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The Line-Up for 15 October 2010

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

I wasn't quite sure what kind of show I'd end up doing this week. I had a few songs scrawled on a Post-It like I often do to prepare each show, but I still didn't have a big idea for the week. All I knew was that I wanted to do something different. Well, I combed through some new stuff I got, thought about different sounds that are pleasing but challenging, and went a little off the beaten path through computer here to put together a pretty great show. Seriously, I was surprised about how good this show is. Hopefully I'm not alone in this sentiment but I'm rather excited about this playlist.

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You Cannot Quite Put Your Finger On It

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

Last week, my radio station, KRTU San Antonio completed its annual fall pledge drive. (Yes, I’m going to harp on this one more time, but it leads to a point. Also, it’s not like we’ve closed our invitation to membership or anything.) While volunteering answering phones and hijacking all the free snacks I could take, I had a conversation with a gentleman about the wonder of America’s diversity (yes, I’m also harping on American ideals again). He was speaking on the wonder of our inability to define an American to one distinct image, but all while he was talking, I couldn’t help but think how jazz works the same way.

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On Civil Discourse and Maligned Classifications

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

I'm the kind of guy who likes classifying things. Take any look at my past written work and I'm sure that's easy to discern. Everything should have a place and everything should be able to be described to others. Classification is the means in which we make sense of things. Judging from most of the discourse in the jazz and general music communities, I'm certain most people feel the same way.

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The Line-Up for 1 October 2010

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

Once again, it's time for the KRTU pledge drive, so I'm making the call to head to the site and donate to become a member of the station to keep great music like this on the air.

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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.