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Another Year of Music

Alexander P. Brown
Contributing Writer
subjektxero [at] gmail.com

Well, well, well, here we area again with another year end list, which usually serves as a final draft list for music nerds’ fantasy reviewer/journalist leagues in their head. But really it is one good wank for the industry before that clown march that is award’s season. Do we really care if Rolling Stone thought Glee’s extra-gay interpretation of Jesus Christ Superstar (trust me, it’s coming) was worthier of bottom calendar notice than that pop-punk-dance-clashcore-minimalist band that got NME’s knickers soggier than a London fall?

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Christmas in My Ear Canal

Alexander P. Brown
Contributing Writer
subjektxero [at] gmail.com

It is that time of the year again when everyone accepts their fate and blindly stumbles through one mall or another searching for presents for people who may or may not appreciate them. But this time of the year is unusually painful for those of us on just on the fringes of life and musical experience. The reason is simply the proliferation of crap holiday music.

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Let 'Em Rumble

Photo by Jim Marshall, 1971

Alexander Brown
Contributing Writer
subjektxero@gmail.com

A couple weeks ago that outer island that encompasses jazz in the world wide web briefly skirmished over Anthony’s small suggestion for performers. It was quashed in due time, no feelings were majorly hurt, a call to amicably disagree was made and everyone went back home happily to their ham sandwiches and ginger ale. Let’s not do this again. Let’s fight until it gets bloody.

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Putting Jazz in Present Tense

Alexander Brown
Contributing Writer
subjektxero@gmail.com

The first commercially available jazz album I ever bought was the box set The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions and until I started going to record trade shows with my Mom, that remained the most jazz I ever copped in one buy. But my story is much like my entire social group, though the many varied genres of music we buy and actively search out jazz was frequently forgotten and placed on the back burner. And in many cases this wasn't our fault but more a systematic change in how jazz was viewed.

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Reflections On New Musical Frontiers

a.k.a. Most Music Sucks Walrus Balls

Alexander Brown
Contributing Writer
relaxandaspire@gmail.com

[Anthony Dean-Harris] asked me to contribute something regarding jazz for the site and I said sure, just let me bone up on jazz for a few weeks. Of course he had to ask for a column within a week.