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Recommended Dose is usually a monthly mix of our favorite new dance tracks. We listen to hundreds of new electronic tunes each month, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix. But we switched up the formula a bit for December: This month's mix features 32 of our favorite tracks from the last 12 months.

"I thought I'd kick you in the pants."

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LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

Mary Timony is a wordsmith steeped in the tradition of rock 'n' roll.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BEAST")

MARY TIMONY: (Singing) Was it my imagination? Did you come out of the past?

KEXP Presents: ADHD

Dec 29, 2014

The members of ADHD keep busy with a multitude of projects, but that's not to say they distract easily. Since forming on a whim in 2008, this award-winning Icelandic supergroup of sorts has produced five albums of expressive avant jazz. Yet bringing brothers Óskar and Ómar Guðjónsson (saxophone and guitar, respectively), Davíð Þór Jónsson (organ and piano) and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (percussion) together into one room to record with us has taken a few years.

At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

Dec 29, 2014

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Originally broadcast April 30.

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In Memoriam 2014

Dec 29, 2014

Many musical voices went silent in 2014. We lost singers, instrumentalists, composers, conductors, producers, DJs and other visionaries. Explore their musical legacies here.



Claudio Abbado

June 26, 1933 — Jan. 20, 2014

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