Hey! So as the year winds down, it’s a good time to reflect on all of the cool things GTG Records was a part of this year. An annual highlight is always GTG Fest, naturally, and this year we had the good fortune to be joined by Stephen DeFalco from the Chicago-based podcast Friskie Morris & Friends who spent the weekend interviewing a handful of bands on the festival and graciously profiling the new releases from Small Parks, The Stick Arounds, and Bong Mountain that came out at or shortly prior to this year’s fest. Interview segments in addition to the three new release-rs include Handwringer , Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus, City Mouse, Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts and a freewheeling roundtable with members of The Plurals, Drinking Mercury, and Frank and Earnest (with a brand new Plurals recording snuck into that segment!) to round it out. We had our best year ever at GTG Fest 2016 and while this is just a selection of the all-around great lineup we had this year it feels great that Stephen was able to document the event and we can’t wait to relive it and do it again!
More updates about 2017 plans to come but in the meantime, there’s a free show at The Avenue Cafe in Lansing on Friday 11/25 that The Plurals are playing. GTG Records isn’t really the type of operation to engage in Black Friday so, hey, come out and enjoy a free show and be around good people. Party on!
Narc Out the Reds have a new release coming! The release party is TOMORROW November 5th at Mac’s Bar in Lansing. Check out this City Pulse article for media validation! The record will be available next week! Its a 10-inch! I don’t even own any 10-inches, much less have had any part in releasing them before so this is super awesome!! The show is going to be a fantastic time, check out the event page here. YEAH!!
Formed in 2009, The Stick Arounds – consisting of members of old-school Lansing powerhouses Calliope, the Pantones, and Gentleman Callers – take you to a sonic neighborhood where garage rock, Byrds-esque pop, Guided By Voices-inspired abandon, and classic rock all happily live together. A mainstay of mid-Michigan dive bars, when the time came to make an album the band decided to eschew conventions and record where they felt most comfortable: in front of a live audience. The project that followed ended up becoming a labor of love for the GTG family as the venue for the live recording was the now-defunct but much beloved GTG-operated DIY/ warehouse venue The Mystery Garage and the recording and mixing engineer was the Hat Madder’s Isaac Vander Schuur. The album, appropriately titled Mystery Garage, captures the essence of the band and documents a place and time, as all great live albums are meant to. Check out the album for 12 songs of tightly crafted rock and roll songs with a chiming, three guitar attack to complement the impressive group vocal efforts – best enjoyed cranked up with the windows down. Order the LP here or stream it on Spotify!
Hey! We just released a new LP by Small Parks. It’s called Honest Light. We really like it! Stream it below and order the LP here!
Small Parks have been bringing thoughtful, melodic, and high energy music to the world since 2012, playing house shows, festivals, and everything in between, spreading their brand of later Saves The Day meets Sunny Day Real Estate meets Death Cab For Cutie emo/punk throughout the Mitten State and beyond. After a handful of self-released EPs, they unleashed their debut full-length Honest Light digitally in spring 2016, partnering up with GTG for the vinyl release in October 2016. With plans for further DIY touring on the docket, Small Parks are bound to continue to remain a staple of the midwestern underground for years to come.
GTG Fest 2016: SUCCESS! Soooooo many good times. Thanks so much to The Avenue Cafe, all the raffle donors, the attendees, the bands, the city of Lansing… everyone! GTG Fest 2016 was the biggest year yet for us and we can’t wait to see what the future holds! Even if right now we’re all still nursing our sore bodies and unraveled minds! That’s how you know it’s a fest weekend!
This weekend was also really important to us because we released two new LPs and in the process had two more bands join our family! Small Parks released their debut LP “Honest Light” on vinyl (it came out digitally in the spring but now it’s a for-real real record!) Friday night, with The Stick Arounds following suit with the release of their debut (recorded live at the much beloved and missed Mystery Garage) LP “Mystery Garage” on Saturday night. Two different perspectives of the Michigan DIY community, many styles and sounds, and all good, honest pure-GTG Records goodness. You can order ’em at our store right now!
Expect further updates on these two great bands and more info on their records in the coming days. It was a great weekend and there’s still so much to take in! Good times.
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.