Following the group’s signing to Ultra Records and in advance of their forthcoming EP release, The Eye, Chicago DJ outfit Midnight Conspiracy has posted two preview tracks from that effort. Scope out the hard and heavy Wuki and Invader! remixes of Midnight Conspiracy and Cenob1te‘s “The Eye” below, as well as the original, followed by the act’s CVU podcast interview from this year’s Spring Awakening Music Festival. And look for The Eye to drop on July 16th via Ultra.
Midnight Conspiracy – The Eye Remixes
1. Midnight Conspiracy & Cenob1te – The Eye (Original Mix)
2. Midnight Conspiracy & Cenob1te – The Eye (VIP Mix)
3. Midnight Conspiracy & Cenob1te – The Eye (Wuki Remix)
4. Midnight Conspiracy & Cenob1te – The Eye (Invader! Remix)
5. Midnight Conspiracy & Cenob1te – The Eye (Dubsidia Remix)
Chicago DJ outfit Midnight Conspiracy has posted the third installment of their Dead Fame mixtape series. The release follows the group’s recent Florida tour and subsequent signing to New York booking AM Only. The effort carries a hard and heavy electro and dubstep tone throughout, and features three unreleased cuts from the act’s forthcoming remix EP for The Eye.
Stream or download that remix below, followed by a webisode from the group’s time in Florida, and a video of the DJ outfit’s Eye Live lazer light show.
Midnight Conspiracy – Dead Fame 003
Midnight Conspiracy & Cenob1te – The Eye (Original Mix)
Bare & Datsik – King Kong (Lucky Date Remix)
Kill The Noise – Kill The Noise (Alvin Risk Remix)
Dubsidia – Kill Humans (Dirtyloud Remix)
Innerpartysystem – Money (Cenob1te Remix)
Innerpartysystem – And Together (Midnight Conspiracy Remix)
Midnight Conspiracy & Cenob1te – The Eye (Invader! Remix)
Midnight Conspiracy – Discord (Original Mix)
Gemini – Fire Inside (feat Greta Svabo Bech)
Style of Eye – Devastate Dub
Probe – Time Machine
Zedd – Shotgun
Alvin Risk – Psychotic
Figure – Mission of Destruction
Jelo & Adam K – EMP
Knife Party & Swedish House Mafia – Antidote (Schoolboy Remix)
Downlink – Party Alarm
Nero – Angst
Cenob1te – Onslaught
Figure – The Brink
Gemini – To The World
Lucky Date & Midnight Conspiracy – Veyron (Bassex Remix)
Midnight Conspiracy & Cenob1te – The Eye (Elastik Eye Remix)
Millions Like Us – Equinox
Midnight Conspiracy & Cenob1te Bring Dubstep To Metro With Dead Fame Bass, Tonight, Friday, February 17th
Midnight Conspiracy has posted a video of the group’s new Eye Live Laser Lightshow, which centers around a customized 16-foot LED DJ booth incorporating the group’s Eye Of Providence logo. The two-man DJ act premiered the light show and LED stand at last month’s Delorean Nites with no advance promotion.
Catch Midnight Conspiracy tonight, February, Friday 17th (tix) at Metro for the group’s 18+ dubstep party, Dead Fame BASS, also featuring Cenob1te. And check out Midnight Conspiracy’s Veryon Remix EP on Beatport, which the group released alongside Chicago DJ Lucky Date.
Find the act’s Eye Live Laser Lightshow footage in the player below, immediately following Cenob1te’s remix of Yelle‘s “Comme Un Enfant.”
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 Trees – Sympathy
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 Lull – Confetti
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
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
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 Speak” at 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.)
If you were at Lollapalooza earlier this year, you might have heard Midnight Conspiracy and Cenob1te‘s new collaborative production, “The Eye.” Now, the hard and heavy electronic offering is officially released and has posted on Beatport. Stream or download the cut below via the Midnight Conspiracy Soundcloud player, following MC’s CVU podcast interview from this past summer’s North Coast Music Festival, and followed by video of the aforementioned Lollapalooza performance.
