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The CVU 2012 Forecast: My Gold Mask!

Posted in CVU 2012 Forecast,My Gold Mask by Jaime Black on January 18th, 2012

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

My Gold Mask

The last release from gold-dusted haunt-rockers My Gold Mask was A Million Miles (From Where We Were Last), the act’s winter 2010 four-song EP. Since then, fans have turned towards events like a November 2011 episode of Gossip Girl featuring “Violet Eyes” and the group’s New Years Eve set at Lincoln Hall opening for The Hood Internet for their MGM fix. Now comes word that the band is hitting the studio to record their debut full length at the end of this month, as the band’s Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo inform CVU in a joint statement.

“It’s hard to predict exactly what the finished project will sound like,” the band states of the effort. “Ideas are still evolving and we are writing right up until the first day of recording.”

The group is looking at a month of mixing all through February, and while they haven’t yet nailed down a final title for the forthcoming record, they do have some track titles firmed up, including “Never Go Home” and “Some Secrets.”

While its too early to announce a release date (“We’re not rushing the process,” the band explains), both Rochelle and Armondo are eager to share their new sounds. ”We’re looking forward to sharing new music with our friends and are eager to get to the point where we’re out playing the new songs live,” the group affirms.

Check out the band’s cover of “Bette Davis Eyes” and the video for “Violet Eyes,” both following the group’s CVU podcast interview from SXSW 2011.

New CVU Podcast Album: SXSW 2011!


This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album, featuring eleven interviews recorded live on location at this year’s SXSW music festival. Host Jaime Black checks in with members of My Gold Mask, Netherfriends, Scattered Trees, White Mystery, Loyal Divide, Empires, and California Wives, plus Scott Lucas of Scott Lucas and the Married Men, Virgil Solis and DJ RTC of Ruby Hornet, and Martin Atkins of Tour:Smart! Find each interview as an individual podcast below, or download the entire collection as an album at the Dynasty Podcasts Bandcamp page!

CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album Intro

CVU56 – Ruby Hornet @ SXSW
Virgil Solis and DJ RTC of Chicago hip hop site Ruby Hornet talk about their new hip hop compilation, Closed Sessions: ATX, recorded last year at SXSW 2010.

CVU57 – My Gold Mask @ SXSW
Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo check in on the eve of SXSW music, talk about the influence of weather on their music, and preview what’s next for My Gold Mask.

CVU58 – Netherfriends @ SXSW
Netherfriends mastermind Shawn Rosenblatt discusses his 50 Songs 50 States project and recording in a gas station bathroom, in addition to revealing why bands need to spend less time practicing and performing for their friends.

CVU59 – Secret Colours @ SXSW
Following a performance at the Do512 headquarters, the members of Secret Colours discuss being invited to perform as official talent at this year’s SXSW.

CVU60 – Scattered Trees @ SXSW
The members of Scattered Trees talk about their forthcoming record Sympathy, set to drop on April 5th, as well as critical and geek response to the Star Wars themed video for “Love And Leave.”

CVU61 – White Mystery @ SXSW
Alex and Francis White of White Mystery talk about the magic of SXSW and being on tour, plus describe the gritty sound of their forthcoming Blood And Venom album, which will see release on April 20th.

CVU62 – Martin Atkins @ SXSW
Martin Atkins, of the Tour:Smart movement, discusses his experiences at both SXSW interactive and SXSW music, as well as why bands need digital savvy members in their ranks.

CVU63 – Loyal Divide @ SXSW
The members of Loyal Divide delve into the status of their long finished debut album Bodice Ripper, new music after that record drops, and ideal returns on playing SXSW.

CVU64 – Empires @ SXSW
Ryan Luciani and Max Steger of Empires reveal details about the Rolling Stone cover contest the band is participating in, including the level of disbelief at what winning would entail.

CVU65 – California Wives @ SXSW
The members of California Wives share on the origins of their new song “Tokyo,” hint at appearances at Chicago summer festivals, and explain why the band didn’t just come up out of nowhere.
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CVU66 – Scott Lucas @ SXSW
Scott Lucas, of Local H and Scott Lucas And The Married Men, shares his thoughts on making a timely statement with the next Local H record, as well as the extreme difficulty of carrying amps across 6th Street while dressed in a suit.

CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album Outro

Local 101 Audio Archive: Secret Colours & My Gold Mask

Posted in Audio Archive,Local 101,My Gold Mask,Secret Colours by Jaime Black on February 14th, 2011

Secret Colours
(Photo via Eddie O’Keefe)

Last night’s Local 101 on Q101 featured interviews with members of CVU regulars Secret Colours (above) and My Gold Mask. Those interviews can now be heard further down in this entry, with L101 host Chris Payne chatting Secret Colours’ Tommy Evans up about the psychedelia-laden band’s free show this Thursday, February 17th at Empty Bottle. My Gold Mask’s Jack Armondo, meanwhile, comes on the show to preview the haunt-pop act’s part in tonight’s Chicago Reader sponsored Anti-Valentine’s Day party happening at Lincoln Hall.

Stream both interviews below, followed by recent cuts from both bands via their respective Bandcamps and a live performance video from Secret Colours. And check out My Gold Mask’s CVU 2011 Forecast feature from last month for more on the band’s plans for this year and beyond!

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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!

The CVU 2011 Forecast: The Hood Internet & My Gold Mask!

