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Why We Still Need the Album

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

Editor’s Note: This piece is a companion to contributing writer, J.D. Swerzenski's ”I Am So Bored of the Album.” It’s sort of a point/counterpoint thing. Feel free to read both sides of this argument.

It has been glaringly apparent that the music business has been going through a certain degree of change. As technology has advanced and the exchange of music has become easier and easier (to obtain both legally and illegally), the question of medium has become more apparent. There are those who have said with the ease of publication and production, there is little need for releasing work en masse. Yet, this kind of thinking cannot be. Art is relevant when it is connected to something.

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The Line-Up for 17 September 2010

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

I decided to branch out pretty far with The Line-Up. This will happen from time to time. I'll decide to play some music a little further out from the show's comfort zone and then reel myself back in for the subsequent week. This week was provoked by my pulling Bonobo's Black Sands from the station's "No" shelf. I thought it was different but still sort of jazzy, so it found its way onto this week's show. Then the rest of [the hour] sort of formed around this one song.

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Smooth Jazz, 9/11, and the American Way

Photo Credit: Stardust by Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

As a San Antonian, one of the most exciting times for me comes in September. The temperature drops from the sweltering 100˚F days to more hospitable (barely) 90˚F days. School starts, and with that brings a certain degree of new promise across the town. Most importantly, San Antonio’s annual jazz festival, Jazz’SAlive, is nigh.

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The Line-Up for 10 September 2010

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

One year ago (really 364 days ago, but it still was 52 weeks ago, so I'm counting this as the anniversary), I hit the airwaves taking The Line-Up from Lyz, who went off to grad school. So began the fun I've had here each week playing great new jazz that I think the masses would love.

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Paste (Print Publication) is Dead! Long Live Paste!

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

Anyone who has been paying any close attention to Nextbop would know that I am an avid lover of [Paste Magazine]. When Seb and I began talking about the direction Nextbop would go, I based many of my ideas for the site on Paste’s business model. When we opened up our page to open submissions (and we still welcome whatever content you’d like us to publish, my email isn’t in the heading of these pieces for nothing), I wrote our [writer guidelines] based on Paste’s [writer guidelines]. When I think of everything a publication should be that covers different kinds of music, not because it’s popular but just because it’s good, I may have [initially compared Nextbop to Pitchfork] (for that added buzz factor), but I really strive for us to be like Paste.