March 31, 2006
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."
“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.”
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.