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Discumentary: Big Star "#1 Record"

Unlike most other pop groups in the 70ís, Big Star made songs with sensible harmonies as well as catchy hooks. Band mates Chris Bell and Alex Chilton shared guitar and vocals for most of the record. While Big star never received critical acclaim, they unofficially started the genre “power pop.”

Discumentary: Marvin Gaye "What's Going On"

Released in 1971 at the height of societal unrest, Marvin Gaye tackled issues ranging from drug abuse to poverty to the Vietnam War, and created one of the most influential albums of all time. "What's Going On?" was also the first album to credit Motown's great session band, The Funk Brothers.

Live & Direct: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

Discumentary: Norah Jones "Come Away With Me"

Norah Jones' debut album took the world by storm, a jazz-inspired disc that started out as a favorite of critics. The album went on to sell more than 18 million copies. It also earned Jones eight Grammy Awards.

Discumentary: Tom Petty "Wildflowers"

Produced by Rick Rubin, Tom Petty's second solo album, "Wildflowers" was certified three times platinum in 1995. Critics praised the album, albeit being almost an hour long. Petty won his first Grammy for his performance of "You Don't Know How It Feels".

The Barr Brothers - "Beggar in the Morning"

WYEP's Holiday Hootenanny 2011

Hear your holiday favorites performed by some of Pittsburgh's finest musicians. Recorded at the New Hazlett Theater on December 15th, 2011 Featuring An ensemble of CAPA Students, Panther Hollow String Band and New Shouts. Plus: Casey Hanner of Donora,Joy Ike, Josh Verbanets of Meeting of...

WYEP's 2008 Year in Review Show

A look back at the year 2008 in music. Rosemary Welsch counts down WYEP's Top 50 CD's of the year, as well as tributes to those who passed on.

Discumentary: Paul Simon "Graceland"

After going solo, Paul Simon went on to create a strong career for himself. The album created a lot of controversy due to the fact that Simon recorded six tracks in South Africa with native musicians in the era of apartheid. "Graceland" went on to win two Grammy Awards, one for Album of the Year...

Discumentary: Robert Plant and Allison Krauss "Raising Sand"

"Raising Sand" features the unlikely duet of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss. It was the winner of 5 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

Discumentary: Bjork "Debut"

After the breakup of the Sugarcubes, Bjork released this album not only to tell the world that she had gone solo, but that she was taking things to a new level. From fun, upbeat dance numbers to sparse accapella songs, this album set the stage for Bjork's varied career.

Discumentary: Aimee Mann "Bachelor No. 2"

After Interscope rejected her album as not commercial enough Aimee Mann bought back the rights to her songs and in 2000 released it via the Internet. Its success led her to release it on her on SuperEgo label and helped inspire the film “Magnolia

Live & Direct: JJ Grey

Discumentary: The Kinks "…Are the Village Green Preservation Society"

Although not commercially successful, this album is a Kinks classic. A "concept" album about Ray Davies' desire for the nostalgia of "Olde England" is played out with songs about Village Greens, Steam Trains and Photographs.

Discumentary: Angelique Kidjo "Black Ivory Soul"

Throughout her career Angelique Kidjo has combined modern music styles with traditional African music. On “Black Ivory Soul”, Kidjo adds the sounds of Brazil. Some Brazilian artists perform on the album, including guitarist Vinicius Canturia. The album also features ?uestlove from the Roots and...

Wilco - "Sunloathe"

2011's Departures

Listen back on those we lost in the music world in 2011. Hosted by Brian Siewiorek.

2008 Local Music Year in Review

Cindy Howes hosts this look back at the year in the Pittsburgh local music scene.

Discumentary: The Jayhawks "Rainy Day Music"

The Jayhawks returned to their country-rock roots with their seventh and fina album, "Rainy Day Music." It also features guest performances from Jakob Dylan, Chris Stills and Matthew Sweet.

Discumentary: U2 "Boy"

U2's debut album is considered to be one of the finest first albums of any band in the 1980's. It set the stage for the band's future mega-stardom.

Discumentary: Elvis Costello "Spike"

On Spike, Costello displays his influences and tries his hand at many different styles of music. The album features song collaborations with Roger McGuinn and the song "Veronica", co-written with Paul McCartney. The album's eclectic nature gave it mixed reactions among critics, but remains a fan...

Discumentary: Kathleen Edwards "Failer"

Kathleen Edwards shot to the forefront of the alternative country scene with her 2003 debut release. Her blunt lyrics, character sketch approach to songwriting, and sexy prairie drawl drew raves from critics and comparisons to Lucinda Williams.

Live & Direct: Walk Off The Earth

Discumentary: John Lennon "Imagine"

Known as Lennon's most important work, this album features its anthemic title track, Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound", scathing lyrics about Paul McCartney, and the guitar playing of George Harrison. Released in 1971, it was the first of only three of Lennon’s solo albums to hit #1.

Discumentary: Sam Cooke "Night Beat"

Being credited with creating soul music, Cooke recorded "Night Beat" in three nights in February of 1963. The album features keyboardist Billy Preston, then at the age of 16. Cooke was given the chance to return to his gospel roots while recording this album.

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