Throughout the month of January, ChicagoVerseUniteD featured one local talent or tastemaker a day sharing their plans for 2011. Those features are linked below in reverse order of publication.
The CVU 2011 Forecast: The Collected Edition
01/31 – ChicagoVerseUnited & Dynasty Podcasts
01/30 – DJ Phenom
01/29 – Loyal Divide
01/28 – Stephen Paul Smoker
01/27 – Purple Apple
01/26 – Late In The Playoffs
01/25 – Blah Blah Blah
01/24 – Dani Deahl
01/23 – Rockie Fresh
01/22 – Glittermouse
01/21 – Cut Teeth
01/20 – BBU
01/19 – Gemini Club
01/18 – My Gold Mask
01/17 – Lawless Inc.
01/16 – King Louie
01/15 – Young Jesus
01/14 – Supreme Cuts
01/13 – Suns
01/12 – Sleeping At Last
01/11 – Show You Suck
01/10 – Mic Terror
01/09 – Kid, You’ll Move Mountains
01/08 - Black Light Saints & British Knights
01/07 – Netherfriends
01/06 – Archie Powell & The Exports
01/05 – Secret Colours
01/04 – GlitterGuts
01/03 – Victorian Halls
01/02 – In Tall Buildings
01/01 – Ornery Little Darlings
For the final day of the CVU 2012 Forecast series, the focus turns to this site and its sister digital media channel, Dynasty Podcasts. In the coming weeks and months ahead in 2012, this site will continue its focus on the Chicago music and nightlife community. In addition to artist and event-related news stories, audio and video features, and interviews, CVU will feature exclusive premieres, coverage from SXSW 2012, music video on-site location reports, and more. Artists looking to submit exclusives, music, news, studio updates, and more should email email@example.com.
In 2012, Dynasty Podcasts as an operation is branching out. Not only will the network continue featuring interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music community via the ChicagoVerseUniteD podcast series, but it will also be venturing into fields like real-time live event broadcasts, live promotional and industry events, and more. Also on deck for this year is programming outside of the Chicago music-centric focus of the CVU podcast. Talent interested in connecting with the network can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find the CVU podcast series in the player below, and look for more CVU and Dynasty Podcasts announcements all year at this site.
For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: DJ Phenom!
(Photo via Darkroom Demons)
For a DJ who only moved to Chicago a year ago this month, DJ Phenom, aka Colin Rebey, has been making waves in the city. The DJ has performed at events like Wicker Park Fest with Flosstradamous, a sold out show at The Mid with Boys Noize, and even at Freaky Deaky 3 with Wolfgang Gartner and MSTRKRFT. Now, the nightlife regular shares his plans for 2012 with CVU.
“2012 is already off to a crazy start,” the DJ confirms. “My biggest events that I am focused on right now are my Super Bowl gig with Hood Internet Feb 4 in Indianapolis, Indiana at Huddle After Hours, my gig opening for A-Trak February 10 at The Mid, and everything associated with SXSW and lining up parties there.”
In addition to continuing residencies throughout the week at Rehab, Zombies Vs Skeletons, HUB51, and Face Off, Rebey is also looking at expanding outside of Chicago. “The big stops are going to be Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Austin, Kansas City, and Lincoln, Nebraska,” the DJ reveals. “Definitely anxious to break a couple new markets as well as get back to Indianapolis, which is basically my home away from home.”
Aside from touring, the DJ is also looking towards new music, as well.
“I just released my remix of Drop The Lime‘s “Shake Baby Shake” for free via my soundcloud,” he informs. “I am currently working on originals for my first EP which will come out tentatively in May as well as multiple edits and other remixes. There is also a project in the works between myself and Show You Suck where we drop a mixtape each month featuring new projects amongst all of our friends in our crew. Lots of ideas in the works.”
“Our biggest focus right now is our brand new Sunday night event Nachos Y Muchachos at evilOlive,” Phenom continues. “The event will feature $5 all you can eat nacho bar, a film from 10-12 and then a DJ party from midnight to close with resident DJs Zebo and myself. The event is hosted by Mic Terror. Really excited to bring a new spin to Sundays for our industry friends that have been busting their asses all weekend.”
