Local Lansing folk will probably be hip to this now, but GTG is more-or-less booking and promoting the majority of the music at The Avenue Cafe these days. Here’s what we’ve got for the whole month of August:
That’s a good run there, eh? We’ve got the first full-length show by The Wild Honey Collective, the first public Lansing shows from Cavalcade and The Plurals in at least 18 months, a record release by the Cartridge Family(?!?!??), GTG Fest familiars like The Ryne Experience, LVRS, and Marsha, Mike Reed from Small Brown Bike… great stuff all around!
Shows are getting to be a little more commonplace – on top of the above listed we’ve got The Plurals playing Taste of Michigan City (Michigan City, IN) the afternoon of August 7, The Wild Honey Collective play from 5-9 at the Beer Garden at Horrocks Farm Market in Lansing on August 21 as well as an afternoon slot at Sundried Music Fest in Mason on August 28, and then The Stick Arounds take the Horrocks stage themselves on August 28 too. All of these events are free and promise great times. We need ’em! Stay safe out there everyone, masks are still a good thing!
The kind folks at Bandcamp are waiving their revenue share for sales made at our bandcamp store on Friday, May 7 2021. A good day to catch up on the new releases by The Stick Arounds, The Tucos, The Wild Honey Collective, and all the great catalog items we’ve amassed over the last decade. Whoo!
We’re very excited to be hosting This Must Be The Place: Quality Hits From Lansing, a new 24 track compilation of Lansing-area artists performing some of their favorite covers, a project that was spearheaded by acclaimed music writer Rich Tupica (of the definitive Big Star book There Was A Light fame). Lots of old friends here! It’s a little glimpse into what us creative types have been up to with a year of no shows. From the GTG family we’ve got The Plurals, Cavalcade, The Wild Honey Collective, RK Andrews (No Skull/Red Teeth), Counterpunchers (members of Narc Out The Reds), The Stick Arounds, Isaac Richmond Vander Schuur (The Hat Madder), Jennifer Toms (Scary Women), and Disappointed Dad, plus lots of old friends throughout like Crystal Drive, Frontier Ruckus, Dylan Rogers, Rodeo Boys, Nonbinary, La La Delivery and plenty more! 24 tracks! Free download!
Here’s what Rich had to say about the project:
“This Must Be the Place: Quality Hits from Lansing is a totally free download of Lansing, Michigan bands performing select songs by artists they love. This is meant to serve as a fun stop-gap between now and the (eventual) return of live shows. So, please: Listen. Download. Repeat. There’s a wide range of covers here because each band/artist chose whichever song they wanted for this collection. The reason? Every band has a good cover in them—perhaps one they’ve always wanted to tackle, but never had a proper reason to. So, the “art of the cover” was fully realized here. With no limitations, it left the tracklist up to them and it made for a bizarre, yet somehow cohesive blend of genres.
Aside from a long roster of area fixtures Like Frontier Ruckus, Cavalcade, Rodeo Boys, The Plurals, Wally Pleasant (and many more!), there’s also new solo tracks and fresh side projects featured here from Lansing vets: RK Andrews (of No Skull, Red Teeth), Jennifer Toms (of Scary Women), Counterpunchers (members of Narc Out the Reds), Dylan Rogers (L.U.V.S), Isaac Richmond Vander Schuur (The Hat Madder), Seth + Modern Sadness (features Seth Rentfrow of Way to Fall, Kyle Daniel), Myron James (Edible Intention), and The Wild Honey Collective (a new GTG super group). Scroll through the selection, and you’ll see plenty of familiar names. Enjoy!”
Mark your calendars, we’ve got a rager planned for Best Friends Club kinda sorta in honor of Tim Hoh on March 26th! Super stoked to have Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen joining us for a livestream, as well as Marc from Mad Anthony, Midwest Bonsai, Nikki Nailbomb, Dale J Gordon, and Tim the man himself! Streaming at 9 PM, Friday 3/26 at bestfriendsclub.us!
Today (March 5, 2021) – as part of Bandcamp Friday – we’re plugging a release to benefit the staff of Michigan music venue Mac’s Bar who have all been laid-off for just shy of a year due to COVID-19. One of these staff members happens to be my partner (and I’ve worked there on and off as a sound tech for several years as well) so I can say with direct experience that we were all expecting a fairly lucrative year for live music and had the rug pulled out unexpectedly with no safety net. Prior to last year serving and contract work within the music industry was actually always a pretty safe bet for employment, especially for those of my persuasion that leave town for extended periods to tour, etc. Long story short-ish, we all want to be able to play the stages of independent music venues and have our industry folks be able to come back, so a great roster of bands donated songs, including our own The Wild Honey Collective (lead singin’ by one of these laid-off Mac’s bartenders), Cavalcade, The Plurals, Pancho Villa’s Skull, Rodeo Boys, Flatfoot, Foxgrave, Grey Matter, The Lippies, Heartsick, Silktail, Dogleg and many more, totaling 24 tracks! We’re suggesting a $10 donation but any little bit helps.
Here’s a cool one for 2021! San Diego punks Slow Draw came together in the last year (including a performance for one of our Best Friends Club livestreams) with some great singles. For their latest single (and the first to truly be a full band effort) “Pessimist/ Glorious” we’ve joined up with the Bad Copy, Paper Street Cuts, and Rizkan Records to release an animated flexi disc of gloomy melodic punk. Animated flexi? That means you need to look at it through a camera and there’s melting skulls ‘n stuff! Sweet! Most importantly, the music is good, with Phil’s Pick’s saying “The melancholy vibe makes for an interesting contrast to the song’s catchy musical arrangement” and Punk Rock Theory succinctly stating: “Nine minutes. Two songs. One hell of an introduction.” Phrases like “gorgeous backup vocals” and “slick guitar leads” reinforce these positive words, and they’re dead-on! Stream it and order a flexi here.
Bam! Another solid entry from Small Parks and for the ol GTG gang (is that redundant like ATM Machine?) in 2019. 3 new songs (one of which was previewed way back on GTG100) recorded this fall and produced by Nick Diener. Get ready to shout along. It’s great to have these fine folks back!
Out now! A new compilation showcasing the artists that have appeared on Sleeping Timmy and Ryne Clarke’s For The Record Radio Show in the last year. 20 songs, including new music by Blaine and His Keyboard, The Hat Madder, Sleeping Timmy, and Tommy Plural, plus tracks from old friends Elroy Meltzer, Bet On Rats, When Particles Collide, The Quirk, The Sailor Kicks, The Ryne Experience, and more! Lots of great talent and it’s all a free download! Check it out!