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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...

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

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: R.L. Burnside "Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down"

In the year 2000, RL Burnside set out to continue the blues tradition while adding more contemporary influences to it. These influences are almost more hip-hop in nature, with scratching and looping provided by DJ Swamp and Iki Levy. At the age of 73, Burnside's modern spin on traditional Delta...

Wilco - "Sunloathe"

Discumentary: Stevie Wonder "Talking Book"

This album was released in October of 1972 during what is considered Stevie Wonder's "classic period" and garnered the artist 3 Grammy Awards. Hailed as one of the greatest crossover albums of all time, it broke down the boundaries as it climbed to the top of both Billboard's rock and R&B charts.

Discumentary: Gram Parsons "Grievous Angel"

Described as 'Cosmic American Music' by Parsons himself, "Grievous Angel" was his second solo album. Parsons would never get to see the album's release, due to his death from a drug overdose. Linda Ronstadt is featured on the song, "In My Hour of Darkness"

Discumentary: "A Very Special Christmas"

A Very Special Christmas was created by Producer Jimmy Iovine to benefit the Special Olympics. Stand out songs include Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas by the Pretenders and Merry Christmas Baby performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band. The CD also featured the likes of The...

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.

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...

An Interview with My Morning Jacket's Patrick Hallahan

In August of 2011, WYEP's Brian Siewiorek talked with the My Morning Jacket's drummer, Patrick Hallahan. Hallahan has been friends with the band's frontman, Jim James, since they were children. Hear about that friendship as well as the making of the band's latest album "Circuital"......

PGH250 Music Tribute

Tripp Clarke hosts this two-hour tribute to Pittsburgh and the musicians that have come from here, in honor of the city's 250th birthday.

Live & Direct from the WYEP Studios 2008

Brian Siewiorek host this look back at the best moments from WYEP's 2008 Studio Sessions. Featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dean & Britta, The Drive By Truckers, Spoon and many more.

Discumentary: Neil Young "Harvest"

Neil Young's fourth solo album, Harvest, was the best selling album of 1972. For the recording of the album, he enlisted the help of several artists including Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The hit song "Heart of Gold" remains Young's only #1 song.

The Band - "The Last Waltz" Trailer

Discumentary: Alison Krauss and Union Station "New Favorite"

The 9th release from Alison Krauss and Union Station peaked in Billboard's top 50 albums in the fall of 2001 and won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year while the single “The Lucky One” nabbed a Grammy for Best Country Duo or Group Performance.

Discumentary: Kirsty MacColl "Tropical Brainstorm"

Disappointed with the music industry and recovering from a divorce, Kirsty MacColl, took six years off before recording "Tropical Brainstorm". During her break, she spent a lot of time in Cuba and Brazil, which inspired the album's many tropical influences.

Discumentary: Toots and the Maytals "Funky Kingston"

Toots and the Maytals brought fourth Jamaican traditions in both sound and style. The album featured the song "Do the Reggay" which led to the term Reggae. The band also made reggae versions of "Louie Louie" and John Denver's Country Roads.

Discumentary: The Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"

The main theme of this album is based on a Japanese girl who is set to fight an army of robots that are pink. Less of a concept album and more of an album in which certain songs have a narrative thread, the Lips experimentation with music, makes this an album in which you hear something new every...

Discumentary: John Lee Hooker "Don't Look Back"

John Lee Hooker was already a legend before the making of this album. Produced by Van Morrison and Los Lobos, it features new songs a few classic remakes, further cementing his legendary status.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps - A Tribute to George Harrison

For the 10th Anniversary of the death of George Harrison, WYEP offered this special hosted by Mike Sauter. It examines the many collaborations Harrison took part in, plus you'll hear some covers of Harrison's compositions. Original air date: 11/29/11

WYEP's 2008 Year in Review Show

A look back at the year 2008 in music. Rosemary Welsch counts down WYEP's Top 50 CD's of the year, as well as tributes to those who passed on.

Discumentary: Peter Gabriel "So"

For his fifth album, Peter Gabriel teamed up with producer Daniel Lanois to produce his most upbeat and fun album, titled "So". Gabriel also recruited the help of musicians such as Kate Bush, African singer Youssou N'Dour and The Police's Stewart Copland. The album became Gabriel's breakout success...

Cat Power - "Cherokee"

Discumentary: Marvin Gaye "What's Going On"

Released in 1971 at the height of societal unrest, Marvin Gaye tackled issues ranging from drug abuse to poverty to the Vietnam War, and created one of the most influential albums of all time. "What's Going On?" was also the first album to credit Motown's great session band, The Funk Brothers.

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