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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.

California Wives Stream ‘Art History,’ Hit Burlington, Lincoln Hall For Upcoming Hometown Events

Posted in California Wives by Jaime Black on September 4th, 2012

CA Wives

With the group’s new full length, Art History, out today and available now, a full stream of California Wives’ Vagrant debut has posted online. The local indie pop act is set to play a record release show for the album on Wednesday, September 12th at Lincoln Hall (tix). Those looking for something a bit sooner, however, can visit the Burlington this Saturday, September 8th, for the Art History listening party. The Burlington event will also offer chances to win tickets to the Lincoln Hall show on the 12th. Stream Art History below, and look for a video for History cut “Purple” to post soon.

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California Wives Preview ‘Art History’ LP With “Purple”

Posted in California Wives by Jaime Black on July 19th, 2012

California Wives

Following the spring release of their track “Marianne,” California Wives are back with another preview of their upcoming debut full length, Art HistoryThe record, the group’s first for Vagrant Records, is set to drop on September 4th. Check out Art History‘s “Purple” below, and catch California Wives live on July 27th at the Bike To The Beach event at the dock on Montrose Beach.

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California Wives Announce Details For ‘Art History’ Full Length

Posted in California Wives by Jaime Black on July 11th, 2012

California Wives

A few months back, CVU reported on California Wives signing with Vagrant Records for their forthcoming debut full length. Now, new details about that album has surfaced, courtesy of the Vagrant Records site. The record, titled Art History, was produced by Claudius Mittendorfer (who’s previously worked with the likes of Neon Indian and Interpol), and will drop on September 4th. Preview the first single from that effort below, followed by the Art History tracklist. And look for the band to tour behind the album in the fall.


California Wives – Art History
1. Blood Red Youth
2. Tokyo
3. Marianne
4. The Fisher King
5. Los Angeles
6. Photolights
7. Purple
8. Better Home
9. Twenty Three
10. The New Process
11. Light Year

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California Wives Sign With Vagrant, Return With “Marianne”

Posted in California Wives by Jaime Black on May 16th, 2012

California Wives

After a relatively quiet start to the year comes news that Chicago gaze-pop act California Wives have signed with Vagrant Records.

“We were excited to sign to Vagrant because it gave us the opportunity to work with a great producer who pushed us to think outside of our tendencies as musicians,” frontman Jayson Kramer states in the label’s announcement. “The newer instrumentation and arrangements were a result of that relationship in the studio. We are thrilled to be a part of such a terrific roster of musicians at Vagrant and we can’t wait to put the new music out there.”

The group is currently finishing work on their debut record, with no release date or title announced as of yet. In the meantime, however, the group’s summer-ready new single ”Marianne” is currently available below. And see the band live later this month on May 29th at Lincoln Hall (tix).

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New CVU Podcast Album: North Coast Music Festival 2011!

North Coast Music Festival

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: CVU: The North Coast Music Festival 2011 Album, featuring interviews recorded live on location at this year’s North Coast Music Festival! Host Jaime Black checks in with members of Midnight Conspiracy , The Hood Internet, Perfect Kiss, Gemini Club, California Wives, BBU, Loyal Divide, and Team Bayside High! 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 North Coast Music Festival 2011 Album

CVU: The North Coast Music Festival 2011 Album Intro

CVU103 – Midnight Conspiracy @ North Coast Music Festival
Following the completion of the first day of North Coast Music Festival, Mikul Wing and Louis Kha of Midnight Conspiracy discuss their expanding set production, pursuing the festival circuit, and what’s next for the DJ outfit’s stage show. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by the At Dawn We Rage Remix remix from the group’s forthcoming Discord EP, set for release on Killpop Records later this month on September 27th.

Midnight Conspiracy – Discord (At Dawn We Rage Remix)

CVU104 – The Hood Internet @ North Coast Music Festival
At the completion of day one of North Coast Music Festival, DJ STV SLV of The Hood Internet reveals why he’s okay with early festival slots, discusses his evolving stage set up, and names some big names set to appear on the forthcoming Hood Internet full length album. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by The Hood Internet’s “All Of The Lights” treatment mixing Ellie Goulding, Portland Cello Project, and Kanye West.

The Hood Internet – All Of The Lights (Ellie Goulding x Portland Cello Project x Kanye West)

CVU105 – Perfect Kiss @ North Coast Music Festival
Just before the group’s Cobra Lounge after-party set, the members of Perfect Kiss, including Alfonso Mayen, Leo “Akira Smith” Saucedo, Ray Mora, and Danny Boy Lucero share details about new Perfect Kiss songs, the group’s upcoming EP, and whether they see Perfect Kiss as a live band or a DJ outfit. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by the band’s latest single, “There’s No Time To Waste.”

