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March 15, 2007

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I'm getting in to Austin and SXSW later this afternoon, if you see a guy with a Moops Music shirt (my personal tribute this year to the impending closure of Tim Adams' 3 Beads of Sweat record label and its associated online retail arm) wandering around Sixth Street, stop by, share a beer, and say hello.


The Portland Mercury interviews Dolorean's Al James.

Do you think that as a indie musician, you really can't "win"? Is the whole structure flawed to the point that so few people can actually make a living wage from it?

I suppose it comes down to my definition of "winning." Asking to succeed financially by creating music is too much to ask of the process. Once you start having financial expectations of creating music or feel a sense of entitlement you're walking a very slippery slope. The collaboration with other musicians, the ability to perform at a high level in other cities and countries, the chance to see my ideas come to fruition—yes, on my best day I can see this as "winning." On my worst, my stomach is in knots trying to keep it all together. I've been lucky enough to have some of the greatest musical mentors [Damien Jurado, Eric Bachmann, Richard Buckner] who've never pulled any punches and never told me that things will get better. They've all just taught by example, by putting their heads down, their egos aside and creating.


USA Today interviews author Peter Gethers.

Why use a pseudonym?

My cat books are extremely sweet and nice, and my thrillers are filled with gratuitous sex and violence. I thought it wasn't fair to send the cat people over to the dark side.


The Portland Mercury interviews author George Saunders.

MERCURY: What draws you to the phenomenon of pop culture?

SAUNDERS: I guess you might say it's the most readily available [source material]. I trust that if I use it, something deeper will happen in the process. I find it pretty weird and sickening, but, at other times, I find it kind of beautiful.


In the Chicago Sun-Times, Jim DeRogatis turns in the first day of his SXSW diary.


Engadget reports that a "Zune viral marketer" was arrested in Austin this week.


The Ditty Bops perform a live set in the Minnesota Public Radio studios.


Minnesota Public Radio features a live performance from Badly Drawn Boy.


Minnesota Public Radio profiles some of the state's bands participating in SXSW this year.


NPR is streaming last night's performance from The Good, The Bad, and The Queen.


IGN lists the "top ten reasons to hit SXSW."


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