5 new songs apiece from one of the longest serving GTG bands and the newest GTG band! Drinking Mercury recorded something like 17 songs at a cabin in Bitely, MI over the course of a couple trips in the last year and this split has the first batch of tunes to be released from these sessions. In addition to the advance single “The Market” the remaining four songs feature all of the group’s songwriters as well as a new arrangement of a traditional song. The rest of the songs from the cabin sessions will be out later this year! The Soods debuted earlier this year with some low-key releases but are now taking off in a big way with this release, featuring a who’s who of Grand Rapids musical talent. Members of longtime outfits Elroy Meltzer, Lazy Genius, The Howlers, and more are featured throughout and the result is a shimmery, tightly arranged batch of indie pop songs with an economy that would make Bob Pollard proud. Check out the album on our bandcamp page, stream it on Spotify, order a CD from our store… have at it!
Posted in Drinking Mercury, The Soods
Tagged Best Album of 2019, Drinking Mercury, Fun, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Moisture Accelerator, party, Thanks, The Market, The Soods
Halfway through the year, this is what we’ve got:
Cavalcade – Sonic Euthanasia. A sludgy masterpiece from our favorite experimental metal friends.
The Plurals – Mumblebee. Volume one of GTG noisy-poppy-ceiling-punchers’ “BEES” album series!
Robot (Re)pair – End Transmissions. Wry, catchy, spicy garagey pop-punk from our lovely Arizonan artificial “intelligent” pals.
Jeremy Porter – 1987. The best Detroit powerpopper in the land gets his acoustic side out there for all to bask in.
For The Record Showcase Volume 1. Both a celebration of Sleeping Timmy & Ryne Clarke’s radio show and a new compilation with tons of new and previously unreleased music from Michigan and beyond.
Plenty more to come in the second half of 2019!
Posted in Album, Blaine and His Keyboard, Cavalcade, For The Record, GTG Records, Jeremy Porter and The Tucos, Robot Repair, Sleeping Timmy, The Hat Madder, The Plurals, Tommy Plural
Tagged 2019, DIY, Fun, Grand Rapids, Lansing, party, Punk, Radio, rant, recap, Thanks
Since mid-2018 Timmy Rodriguez AKA Sleeping Timmy has been co-hosting For The Record
, a live weekly radio show on Sundays from Noon-3PM on WRWW 92.3 FM in mid-Michigan, a station which can be streamed worldwide here
. Shows are posted for streaming the following day on the For The Record mixcloud
. Episodes typically feature a guest musician, a featured classic album, and a wide variety of music played directly from a real-life record turntable live on the air. Timmy’s usual co-host, Ryne Clark, is out of town so this week Tommy Plural AKA me will be the co-host so we’re billing it as a GTG Takeover. I’m sure we’ll really get to the heart of the matter, whatever that may be, but, uh… Timmy and I have been friends and collaborators for over 15 years so we definitely have stuff to talk about and we both get way too excited about music so that’s something to listen for and snicker at. Timmy and Ryne host this show every week and they have a great set of upcoming featured guests, including GTG stalwart Blaine and His Keyboard on 2/24 and our old pals in When Particles Collide on 3/10. Tune in tomorrow at noon, and every Sunday after! Radio!
Posted in GTG Records, Sleeping Timmy, Tommy Plural
Tagged Bookends, For The Record, Lowell, Old Friends, party, Radio, Sleeping Timmy, Sweet, Tommy Plural, WRWW
UPDATE: THE COMP IS LIVE
The latest iteration of our long-running holiday compilation/nonsense melee/friend party with Bermuda Mohawk is out this Friday 12/21! Check out this great article about the compilation that Carol Thompson wrote for the Lansing State Journal!
This year’s comp features new tracks from Flatfoot, Erotic Novels, CrookedSound, Isaac Vander Schuur, The Plurals, Matt Waterman, Disappointed Dad, Tigershark Don’t Quit, Sleeping Timmy, Scary Women, Jeremy Porter, Cavalcade, Dale J Gordon, Weltschmerz, Blaine and His Keyboard, the Ryne Experience, and Smashing Blumkins alongside new artists and side projects, totaling to 24 songs. Things go live on Friday – and there’s also a release party at The Avenue Cafe where limited hard copies will be available and some of the bands will play their Snohawk songs from over the years. Punks With Lunch donations too! SEASON! TIS!
October was wild, bringing the new releases by Extra Arms, The Stick Arounds, and Blaine and His Keyboard into the world. And now there’s some great shows this month! We’ve already had a couple bangers from The Plurals, Extra Arms, Small Parks, and The Tucos, but let’s not let my lazy web-updating self drop the ball on the rest of ’em!
11/15 – Blaine and His Keyboard @ Mac’s Bar (Lansing, MI) w/ Marc Rebillet
11/16 – Tommy Plural @ The Avenue Cafe (Lansing) w/ Invisible Cartoons
11/17 – Bong Mountain @ Sleeping Village (Chicago, IL) w/ Typesetter
11/18 – GTG House Show (Lansing) w/ Mistic Mountian and Third Twin Sister
11/21 – The Hat Madder @ Mac’s Bar (Lansing) 10 Year Anniversary Party!
11/30 – Jeremy Porter and the Tucos @ Village Idiot (Maumee, OH)
11/30 – Sleeping Timmy @ Tip Top Deluxe (Grand Rapids, MI)
12/1 – Jeremy Porter and the Tucos @ PJ’s Lager House (Detroit, MI) 7-inch Release Party!
Yep, you read that right, a new 7-inch from Jeremy Porter and the Tucos to round off a great year of releases! Wow!
Posted in Blaine and His Keyboard, Extra Arms, Jeremy Porter and The Tucos, The Hat Madder
Tagged 2018, Chicago, Detroit, Fun, Grand Rapids, GTG House, GTG Records, Lansing, Marc Rebillet, party, Thanks, Typesetter
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!
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 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