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
October was wild, bringing the new releases by Extra Arms, The Stick Arounds, and Blaine and His Keyboard into the world. And now there’s some great shows this month! We’ve already had a couple bangers from The Plurals, Extra Arms, Small Parks, and The Tucos, but let’s not let my lazy web-updating self drop the ball on the rest of ’em!
11/15 – Blaine and His Keyboard @ Mac’s Bar (Lansing, MI) w/ Marc Rebillet
11/16 – Tommy Plural @ The Avenue Cafe (Lansing) w/ Invisible Cartoons
11/17 – Bong Mountain @ Sleeping Village (Chicago, IL) w/ Typesetter
11/18 – GTG House Show (Lansing) w/ Mistic Mountian and Third Twin Sister
11/21 – The Hat Madder @ Mac’s Bar (Lansing) 10 Year Anniversary Party!
11/30 – Jeremy Porter and the Tucos @ Village Idiot (Maumee, OH)
11/30 – Sleeping Timmy @ Tip Top Deluxe (Grand Rapids, MI)
12/1 – Jeremy Porter and the Tucos @ PJ’s Lager House (Detroit, MI) 7-inch Release Party!
Yep, you read that right, a new 7-inch from Jeremy Porter and the Tucos to round off a great year of releases! Wow!
Posted in Blaine and His Keyboard, Extra Arms, Jeremy Porter and The Tucos, The Hat Madder
Tagged 2018, Chicago, Detroit, Fun, Grand Rapids, GTG House, GTG Records, Lansing, Marc Rebillet, party, Thanks, Typesetter
GTG Fest is this weekend! Here’s the final rundown:
FRI SEPTEMBER 7 @ Avenue
Doors 7 PM
8:00 Mistic Mountian
8:30 The Stick Arounds
9:00 Fire It’s Sirius
9:30 Crystal Drive
10:00 Good Luck Tsunami
10:30 The Hat Madder
11:00 Extra Arms
12:00 Sleeping Timmy
12:30 City Mouse
1:00 GTG On Shuffle Wild Surprise Party!
SAT SEPTEMBER 8 @ Mac’s
Doors 1 PM
2:00 Log Lady
2:45 No Skull
4:15 Scary Women
5:00 The Quirk
5:45 Drinking Mercury
6:30 Whoopi Goldblum
SAT SEPTEMBER 8 @ Avenue
Doors 7 PM
8:00 Disappointed Dad
9:30 Raymond Strife x iLL Omega
10:00 Erotic Novels
10:30 Sexy Toxins
11:00 Lipstick Jodi
11:30 The Jackpine Snag
12:30 The Plurals
And there’s also a pre-party at GTG House on Thursday September 6th! Come on out to that to get started!
25+ independent bands and artists converge on the capital of Michigan September 7th and 8th for the 11th annual GTG Fest. GTG Fest is curated by a group of friends and musicians to foster a safe, intimate, and creative environment to experience the passion of DIY music, make new friends, and see old ones. Music, food, a raffle featuring items from rad local businesses, and a barrage of good times fill the weekend. Please be respectful and cool to all attendees and to all of the spaces. No hate. We’re all in this together.
SEPT 7 & 8 @ THE AVENUE CAFE (Lansing, MI)
SEPT 8 @ MAC’S BAR (Lansing, MI)
The Hat Madder
The Stick Arounds
The Jackpine Snag
Raymond Strife x iLL-Omega
Fire It’s Sirius
Good Luck Tsunami
Thanks to Music Manor and Foods For Living for sponsoring the fest and helping make it all possible. And of course, a big thanks to the people of Lansing for 11 years and counting of GTG Fest.
