Directed by Tom Scharpling. From Vessel, out now on Sub Pop.
This video is funny. Greta Kline says, “I am a huge fan of Tom Scharpling’s work and was so thrilled that we got to work together on this video. I trusted him entirely and just wanted to let Tom and his team do their thing. We had so much fun making it… I was laughing so much that it probably took much longer than it should have to shoot my parts.”
Picking a unique band name is hard. Back in 2004, shortly after we released the second album on our label, Riviera’s At the End of the American Century, a different band calling themselves Riviera popped up out of Germany and started trying to sabotage our Riviera’s last.fm profile. The whole thing seems ridiculous in retrospect, especially since at least two more bands named Riviera have formed after that and continue to battle for dominance. The best part is that the most recent Riviera kind of looks like the “other band” in the Frankie Cosmos video. Dorks. Our Riviera, sadly, is now defunct and they even let their domain name expire, which breaks my heart. But hey, it was a good run.
And remember: Don’t mess with Greta Kline. She’s packing steel.
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.
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.
It’s been a while since we’ve pimped our record label, Glorious Noise Records. The reason is obvious: we haven’t released anything new in almost a year. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on, of course.