I've got a whole city to hold down

August 09, 2004

Beware falling axes

Word has it that New City Chicago music editor (and top reviewer, and columnist, and one of the city's leading print exponents of head-bangin toonz) Dave Chamberlain has been laid off by the chain. It's not clear what this means for the paper's content or its long-term outlook - We're told that Chamberlain, who did not respond to Chicagomuzikblog's request for comment, currently remains with the paper, technically retaining his title but operating as a freelancer.

Idle speculation: We wonder if this development is in any way related to the move (recently noted in the reader comments here) by several local clubs to pull their ads from New City.

In any event, it surely doesn't reflect well on the New City's financial situation. Doubtless times are tough, industry wide, from the biggest mainstream papers down to the most modest underground rags. Tribune shares are down 20% in six months. The Village Voice has trimmed staff - even "losing" Richard Goldstein under cloudy circumstances. And little local Citylink recently went belly-up.

So. Anybody out there with a whiff of what's going down at New City?