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
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!
5 new songs from The Plurals, the first of a series of EPs that will form their next album, BEES. Buzz buzz buzz!
The Plurals are releasing a new EP TOMORROW May 4th at The Robin Theatre in Lansing. This show is all ages and local friends and favorites Flatfoot are opening the show. There’s a track premier at The Bad Copy, a blurb at the City Pulse, and an interview with the Palm Reader that go into greater detail but basically, this is some new Plurals stuff and it’s gonna be our last show for a bit but we’ll have another EP out later this summer. Holy smokes!
UPDATE: THE COMP IS LIVE
The latest iteration of our long-running holiday compilation/nonsense melee/friend party with Bermuda Mohawk is out this Friday 12/21! Check out this great article about the compilation that Carol Thompson wrote for the Lansing State Journal!
This year’s comp features new tracks from Flatfoot, Erotic Novels, CrookedSound, Isaac Vander Schuur, The Plurals, Matt Waterman, Disappointed Dad, Tigershark Don’t Quit, Sleeping Timmy, Scary Women, Jeremy Porter, Cavalcade, Dale J Gordon, Weltschmerz, Blaine and His Keyboard, the Ryne Experience, and Smashing Blumkins alongside new artists and side projects, totaling to 24 songs. Things go live on Friday – and there’s also a release party at The Avenue Cafe where limited hard copies will be available and some of the bands will play their Snohawk songs from over the years. Punks With Lunch donations too! SEASON! TIS!