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

I'm a San Antonian. I've always had a love/hate relatioinship with my hometown but I cannot deny that I was born and have spent a considerable amount of time in my ongoing life in San Antonio, Texas. For a long time, I've felt that this city lacks a certain relevancy in the eyes of the world at large. Yet despite my feeling marooned in the biggest little town in America, I through the means of the Internet (this said with AP-style capitalization to show emphasis) have managed to connect to people around the world and them to me with immediacy. This occurs because technology advances. This occurs because for many things in interaction, there does not need to be a physical presence. It helps, but it's not completely necessary. Cross apply this to the compact disc.

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The Line-Up for 25 March 2011

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

Hey, thanks for bearing with me for missing a week of The Line-Up. Special thanks to Kory Cook for filling in for me last week. Last week was one of only two weeks in which I've missed doing my show and one of them was a power outage. I figure missing another for South By Southwest is good enough of an excuse.
This week's show is a combo "This show is awesome so please support KRTU during our annual spring pledge drive"/"Stuff I've roundaboutly run across while at SXSW" show. It's going to get weird but still pretty cool. Dig in.

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The Shifted Burden of Nomenclature

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

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer worth his or her salt must constantly be in want of the right word. If anything, we all, writers or not, should be in that constant quest to communicate clearly. We as people should desire to be understood in order to function effectively with the world around us. Those in the arts succumb to the notion likely more than the rest of the general public. The idea of clear effective communication through abstraction like color, shape, or (as this website constantly features) music instead of words is a massive headache that those who choose to immerse themselves in the arts proudly undertake. Yet it is the public and especially those with adeptness at words who take on the different but still embroiling pursuit of classification and nomenclature.

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Glad to Be Wrong About Austin

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

As I lay on the floor of this East Austin house early this Thursday morning, still a little drunk from the night before and slightly startled that there's an actual rooster awakening me alongside my friend's snoring, I can't be more glad to say I was wrong about what I said last week about the lack of jazz at South by SouthWest. This is a festival geared toward fighting for attention, but no one is missing out in that fight here. Austin, while a relatively small city, has made a gargantuous festival in which no one can truly be left out.

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The Line-Up for 11 March 2011

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

I rather like this show. There were some tracks that I managed to lose the night before that didn't make it in this week (really, there was one "oh, no he didn't" track that I wanted to play that would have fit perfectly but it dropped from my memory card so it will have to wait until next week) but I think this week's selections are particularly good. You be the judge.