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Tommy Plural Solo Album Out This Week

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This week will see the release of the first official solo album from Tommy Plural entitled “Idiot Cousin.” The person that updates this website is said Tommy Plural so I’m going to cut the third person crap and get to the point! I played all the instruments on this album and while I’ve done a couple shorter, more experimental releases as a solo studio project this is the first time I made a focused effort to create a collection of songs that are meant to hang together. And in general I spent more time on this, to the point where I worried briefly that I had fucked up my hand from trying to play beyond my meager drumming abilities. Dangerous! Here’s a song from the album called “Düdes” that tackles earth-shattering topics like hating to go to work and loving the music of Hüsker Dü.

Anyway, the project is still very much supplemental to my band work but I will be using this album as the starting point for a catalog of songs to do with various musician friends, hopefully with a tour down the line. This Saturday I’ll be performing songs from the album with a much-more-talented-than-me-solo lineup of Dave and James from Small Parks and longtime friend but first time collaborator Adam Aymor, so head over to GTG House THIS SATURDAY (April 8th) to check that out. This house show is the release party for the record and also the debut of Ryan Andrews (Red Teeth) new band No Skull, the first Lansing area show by New Jersey indie-punks Alpha Rabbit, and the return of Tim and Dim from Honah Lee! It’s GTG wild card night baby!
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GTG Bands On Tour! Plurals, Honah Lee, YEAH!!

First off, check out this new video for “Facebook” by The Plurals! Shot on tour last summer, coming out now in anticipation of a new tour. Also, we discovered when we tried to advertise this video on the, uh, real facebook that you cannot promote non-official products that have the word “Facebook” in them. Well aren’t we just little rebels. But anyway, that’s the video up there. This is a link to it too, because why not?

Anyway, The Plurals are going on tour. Here’s the tour dates!

3/18/16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
3/19/16 – Beckley, WV @ Wild Fire Saloon
3/20/16 – Charleston, SC @ The Tin Roof
3/21/16 – Savannah, GA @ The Wormhole
3/22/16 – St. Petersberg, FL @ Fubar Downtown
3/23/16 – Gainesville, FL @ Hardback Cafe
3/24/16 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Headlamp
3/25/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Cunt Cave
3/26/16 – Murfreesboro, TN @ Mothershack
3/31/16 – Bloomington, IN @ Root Cellar
4/1/16 – Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s
4/2/16 – Ft Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail
4/7/16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Rocky’s w/ Jeremy Porter & the Tucos, Vibrolas
4/8/16 – Lansing, MI @ The Avenue Cafe w/ Jeremy Porter & the Tucos, Vibrolas
4/9/16 – Detroit, MI @ Northern Lights Lounge w/ Jeremy Porter & the Tucos, Vibrolas

Fun stuff, and during that little gap in Tennessee at the end of March we’ll be in the studio making a new album! Very exciting.

Honah Lee are going on tour too!
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3/16 – Morgantown WV @ Atomic Cafe
3/17 – Dayton OH @ Blind Bob’s
3/18 – Lansing, MI @ The Avenue Cafe
3/19 – Indianapolis IN @ Melody Inn
3/20 – Cincinnati OH @ Northside Yacht Club
3/22 – Lexington KY @ Al’s Bar
3/24 – Greensboro NC @ Tuba House
3/25 – Washington, DC @ Dougout
3/26 – Trenton, NJ @ Mill Hill Basement

Just in time for this tour our friends at Durry Dog Tapes released a limited edition cassette version of Honah Lee’s 2015 LP 33 On 45, so that baby’s now available on vinyl, CD, DVD, and cassette (at Honah Lee’s shows only!). And digital, of course. Insane! Honah Lee are up to a bunch of cool things currently, including collaborating with a member of Kool & the Gang on the theme song for a documentary about Ghostbusters. True story!

The Hat Madder are, of course, finishing their tour now. Here’s the last couple dates!

3/16 Saginaw, MI @ Counter Culture
3/17 Lansing, MI @ The Avenue (also the Red Teeth 7-inch release!)
3/18 Toronto, ON @ Cherry Cola’s
3/19 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
3/20 Mono, ON @ The Tractor Shop

And finally, their GTG Session from last week, cuz it rules!

Happy Dickety-Sixteen

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In case you’re just blacking in, six days ago we began a 366 day (for real) cycle that shall be labelled as “2016.” In addition to celebrating the birth of Leap Day William, this year also promises plenty of exciting releases from GTG Records. Red Teeth will be making their label debut with the Light Bender 7-inch, which is at the pressing plant with an early spring release targeted. The Narc Out the Reds 10″ is mastered, the next Hat Madder record is approaching the mixing stage (and the band will be touring the east coast and midwest with When Particles Collide in March), the new Sleeping Timmy-fronted project Carm’s debut is in the tracking stage, and the Plurals just booked studio time (and a tour of the southeast) in late March for a fourth album. Honah Lee will also be hitting the studio in the spring, but first they’ll be doing some midwest tour dates. Plenty to look forward to! We also have some really cool split releases to announce and a few more things in the works so get those turntables warming up! Is that a thing? You probably don’t want to burn out the belts on those things now that I think about it. Clean your ears… yeah, that’ll do.
But before we get too future-fixated, let’s take a look back on the previous year. We released three albums in 2015:
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Honah Lee – 33 On 45 – 12″ LP of 10 catchy as hell punky rock and roll anthems. Reviews earned them comparisons to Superchunk, Lemonheads, Weezer, and more and they put in some serious road time on the east coast and in the midwest, including festival appearances at Death to False Hope Fest and GTG Fest. The LP gained enough traction that Creep Records in Philadelphia took on pressing up a CD version as well.
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The Plurals – An Onion Tied To My Belt – 12″ LP and CD of 12 Plurals-like Plurals songs that we had the pleasure to co-release with Florida’s Infintesmal Records and Arizona’s Diet Pop Records. Tommy Plural is the one writing this update and clearly I’m too close to this record to objectively judge it but we did some coast-to-coast touring with it and people at keyboards (not to assume too much of anyone else’s process) compared it to the Replacements, Husker Du, early 90s DC noise, late 80s SST, and more. And to me it’s a (non) reflection of the style of the time.
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Dreadpool Parker – self titled – CD featuring 11 tracks from New Jersey rap crew consisting of MCs Wade Wilson and Raymond Strife with Dready Mercury making the beats. We go way back with Ray (Nich Plural has potentially the best “first impression” story every involving him, and I basically quit drinking to excess after a blacked-out night with him a few years ago) so when he told us that his new group was doing some touring and putting out an album this year we had to get behind it (and book them for GTG Fest). As it stands it’s not only the first rap release on our label but also just a blast of catchy, witty, and fun music that stands tall among our catalog. Can’t wait for them to tour again!

