ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series: YP!

Posted in ChicagoVerseUniteD,CVU Cover Story Series,DYNASTY,Podcast,YP by Jaime Black on September 28th, 2011

YP Still Awake (Front)

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: YP! The Chicago MC visits the CVU podcast at The Music Garage to discuss the creation of his recently released mixtape Still Awake, working with DJ Timbuck2, and how the mixtape is modeled after The Notorious B.I.G.‘s classic Ready to Die record. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by a CVU video feature produced by Colleen Mares of The Axis World, as well a brief Elephilms feature on the rapper and the official treatment for “Who I Be.” And hear material from Still Awake live when YP opens for Mobb Deep on Friday, October 21st at Metro.


CVU112 – YP

YP Still Awake (Back)

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, recorded at The Music Garage and 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, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

New TM♥TD Podcast: GlitterGuts!

Posted in DYNASTY,GlitterGuts,Podcast,The Ministry Of The Dynasty (TM♥TD) by Jaime Black on September 27th, 2011

GlitterGuts

This week on The Ministry Of The Dynasty audio podcast: the recently relaunched original Dynasty Podcast series continues with special guest host Eric Lab Rat of GlitterGuts! The tireless event nightlife photographer joins hosts Jaime Black and Marchelle “Stormy” Fuller at The Music Garage to discuss his thoughts on taking pictures of drunk party patrons and his favorite kind of events to shoot, as well as revealing how messed up he can be while still pulling off a successful photobooth.

TM♥TD01 – GlitterGuts

The Ministry Of The Dynasty is a weekly scene and culture roundtable podcast series, recorded at The Music Garage and hosted by Jaime Black, Desiree/Lady D, and Marchelle “Stormy” Fuller. TM♥TD is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

TM♥TD

New CVU Podcast: Mike Kinsella, Bob Nanna, Joe Trohman, Mark Rose, & Drew Brown!

Posted in Bob Nanna,CVU,Drew Brown,DYNASTY,Joe Trohman,Mark Rose,Mike Kinsella,Podcast by Jaime Black on September 2nd, 2011

The Cure
(Not actually guests on this week’s show.)

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Mike Kinsella (Joan Of Arc/Owen), Bob Nanna (Braid), Joe Trohman (The Damned Things/former Fall Out Boy), Mark Rose (solo artist/former Spitalfield), & Drew Brown (Weekend Nachos)! The collection of Chicago talent bands together just before taking the stage for their The Cure tribute act, discussing how the grouping came together, what to avoid when covering another artist’s material, and what each member is up to in their primary projects. Stream or download that podcast below.

CVU102 – Mike Kinsella, Bob Nanna, joe Trohman, Mark Rose, & Drew Brown

New 100th Episode Of The CVU Podcast: Chris Payne!

Posted in Chris Payne,DYNASTY,Local 101,Podcast,Q101,The Music Garage,Uncategorized by Jaime Black on August 26th, 2011

Chris Payne
(Photo credit John Gaskill)

This week on the extra sized 100th episode of the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Chris Payne! In an interview recorded at Chicago’s Music Garage, the new home of the Dynasty Podcast network, the former Local 101 host looks back at his career in radio, how he got his start in the industry, and what brought him to Chicago. Payne also reflects on his ten year run as host of the late great Q101′s Local 101, being on air last month to close down the station’s two decade run, and whether Q101′s last broadcast was really his last, as well. Find that podcast below, following video from the interview, in which Payne recalls shrugging off Disturbed‘s David Drainman during the band’s early days.

CVU100 – Chris Payne

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, recorded at The Music Garage and hosted by Jaime Black, with video by Colleen Mares. 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.

New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series: Blah Blah Blah!

Posted in Blah Blah Blah,DYNASTY,Podcast by Jaime Black on August 26th, 2011

Blah Blah Blah

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Solomon David of Blah Blah Blah! The frontman discusses his band’s new EP Thank You, Thank You, out now on The Propelr, working with Matt Walker and Sean O’Keefe, and how they really don’t make them like they used to. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by the EP’s streaming player, a download field for Blah Blah Blah cut “Why Am I The Only One Laughing,” the JBTV performance of that song, and its official video, as well. And catch the band tomorrow, Saturday, August 27th for the the Thank You, Thank You release party at Double Door.


CVU97 – Blah Blah Blah

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black and edited by Kelly Jaeck. 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.

 

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New CVU Podcast: Do312!

Posted in Do312,DYNASTY,Podcast by Jaime Black on June 22nd, 2011

Do312

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Jeremy Scheuch of Do312! Speaking about the event hub’s one year anniversary, the site’s general manager speaks about Do312′s growth over the last year, the kinds of events its visitors respond to, and the Do312 One Year Birthday Bash happening this Thursday, June 23rd, at Schubas, with Peter Wolf Crier, Yellow Ostrich, DJ Mother Hubbard, and Team Bayside High. Stream or download that podcast below.


CVU85 – Do312

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black and edited by Kelly Jaeck. 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.

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New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series: Kidz In The Hall!

