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A Lull Stream ‘Meat Mountain’ A Day Before Official Release

Posted in A Lull by Jaime Black on June 25th, 2012

A Lull

With the effort set to drop tomorrow, A Lull has posted its new EP, Meat Mountain, up as a full stream. Order the album here and listen now in the player below. And catch A Lull live next month on Sunday, July 15th at Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park.

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A Lull Serve Up A Cut Of ‘Meat Mountain’ With “Summer Dress”

Posted in A Lull by Jaime Black on May 8th, 2012


CVU has been keeping up with A Lull‘s forthcoming Meat Mountain EP (pre-order here), and now, the first full song from that effort has hit the web. Airy and adventurous, “Summer Dress” finds the group departing a bit from the heavier sound of their 2011 Confetti release. Check out that cut of Meat below, followed by a teaser video for the record, which drops on June 26th. And catch A Lull live this summer at Pitchfork Music Festival, going down July 13th through 15th in Union Park.

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A Lull Post First Cryptic Teaser From ‘Meat Mountain,’ Announce EP’s Release Date

Posted in A Lull by Jaime Black on April 30th, 2012

A Lull

Following the reveal of the effort’s cover art and a possible tracklisting, A Lull has now provided the first preview video for its forthcoming EP, Meat Mountain. The teaser not only features the first brief listen to music from that EP, but also reveals a June 26th release date for the effort.  And catch the group live a few weeks later at the Pitchfork Music Festival, going down July 13th through 15th in Union Park.

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A Lull Move On ‘Meat Mountain,’ Hit Schubas Tonight, Sunday, April 29th

Posted in A Lull by Jaime Black on April 29th, 2012

A Lull

A few weeks back, CVU provided details on A Lull‘s forthcoming Meat Mountain EP release, set to drop this summer. Now, new facts on that record have since come to light, such as that the band has finished tracking the effort and has since turned their attention to the mixing of the record. What would appear to be a tracklist has also surfaced, and can be found below.

Summer Dress
Still Got Pull
Not About It
Would That I Could

The band also saw huge news recently with its inclusion to this summer’s Pitchfork Music Festival, happening July 13th through 15th in Union Park. Fans of the band won’t have to wait that long, however, as A Lull plays Schubas tonight, Sunday, April 29th (tix). Prepare for that show with an acoustic version of the band’s “Some Love,” found below.

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A Lull Tease New ‘Meat Mountain’ EP, Look Towards Summer Release

Posted in A Lull by Jaime Black on March 22nd, 2012

(Meat Mountain cover art)

Though the group was absent from this year’s SXSW, A Lull has nonetheless been hard at work as of late. The group’s social media sites have recently been a wave of clues and cryptic offerings, all in support of the band’s forthcoming EP, Meat Mountain, which is set to drop this summer. On their end, the band has been documenting the effort’s production, posting production notes and reporting on vocal work. The upcoming release has also garnered its own site at Meat Mountain. Watch for more on A Lull’s forthcoming EP right here at CVU, and check out the band’s Audio Tree live set below in the meantime.

Update: The initial posting of this article featured alternate art and a set release date. The band has since provided the above artwork as the cover for Meat Mountain, and clarified no final release date is announced yet.

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Come To The Show: A Lull: Sunday, February 12th @ Schubas

Posted in A Lull,Come To The Show by Jaime Black on February 10th, 2012

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This coming Sunday, February 12th, A Lull will headline Schubas for what will (likely) the band’s last local show until summer. This psych-pop group is coming off a run of national dates, with this Sunday’s event not only serving as an encore to that trek, but also benefitting Rock For Kids. To prepare for the event, download the group’s new Some Love Remix EP bundle for free via their site, followed by the act’s live Saki Session live performance. Find those links below, followed by the band’s cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s  ”I’m On Fire” and video of their full Audio Tree live set.

A Lull – Some Love Remix EP
A Lull – Saki Session

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New CVU Podcast: Chicago Music 2011 W/ Ruby Hornet, Loud Loop Press, & Fake Shore Drive | CVU Best Of Chicago Music 2011!


(Left to right: Barber, Giraldi, Black, & Fruchter)

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Alex Fruchter of Ruby Hornet, Richard Giraldi of Loud Loop Press, and Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive! The three bloggers visit CVU at The Music Garage to share their thoughts on the year in Chicago music, including their favorite local albums of 2011, their thoughts on an array of hometown artists, and their take on what the Chicago music community is doing right and wrong at this point in time. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by the CVU Best Of Chicago Music 2011 feature!

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black and produced by Leyla I. Royale, and  recorded out of The Music Garage in Chicago. 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.

CVU Best Of Chicago Music 2011

Best Chicago Albums 2011

1. Scattered TreesSympathy

Gorgeous, tender, and justifiably hurt and angry, Scattered Trees’ Sympathy album is the sound of frontman Nate Eiesland coping with the loss of his father. The result is a stunningly vulnerable and honest rock record with fragile arrangements and mature hooks that demonstrates an artists’ strength in the wake of a cataclysmic event. Stream Sympathy below, following Eiesland’s 2011 CVU podcast in support of the record.

