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Loyal Divide Go Uneasy In “Young Blades’ Treatment

Posted in Loyal Divide by Jaime Black on July 27th, 2012

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From the group’s 2011 full length Bodice Ripper comes the new video for “Young Blades” by Loyal Divide. As should be expected, the video is tense and unsettling, matching the track’s inherent unease. Watch “Young Blades” below, following the group’s CVU podcast interview in support of Bodice Ripper from fall of last year.

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Loyal Divide Perform “Labrador” Live On Backstage Chicago

Posted in Loyal Divide by Jaime Black on June 9th, 2012

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A new live video of Loyal Divide has posted online. The clip comes courtesy of Backstage Chicago, and captures the group performing “Labrador” live at the Bottom Lounge on April 21st. Find that blue-lit performance below.

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Netherfriends Score Baraka With Loyal Divide Remix, Loyal Divide Work Out New Song

Posted in Loyal Divide,Netherfriends by Jaime Black on April 25th, 2012

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Loyal Divide‘s Vision / Revision effort posted earlier this month, and with it, a remix treatment for the track from fellow psych-pop Chicago act and Kilo Records labelmate Netherfriends. But the compilation isn’t the only place the remix appears, as Netherfriends have included their “Vision Vision” treatment in part three of the act’s effort to score 1992 Ron Fricke film Baraka, as first seen in the Netherfriends does Baraka effort. Get lost in the world in that reinterpreted footage below.

In other Loyal Divide news, Ohio’s Electraplay Studios has posted a video of the group performing a new song entitled “MDLD” in the studio. The track finds Loyal Divide frontman Adam Johnson snarling about loving living in America in a tense rocker of a track. Check out that new song in the clip below.

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Loyal Divide Post ‘Vision / Revision’ Remix Effort, Featuring Treatments From Netherfriends, BBU, And More

Posted in BBU,Loyal Divide,Netherfriends by Jaime Black on April 13th, 2012

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Earlier this year, CVU premiered a live EP and video from Loyal Divide, in advance of the group’s Vision / Revision remix effort. Now, that collection has posted online, featuring talent like Chicago’s own BBU and Netherfriends putting their own spin on the group’s uneasy anthem, “Vision Vision.” Preview the expansive and comprehensive Vision / Revision project below, and catch Loyal Divide live April 21st at Bottom Lounge.

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CVU Exclusive Premiere: Loyal Divide Indiana Live Set & Empty Bottle Live Video

Posted in Loyal Divide by Jaime Black on March 5th, 2012

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Loyal Divide‘s forthcoming Vision / Revision remix effort may not be out yet, but the group has provided CVU with not one but two exclusive premieres to help tide fans over. First up is five live cuts from the band’s October 11th set at The Bishop in Bloomington, IN, featuring the group performing selections off last year’s Bodice Ripper full length. Stream that set below, or head to the group’s official site for a download option in exchange for an email address.

Also premiering here at CVU is a live video of the act performing Ripper cut “DDF” at that album’s vinyl release show at The Empty Bottle this past November. Both premieres follow producer R/D‘s “Vision Vision” treatment off the forthcoming Vision / Revision project. Watch for more on that project right here at CVU as it becomes available.

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The CVU 2012 Forecast: Loyal Divide!

Posted in CVU 2012 Forecast,Loyal Divide by Jaime Black on January 29th, 2012

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

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2011 proved to be a banner year for CVU regulars Loyal Divide, with the group performing at North Coast Music Festival and releasing their long-awaited full length debut, Bodice Ripper. (With that record just last month making CVU’s top albums of 2011 list.) Since that time, the band has had time to work on new music, as they tell CVU in a series of group statements.

“We are constantly working on new music,” the band informs the site. “We have the demos ready for album two, but we have no feel for how long those finishing details will take.”

“Our new music is looser,” the group continues. “The bass guitar is the main instrument in most tracks, and there are more punchlines.”

At this point, the band doesn’t have a release date for any new music, reporting “We’re in the very early stages of figuring out what we are going to release next.”

“We are going to wake up everyday and work on music,” the band affirms. “Hopefully something comes together sooner than later.”

In other news, the group is looking towards a remix record release next month, featuring a slew of talent including local acts BBU and Netherfriends, according to Impose. In more unfortunate Loyal Divide news, the band’s touring van was recently stolen. The band has since turned to Twitter make a plea for a temporary vehicle.


Our beautiful van was stolen from us! If anyone in Chi is willing 2 rent their van to us for a few feb shows, please contact us. Much love.
@LoyalDivide
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Find the haunting Bodice Ripper b-side “Otto,” featuring vocals from Automata‘s Rachel Sarah Thomas, streaming below, via Prefix. Or purchase the track on  iTunes, alongside album b-side “Lover I Can Tell You.” “Otto” follows the group’s CVU podcast interview in support of Bodice Ripper, in which the group discusses that track’s exclusion from the album.

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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!

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(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.

Q101

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.)

Come To The Show: Loyal Divide: Tonight, Friday, November 4th @ Empty Bottle

Posted in Come To The Show,Loyal Divide by Jaime Black on November 4th, 2011

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It’s been exactly a month since Chicago pysch-rock outfit Loyal Divide dropped their long-awaited and long-completed debut full length, Bodice Ripper, via local label Kilo Records. To mark the occasion, the band will headline The Empty Bottle tonight, Friday, November 4th, for the Bodice Ripper record release show. Taking the stage alongside fellow hometown acts Lasers And Fast And Shit and Verma, the group will perform selections from its recent record. For those who don’t want to wait until tonight, a preview of the band’s onstage sound is available much more immediately. Check out a collection of live MP3s via the group’s official site, all available for download by right-clicking on the track title. On the visual front, watch a performance of “Death Breath” recorded by Our Vinyl, followed by a series of live clips for WLUW‘s Razor & Die Show, all below the group’s recent CVU podcast interview in support of Bodice Ripper.

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Loyal Divide – “Flights” (Live)
Loyal Divide “Baladron” (Live)
Loyal Divide – “DDF” (Live)
Loyal Divide – “Perv Fury” (Live)

New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series: Loyal Divide!

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This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Adam Johnson, Siddharth Chittajallu, and Thundarr McCarthy of Loyal Divide! On the eve of the release of their debut full length Bodice Ripper, the members of Loyal Divide stop by The Music Garage to discuss the delays in releasing their long-awaited record, how far along they are into a second effort, and all the lessons they’ve learned throughout Bodice Ripper‘s four-year construction. Check out Bodice Ripper, out today, on Amazon, Spotify, and Rdio, and find Loyal Divide’s podcast for streaming or download below, followed by the treatment for album cut “Vision Vision.”


CVU114 – Loyal Divide

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.

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.