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Inside the Chart

By Bryndis Ogmundson
!Earshot Charts Editor

Things suck. Don't they?

I'm unemployed and it's driving me mad. I have started all these little projects at the station to keep myself busy, but all I want is my own music store. Is that so hard to achieve? Yo La Tengo needs my store
Yo La Tengo needs my store
I've spent a year taking courses, writing a business plan, and applying for financing. I've even received some money. Yet everyone else tells me the same thing... "We really like the plan and you're obviously qualified, but you'll need to put in $XX,000 of your own money." Jesus! If I had $XX,000 I could just go to a bank for the rest, I wouldn't have to grovel at places like Business Development Canada. Places like that claim to be the type of company that will help you when a bank won't, but that is crap. A bank has given me money when all I have is student debt, but BDC requires more equity.

I know this has nothing to do with the chart, but it kind of does. I want to sell albums like Yo La Tengo’s I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass (#1), but I need a store to do that.Big Old Eyes needs my store
Big Old Eyes needs my store
I want to promote Canadian artists like Chad Vangaalen (#2), The Sadies (#3), The Bicycles (#4), and Shout Out Out Out Out! (#5), but I need to set up shop to push their wares. And more importantly, I want Prince George to have a music store that actually sells the fantastic music of its local artists: Big Old Eyes (#76), The Goat Island Extrapolation (#92), and Versus (#94).

I have other options, and I’ve been told there are more ways to “scale a fish” (whatever that means), but it’d be great if things were easier. As it stands right now, I’ll probably be using my Bachelor of Science to pour coffee at Starbucks.

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