Tag Archives: DIY

Small Parks Tour!

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Last fall we had the pleasure of releasing Small Parks‘ debut LP Honest Light and starting this week they’ll be touring the midwest in support of it. Hope some of our friends in well-worn GTG territories like Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Chicago can make it out to give the “new guys” some welcome slaps on the back (not too hard) and also looking forward to the new friends sure to follow in the other towns. Honest Light truly is the sum of its parts – it sounds like what happens when a group of people from experimental music backgrounds come together to play melodic post-punk and let their instincts take over. It’s catchy without being overly formulaic, and progressive without a hint of pretension. Furthermore, their live show is simply top-notch, energetic, passionate, and real. If it sounds like we’re happy to have them in our ranks, it’s because we are! Check out the dates below, and we hope to see all our hometown family at the Lansing show on March 12.

3/3 – Detroit, MI @ Matkin House
3/4 – Elyria, OH @ Blank Slate Elyria
3/5 – Oxford, OH @ Grixxly’s Crib
3/7 – Peoria, IL @ Rail II
3/8 – Moline IL, @ The Record Mill
3/9 – Minneapolis, MN @ The 331
3/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Frank’s Power Plant
3/11 – Chicago, IL @ Township
3/12 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar

The Hunky Newcomers – Harder Dude Stuff (GTG093) Out TODAY

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The first GTG release of 2017 (one of at least 12!) is out today, The Hunky Newcomers live album Harder Dude StuffIn their first release in three years, the most loveable dirtbags in Lansing burn through 14 songs from all of their releases, louder, faster, and harder than the records we all know by heart. Recorded last year at a rowdy night at Lansing institution Mac’s Bar, Harder Dude Stuff delivers the goods! Out today digitally and on CD, check it out below as well as a new lyric video for “Gimme A Shot.” Let’s make the New Year happy!

YES! (GTG Fest / Small Parks/ The Stick Arounds)

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!

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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.

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GTG Fest 2016 Schedule!

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

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Friday 10/7 @ The Avenue Cafe. Doors @ 7 PM/ $7 Cover
8:00 Tidal
8:30 Rent Strike (set 1)
8:45 Birdhouse
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
8:00 Flatfoot
8:30 Bat Yulefly
8:45 Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus
9:15 Elroy Meltzer
9:45 LVRS
10:15 Indonesian Junk
10:45 Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts
11:15 Tens
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
7:45 Carm
8:30 Dasterds
9:15 Frank And Earnest
10:00 Handwringer
10:45 City Mouse
11:30 Everybody Loves Ramones

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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.

Pre-Order GTG087: Secondaries/ Dubois Split

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New releases keep coming! A little while ago we schemed to co-release a split 7-inch with Diet Pop Records (these folks who helped make this happen) and Mouse House featuring our southern California buddies Secondaries and true Texan heroes Dubois. It’s now available for streaming and pre-order at the Diet Pop site, check it out! Dubois are new friends of ours and we can’t wait to learn if they prefer the French pronunciation or some fantastic Texan interpretation, but Secondaries are a bunch of old Plurals homies that we’ve been rocking alongside in bars, warehouses, warehouses that feel like bars, and other strange places from the shores of Lake Michigan to the tip of the Pacific. Happy to make it official now! For fans of anthemic gruff ‘n melodic punk ranging a la Latterman, Hot Water Music, Shang-A-Lang, AJJ, to etc etc and so on! More vinyls!!

Stoopfest!

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This Saturday, April 23, in Lansing there’s a fantastic all day show called Stoopfest happening at six house venues on the lovely Eastside. A few years ago we at GTG tossed around the idea of trying to have a multi-venue house show weekend fest thing in Lansing but we never seriously pursued it, so it’s been really cool seeing a similar idea come to fruition completely independently of us – and it’ll also be cool to mostly just be spectators and get to take it all in! The Plurals close out things at Lamp House at 10 PM but throughout the day at all of the houses there’s tons of great music, comedy, and more happening. My biggest bummer of the day is that I won’t be able to get to see Lucy because I’ll be busy setting up and then playing at a different house during their set! The schedule is below and they also have a bandcamp page where people can sample the lineup. Can’t wait!

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Bobby Meader Music / Jan 28!

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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…

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The horrible vision that went through Bobby’s mind on that fateful night.

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.

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