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Discumentary: Andrew Bird "The Mysterious Production of Eggs"

Andrew Bird bought a farm in Illinois in the early 2000's in hopes to get away from Chicago to work on music. He completed this album in 2005. It is the first of his albums to feature him playing the guitar and not the violin. This Discumentary features excerpts from a 2004 WYEP interview with...

Discumentary: Rickie Lee Jones "Rickie Lee Jones"

Rickie Lee Jones’ eponymous debut marked the assent of a mature artist and songwriter and won her the Grammy for best new artist of 1979. Jones’ songs are populated by street beatniks and her music spans cabaret to jazzy-pop. A stellar band assists her, including Randy Newman, Dr. John, and Michael...

Discumentary: Bob Marley and the Wailers "Catch A Fire"

"Catch a Fire", released in 1973, surprised many fans of Bob Marley and The Wailers with it's socially aware lyrics and militant tone. However, songwriters Bob Marley and Peter Tosh created a positive tone toward the future that emphasized the power of the individual.

Discumentary: Ray Charles "Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music"

When Ray Charles set out to record an album of country songs, his record label though he was crazy. Charles proved them all wrong when "Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music", became a hit. It gave Charles the crossover success he needed, eventually making him a household name.

Discumentary: Rufus Wainwright "Poses"

Taking close to three years off between his debut album and Poses, this album features Rufus Wainwright with a soaring full band, and in scaled down acoustic numbers. His theatrical-style is enhanced with elements of opera, rock and electronica.

Live & Direct: Dan Croll

Discumentary: Coldplay "Parachutes"

Coldplay rose to stardom with their debut album. The British quartet redefined the Brit-rock sound. This album is not only appreciated by music fans, but by music critics as well.

Live & Direct: Ivan & Alyosha

When The Music's Over: A Tribute to the Civic Arena

WYEP takes a look at the history of the Civic Arena and its most memorable moments in its 50 year history.

Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me

Discumentary: Curtis Mayfield "Super Fly"

Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack to the 1972 blaxploitation film "Superfly" is considered to be a classic. It was also a huge commercial success and set a new standard for film soundtracks.

Discumentary: Roxy Music "Avalon"

English art-rock band, Roxy Music, released it’s 8th and last studio album in 1982. “Avalon” featured sophisticated production,complex melodies, and Bryan Ferry’s soulful crooning. The album was the band’s only platinum U.S. release and produced the hit single, “More Than This.”

Discumentary: Steve Earle "Guitar Town"

Steve Earle's 1986 debut was hailed by critics as an instant classic. Earle's writing style incorporated elements of Townes Van Zandt's mournful ballads and Springsteen's depictions of small town life.

Discumentary: Graham Parker "Squeezing Out Sparks"

For this release Graham Parker combined his singer-songwriter pub rock with more conventional pop elements to make a rather unconventional album. Considered to be one of the great records of the post-punk era, and one of Parker's most successful. Setting him up for mainstream success that never...

Discumentary: Gillian Welch "Time (the Revelator)"

Shortly after the American Folk revival that followed the frenzy around the "O, Brother Where Art Thou?" soundtrack, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings released this album filled with heartfelt folk songs.

Live & Direct: Fanfarlo

Discumentary: Paula Cole "This Fire"

Cole's sophomore release; this album went Gold pretty quickly thanks to the singles "Where Have all the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait." But there's more than hit singles to this album, including a duet between Cole and her mentor, Peter Gabriel.

Live & Direct: Langhorne Slim & The Law

WYEP Presents Rock the Block 2010

This is your audio primer for this year’s Rock the Block! The South Side’s Bedford Square will be filled with the sounds of Colonizing the Cosmos and headliner, Alejandro Escovedo. And don’t forget the exclusive VIP performance from Freedy Johnston. Listen up then order your tickets: http...

Punch Brothers - "Movement and Location" Who's Feeling Young Now? Preview

WYEP Remembers 1977 - The Year Punk Broke

1977 is known as "the year that punk broke”. In 2007, to commemorate the 30th Anniversary, WYEP produced a series featuring some of the punk bands that were active in 1977. Click on the band/artist's name to hear the audio.

Discumentary: Ben Harper "Diamonds On the Inside"

This 2003 released was the first time in 10 years that Ben Harper did not credit his band, Innocent Criminals, even though the band did back him, aided by new addition Marc Ford, formerly of the Black Crowes. The songs reveal a wide range of influences as Harper deftly mixes gospel, soul, rock, and...

Discumentary: Radiohead "OK Computer"

1997’s OK Computer is Radiohead'’s third release and marked the band’s move toward a more experimental sound. Produced by Nigel Godrich, the album’s themes included rampant consumerism, social alienation and political stagnation.

Discumentary: Richard & Linda Thompson "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight"

The debut album of husband and wife musical team Richard and Linda Thompson, is considered a folk rock classic. The album features some of Richard's former bandmates from Fairport Convention.

Discumentary: Portishead "Dummy"

Bristol natives Geoff Barrow and Beth Gibbons joined forces to create Portishead, making a benchmark for the trip-hop genre. They relased their debut album, "Dummy" on Go Records in 1994, which reached the top 40. The group's collaborative effort produced merit, winning them Britain's Mercury Prize...

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