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Last blast until the fall!
Got a crazy summer coming up with Mobile Vinyl Recorders gigs, Lathe Installations and just general work tomfoolery, so I'll be probably taking the summer off of releases, but we are blowing the roof off this one before we go (help us with a little summer fun money).
1. Gift Machine - Consolation Prize LP
2. Floating Action - Glacial Speed LP
3. Floating Action Reissue Survey
4. Toby Leaman - Military Applications EP
5. Social Distortion + More Outlaw Country Cruise charity 7"s!
6. Archives and Test Pressing Deep Dig
7. Closed Distributor = A few records back in print
The Gift Machine - Consolation Prize!
Limited Edition of only 200 on random mix color vinyl!
The new record from old PIAPTK buds, The Gift Machine! A co-release with Gift Machine's own New Tangles Label!
If you haven't already picked up the excellet New Tangles LP we released a few years ago, we are running a special package deal. $35 for both!
Listen to the whole album at Music | the gift machine (bandcamp.com)
The Gift Machine is an indie rock/psych pop quartet (and sometimes more) currently based in rural North County San Diego. Forged in the freakishly fervent creativity of the Pacific Northwest, The Gift Machine’s Dave Matthies has worked with an impressive list of Northwest notables including Phil Elverum (The Microphones, Mount Eerie), Karl Blau, Little Wings, Lee Baggett, Your Heart Breaks, Laura Veirs, Bret Lunsford (D+, Beat Happening) and many more. After relocating to the San Diego several years ago and collaborating with now wife Andrea Gruber Matthies, Matthies has helmed The Gift Machine through many albums of critical acclaim, touring the US, and even time on the CMJ album charts….but still has mostly stayed under the radar. “Consolation Prize” is full of fuzzed out sing alongs both sweet and gritty, featuring the beautifully intertwined voices of the husband and wife team. With guitar interplay reminiscent of the Feelies or vintage Flying Nun thanks to guitarist Matt Lawson’s and Matthies’ thick layers of bright and shimmering, spacious guitars, the songs are sweeping and cinematic, also belying a more modern dreampop/shoegaze influence. The propulsive rhythm section of Alanna Cassidy and Andrea Gruber Matthies has a hopeful, forward momentum at a steady pace.
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Floating Action - Glacial Speed LP! PREORDER.
(This Preorder should ship by Mid May(ish) Any items ordered with this item will be shipped when it arrives to our studio))
Limited Edition of only 200! On Black 180g Vinyl!
The next Final Floating Action record and Final PIAPTK release!
Available in three editions. All editions include a custom Glacial Speed ICE SCRAPER.
-Regular: 180g Black Vinyl LP + Ice Scraper - only 125 available.
-Deluxe: 180g Black Vinyl LP + "Grease the Palms" Lathe Cut oversized Postcard pic disc + Ice Scraper - Only 50 available.
-Handmade: Handmade stencil covers made by Seth in his backyard with the Oversized Postcard Lathe + Ice Scraper . Ltd ed of 40
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Floating Action Reissue Surveys
Are you one of the tons of folks constantly hitting us up about how you wish we would repress the classic, Pre-PIAPTK Floating Action LPs because they cost too damn much on discogs? Well, put yr money where your mouth is. Pay $.01 below to register interest in whichever albums you would purchase if this becomes a reality. Anyone who votes gets first dibs on the reissues if they happen.
We found a place that will produce 200 LPs and turn them around pretty quickly. They would be $25 a piece, with the possibility of doing a boxset if there is enough interest in all of them.
Reissue Contenders are:
-Floating Action (2009)
-Desert Etiquette (2011)
-Fake Blood (2012)
dd Toby Leaman - Military Applications!
Debut solo release from Dr Dog's dd Toby Leaman
(This Preorder should ship by Mid May(ish) Any items ordered with this item will be shipped when it arrives to our studio))
We are so excited to release the debut EP 12" from Dr Dog Co-Frontman Toby Leaman!
Limited to only 300 copies on Yellow Vinyl, 300 on Pink Vinyl, and (maybe only) 400 black vinyl.
