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Discumentary: Angelique Kidjo "Black Ivory Soul"

Throughout her career Angelique Kidjo has combined modern music styles with traditional African music. On “Black Ivory Soul”, Kidjo adds the sounds of Brazil. Some Brazilian artists perform on the album, including guitarist Vinicius Canturia. The album also features ?uestlove from the Roots and...

Discumentary: Paul Simon "Graceland"

After going solo, Paul Simon went on to create a strong career for himself. The album created a lot of controversy due to the fact that Simon recorded six tracks in South Africa with native musicians in the era of apartheid. "Graceland" went on to win two Grammy Awards, one for Album of the Year...

Discumentary: Bjork "Debut"

After the breakup of the Sugarcubes, Bjork released this album not only to tell the world that she had gone solo, but that she was taking things to a new level. From fun, upbeat dance numbers to sparse accapella songs, this album set the stage for Bjork's varied career.

Mumford & Sons - Believe

Discumentary: The Kinks "…Are the Village Green Preservation Society"

Although not commercially successful, this album is a Kinks classic. A "concept" album about Ray Davies' desire for the nostalgia of "Olde England" is played out with songs about Village Greens, Steam Trains and Photographs.

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

2011's Departures

Listen back on those we lost in the music world in 2011. Hosted by Brian Siewiorek.

2008 Local Music Year in Review

Cindy Howes hosts this look back at the year in the Pittsburgh local music scene.

Discumentary: Robert Plant and Allison Krauss "Raising Sand"

"Raising Sand" features the unlikely duet of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss. It was the winner of 5 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

Discumentary: Aimee Mann "Bachelor No. 2"

After Interscope rejected her album as not commercial enough Aimee Mann bought back the rights to her songs and in 2000 released it via the Internet. Its success led her to release it on her on SuperEgo label and helped inspire the film “Magnolia

Discumentary: Kathleen Edwards "Failer"

Kathleen Edwards shot to the forefront of the alternative country scene with her 2003 debut release. Her blunt lyrics, character sketch approach to songwriting, and sexy prairie drawl drew raves from critics and comparisons to Lucinda Williams.

Discumentary: Sam Cooke "Night Beat"

Being credited with creating soul music, Cooke recorded "Night Beat" in three nights in February of 1963. The album features keyboardist Billy Preston, then at the age of 16. Cooke was given the chance to return to his gospel roots while recording this album.

Discumentary: The Jayhawks "Rainy Day Music"

The Jayhawks returned to their country-rock roots with their seventh and fina album, "Rainy Day Music." It also features guest performances from Jakob Dylan, Chris Stills and Matthew Sweet.

Discumentary: Elvis Costello "Spike"

On Spike, Costello displays his influences and tries his hand at many different styles of music. The album features song collaborations with Roger McGuinn and the song "Veronica", co-written with Paul McCartney. The album's eclectic nature gave it mixed reactions among critics, but remains a fan...

The Lone Bellow "Take My Love"

Discumentary: John Lennon "Imagine"

Known as Lennon's most important work, this album features its anthemic title track, Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound", scathing lyrics about Paul McCartney, and the guitar playing of George Harrison. Released in 1971, it was the first of only three of Lennon’s solo albums to hit #1.

Good Old War - Calling Me Names

2011 Year in Review Countdown

Rosemary Welsch counts down WYEP's Top 50 albums of 2011.

WYEP's G-20 Pittsburgh Summit Music Spotlights

As Pittsburgh hosts the G-20 Pittsburgh Summit September 24th and 25th, WYEP will spotlight the music of many of the nations that will be in attendance. Music plays an important role in the cultural economics of the world, and we present some from The United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil, Australia,...

Discumentary: U2 "Boy"

U2's debut album is considered to be one of the finest first albums of any band in the 1980's. It set the stage for the band's future mega-stardom.

Discumentary: Joni Mitchell "Court and Spark"

Joni Mitchell introduced jazz inflections into her folk-rock style signaling a new direction for the Canadian singer/songwriter. "Help Me" became Mitchell's only top-ten hit and the album hit double platinum.

Discumentary: Feist "The Reminder"

Headed by a commerically successful single, Feist's third solo album is already being deemed as an instant classic. It was recorded in France with her longtime collaborator, Gonzales. This Discumentary features excerpts from a 2007 WYEP interview with Feist.

Discumentary: Tom Waits "Swordfishtrombones"

His record label considered this album much stranger than his previous albums so they dropped Tom Waits and he took his work elsewhere. Island Records signed him and released the album in 1983 to a warm reception from fans and critics. Known for the varieties of percussion and horn experimentation...

Discumentary: Tracy Chapman "Tracy Chapman"

In spirit of the singer-songwriter tradition that was beginning to resurface, Chapman's debut album sits comfortably alongside such names as Natalie Merchant and Suzanne Vega. The album is largely political in nature, dealing with issues such as racism, violence against women, and poverty.

The Weepies "Trouble"