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40 Years Down The Beatles' Abbey Road

On October 1, 1969, the Abbey Road album by The Beatles made its U.S. debut, the final one recorded by the band before dissolving into history. For the 40th anniversary of this influential pop masterpiece, WYEP presented a series of features giving the stories behind each of the album's songs...

Discumentary: Feist "The Reminder"

Headed by a commerically successful single, Feist's third solo album is already being deemed as an instant classic. It was recorded in France with her longtime collaborator, Gonzales. This Discumentary features excerpts from a 2007 WYEP interview with Feist.

The Wallflowers - "Reboot the Mission"

Discumentary: Neko Case "Blacklisted"

After a constant tour schedule, Neko Case recorded "Blacklisted" in Arizona, giving her a new view of her music. The album features John Convertino and Joey Burns of Calexico and covers from Aretha Franklin and Sarah Vaughn.

The Barr Brothers - "Beggar in the Morning"

Discumentary: The Story "Angel in the House"

Amherst College English majors Jonatha Brooke and Jennifer Kimball performed in various Boston venues and coffeehouses during their school days.

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Discumentary: Bob Dylan "Time Out Of Mind"

"Time Out of Mind" is Dylan's 29th studio record and first album since 1990. Produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Brian Eno) the album featured dark lyrics and more blues and country style songs. It marked a comeback for Dylan in the 90's and spawned the hits "Lovesick" and "Not Dark Yet".

Discumentary: The Mavericks "Trampoline"

Going out on a limb, country radio hitmakers the Mavericks traded in their scaled down production for horns, a string section and a latin-inspired sound. This Discumentary includes excerpts from a WYEP interview with frontman Raul Malo.

Discumentary: Grateful Dead "American Beauty"

The second of two albums released by the Grateful Dead in 1970, American Beauty is the first album to feature the band's collaboration with mandolin player David Grisman. It is considered among the Dead's greatest albums, and features the hit "Truckin".

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Discumentary: Eric Clapton "461 Ocean Boulevard"

This is Clapton's first album after kicking heroin and his 2nd solo release following the breakup of Derek & The Dominos. Clapton turned to the blues, choosing to record songs written by Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Johnny Otis, and scored a hit with his take on Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff".

Live & Direct: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

The Soundtrack to Pittsburgh

Live. Work. Play. Everyone. Everyday. WYEP is the soundtrack that keeps us connected- to music, to the community, to each other. Your City. Your Station. 91.3fm WYEP – The Soundtrack to Pittsburgh. To celebrate the unique qualities of Pittsburgh we have assembled "audio postcards" of...

Discumentary: Little Feat "Feats Don't Fail Me Now"

Little Feat continued to explore southern roots-rock and bayou funk and groove on "Feats Don't Fail Me Now". The songwriting of Lowell George and Bill Payne combined with the band's exceptional musicianship set the bar for future boogie bands.

Live & Direct: JJ Grey

Rosanne Cash talks about 'The List'

When Rosanne Cash turned 18 her father gave her a list of “100 Essential Country Songs.” Johnny Cash’s aim was to educate his young daughter in the knowledge of great American roots songs. Rosemary Welsch talks with Rosanne Cash about the songs on the record, the four guest vocalists who accompany...

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...

Wilco - "Sunloathe"

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.

New Shouts - Hung On You

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....

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.

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

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