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
2019 is starting to shape up! We’ll have announcements on new releases very soon as well!
3/6 – The Plurals @ Mac’s Bar (Lansing, MI) w/ Messthetics (ex-FUGAZI), Helen Money
3/8 – The Stick Arounds @ New Way (Ferndale, MI)
3/9 – The Stick Arounds @ Maidstone (Ypsilanti, MI)
3/9 – GTG Presents: When Particles Collide @ The Avenue Cafe (Lansing) w/ Dasterds, Bike Tuff, The Quirk
3/12 – Drinking Mercury, Blaine and His Keyboard @ Mac’s Bar w/ Pocket Vinyl
3/14 – Tommy Plural @ The Avenue Cafe w/ Orc, Towner, Blue Pines
3/15 – Two Houses @ Reed’s (Chicago, IL)
3/17 – The Plurals (covers n such set) @ Claddagh (Lansing, MI)
3/23 – The Stick Arounds @ Ghost Light (Hamtramck, MI)
3/26 – Mistic Mountian @ The Avenue w/ DEZ, Michael Strike
Posted in Blaine and His Keyboard, Drinking Mercury, Lansing, The Plurals, The Stick Arounds, Tommy Plural, Two Houses
Tagged Chicago, DIY, Fugazi, Helen Money, Lansing, Mac's Bar, Messthetics, Pocket Vinyl, Punk, The Avenue Cafe, When Particles Collide, Yay
Good stuff this month! See you out there!
1/10 – Blaine and His Keyboard @ The Loft w/ Marc Rebellit
1/11 – Extra Arms @ Cellarmen’s (Hazel Park, MI)
1/17 – Tommy Plural, The Stick Arounds @ The Avenue Cafe
1/18 – The Stick Arounds @ New Way Bar (Ferndale, MI)
1/18 – Erotic Novels @ APYC (Asbury Park, NJ)
1/19 – Jeremy Porter and The Tucos @ Rumba Cafe (Columbus, OH)
1/19 – The Stick Arounds @ Tree Bar (Columbus, OH)
1/20 – The Stick Arounds, Jeremy Porter @ Melody Inn (Indianapolis, IN)
1/26 – Blaine and His Keyboard @ White’s Bar (Saginaw, MI)
1/26 – Jason Paul and the Know-It-Alls @ The Knockout (San Francisco, CA)
February sees some more activity from Sleeping Timmy, Drinking Mercury, more of the above, and a west coast jaunt from City Mouse!
The 2nd LP from the Lansing masters of powerpop is now available everywhere. CD, vinyl, digital, Matt and Jeff knocking down your door and making you listen to them, you name it! An instant classic of melodic pop rock ‘n roll, Ways To Hang On is the result of a year of hard work from these Lansing gentleman and it definitely lives up to the expectations. Check it out!
Don’t let their scary demeanors intimidate you, The Stick Arounds are a nice group of Michigan powerpoppers and they’ve got a new record out 10/26. Check out their website for more info on how to get all the sweet swag and check out the video for their first single “Get U Back” below!
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 City Mouse, 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