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Discumentary: Jeff Buckley "Grace"

Jeff Buckley's only complete studio album featured a strong Led Zeppelin influence and, although critically acclaimed, was not initially a commercial success. Over the years it has gained legendary status thanks to Buckley's stunning version of Leonard Cohen's iconic song "Hallelujah" and for his...

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...

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: 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...

Lhasa de Sela Tribute

Mexican American singer/songwriter Lhasa de Sela died of breast cancer on January 1st, 2010. As tribute to her life and work WYEP is sharing this studio performance and interview with Lhasa recorded October 11th, 2005.

Live & Direct: The Hold Steady

The James Hunter Six - Minute By Minute

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: The Decemberists "The Crane Wife"

The Crane Wife is the fourth album and the first on a major label for The Decemberists. Produced by Tucker Martine and Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla, the album retells a Japanese folktale and tells many stories of war-torn love affairs.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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.

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: John Gorka

Dawes - From A Window Seat

2012 WYEP Pledge

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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".

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