ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

New CVU Podcast: California Wives @ JBTV!

Posted in California Wives,ChicagoVerseUniteD,Dynasty Podcasts,JBTV by Jaime Black on November 1st, 2012

CA Wives

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Jayson Kramer, Joe O’Connor, Dan Zima, and Graham Masell of California Wives! In a special JBTV interview produced in part with Dynasty Podcasts, Jaime Black checks in with the members of California Wives about the making of their new album, Art History, the experience of working with Vagrant Records, and their thoughts on being involved in a Sharpie campaign. Stream or download that podcast below. And watch the group’s performances on JBTV, as well as video of the below interview, at the JBTV site.

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, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

CVU & Dynasty Podcasts Present: California Wives Live At JBTV!

Posted in California Wives,CVU Presents,Dynasty Podcasts,JBTV by Jaime Black on September 10th, 2012

California Wives

ChicagoVerseUniteD and Dynasty Podcasts are proud to present California Wives performing live this Thursday, September 13th at JBTV! The indie pop group arrives at Chicago’s longest-running music television program hot on the heels of their debut full length, Art History, which dropped earlier this month. Audio of the group’s JBTV interview with this site’s Jaime Black will also be released as an episode of the Dynasty Podcasts: CVU series.

Catch the band live this Wednesday, September 12th at Lincoln Hall (tix) for the Art History record release show, and then head to the JBTV site for a chance to gain entry to the group’s intimate JBTV performance this Thursday, September 13th! And stream Art History in its entirety below, following the new video of AH cut “Purple,” which premiered during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

Dynasty Podcasts’ Jaime Black Joins JBTV

Posted in Dynasty Podcasts,Jaime Black,JBTV by Jaime Black on May 29th, 2012


ChicagoVerseUniteD is proud to announce this site’s Jaime Black will be an on-camera contributor on Chicago’s longest-running music television program, JBTV. Black will be conducting artist interviews on the program, which airs nationally on NBC Nonstop. Additionally, certain interviews will post as both Dynasty Podcasts and JBTV content, with audio posting via the Dynasty Podcasts network, and video airing on JBTV. Watch CVU and JBTV for upcoming guest announcements and local artist performances and interviews!

Dynasty Podcasts & Rockit Ranch Productions Present: Rockit.LIVE: What Happened To The Chicago Rock Scene?

Posted in Chris Payne,Dynasty Podcasts,Greg Corner,JBTV,Kill Hannah,Rockit.LIVE,Ruby Hornet by Jaime Black on April 4th, 2012

Dynasty Podcasts is proud to announce the next installment in the Rockit.LIVE event series! Taking place Wednesday, April 18th at 6PM at Rockit Bar & Grill, Dynasty Podcasts and Rockit Ranch Productions are proud to present:

What Happened To The Chicago Rock Scene?
A live panelcast discussion examining the shifting (disappearing?) rock climate in the Chicago music scene.

Chris Payne
(Former rock radio DJ)

Greg Corner
(Bassist: Kill Hannah)

Christian Picciolini
(Executive Producer/General Manager: JBTV)

Alex “DJ RTC” Fruchter
(Editor/Journalist: Ruby Hornet)


The 18+ event is free to attend, and will also be streamed live via the Dynasty Podcasts Mixlr and Ustream channels. Additionally, the panel event will later be released as an audio and video Dynasty Podcast. RSVP on Facebook now , and come out Rockit River North on Wednesday, April 18th at 6PM for Dynasty Podcasts & Rockit Ranch Productions present a Rockit.LIVE panelcast: What Happened To The Chicago Rock Scene!


New 150th CVU Podcast: JBTV!

Posted in ChicagoVerseUniteD,Dynasty Podcasts,JBTV,Jerry Bryant,Ryan Manno by Jaime Black on February 16th, 2012


This week on the 150th ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Jerry Bryant and Ryan Manno of JBTV! In an interview recorded at the JBTV studios, the two hosts of the program discuss the show’s forthcoming national launch, kicking off this Saturday, February 18th, on NBC Nonstop. The pair also reflect on JBTV’s history, share their motivations as hosts, and explain why it’s important they have a relationship with the artists who perform on the show. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by a feature interview with JBTV’s executive producer and general manager Christian Picciolini, and the JBTV Smashing Pumpkins special.

CVU: Describe your role on JBTV, and how you started with the show.
Christian Picciolini: I started as general manager and executive producer of JBTV on New Year’s Day 2010. I’ve managed bands like The Frantic, Flatfoot 56 and Treaty of Paris, so over the years, while trying to get my bands coverage on JBTV, I’d become friends with Jerry Bryant. On New Year’s Eve 2009, Jerry and I had dinner and he asked me to come run JBTV. The show had been facing problems financially and his business advisors and bankers were suggesting he shut the show down. Being a long time fan of the show, I was honored he’d turned to me for help. There was no way I’d let such an institution fade away, so I jumped at the opportunity.

CVU: How has the program and the operation changed since you started on JBTV?
CP: I started the next day, on new year’s day 2010, kept what was working and completely revamped everything else to focus more on live performances and keeping the show content more current. I believe that giving deserved emerging artists, both international and local, a platform for exposure is a lost art. No one does it anymore, and I decided to dive head first into that. I added some great new and talented hosts with passion and credibility like Ryan Manno (Q101), Toby Jeg (Red Scare Industries), Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) and Jenna Martinelli. Remember when radio had personalities that would introduce you to new music instead of some programmer in a different city creating your playlist? I wanted to bring the “tastemaker” back to music. Doesn’t matter if it’s radio, tv or the web, we need a trusted personality to tell us what’s good. That’s JBTV. New music, now. We introduce you to artists you’ve never heard of, so that they may become artists you can’t live without.

