Surprise and thank you, here’s the 100th release from GTG Records. 21 new songs, most of them exclusive and brand new. The Plurals, City Mouse, Honah Lee, Drinking Mercury, Small Parks, Wade from Dreadpool Parker, The Hunky Newcomers, Calliope, Jeremy Porter And The Tucos, Alpha Rabbit, The Stick Arounds, Half Tongue, Stargrazer, Sleeping Timmy, Frank and Earnest, Jason Paul, The Hat Madder, CrookedSound, Tommy Plural, No Skull, AND the debut of Disappointed Dad. Sheesh!! Most of these bands have current or upcoming releases on GTG – and they’re all friends and part of our wider community – and they cover both a wide range of styles and, geographically, most of the US. It’s wild for us to think about how much has happened since 10 years ago when we were just getting into the CD release game with The Plurals and The Break-Ups, something that we celebrated in late 2007 with a mostly-Lansing area compilation CD release called Situations At Hand. It’s amazing that a lot of the people involved in that comp are still present 85(!) releases later on GTG100 but the fact that the family has grown so much is even more amazing. 2007 really was the launch year for GTG Records so as we gear up for the fall releases of 2017 we’re going to be periodically looking back at some highlights of the first 10 years of the label. And you better believe GTG Fest (Oct 12-15!) is going to be the most nuts it’s ever been this year. Good times!
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Hey! It’s almost here!
GTG Fest 2016! Three days of the best independent music in the Michigan area (and beyond!)
OCTOBER 7 + 8 at The Avenue Cafe
OCTOBER 9 at GTG House
Friday 10/7 @ The Avenue Cafe. Doors @ 7 PM/ $7 Cover
8:30 Rent Strike (set 1)
9:15 Rent Strike (set 2)
9:30 Narc Out the Reds
10:00 Charlie Darling (set 1)
10:15 Jeremy Porter & the Tucos
10:45 Charlie Darling (set 2)
11:00 The Hat Madder
11:30 Drinking Mercury
12:00 Bong Mountain
12:45 Small Parks (LP release!)
Saturday 10/8 @ The Avenue Cafe. Doors @ 7 PM / $7 Cover
8:30 Bat Yulefly
8:45 Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus
9:15 Elroy Meltzer
10:15 Indonesian Junk
10:45 Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts
11:45 The Stick Arounds (LP release!)
12:15 Two Houses
12:45 The Plurals
Sunday 10/9 @ GTG House. Pre-Party @ 3 PM / $7 Donation
3:00-5:00 Eat Food and Hangout
5:00-6:30 OPEN MIC
6:30 Phillips Talking Apple Tree
7:00 Tall and Blonde
9:15 Frank And Earnest
10:45 City Mouse
11:30 Everybody Loves Ramones
Standard 3 Day Pass Now Available here! Cheaper than the door!
Please be respectful and cool to all attendees and to all of the spaces. No hate. We’re all in this together.
GTG Fest 2016 is coming! October 7, 8, and 9 in Lansing. Check out a sampler of the artists playing at that thing up there. There’s a few new and unreleased things from GTG bands Carm, Drinking Mercury, The Plurals, Hat Madder and Hunky Newcomers (AKA Everybody Loves Ramones) on there in addition to a bunch of other solid jams. And follow this link for more info and to get a dank pre-sale package. Good times… coming soon!
First off, check out this new video for “Facebook” by The Plurals! Shot on tour last summer, coming out now in anticipation of a new tour. Also, we discovered when we tried to advertise this video on the, uh, real facebook that you cannot promote non-official products that have the word “Facebook” in them. Well aren’t we just little rebels. But anyway, that’s the video up there. This is a link to it too, because why not?
Anyway, The Plurals are going on tour. Here’s the tour dates!
3/18/16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
3/19/16 – Beckley, WV @ Wild Fire Saloon
3/20/16 – Charleston, SC @ The Tin Roof
3/21/16 – Savannah, GA @ The Wormhole
3/22/16 – St. Petersberg, FL @ Fubar Downtown
3/23/16 – Gainesville, FL @ Hardback Cafe
3/24/16 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Headlamp
3/25/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Cunt Cave
3/26/16 – Murfreesboro, TN @ Mothershack
3/31/16 – Bloomington, IN @ Root Cellar
4/1/16 – Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s
4/2/16 – Ft Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail
4/7/16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Rocky’s w/ Jeremy Porter & the Tucos, Vibrolas
4/8/16 – Lansing, MI @ The Avenue Cafe w/ Jeremy Porter & the Tucos, Vibrolas
4/9/16 – Detroit, MI @ Northern Lights Lounge w/ Jeremy Porter & the Tucos, Vibrolas
Fun stuff, and during that little gap in Tennessee at the end of March we’ll be in the studio making a new album! Very exciting.
Honah Lee are going on tour too!
3/16 – Morgantown WV @ Atomic Cafe
3/17 – Dayton OH @ Blind Bob’s
3/18 – Lansing, MI @ The Avenue Cafe
3/19 – Indianapolis IN @ Melody Inn
3/20 – Cincinnati OH @ Northside Yacht Club
3/22 – Lexington KY @ Al’s Bar
3/24 – Greensboro NC @ Tuba House
3/25 – Washington, DC @ Dougout
3/26 – Trenton, NJ @ Mill Hill Basement
Just in time for this tour our friends at Durry Dog Tapes released a limited edition cassette version of Honah Lee’s 2015 LP 33 On 45, so that baby’s now available on vinyl, CD, DVD, and cassette (at Honah Lee’s shows only!). And digital, of course. Insane! Honah Lee are up to a bunch of cool things currently, including collaborating with a member of Kool & the Gang on the theme song for a documentary about Ghostbusters. True story!
