ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

New CVU Podcast Album: CMJ 2012!

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: CVU: The CMJ 2012 Album, featuring interviews recorded at and around this year’s CMJ! Host Jaime Black checks in with Santah, Scott Lucas, Into It. Over It, and Gemini Club! Stream or download those podcasts above.

Dynasty Podcasts: The CMJ 2012 Album

CVU220 – Santah @ CMJ
In an interview recorded outside of Pianos, Stan McConnell, Vivian McConnell, Steve Plock, Otto Stuparitz, and Tommy Trafton of Santah discuss their new You’re Still a Lover EP, released on the day of the interview.

CVU221 – Scott Lucas @ CMJ
Scott Lucas sits down with CVU in Union Square Park to delve into Local H’s new full length, Hallelujah! I’m a Bum, including revealing how the album connects to 2008′s 12 Angry Months effort. The multi-band frontman also reveals his reasoning for more making a more politically charged record, and how Chicago plays into Hallelujah! I’m a Bum.

CVU222 – Into It. Over It @ CMJ
Into It. Over It frontman Evan Weiss discusses the band’s new 52 Weeks reissue box set, as well as the adjustments that come with performing with a full band in a live setting.

CVU223 – Gemini Club @ CMJ
Standing outside of Webster Hall, Tom Gavin and Gordon Bramli of Gemini Club discuss their road travel misadventures, in addition to weighing in on how the band has been able to procure official showcase slots at both CMJ and SXSW.


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.

Come To The Show: Santah, In Tall Buildings, The Island Of Misfit Toys: Tonight, Thursday, December 22nd @ Lincoln Hall

Posted in Come To The Show,In Tall Buildings,Santah,The Island Of Misfit Toys by Jaime Black on December 22nd, 2011

Santah Live

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 SantahIn 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.

In Tall Buildings – “The Way To A Monster’s Lair”

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”

New Live, Official Santah Videos Post Online

Posted in Santah by Jaime Black on July 26th, 2011


A slew of new audio and video from Santah has hit the web, including the official clip for the group’s “No Other Women” track. Click through below for the live MP3s and video from the act’s performance at Knitting Factory (courtesy of Big Ugly Yellow Couch), frontman Stan McConnell’s recent CVU podcast interview, and the fairly unhinged treatment for “No Other Woman.” And catch the band live on Friday, August 5th performing a Threadless Warehouse Session event (often streamed via the company’s Ustream) and Saturday, August 6th, for the BMI Express Rocks! Lollapalooza Party at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Bat Suite (Live At Knitting Factory)
Springfield (Live At Knitting Factory)
North Coast (Live At Knitting Factory)

CVU83 – Santah

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Santah Announce Full Length Debut Details, Lincoln Hall Show

Posted in Santah by Jaime Black on April 12th, 2011


Local Americana rock act Santah has announced details about the forthcoming national release of the group’s debut effort, White Noise Bed (thanks to Loud Loop Press for updated release specifics, helpfully located nowhere in the album press release). The record is set to see wide release on June 7th through No Sleep Records, a label that’s also home these days to The Felix Culpa. The tracklisting and album art for White Noise Bed, which the group recorded at Pieholden Studios, can be found below, followed by two live performance clips from the band. Or, for the real thing, catch Santah performing live on May 14th at Lincoln Hall.

Santah – White Noise Bed
1. Irish Wristwatch
2. No Other Women
3. Chips of Paint
4. Cold Wave
5. White Noise Bed
6. Overgrown
7. When I Couldn’t Move
8. Merry Ann
9. Bat Suite
10. Dragonfly Papers
11. Neighbors and Cousins

White Bed Noise

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