There are 20 "Test Pressing Patron Packs" that include a Military Applications Test Pressing and a unique color version of the release in a super limited MIRROR PRINT version of the sleeve. The Mirror Print version will not be available for purchase.
Listen to the whole album at: Military Applications | dd Toby Leaman (bandcamp.com)
Dr. Dog co-frontman, dd Toby Leaman bludgeons his way into a musical masterpiece on this solo debut . Speedy pump up jams that pair perfectly with our modern life or past lives. Wildly diverse, vibrant, and dynamic, these songs share the same charm and top notch musicianship that have become a Dr. Dog hallmark.
Dog fans might enjoy the posi-dub vibes of "Don't Worry" or be familiar with the Armageddon love song trope expertly rendered in"7th Seal". But you don't have to be a Dr. Dog fan to dig this record. There is truly something for everyone. If you're into ripping guitar solos and coda rants, "Spooked by the Kooks" should do the trick. If crazed story songs with killer choruses are more your speed, then we suggest "The Runaway". If you want to bop and boogie your way through modern terrors try "Military Applications". If you can't get enough existential synth apathy and optimism, "Rider" will get you through the night.
Spooked By The Kooks
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Outlaw Country Cruise Charity 7"s!!
Social Distortion, Lillie Mae, Deke Dickerson, and Jade Jackson
Last November I got to cut records on the Outlaw Country Cruise West for a ton of killer artist, including my absolute faves, Terry Allen and Steve Earle. I am also cutting the charity 7"s for Social Distortion, Lille Mae, Jade Jackson, and my bud, Deke Dickerson and the Whippersnappers. These are all killer recordings and all profits benefit TeachRock, Little Stevie Van Zandt's music education charity. Pick them up here:
Merch | Outlaw Country West (bandcamp.com)
Archives and Test Pressing Deep Dig!
Classic out of print records and test pressings
So, for every record that I make, I always try to keep at least 5 copies of each lathe cut and 10 copies of each pressed record for my archives. This assures that I won't oversell it, have replacements in case the USPS does what the USPS does best (loses/destroys a package), have a copy for a good friend who is a super fan, etc etc.
Every once in a while I clean out the archives, find random things here or there, etc and list them t clear out space. For the most part these are listed at the original prices. Just please don't be that discogs flipper asshole that jacks the prices up on these rarities, please.
There are some things offered up now that haven't been available in years.
PICK UP THE ARCHIVES HERE!
BONUS - Closed Distributor = A couple records back in print
We just got back about 6 boxes of stock from a distributor that went defunct so we got about 10-15 copies of each of the following records back and so they are temporarily back in print:
Mirah - No Guns No Guns 7"
Sugar Candy Mountain - 666
Casper and the Cookies - Modern Silence 2xLP
Wooden Wand - Archives LPs
American Monoxide - In Flight Mode
Grey Waves - VOID LP
JIm White - Waffles, Triangles, and Jesus
Saqqara Mastabas - (Matt from FIery FUrnaces + Bob from Sebadoh)
Well, the time between emails just gets longer and longer each time, huh? One of these days, the world won't have PIAPTK to kick around anymore. BUT THAT'S NOT TODAY! Today I got some projects that have been in the works for quite a while that we are finally finishing up. And boy, are we stoked!
What have I been up to since the last time we talked, you ask? Just the usual... did a 7 day turn and burn lathe buying/installing trip from Tucson-Chicago-Indianapolis-Louisville-St Louis-Denver-Tucson. Cut records for my hero, Terry Allen on the Outlaw Country Cruise to Cabo, flew to Paris to install a record lathe for Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk and cut records at a Science and Industry Museum, held two lathe cut camps, restored and sold about 15-20 record lathes and moved them into new homes, etc. The devil will make work for idle hands to do. I also cut these new releases somewhere in the middle of all that wildness.
