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The Line-Up for 23 July 2010

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

As I state at the end of all my columns, I host a show on [KRTU San Antonio] called The Line-Up on Friday nights at 10/9 Central that deals primarily with all the kinds of music in which Nextbop specializes. It's this show that caught Seb's eye and was part of what got me this gig here at Nextbop. The other day, I was talking with Seb and wondered why I wasn't posting the playlists for each episode of the show on this site, especially since I would be simultaneously posting the same thing on [my personal blog]. Seb said all is cool so here is the playlist for this last Friday's Line-Up. Check out the show at [KRTU's audio archives] and live on KRTU on Friday nights.

Originally posted at In Retrospect...
Today wrapped up KRTU's Summer mini pledge drive. It went quite well and we closed strong. I even finally ponied up and became a good and proper member of the station myself. A good time was had by all so there's no reason why you shouldn't [become a member] yourself. We'd be glad to have you. [Trust me, it's important.] And what other reason to join the station than to hear some of this great music...

Nnenna Freelon - The Lamp is Low
The computer picked it, but as usual, I run with it.
Quincy Jones - What's Going On?
I initially found this version of this song funny. Now I find it oddly beautiful and a great part of a great album. I distinctly remember Gerry Gibbs playing cuts off of Smackwater Jack on his old show on KRTU. This is, in a sense, a send up to him and a continuing along of the great tradition we hold here at KRTU.
Brad Mehldau - Don't Interrupt the Sorrow
You know I love Brad Mehldau. I really do. But if I had to pick a favorite track off of the collaborative album, A Tribute to Joni Mitchell, it would be Bjork's version of "The Boho Dance." It was the perfect mix of a Bjork song (which is saying quite a bit) while still holding to Mitchell's melody and sense of storytelling. Still, I quite love this song. Mehldau did a great job on it.
Stanton Moore - Pot Licker
The computer picked this one, too.
Charles Earland - The Kicker
Charles Earland showed up on The Line-Up once because the computer picked it. From then on, I remembered that name and this is one of those times in which I sought out one of his tracks for the show. Lovely discoveries like these are why I'm in radio.
Marco Benevento - RISD
I sort of took pause at playing Benevento three weeks in a row but it was his birthday yesterday. How can I not play him for that reason?
Rudresh Mahanthappa - Ganesha
The computer picked this but Mahanthappa is just popping up from time to time in the jazz community and I frankly don't feel I'm hearing enough of him. This is me trying to solve that problem.
Roy Hargrove - Family
I felt like wrapping up the show with some Roy Hargrove and then I noticed I hadn't played this song since January. It felt like it was time to revisit the tune.