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An Interview with Bettye Lavette

Rosemary Welsch talks with soul singer Bettye Lavette. Lavette, born in Detroit, talks about her experience in music before and after Motown. She also discusses the concept and recording of her new album, "Intrepretations: The British Rock Songbook". Original Air Date: 08/04/11

Discumentary: Nick Drake "Bryter Layter"

For Nick Drake's second album, Bryter Later, he re-teamed with producer Joe Boyd to produce a more upbeat and lush record. This CD also features musicians from Fairport Convention, The Velvet Underground, and The Beach Boys. Although not a big seller in it's time, Bryter Later (along with the other...

Carrie Rodriguez - I Cry For Love

Mavis Staples Interview

WYEP's Rosemary Welsch interviews legendary Soul and Gospel singer Mavis Staples. Mavis Staples talks about a number of subjects including her family legacy, The Staples Singers, growing up in Chicago, the 2008 election, civil rights struggles, and her new live recording. Originally aired on...

Discumentary: Bettye LaVette: "I've Got My Own Hell To Raise"

Detroit soul singer Bettye LaVette spent four decades in the music industry and suffered many disappointments and missed opportunities. This 2005 release featured 10 covers of songs written by women including Lucinda Williams and Sinead O’Connor and helped revive her career.

Discumentary: The Verve "Urban Hymns"

Considered by many to be one of the most influential albums of the nineties, Urban Hymns remains timeless in content. Despite internal struggles, drug addictions and a large lawsuit from the Rolling Stones, The Verve were able to create an album with grand atmosphere and true sense of purpose.

Discumentary: Matthew Sweet "Girlfriend"

Amid a divorce, Matthew Sweet worked on songs for his third album. "Girlfriend" was released on Zoo Entertainment after Sweet was dropped by A&M. Released in the heyday of alternative music radio, the album became a hit in the era of Nirvana and grunge-rock.

Discumentary: Shuggie Otis "Inspiration Information"

Rediscovered and re-released by David Byrne in 2001, this album holds up more now than it did in 1974. Far ahead of his time, Shuggie Otis and this album are cited as influences by many electronic artists today. The son of bandleader Johnny Otis, Shuggie only released two albums and performs live...

Discumentary: Sly and the Family Stone "Stand!"

Sly Stone and his group sounded different than the hippie bands coming out of San Francisco in the late Sixties. But the integrated group's message was still one of peace, love and understanding. Their funky sound earned them a bunch of hits, including the album's title track.

Discumentary: The Jimi Hendrix Experience "Electric Ladyland"

This is the third, last and most experimental album that The Jimi Hendrix Experience released. It shows Hendrix’s versatility; not only as a guitarist, but also as a singer and producer. Even with its experimental nature, it generated a couple of hits for Hendrix at the time, and remains a...

Live & Direct: Ha Ha Tonka

An Interview with My Morning Jacket's Patrick Hallahan

In August of 2011, WYEP's Brian Siewiorek talked with the My Morning Jacket's drummer, Patrick Hallahan. Hallahan has been friends with the band's frontman, Jim James, since they were children. Hear about that friendship as well as the making of the band's latest album "Circuital"......

Discumentary: R.L. Burnside "Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down"

In the year 2000, RL Burnside set out to continue the blues tradition while adding more contemporary influences to it. These influences are almost more hip-hop in nature, with scratching and looping provided by DJ Swamp and Iki Levy. At the age of 73, Burnside's modern spin on traditional Delta...

Tiny Desk Concert: The Lone Bellow

PGH250 Music Tribute

Tripp Clarke hosts this two-hour tribute to Pittsburgh and the musicians that have come from here, in honor of the city's 250th birthday.

Discumentary: Stevie Wonder "Talking Book"

This album was released in October of 1972 during what is considered Stevie Wonder's "classic period" and garnered the artist 3 Grammy Awards. Hailed as one of the greatest crossover albums of all time, it broke down the boundaries as it climbed to the top of both Billboard's rock and R&B charts.

Discumentary: "A Very Special Christmas"

A Very Special Christmas was created by Producer Jimmy Iovine to benefit the Special Olympics. Stand out songs include Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas by the Pretenders and Merry Christmas Baby performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band. The CD also featured the likes of The...

Discumentary: Gram Parsons "Grievous Angel"

Described as 'Cosmic American Music' by Parsons himself, "Grievous Angel" was his second solo album. Parsons would never get to see the album's release, due to his death from a drug overdose. Linda Ronstadt is featured on the song, "In My Hour of Darkness"

Discumentary: Kirsty MacColl "Tropical Brainstorm"

Disappointed with the music industry and recovering from a divorce, Kirsty MacColl, took six years off before recording "Tropical Brainstorm". During her break, she spent a lot of time in Cuba and Brazil, which inspired the album's many tropical influences.

Discumentary: The Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"

The main theme of this album is based on a Japanese girl who is set to fight an army of robots that are pink. Less of a concept album and more of an album in which certain songs have a narrative thread, the Lips experimentation with music, makes this an album in which you hear something new every...

Discumentary: John Lee Hooker "Don't Look Back"

John Lee Hooker was already a legend before the making of this album. Produced by Van Morrison and Los Lobos, it features new songs a few classic remakes, further cementing his legendary status.

Live & Direct: Phosphorescent

While My Guitar Gently Weeps - A Tribute to George Harrison

For the 10th Anniversary of the death of George Harrison, WYEP offered this special hosted by Mike Sauter. It examines the many collaborations Harrison took part in, plus you'll hear some covers of Harrison's compositions. Original air date: 11/29/11

Discumentary: Neil Young "Harvest"

Neil Young's fourth solo album, Harvest, was the best selling album of 1972. For the recording of the album, he enlisted the help of several artists including Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The hit song "Heart of Gold" remains Young's only #1 song.

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