**NEW TIK TOK TREND I'm trying to get off the ground: It's called The Back Catalog Challenge. It's easy! You just choose a random album out of the PIAPTK back catalog, buy it, and then post a Tik Tok of you listening to it and doing a silly dance. I don't have a Tik Tok to tag (do you even do that on Tik Tok?) so please tag Cardi B with all PIAPTK posts. Thanks!
1) Sloppy Joe & The Cruise - Sloppy Sails Alone (Demos and Outtakes)
2) Mila Webb - Lucky Nights Lathe Cut 12" Pic Discs
3) Grab Bag - $300 worth for $100!
4) Lathe Cut Camp 18
Sloppy Sails Alone - Outtakes and Rarities from the Keep on Cruisin' Sessions.
Sloppy Sails Alone: Unearthed Outtakes, Demos, and Forgotten Sketches from Deep in the Archive Closets of Sand Dune Sound.
“When we released “Keep on Cruising” by Sloppy Joe and the Cruise, we were under the distinct impression that the album represented the sum total and entirety of the recorded output of Key West songwriter, Sloppy Joe Flappens.
However, upon it's release, we got an email out of the blue from Roger Adams, who, as it turns out, was actually present at the recording sessions. Roger was 19 at the time, and was both the assistant to, and son of, engineer and producer, “Swifty” Adams. (If this doesn't ring a bell, please pick up a copy of “Keep on Cruisin'” and read all about it in the enclosed zine. Or, email PeopleInAPositionToKnowShop@yahoo.com and Mike from the label will send you a pdf.).
Sloppy Sails Alone has been culled from these tapes and includes a free download of home demo versions of the entire Keep on Cruisin' album.
On white, lathe cut 12" vinyl
"Tequila Sunrise" filled Vinyl Ltd to 25 copies with Sand Dune Sound Ashtray! Made by Filled Record Master, Matt Ortt at Plastikat Deviations. Also comes in a heavy duty top-loader sleeve.
Mila Webb - Lucky Nights 12" Pic Disc
Mila Webb - Lucky Nights 12" Lathe Cut Pic Disc in Sleeves Handmade by Mila!
I was so stoked when our buddies at Perpetual Doom approached us to co-release the vinyl for Mila Webb's "Lucky Nights" LP. As two story melody put it "Mila Webb weaves sly, psychedelic melodies into a ghostly folk palette in her new single “Lucky Nights.” Webb leans into the gentle swing of traditional folk here while employing a fresh, subversive twist. Her sound is reminiscent of Faye Webster, with the lyrical punch of Wolf Alice. The song is plainspoken, drifty, and unapologetically sentimental – all while a thread of longing runs through the track. “Everything has hunger and no one’s ever satisfied,” Webb sings. “Still I won’t forget the way it felt to have you on my side. You give me lucky nights.”"
Check out the video for the title track here:
Mila is the daughter of JImmy Webb, who wrote a ton of stone cold classics in the 60s-70s, (google him) and she definitely inherited his talent for lyricism.
Limited to 50 copies on one-sided 12" stenciled and painted Lathe Cut Vinyl. Each cover is handmade by Mila with a unique etching.
$300 worth of PIAPTK for $100!
$300 worth of PIAPTK for only $100!
You know how it goes. We got back stock of badass records, but not money, so every once I need to move it along to a better home than cinder block shelves outside the bathroom at my new commercial space where I moved the label and the Lathe Cabe. So, we put together a big honkin stack of great records and tapes and sell them to you at a fraction (1/3rd to be exact) of the original price. Get a nice smattering of LPs, 10"s, 7"s, Lathe Cuts, Pressed Records, CD-Records, etc etc for obscenely cheap. I may even throw some rarities, archives, test pressings, MVR rarities, etc into the mix.
Some you definitely WON'T have, some you might, and those make great Xmas gifts for yr loved ones! Have you heard? VINYL IS COMING BACK. At least that is what every normie tells me when they come up to me while I cut records at festivals.