Posted in CVU Cover Story Series,DYNASTY,Kidz In The Hall,Podcast by Jaime Black on May 12th, 2011

Kidz In The Hall - Semester Abroad

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Naledge and Double 0 of Kidz In The Hall! In two separate back to back interviews, the hip hop duo discuss the creation of their new mixtape Semester Abroad, the trials artists face when releasing music today, and why they should have fought more on their upcoming reality series. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by the downloadable Semester Abroad mixtape.

“(2010) marked a shift, so 2011 is the rebirth.” - Naledge, CVU78

CVU78 – Kidz In The Hall

Kidz In The Hall – Semester Abroad

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, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series: Hey Champ!

Posted in CVU Cover Story Series,DYNASTY,Hey Champ,Podcast by Jaime Black on May 10th, 2011

Hey Champ

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Saam Hagshenas of Hey Champ! The synth-pop act frontman discusses the making of his band’s new Anything At All EP, which drops online today, the group’s inevitable studio collaboration with Gemini Club, and why Hey Champ isn’t moving to L.A. anytime soon. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by the new EP’s title track.

“It’s going to be a while before we sell our souls and move out to (L.A.)” - Saam Hagshenas, CVU77

CVU77 – Hey Champ

Hey Champ – “Anything at All”

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 FacebookTwitterBandcampSoundcloud,YouTubeVimeoTumblr, and Posterous.

Hey Champ - Anything At All

New CVU Podcast: Kid Sister!

Posted in DYNASTY,Kid Sister,Podcast by Jaime Black on May 9th, 2011

Kid Sister

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Kid Sister! In an interview recorded before her recent hometown show at The Mid, the Chicago MC discusses the status of her sophomore album, the difference between releasing an album and a mixtape, and absolute essentials for bringing on tour. Stream or download that podcast below.


CVU76 – Kid Sister

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, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

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New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series & Live Review: A Lull!

Posted in A Lull,CVU Cover Story 04/11,CVU Cover Story Series,DYNASTY,Podcast by Jaime Black on April 25th, 2011

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, CVU is looking at significant record releases and accompanying activity in the month of April, including A Lull!

A Lull

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: A Lull! In an interview recorded onsite at Schubas in support of the band’s new album Confetti and before the group’s record release event, the members of A Lull discuss the creation and arrival of their long-awaited debut. The band also weighs in on Confetti‘s critical response, in addition to hinting at a new EP on the way. Stream or download CVU72 below, followed by a review of A Lull’s record release show this past Friday evening.

“We realized, man, these songs are the best songs we’ve written, so we need to figure out how to get these on the record.” – Nigel Dennis, CVU72


CVU72 – A Lull

A Lull
Schubas, Chicago, IL
Friday, April 22nd, 2011

During the later half of A Lull’s Friday night set at Schubas, frontman Nigel Dennis remarked “It’s nice to sell out home.” It’s a statement that reflects the psychedelic art-pop group’s rising star as one of Chicago’s strongest talents right now. The group was onstage before a crowded room in celebration of this month’s Confetti full length, an effort that, for those paying attention, was becoming long-awaited. (For more on the timeline of Confetti, check out the podcast above.) With the album’s origins dating back to 2010 blog hit “Weapons For War,” which dropped early last year and went on to become CVU Local Song Of 2010, Friday’s record release event saw an act able to finally declare its fully realized musical statement before an eager audience.

If there was one constant across the hour long set wherein the group moved throughout Confetti, it was an immense and coordinated percussive attack. From the wall of sound on show opener “Spread It All Around,” which found four of the band’s five members devoting at least some of their time to drumming, to the perfectly-synced dual-drummer beat of “Phem,” itself aided by wood block beats and tropicalia flavoring. Above the rhythm, buzzing guitar won the day on the booming “Some Love,” with Dennis breaking down the chorus into a series of declarative pleas.

As a frontman, Dennis alternated between an array of vocal volumes and deliveries. From the falsettos calls before the verses of the slow and rhythmic “Sidemen” to the singer’s husand tone before “Mammals”‘ busy chorus, with Dennis placing pronounced emphasis and breath between syllables. Meanwhile, on the first live performance of “White Girl,” the frontman sang out “Slow down!” over a sleepy and slavish groove. The band’s varying tempos and experimental approaches weren’t just limited to its singer. Across the evening, A Lull utilized a supply of sounds, evident in performances like the slow moving and long playing “Pregnancy,” which saw the outfit unleashing a monstrously low electric hum and grind in addition to screeching feedback, giving the entire operation a mechanical feel. “Aytche,” another late set selection, featured guitar feedback amidst a much less defined sonic structure, resulting in a more animalistic performance. And the driving “Dark Stuff” carried with it a tribal rhythm and an infectious energy. By the time the band delivered its most recognizable selection in a full on assaultive version of “Weapons For War,” it was clear that the act had delivered on the promise they made with that song over a year ago. Not only has Confetti finally arrived, but so too has A Lull.

-Jaime Black

Stream the entirety of Confetti below. Or, for those who missed Friday night’s Schubas show,
watch an online performance from A Lull this Wednesday evening, April 27th, or catch the band as headliners this coming Saturday, April 30th, at the BankRock! Pop-Up Art Loop event, sponsored in part by CVU!

BankRock!