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GTG092: Bermuda Snohawk 2016 Out Now!

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Let the shining rays of brilliance shine! Bermuda Snohawk 2016 has arrived, the GTG/ Bermuda Mohawk annual holiday gift (in its 11th edition!) of wintry-yuletide-seasonal joy and disaffection – a stocking stuffer of love and depravity! Up for free download via BMP, check out new and unreleased tunes from City Mouse, Cavalcade, The Plurals, Frank and Earnest, Scary Women, The Hunky Newcomers, Sleeping Timmy, middleman, Dale J Gordon, Bluffing the Ghosts, and MORE, including the various side projects featuring folks from all over the geographical map and musical (and non-musical) realm. This comp has become something of a Lansing-based DIY institution (for better or worse) and it just sort of comes together by itself at this point, with GTG and BMP just sort of lighting the path a bit. With how 2016 has been as a year, there’s a bit more darkness lurking at the edges of a lot of these tracks, but still plenty to laugh about all the way. Putting this comp together is always a highlight of the year for us, and there can be something very cathartic about just having some fun and making music with abandon. Thanks to everyone who joined in to help make it happen this year, and anyone that didn’t but wants to in the future, come on over! There’s literally no process to curating the lineup than people sending stuff to us so it’s a free-for-all, all-is-welcome party. Enjoy yourselves, and let’s hold ourselves up, together, for the last week of this gut-punching year. Much love from GTG and BMP!

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!

GTG088 – Junior Battles / Bong Mountain available!

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You can finally order the new Junior Battles/ Bong Mountain split cassette from us! Only 75 of these suckers were made so hurry up, they won’t last long! Bong Mountain just wrapped up a Canadian and east coast tour but will be playing in Flint this weekend at Vehicle City Fest alongside The Plurals, Frank and Earnest, The Hunky Newcomers, City Mouse and a bunch of other cool artists including Sean Bonnette, Worship This!, Signals Midwest and oh so many more.

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Junior Battles are, as always, sweet, kind, perfect gentlemen. Now here’s a picture of Tommy Plural’s dog with Sparty!

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GTG May 2016 Lansing Shows!

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Current events for the GTG family in Lansing, MI this May. Thanks as always to Corey Marie for the sweet flyer-age.

GTG April Shows in Lansing!

Check it out! Shows at the Avenue, Mac’s, Green Door, house shows galore, Record Store Day, etc etc! Spring!

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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!