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Discumentary: Van Morrison "Astral Weeks"

The former lead singer of Them released his second solo album which became a favorite of critics. The album was recorded in two days in a New York City studio and was ranked as the 19th greatest album of all time, according to Rolling Stone Magazine.


David Bowie - The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

Discumentary: John Hammond "Wicked Grin"

A remarkable album of songs written by Tom Waits, performed by John Hammond, produced by Tom Waits. The result leads to new interpretations of some of Waits' best known songs, and a feat rarely seen in the music industry.

Discumentary: The B-52's "The B-52's"

The B-52's were unlike anything out there when they released their debut album, the band's unique approach made them a hit, and had songs like "Rock Lobster" and "Planet Claire" spinning at parties all over the world.

An Interview with The Decemberists

WYEP's Brian Siewiorek sat down with Nate Query and Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists this April before their sold-out show at the Benedum Center. The band members discuss the making of "The King is Dead", as well as their upcoming hiatus. Original Air Date: 04/26/11

Discumentary: Taj Mahal "The Natch'l Blues"

Taj Mahal released his second album in the fall of 1968. Building on his multi-cultural approach to the blues these songs feature elements of Delta blues but also include an expanding range of influences including rock and country.

They Say It’s Your Birthday: The 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ White Album

2008 marks the 40th anniversary of The Beatles' only double album. It’s also one of the few major albums in rock history that is rarely called by its correct title, ever since it was quickly nicknamed "The White Album". Originally aired November 25, 2008. WYEP produced a series of recorded...

Discumentary: Simon and Garfunkel "Bookends"

Following the success of the Graduate, Simon and Garfunkel put together a well crafted folk album featuring Simon's poignant lyrics and Garfunkel's elusive vocals. The album featured a completed and re-arranged version of Mrs. Robinson, the hit song America, and a recording of old people simply...

Discumentary: The Clash "London Calling"

On their third release, British punk-rock legends The Clash made their political stances even more apparent. Criticizing the likes of Margaret Thatcher and American consumerism. This is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

Discumentary: Randy Newman "Good Old Boys"

Randy Newman’s 1974 release “Good Old Boys” became his major commercial breakthrough. Originally conceived as a concept album about a southern man named Johnny Cutler the album morphed into a satirical examination of the Southern mystique. Newman incorporated historical events into his prism...

Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll To Me

Discumentary: George Harrison "All Things Must Pass"

Harrison's first non-Beatle album was actually a triple album. Now available on a double CD set, It proves to be one of the best of his solo career. Produced by Phil Spector, and featuring appearances by Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Peter Frampton to name a few.

The James Hunter Six - Minute By Minute

Discumentary: PJ Harvey "To Bring You My Love"

This is Polly Jean Harvey’s third album, and her big breakout success. After dissolving the band she made her first two discs with, Harvey set forth to explore new directions in music. This is the result, and the album that earned her success on MTV, Grammy nominations and top billing in many...

Discumentary: Nick Drake "Bryter Layter"

For Nick Drake's second album, Bryter Later, he re-teamed with producer Joe Boyd to produce a more upbeat and lush record. This CD also features musicians from Fairport Convention, The Velvet Underground, and The Beach Boys. Although not a big seller in it's time, Bryter Later (along with the other...

An Interview with Bettye Lavette

Rosemary Welsch talks with soul singer Bettye Lavette. Lavette, born in Detroit, talks about her experience in music before and after Motown. She also discusses the concept and recording of her new album, "Intrepretations: The British Rock Songbook". Original Air Date: 08/04/11

Discumentary: Bettye LaVette: "I've Got My Own Hell To Raise"

Detroit soul singer Bettye LaVette spent four decades in the music industry and suffered many disappointments and missed opportunities. This 2005 release featured 10 covers of songs written by women including Lucinda Williams and Sinead O’Connor and helped revive her career.

Mavis Staples Interview

WYEP's Rosemary Welsch interviews legendary Soul and Gospel singer Mavis Staples. Mavis Staples talks about a number of subjects including her family legacy, The Staples Singers, growing up in Chicago, the 2008 election, civil rights struggles, and her new live recording. Originally aired on...

Discumentary: The Verve "Urban Hymns"

Considered by many to be one of the most influential albums of the nineties, Urban Hymns remains timeless in content. Despite internal struggles, drug addictions and a large lawsuit from the Rolling Stones, The Verve were able to create an album with grand atmosphere and true sense of purpose.

Discumentary: Matthew Sweet "Girlfriend"

Amid a divorce, Matthew Sweet worked on songs for his third album. "Girlfriend" was released on Zoo Entertainment after Sweet was dropped by A&M. Released in the heyday of alternative music radio, the album became a hit in the era of Nirvana and grunge-rock.

Discumentary: Shuggie Otis "Inspiration Information"

Rediscovered and re-released by David Byrne in 2001, this album holds up more now than it did in 1974. Far ahead of his time, Shuggie Otis and this album are cited as influences by many electronic artists today. The son of bandleader Johnny Otis, Shuggie only released two albums and performs live...

Discumentary: Sly and the Family Stone "Stand!"

Sly Stone and his group sounded different than the hippie bands coming out of San Francisco in the late Sixties. But the integrated group's message was still one of peace, love and understanding. Their funky sound earned them a bunch of hits, including the album's title track.

Dawes - From A Window Seat

Discumentary: The Jimi Hendrix Experience "Electric Ladyland"

This is the third, last and most experimental album that The Jimi Hendrix Experience released. It shows Hendrix’s versatility; not only as a guitarist, but also as a singer and producer. Even with its experimental nature, it generated a couple of hits for Hendrix at the time, and remains a...