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March 31, 2006


The Houston Chronicle examines the plight of the city's independent record stores.

Recently, Miles talked about the struggles of the independent record-store owner. You won't get rich. And it helps to sell other things or provide other services to offset the low profit margin music allows. Miles, for example, also sells oils, incense and movies.

"We make more money selling those movies than we do the music," he says, pointing to a display on the stores's back wall. "You have to do something. You are not going to get rich with just the music."

Sufjan Stevens won the first Pantheon Award.

Stylus lists the top ten songs that don't live up to their titles.

Pinky's Paperhaus talks to author Jonathan Ames in this week's edition of the podcast.

JoBlo lists the ten best '80s videos.

Billboard reports that the third Shins album is due in October.

RIP, author John McGahern.

Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley and the Elected talks to VUE Weekly about touring with Coldplay.

“We did some dates opening for Coldplay with Rilo Kiley, but, in the case of Coldplay, you don’t really see them. If you do, it’s at a distance because you’re not allowed in their ‘area,’” he says. “There wasn’t a whole lot of hanging out and being friends on that tour. They seemed like nice guys, but we never really found out.”

Sennett also talks to the National Post's Adam Radwanski.

"I think it's fun to be in a five-man, because you have more freedom to do your thing," he adds. "But it's also really fun to be in the centre singing all the songs -- maybe more satisfying to my ego."

Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood talks to Manchester Online about the title of the band's new album, A Blessing And a Curse.

"To love is to open your heart up to unbearable pain, but what good is life without it? The true nature and theme of the album is that to love is to feel pain. A blessing and a curse."

The Reston Connection recounts a recent reading by author Nick Hornby.

"If you think about it, a book is like six times longer than a movie. That means five parts have to be taken out," he joked. "I don't want to adapt my own books because I just spent so much time putting those parts in."

Paste asks comedian Eugene Merman, author Hollis Gillespie, and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy about the first concert they attended.

Author Hollis Gillespie:
“My first concert was at the Hollywood Bowl where I saw Kiss, Montrose and Bob Seger. I tried to rock out, but I was 12 and worried someone would slip acid in my slurpee.

Watch some live Mountain Goats videos (warning: cell phone video) from the band's 2005 tour, including one for the Silver Jews cover, "Pet Politics."


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