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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: Tom Waits "Swordfishtrombones"

His record label considered this album much stranger than his previous albums so they dropped Tom Waits and he took his work elsewhere. Island Records signed him and released the album in 1983 to a warm reception from fans and critics. Known for the varieties of percussion and horn experimentation...

An Interview with The Decemberists

WYEP's Brian Siewiorek sat down with Nate Query and Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists this April before their sold-out show at the Benedum Center. The band members discuss the making of "The King is Dead", as well as their upcoming hiatus. Original Air Date: 04/26/11

Discumentary: 10,000 Maniacs "In My Tribe"

This is the folk rock group's breakthrough album. Moving them from college rock favorites to hitmakers, as this album remained on the Billboard album charts for close to a year and a half. It was the first of many hit albums, making the band and singer Natalie Merchant into stars.

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: Jessica Lea Mayfield

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.

Live & Direct: Ivan & Alyosha

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...

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Discumentary: Richard & Linda Thompson "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight"

The debut album of husband and wife musical team Richard and Linda Thompson, is considered a folk rock classic. The album features some of Richard's former bandmates from Fairport Convention.

Pittsburgh 250 Tributes

In celebration of Pittsburgh's 250th birthday, WYEP's Tripp Clarke produced tributes to 22 artists and musicians who called the Steel City home.

Live & Direct: Gov't Mule

Discumentary: The Jam "All Mod Cons"

The punk/mod-revival band The Jam released their 3rd full-length release in 1978. “All Mod Cons” produced one of their biggest hits, “Down In The Tube At Midnight” and received both commercial success and critical acclaim.

They Say It’s Your Birthday: The 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ White Album

2008 marks the 40th anniversary of The Beatles' only double album. It’s also one of the few major albums in rock history that is rarely called by its correct title, ever since it was quickly nicknamed "The White Album". Originally aired November 25, 2008. WYEP produced a series of recorded...

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.

Women's History Month 2011

WYEP celebrates Women's History Month, in conversation with local women about their inspirations and their careers. Featuring: Tracy Brigden, artistic director of City Theatre Joy Ike, singer/songwriter Natalia Rudiak, Pittsburgh City Council member ...

Discumentary: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros "Streetcore"

Strummer's last album, which was finished by his band after his death, included introspective lyrics and a heavy reggae influence. The album is considered one of Strummer's finest since the Clash. It is partially produced by Rick Rubin, and features a cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song".

Discumentary: T-Rex "Electric Warrior"

Marc Bolan's folk-influenced songs took on a new life when matched with the electric-blues-influenced rhythm section of drummer Bill Legend and bassist Steve Currie. This is one of Glam-rock's quintessential albums. Produced by Tony Visconti, the album hit the top of the British charts and the song...

Live & Direct: Sharon Van Etten

Discumentary: Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers "Conscious Party"

This is the breakout album for Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, it includes the single "Tomorrow People." Produced by Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club members Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz, this album is one of the top-selling reggae albums ever.

Live & Direct: Dr. Dog

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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