CVU: What are your goals for the show now, given its national broadcast range? Where does JBTV go from here?
CP: My goals are the same as they have always been since JBTV started in 19848. Expose people to good music and provide a platform for amazing artists who may not have a platform otherwise. I want to make that content available anytime, anywhere, and in any way. I want people to be able to access our original content from any device (tv, smart device, computer, vehicle) on any medium (tv, radio, web, mobile), anytime they want or on-demand. The new NBC Nonstop deal is great for us because it is becoming a well-established national network. We’ll be debuting Feb 18th in almost every major market on a great network. I’ve also been developing a national JBTV radio network that is centered on the same ideals of the JBTV brand. 2012 and beyond will be groundbreaking times for JBTV. The timing is right and we’re prepared to take the lead when people need a trusted source for good music.

CVU: What has been the best part of your time on JBTV? Whether it’s a performance, an interview, an aspect of the job,…
CP: So many things. I really love all the bands I bring on. They are all amazing. I’ve been able to turn people on to wonderful new music and I’ve also been turned on to new things. I also really love the talented people I work with. They are the best and most talented in the industry, from our camera operators to our editors, motion graphics people to our audio department and hosts. They are like family. I think my favorite part of the job would have to be the live tapings though. I keep saying that the JBTV studio is like our clubhouse and we get to invite our favorite bands to play live for us at lunchtime. The studio is a pretty magical place. I’d like to invite all your listeners to come visit sometime.

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.

New CVU Podcast: Kill Hannah!

Posted in ChicagoVerseUniteD,Dynasty Podcasts,JBTV,Kill Hannah by Jaime Black on December 14th, 2011

Kill Hannah

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Mat Devine, Greg Corner, Dan Wiese, and Elias Mallin of Kill Hannah! In an interview recorded at the group’s practice space, the members of Kill Hannah look back on the band’s year off, reveal early details about a new album, and revisit the origins of their New Heart For Xmas concert tradition. Stream or download that podcast below, and check out Kill Hannah this Friday, December 16th, at JBTV, and Saturday, December 17th, at Bottom Lounge (tickets still available), for New Heart For Xmas 8! And stick around on Saturday night, for two New Heart after-parties, happening on the first and second floors of the Bottom Lounge.

Watch a promo for the band’s Fuse tour of Chicago, followed by a clip of Kill Hannah performing “Believer” at a previous JBTV appearance.

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.

Kill Hannah New Heart 8Kill Hannah New Heart 8

Kill Hannah Announce Details For New Heart For XMas 8 At Bottom Lounge & JBTV

Posted in JBTV,Kill Hannah by Jaime Black on October 10th, 2011

Kill Hannah

It’s been a quiet year for Kill Hannah, due in no small part to frontman Mat Devine’s role in the broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. But now, following an absentee season last December, Kill Hannah is bringing its long-running holiday event back to Chicago, with details on New Heart For XMas 8 hitting the web today. Set to be the group’s only live performances this year, New Heart 8 will occur December 16th, in a special Storytellers-type set at JBTV complete with meet and greet and DVD taping, and December 17th at Bottom Lounge, with an after-party to follow. Event tickets and VIP weekend passes go on sale via the TicketWeb site this Friday, October 14th at 12 noon CST time, with the weekend package also yielding fans perks like a limited edition poster as well as a free, previously unreleased Kill Hannah track. Watch CVU for more coverage from New Heart, as well as exclusive behind the scenes content from the events.

Tagged with: ,

JBTV Announces Second Annual SXCHI Local Music Showcase Series

Posted in JBTV,SXSW 2011 by Jaime Black on February 23rd, 2011


Long-running Chicago-based music program JBTV has announced its second annual SXCHI music showcase series, set to take place during next month’s SXSW festival in Austin, TX. The live music bonanza will touch down at The Trophy Room on 6th St. from March 16th through the 19th, and feature a whopping 42 local acts. The line-up of Chicago-centric artists so far is listed below, via JBTV’s official site.

Smoking Popes, Scott Lucas & the Married Men, Empires, Bob Nanna, Ha Ha Tonka, The Frantic, Death on Two Wheels, The Fireship, David Costa, The Fold, My Gold Mask, The Scissors, Heart Set Self-Destruct, The Lifeline, Mia LeBlon, I Fight Dragons, The Alaya Conscious, Matter of Fact, The Noise FM, Kirkland, Tommy and the High Pilots, Famous Like You, The Felix Culpa, Yourself and the Air, The Aesthetic, Arma, The Right Now, Lehnen, Houses, HeyPenny, Par Avion, Blah Blah Blah, Oceans Over Airplanes, Without a Face, In Tall Buildings, Small Sins, United Federation of Planets, Ronny Robinson, How Far to Austin, Suns, True Womanhood and Light Pollution. More will be announced in the coming weeks.

Look for JBTV documentation to happen throughout the course of the event and air at later dates during the music program. And for more pre-coverage of Chicago at SXSW, keep watching 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!
Local 101

-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!

New 50th Episode Of The CVU Podcast: Jerry Bryant Of JBTV!

Posted in DYNASTY,JBTV,Jerry Bryant,Podcast by Jaime Black on November 12th, 2010

This week on the 50th episode of the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Jerry Bryant of JBTV!

Jerry Bryant

This week on the 50th episode of the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: long-time JBTV host Jerry Bryant discusses the program’s 25th anniversary currently in progress, its recent Emmy win, and its forthcoming premiere this coming Saturday, November 13th, on NBC 5.2. The television host also discusses changes in the music and broadcasting industries, highlights from his long career, and how JBTV has evolved over the years.

CVU50: Jerry Bryant (JBTV)
Right-click the link to download CVU50, or stream the show below
[vodpod id=Video.4896275&w=425&h=50&fv=]