Category Archives: The Stick Arounds

Staying Home With GTG Records!

Well, all righty where to begin? I’ll pretend that someone from the future is looking through the GTG archives, how about that? Classic narrative device!

In early 2020 a highly contagious flu called Coronavirus forced people all over the world to stay quarantined in their homes to not spread the virus so fast that it would collapse the health care system. It was a wild thing to live through, let me tell you. So what we did way back then to stay sane and try to make something positive creatively was release a series of videos every day on the GTG Records facebook page featuring solo/acoustic performances of GTG artists and friends. Most of these videos were filmed via phones or simple camera setups. It’s cool to look back on now from a safe and comfortable vantage point from the future, er, present. We called the video series “Staying At Home With GTG Records” and here’s the videos posted the first two weeks of containment in March 2020. Wow, check them out!

Michael Boyes (Drinking Mercury) – Delightfully Lonely

Timmy Rodriguez (Drinking Mercury) – A Nordhouse Night

Joseph “Dim” Wolstenholme (Alpha Rabbit/Honah Lee) – Red State Blues

Disappointed Dad – Field of Nightmares

Shannon Perez (Erotic Novels) – Veronica Westerberg

Jeff Gower (The Stick Arounds) Saint Mary of the Woods

Elroy Meltzer – Powdered Sugar

Jeremy Porter – Voices

Space Jam (Meeko Brando / Alpha Rabbit) – Quarantine

Ryne Clarke – Hey!

Maggie May – Everything’s Fucked Up, What The Fuck?

Harborcoat – Ravines

Ben Hassenger – I’ll See You Around

Drinking Mercury – Stay Home

 

The Stick Arounds – “Hot Singles Club” OUT NOW

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The Stick Arounds collection of Hot Singles is out digitally everywhere now and on CD – you’ve got til the end of the month to pre-order a vinyl copy! Do it!

Stick Arounds – Hot Singles Club

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From the desk of The Stick Arounds:
We’ve taken all twelve of our singles from each month of 2019 and compiled them into one bitchin’ record. ‘Hot Singles Club’ is available now for pre-order on CD, Digital and Limited Edition Vinyl LP.

This delicious hot singles set includes seven brand new power-pop gems from the Stick Arounds, as well as a trio of cover songs and even two new studio versions of songs originally found on the Stick Arounds debut live LP, ‘Mystery Garage’.

CD and Digital versions of ‘Hot Singles Club’ will be released on February 14, 2020.

The limited edition LP is a special pre-order only lathe cut vinyl. The vinyl version also includes an exclusive 12″ x 12″ poster, plus each record is hand signed and numbered by the band. You must pre-order to get the LP. Vinyl pre-orders are only available until Feb. 28, so secure your copy today. LPs are expected to ship in early May of 2020.

Pre-Order LP and CD at http://stickaroundsmusic.com/store

Pre-Order Digital at https://thestickarounds.bandcamp.com

Everyone at GTG is very excited to have all of the Sticks’ singles in one place AND to try out this new short-run vinyl method. Hopefully this will be the first of many limited edition vinyl releases we can curate for the folks that want ’em!

Lansing: Drinking Mercury and The Stick Arounds (plus Plurals and Tucos) Shows!

Drinking Mercuy is releasing a new self-titled album at The Robin Theatre on November 23rd, with special guests When Particles Collide!
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But first! The Stick Arounds are celebrating ten years as a band and they’re having a big ol’ shinding at The Avenue Cafe on Friday November 15! Joining the Sticks are GTG Family The Plurals, Jeremy Porter and the Tucos plus Detroit’s Popular Creeps!
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GTG Fest 2019 Full Lineup + Poster!

UPDATED: Now with Schedule + Fest compilation!

It’s here! The full GTG Fest lineup and the poster. Big props to Matt “Harborcoat / The Sweetest Stick Around” Carlson for the design work.

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October 11, 12, 13, 2019 – Lansing, MI

FRI October 11 @ THE AVENUE CAFE / Doors 7 PM / $8 / 21+

8:00 Silktail (first show / EP release)
8:30 Blaine and His Keyboard (full band)
9:00 Singing Lungs (EP release)
9:30 Cavalcade
10:00 Rites of Gaia
10:30 Disappointed Dad
11:00 No Skull (CD release)
11:30 Squarecrow
12:00 Scary Women
12:30 Conspicuous Bystanders

SAT OCTOBER 12 @ RECORD LOUNGE / Doors 1 PM / No Cover / All Ages

1:30 Tedward / Neighbor Kidz Acoustic
2:00 Ouch, My Shoe! (first show)
2:30 Nicholas Weltschmerz
3:00 Erotic Novels (solo-ish / alt set)
3:40 DEZ
4:15 Plurals Acousticish
5:00 worm (full band)

SAT OCTOBER 12 @ THE AVENUE CAFE / Doors 7 PM / $8 / 21+

8:00 The Ryne Experience
8:30 Ortho Roi
9:00 Harborcoat
9:30 Lazy Genius
10:00 Erotic Novels
10:30 Narc Out The Reds (10 year anniversary set)
11:00 Matthew Milia (Frontier Ruckus / full band)
11:45 The Soods (split/CD release)
12:15 Drinking Mercury (split/CD release)

SUN OCTOBER 13 @ MAC’S BAR / Doors 5 PM / $8 / ALL AGES

5:30 Sleeping Timmy
6:15 The Stick Arounds
7:00 Mistic Mountian
7:45 Rodeo Boys (tour kickoff)
8:30 The Plurals
9:30 The Lippies

All this plus lights by Britt Paul!

AND…. it’s GTG Fest so there’ll definitely still be some surprises in store. Get ready!

 

Harborcoat – “Brutal Gravity” Release Party 8/24

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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!
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GTG March 2019!

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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