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Live & Direct: Diego Garcia

Discumentary: The The "Mind Bomb"

The The is the concept of its leader, Matt Johnson, the band’s line-up varies from album to album. This time around his band featured Johnny Marr of the Smiths. Controversial and political in nature, Mind Bomb features songs with titles like like “The Beat(en) Generation” and “Armageddon Days are...

Discumentary: The Allman Brothers "Eat A Peach"

The Allman Brothers 1972 release "Eat A Peach" features the last work of founder and slide guitarist Duane Allman who died in a motorcycle accident during the recording process. The album is consider the standard bearer for southern blues/rock and features the classic tracks "Melissa" and "Blue Sky...

Richard Thompson - Electric

Discumentary: Greg Brown "Further In"

Greg Brown is definitely a leader in today's modern folk movement, He is the founder of Red House Records and has released many albums in the genre. Further In is one of his best efforts, in which brown delivers a solid performance backed with his descriptive lyrics.

Discumentary: James Brown "Live at the Apollo Theater"

James Brown and his 16-piece band did a week-long stint at Harlem's Apollo Theater late in 1962. This live recording was financed completely by Brown, and he went against his record label's wishes to make it in the first place. The album has been called one of the greatest live albums ever recorded...

American Originals: R.E.M.

“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. R.E.M. As a group, R.E.M. have kept...

Discumentary: George Harrison "Brainwashed"

George Harrison was working on this album up until he died in 2001. It was completed by his son Dhani and Jeff Lynne from a set of thorough notes that George Harrison left behind. Released a year after his death, it is hailed as some of Harrison's best work.

Discumentary: Talking Heads "The Fear of Music"

The Talking Heads grew out of the New York punk scene playing alongside Patti Smith and the Ramones. For their third album they teamed up with Brian Eno for a darker approach to their quirky post-punk music.

Discumentary: Beth Orton "Central Reservation"

Orton's sophomore release took a step back from her earlier "folktronica" leanings and brought an album that was more organic in sound. This allowed for a focus on her excellent songwriting and performance, enhanced by guest artists like Dr. John, Terry Callier and Ben Harper.

Live & Direct: Toad The Wet Sprocket

Discumentary: Uncle Tupelo "Anodyne"

Uncle Tupelo's final effort is often hailed as their best, a perfect blend of the elements in their country-rock sound. This album was recorded completely live in an Austin studio. Less than a year after its release, both Son Volt and Wilco had been created from Uncle Tupelo's ashes.

Discumentary: Joe Jackson "Night and Day"

Joe Jackson's 5th release, Night & Day, was released in 1982 and marked a departure from his earlier work. The title, taken from a Cole Porter song, reflected a new sophistication in songwriting and garnered Jackson two of his biggest hit songs, "Breaking Us In Two" and "Steppin Out."

Carrie Rodriguez - I Cry For Love

Discumentary: My Morning Jacket "It Still Moves"

With the release of "It Still Moves", My Morning Jacket had arrived. The album featured epic tales laid out over an arrangement of sparse chords, echoing reverb and Jim Jones' high lonesome vocals and lead some critics to call the band's sound 'Southern Psych'.

Tiny Desk Concert: The Lone Bellow

Discumentary: Johnny Cash "American Recordings"

Some artists need to appear younger or hipper to appeal to a younger audience. Not Johnny Cash, he sat down with his guitar, and did the same thing that made him a legend many years ago. This album, produced by Rick Rubin, won Cash a whole new generation of fans.

American Originals: Paul Simon

“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. Paul Simon Whether with Art Garfunkel or...

Discumentary: The Smashing Pumkins "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness"

The Smashing Pumpkins third release is also a double-disc containing 28 tracks. Produced by Flood, they set out to record this album as if it was their last. The band explores a range of musical styles throughout the album from the gentle orchestral pop of "Tonight, Tonight" to the angst-y guitar...

Discumentary: Susan Tedeschi "Just Won't Burn"

This album received rave reviews from blues fans who praised Tedeschi for continuing and advancing the blues tradition. It features 5 songs written by Tedeschi plus a few written by her band members Tom Hambridge and Adrienne Young. Just Won't Burn went to number 2 on the mainstream blues charts,...

Discumentary: Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"

"Rumours" is the second album featuring Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks. The McVies were in the process of divorcing, as was Mick Fleetwood. Nicks and Buckingham were breaking up as a couple. As their relationships unraveled the band's music poured out...

Ahmet Ertegun Tribute with Tom Moon

On the occasion of what would have been Ahmet Ertegun's 90th birthday, Tom Moon, NPR contributor and author of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, spoke with us about the life and lasting legacy of Atlantic's founder and former president.

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Discumentary: "A Christmas Gift for you from Phil Spector"

This album not only exemplifies Spector's "Wall of Sound", but features some of the early groups Spector produced in some fine performances. Together it becomes one of the greatest Christmas albums of all time.

Discumentary: T-Rex "Electric Warrior"

Marc Bolan's folk-influenced songs took on a new life when matched with the electric-blues-influenced rhythm section of drummer Bill Legend and bassist Steve Currie. This is one of Glam-rock's quintessential albums. Produced by Tony Visconti, the album hit the top of the British charts and the song...

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