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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!

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GTG Records 2017 Record Subscription!

Starting today we’re launching a campaign to put out a new release every month in 2017, which will begin on January 27th with the release of a new live recording by The Hunky Newcomers entitled Harder Dude Stuff. This will be available digitally on the 27th and we’ll be having a release party at GTG House that night as well where CDs will be available too. 12 (minimum, there will likely be more) releases can add up so we’re offering up a 2017 album subscription plan via our bandcamp for anyone that wants to get in early and help generate some more fundage for the releases this year. We broke it down into three price models, one payment of $35 for the year will give immediate digital downloads of everything we put out this year, Lansing area people (that we can either hand-deliver or coordinate meetups with) can pay $60 to get physical product (it looks to be 4 vinyl releases and 8 CDs, possibly a cassette or two) along with the downloads, and everyone else can pay $75 to get the downloads and have the physical product shipped to them. Subscribers will also receive immediate free downloads of four of our back catalog items – Honah Lee “Life Won’t Let Me,” The Hat Madder “Orgy Opposite,” The Hunky Newcomers “Secret of the Booze,” and The Plurals “An Onion Tied To My Belt” – so if you’ve been sitting on getting any of those that’s part of it too. Bandcamp also insists on including an “exclusive fan community” thing with subscriptions, so that comes with it but I don’t have the faintest idea what we’ll do there. There also will be some bonus subscriber-only releases that will have some fun stuff (the plan is to put those out every 3 months to serve as companion releases to each quarter’s releases) – basically, you’ll get somewhere around 16 new releases for your collection this year, and we have a lot of cool stuff in the works.

We all have our goals and dreams and resolutions and such whenever the calendar rolls over, and while we’re doing our best to reassure friends and family that the world isn’t ending (yet anyway), we’ve been thinking about what the point of this label is in the first place. Sure, we all have our own self-involved reasons for playing music, but the whole point of building a community around independent, weirder, and/or less-commercial music is to give a voice to people and ideas that may not be heard otherwise and to inject some sort of positivity into our surrounding community. Let it be heard that we’re committed to doing our part to contribute positive and creative energy to help make the navigation through this life a little bit more bearable. And we’re doubling down to bring more of it out this year! It’s gonna be a fun! Scary! Wild! Inspiring! All kinds of good stuff. Happy New Year!

Friskie Morris & Friends: GTG Fest 2016

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!

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.

Plurals Music: New, Current, and Future!!!!1

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Tommy Plurals says: The Plurals have released quite a bit of new music in the last few months! Seriously! Yes, we put out the EP Chazzwazzers as well as a few compilation tracks in December 2014 (round-up below) but today some more new Plurals music is getting to the world, courtesy of Infintesmal Records, a label in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jimmi, the mastermind behind Infintesmal, asked us just a couple weeks ago if we had anything lying around as he had decided to do a “March Madness Singles Series” featuring a new single every day for the second half of March and he wanted to feature some Plurals music. Since we had just cleared out a lot of our backlog with Chazzwazzers and the comp songs we weren’t sure what we could contribute at first but after some deliberation (which took awhile because Nich was on tour with Hunky Newcomers) we figured that we could release a song that we recorded for the new album that didn’t make the final tracklist called “Marigold.” We set the song aside after it didn’t fit the flow (we recorded 18 songs over the course of the album sessions and there are 12 songs on the album, so…) and weren’t sure exactly where we would ultimately release it but I’m glad this is where it’s going to be heard. The song just sounds like spring to me – wistful, epic, kinda watery, mostly fuzzy… yeah… – so beginning this new phase of the label and the season as a whole with it seems right. For the b-side we settled on “Wonderful Way” which had its first life on the 2011 Snohawk but since only a handful of people would have that at this point it seemed like a good idea to give it another shot. This song has always been a personal favorite of The Plurals and as far as our “studio creation” songs go this is one of the best: dreamy vocals by Hattie, singing from the perspective of a tree, with Nich doubling on organ and bass while I mostly stay out of the the way with guitar texture stuff… it doesn’t get much better for me.

So anyway, if you missed the other things we’ve done…

In December we also released a new song called “Winter Break” on the annual Bermuda Snohawk compilation. This song was originally envisioned as a jokey song about having a crush in high school but like most of our jokes ended up being more sincere and reflective of such bygone unrequited feelings. Mostly, it’s a catchy tune.


Right around the same time that “Winter Break” came out we also had the pleasure to be featured on a compilation released by Dirt Cult Records featuring bands covering songs written by Todd Congelliere. Todd C (as the kids call him) is the man behind Recess Records and also has the frustrating-to-the-rest-of-the-world distinction of being a part of several bands that are all great: FYP, Toys That Kill, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Stoned At Heart, solo projects and more than that I’m sure. We covered a song called “You’ll Hear My Voice” that has been released by Todd solo and the band Stoned At Heart. The other bands on this comp are pretty sweet too: Low Culture, Iron Chic, Brokedowns, and more… including some guy named Mike Watt.

The new album will be out in July. I mean it this time, I know I’ve said it would be out soon before but right now I’m waiting for a reference lacquer master from Lucky Lacquers to show up, as in today. And once the album is out there will be a lot of touring. Stay tuned!