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CD of the Month: Dastardly

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first play the debut album, May You Never..., from Dastardly. The band name conjured up some darker images, but the album cover felt jazz or ballroom influenced. I was pleasantly surprised when "Villain" kicked in with it's mellow-folk based indie rock tones. However, the darker images did ring true through out tracks like "Exercises in Self-Loathing" and "Creepy". This is not an upbeat album, but it is a perfect example of a sound that is becoming increasing popular in Chicago, Americana. It is a genre title that bothers me because there are so many sounds coming from American bands and to call a sound Americana is some what limiting.

Dastardly takes this genre and makes it their own through adding elements of blues and folk. My favorite track with gentle ballad "Morning Blue" with vocals be Sarah Morgan. The six-piece band has two vocalist and they take turns taking the lead through out the album. This track also features a haunting pedal steel performance, and a surprising ending. This is a well produced debut. The album was engineered at Gallery of Carpet Studios by Brian Zieske (Bailiff, Pet Lions, Secret Colours) and mixed by Paul Klimson (The Roots, John Legend). Dastardly may be one of the brightest newcomers to the scene this year.

Dastardly will be celebrating the release of their debut album on December 9th at Schubas with Glittermouse, Chaperone, and Jared Bartman.

   

Dastardly

CD Name: 
May You Never...
Music Link: 
http://www.myspace.com/dastardlytheband
Album Cover URL: 
http://www.dastardlytheband.com/download/dl_images/cover.png
body: 
<p>I wasn't sure what to expect when I first play the debut album, <em>May You Never...</em>, from <a href="http://www.myspace.com/dastardlytheband">Dastardly</a>. The band name conjured up some darker images, but the album cover felt jazz or ballroom influenced. I was pleasantly surprised when &quot;Villain&quot; kicked in with it's mellow-folk based indie rock tones. However, the darker images did ring true through out tracks like &quot;Exercises in Self-Loathing&quot; and &quot;Creepy&quot;. This is not an upbeat album, but it is a perfect example of a sound that is becoming increasing popular in Chicago, Americana. It is a genre title that bothers me because there are so many sounds coming from American bands and to call a sound Americana is some what limiting. Dastardly takes this genre and makes it their own through adding elements of blues and folk. My favorite track with gentle ballad &quot;Morning Blue&quot; with vocals be Sarah Morgan. The six-piece band has two vocalist and they take turns taking the lead through out the album. This track also features a haunting pedal steel performance, and a surprising ending. This is a well produced debut. The album was engineered at <a href="http://www.galleryofcarpet.com/">Gallery of Carpet Studios</a> by Brian Zieske (Bailiff, Pet Lions, Secret Colours) and mixed by Paul Klimson (The Roots, John Legend). Dastardly may be one of the brightest newcomers to the scene this year.</p>
   

Joan of Arc Oh Brother

Joan of Arc is preparing to release the most challenging and perhaps rewarding album in their ten year career. The album, Oh Brother, will be released by Joyful Noise on February 8th on limited edition, hand-numbered double LP on white & black vinyl. The album will Feature collaborations with 14 musicians, including Zach Hill of Hella & Rob Lowe of Lichens. The release is the combination of four distinct albums embarked upon but never completed by Joan of Arc curator Tim Kinsella. Each album is broken up and spliced together into a tessellating unity of long, noisy, meditative, instrumental movements which fill the totality of each side of this double LP. Each side --A, B, C, and D-- contains just one track, with song lengths varying from 20 minutes to 20 minutes and 36 seconds. The project is ambitious, but from the sample we have already it was also necessary.

Joan of Arc will be celebrating the release of Oh Brother on February 6th at The Hideout.

   

Young Man Strangers

Frenchkiss Records released a new digital single by Colin Caulfield (aka Young Man). The single for the track "Strangers" which was an outtake from Young Man's debut EP Boy. The single also includes a remix of the track by The Great Red Shark.

Young Man will be performing at Schubas on Jan. 16th as part of Tomorrow Never Knows.

   

Merry Monkmas

The Loneliest Monk have found their holiday cheer, and recorded a version of "Carol of the Bells". You can download it by visiting their website.