Scattered Trees – Sympathy

2. Into It. Over It.Proper

The sound of ’90s emo resurrected, before that word came to mean something drastically different. On Into It. Over It.’s, well, proper debut full length, Evan Thomas Weiss pays homage to emotional pop punk in a way that’s never pandering or embarrassing. How many artists can say that in 2011? Check out Weiss’ CVU podcast in support of the record, followed by Proper cut “Midnight: Carroll Street.”

3. Mike Golden & Friends - Groceries

Southern rock style guitars? Screaming vocals? Bandleader Mike Golden made a loud rock record in a year when almost no one else in Chicago was pursuing that sound. That the album sounds like nothing else released this year is only one of its strength. Finally, a record meant to be played through real speakers, at full volume. Check out Golden’s CVU podcast in support of the album, followed by the video for “No Name.” And download Groceries at the MG&F site for free.

4. Loyal Divide - Bodice Ripper

Loyal Divide’s long delayed debut full length proved well worth the wait, with weird and adventures psychedelic sonic elements at play throughout the album. Alienated and uneasy throughout, Bodice Ripper is the sound of post-millennium tension that never lets up. Check out the band’s CVU podcast in support of the album below, followed by the Loyal Divide Audio Tree session.

5. A LullConfetti

Another oft-delayed and highly anticipated local full length also saw release this year. Following a long and steady stream of powerful live shows, A Lull finally got the chance to showcase its unique percussive stylings on this year’s Confetti effort. Boisterous, melodic, and sonically adventurous, Confetti is the band’s well deserved proper arrival. Check out the group’s CVU podcast below, followed by a full stream of Confetti.

A Lull – Confetti

Best Chicago Songs 2011

1. Company Of Thieves – “Death of Communication”

It’s no secret that Company Of Thieves frontwoman Genevieve Schatz is one of the premier vocalists in the Chicago music landscape. And on “Death Of Communication,” off the band’s spring 2011 sophomore effort Running From a Gamble, Schatz unleashes her call at full force, holding nothing back as she entirely owns a rollicking power rock production that stands as the best Chicago rock song of 2011. Check out the CVU interview with Schatz and COT guitarist Marc Walloch below, followed by the video for “Death Of Communications.”

2. Patrick Stump – “The “I” In Lie”

With a hook that creeps along before exploding in a full blown chorus, Patrick Stump’s “The “I” In Lie” is just one of many melodic pop moments on the singer’s 2011 debut solo full length, Soul Punk. It may also be the catchiest song the artist has fronted since his Fall Out Boy days. Any doubt as to the validity of Stump’s solo venture ends here. Check out the CVU podcast with the artist, followed by a video stream of “The “I” In Lie.”

3. Color Radio – “Quiet House”

Ambient and adventurous, Color Radio’s “Quiet House,” off the group’s 2011 Architects record, is both soaring and subtle, with a video that perfectly matches the song’s sense of wonder. It’s a dream pop outing that’s never sleepy. Find that clip below, following the CVU podcast featuring the group’s Jonathan Ifergan in support of Architects.

4. Kidz In The Hall - “Occasion”

On Kidz In The Hall’s fall 2011 full length Occasion, the primarily backpack duo of Naledge and Double-0 opted for a more celebratory tone. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the album’s title track. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean it’s not time to raise a glass. Find the video for that clip below, following the act’s CVU podcast from earlier this year, in support of the group’s Semester Abroad mixtape.

5. Victorian Halls – “Girls Kiss Girls”

The suburban sound of VFW halls and doing donuts in parking lots, Victorian Halls unleashed a psychotic spazz out of a song with “Girls Kiss Girls,” off the act’s 2011 full length, Charlatan. If you were waiting for 2011′s perfect song for singing at the top of your lungs while driving, look no further. Find a video stream of that track below, following the CVU podcast featuring VH frontman Sean Lenart .

Best Chicago Live Act 2011

Kids These Days

No local act was more ubiquitous in 2011 than Kids These Days, with the band’s name at every local bloggers’ fingertips and shows seemingly everywhere, from the Metro to The Apple Store. The sprawling act’s hybrid of funk, soul, hip hop, and more translates better than it should onstage, with a staggering live show that justifies the group’s hype. With the outfit’s Traphouse Rock effort dropping next year, it will be revealed whether the band’s studio output can match its live presentation. Find the group’s CVU podcast, recorded onsite at Lollapalooza, below, followed by video of the act’s Lolla performance.

Runner Up: Midnight Conspiracy

The only Chicago act to perform at both Lollapalooza and North Coast Music Festival this year, Midnight Conspiracy’s live DJ set up incorporates flames, MCs, guest vocals from talent like Jessica Gonyea and Gemini Club‘s Tom Gavin, and lights. Oh so many lights. With more DJs than registered voters now residing in Chicago, Midnight Conspiracy’s live show not only stands out, it stands above. Check out the act’s CVU podcast recorded during this year’s North Coast, followed by video of the group’s North Coast set.

