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The Necessity of Juxtaposition

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

I have never personally met Sébastien Hélary. He and I have never spoken on the phone, nor even a call over Skype or Google's nifty new way to make phone calls through Gmail. The organization of running this site has been through textual correspondence-- emails and Facebook and instant messaging. In what's going on a year and a half of my involvement with Nextbop, the building, molding, and promotion of this site has been done in Montreal, Quebec and the forming of the site's editorial voice and infrequent maturation of its writers (who we'd be glad to have many continue contributing and are open to more) has been done from San Antonio, Texas. Neither individuals involved have crossed paths, yet. Our modern technology has bridged this gulf which leads me to the question-- how important exactly is juxtaposition today?

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The Line-Up for 15 April 2011

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

It's the Herbie Hancock episode of The Line-Up. This is the episode that's a big deal but not as big a deal as the Joe Sample episode. That's just how it goes.

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Trailblazers in the New Landscape

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

I’ve been obsessed with Donald Glover lately. I’m black and I’m nerdy and he’s the most prominent figure that seems aligned to someone sharing those characteristics outside of the President of the United States so naturally he fascinates me. So it was only logical that the most engrossing thing I read yesterday was Glover’s profile in the Village Voice. Yet in the midst of my admitted fanboyism, there was a section of the piece that leapt out at me concerning a certain lack of timidity to promote such a diverse act in this internet era. Regarding Glover’s hodgepodge “I Am Donald” tour of stand-up comedy/rap concert/video shorts, writer Bill Jensen notes, “Ten years ago, ‘I Am Donald’ could never have happened. Handlers and brand managers may have allowed a guy who played a lovable character on a popular mainstream network TV show to perform hardcore, dirty-mouth stand-up, and even dirtier emo-rap—but they would have insisted he do it all on a separate stage. But the transparency and immediacy of the Web makes it possible for Glover to avoid cutting his talent into tiny pieces for his different audiences.” This is indicative of a new era in which mass audiences can be trusted to consume media they legitimately enjoy and this internet era has hearkened a do-it-yourself model that has birthed a new sense of freedom. It’s a fascinating time to be in this new media.

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The Line-Up for 8 April 2011

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

I'm feeling much less under the weather than I was last week, still the cough is still nagging while the music this week is still banging.

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The Line-Up for 1 April 2011

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

To be frank, I'm fighting off a cold so I don't really have a lot to say this week. Fortunately, the music shall speak for me. Oh, and make sure to pledge your support to KRTU. The spring fund drive is over but that still doesn't mean it's too late to become a member of the station.