It breaks my heart to leave the city. I’ve got a lot of great reasons for leaving, but it’s still a sad day.
You might not realize that Glorious Noise was actually conceived and born in Michigan. Many drunken conversations at a dumpy Victorian apartment on Portsmouth Place in Grand Rapids throughout the late 90s led to our humble launch on February 6, 2001. By that July I was living in Chicago along with most of the other founders of the site.
I love Chicago. It’s a great city for people who love music. I remember before I moved here, visiting a friend and flipping through the Reader wondering how you even decide what to do when there are so many great shows happening every week.
Glorious Noise grew up in Chicago. Despite the fact that our contributors are scattered around the globe, we’ve always been a Chicago site. Attitude-wise, if not necessarily regionally focused. The Chicago attitude is straightforward and unpretentious, smart and direct, opinionated and funny. We’re tough, but we’ve got heart. Approachable to strangers. Even the prettiest girls in Chicago eat hotdogs and drink beer. What more could you want in a town?
Your priorities change as you get older. Being able to go to a cool rock show on a Tuesday night becomes less exciting and more of a burden. I just want to watch “Project Runway” and order in Thai food—is that so wrong? And, of course, having a kid compounds all of that.
I want my kid to grow up in a place more like where I grew up. Not exactly like where I grew up, but a combination of big city (liberal, diverse, cultured) and small city (good public schools, reasonable housing, less traffic). So we’re moving to a college town: Ann Arbor.
And it’s not as if Ann Arbor doesn’t have its own rock and roll credentials. Birthplace of Iggy Pop, home of the MC5. Seger, the Rationals, et al. Plus, there’s the SDS, White Panthers, and all those historical crazies, too. And there are lots of cool venues in the area that I’ll be checking out as I get settled.
I’ll miss my friends in Chicago. There’s still a hefty GLONO contingent here: Johnny Loftus, AMP, the Quasars, half of the original Riviera, Jude, Vit… It’s an easy four-hour drive, so I’ll be back. But I think I’ll probably miss living here. And I’ll miss lots of stuff I haven’t taken advantage of as much as I could’ve. That’s how it goes. It’s time for something new.
So you can expect the new GLONO “Funhouse” HQ to officially open for business on September 1. Feel free to send us any tips on the area. We’ll be new in town, so let us know where we all the cool places are. Is it true that you cannot actually get Thai food delivered? If so, I might starve to death. Wish me luck.
I don’t anticipate much changing with the site. I could’ve just moved without mentioning any of this and you probably wouldn’t have noticed. But I wanted to say goodbye. I’ve really loved living here, and Chicago has made me who I am today. It’s a great town, and living here has made me a better, stronger person. It’s time for me to leave, but I’m glad as hell that I lived here. It’s been a great nine years. So thanks. To everybody along the way. It was a good time.
Previously: Good Night Chicago: A Brief History by Derek Phillips (2008).