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OK Go Take “Needing/Getting” Video To The Desert For Mind-Blowing Audio Recreation Treatment

Posted in OK Go by Jaime Black on February 6th, 2012


As has come to be expected from the group, OK Go has posted another stupefyingly brilliant music video. The clip, which premiered shortly before the Super Bowl yesterday, is for “Needing/Getting,” off the act’s 2011 effort, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. A posting at the group’s YouTube, pasted in full below, explains the treatment in detail.

The new music video from OK Go, made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they’d play the right note no matter where they were struck. For more information and behind-the-scenes footage, see and Many thanks to Chevy for believing in and supporting such an insane and ambitious project, and to Gretsch for providing the guitars.

Find the stunning ”Needing/Getting” video below, followed by an audio player with a studio, demo, and live version of the track, and following OK Go’s CVU podcast interview from this past summer’s Lollapalooza.

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PYYRAMIDS Stream Debut ‘Human Beings’ EP, Post Alt Nation-Tinged Video For “That Ain’t Right”

Posted in Drea Smith,OK Go,PYYRAMIDS by Jaime Black on November 7th, 2011


Last month, CVU was the first to write about PYYRAMIDS, the new collaboration between Drea Smith and Tim Nordwind from  OK Go. Now, the duo have posted both a stream of their debut EP, Human Beings, which just dropped on Halloween, and a video for the first single, “That Ain’t Right.” Enjoy the glam, new wave, and post-punk-infused effort and the alternative nation flavored video below, and watch for more from PYYRAMIDS right here at CVU.

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Drea Smith (Former He Say, She Say) & OK Go’s Tim Nordwind Team Up For PYYRAMIDS, Debut New Song, Hit CMJ

Posted in Drea Smith,He Say She Say,OK Go,PYYRAMIDS by Jaime Black on October 12th, 2011


Chicago scene veterans may remember He Say, She Say, the hipster-ready hip-pop project of DJ/producer Million Dollar Mano and vocalist Drea Smith. While that outfit shut down in 2010, Smith has been keeping herself active with a new venture by the name of PYYRAMIDS. The group is a collaboration between the singer/songwriter and OK Go‘s Tim Nordwind, making for a powerhouse of talent with strong ties to the Chicago music scene. PYYRAMIDS will drop its debut EP, Human Beings, later this month on October 31st, with a live appearance at Big Hassle’s CMJ Party happening Wednesday, October 19th at Pianos in New York. Pre-order Human Beings now, and discover “That Ain’t Right,” the glam and gold-tinged first single from Smith and Nordwind’s PYYRAMIDS, below.

PYYRAMIDS – “That Ain’t Right”


OK Go Tops Presidential Performance By Teaming With The Muppets

Posted in OK Go by Jaime Black on August 23rd, 2011


As revealed earlier this month on the group’s CVU Lollapalooza podcast interview, OK Go have indeed teamed up with none other than The Muppets themselves for a collaborative version of the theme from The Muppet Show. Watch the playful and self-referential video below, immediately beneath the group’s CVU episode. And capture the cut on today’s The Green Album release, which finds artists like The Fray and My Morning Jacket covering classic Muppet compositions, or watch the EW behind the scenes footage from the video.

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New CVU Podcast Album: Lollapalooza 2011!

Lollaplooza 2011

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: CVU: The Lollapalooza 2011 Album, featuring five interviews recorded live on location at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival! Host Jaime Black checks in with members of OK Go, Kids These Days, Maps & Atlases, Gold Motel, and Dani Deahl! Find the collection as a Soundcloud album or individual podcasts below, or download the entire collection as an album at the Dynasty Podcasts Bandcamp page!

CVU: The Lollapalooza 2011 Album

CVU: The Lollapalooza 2011 Album Intro

CVU91 – OK Go @ Lollapalooza
On the eve of Lollapalooza, OK Go’s Tim Nordwind and Dan Konopka reveal how they landed on the bill for President Obama’s birthday bash last week, what went into the making of the band’s new video, “All Is Not Lost”, and how they plan to top performing for the President and playing Lollapalooza in one week. And find NBC Chicago video of the group singing “Happy Birthday” to President Obama in the clip below the podcast.

CVU92 – Kids These Days @ Lollapalooza
Vic Mensa, Liam Cunningham, Macie Stewart, and Nico Segal of genre-spanning outfit Kids These Days discuss hometown love, not fitting in one sound or scene, and being underestimated due to their age. Find the group’s new track “Clear Eyes,” as well as behind the scenes and performance video from their Lollapalooza set, following their podcast.

Kids These Days – “Clear Eyes”

CVU93 – Maps & Atlases @ Lollapalooza
Onsite at Lollapalooza, Maps & Atlases’ Dave Davison and Erin Elders weigh in on the band’s work ethic, what they’ve learned on tour, and the slow burn of the group’s 2010 record, Perch Patchwork. Find that album’s latest video, “Israeli Caves,” below the band’s podcast.

CVU94 – Gold Motel @ Lollapalooza
On day three of Lollapalooza, Greta Morgan of Gold Motel revisits her reaction upon finding out her band would perform at the festival. The frontwoman also sheds lights on the band’s sophomore record, and the group’s plans up to 2012. Find Gold Motel’s new single, “Leave You In Love,” following the podcast.

CVU95 – Dani Deahl @ Lollapalooza
Veteran Chicago DJ Dani Deahl discusses her more visible performance slot at this year’s festival, how DJ’ing has changed over the last decade, and her thoughts on Serato and the new class of DJs. Find her recent Ghetto House Radio mix after the podcast.

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CVU: The Lollapalooza 2011 Album Outro

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, 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.