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All and Sundry

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

It's no secret that I have varied tastes. My love of music spans numerous genres. I try to stay abreast of the issues of the day involving film, television, and politics. The tonnage of material that I read everyday in my Google Reader is eclipsed by all the similarly related material that I must pass by, guiltily marking as read. Essentially, it's hard for me to stay in just one wheelhouse for too long. Yesterday, occassional Nextbop contributing writer Kyla Marshell and I launched a project that has little to nothing to do with jazz music, an online magazine (in a way) SunDryed Affairs. Of course in time, our working on producing and editing posts for this website may color our other endeavors. That's not a bad thing.

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Miles Davis - Precursor of Genre Disillusionment

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

On this, the 85th anniversary of Miles Davis' birthday, I'm thinking a lot about his influence in the genre of jazz, specifically how Miles has done all he could in his chameleonic career. Especially as Miles went into the 1970s, his tastes expanded beyond the seemingly limited jazz pastiche and was met with much confusion and controversy. As Miles' work grew in complexity and influence, he yearned to escape the jazz nomenclature. At the time, fighting to escape jazz's confines seemed quite natural. Even today, seeking out a new title or abandoning genre classifications altogether isn't all that uncommon, but I continually posit that such thinking is unnecessary.

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The Line-Up for 20 May 2011

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

There isn't one overall theme or idea this week, just little sets that seem to fit together to me for the most part. Also, I made it a point 1) that my music beds on my mic breaks actually work this week and 2) that all my music beds for my mic breaks are MF DOOM beats.

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Flying Lotus and Erykah Badu Drop Mixes On Us (Not Together, Though)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

Hey, you trust me, right? I’m making quite the direct appeal because I just heard a couple podcasts that released yesterday that require a recommendation much larger than my fleeting tweets but an outright Nextbop post. I’m putting the brand of the site on these 85 minutes of music.

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Blocks and Breaks

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

I'm not going to lie. I've got writer's block. This of course happens from time to time. Usually when this happens, either nothing gets written or I will default to the standby result of writers' block: writing about the block itself. Since I try to liken my craft to that of the jazz musicians to which I devote my ears, my words, and my energy, I would imagine the same must happen with them as well.