In addition to these full-length releases we also issued an archival live recording of the Hat Madder from a 2008 tour date in France, a free label sampler (and more) nonsensically called Time to Val Kilmer, a compilation of acoustic artists and recordings, and, as always, capped off the year with the strangely-becoming-a-legacy holiday compilation Bermuda Snohawk. And in addition to these additions we also, additionally, released 10 live music video recordings in the GTG Sessions series that featured, alongside plenty of GTG usual suspects, performances by Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, The Devils Cut, Logan & Lucille, and Croatone. What a year, and more to come.

I thought about making it a goal to have every band I’m in put out a physical release in 2016, but this is easier said than done as I don’t think a single band I’ve ever been in has actually “broken up” but… I’m hoping for Drinking Mercury, Calliope, and Frank and Earnest to all put out some solid product this year too. Calling it!



Honah Lee GTG Sessions!!

It’s here! The latest episode of GTG Sessions featuring 6 songs from the original Trenton, NJ party machine Honah Lee!

This was taped in the middle of the GTG Fest weekend and you can see it on their faces! Grab your favorite vice of choice, click play on the video above, and join the party. And check out their new record if you haven’t yet!

GTG FEST – THIS WEEKEND!!!

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This week! Four (damn) days of music and shenanigans in Lansing, Michigan, featuring a lot of Michigan talent alongside cool touring bands. Let’s take a look at what’s happening!

THURSDAY 10/08 @ GTG HOUSE, LANSING MI
DOORS AT 8 PM / SHOW AT 9 PM / $5 SUGGESTED DONATION

11:15 PM – THE FICTION JUNKIES
10:30 PM – Bobby Meader Music (Las Vegas)
9:45 PM – Little American Champ
9:00 PM – Blaine and His Keyboard

Friday 10/09 @ THE AVENUE CAFE, LANSING MI
DOORS AT 7 PM / SHOW AT 8 PM / $5-10 SLIDING SCALE COVER

12:30 AM – THE HAT MADDER
11:45 PM – Small Parks
11:00 PM – MPV (Detroit)
10:15 PM – Dreadpool Parker (NJ – CD Release!)
9:30 PM – Mr. Hipster (Bloomington, IN)
8:45 PM – Narc Out The Reds
8:00 PM – Frank and Earnest

SATURDAY 10/10 @ THE AVENUE CAFE, LANSING MI
DOORS AT 7 PM / SHOW AT 8 PM / $5-10 SLIDING SCALE COVER

12:30 AM – THE PLURALS
11:45 PM – Honah Lee (Trenton, NJ)
11:00 PM – Red Teeth
10:15 PM – The Lippies (Grand Rapids)
9:30 PM – The Hunky Newcomers
8:45 PM – The Free Life (Kalamazoo)
8:00 PM – Carm (debut show!)

SUNDAY 10/11 @ MYSTERY GARAGE, LANSING MI
HANGOUT & POTLUCK AT 3 PM / SHOW AT 5 PM / $5 SUGGESTED DONATION

11:00 PM – RE-EVOLUTION (Lansing’s premiere Devo cover band)
10:15 PM – The Murderburgers (Scotland!)
9:30 PM – The Jackpine Snag
8:45 PM – Immanuel Can’t
8:00 PM – Hailey Wojcik
7:30 PM – Stargrazer
7:00 PM – Comedy Coven – live stand-up comedy!
6:30 PM – Cat Midway
6:00 PM – Middleman
5:00 PM – OPEN-MIC! (music/poetry/comedy/magic/whatever accepted! Limited spots, sign-up starts at 4:00 PM)

Read more about it at the GTG facebook page and check out a free sampler from all of the bands that are playing at our bandcamp page!

GTG077: Honah Lee “33 On 45” OUT NOW!!

The record is finally out, the real record! 12″ of glorious black vinyl featuring 11 new Honah Lee anthems. ORDER ONE NOW!!
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Happy New Honah Lee Year!!

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Honah Lee’s new album 33 on 45 is available today from iTunes, Amazon, and for streaming on their website! The album will get its vinyl release in late February and you can stay tuned to us for more info on that!

33 On 45 (a reference to the band’s tendency to perform songs live at breakneck speed) was recorded with Joe Boldizar at Retro City Studios in Philadelphia, PA throughout 2013 and 2014 between Honah Lee’s many tours and it features both their heaviest and catchiest music to date. Influenced by the sugary distorted frenzy of the early work of Foo Fighters and Weezer, Honah Lee marry their punk rock energy to strong songwriting on 33 On 45 to create what feels like a warp-speed Greatest Hits album that packs in more hooks than its just-under-a-half-hour running time would suggest.

The year has just begun… can’t wait to see what’s next!