Lathe Cut Camp #18 - Feb 25-27, 2023, Tucson, AZ
These have been selling out crazy fast. Great for everyone! No experience required! Cut your own music onto records! If you know, you know. If you don't, but wanna, check out www.LatheCutCamp.com
Hey. How are ya? I'm crazy busy as usual. Been buying/selling/installing Record Lathes all over the world. Recent stops in Scotland, England and Medellin, Colombia. Upcoming stops in Minneapolis, Portland, LA, and Toronto. PIAPTK is doing what it does, cruising along in the background until it needs to be foreground, and that, as you might guess, is right now. But just for now, soon it will be backburnered until the next time it forces itself onto the frontburner again, and then it gets dealt with, you get an email, and so it goes.
1) Jason Simon - Hindsight 2020 LP
2) Spaceface - Anemoia LP
3) Golden Boots - Nite Drives Handmade version
4) Lathe Cut Camp 16
5) Record Lathes For Sale
Jason Simon - Hindsight 2020
Jason Simon is a diverse and prolific artist. Not only the frontman for long running stoner rock three piece Dead Meadow, he also records solo albums and collaborative records (including with PIAPTK alum Trans Van Santos (OId Mexico) under pseudonyms like Old Testament, The Blasted Heath, and The Red Out.
Hindsight 2020 has been LONG in the works. We started working on releasing this in early 2021, when 2020 was barely hindsight. But, the great vinyl bottleneck hit us hard and kept this in limbo for a hot minute.
But now it's here! Limited to 250 Copies on "Pressman's Choice", each one a unique swirl or splatter handmixed by the press operators at Palomino Records, and 100 Black Vinyl LPs. Maybe we will repress the black, and maybe we won't. Who knows? Def not repressing the Pressman's Choice, though.
1) Golden Rain
2) Crawling Back To You (Tom Petty)
3) Requiem For Love (Bobbie Gentry and Jody Reynolds)
4) Mother of Earth (The Gun Club)
5) Ghosts Gather Now
6) The Riverbank (Bert Jansch)
7) Clocks and Spoons (John Prine)
8) Kingdom of None
9) October (Jackson C Frank)
Hindsight 2020, a loose collection of five cover tunes and three originals, was recorded at home in the Spring and early summer of the 2020 lockdown, when so many of us were suddenly gifted an inordinate amount of free time. Tours disappeared overnight and deadlines vanished. One could wake and spend the day following whatever whim drifted across the mind. There was no initial intention of these songs coming together for a release like this. I began recording each tune because it seemed a good way to spend the day and this collection a result of months of days similarly spent. It felt right to place them together as a testament of sorts. Though the instrumentation, style, and even the players vary from song to song, they somehow all partake in those strange days.
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Spaceface - Anemoia LP
This is by far the hottest, poppiest, most sophisticated record Spaceface has ever released. Total Disco-Psych-Dance banger. You may have already had a taste of a couple of songs from the picture disc singles series we released over the last year.
We were originally slated to release this on PIAPTK. but as things go, we eventually had to graciously bow out mid-production. BUT we are stoked to have 20 copies to sell.
**Includes the bonus Postcard and postcard shaped flexi record of the unreleased track "Have You Heard the Universe Whisper". We only made 100 of these for Spaceface to sell on tour as a preorder for the album.
Spaceface’s new full-length, Anemoia (January 28, 2021 via Mothland), is the result of several months spent at Blackwatch Studios in 2019, working with producer Jarod Evans, writing new material, inspired by funk rock classics, as well as the turn of the millennium psychedelia revival. Though it can first be perceived as a simple feat of efficient and minimalistic songwriting by Jake Ingalls and friends - the results of slick melodies, rich arrangements and groovy rhythms that flow effortlessly - each new spin reveals a new layer, until is painted a positive, if somewhat critical, portrayal of modern life. Made possible by collaborative artistry in the age of endless possibilities, the 12 song collection is both a contemplative psychedelic pop odyssey, and a hopeful broadcast from the heart into Outer Space.
