For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: In Tall Buildings!
Though In Tall Buildings, the indie operation of Erik Hall, saw an admirable year in 2011, including releasing a two-track single on Record Store Day and performing at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the act didn’t release a full length record last year. That won’t be the case in 2012, however, as Hall tells CVU.
“I’ll be tracking the remainder of the new In Tall Buildings album during the month of January,” the singer songwriter informs of his plans. “If you’re reading this, I’m probably hunkered down in my chilly Pilsen apartment with a hat and sweater, slowly creating a giant intricate knot of XLR cables that I’ll spend the month of February unraveling.”
Given that ITB’s self-titled full length dropped in 2010, it would make sense that its follow up would showcase artist growth on Hall’s part, two years later. “There are some marked differences between this upcoming album and the first album,” Hall reveals. “The first record was basically a glorified portfolio of what I came up with over the course of a couple years recording at home. As a result, it was a bit all over the place, both sonically and compositionally. While this new record will be no less ranging in terms of sounds and colors, it will be more focused in the songwriting. I’m setting out with a more cohesive vision for how I want the album to feel overall, and I’m writing songs that are just a couple notches closer to pop music.”
Hall states that he plans to track the record at his house, though the effort is far from a solo one. “This time around it’s not necessarily the Erik Hall Show from start to finish,” the ITB frontman emphasizes. “Matt Ulery came by a few weeks ago to play some bass, and Quin Kirchner will be coming over to record a couple of his drum parts that he’s been playing live for a while. Other friends will be here at some point to play some horns and do some singing. Whatever the songs need, really.”
Though the next ITB record doesn’t have a set release date as of yet, Hall affirms it will “definitely” drop “in 2012 sometime.” Watch for more on that album at this site, and find live MP3s from ITB’s Halfway House session, as well as a live performance of “The Way to a Monster’s Lair” from Giant System, all following Hall’s CVU podcast interview from Record Store Day 2011.
(Additional reporting by Jessica Rose for CVU)
Come To The Show: Santah, In Tall Buildings, The Island Of Misfit Toys: Tonight, Thursday, December 22nd @ Lincoln Hall
2011 might be winding down, but the local music scene is still going strong in the year’s final days. For proof, look no further than the bill of Santah, In Tall Buildings, and The Island Of Misfit Toys, happening tonight, Thursday, December 22nd at Lincoln Hall (tickets still on-sale).
Opening the night is The Island Of Misfit Toys, who saw the release of their Bear Hair full length on Tandem Shop this year, as well as the successful funding of the band’s eastbound tour a few months back. Check out the eclectic pop of Bear Hair cut “Beginnings of a Beard” and a recent preview of the band’s live show in the videos below, following the CVU podcast from this year with the group’s Anthony Sanders.
In Tall Buildings also had a good year. Following the 2010 release of its self-titled full length, the adult alternative act made the rounds in 2011, from performing at the Tomorrow Never Knows festival and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion to releasing a two-track single on Record Store Day. Check out “The Way To A Monster’s Lair” below, following the CVU podcast featuring ITB’s Erik Hall, recorded on Record Store Day.
Headliners Santah shared in experiencing a victorious 2011, with No Sleep Records giving the band’s debut full length, White Noise Bed, wide release. The shimmering indie rock group also did live sessions for Daytrotter, Audio Tree, and Big Ugly Couch. Close out 2011 with the band tonight at Lincoln Hall, and find Santah’s tracks “Merry Ann” and “Springfield” below, courtesy of Red Eye, followed by the Elephilms video for the band’s song “Neighbors & Cousins,” the act’s full Audio Tree session, and clips from the outfit’s Big Ugly Couch Session, all following the CVU podcast with the band’s Stan McConnell.
Santah – “Merry Ann”
Santah – “Springfield”
(Photo via David C. Sampson)
A new live performance set from In Tall Buildings has just hit the web today. The live MP3s and videos come from the band’s Violitionist Sessions, which originates from Denton, TX, and captures performances and an interview question via audio and video. The session, available for streaming or download below, feature two cuts from ITB’s self titled effort, as well as an unreleased cut. Find that media below, and catch In Tall Buildings live in Chicago this summer on June 18th at Taste Of Randolph Street and July 12th at Welles Park.
This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: CVU: The Record Store Day 2011 EP, featuring three interviews recorded live on location at this year’s Record Store Day in Chicago. Host Jaime Black checks in with members of The 1900s, In Tall Buildings, and Suns! Find each interview as an individual Bandcamp podcast below.
CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album Intro
CVU68 – The 1900s @ Record Store Day
The men of The 1900s talk about their experiences buying records in years past, strange encounters with young fans, and ending up at a wedding with Richard “Shaft” Roundtree.
CVU69 – In Tall Buildings @ Record Store Day
Erik Hall of In Tall Buildings shares about how easy it was for his band to release an official vinyl on Record Store Day, in addition to sharing when a new album might surface.
CVU70 – Suns @ Record Store Day
The members of Suns share about their early record store experiences growing up, talk about the glory and final days of Tower Records, and explain how they came to acquire the school bus they tour in.
CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album Outro
Or download the entire collection as an album via the Dynasty Podcasts Soundcloud page!
From the ChiVerseUniteD Twitter account, covering Chicago acts at Record Store Day 2011:
While comprehensive Record Store Day guides for Chicago have already hit the web at Loud Loop Press and Time Out Chicago, CVU has audio and video from Chicago talent celebrating this year’s RSD event. First, check out two cuts from In Tall Buildings, including a cover of Chicago act Cains & Abels‘ “Warm Rock” and the bedroom version of CVU favorite “The Way to a Monster’s Lair.” Both tracks make up the band’s Record Store Day release hitting finer shelves today. In Tall Buildings play an in-store set at Saki’s today at 6 p.m. along with a stellar line up of local talent before hitting The Late Live Show at Second City for a free late night performance. Find both ITB songs below, via the group’s Bandcamp.
Next, watch below as Mike Maimone of Chicago blues rock act Mutts gets the word out about his band by hitting the streets and stores of Chicago. Find Mutts music online here, and enjoy Record Store Day 2011!
(Photo via Elise Bergman)
Chicago’s In Tall Buildings, the full band venture headed up by local musician Erik Hall, have been making big moves in recent months, including kicking off the Sustainable Sound series at Metro, playing a set for JBTV, a spot on the Tomorrow Never Knows festival, and more. Which might explain why the emerging act is official showcase talent at this year’s SXSW. Find the group’s upcoming dates for Austin and Chicago below, directly following a download link to the aptly-titled “Warm Rock,” one half of In Tall Buildings’ upcoming Record Store Day release, set to drop on April 16th.