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WYCE 881 ESSENTIALS - DEER TICK

Deer Tick is a folk rock band which formed in Providence, Rhode Island, United States in 2004. The band consists of John McCauley III (guitar, vocals), Ian O’Neil (guitar, vocals), Christopher Ryan (bass, vocals), Rob Crowell (keys, saxophone, vocals) and Dennis Ryan (drums,vocals). Bassist Christopher Dale Ryan and drummer Dennis Ryan became official members of Deer Tick in mid-2007 while guitarist Andrew Tobiassen joined the band in August 2008. Keyboardist James Falzone played with Deer Tick off and on from 2006 to 2007 and Paul Marandola drummed from 2005 to 2007. WYCE’s recommended essential listening is “Easy” from the album Born On Flag Day.

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Ra Ra Riot dropped by WYCE in MI for this stripped-down version of “Boy”

my uncle has tasked me to digitize a few of his taped radio shows from station 88.1 wyce in grand rapids, mi. from the mid-90s, these shows featured mostly traditional folk and bluegrass, some local to michigan. listening to a show from 96 while i boil water for coffee before heading out again for the evening and getting lots of feels about it all.

“Take your time.  Maybe bring discs to Wheatland this Fall.”

Tonight at midnight our singer/guitarist @thomas.gun will be on @wyceradio doing an in studio performance and will be talking and spinning some of his favorite jams with Ben Steer! If you’re local turn your dial to 88.1FM at midnight. Otherwise you can stream it online! 🎶⚡ #radio #wyce #grmi #grandrapids #punk #punkrock #art #broadcasting #music #instudioperformance #murderparty #rocknroll (at WYCE-88.1 FM)

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The Grand Rapids Based electronic duo Alexis could be described as a rare breed in the world of live music. Their sound rides a thin line between retro electro pop and smoky lounge and jazz. Their debut album “The Night” is filled with catchy pop hooks, sleek synthesizers, warm, seductive vocals, and sophisticated song writing. With their high energy dance grooves and crowd pleasing live show, they’ve made their way to the upper sphere of the local music scene in a relatively short amount of time.
One could say that Alexis is the name on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

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Check out this fantastic video of Small Houses (Jeremy Quentin) performing at WYCE in Grand Rapids, MI

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Caravan of Thieves is a gypsy-swing four-piece based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Their music has been described as “gypsy flavored song writing [with] high intensity [shows].” Caravan of Thieves has toured with renowned artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, Glen Campbell, Nanci Griffith, The Decemberists, Keb Mo, Tom Tom Club, Iron and Wine, Punch Brothers, Tony Trischka, John Hammond, and John Jorgenson. Caravan of Thieves puts on humorous, theatrical performances, inviting the audience to join in by stomping, clapping, and singing along.

Caravan of Thieves began as a duo consisting of Fuzz Sangiovanni (of Deep Banana Blackout fame) and his wife Carrie Sangiovanni. The two quickly discovered their voices blended quite well with one another. Fuzz said, “It started as a romantic, bohemian vision of a couple making music, performing on the road, in parks, venues, traveling around and avoiding responsibility as much as possible…The first thing we discovered was we loved singing together, harmonizing our voices. Just seemed to click right away.”

The couple added violinist Ben Dean and bass player Brian Anderson in 2008 and the band released their debut album Bouquet in 2009. Their second album, Mischief Night was recorded at a sold out show in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Caravan of Thieves signed with New York based record label, United For Opportunity, for the release of their third album, The Funhouse, on February 28, 2012. Fuzz discussed the group’s third album saying, “We had a concept going in, both from a sound and production standpoint, lyrically and thematically. A lot of crazy stuff happens on the road, and we took our experiences from on and off the stage, and brought them into the studio with us. Life is ridiculous, all our lives, like an amusement park ride. In this case, we picked a funhouse, since those are ridiculous too. And we wanted to expand the range of what we can do instrumentally but still keep it non electric so we added a few more gritty and twangy stringed instruments that were fun to spank, like banjos, resonator guitars and ukuleles, as well as an orchestra of kitchen appliances for some additional percussive bang.”

The music video for the first single “Raise The Dead” premiered on American Songwriter on March 8, 2012. Discussing the video, Fuzz told Spinner.com “We like writing songs about ghosts and afterlife, but this was the first one that had a big communal sing-along, clap-along feel to it. It needed to be, since it’s about throwing a big party for all the deceased and honoring them for their life’s achievements. We perform it live this way, get off stage, unplug completely, get the crowd to surround us, and stomp, clap and sing along. We recorded it this way for the album and made a video with the same feel, in a really old theater and cemetery.“

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Thanks WYCE for this beautiful performance of “The Black-Ice World” by Frontier Ruckus! Eternity Of Dimming is at radio now! 

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Here’s a video of our performance of “Stethoscope” live at WYCE-FM today in Grand Rapids.

