ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

New 200th Episode Of The CVU Podcast: Chris Payne!

Posted in ChicagoVerseUniteD,Chris Payne,Dynasty Podcasts,Local 101,Q101 by Jaime Black on July 30th, 2012

Chris Payne

This week on the extra sized 200th episode of the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Chris Payne! Following the recent one year anniversary of Q101 signing off, Payne looks back at his 13 year run at the station. The retired rock radio DJ also shares his thoughts on Local 101 mainstays Scott Lucas (Local H/Scott Lucas & The Married Men), Kill Hannah, Chevelle, and Rise Against, in addition to revealing what his misses about hosting the weekly Chicago specialty show. Stream or download that podcast below.

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.

CVU’s Jaime Black Talks Chicago Rock Radio And More On Vocalo Radio

Posted in Jesse Menendez,Q101,The Music Vox,Vocalo by Jaime Black on April 30th, 2012


CVU‘s Jaime Black recently guested on Jesse Menendez‘s Vocalo radio program, The Music Vox, to talk about the flux state of Chicago rock radio, the changing local rock landscape, and the response to last month’s Chicago rock scene Rockit.LIVE panelcast. Stream or download that Vocalo segment below.

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 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.


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.)

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.

Q101 Signs Off: The Media Archive

Posted in Local 101,Q101 by Jaime Black on July 18th, 2011

(Photo credit: Alex Quigley)

Though the final fate of the station, name, and format remain to be seen, this past Thursday night, July 14th, marked the end of an era at Q101, Chicago’s long-running alternative radio outlet, and longtime place of employment for this writer. Thursday marked the final broadcast for much of the station’s air staff, including Electra, Sherman And Tingle, Tim Virgin, and Pogo. As such, the day and evening’s programming focused on revisiting talent from Q101′s various eras, as well as closing down this chapter of the station. Below, find audio, video, and more, relating to Q101′s Thursday broadcast, as well as reactions from throughout the local music community.

Q101 Countdown
(Photo credit: Cathy Vlahogiannis)

Audio from the station’s last DJ-led broadcast has surfaced online, with one source compiling an impressive stockpile of the day’s various programs, while another site captured the final episode of Local 101. Watch this site in the coming days for more audio from the final days of Q101, including Local 101‘s recent interviews with Patrick Stump, Madina Lake, Scott Lucas (Local H, Scott Lucas And The Married Men), and more.

Q101 Playlist
(Photo credit: Cathy Vlahogiannis)

Late Thursday, video from Q101′s final broadcast began hitting the web, comprised of audio captured online and footage filmed in studio. Find a collection of those clips below, including this writer closing down Local 101 with “Tonight, Tonight” by The Smashing Pumpkins, and DJs Chris Payne and Pogo closing down Q101 with “Friday, I’m In Love” by The Cure, the first song the station ever played.


Artists and industry figures from throughout the Chicago community weighed in on Q101′s final hours, with Suns posting on its Facebook “R.I.P. Q101. You were good to the members of Suns throughout all of our time here in Chicago in whatever bands we have been in. We will miss you.” The Felix Culpa, meanwhile, took to its Facebook to post “Anyone in the Chicago music scene knows exactly what Q101 and Local 101 meant to independent music. Just wanted to say that we’re saddened to see it go. Huge shout outs to Chris Payne, Jaime Black and Rebecca Betta Lopez for playing our stuff over the years.” A number of other acts took to Twitter share their thoughts on the final broadcast, Local 101, and Q101 itself, many of which are presented below. The Frantic even made a video to express their views on the station’s departure.

@ thank you for the giving SP the honor of being played last as you went off the air. SP lives on, and so does Q101
Billy Corgan

sorry to hear about the end of Q101 radio in Chicago today. lots of mixed feelings there for me. and a lot of memories too @
Billy Corgan

“Tonight Tonight” brings everything to an end. Well done, @ and @ . And the embers never fade, in your city by the lake.

Thanks, @ for kindly including me in Q101′s waning minutes. It was an honor to appear on the final Local 101.

Much love to the fine folks at @ & @. Grew up listening & will be forever grateful for their support of Chicago’s music.
Mark Rose

#q101 so much support for the local scene – a very sad day. Pigface says thankyou!
martin atkins

Currently Listening To Q101…Used To Wake Up w/ Mancow, Manno Brothers and Local 101 Were The 1st To Play My Band on Air…This is Sad :(
The Starving Artist

We grew up listening to Q101 in Chicago. We learned about so many rock bands that inspired us. Tonight is their last night of existing. …
Company of Thieves

A final thanx to Q101 for introducing Chicago to Alternative Rock. Tune in NOW for the last @ EVER! RIP …

@ @ @ So sad!!!! Thanks to you guys for your great work and support throughout the years!!!!!
Rebecca Faber

So long, @. Deep thanks for the support.
In Tall Buildings

Props to @ @ & @ I haven’t chilled in my car just to listen to radio in years. Last nights episode was a blast!
Daniel Gilardi

Farewell to @. You were very influencial to us on the @ staff. We love you guys. Final @ tonight @ 7PM CST.
Stories From a Scene

Madina Lake on final Local 101 w Chris Payne tonight at 11:00pm cst.Honored to be part of this broadcast, tune In or 101.1fm

Adios Q101 in Chicago. Thanks for rockin Rage/Audioslave/Street Sweeper/Nightwatchman through the years!
Tom Morello

A final thanx to Q101 for introducing Chicago to Alternative Rock. Tune in NOW for the last @ EVER! RIP …

It’s sad to think Q101, the station that introduced us to The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Radiohead, and many others is gone.
california wives

Goin home & listenin to the last @ – glad I was part of a legacy from back when @ was hostin to just a month ago
Stubhy Pandav

last episode of @ is tonight at 11pm… shouts to @ and @ for supporting so many chicago musicians over the years
steve sleeve

I hear Q101 is playing “Statues Without Eyes” right now. Love you guys! I’m gonna miss you. Xoxo
Jonny Radtke

Listening to last minutes of Q101 as I DJ at denonair, this isn’t easy. Great pick for last song @
greg corner

One of my favorite radio stations Q101 has closed its doors. I’m pretty bummed about it. Farewell Q101
Patrick Stump


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Local 101 Video Preview: The Exit Interviews: Rise Against!

Local 101 Rise Against
(Tim McIlrath and Chris Payne in the Q101 Lava Lamp Love Lounge)

Facing an uncertain future, Q101‘s Local 101 has begun bringing flagship Chicago acts on the program for a series of exit interviews. Click below to see a preview of the forthcoming Local 101 interview with Rise Against‘s Tim McIlrath, set to air this coming Sunday, July 3rd, at 9PM CST on Q101. In the clip below, the Rise Against frontman gives Local 101 host Chris Payne some singing lessons, leading to Payne trying his hand at vocals. Tune in to Q101′s Local 101 this Sunday July 3rd, at 9PM CST, for what may be Rise Against’s final Q101 interview.

Local 101

Local 101 Audio Archives: The Exit Interviews: Kill Hannah!

Kill Hannah

Facing an uncertain future, Q101‘s Local 101 has begun bringing flagship Chicago acts on the program for a series of exit interviews. Click below to hear the complete version of the Local 101 interview that partially aired on last night’s program. Local 101 host Chris Payne and producer Jaime Black check in with Kill Hannah‘s Mat Devine and Greg Corner to talk about the band’s history with Q101, as well as what the future holds for the group, in what may be Kill Hannah’s final Q101 interview.

Local 101: The Exit Interviews: Kill Hannah

Local 101