Golden Boots - Nite Drives Handmade LPs
Occasionally there is an overrun for at the pressing plant and we have more of a certain variant of the record than intended. With Soild Gold, we were always very particular about keeping all releases the same, qty wise, so when we got 40 extra splatters, we threw them in a box on a shelf. But, recently, Dimitri and I were talking about them and decided we would make a totally different, NON- SG version of this using the leftovers. SO, ummm... this is the PIAPTK variant of the excellent Golden Boots Instrumental LP that still has the Soild Gold Logo on it, because, that is how this whole weird shitshow of an operation rolls usually.
In true Golden Boots Crumbly Western Desert Kitsch style, each handmade cover is stenciled and includes a unique Arizona postcard.
The Blurb from The Original Release:
Golden Boots have been stretching out over the last few years. As the lineup has shifted around Ryen and Dimitri, the format has gone from Crumbly Western to Omnichord-Core to Instrumental Sunset tunes and everything in between. And they have been PROOLIFFFIC. Nite Drives was recorded a couple years ago during the beginning of the Instrumental period, and it has been a fan favorite since being released on tape by the band. And, since I've recently been getting more into instrumental albums myself it made perfect sense that the man who founded Soild Gold (Dimitri) would be the 12th Soild Gold release. It consists of three long format chill vibe background dinner party tunes.
Lathe Cut Camp #16 - Sept 24-26, Tucson, AZ
I've already sold all but one of the spots for this Lathe Cut Camp just with one social media post, so i'll save you the details on it. If you know, you know. If you don't, but wanna, check out www.LatheCutCamp.com
Record Lathes For Sale
Between my biz partner, Kris and I, we currently have several record lathes in the Lathe Cave just waiting for restoration. Prices Start at $2750 for an entry level machine and go up from there based on options. So, if you are interested in the masochistic art of record cutting, read the Newbie Starter Guide I wrote HERE and then reply to this email with your plans and your budget and we can chat about which lathe might be right for you. ALL LATHES we sell are fully functional, mechanically restored and include a starter pack and unlimited tech support to get and keep you running!
First off, FLOATING ACTION's Jinx Protecting shipped from the pressing plant two days ago! I am going to be working as fast as humanly possible to get those into the mail. Still have some copies of the Deluxe Red or Green Vinyl with Incense and Incense Burner! So, if you still want one, now's the time! Pick One Up Here!
Otherwise, things have been crazy around here... due to the Great Vinyl Slowdown, Lathe Cuts have started to real take off and bands/labels that have never done lathe cuts are now seeing the benefits of quick turnaround and low qty production... So, that means that I've been busy restoring machines (sold more in the last 18 months than I have in the preceding decade), and making Lathe Cut records, but for better or worst, I've always got time for my baby, PIAPTK...
1) James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand) RETURNS with new lathe cut 10" EP, First Thought = First Thought
2) Blunt Bangs - 7" Pic Disc from mems of Woods, Black Kids, Tracy Shedd, etc.
3) SM Wolf - Precious B-Sides - Outtakes 7" from their excellent new album + some Distro Copies of that LP, Precious Downtime
4) Nudity 7" - One of the best, and longest running bands from my ex-hometown, Olympia, WA!
James Jackson Toth - First Thought = First Thought
The Prodigal Toth returns to PIAPTK after half a decade of lying way too low. It's not hyperbole to say that JJT is probably the only reason PIAPTK made it out of our infancy by getting us our first bit of press and interest, way back in 2006. PIAPTK started as a fleeting joke and would have probably ended that way had I not crossed paths with James... and I'm not sure if I should "Bless or Blame", as Kristofferson would say, for it. He has been uncharacteristically quiet in the last few years, only quietly releasing solo demos while focusing on his band, One Eleven Heavy and releasing his EXCELLENT Podcast, The Toth Zone (definitely check it out).
Limited to about 75 copies or whatever we sell in the first week or so.
On Clear Lathe Cut 10"s in Silkscreened Chipboard Sleeves with a Unique, hastily taken and probably blurry, JJT Selfie on the front. Each one is Unique!
