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The CVU 2012 Forecast: In Tall Buildings!

Posted in CVU 2012 Forecast,In Tall Buildings by Jaime Black on January 2nd, 2012

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: In Tall Buildings!
In Tall Buildings

Though In Tall Buildings, the indie operation of Erik Hall, saw an admirable year in 2011, including releasing a two-track single on Record Store Day and performing at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the act didn’t release a full length record last year. That won’t be the case in 2012, however, as Hall tells CVU.

“I’ll be tracking the remainder of the new In Tall Buildings album during the month of January,” the singer songwriter informs of his plans. “If you’re reading this, I’m probably hunkered down in my chilly Pilsen apartment with a hat and sweater, slowly creating a giant intricate knot of XLR cables that I’ll spend the month of February unraveling.”

Given that ITB’s self-titled full length dropped in 2010, it would make sense that its follow up would showcase artist growth on Hall’s part, two years later. “There are some marked differences between this upcoming album and the first album,” Hall reveals. “The first record was basically a glorified portfolio of what I came up with over the course of a couple years recording at home. As a result, it was a bit all over the place, both sonically and compositionally. While this new record will be no less ranging in terms of sounds and colors, it will be more focused in the songwriting. I’m setting out with a more cohesive vision for how I want the album to feel overall, and I’m writing songs that are just a couple notches closer to pop music.”

Hall states that he plans to track the record at his house, though the effort is far from a solo one. “This time around it’s not necessarily the Erik Hall Show from start to finish,” the ITB frontman emphasizes. “Matt Ulery came by a few weeks ago to play some bass, and Quin Kirchner will be coming over to record a couple of his drum parts that he’s been playing live for a while. Other friends will be here at some point to play some horns and do some singing. Whatever the songs need, really.”

Though the next ITB record doesn’t have a set release date as of yet, Hall affirms it will “definitely” drop “in 2012 sometime.” Watch for more on that album at this site, and find live MP3s from ITB’s Halfway House session, as well as a live performance of “The Way to a Monster’s Lair” from Giant System, all following Hall’s CVU podcast interview from Record Store Day 2011.

In Tall Buildings – “The Way To A Monster’s Lair (Halfway House Sessions)”
In Tall Buildings – “Unmistakable (Halfway House Sessions)”
In Tall Buildings – “Suitor (Halfway House Sessions)”

(Additional reporting by Jessica Rose for CVU)

Come To The Show: Santah, In Tall Buildings, The Island Of Misfit Toys: Tonight, Thursday, December 22nd @ Lincoln Hall

Posted in Come To The Show,In Tall Buildings,Santah,The Island Of Misfit Toys by Jaime Black on December 22nd, 2011

Santah Live

2011 might be winding down, but the local music scene is still going strong in the year’s final days. For proof, look no further than the bill of SantahIn Tall Buildings, and The Island Of Misfit Toys, happening tonight, Thursday, December 22nd at Lincoln Hall (tickets still on-sale).

Opening the night is The Island Of Misfit Toys, who saw the release of their Bear Hair full length on Tandem Shop this year, as well as the successful funding of the band’s eastbound tour a few months back. Check out the eclectic pop of Bear Hair cut “Beginnings of a Beard” and a recent preview of the band’s live show in the videos below, following the CVU podcast from this year with the group’s Anthony Sanders.

In Tall Buildings also had a good year. Following the 2010 release of its self-titled full length, the adult alternative act made the rounds in 2011, from performing at the Tomorrow Never Knows festival and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion to releasing a two-track single on Record Store Day. Check out “The Way To A Monster’s Lair” below, following the CVU podcast featuring ITB’s Erik Hall, recorded on Record Store Day.

In Tall Buildings – “The Way To A Monster’s Lair”

Headliners Santah shared in experiencing a victorious 2011, with No Sleep Records giving the band’s debut full length, White Noise Bed, wide release. The shimmering indie rock group also did live sessions for Daytrotter, Audio Tree, and Big Ugly Couch. Close out 2011 with the band tonight at Lincoln Hall, and find Santah’s tracks “Merry Ann” and “Springfield” below, courtesy of Red Eye, followed by the Elephilms video for the band’s song “Neighbors & Cousins,” the act’s full Audio Tree session, and clips from the outfit’s Big Ugly Couch Session, all following the CVU podcast with the band’s Stan McConnell.

Santah – “Merry Ann”

Santah – “Springfield”

New In Tall Buildings Live Set Hits The Web

Posted in In Tall Buildings by Jaime Black on May 30th, 2011

In Tall Buildings
(Photo via David C. Sampson)

A new live performance set from In Tall Buildings has just hit the web today. The live MP3s and videos come from the band’s Violitionist Sessions, which originates from Denton, TX, and captures performances and an interview question via audio and video. The session, available for streaming or download below, feature two cuts from ITB’s self titled effort, as well as an unreleased cut. Find that media below, and catch In Tall Buildings live in Chicago this summer on June 18th at Taste Of Randolph Street and July 12th at Welles Park.

