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Playlist: Peter DeCicco's Portfolio

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Paul Simon Graceland

From Joyride Media | 59:30

Paul Simon recalls the creative sparks and controversies surrounding his landmark album, "Graceland"

Gracelandcd_small Paul Simon recalls the creative sparks and controversies surrounding his landmark album, "Graceland"

Jack Johnson & Friends - Best of Kokua Festival Live

From Joyride Media | 59:00

One Hour radio special features Jack Johnson & guests live at the 2004-2010 Kokua Festivals that raised money for environmental education programs in Hawaii.

Kokua_small Since 2004, Jack Johnson has hosted annual concerts in Hawaii featuring his musician friends to raise money for the Kokua Foundation he and his wife created to support environmental education programs. This one hour radio special features the best, one-of-a-kind collaborations from past festivals.

Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, G Love and Ozomatli join Jack on his hits and covers. Jack also sits in on unique versions of songs made famous by his guests Ben Harper, Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley and Damian Marley.

Jack Johnson, G. Love, Wil-Dog (Ozomatli), Taj Mahal, and Zach Gill (A.L.O, Jack’s Band) discuss these performances and the environmental mission of the festival, which makes it great for Earth Day (4/22). Other timely dates for Spring & Summer broadcasts include Jack’s birthday on 5/18 or Memorial Day Weekend.

Program includes one exclusive track – “Home” – recorded live at Blue Planet Studio in Honolulu.

U2: Achtung Baby

From Joyride Media | 59:00

Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr look back on the year they almost broke up but decided put out a little album called "Achtung Baby" instead.

Achtung_small It’s not easy for any successful band to re-invent themselves. In the early 1990s, U2 learned this the hard way, when their attempts to follow up the anthemic rock of The Joshua Tree and the blues-tinged Rattle & Hum with something totally different.  The process nearly broke up the band, but also took them where they needed to be to reconstruct the band piece by piece, and create music like they've never made before.  "What we did," says U2 front-man Bono,  "was we broke up that band and formed another one, but with the same people…I think we all recognize that making Achtung Baby was the reason we’re still here now."

In this one-hour special, comments by all four U2 members (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr) tell the story of their November 1991 release, Achtung Baby,  its songs like "Mysterious Ways," "One," "Even Better than the Real Thing" and the subsequent tours that redefined both how U2 would be perceived by the world and themselves.  These rare, insightful interviews are provided by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (It Might Get Loud, An Inconvenient Truth), from the footage of his acclaimed 2011 documentary, U2 From the Sky Down.

Music heard throughout the program include the classic album tracks and rare or previously unreleased outtakes and covers compiled for the Achtung Baby: Deluxe Edition.  Detailed cue sheet, online report form and other updates are online at http://radiosho.ws/u2