Will indie retail be the last guys to feel the download competition? Why is Newbury Comics doing so good? Twenty-seven stores in Boston and beyond. CD sales may be down 50 million or so but there were

Will indie retail be the last guys to feel the download competition? Why is Newbury Comics doing so good? Twenty-seven stores in Boston and beyond. CD sales may be down 50 million or so but there were still more than 550 million bought last year, right?

It's human nature to want to interact with other humans. That will never change. The more knowledgeable the store clerk, the more colorful the atmosphere, the more selection, the better. And that's why Newbury is successful. If customers feel like they're in a sterilized hospital corridor when they enter a record store, they're going to stay home and download. Record stores should be like the old candy stores of the '50s and '60s, a place to hang out. If it's fun to be there, a physical store will always have a reason to exist.

Meanwhile, the coolest movie ever, "Performance," is finally coming to DVD. It was co-directed by Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg. Roeg gets most of the credit because he went on to do other things while Cammell committed suicide, but it was mostly Cammell's vision: He wrote it. Mick Jagger went into the film a shy, blues-loving local boy and came out . . . Mick Jagger. The film's style was extraordinarily influential and Jack Nitzsche's soundtrack is the greatest. The first half alone is one of the great gangster flicks, then it gets psychedelically cooler. An absolute must-own for indie filmmakers, up-and-coming directors and fans who like to mix their gangsters and rock stars.

And staying surreal for a moment . . . North Dakota lawmakers rejected a resolution to honor U2 frontman Bono. One legislator said he thought it was for Sonny Bono. But what's wrong with honoring Sonny Bono? Aren't these guys Republicans? See you on the radio.

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