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Live & Direct: Billy Bragg

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.

The Avett Brothers - Live & Die

The 2009 Year in Review Countdown Show

Rosemary Welsch counts down WYEP's Top 50 CD's from 2009

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: 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.

Discumentary: Los Lobos "Kiko"

Probably best known for their soundtrack work for the Ritchie Valens biopic "La Bamba", Los Lobos created some of their most acclaimed work after their #1 hit. For "Kiko" the group experiments with their sound on songs that range in topics from homelessness to hopefulness.

Discumentary: U2 "The Joshua Tree"

For this record, U2 created a dark, expressive and American influenced sound deriving from rock, blues and country. The Edge's trademark echoing guitar work and Bono's passionate lyrics on songs such as "I still haven't found what I'm looking for" and "Where the streets have no name" helped the...

Discumentary: Prince "Sign O' The Times"

Playing off of Apocalyptic themes and experimenting with new sounds, Prince's double album had a bit of everything. The songs range from rock to funk to psychedelic blues to gospel and show his dynamic as a musician. Popular songs included the title track and "Strange Relationship".

Discumentary: Rolling Stones "Exile on Main Street"

Recorded in a humid basement in France, the Stones created this masterpiece without their pants on. Some have called it more of a Rock and Roll "field recording" than a studio album. Upon its release it received a lukewarm reception, but the album is now known as a classic.

Live & Direct: Dr. Dog

Discumentary: Belle and Sebastian "The Boy with the Arab Strap"

Belle and Sebastian grew out of a class project and became a sensation in the U.K. due to word of mouth. Their third album, which is steeped in a wide array of musical influences, grew their audience even more, and earned them a coveted Brit Award.

Frightened Rabbit - The Woodpile

Midnight Radio Special Edition Broadcast

WYEP and Bricolage Theater Company spotlight the best cuts from Bricolage's "Midnight Radio" series. Including this season's winning radio play!

Discumentary: Bob Dylan "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"

Bob Dylan's second album is a true classic. Whereas his debut album contained many covers, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" is when he unveiled his gift for songwriting. Containing funny, political and romantic songs, this is the album that introduced Bob Dylan to the world.

Discumentary: Indigo Girls "Indigo Girls"

At a time when female singer-songwriters were in vogue Indigo Girls were signed to Epic Records in 1988. Their second studio album,released in 1989, won critical acclaim and a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.

Discumentary: Luna "Penthouse"

With "Penthouse", Luna expanded their sound adding cellos, vibraphones and keyboards in with their trademark fuzzy guitar sound. Included among _Rolling Stone_'s 150 essential albums of the 90's, this one also features the guitar work of Televison's Tom Verlaine.

Discumentary: The Replacements "Let It Be"

Considered one of the greatest rock albums from the 80's, "Let it Be" is The Replacements' third release. A coming of age album in its own right, it's fun and disjointed, complete with a Kiss cover and songs about their bass player getting his tonsils out.

Discumentary: Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians "Globe of Frogs"

After having great success in college radio, Hitchcock assembled The Egyptians which featured two members of his former band The Soft Boys and REM's Peter Buck. The album spawned the single Balloon Man, and eventually reached 111 on the Billboard top 200. It marked Hitchcock's major label debut.

Discumentary: Roy Orbison "Mystery Girl"

Shortly after joining super group The Traveling Wilburys, Orbison made what was to be his final solo album. Mystery Girl featured the top ten hit "You Got it" and brought him popularity to a new generation.

Live & Direct: Diego Garcia

Discumentary: Blind Boys of Alabama "Higher Ground"

This is the album that made this sixty-something year old gospel group known to more than the “masses”. With a little help from Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Ben Harper, It won them their second Grammy award and it features songs from Prince, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis...

Richard Thompson - Electric

The 'Burgh Does Dylan

To commemorate the 35th Anniversary of Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks", WYEP invited local musicians to have their hand at a few Dylan classics.

Discumentary: Cat Stevens "Tea for the Tillerman"

Cat Stevens' reinvented himself with his 1970 album "Mona Bone Jakon", and quickly followed it up with this classic release. Even returning with the same band and producer from his previous album, Stevens carried his reinvention further. This album features his smash hit "Wild World".

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