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Discumentary: Air "Moon Safari"

The debut album from the French duo of Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit Dunckel was quickly hailed as an instant classic. Air's sound was unlike many others in the electronica movement of the time, trading in big beats for mellow grooves that equally evoke trip-hop and Burt Bacharach.

What a Wonderful World

Rosemary Welsch looks back at the best World music releases from 2009.

Live & Direct: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Discumentary: Carole King "Tapestry"

Carole King spent the early part of her career co-writing hit songs with Gerry Goffin. In 1971 she released "Tapestry" and the album set the standard for singer/songwriter albums in the 70’s. It was the #1 album in the US for fifteen weeks, and stayed on the album charts for six years.

Dr. John - Revolution

Good Old War - Calling Me Names

Discumentary: Tori Amos "Under the Pink"

Mostly recorded in a hacienda in New Mexico, "Under the Pink" is Tori Amos' second solo album. Even more piano-focused than her first, it features the singles "God" and "Cornflake Girl."

Discumentary: Moby "Play"

After becoming a popular DJ, and the success of his first few techno albums, Moby makes one of his most diverse albums. Here he strays from strictly eclectronica and blends elements of rock, blues, gospel and hip-hop, and even plays every instrument on the album.

Discumentary: Sinead O'Connor "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got"

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got is O'Connor's sophomore album and the follow up to 1987's The Lion and the Cobra. Her hit song Nothing Compares to you, written by Prince helped propel her to stardom. It was her no-nonsense approach of the album influenced several female singer-songwriters from...

Discumentary: Pearl Jam "Vs."

Eddie Vedder and Company were coping with the new found fame from their debut album when they recorded this follow-up. This album sealed them a hardcore fan base with seven of its twelve songs becoming hits.

Discumentary: Son Volt "Trace"

After the break up of alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar formed Son Volt. This is the band's debut which continues on a darker path somewhere between country and rock and roll. Well received by critics, it is considered by many to be one of the best albums of 1995.

Discumentary: The Cranberries "Everybody else is doing it, So Why Can't We?"

The Cranberries formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1990, and three years later they had their first of many Top 10 hits. The band's sound is defined by the vocals of Dolores O'Riordan, who co-writes the songs with bass player Noel Hogan.

Discumentary: Joan Baez "Diamonds & Rust"

Folk artist and activist Joan Baez released her album "Diamonds and Rust" in 1975. Now considered one of her seminal works, the album went gold. Its title track, a ballad that explored her relationship with Bob Dylan, proved to be one of her biggest hits, and eventually hit number 35 on the pop...

2009 Local Year in Review Show

Cindy Howes spotlights the best Pittsburgh local music from 2009.

Live & Direct: Billy Bragg

Discumentary: The Band "The Band"

The Band's second album is considered a masterpiece. Recorded in a pool house rented from Sammy Davis Jr., this album features songs like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (which was a hit for Joan Baez) and "Up On Cripple Creek."

The Avett Brothers - Live & Die

Graffiti6 - "Free"

Discumentary: X "Los Angeles"

Narrative songs and harmonies gave the band X an edge in the Los Angeles punk music scene. Produced by Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Los Angeles includes a cover of Jim Morrison's "Soul Kitchen."

Discumentary: Morcheeba "Who Can You Trust?"

The British trio's debut album had them bringing something different to the world of Trip Hop. The group's Soul influences added to their distinctive atmospheric sound, and got them noticed by many who added this 'chill out' album to their collections.

Discumentary: Lou Reed & John Cale "Songs For Drella"

Songs for Drella reunited former Velvet Underground members Lou Reed and John Cale for the first time since 1968. The two got together shortly after the death of Andy Warhol and decided to pay tribute to his life. The songs feature vocals from both Cale and Reed, focusing on story rather than...

Discumentary: Liz Phair "Exile in Guyville"

Upon its release, Interview Magazine called Exile in Guyville "folk rock that could make you blush". This is Liz Phair's response to the Rolling Stones classic Exile in Guyville -- a pretty big undertaking for a debut album.

Discumentary: The Hold Steady "Boys and Girls in America"

The Hold Steady's third release elevated them further in the eyes of critics and the hearts of fans. "Boys and Girls in America" many most "best of 2006" lists. This Discumentary features interview clips from The Hold Steady's visit to WYEP in 2007.

Discumentary: Beck "Odelay"

Armed with more than two turntables and a microphone, Beck's sophomore effort mixes various genres of music together, resulting in an album that bridges the gap between country and hip hop. Produced by the Dust Brothers, this is Beck's most talked about album.

Discumentary: Wilco "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot"

Almost two years in the making, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot had Wilco jumping record labels, losing band members and significantly changing their sound. The result was worth it for the band, resulting in one of the most beloved albums of 2002.

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