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WYCE 881 ESSENTIALS - LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which was formed 1960 in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, have come to represent the traditional culture of South Africa. They are regarded as South Africa’s cultural emissaries at home and around the world. They are a national treasure of the new South Africa in part because they embody the traditions suppressed in the old South Africa. WYCE’s recommended essential listening is “Hello My Baby” from the album Long Walk To Freedom.

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Hannah Georgas - Somebody (Live, January 31, 2013)

Hannah Georgas stopped in at the WYCE studios in Grand Rapids for this great acoustic session. After seeing her live and hearing her album online, I finally got around to actually buying the CD today! Happy to support musicians I enjoy.

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Hannah Georgas performs “Somebody” at WYCE.

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WYCE 881 ESSENTIALS - NICK DRAKE

Nick Drake (Nicholas Rodney Drake, Rangoon, Burma, June 19, 1948 - Tanworth-in-Arden, England, November 25, 1974) was an English folk singer known for his gentle, enigmatic songs and his virtuoso right-hand finger picking technique. Although he recorded only three albums, critics and fellow musicians hold his work in very high esteem. Drake failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, and had a strong aversion to performing. Since his death, however, Drake’s music has gained a significant cult following. WYCE’s recommended essential listening is “Northern Sky” from the album Bryter Layter.

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Possessed of a breezy, nonchalant style that belies his technical gifts, pianist Bruce Hornsby writes powerful songs from the heart that touch on several distinctly American traditions: pop, jazz, bluegrass, and ‘60s soul. He worked for a while as a studio player and songwriter, and had his first hit in 1986 with the stirring and philosophical “The Way It Is.” After that, he continued to release albums that honored his own muse rather than the marketplace, and put together various backing bands to suit the mood and style of the genres he works in. Hornsby has also maintained a close musical relationship with the remaining members of the Grateful Dead, having toured as a temporary member in the early '90s and collaborated on off-shoot recordings and live shows.

 

Bruce Hornsby was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, and grew up in that combination college town and tourist center, later attending the University of Miami and the Berklee School of Music. He then spent years playing in bars and sending demo tapes to record companies. In 1980, he and his brother (and songwriting partner) John Hornsby moved to Los Angeles, where they spent three years writing for 20th Century Fox. There Bruce Hornsby met Huey Lewis, who would eventually produce him and record his material. Hornsby finally signed his band, the Range, to RCA in 1985. Their debut album, The Way It Is, was released in April 1986. It eventually produced three Top 20 hits, the biggest of which was the socially conscious “The Way It Is,” which featured Hornsby’s characteristically melodic right-hand piano runs. The album stayed in the charts for almost a year-and-a-half and sold two million copies. Hornsby & the Range won the Best New Artist Grammy Award for 1986.

Hornsby’s second album, Scenes from the Southside, was not as successful as his debut, though it sold a million copies and produced the Top Ten single “The Valley Road.” Hornsby also began to make his mark as a songwriter for others: Huey Lewis had a hit with his “Jacob’s Ladder,” as did Don Henley with “The End of the Innocence.” Hornsby’s third album, A Night on the Town (1990), found him trying to break out of his signature sound into other areas. It was less successful than its predecessors but, along with the pianist’s extensive session work, it signaled his determination to tackle new musical challenges. Hornsby worked extensively as a producer and sideman in the early '90s, notably doing temporary duty in the Grateful Dead after their keyboardist, Brent Mydland, died in July 1990, and producing a comeback album for Leon Russell, an idol of Hornsby’s. He also became the father of twin sons.

He finally turned in his fourth album, Harbor Lights, for release in 1993. This solo album, which did not feature his backup band, the Range, went gold, and Hornsby toured the U.S. and Canada through the end of the year. He followed it with a similar effort, Hot House, in July 1995, returning three years later with the double album Spirit Trail. Here Come the Noise Makers was issued in fall 2000. Since that time, Hornsby has released a handful of albums including Big Swing Face in 2002, Halcyon Days in 2004, the jazz-oriented Camp Meeting in 2007, and Levitate in 2009. Hornsby’s most impressive playing has arguably been in live settings, though, as the two-disc set Bride of the Noisemakers – released in 2011 and featuring concert performances from Hornsby and his band the Noisemakers, recorded between 2007 and 2009, illustrates – putting the band’s impressive ability to jam in styles ranging from rock to jazz and bluegrass on full display. A live set with Ricky Skaggs, Cluck Ol’ Hen, appeared at the end of the summer in 2013.

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WYCE 881 ESSENTIALS - HOWLIN’ WOLF

Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 in White Station, Mississippi, United States January 10, 1976 in Hines, Illinois, United States), known as Howlin’ Wolf, was an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. With a booming voice and looming physical presence, Burnett is commonly ranked among the leading performers in electric blues; musician and critic Cub Koda declared, “no one could match Howlin’ Wolf for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits.” WYCE’s recommended essential listening is “Shake For Me” from the Gold Collection.