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Discumentary: Michelle Shocked "Short, Sharp, Shocked"

Short, Sharp, Shocked has a folky sound with a bit of country-tinged production and a collection of personal songs inspired by her youth. The album received great reviews upon its release. Its biggest hit was the song "Anchorage", a letter from a friend, set to music.

Discumentary: Billy Bragg "Worker's Playtime"

Billy Bragg'’s 4th album highlights the two subjects for which he is best known, socialist politics and bittersweet love. Opening with "“She'’s Got a Brand New Spell"” and ending with “"Waiting For the Great Leap Forward”", Bragg rails against capitalism and the vulgarities of love.

Discumentary: Nina Simone "Nina Simone Sings the Blues"

Nina Simone and her music were just being rediscovered in 2003, when she passed away at age 70. This album, a selection of blues originals and covers, is considered to be one of her most solid albums.

Discumentary: Harry Nilsson "Nilsson Schmilsson"

Harry Nilsson was already a Grammy winning artist by the time he released "Nilsson Schmilsson" but this record is regarded as his crowning glory by critics and fans. Borrowing Barbra Streisand's producer and using lilting Tin Pan Alley melodies Nilsson created a classic record that would influence...

Discumentary: Blondie "Parallel Lines"

This album began Blondie’'s rise to stardom, and rocketed them past many of their CBGB’s contemporaries as far as commercial success goes. This album contains "Heart of Glass", their first (and definitely not their last) #1 single in the U.S.

Discumentary: Ani Difranco "Little Plastic Castle"

“Little Plastic Castle” was Ani Difranco’'s 8th studio album and her most commercially successful release. Tune in to hear the story behind the album and the unique artist who is considered one of the most powerful independent artists in the music world.

Discumentary: David Bowie "Ziggy Stardust"

Part glam rock, part progressive rock, Bowie's classic redefined himself in the UK and made him a hit for the first time in the US.

Women's History Month 2010

In March 2010, WYEP honored Women's History Month in conversations with local women who are working to make Pittsburgh a better city. Featuring: Heather Arnet, Executive Director of the Women and Girls Foundation Liz Berlin, Member of Rusted Root and co-owner of Mr. Smalls...

Live & Direct: The Hold Steady

The James Hunter Six - Minute By Minute

Discumentary: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings "100 Days, 100 Nights"

By 2007, The Dap Kings were rising stars in music, due to their appearance on Amy Winehouse's "Back in Black" a year earlier. With Sharon Jones on vocals, the group released their 3rd album that year. Recorded on all analog equipment, the album sounds like an old classic, while still remaining...

Discumentary: Ben Folds Five "Ben Folds Five"

Even though they were a trio, the Ben Folds Five formed in North Carolina and released this as their debut. It bridged the gap between piano rock and alternative rock, and paving the way for their breakout success.

Discumentary: Bob Dylan "Blood On The Tracks"

Often referred to as Dylan’'s divorce record, “Blood On the Tracks” marked Dylan’'s return to Columbia Records after a two album stint with Asylum. It also took Dylan back to the top of the charts and won him the critical and commercial success that had eluded him for several years.

Discumentary: Patti Smith "Horses"

Patti Smith's groundbreaking debut album, often called the first art punk album. Smith's fusion of poetry and music defines a unique style that she continues to develop to this day.

Discumentary: Dusty Springfield "Dusty in Memphis"

Although it was a commercial failure, Dusty in Memphis is regarded by many critics to be one of the greatest albums of all time. This album mixes the sultry soulful voice of the British Pop singer with the production team for Aretha Franklin and the songwriting skills of Goffin...

Discumentary: Robert Randolph & The Family Band "Unclassified"

“Unclassified” is the 2nd full release from New Jersey native and Sacred Steel genius Robert Randolph and his Family Band. Showing influences that range from The Allman Brothers to Bootsy Collins to Mahalia Jackson, Randolph fully realized his musical vision on this release, creating a unique...

Discumentary: Charles Brown "All My Life"

Charles Brown had quite an amazing career, he was an R...

American Originals: Emmylou Harris

"American Originals" focuses on one legendary American artist. You’ll hear the impact these artists have had on American music with cuts from their own catalogues, covers of their songs by other artists, collaborations and modern influences. Emmylou Harris From her early days with...

Live & Direct: John Gorka

Dawes - From A Window Seat

2012 WYEP Pledge

Discumentary: Bruce Springsteen "The Rising"

Released in the Summer of 2002, this is an album of Bruce Springsteen's reflections on the events of September 11, 2001. It's also his first album with the E-Street Band in 15 years. It was received well by critic and fans, and received three Grammy Awards.

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: Otis Redding "Otis Blue"

This 1965 release established Otis Redding as a major star, as he brought raw passion to the songs of Sam Cooke, B.B. King, and The Rolling Stones. It also contains the original version of Redding's self-penned classic "Respect".

Discumentary: Iggy Pop "Lust For Life"

Iggy Pop released two albums in 1977 during a very prolific time spent in Berlin with David Bowie. Bowie produced and played on both albums, as well as co-wrote some songs with Iggy Pop. “Lust for Life” is considered to be the best of Pop’'s career, and contains some of his best known songs.

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