Glorious Noise turns 20 and my have things changed.
Twenty years is a long time, especially in the Information Age where time bends and flips unto itself in meta ways. Digital Culture is not measured in years but memes…in Scaramuccis. To think back on twenty years of Glorious Noise is more than my feeble Gen X mind can even really do or bring any sense to. Still, I must try because it’s the only reason to even participate online anymore.
When we started Jake had to jigger a light hack to even allow comments. The Internet promised to democratize information, but to even have two-way conversations required some level of technical ability most normies didn’t have. So at first, it was still us broadcasting to you. It was our turn to be the gatekeepers and tell you what was cool out there, and more often than not what wasn’t cool. It was fun and basically what my friends and I did at every party we ruined in Chicago. We got loud and debated the legitimacy of the host’s music collection. Now that everyone streams, can we even do that anymore? Where’s the fun?
For a while the site made some money, which kept us online and allowed us to throw parties and launch a record label. You know all this because we mention some version of the site’s history each year at this time. I mention it now because nobody makes money online anymore. Even porn is free. So we don’t throw any parties anymore and we don’t put out our friends’ records.
I don’t write this as a whine, but to list a few more examples of how things have changed. We didn’t launch the site to make any money and now we’re back to the beginning. We do it now for the same reason we started: because we like to talk about music. Maybe not as much as we used to, but still…
So happy birthday, GLONO. I am pretty proud that this site has been running for twenty years. We’ve found and shared a lot of really cool music in those twenty years and my one true hope is that somewhere along the way, that music changed your life.
You might remember a band called Riviera. Back in the day when we were flush with ad revenue, we started a little record label to release music by bands we loved. One of those bands was Riviera. It doesn’t hurt when the founder of the band is one of the founders of the record label (just ask Superchunk). Anyway, Glorious Noise Records ran out of money and went on hiatus, and Riviera relocated to Portland.
The label’s still on hold but Riviera is back in action with a new EP called Watching Western Skies, and for a limited time you can download it for free over at captainsdead. So check it out! Why not?
Of course, if you dig it and want to support the band, you can always toss them a fiver and get a genuine physical compact disc! This band doesn’t really tour outside the Pacific Northwest so if you wanna encourage them, don’t wait for them to come to your town because they probably won’t.
So, yeah…Riviera is back…sorta. As most loyal readers know, Mick and I moved to Portland a while back. Well, this city is just too great to NOT play here. And since we have a ton of stuff to sell still we figured it made sense to resurrect the Riviera name.
You can get all the nitty gritty details on the band’s website or at ReverbNation, but the gist is that we found some great, great players here in Portland and will be playing some shows starting December 4.
In the meantime, enjoy this clip of me and pal Hamilton Sims of Little Beirut covering New Order’s “Love Vigilantes” shot in the GLONO West HQ, La Finca.
We miss the Chicago crew something fierce and could never replace those boys even if we wanted to. But the music calls! Be sure to check out Josh B’s new joint too.
I have no idea why these videos were never posted. Back in 2006 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Glorious Noise, we threw ourselves a party. We gathered up the two bands on our record label (Riviera, who had a brand new album ready to go, and Quasar Wut-Wut, who’s still working on their follow up to Taro Sound), hired a headliner (the legendary Healthy White Baby), and came up with a theme: The Black and Orange Ball. It took so much out of us that we haven’t had a party or released an album since then!
Somehow these three videos got lost in the haze. Apologies to the Whiskey Bender crew for sitting on your hard work all this time. Better three and a half years late than never, I suppose. Check out the rest below…
Surprise! We were told that the episode featuring Riviera songs was to air next week. As it turns out, it aired last night, July 21.
Luckily for you rabid Riviera fans, A&E posts video clips of the show on their website. If you skip to clip #5 you can see the final two scenes of the show that use the songs “Golden Lies” and “Friends in California.”
The episode will re-air on Monday, July 27 at 10:00pm Central.
“We’ve figured out how to make it so anybody who owns and controls masters and publishing can put music into [“Rock Band”] at their own pace,” says MTV Games senior VP of electronic games and music Paul DeGooyer. “We’re talking about a set of serious professional tools to allow people on the front line of writing and recording songs to completely control their destiny with respect to interactive products and then giving them direct access to the download store.” […]
Songs submitted through this process must then be reviewed by other developers to check for playability, inappropriate lyrics, copyright infringement and so on. Harmonix will post approved tracks to an in-game download store separate from its existing “Rock Band” store where creators can set their own price (50 cents to $3 per song) and receive 30% of any resulting sales. Gamers will also be able to demo 30-second samples of each track.
Rest assured that the GLONO developer community will be coding away furiously in order to allow you to rock out to your favorite Riviera and Quasar Wut-Wut songs as soon as possible…
Two years after our last show, Riviera is back…on TV. GLONO’s own will have two songs featured in the July 28 July 21 episode of the A&E network’s show The Cleaner, starring Benjamin Bratt. Both “Friends in California” and “Golden Lies” will feature prominently in the show. Set your TiVo and recall the glory days of Chicago’s most punctual band!
You don’t hear it in this trailer, but our own Riviera has some songs on the soundtrack of RIFFRAFF, a new coming-of-age comedy about lifeguards on Chicago’s North Avenue Beach, starring Robert Belushi. RIFFRAFF has its Chicago premiere on May 29 at the Gene Siskel Film Center and will be running through June 4.
I was born at Great Lakes Naval hospital just north of Chicago. My dad was in the Army and stationed at nearby Fort Sheridan and we lived in Chicagoland until I was four. Our family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I grew up, but I always had a fascination with Chicago. That fascination grew when my best friend and GLONO founder Jake Brown invited me to the annual spring break trips he took to the city with his mother. Two teenage boys wandering the streets of downtown Chicago was sure to lead to something, and for me it was a determination to someday return to my birth city.
College and years wandering from job to job in Michigan kept me from following through on that dream until 1999 when my girlfriend and I decided to just pull the trigger and make the move. We’d grown bored with Grand Rapids and we had a couple friends who’d recently moved to Chicago so why not? That decision was the start of nine and half of the best years of our lives.