R.I.P.: Chicago Music Scene’s Gone But Not Forgotten 2011

The Felix Culpa

Last year, The Felix Culpa’s Sever Your Roots, a simultaneously beautiful and powerful work of melodic post-hardcore, was CVU’s album of the year. And weeks ago, the group played its final show ever at the Metro, to a packed and die hard crowd.  With the mechanics of the music industry becoming harder for artists to remain self-sustaining, the members of TFC packed it in and called it a day, choosing to leave on a high night, with a loyal audience left wanting more, and blissfully ringing ears all around. Find the group’s CVU podcast from just before their final show below, followed by CVU video of the act performing “Because This Is How We Speakat one of its final rehearsals.


19 years. Countless DJs. An array of format shiftss, all under the all-encompassing banner of catch-all label “alternative.” Q101 radio exited the Chicago airwaves this past summer on a high note, with the jocks playing what they wanted, and high profile guests dropping by one last time. And while the format strayed and opinion of the station varied over the years, the final days of Q101 were what alternative radio should sound like. It’s just too bad it took this long and these circumstances to get there. Check out the CVU Q101 sign off media archive, and find the CVU podcast with former Local 101 host Chris Payne below, followed by video from the final broadcast.

(Note: This writer worked at Q101 for the last 13 years, and is featured in the video above.)

New CVU Podcast: Urbanites | Come To The Show: Scattered Trees, A Lull, & Urbanites: Friday, November 25th @ Lincoln Hall

Coming Alive

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Bradley Briggs of Urbanites! The artist visits CVU at The Music Garage to discuss his band’s new Coming Alive EP, working with The Fray, and why the group releases a few songs at a time when its catalogue is ever growing. Stream or download that brand new podcast below, followed by video of the band’s travels to Denver, CO to recording Coming Alive, a teaser studio clip, an acoustic performance video, and the official treatment for the band’s latest single, “Walking Away.” And catch Urbanites live tonight, Friday, November 25th at Lincoln Hall with A Lull and headliners Scattered Trees. (Tickets still available online.)

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black and produced by Leyla I. Royale, and  recorded out of The Music Garage in Chicago. 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.

Chicago’s A Lull also plays tonight, coming off a year that saw the group drop its long awaited full length, Confetti, as well as a companion EP, Confetti Reprise. Both releases made good on previous promises of the band’s percussion-heavy, psychedelic ambitions. The act will be touring the West Coast in January of 2012, so tonight’s show is a perfect chance to catch A Lull’s captivating and rhythmically hypnotizing live stylings before the group hits the road. Preview the outfit’s live show with a stream of its recent Knitting Factory set, a snippet clip of the band’s CMJ performance, and its full set for Audio Tree live, all following by the group’s CVU podcast from earlier this year in support of Confetti.

Finally, closing out tonight’s bill is headliners Scattered Trees. 2011 served as a breakout year for the band, including an appearance on Lakeshore PBS series Live at the Alley and a Daytrotter Session, all in support of the act’s achingly vulnerable full length Sympathy. Preview the former and latter musical ventures in the clips below, as well as footage from the band’s Living Room Session, all following frontman Nate Eiesland’s CVU podcast interview from earlier this year and the Barbaric Merits remix of the band’s “Four Days Straight.”

Scattered Trees – “Four Days Straight (Barbaric Merits Remix)”

Scattered Trees

A Lull Go Feel Good In New “Some Love” Treatment

Posted in A Lull by Jaime Black on September 20th, 2011

A Lull

A new video from massive psych-pop outfit A Lull has posted online. The clip, for the song “Some Love,” comes from for the band’s 2011 full length debut Confetti, and marks the second video to spring from that effort. Fall in love with the freewheeling feel good treatment below, following a free download of jubilant “Some Love” via Nylon and the band’s CVU podcast from earlier this year in support of Confetti.

A Lull – “Some Love”

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A Lull Preview New EP, Video Shoot With ‘Confetti’ B-Side, Production Stills

Posted in A Lull by Jaime Black on June 27th, 2011

A Lull

A Lull has posted a new track, entitled “Potluck,” from its forthcoming late summer release, comprised of b-sides that didn’t make it to the act’s debut effort from earlier this year. The EP, Confetti Reprise, is set to drop on August 16th through Mush Records. The pysch-rock group has also been busy as of late making the video for Confetti track “Some Love,” with production photos from that shoot surfacing online. Stream the buzzing and bustling “Potluck” below, and catch A Lull live on Sunday, July 10th at West Fest in Chicago!

A Lull – “Potluck”

Update: The EP tracklist has hit the web, and can be found as follows.

A Lull – Confetti Reprise
1. Pot Luck
2. Confetti Reprise
3. Exit Wounds
4. The Pit

A Lull Potluck Image

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