ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

New CVU Podcast Album: CMJ 2012!

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: CVU: The CMJ 2012 Album, featuring interviews recorded at and around this year’s CMJ! Host Jaime Black checks in with Santah, Scott Lucas, Into It. Over It, and Gemini Club! Stream or download those podcasts above.

Dynasty Podcasts: The CMJ 2012 Album

CVU220 – Santah @ CMJ
In an interview recorded outside of Pianos, Stan McConnell, Vivian McConnell, Steve Plock, Otto Stuparitz, and Tommy Trafton of Santah discuss their new You’re Still a Lover EP, released on the day of the interview.

CVU221 – Scott Lucas @ CMJ
Scott Lucas sits down with CVU in Union Square Park to delve into Local H’s new full length, Hallelujah! I’m a Bum, including revealing how the album connects to 2008′s 12 Angry Months effort. The multi-band frontman also reveals his reasoning for more making a more politically charged record, and how Chicago plays into Hallelujah! I’m a Bum.

CVU222 – Into It. Over It @ CMJ
Into It. Over It frontman Evan Weiss discusses the band’s new 52 Weeks reissue box set, as well as the adjustments that come with performing with a full band in a live setting.

CVU223 – Gemini Club @ CMJ
Standing outside of Webster Hall, Tom Gavin and Gordon Bramli of Gemini Club discuss their road travel misadventures, in addition to weighing in on how the band has been able to procure official showcase slots at both CMJ and SXSW.

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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.

Gemini Club Stay Dapper In New “Can’t Believe You Said That” Clip

Posted in Gemini Club by Jaime Black on April 24th, 2012

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Coming off the group’s recent release of the Here We Sit EP and a sold out headlining record release show this past Saturday at Lincoln Hall, Gemini Club is showing no signs of slowing down. The trio has just posted the treatment for Here We Sit standout “Can’t Believe You Said That,” which features the group looking characteristically dapper against neon-lit umbrellas. Scope that clip below, following the group’s recent CVU podcast in support of Here We Sit and followed by a SXSW recap video featuring the act.

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New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series: Gemini Club!

Posted in ChicagoVerseUniteD,CVU Cover Story Series,Dynasty Podcasts,Gemini Club by Jaime Black on April 17th, 2012

Gemini Club

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Tom Gavin, Dan Brunelle, and Gordon Bramli of Gemini Club! In an interview recorded at the group’s Gemini Clubhouse, the trio examine their new EP, Here We Sit, reflect on their SXSW experience from earlier this year, and discuss fans’ immediate appreciation for their new songs. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by Sit tracks “By Surprise” and “Can’t Believe You Said That,” three brand new CVU videos of the members of Gemini Club showing off their studio gear, and a SXSW recap clip. And catch Gemini Club live this Saturday, April 21st at Lincoln Hall (tix) for the Here We Sit record release show.



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.

Gemini Club Post Second Single Off ‘Here We Sit’ & SXSW Dates

Posted in Gemini Club by Jaime Black on March 7th, 2012

Gemini Club

A second new cut from Gemini Club‘s forthcoming Here We Sit EP has hit the web. The track, entitled “Can’t Believe You Said That,” is perhaps one of the band’s poppiest and strongest songs yet. Look for Here We Sit to post next month on April 17th, and find the band’s thoughts on that release in their CVU 2012 Forecast piece, or in the CVU live broadcast podcast interview proceeding “Can’t Believe You Said That.” And find Gemini Club’s SXSW dates here.

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Gemini Club Get The Flashback Treatment In New “By Surprise” Clip

Posted in Gemini Club by Jaime Black on February 22nd, 2012

Gemini Club

Last month, CVU reported on Gemini Club‘s forthcoming EP, Here We Sit, which drops April 17th. Now, the first video from that effort has hit the web. Check out the treatment for “By Surprise” below, which features footage of the band from their start up until now, following Gemini Club’s recent Dynasty Podcasts Live Broadcast interview recorded at Debonair Social Club earlier this month. And download “By Surprise” by clicking on the song title below, or pre-order Here We Sit now.

Gemini Club – “By Surprise”

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New Live Broadcast Dynasty Podcast: A John Hughes Valentines Day Live Tribute 02/14/12!

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This week on Dynasty Podcasts Live Broadcast: A John Hughes Valentines Day Live Tribute broadcast podcast! Recorded onsite at Debonair on Valentine’s Day night, the night’s talent checks in on the broadcast. Tom Gavin and Dan Brunelle of Gemini Club share plans for their forthcoming Here We Sit EP, Greg Corner reveals John Hughes’ role in the origins of Kill Hannah, and Saam Hagshenas previews upcoming plans for Hey Champ. Plus: a cameo from Anthony Spina. Stream or download that podcast below.