Hastily recorded home recordings, Dec 2021-Jan 2022
Mostly first takes
1. You Owe It To Yourself
This was written to be the penultimate track on an aborted concept album / rock opera about a corrupted “mama’s boy” (see track 3). This song finds our lamb-like protagonist, having now been seduced by the lure of necromancy, in congress with demons.
2. Bad Habit
Everything I write in open G tuning (DGDGBD) sounds like I’m trying to rip off Keef or Westerberg. Which…well, you know.
3. Mama’s Boy
Written for the aforementioned (aborted) concept album / rock opera. This would have been an early track on the record introducing the main character.
4. What Am I Gonna Do (With You)?
Written and recorded in record time. Sorry about the canned drums.
All songs by JJT, Dec 2021-Jan 2022
Recorded at home
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Blunt Bangs - Everything Flows 7" Pic Disc
Very excited to release this lathe cut pic disc for my buddies from Athens, GA, Blunt Bangs! An outtake from their excellent new album, Proper Smoker (which we also have for sale) that was released on Ernest Jenning Record Company, this track is a Teenage Fanclub cover.
If we sell out here, please check out https://bluntbangs.bandcamp.com/ or www.ernestjenning.com.
Blunt Bangs will touring soon to SXSW and then up the West Coast to Treefort festival in Boise and back, so keep an eye out at your local venues! See Photos for Tour Dates!
Proper Smoker, the debut LP from indie-supergroup Blunt Bangs, is proof that power pop remains perennial. Boasting a lineup that includes Reggie Youngblood (Black Kids) on guitar and vocals, Christian “Smokey” DeRoeck (Woods, Deep State, Meneguar, Little Gold) on guitar and vocals, and Cash Carter (Tracy Shedd, The Cadets) on drums, Blunt Bangs’ debut melds the canon of 90s indie rock with a spark of optimism for these uncertain times.
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SM Wolf - Precious B-Sides 7"
SM Wolf released their excellent new LP, Precious Downtime, with our buddies, Indianapolis' own, Romanus Records. But, two orphans from the album are being co-released by Romanus and PIAPTK. With foldover artwork designed to mirror the artwork of the album.
We also have 20 copies of the excellent Precious Downtime LP for those of you who loved their last album on PIAPTK, Bad Ocean.
If we are sold out of either Precious Downtime or Precious B-Sides, check www.RomanusRecords.com. as they may have some there.
1) Precious B-sides 7" only
2) Prec Downtime LP + B-sides 7" or
3) 3 pk - Prec Downtime LP + Bad Ocean LP + B-sides 7"
Nudity - The Silverest Blade 7"
Nudity was always one of my favorite bands during my decade in Olympia, and is one of the longer running bands to still call Oly home. Dave Harvey is at the root of the band, but you can bet that whoever else is filling out the lineup at any given time is well known within the Pac NW rock scene.
I'm very excited to finally be working with them on this new single that will also be available on their upcoming West Coast tour. If you live in any of these towns, do yourself a favor and catch one of these dates.
You know that theory that the universe is perpetually expanding and then contracting in a never-ending series of big bangs? That’s the sound of Nudity. From their home base in Olympia, WA, they explode with tuff, knife-edged rock’n’roll like The Silverest Blade with its twin-guitar harmonies and just a hint of the kosmische via swirling synths, before exploding into long-form, sonically expansive tripped out molten psychedelia, the like of which can be heard on their upcoming LP The Silverest Blade, released later in 2022 as a split between High Command Recording Company and K Records. The band’s membership ties together years of legendary underground Olympia musical history, bringing in badass players from The Need, Hysterics, Broken Water, the Tight Bro’s From Way Back When and more to create a singular noise, ever expanding and contracting in their own universal big bang.
Nudity will be spinning off new universes nightly on their West Coast tour in April 2022. Check https://nudityolympia.bandcamp.com/ for more albums and tour updates.
4/11 San Luis Obispo, CA
4/12 Southern California
4/13 LA, Permanent Records Roadhouse
4/14 SF, The Eagle
4/15 Oakland, Eli’s Mile High
4/16 Northern California
4/22 Olympia, Cryptatropa