The Hat Madder are, of course, finishing their tour now. Here’s the last couple dates!
And finally, their GTG Session from last week, cuz it rules!
GTG Sessions returns with a four song burner from The Hat Madder. Check out this fantastic mini-set in the video and then look below for their tour dates!
The Hat Madder Tour Dates:
* = w/ When Particles Collide
3/8 Canton, OH @ Buzzbin w/ Johnny Niemann *
3/9 Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern w/ Pocket Vinyl, Deep Holler
3/10 Hamilton, OH @ Tapout Sports Bar 3/10 Hamilton, OH @ Tapout Sports Bar w/ Mad Anthony, Rhythm & Booze *
3/11 Lexington, KY @ Green Lantern w/ Mad Anthony *
3/12 Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival w/ Mad Anthony *
3/13 Milwaukee, WI @ Frank’s Power Plant w/ Monotaur *
3/15 Ypsilanti, MI @ Crossroads *
3/16 Saginaw, MI @ Counter Culture w/ The Mongrels, SixGunn El Dorado *
3/17 Lansing, MI @ The Avenue w/ Red Teeth, Ian Graham *
3/18 Toronto, ON @ Cherry Cola’s w/ The Shanks *
3/19 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place w/ Me N You, Soul Butchers, Slow Mutants
3/20 Mono, ON @ The Tractor Shop w/The Shanks
Let me ask you a question: have you ever tried to book a show? A fundraiser, a comedy showcase, a large dinner reservation, a dentist appointment? It’s fucking hell. The back-and-forth that goes into trying to capture the attention of anybody on the other end, plus the non-stop volley of times/details/the most boring minutiae, is a long and mind-numbing process. I highly recommend avoiding it! Unfortunately, this is not the world we live in, and as we travel on across the long and winding road of life, we must all take on unpleasant responsibilities, go to the dentist, plan shows, and try to recall all of the details when we’re asked to write blog articles about them years later.
My (Ben Kahlil Hassenger) first introduction to Bobby Meader was sometime in late 2013. I was immersed in the aforementioned unpleasantness of tour-booking while working with my band mates to book the first major tour for The Hunky Newcomers. We were leaving the Midwest and its Polar Vortex for a month and heading West, meeting up with City Mouse for a block of dates in the middle. I found Bobby through a show posting on the website Punks In Vegas. I remember checking out his tunes and thinking, “Yeah, these are fine.” (The endorsements get better as the article goes on, Bobby, I promise!) I shot him an email seeing if he could possibly help us set up a show. To my surprise, he responded almost immediately with information and promised to help. Receiving any answer at all – even a “Hell no!” – when booking a tour is almost a victory in itself, but the fact that somebody was so quick to jump in and ready to help was fantastic and felt really fucking positive. In the end, we ended up booking a different show through another promoter, but Bobby came out with his large beard and even larger smile and greeted us to his fair city. We shot the shit throughout the show and he told us that we’d see him soon.
Since then, we’ve been able to bring him through Lansing on three separate occasions and each time has been a treat, both musically and just in hanging-outs and getting-to-know-yous. My favorite story was when he came and played at The Mystery Garage. He got to Lansing early and made himself at home at GTG, where he was staying for a few days, then picked up a fifth of vodka and a burrito. He ate half of the burrito early on, then drank considerably more than half of the fifth. In his drunken state, he must have polished off the rest of the burrito. However, once we all returned home after the show, Bobby set out to finish his burrito. Upon finding it gone and the wrapper in the trash, he immediately concluded that one of our housemates had eaten the rest of his food. He was pretty pissed about it, going on for quite some time.“Who DOES that?” he cried. I shrugged. Perhaps it was a little mean of me to not remind him that he had, in fact, eaten the entire thing, but I wanted to see how the whole thing played out. I’m an asshole, I know. I did assure him that if anyone at GTG house was going to steal his food, it was probably going to be me – my girlfriend backing me up on my food-stealing tendencies – but he was not persuaded. This went back-and-forth for a year or so, until I finally had to set him straight at GTG Fest 2015 when he was telling his side of the story to the audience. I swear, you call my house and its food thievery into question…
Anyway, lest I paint Bobby Meader as merely a drunk who misplaces food, let me get into those glowing endorsements I promised earlier. This guy may be the hardest-working performer I’ve ever met on the DIY circuit. He’s on the road for a solid six months of the year and does everything himself: booking, promoting, interviews, the whole shebang. He has hit me up for dates four/five months in advance; what DIYer is that organized? On top of all of that, he’s an absolute pleasure to work with. Bobby is so laid-back but focused and determined. Can’t forget about the music either: Same description. Never too loud or abrasive, while always managing to kick a hole in your heart. It’s soft and loud simultaneously, emotional and distant… I find myself feeling so many different things throughout the course of each song.
GTG Records is super excited to be bringing Bobby Meader Music back to the Mystery Garage this Thursday, January 28, alongside local favorites Little American Champ and GTG Records artists The Hat Madder and Cat Midway. The show’s going to be pretty rad, with a great lineup and a promise for a pretty special time. More information about the show can be found here. See you this Thursday, and for the love of all that is holy, please don’t eat the guy’s burrito.
GTG Fest 2015 will be a four day soiree in Lansing, Michigan this year, featuring regional favorites alongside artists from across the country. More information will be available including full lineup and set times but here’s what we can say right now:
THURSDAY 10/08 @ GTG HOUSE, LANSING MI
SATURDAY 10/10 @ THE AVENUE CAFE, LANSING MI
SUNDAY 10/11 @ MYSTERY GARAGE, LANSING MI