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New CVU Podcast EP: Record Store Day 2011!


This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: CVU: The Record Store Day 2011 EP, featuring three interviews recorded live on location at this year’s Record Store Day in Chicago. Host Jaime Black checks in with members of The 1900s, In Tall Buildings, and Suns! Find each interview as an individual Bandcamp podcast below.

CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album Intro

CVU68 – The 1900s @ Record Store Day
The men of The 1900s talk about their experiences buying records in years past, strange encounters with young fans, and ending up at a wedding with Richard “Shaft” Roundtree.

CVU69 – In Tall Buildings @ Record Store Day
Erik Hall of In Tall Buildings shares about how easy it was for his band to release an official vinyl on Record Store Day, in addition to sharing when a new album might surface.

CVU70 – Suns @ Record Store Day
The members of Suns share about their early record store experiences growing up, talk about the glory and final days of Tower Records, and explain how they came to acquire the school bus they tour in.

CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album Outro

Or download the entire collection as an album via the Dynasty Podcasts Soundcloud page!

Record Store Day 2011 – The CVU Feed!

Posted in In Tall Buildings,Record Store Day,Record Store Day 2011,Suns,The 1900s by Jaime Black on April 17th, 2011

From the ChiVerseUniteD Twitter account, covering Chicago acts at Record Store Day 2011:

Just finished a *KILLER* CVU interview w/ Suns. The guys talk school bus touring, record store networking, and the porn section of Tower.

Suns closing their set @ Bottom Lounge. We should be recording a CVU podcast interview after this.

Amazing amount of coordination present in Suns’ set. Pulling off two drummers both keeping time with each other is a notable accomplishment.

Suns, onstage @ Bottom Lounge: “How many people bought a record today?” – ONE person raised their hand. Literally. ONE.

Suns onstage @ Bottom Lounge for a post-RSD event. They just opened with CVU favorite “Everything Changes.”

Just finished a CVU podcast interview w/ Erik Hall of In Tall Buildings. He talks about how his band put out an official Record Store Day LP

In Tall Buildings onstage now @ Saki for Record Store Day. Performing “The Way To A Monster’s Lair.” Quality 2 man rock.

First CVU podcast interview of the day is done. The 1900s talk about how they picked out records as kids and how they’ll spend their summer.

The 1900s performing right now @ Saki for Record Store Day. Two songs in and they sound good.

White Mystery’s Blood & Venom is out early @ Saki. CVU is here for RSD performances from local talent all afternoon!

Rise Against vinyl @ Reggie’s. Sneak peak in advance of Record Store Day tmrw.

Mutts, In Tall Buildings Post Digital Goodies For Record Store Day

Posted in In Tall Buildings,Mutts,Record Store Day,Record Store Day 2011 by Jaime Black on April 16th, 2011


While comprehensive Record Store Day guides for Chicago have already hit the web at Loud Loop Press and Time Out Chicago, CVU has audio and video from Chicago talent celebrating this year’s RSD event. First, check out two cuts from In Tall Buildings, including a cover of Chicago act Cains & Abels‘ “Warm Rock” and the bedroom version of CVU favorite “The Way to a Monster’s Lair.” Both tracks make up the band’s Record Store Day release hitting finer shelves today. In Tall Buildings play an in-store set at Saki’s today at 6 p.m. along with a stellar line up of local talent before hitting The Late Live Show at Second City for a free late night performance. Find both ITB songs below, via the group’s Bandcamp.

Next, watch below as Mike Maimone of Chicago blues rock act Mutts gets the word out about his band by hitting the streets and stores of Chicago. Find Mutts music online here, and enjoy Record Store Day 2011!

SXSW 2011 – The Chicagoverse Connection: In Tall Buildings!

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in March will feature SXSW coverage relating to a Chicago artist, label, venue, website, or event. Today: In Tall Buildings!

In Tall Buildings
(Photo via Elise Bergman)

Chicago’s In Tall Buildings, the full band venture headed up by local musician Erik Hall, have been making big moves in recent months, including kicking off the Sustainable Sound series at Metroplaying a set for JBTV, a spot on the Tomorrow Never Knows festival, and more. Which might explain why the emerging act is official showcase talent at this year’s SXSW. Find the group’s upcoming dates for Austin and Chicago below, directly following a download link to the aptly-titled “Warm Rock,” one half of In Tall Buildings’ upcoming Record Store Day release, set to drop on April 16th.

In Tall Buildings – “Warm Rock”

In Tall Buildings @ SXSW
03/16 @ Maggie Mae’s
03/17 - JBTV’s SXCHI Music Festival @ The Trophy Room
03/19 @ Speakeasy
In Tall Buildings In Chicago
04/16 @ Saki (In-store)
04/19 @ Lincoln Hall

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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