ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series: Disappears!

Posted in ChicagoVerseUniteD,CVU Cover Story Series,Disappears,Dynasty Podcasts by Jaime Black on April 17th, 2012


This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Brian Case of Disappears! In an interview recorded at Lincoln Hall before the group’s recent show, the frontman talks about letting the songs mature on the group’s latest record, Pre Language, the band’s international appeal and audience, and how the act’s Sonic Youth connection impacts their press and perception. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by the video for Pre Language cut “Replicate.”

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, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

Lollapalooza 2011 Line Up Boasts A Variety Of Local Talent Including Smith Westerns, Midnight Conspiracy, & Kids These Days

Kids These Days
(Photo via the awesome Clayton Hauck and EveryoneIsFamous)

Following the midnight announcement of Lollapalooza‘s 2011 talent, CVU would like to congratulate this year’s local and locally-related artists, including OK Go, Smith Westerns, Maps & Atlases, Patrick Stump, Gold Motel, Disappears, Kids These Days, Black Cards, and Midnight Conspiracy. It’s a strong showing across the board of acts both established and emerging, with OK Go serving as Chicago scene veterans, while Smith Westerns fill the roll of high profile indie darlings. Disappears arrive on the line up early in its career, while friends of this site Midnight Conspiracy land on the festival following international appearances and hometown residencies. And of course, it’s easy to notice two separate post-Fall Out Boy projects among this year’s listings. Perhaps most promising, however, is the inclusion of live hip hop and soul pop collective Kids These Days (pictured above), a CVU favorite at this year’s SXSW. Find a clip for the group’s track “Darling” below, and watch for more about Lollapalooza 2011 all summer long, right here at CVU.

Across The Chicagoverse 02/13/11: Lupe Fiasco, Mat Devine, The Felix Culpa, & More!

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

Lupe Fiasco

-Heave Media has posted the new single from Lupe Fiasco (above), entitled “Words I Never Said.” Find that here.

-Tonight’s Local 101 features show host Chris Payne interviewing My Gold Mask, Secret Colours, and Fashion Bomb. Catch that tonight at 9PM on Q101.

Tonight at 9PM on Q101′s @Local101: interviews with @mygoldmask, @SecretColours, & @xFashionxBombx!
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-A new episode has gone up at the JBTV site, featuring a live performance from Chicago’s own Urbanites. Watch that now.

-Long running scene staple Alternative Press has premiered the haunting new video for The Felix Culpa‘s “Our Holy Ghosts.” Catch that clip at their site.

-Chicago event calender site Do312 has posted an interview with Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine about the much ballyhooed Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical. Read the singer’s thoughts here.

-On a related note, Buzznet has posted an interview between Mat Devine and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. Find out what the two Chicago artists talked about here.

-Local hip hop source Fake Shore Drive has posted Hey You Guys!, the new mixtape from The Electric, a young grouping that features Chicago MC Pugs Atomz. Get on the new sound here.

-Loud Loop Press recently reported on the new album from White Mystery, and posted an interview with Disappears.

-Speaking of Loud Loop Press, site editor Richard Giraldi was recently a guest on local DJ and Chicago music enthusiast Jesse Menendez‘s Music Vox program on Vocalo, as seen below. The Music Vox has lift off. @rgiraldi of @loudlooppress joins me a lil later.
Jesse Menendez

-Chicago Mixtape is looking for music submissions from local artists. Get familiar with the site today in advance of its big Valentine’s Day launch tomorrow.

-Ruby Hornet has released a Closed Sessions video for “Something New,” featuring Freddie Gibbs and Chicago’s own YP. Watch that now, and download the session here.

-Local live music video haven Secret Note Shows has posted a new set of live clips from The Lifeline‘s recent record release event at Metro. Those are up for viewing here.

-And finally, Columbia College Chicago label Aemmp Records has a new web home. Follow along with them on Tumblr, and look for more on Aemmp this week, right here at CVU!

Local 101 Audio Archive: In Tall Buildings & Disappears

Posted in Disappears,In Tall Buildings by Jaime Black on February 3rd, 2011

In Tall Buildings
In Tall Buildings’ Erik Hall (Photo via Giant System)

After both guesting on this past Sunday’s Local 101 on Q101, show host Chris Payne‘s interviews with Erik Hall of In Tall Buildings and Brian Case of Disappears are online now here at CVU. Disappears play out this Friday, February 4th at Empty Bottle, while ITB headline an early show this Saturday, February 5th at Subterranean. Stream both interviews below.

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Look for new releases from both bands on the horizon, as In Tall Buildings have a new 7″ single, featuring a cover of Cains And Abels‘ “Warm Rock”  along with the band’s own “The Way to a Monster’s Lair,” set for release as part of this year’s Record Store Day. Disappears, meanwhile, will have a tour EP consisting of new material available exclusively at the band’s upcoming dates.

New tour Ep – 5 new songs – only at shows – made exclusively with child labor

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The CVU 2011 Forecast: Disappears!

Posted in CVU Cover Story 01/11,Disappears by Jaime Black on January 23rd, 2011

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


While most bands are, at best, in the early stages of planning out their year, CVU 2011 Act To Watch Disappears already have a 2011 full length to their name. Titled Guider, the psych-laced post-punk effort hasn’t even been out a full week, yet the band is already making progress on new material for a follow up effort. Speaking with CVU, Disappears’ Brian Case reveals that the band will be spending much of 2011 touring nationally and overseas. Beyond that, he reveals Disappears are “getting material together for a new album.”

“We’ve tracked five new songs at Echo Canyon and are hoping to get back in as soon as we get a few more things finished,” the frontman goes on to explain, adding that the band is optimistically aiming for further studio time “hopefully (in) early summer.”

Speaking of the current recordings, Case reveals the new material “has a lot more space,” and is “not quite as rhythmically dense.”

“It’s a bit darker as well; we’re very excited about it all,” he adds.

To hear material from Guider, head out to the Empty Bottle on February 4th for Disappears’ record release event. Score a free ticket for that show with the purchase of Guider from Saki, at 3716 W. fullerton in Chicago. And check out Disppear’s ”Superstition”video below, via Stereogum’s Vimeo channel.