Midnight Conspiracy & CENOB1TE – The Eye (Original)
Midnight Conspiracy Drop New ‘Discord’ EP, Bring Girls & Boys Back To House Of Blues This Saturday, October 1st
Coming off the DJ duo’s searing North Coast Music Festival headlining spot earlier this month, Chicago’s Midnight Conspiracy have released their new EP, Discord. The six song effort features the original electro-charged and dubstep-loaded title track, in addition to a slew of remixes. Find the DJ pair’s original production, as well as the Digiraatii, At Dawn We Rage, and The Chaotic Good remixes below, immediately following the EP’s tracklist and Midnight Conspiracy’s CVU North Coast podcast interview. Pick up the EP now through Beatport via Killpop Records, and for the live experience, hit Midnight Conspiracy’s Girls & Boys party this Saturday, October 1st at House Of Blues.
Midnight Conspiracy – Discord
1. Discord (Original Mix)
2. Discord (Digiraatii Remix)
3. Discord (At Dawn We Rage Remix)
4. Discord (The Chaotic Good Remix)
5. Discord (Lemi Vice Remix)
6. Discord (Paparazzi Remix)
CVU103 – Midnight Conspiracy @ 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.
A new collaboration between Chicago DJ Lucky Date and friends of the site Midnight Conspiracy has hit the web, in the form of the track “Veyron (Night Version).” The cut was featured as a song to be remixed in the recent Lollapalooza Remix Contest, with the two artists laying their dark and dancey dubstep-laden stamp on it. Look for Midnight Conspiracy on this summer’s Lollapalooza and North Coast Music Festival events, or catch the group this Saturday, June 4th, for the Girls & Boys party at House Of Blues. And download “Veyron (Night Version)” below, or watch the video after the audio player.
Lucky Date & Midnight Conspiracy – “Veyron (Night Version)”
North Coast Music Festival 2011 Announces Local Talent Line Up, Including BBU, Team Bayside High, Perfect Kiss, & More
Chicago electronic music and hip hop destination – and Lollapalooza alternative – North Coast Music Festival has announced a slew of hometown talent performing at this year’s edition of the event, happening September 2nd through the 4th in Union Park. Chicago acts include friends of CVU Perfect Kiss, Midnight Conspiracy, BBU, Team Bayside High, and others such as GHOSTHOUSE, Zebo, The Ill & The Restless, and more, plus the previously announced Common. Find a full local line up at the North Coast Facebook page, and watch for more from North Coast Music Festival this summer at ChicagoVerseUniteD.com!
Perfect Kiss – “Stay Out All Night”
Moneypenny – “Destroy (Midnight Conspiracy Remix)”
Team Bayside High – Fade to Green Mixtape
Lollapalooza 2011 Line Up Boasts A Variety Of Local Talent Including Smith Westerns, Midnight Conspiracy, & Kids These Days
(Photo via the awesome Clayton Hauck and EveryoneIsFamous)
Following the midnight announcement of Lollapalooza‘s 2011 talent, CVU would like to congratulate this year’s local and locally-related artists, including OK Go, Smith Westerns, Maps & Atlases, Patrick Stump, Gold Motel, Disappears, Kids These Days, Black Cards, and Midnight Conspiracy. It’s a strong showing across the board of acts both established and emerging, with OK Go serving as Chicago scene veterans, while Smith Westerns fill the roll of high profile indie darlings. Disappears arrive on the line up early in its career, while friends of this site Midnight Conspiracy land on the festival following international appearances and hometown residencies. And of course, it’s easy to notice two separate post-Fall Out Boy projects among this year’s listings. Perhaps most promising, however, is the inclusion of live hip hop and soul pop collective Kids These Days (pictured above), a CVU favorite at this year’s SXSW. Find a clip for the group’s track “Darling” below, and watch for more about Lollapalooza 2011 all summer long, right here at CVU.