Perfect Kiss – “There’s No Time To Waste”

CVU106 – Gemini Club @ North Coast Music Festival
Hours after the group’s early afternoon set on day two of North Coast Music Festival, Tom Gavin, Daniel Brunelle, and Gordon Bramli of Gemini Club reveal specifics about the band’s new music set for release in 2012, share how their live set up is like that of a sushi chef, and state why the act is moving away from being a “DJ band.” Stream or download that podcast below, followed by the trio’s most recent single, “Ghost.”

Gemini Club – Ghost (Original Mix)

CVU107 – California Wives @ North Coast Music Festival
In the hours before the group’s performance on the second day of North Coast Music Festival, Jayson Kramer, Dan Zima, Hans Michel, and Joe O’Connor of California Wives share preliminary details about the band’s debut full length, set to drop in 2012. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by the group’s most latest offering, “Tokyo.”

California Wives – Tokyo

CVU108 – BBU @ North Coast Music Festival
On day three of North Coast Music Festival, BBU’s Epic, Illekt, Jasson Perez, and DJ Esquire share details on the group’s forthcoming mixtape Bell Hooks, set for release next month in October, tease an upcoming full length album, and discuss…other topics they didn’t see coming. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by video of the group shot and produced by Colleen Mares of The Axis World.

CVU109 – Loyal Divide @ North Coast Music Festival
Immediately following the group’s performance on day three of North Coast Music Festival, Loyal Divide’s Jon Notowidigdo and Andrew McCarthy talk about the long-awaited release of their debut full length, Bodice Ripper, set to surface next month on October 4th, teaming with Kilo Records for the album, and working on new music while waiting for the record to drop. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by video with the band shot and produced by Colleen Mares of The Axis World.

CVU110 – Team Bayside High @ North Coast Music Festival
On day of three of North Coast Music Festival, Derek Berry and Rick Carrico of Team Bayside High reflect on their festival closing DJ set the evening before, tease upcoming developments within the group, and share their thoughts on the ever-increasing DJ talent pool and event culture in Chicago. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by the DJ duo’s recent cut, “Spaghetti Western.”

Team Bayside High – Spaghetti Western

CVU: The North Coast Music Festival 2011 Album Outro

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black, with video by Colleen Mares of The Axis World. 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.

Dual High Quality California Wives Performance Clips Post Online

Posted in California Wives by Jaime Black on July 12th, 2011

California Wives

Two new live clips of California Wives have hit the web. First, City Of Chicago TV is featuring the band performing its track “Twenty Three” as part of the Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge program. The song was filmed during the band’s set at Millennium Park‘s Pritzker Pavilion, and can be seen below.

Meanwhile, local video performance-based site Giant System has posted a clip of California Wives delivering a live version of its song “Marianne.” Find that video below.

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Loyal Divide, California Wives Join The 2011 North Coast Music Festival Bill

North Coast Music Festival

Earlier this month, CVU reported on local talent performing at this year’s North Coast Music Festival, happening September 2nd through the 4th in Union Park, and featuring Chicago acts like BBU, Perfect Kiss, and more. Now, two more of Chicago’s finest have been added to the bill, in Loyal Divide and California Wives. Check out the CVU SXSW podcasts with both acts, followed by a download and video for California Wives’ latest single “Tokyo,” as well as live performance clips of Loyal Divide, via Our Vinyl‘s Blip channel. And watch for more coverage of North Coast Music Festival in the coming months, right here at CVU!

California Wives – “Tokyo”

SXSW 2011 – The Chicagoverse Connection/Come To The Show: Tonight, Saturday March 12th @ Bottom Lounge/Local 101 Audio Archive: California Wives!

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: California Wives!

California Wives
(Photo via Laura Gray)

Starting 2011 with a Daytrotter Session and a slot on this year’s Tomorrow Never Knows festival, California Wives have seen its profile increase exponentially in the last few months. Which might be part of the reason why new wave-framed group is headlining tonight at the Bottom Lounge. The show serves as a send-off to the act’s impressive slew of forthcoming SXSW dates. Find those below, followed by this past weekend’s Local 101 interview with the band’s Joe O’Connor, as well as a download of the group’s ambient new single “Tokyo.”

03/17 – Schuba’s Unofficial SXSW Day Party @ Yard Dog (12:15 PM)
03/17 – Township Records SXSW Day Party @ Teddy’s (2:30 PM)
03/17 – Billboard.com Official Showcase @ Buffalo Billiards (8:00 PM)
03/18 – Yelp! Unofficial SXSW Day Party @ Betsy’s Bar/District 301 (Connected) (2:45 PM)
03/18 – BMI “Acoustic” Set @Cedar Door (4:30 PM)
03/19 – Bottom Lounge Unofficial @ Long Branch Inn (1:35 PM)

California Wives – “Tokyo”