Album Spotlight

WYEP's Joey Spehar and Rosemary Welsch chat about albums they're excited for you to hear. Click on the images below to see each artist and hear their reviews. 


Most people who know of and enjoy the music and art of Daniel Johnston can probably remember the moment their orbit passed with his. For lots of people, that was during the 1992 VMA’s on MTV. Kurt Cobain wore a T-shirt showcasing Johnston’s famous “Hi, How Are You” drawing – a work that first appeared on an album cover in 1983 and then a mural on the side of an Austin record store.

Album Spotlight: Built To Spill Plays The Songs Of Daniel Johnston


The opening track to Fiona Apple’s fifth studio album "Fetch The Bolt Cutters" will take new listeners by surprise.

“What begins sounding as a lively Vince Guaraldi song ends with wild vocalization spewed with the spirit of Yoko Ono. 'I Want You To Love Me' captures the whimsy of the artist and hints at the menacing aspects of the album,” says WYEP’s Rosemary Welsch.

Album Spotlight: Fetch The Bolt Cutters By Fiona Apple


Early James & The Latest’s new album “Singing For My Supper” is full of cool-sounding, vintage-inspired tunes, but it's so much more than that.

Album Spotlight: Singing For My Supper By Early James & The Latest


Lucinda Williams is back and she is as gritty and gutsy as ever.

The 67-year-old hasn't mellowed with age. She is still filled with rage and wisdom, caustic wit and deep empathy. “Good Souls, Better Angels” is Lucinda Williams's most political work to date, but it also includes songs that explore the human heart and soul. 

Album Spotlight: Good Souls, Better Angels by Lucinda Williams


Avi Kaplan was born in California. He spent a good deal of his childhood listening to folk music under the giant sequoia trees. It’s a place he holds close in his heart no matter where his career has taken him.

Album Spotlight: "I’ll Get By" By Avi Kaplan