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The Line-Up for 12 December 2014

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

As we're wrapping up our preparation for the Season of Lists, I knew I wanted to do a show of some of my favorite songs of 2014. There are some albums that may not have made my list at all, but there are songs that lift the whole work to such high esteem that I had to shout out such greatness nonetheless. There's just not a better setting for such a thing than a solid hour of super dope radio.

The Line-Up for 12 December 2014

Zara McFarlane - Angie La La feat. Leron Thomas
I had an epiphany a couple weeks ago that Zara McFarlane's If You Knew Her released back in January. Then I realized, no, I heard it in January when I reviewed it, but that it really released in February. It seems so long ago, so long ago that you don't want to forget that such a great album released this year and that I could sing this song all day.
Teebs - View Point
Jeff Ballard Trio - El Reparador De Sueños
This song is just so fun. It's maybe the most fun on Time's Tales, but it was hard to pick.
Kris Bowers - WonderLove feat. Chris Turner
This song is just plain fantastic.
Taylor McFerrin - Stepps
Harvey Mason - Before the Dawn
This song is so chill. It's so smooth and amazing.
Matt Ulery - Sweet Bitter feat. Zach Brock
A double album with a string ensemble, the whole shebang, and the best, most live, off the wall jam on the album is just the trio of Ulery on bass, Brock on violin, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.
DJ Harrison - Carnaval 74
Phronesis - Wings 2 the Mind
I will always get drawn back by Anton Eger's solo at the end of this one, but everyone's amazing all over this song and all over this album.
Steve Lehman Octet - Chimera/Luchini
In all honesty, I really would have went with "Autumn Interlude" from Mise en Abîme, but there are so many songs from the album in the library that I didn't want to go overboard. It's easy to go overboard with this album. Everything on it is so good.
Mndsgn - Convert
Teebs - Waxxves feat. Lars Hornveth
There was hardly enough time for this song at the end of the hour but I jammed as much of it in as I could. It's the most fun you can hear on E S T A R A.