ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

Across The Chicagoverse 02/20/11: City States, Carbon Tigers, Kanye West, & More!

Because no one outlet can cover the entire Chicago music landscape, here’s what the premier talent tastemakers across the Chicagoverse and beyond have been up to lately.


-Tonight at 9PM on Q101‘s Local 101Chris Payne interviews members of The Streets On Fire (above), Comasoft, and The Felix Culpa!

Tonight on @Local101: @PayneQ101 interviews The Streets On Fire (@zstreetsonfire), @Comasoft, & @theFelixCulpa! 9PM on Q101
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-Heave Media recently featured a Flosstradmus remix of the song “Equestrian” by U.S. Royalty. Listen to the DJ duo’s upbeat treatment here.

-Following his interview last week with Do312, Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine has opened up to AOL Video (via Popeater) about his role in the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical.

-Loud Loop Press has posted a sparse and minimalist electronic cover of The Police‘s “King Of Pain” as performed by local indie act City States. Hear that here.

-Tireless live music documentarians Secret Note Shows recently uploaded a set of live clips from CVU regulars An Aesthetic Anaesthetic. Watch those here.

-Columbia College‘s AEMMP Records continues its video interview series, this time talking with Carbon Tigers. Watch that at the label’s site.

-Check out live audio and video from Secret Colours up now at Couch House Sounds.

-The vinyl release of A Lull‘s forthcoming debut full length Confetti, set to drop April 12th, is now available for pre-order through the Lujo Records Merch Online store.

-Vocalo program Music Vox, hosted by Jesse Menendez, saw a wealth of local talent as guests this past week, as evidenced in the tweet below.

-Chicago Mixtape has announced a launch party happening March 5th at Subterranean. The event will feature performances from acts like Jonny Rumble, Ornery Little Darlings, and more.

-And finally, Fake Shore Drive was easily one of the first sites on the web to post Kanye West‘s new video for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy standout track “All Of The Lights.” For anyone who has yet to catch it, watch the clip below.

Columbia College Record Label AEMMP Returns With New Chompilation Effort, Free Four Act Concert Tomorrow Night


Columbia College record label AEMMP Records are long time supporters of the Chicago music scene. And with the release of the organization’s Chomp, Too compilation happening tomorrow, the young group of upstarts is once again delivering another solid grouping of songs from emerging and established Chicago artists. The current collection features a diverse offering of tracks from an array of quality acts, including “Weapons For War” from A Lull, Secret Colours‘ winding psych cut “Love,” and the instrumental post-rock of An Aesthetic Anaesthetic‘s “I Don’t Want To Sound Like A Dickhole Or Nothin, But God Should Look Like Gandalf.” For a preview of the effort, check out a Britpop-flavored track from Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and the strong guitar-based pop of Levels below, or stream the entire record before it goes onsale through the AEMMP Records Bandcamp page. And head to Stage 2 at Columbia College, located at 618 S. Michigan Ave, tomorrow, February 17th from 6:00 – 10:00pm for a set of free live performances from AEMMP artists Chaperone (also below, both streaming track and AEMMP interview video), Carbon Tigers, Aetiology, and Katz Company.

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An Aesthetic Anaesthetic Release New EP Using Name-Your-Price Model, Play Schubas Tonight

Posted in An Aesthetic Anaesthetic by Jaime Black on February 14th, 2011


Just in time for the group’s record release event tonight at Schubas, post-rock instrumentalists An Aesthetic Anaesthetic have posted its new EP, Ghosts In The Red Wilderness, through the outfit’s Bandcamp page. The release is currently utilizing a name-your-price model, with the band explaining the release will “be on a pay $0-? scale until March when it will be a sliding scale starting at $3.”

Though nowhere near as heavy or sprawling as fellow hometown instrumental acts like Pelican or Russian Circles, the alliteratively-titled act utilize comparably more succinct song lengths to deliver more immediate impact, especially when stood up to the group’s earlier acoustic efforts. Check out the tumultuous and notably-titled “I Don’t Want to Sound Like a Dickhole or Nothin’, but God Should Look Like Gandalf” and the moderately more mellow “French Press” below, followed by the group’s recent interview with Columbia College record label AEMMP in advance of that organization’s forthcoming Chomp, Too release. Or learn more from the AAA’s CVU 2011 Forecast feature from last month.

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The CVU 2011 Forecast: An Aesthetic Anaesthetic!

Posted in An Aesthetic Anaesthetic,CVU Cover Story 01/11 by Jaime Black on January 24th, 2011

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: An Aesthetic Anaesthetic!


While Chicago may boast its share of established powerhouse instrumental acts such as Pelican and Russian Circles, neither of those juggernaut acts incorporate lush acoustic elements into their sound or meld smart pop melodies within their post-rock the way Chicago’s An Aesthetic Anaesthetic does. The group released its introductory effort, the folk pop flavored Silence Fiction EP, in early 2010, and is quickly coming up upon the eve of their next release.

“Our newest EP, Ghosts in the Red Wilderness, is actually being released February 14th at Schubas with Unwed Sailor and Mountains for Clouds,” AAA’s Dan Hoefler informs CVU. “We’ll also be releasing our first full length this summer entitled Before the Machinery of Other Skeletons.”

“With this new material, we are attempting to expand the traditional idea of post-rock with its epic builds and mathy breakdowns but giving it our own sense of melody and movement,” the guitarist adds.

To witness An Aesthetic Anaesthetic live, find the group on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, at Schuba’s for the Ghosts in the Red Wilderness EP record release event. The effort will also hit the group’s Bandcamp page, where cuts like “Fortune Animal Cookie” (below) are available for streaming or download, that same day. Or head over to the AAA MySpace page every Monday to hear a new song, including today’s selection, “I Don’t Want To Sound Like a Dickhole or Nothin’, But God Should Look Like Gandalf.”

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