“I want 2012 to be the year of collaborations,” Rebey concludes. “I’m most excited about continuing my work with Show You Suck as well as starting to produce for him. I’m also looking forward to branching out and teaming up with acts such as Dan Dwyer from The Sleepers, David Beltran from Starfoxxx, and Rob Threezy from Ghetto Division. I’m excited to make music that breaks the mold.”
For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Loyal Divide!
2011 proved to be a banner year for CVU regulars Loyal Divide, with the group performing at North Coast Music Festival and releasing their long-awaited full length debut, Bodice Ripper. (With that record just last month making CVU’s top albums of 2011 list.) Since that time, the band has had time to work on new music, as they tell CVU in a series of group statements.
“We are constantly working on new music,” the band informs the site. “We have the demos ready for album two, but we have no feel for how long those finishing details will take.”
“Our new music is looser,” the group continues. “The bass guitar is the main instrument in most tracks, and there are more punchlines.”
At this point, the band doesn’t have a release date for any new music, reporting “We’re in the very early stages of figuring out what we are going to release next.”
“We are going to wake up everyday and work on music,” the band affirms. “Hopefully something comes together sooner than later.”
In other news, the group is looking towards a remix record release next month, featuring a slew of talent including local acts BBU and Netherfriends, according to Impose. In more unfortunate Loyal Divide news, the band’s touring van was recently stolen. The band has since turned to Twitter make a plea for a temporary vehicle.
Find the haunting Bodice Ripper b-side “Otto,” featuring vocals from Automata‘s Rachel Sarah Thomas, streaming below, via Prefix. Or purchase the track on iTunes, alongside album b-side “Lover I Can Tell You.” “Otto” follows the group’s CVU podcast interview in support of Bodice Ripper, in which the group discusses that track’s exclusion from the album.
For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Stephen Paul Smoker!
(Photo via I Shoot Rockstars)
Chicago fuzzed out psych-rockers Stephen Paul Smoker first previewed their forthcoming LP, Ripe Fruit, with the release of the Neon Green / No You No Me 7″ in April of last year. Now, the band is not only looking towards the release of its upcoming album, but even beyond that, as well.
“We have our next two records written and ready to record,” the band’s namesake frontman informs CVU, adding “which we will do.”
Titled Ripe Fruit, the band’s debut full length is set to drop on March 20th through Chicago’s own Kilo Records. When asked about the direction of the new material, Smoker paints a colorful picture.
“The new record sounds like fear, pornography, self deprivation and fasting, paranoia, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and Buddha, consumption, war, LSD, and death at the bottom of the sea,” he reveals.
Also on deck for Stephen Paul Smoker are two videos, for the singles ”Green City” and “In Cairo,” which Smoker states “will be released very soon.” Looking ahead towards summer or fall, the act is “working on a 20+ minute long “War Musical” for side B of Ripe Fruit.”
Find the new single from Ripe Fruit, ”Green City,” for streaming or purchase below, followed by the video for “No You No Me.” And watch for more on Stephen Paul Smoker and Ripe Fruit this year at CVU.
For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Purple Apple!
Chicago pop-rock group Purple Apple have been working on new songs since the release of their 2010 EP, Sweet Wolverine. The band – comprised of a trio of 14-year-old girls alongside their babysitter, herself in her twenties - have already attained the honor of being the youngest act to ever headline the Metro. Now, Purple Apple’s lead singer and guitarist Olivia Eigel tells CVU what’s on deck for the young band, as they look towards their next release.
“We’ve been writing and recording over the last four months so the new EP should be ready to release in the first half of 2012,” Eigel says. “The new stuff is really cool. A good mix of indie rock-strong guitars, interesting keys and dance pop. As we’ve gotten older, our music has matured, so have our lyrics. From 10-14 years old makes for a much different sound. I don’t like to compare us to other bands as far as our sound - we do our own thing. Of course we have influences but we don’t try to be anything. We just write and play.”
Though the group is looking at an EP release, Eigel reveals things could still go in a different direction, stating “There’s a lot of great material. LP, EP…not sure which yet.” The work’s title and release date are also still to be determined, with Eigel offering “Have you worked with four girls before?” as an explanation.
What is certain is the young band’s ambition. “We would LOVE to tour this summer or fall,” Eigel proclaims. “Lollapalooza would be a blast to play this summer, too. We have a great gig at the Double Door in the spring – it’s a fundraiser for Trio Animal Foundation. We’ll play throughout the year in the city. That’s a lot of fun. We’re ready for whatever is put in our direction.”
