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July 13, 2008

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The Denver Post talks to local bands about the economics of being in an indie rock band.

"Well, our last show was at the Larimer Lounge and we made $13," Dolan deadpanned. "Before that we played the Hi-Dive, opening for the Little Ones, and it was packed. I'm sure they had a guarantee, but we got $25."


The Chicago Tribune lists five noteworthy things about Sub Pop Records.


Online Athens examines the effects of high gas prices and a bad economy on touring bands.

"We're getting squeezed from both sides - it's costing us more to go places and we aren't necessarily making more (money) out of those places," he said. "But because everything seems to cost more these days, people have to be a bit more selective with their entertainment dollars, and they may not be going out to hear music as much anymore. In some respects, they're saying 'Do I go see this band or do I eat?' So it's not like the clubs are holding back any money - they're not making as much either."


The Tennessean interviews Wilco guitarist Nels Cline.

Have you noticed a change in your fan base since joining Wilco?

I didn't until the Singers toured this year. We sell my CDs at the Wilco merch table, and you know, you sell a few. Certainly playing on the West Coast, it didn't seem very different, because I play on the West Coast a lot . . . but boy, traveling through the Midwest like the Singers just did? Man, oh man, there would have been no one at those gigs if not for Wilco. I think the Wilco audience is coming out of curiosity, and also support, and they seem to like it OK. I think the people that leave are those that come expecting it to be a jazz group.


io9 offers a brief history of Hellboy.


DCist interviews Alejandro Escovedo.

I read somewhere that you stopped playing "Castanets" after that one turned up on George W. Bush's iPod. True?

I had given up on the song at that point. But we're playing it now because he's going to leave, and we're quite enthused about that. Let's hope it sticks around long enough to rid itself of that association.


The Toronto Star reviews one of the most interesting (and visually stunning) biographies I have read all year, Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko (co-creator of Spiderman).

All of this work is well represented in Strange and Stranger, which above all is a lavish objet d'art, stuffed with covers, pages and panels in Ditko's hand. Psychedelic characters like Shade the Changing Man burst off the page in vivid colour. The black-and-white stuff is scarcely less striking, marked by Ditko's clear line and solid draftsmanship. The images are occasionally crude, but they actually benefit from being pulled from their original context. Without having to follow along with the clunky pulp storylines that Ditko's work accompanied, readers can better appreciate the drawings as a kind of pop art.


The Independent reviews the HBO television series, The Wire.

The upshot is that each season is less like a TV show than an epic novel, with a sprawling cast of characters, a dense, interlocking plot, and an underlying moral vision. The problem is that so intent is Simon on venting his rage about the collapse of America's social fabric that he leaves out all the lowbrow devices which make the greatest works of social realism so entertaining. Charles Dickens, for instance, included mystery and romance in his novels, not to mention comedy, horror and suspense. Without such tricks, The Wire can often be quite heavy going.


Entertainment Weekly, the Independent, and the Observer review the new Hold Steady album, Stay Positive (out tomorrow).


Hipsterbookclub interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats about his 33 1/3 book, Black Sabbath's Master of Reality.

Being a guy that is known for more "indie" and acoustic music, do you feel a lot of your fans are missing out on metal?

I think actually a lot of the people who listen to my stuff listen to metal already; I don't think of the people who listen to the Mountain Goats as being mainly-acoustic people. What I do is more about lyrics and, for lack of a better term, vibe—often a dark or evil vibe but also with some humor I hope—which is kinda a big part of metal. Metal lyrics are obviously more over-the-top than mine, but I think the appeal—vivid visions, an immersive environment that the song creates—is similar.


Shoegaze is an online forum dedicated to the music genre.


Billboard reports that even though he has sold over 4.6 million records, singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett claims to have never made a penny from album sales.


ReadPrint offers free and legal online public domain books, poems and short stories.


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