Erotic Novels are playing a big-ass show with Ex Hex on August 22nd in Asbury Park! Erotic Novels, if y’all have been sleeping on this, are the best soulful-punk-indie-awesome band in the world and they’re holding down the east coast end of things for GTG really nicely. These days Erotic Novels are the duo of Shannon Perez and Kevin Poznaski and sometimes they have guest guitarists but at ALL TIMES they’re kickin’ ass. They’ll be hitting the road this fall and will be cranking out their second LP this winter!
Harborcoat, the latest project from Matthew Carlson (The Stick Arounds, Pantones, et al) will be releasing their debut album this fall and are having a CD release party at The Avenue Cafe on August 24! The debut album, Brutal Gravity, is a 12 song “exploration [of] the quiet desperation, darkness, and inertia that can lie underneath the veneer of the oft-romanticized life in small-town/rural America” and features contributions from, among others, Carlson’s Stick Arounds bandmates and The Hat Madder’s Isaac Vander Schuur. Isaac’s mitts are actually all over this record as he engineered and produced it and you can feel a little bit of that Hat Madder grime throughout, which is welcome to the ears while the Hat Madder are on hiatus. In addition to scratching all kinds of GTG friend itches, the record basks nicely in the tradition of REM, Big Star, Guided By Voices, et al. Basically, it’s another Midwest-weirdo-pop classic from GTG! Check out the video for lead track “Missing On The 4th of July” below:
Get your CDs early at the album release show and stay tuned to the band’s socials for info on both the wider release AND a limited edition vinyl release. GTG124!
Posted in Album, Harborcoat, The Hat Madder, The Stick Arounds
Tagged Best Album of 2019, Harborcoat, La La Delivery, Lansing, Powerpop, Release Party, Rites of Gaia, The Avenue Cafe
Halfway through the year, this is what we’ve got:
Cavalcade – Sonic Euthanasia. A sludgy masterpiece from our favorite experimental metal friends.
The Plurals – Mumblebee. Volume one of GTG noisy-poppy-ceiling-punchers’ “BEES” album series!
Robot (Re)pair – End Transmissions. Wry, catchy, spicy garagey pop-punk from our lovely Arizonan artificial “intelligent” pals.
Jeremy Porter – 1987. The best Detroit powerpopper in the land gets his acoustic side out there for all to bask in.
For The Record Showcase Volume 1. Both a celebration of Sleeping Timmy & Ryne Clarke’s radio show and a new compilation with tons of new and previously unreleased music from Michigan and beyond.
Plenty more to come in the second half of 2019!
Posted in Album, Blaine and His Keyboard, Cavalcade, For The Record, GTG Records, Jeremy Porter and The Tucos, Robot Repair, Sleeping Timmy, The Hat Madder, The Plurals, Tommy Plural
Tagged 2019, DIY, Fun, Grand Rapids, Lansing, party, Punk, Radio, rant, recap, Thanks
Out now! A new compilation showcasing the artists that have appeared on Sleeping Timmy and Ryne Clarke’s For The Record Radio Show in the last year. 20 songs, including new music by Blaine and His Keyboard, The Hat Madder, Sleeping Timmy, and Tommy Plural, plus tracks from old friends Elroy Meltzer, Bet On Rats, When Particles Collide, The Quirk, The Sailor Kicks, The Ryne Experience, and more! Lots of great talent and it’s all a free download! Check it out!
Posted in Blaine and His Keyboard, For The Record, GTG Records, Sleeping Timmy, The Hat Madder, The Plurals, Tommy Plural
Tagged Alternative, DIY, Etc, For The Record, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Lowell, Michigan, Punk
Just a friendly reminder that our vinyl releases are distributed worldwide by Recess Ops. You can often find our stuff there for a great price and everyone reading this should send the page to the buyer at their local record store. Recess Ops was started by lifelong independent music champion Todd Congelliere (Toys That Kill, FYP, Recess Records, etc etc) and we’re very proud to be partners with them. Many other great labels like Dirt Cult, It’s Alive, Rad Girlfriend and, of course, Recess, are distributed by Recess OPs – definitely company that we’re proud to keep!
Capping off a staggering four releases this spring is Jeremy Porter’s solo EP 1987. Jeremy is our resident Detroit dude and he knows his way around a tune. This is our fourth release with him and it’s a pleasure to share more of his acosutic side after three punky releases with his band The Tucos. 1987 is available digitally and on CD now, get it!
Expanding the GTG family and the so-far-excellent 2019 catalog, we welcome the debut full-length album from Phoenix, AZ’s Robot (Re)pair. This is a diverse collection of songs echoing the different sounds of southwest punk rock – anyone familiar with Toys That Kill, Shang A Lang, Low Culture and band forebear Rumspringer, to name but a few, will find plenty to love here. GTG’s relationship with these guys goes back nearly a decade now when The Plurals played Way Out West Fest with Rumspringer and over the years we’ve shared the stage with Robot (Re)pair on multiple occasions in Arizona, California, and even Mexico. Welcome our favorite southwest flavor, get the CD from us, and check out the vinyl from Night Animal, Catnap, Starcleaner and Rad Girlfriend Records too!