Find the group performing their song “Shut The Door” on Windy City Live below, followed by the band’s EPK. And watch for more on Purple Apple right here at CVU.
For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Late In The Playoffs!
Chicago pop-rock outfit Late In The Playoffs isn’t wasting any time getting going in 2012, with the group already having embarked on a run of dates this month. That momentum looks to continue in the weeks and months to come, as the band’s Dan Schein explains here to CVU.
During their recent New England mini-tour, Late In The Playoffs recorded a pair of tracks with Gary Cioffi (Four Year Strong, Transit). “Working with Gary at his studio in the Boston area on these new ones was and is an amazing experience,” Schein states, adding “We definitely want to track our full length with him, and fingers crossed that will happen very soon.”
“The new songs are a very natural development for the band,” Schein continues. “We got tighter, and more confident in each other, and that is definitely reflected in the songs. I feel like these tracks are a huge step forward, & I can’t wait to put them out.”
The artist goes on to project that the two tracks will see release in the spring, while the band is aiming to have their full length completed before the year’s end.
“We’re working on finding the right way to release these new songs,” Schein informs, “and hope to record a full length later in the year.”
Closing out his thoughts on the year ahead, the artist confirms, “We’re looking to tour as much as possible this summer and onward, and are looking forward to meeting lots of new people and playing in as many places as possible!”
Catch Late In The Playoffs out live on February 17th at Subterranean. And find the band’s track “Blue Eyes,” off AEMMP Records‘ fall 2011 Out Of The Loop compilation, below, followed by video of the group performing “New Directions” acoustic at the Johnny Cupcakes store at a recent performance.
For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Blah Blah Blah!
2011 was a big year for Blah Blah Blah, with the group releasing their Thank You, Thank You EP, touring the country, and even performing on Chic-a-Go-Go. Now, the indie rockers are looking towards their first full length effort, as Blah Blah Blah’s Solomon David and Phill Ferguson inform CVU.
“The new music is more aggressive and more melodic than previous releases,” Ferguson reveals of the band’s new material. “It will be thought-intriguing, upbeat, and inspiring,”
“My prediction is that everyone who hears the album, in it’s entirety, will find one of their new favorite songs in life.” David adds.
The group is hoping for an early summer release for the album, which the band is “playing around with” calling Guns In The Greenroom. Before then, the band is also looking towards new video releases. The group is also preparing for two KCRW-sponsored events in LA next month, including a pre-brunch show before The GRAMMYs on February 11th. Also on the 11th is an evening performance on the rooftop of The Roxy. (Show info fixed from earlier post.)
“This year we’re really looking forward to working with the most talented producers and engineers to produce a new yet familiar sound,” David confirms.
Find the group’s new video for “Soon As I Get Home Tonight,” featuring a cameo from The Cool Kids‘ Chuck Inglish below, followed by the treatment for “A Game We Play,” both off Thank You, Thank You. Those videos follow David’s CVU podcast interview from 2011, and are followed by the group’s Live At The Alley appearance alongside Urbanites.
For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Dani Deahl!
This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Dani Deahl! The globe-trotting Chicago DJ discusses her recent travels, her “Diplo Hates You” remix contest, her upcoming single “Pocket Porn,” and what she has coming up for the year. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by Deahl’s “Diplo Hates You” track and the contest’s promo video. And find all the details for entering the contest, ending this Sunday, January 29th, here.
ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black 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.
Dani Deahl Ft. Oh Snap! – “Diplo Hates You”
For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Rockie Fresh!
This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Rockie Fresh! In a condensed podcast recorded at The Music Garage, the Chicago MC reflects on his recent press, explains the significance behind the title of his brand new mixtape, Driving 88, and discusses the increased sense of confidence on the effort. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by its companion video. And find a download link for Driving 88 above the podcasts, with the videos for the effort’s “How We Do (Feat. King Louie)” and “No Fear” below. Catch Rockie Fresh live on Thursday, January 26th at Reggie’s.
ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black, with video by Colleen Mares of Lewis & Clark and The Axis World. 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.
(CVU interview video filmed and produced by Colleen Mares)