Members Of Kill Hannah, Hey Champ, Local H, Gemini Club, & More Come Together For A John Hughes Valentine, Dynasty Podcasts Broadcasts Live

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In the grand tradition of Chicago supergroups like Gaylords and Them Crooked Vulvas, Kill Hannah‘s Greg Corner has assembled a powerhouse of Chicago rockers for a one night Valentine’s event at Debonair. A John Hughes Valentines Day Live Tribute features members of Kill Hannah, Hey Champ, Local H, The Lovehammers, Gemini Club, The Handsome Devilz, The Streets on Fire, and more, who together make up The Shermer High School Band. The group will be performing selections from Hughes classics like Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and more, tonight, Tuesday, February 14th. The event is free before midnight with RSVP via Do312. And look for Dynasty Podcasts to be broadcasting onsite from the event, with a podcast of that broadcast to post in the near future.

 

Gemini Club Post New EP Stream, New Single Download

Posted in Gemini Club by Jaime Black on February 3rd, 2012

Gemini Club By Surprise

Last month, CVU reported on Gemini Club‘s forthcoming EP, Here We Sit, which drops April 17th. In the feature, the band’s Dan Brunelle went into detail on the sound and scope of the effort, calling it “a more mature record for (the band).”

”We still have the catchy melodies and driving beats of the first EP but overall its much less of a “bedroom producer” record,” Brunelle told CVU. “Every song has live drums, the vast majority of the instrumentation was performed live, the synths were played through amps and mic’ed. We made sure to use digital music techniques but not so much that that’s all there is to it. There’s a much greater sense of physical space in this EP than you might expect from an “Electro Band”.

Now, a pre-order and stream of the full seven-song release has hit the web, along with a free download of the infectious first single, “By Surprise” (right-click to download). Find a video stream of the dancey and uptempo ”By Surprise” below, following Gemini Club’s CVU podcast interview recorded at North Coast Music Festival this past September. And watch for a new video from the band in the future.

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The CVU 2012 Forecast: Gemini Club!

Posted in CVU 2012 Forecast,Gemini Club by Jaime Black on January 19th, 2012

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

Gemini Club

Gemini Club’s last high visibility appearance in Chicago was late summer 2011, when the trio performed an early but strongly received set at North Coast Music Festival. Now, with the group set to perform at tonight’s 2012 Snow’d In Music Festival at Double Door, the band’s Dan Brunelle fills in CVU on the state of the band’s new music, including the band’s forthcoming EP, Here We Sit, set for release on April 17th, as well as “a few remixes that are already finished and laying in wait for release.”

“Our new EP, Here We Sit, is a definitely a more mature record for us,” Brunelle ascertains. ”We still have the catchy melodies and driving beats of the first EP but overall its much less of a “bedroom producer” record. Every song has live drums, the vast majority of the instrumentation was performed live, the synths were played through amps and mic’ed. We made sure to use digital music techniques but not so much that that’s all there is to it. There’s a much greater sense of physical space in this EP than you might expect from an “Electro Band”.

“Like our first EP there’s a large range of styles and influences,” Brunelle continues, adding “there’s even R&B angles to some of the melodies.”

In addition to Here We Sit, Gemini Club is also looking towards additional remix work and collaborations, as well as aiming “to be consistently working on new material while our new EP makes the rounds.” As if that weren’t enough, the act is “working a bunch of music videos for most of the EP.” Also in the works are the band’s plans to tour, with a focus on “getting back out to New York.”

Finally, Gemini Club is also turning its attention towards the remix treatment for their forthcoming EP.

“We’re going to have remixes for Here We Sit from producers from all spectrums,” Brunelle remarks. “ Local, national, international. We have a very talented pool of artists on board to remix our songs and we’re excited about the variety of content that we’ll have available to share with people.”

Look for presale information and album artwork for Here We Sit to post online next week, and for fans of the CW program Ringer, listen for Gemini Club cut “Mirrors” in an upcoming episode. And catch Gemini Club as official talent at this year’s SXSW. Check out video of a new Gemini Club song snippet, following the group’s CVU podcast interview from North Coast Music Festival 2011.

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Gemini Club North Coast Music Festival Footage Hits The Web

Posted in Gemini Club,North Coast Music Festival 2011 by Jaime Black on September 20th, 2011

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Live footage from Gemini Club‘s recent North Coast Music Festival performance has posted online, featuring the group’s remix of Shinichi Osawa‘s “Love Will Guide You” as the soundtrack. That video can be seen below, immediately following the group’s CVU podcast interview conducted onsite at the festival.

CVU106 – Gemini Club @ North Coast Music Festival