This monthly playlist is a collaboration between WYCE, AMI Jukeboxes and Revue West Michigan. You can hear this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes and stream it on wyce.org — from Grand Rapids to the world! Also, some of these bands are headed to West Michigan this month, check out the show info.
Lettuce — “He Made a Woman Out of Me”
In honor of the beginning of flu season, we began our playlist with this highly contagious new song. Lettuce is a WYCE favorite and has played Founders Fest, Electric Forest and The Intersection in recent years.
Martin Sexton — “You (My Mind is Woo)”
[Nov. 5 @ The Intersection]
Sexton always puts on a great show for his growing fan base. He is one of those rare individuals who can absolutely captivate any audience.
Afro Zuma — “Not Me Not Now”
[Nov. 7 @ Pyramid Scheme]
Afro Zuma is a Grand Rapids-based, 12-piece collaboration of journeyman jazz artists, late-night rockers, music teachers and world-traveling beat heads — all paying homage to Afrobeat’s greatest artists. They won WYCE Jammies in 2014 for “Album of the Year” and “Best New Artist.”
The Icicles — “Trees Touch Skies”
[Nov. 6–8 @ Lamp Light Music Festival]
Lamp Light Music Festival is an unexplainably lovely, heart-warming music and friends festival hosted in the living rooms of Eastown. This year, the Icicles debut some new songs from their forthcoming EP.
Seinabo Sey — “Younger”
This woman is really going places. It seems like we get calls every time we spin her tracks. Her first release For Madeleine kind of flew under the radar, but we can assure you this new one, Pretend, won’t. It’s simply gorgeous.
Mr. Gnome — “Melted Rainbow”
[Nov. 21 @ Pyramid Scheme]
Mr. Gnome are a married, Cleveland-based duo whose melancholy, prickling, guitar-driven sound nods to Cat Power-influenced indie rock acts like Lightning Dust. Their latest album, The Heart of a Dark Star, was praised by NPR for its “raw, romantic sound.”
St Germain — “Sittin’ Here”
With some serious staying power after 15 years on the scene, St Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre) “remains a sly master of the textural mix” according to NPR. Rolling with the usual French electronics, the new album adds various musicians from the African diaspora.
Doomtree — “Final Boss”
[Nov. 30 @ The Intersection]
This all-star collaboration of Minneapolis alternative hip-hop artists and producers is not to be missed when they play GR. The artists unselfishly spread cameos throughout the songs, perhaps most notable its new single, “Final Boss.”
Protomartyr— “Dope Cloud”
The Agent Intellect, the third release from Detroit’s Protomartyr, finds the post-punk group thriving on galloping, scuzzed-up guitars and gloomy atmospheres.
King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard — “Paper Mâché Dream Balloon”
This is the title track from the band’s highly anticipated upcoming LP. Recommended for fans of neo-psychedelia and the garage-rock revival — plus, it’s just fun to say.
Stream the full playlist above or at WYCE.org — including more songs from The Wood Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Guster, Heather Maloney, City and Colour and Battles. Past "Songs We Like" and other playlists can be found at grcmc.org/wyce/mixtapes.