott Lucas & The Married Men – “Blood Half Moons”

Correction: The original title of this feature erred on the track name.

Scott Lucas & The Married Men Announce ‘Blood Half Moon’ Release Date, Tracklist, Metro Show

Posted in Scott Lucas,Scott Lucas & The Married Men by Jaime Black on March 28th, 2012


Towards the end of last year, CVU checked in with Scott Lucas during the mixing stage of his group Scott Lucas & The Married Men‘s latest offering. Now, new information about the band’s forthcoming record, entitled Blood Half Moon, has been made available. The album is set to drop on June 5th via The End Records, and was produced by Andy Gerber, with the majority of recording done at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio. Rounding out the effort’s team was engineer Greg Norman and metal-focused mixer Sanford Parker. Speaking of the effort in a new press blast, Lucas discusses the volume dynamic with the group’s more vulnerable aesthetic.

“The more we played live, the louder the amps got. The louder the amps got….you get the idea. After a certain point, we quit fighting it and decided to get chocolate all over our peanut butter,” the frontman states. “It’s not like we’ve turned into Slayer or anything – we’ve just decided to embrace our dark side. And that goes for the lyrics, as well.”

“Even on, what you might call, the prettier songs – we let that darkness creep into the lyrics,” the artist continues. “‘There You Are’ has these delicate three-part harmonies, singing about graves and maggots. It’s like ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ meets the Grim Reaper. For ‘Blood Half Moons’ – which is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a beautiful piece of music – I drove around in the desert for a couple of days and came back with lyrics full of blood, crows, and whiskey. And that dichotomy – the light of the music vs. the darkness of the lyrics – only serves to reinforce each other. It makes the songs seem MORE hopeful than if it was all flowers and babies. At least, to me.”

Find the effort’s track listing below, followed by its cover art, the group performing album cut “There Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)” in the studio, and Lucas’ CVU interview during the record’s mixing session. And catch Scott Lucas & The Married Men live in Chicago on June 9th at the Metro.

Scott Lucas & The Married Men – Blood Half Moon

1. Lover The Lullaby
2. Blood Half Moons
3. Steady Gaze
4. There You Are
5. Old Worries
6. Out Of The Boat
7. Heavy Lidded Love
8. There Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)


Come To The Show: Scott Lucas & The Married Men And More: Tonight, Wednesday, September 21st @ Lincoln Hall

Posted in Big Science,Come To The Show,Scott Lucas & The Married Men by Jaime Black on September 21st, 2011

Scott Lucas & The Married Men
(Photo via Audrey Keller)

Tonight, Wednesday, September 21st, a bevy of artists, including Scott Lucas & The Married Men (set to perform new material), Big Science, and more come together at Lincoln Hall for The Jennifer Gustafson Memorial Fund Show. The event will benefit the teenage children left behind by Hanover Park resident Jennifer Gustafson, who was tragically murdered this past August. Gustafson’s children are currently in the care of Rev. Billy Simmons, he of Rev. Billy’s Chop Shop as well as the group US/UK, who also perform on tonight’s bill. In addition to the evening’s musical talent, prizes from Chicago businesses like Belmont Army, Berlin, Metro, and more will be raffled off during the event. Tickets are on sale through the Lincoln Hall site, with the night’s entire proceeds going towards the Jennifer Gustafson Memorial Fund.