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2009 Local Year in Review Show

Cindy Howes spotlights the best Pittsburgh local music from 2009.

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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: 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.

Graffiti6 - "Free"

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: 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: 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: 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: 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 2009 Year in Review Countdown Show

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

Live & Direct: Sharon Van Etten

Live & Direct: J.J. Grey

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: 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.

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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: 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: 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.

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: 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.

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!

Live & Direct: Kaiser Chiefs

Live & Direct: Mike Doughty

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