Posted in Disappointed Dad, Drinking Mercury, Erotic Novels, GTG Fest, GTG Records, Lansing, The Hat Madder, The Plurals, The Stick Arounds
Tagged Fun, GTG Fest 2018, Lansing, Mac's Bar, party, Punk, Sparty, The Avenue Cafe, Wow
Lots of times we say “east coast tour” and it’s like two shows in New Jersey or Philadelphia and then Ohio and upstate New York or something – but not this time! All the way from Maine down to North Carolina! Wow, that’s really the east coast! Catch The Hat Madder, rocking tunes, slinging vinyl and CDs of Rotting On The Vine, and just being a gosh darn great group of folks. Go on, catch ’em!
6/15 – Lansing, MI @ The Avenue Cafe
6/28 – Youngstown, OH @ Westside Bowl
6/29 – Albany, NY @ Pauly’s Hotel
6/30 – Portland, ME @ SLAB w/ When Particles Collide
7/1 – Belfast, ME @ Three Tides w/ When Particles Collide
7/2 – Trenton, NJ @ Mill Hill Basement w/ Erotic Novels, Wade Wilson, Tim&Dim
7/3 – Baltimore, MD @ Magpie Cage
7/5 – Asheville, NC @ Sly Grog
7/6 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival w/ Mad Anthony
7/7 – Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern
Live show schedules are picking up! And stay tuned soon for Hat Madder tour dates!
6/6 – The Stick Arounds @ Rock The Block (Howell, MI)
6/8 – Bong Mountain @ Shakespeare’s (Kalamazoo, MI)
6/8 – Erotic Novels @ Windup Space (Baltimore, MD)
6/9 – The Plurals @ Black Lotus (Clawson, MI)
6/9 – Erotic Novels @ Court Tavern (New Brunswick, NJ)
6/9 – Two Houses @ Quenchers (Chicago, IL)
6/10 – The Stick Arounds @ The Avenue Cafe (Lansing, MI)
6/14 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ B-Side (Fairport, NY)
6/15 – The Hat Madder / GTG On Shuffle Band @ The Avenue Cafe
6/15 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ Nietzsche’s (Buffalo, NY)
6/16 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ The Range (Ithacy, NY)
6/23 – City Mouse, The Plurals, Bong Mountain @ 3 Stacks Fest (Lansing) w/ Against Me, Screaming Females, more
6/23 – Erotic Novels @ Wonder Bar (Asbury Park, NJ)
6/28 – Sleeping Timmy @ The Avenue Cafe
6/28 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)
6/29 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ Southgate House Revival (Newport, KY)
6/30 – Erotic Novels @ Hank’s (Brooklyn, NY)
6/30 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ V Club (Huntington, WV)
A bunch of us basically accidentally booked a bunch of shows this week in Lansing, leading to a sort of springtime GTG Fest! It’s about time this spring thing happened too, we were getting some of the most wicked Cabin Fever to date.
Thursday April 26th The Hat Madder – with their freshly released vinyl edition of Rotting On The Vine – will be rocking out at The Avenue Cafe alongside Connecticut piano ‘n art duo Pocket Vinyl, Grand Rapids punk people The Quirk, and treasured locals Scary Women and Blaine & His Keyboard. The next day, April 27th, Drinking Mercury – also with their freshly released vinyl split with The Sexy Murders – will be gracing the Avenue stage with our old friends The Jackpine Snag and new friends Dirty Deville. The Avenue gets another dose of fun when, Saturday April 28th, Miski from City Mouse hosts and performs a night of punk rock featuring Heart and Lung from Cleveland and Lansing rascals Stop Bobby Hatch, Foxhole, and an acoustic set from Dasterds. Finally, just down the block, The Stick Arounds will be playing at Green Door on April 28th with Moto and Cardboard Bullies (which includes, among others, Chris from Narc Out the Reds/ The Hat Madder). Madness! Great accidental work everyone!
Posted in Drinking Mercury, GTG Fest, Lansing, The Hat Madder, The Stick Arounds
Tagged 2018, Awesome, DIY, Fun, Lansing, Punk, The Avenue Cafe, The Green Door