Posted in BBU,CVU Cover Story 01/11,My Gold Mask,The Hood Internet by Jaime Black on January 30th, 2011

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: Both The Hood Internet and My Gold Mask!

The Hood Internet

Last fall, mash up masters The Hood Internet broke away from their multiple-song cut up creation formula to deliver a two song release of original material with Chicago’s Kid Static. Now, in 2011, the DJ and production unit is looking towards expanding upon that idea, with Hood’s STV SLV telling CVU the act is “working on a THI record that is slated for release spring-ish.” Speaking of the approach for the forthcoming album, SLV promises a bit of a departure from previous Hood material, claiming the effort will contain “No samples, no mashups.”

While specifics on the Hood Internet full length are scant, a few collaborative details pertaining to the group have come to surface. Earlier this month, it was revealed via BBU’s 2011 Forecast feature that the group has an upcoming musical project with THI dropping in February. Also confirmed is fellow Chicagoans My Gold Gold are also working alongside the DJ outfit.

My Gold Mask
(Photo via A Jayne)

Following up on the group’s two 2010 EP releases, A Thousand Voices and A Million Miles (From Where We Were Last), haunting nocturnal pop act My Gold Mask is collaborating with The Hood Internet on a track for the DJ outfit’s full length. Aside that musical pairing, the group is in the preliminary stages of writing their full length record. Speaking to CVU about the young project, the band’s Jack Armondo reveals that MGM are already looking beyond 2011.

“All this could change,” the guitarist cautions about the in the works album, “but – we are aiming for an early 2012 release with some singles and previews released in 2011 along the way.” Expanding upon the direction of the new material, Armondo adds cryptically, ”Right now the songs are getting a little bit…darker.”

Catch The Hood Internet live on Friday, February 4th at The Mid, while My Gold Mask perform on Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14th at at Lincoln Hall for The Chicago Reader’s Anti-Valentine’s Day party, And download The Hood Internet’s new Wacka Flocka Flame mash EP, or find a previous pairing of My Gold Mask and The Hood Internet in HI’s remix of MGM’s “Bitches” track below.

My Gold Mask – “Bitches (The Hood Internet Remix)”
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My Gold Mask Post Download From Forthcoming Effort A Million Miles (From Where We Were Last)

Posted in My Gold Mask by Jaime Black on September 20th, 2010

My Gold Mask

Chicago’s My Gold Mask has posted a downloadable preview from the act’s forthcoming release, A Million Miles (From Where We Were Last). The track, “I Don’t Need The Reason,” carries the group’s signature ethereal vibe and spacious production, with vocalist Gretta Rochelle coming off raw and direct over jangly, buzzsaw guitars. My Gold Mask hit Schuba’s on Saturday, November 13th, for A Million Miles (From Where We Were Last)‘s record release. Watch ChicagoVerseUniteD for more on the release as its drop date nears, and click on the streaming player below to be taken to the download page.

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SXSW 2010: The Chicagoverse Connection: Loyal Divide / My Gold Mask

Posted in Loyal Divide,My Gold Mask,SXSW,The Chicagoverse Connection by Jaime Black on March 5th, 2010

In an effort to promote the best Chicago talent performing at this year’s SXSW, ChicagoVerseUniteD will be running previews every day between now and March 17th of local acts performing at the annual Austin, TX music festival.

Artist: Loyal Divide & My Gold Mask (directly below)

(Photo credit: A.Jayne / via

SXSW Showcase Schedule:

Loyal Divide
Thursday March 18th @ TBA
Friday March 19th @ The Tap Room with fellow Chicago acts A Lull, Breakers Broken, & more


Saturday March 20th @ TBA

My Gold Mask
Thursday March 18th – Mishka Party @ Club 1808 (outdoor stage)
Friday March 19th – Weekly Tape Deck Party @ Karibu Ethiopian Restaurant
Saturday March 20th – Strangers In Stereo Party @ Elysium with fellow Chicago act The Hood Internet


Showcase dates are subject to change and more events may be added closer to the festival. Know of something I missed? Email

Why You Should Go See Them: Like yesterday’s Chicagoverse selection A Lull, Loyal Divide (pictured below) and My Gold Mask are some of Chicago’s best kept secrets, with both acts eager and more than ready for wider audiences to find them. The two groups dwell in darker territory, with Loyal Divide creating a claustrophobic cacophony of paranoia over stop-and-go grooves and dirty, shuffling beats (“Young Blades”). My Gold Mask, meanwhile, craft dance-floor therapy for a gypsy jamboree, infusing its sound with retro-glam tendencies and warbling guitars over airy production and sparse percussion. The two-person outfit’s material is marked by band siren Gretta Rochelle’s coy and certain caterwaul, at its bold and bratty best on tracks like the gold-dust covered “Violet Eyes.” Festival attendees seeking out the more nocturnal side of SXSW should leave enamored with and chilled by My Gold Mask and Loyal Divide.


Latest Release: Labrador (Loyal Divide) & A Thousand Voices – EP (My Gold Mask)
(Both efforts are available through iTunes)

Key Tracks:

Loyal Divide


“Young Blades”

My Gold Mask

“All Up In The Air”

“Violet Eyes” (below)

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Find Out More: Tonight (Sunday, March 7th) on Q101‘s Local 101, when both acts come on the show in support of their respective SXSW showcases. 9PM CST on Q101, or streaming at Q101 Dot Com.