All On Demand

Discumentary: Loretta Lynn "Van Lear Rose"

Loretta Lynn had been performing for more than 40 years before releasing "Van Lear Rose". The album was produced by White Stripes guitarist Jack White, who was also the band leader in the recordings. Reaching the number-two spot on Billboard's country album charts and 24 on the Top 200, "Van Lear...

Discumentary: The Who "The Who Sell Out"

British rock legends The Who made their third album as an homage to Radio London. To give the album more of a "corporate" feel, they added in commercials here and there, with the album cover showing the band plugging product like Heinz Baked Beans.

Discumentary: Michael Franti "Everyone Deserves Music"

Creating what he calls 'Conscious Music for the Masses', Micheal Franti tackles topics like AIDS, homelessness and police brutality but sets these themes to melodies you can groove to. "Everyone Deserves Music" is an extension of this method that includes elements of funk, folk, reggae and rock....

Live & Direct: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Discumentary: Miriam Makeba "Homeland"

Miriam Mekaba's life has been an interesting one. From her beginnings as a South African jazz singer to her thirty year exile from her homeland. Mekaba chronicles these experiences on this disc, and also updates her worldwide hit "Pata Pata".

Discumentary: Arcade Fire "Funeral"

Arcade Fire's 2004 debut took many by surprise. Funeral shows the Canadian 5-piece band with their fascinating arrangements and a big sound for an indie-rock band. Funeral set the stage for Arcade Fire to grow bigger musically and become one of the most successful acts of recent years.

Dr. John - Revolution

Discumentary: Ryan Adams "Gold"

After the demise of Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams went solo with the album Heartbreaker, to much critical praise. But it was his Gold album that broke him out into the mainstream, earning him crossover success and new legions of fans. Produced in 2004 by Brian Siewiorek

Discumentary: Joan Armatrading "Walk Under Ladders"

Armatrading's second non-acoustic album turned her into a pop star in Britian. For this album she ranges from folk rock, to new wave to reggae. She's joined by Thomas Dolby, Sly and Robbie, Steve Lillywhite and Andy Partridge from XTC.

Discumentary: Tom Waits "The Heart of Saturday Night"

Tom Waits was in the process of creating his distinctive stage persona at the time of his second studio release. "The Heart of Saturday Night" finds Waits trading in his earlier folk-rock arrangements for a 1950’s West Coast style of jazz and Waits' newly evolving gruff vocal presentation.

The Beatles - Revolution 2009

Mike Sauter leads you through an audio tour of The Beatles re-releases and events of 2009.

Discumentary: The Cure "The Head On The Door"

The Cure's sixth album merged their signature dark-goth and their pop sound which they achieved with later albums. The Head On The Door shows the band experimenting with different sylings and arrangements. This album gave them their first big success in America, reaching #59 on the Billboard album...

Discumentary: The Police "Synchronicity"

The Police's fifth studio album is revered as their best. Its first single, "Every Breath You Take," earned two Grammys and pushed the album to the number-one position on the Billboard charts.

Discumentary: The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

Sgt. Pepper's was released in June of 1967, solidifying the Beatles new style introduced in their 1966 album Revolver. The complex and arrangements along with Martin's innovative production style recreated rock music in an album that Rolling Stone considers to be the greatest of all time.

Live & Direct: Billy Bragg

Discumentary: The Modern Lovers "Modern Lovers"

This album is a series of demos that The Modern Lovers recorded in 1973 with John Cale of the Velvet Underground producing. It was released three years later three years after the band had broken up. Jonathan Richman used the Modern Lovers name on other projects he worked on, but the original line...

Discumentary: Emmylou Harris "Wrecking Ball"

In the early 90's Emmylou Harris experienced diminishing success as a country music artist. With "Wrecking Ball" she re-invented herself musically, with help from U2 producer Daniel Lanois. Moody and atmospheric, the album also features guest performances from Steve Earle, Larry Mullen Jr., The...

The Avett Brothers - Live & Die

Discumentary: Sarah McLachlan "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy"

With only a small cult following in the U.S., Sarah McLachlan released this album and watched her star rise. The album features one of her best-known songs, "Posession" about obsession from a stalker's perspective.

Frightened Rabbit - The Woodpile

Discumentary: Marcia Ball "Gatorhythms"

Marcia Ball mixes the blues with country honky-tonk and a little boogie on this album. This is the first album to showcase Ball's songwriting skills and it also features her notorious piano playing, that at times would make Jerry Lee Lewis jealous.

Discumentary: Steely Dan "Pretzel Logic"

In 1974 Steely Dan was structured as a standard band consisting of Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, Denny Dias, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and Victor Feldman. Under the guidance of producer Gary Katz the band's songs became more complex and featured a tribute to Charlie Parker and a cover of a Duke Ellington...

Live and Direct from the WYEP Studios - 2009

Brian Siewiorek looks back at the best tracks from WYEP's 2009 Studio Sessions.

Discumentary: Bruce Springsteen "Darkness on the Edge of Town"

Although it was not his most popular album, Springsteen released this one just as he was winding down from the success of "Born to Run". With more than 30 unused songs written, he picked these 10, each tell stories of life in working class America.

Discumentary: They Might Be Giants "Flood"

John Linnell and John Flansburgh had their breakout success with their major label debut. The biggest hit off the album, "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)," was actually a cover, but their take on it fits in with the rest of the album. Flood is their best selling album to date.

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