Hello! Hope you are all well! It's been even more than typically insane around these parts. Thanks to the ridiculously overpriced residential housing market and the low mortgage rates that spawned it and the not-ridiculously over priced commercial market due to the pandemic, I managed to refinance the weird house I bought 5 years ago and pull out enough extra money to put a down payment on a commercial building so that I could stop buying my studio landlords building for him. Our new space is a real fixer-upper that was previously a piss-smelling doggie daycare. We spent a month and a half ripping out the floors, replacing pee-soaked drywall, painting, etc and finally got it to a place where we can move in. We are currently moving 3600 sq foot of back stock records, record lathes, parts, art supplies, archives, office equipment, random junk, Tchotchkes, knick knacks, etc etc into a 2200 sq ft building. Hundreds of freelance people-hours and 5 days of 20' UHAUL rentals and we still have a LONG ways to go. Which leads us to: We are opening the floodgates this month. Tons of great new releases and cheap af bundles to entice you to lighten our load!
1) Floating Action - Jinx Protecting LP Preorder
2) Lucky Baby Daddy - New Tucson Supergroup with mems of Deerhoof, Truck Tears, Haboob, etc
3) Golden Boots - Pied Piper Pic Disc
4) Spaceface - Earth In Awe Pic Disc
5) DIMITRIAM - Bug Springs Microcassette
6) Mr Husband - Kinny Bouquet 10"
7) Moving Bundles!
Floating Action - Jinx Protecting LP
Preorder: Hopefully shipping in November... (more pressing plant delays possible.. it was ordered in February). If you order other items and want them shipped sooner, please place seperate orders.
The Fifth and (Final?) Final Floating Action album. Seth Kauffman has released as many "Last Albums" as KISS has had "Farewell Tours". But, could this really be the one? I hope not. But who knows?
As usual, many different and beautiful versions of this one:
-Standard Version - Black Vinyl
-Deluxe Version - Available on either "Cash Money Green" or "Power Hand Red" (Both limited to 150 copies) and includes a custom made beautiful wood two piece Floating Action incense burner and one of six different Floating Action Incense packages.
- Almost Halloween Time Handpainted - Luigi really outdid himself on this one. Inspired by the Italian La Smorfia (a card that has 90 images that represent dreams and that people use to choose lottery numbers), he painted (is painting) 90 unique covers that correspond to both the album lyrics and the Smorfia images.
-Handmade Test Pressings - As usual, Seth handmade 20 covers for the test pressings.
- Add-On The Floating Action Catch up Pack for $35 ($45 value) and get the Dream Sitch (FA + Michael Nau), the last FA album, Outsider Art LP, and the "Lies" CD/Vinyl Hybrid Single.
This is a co-release with our buddies at Science Project Records, who have 100 copies on random color regrind vinyl available at: https://www.kindercore.com/gift-shop/science-proje...
Seth Kauffman wasn't going to make another Floating Action album. He'd been on a rampage, releasing a new album every year since 2015. Then after Covid-19 hit, was fresh off making the ultra-inspired Dream Sitch collaboration with Michael Nau. Covid had caused Kauffman's music career (touring with Jim James, Ray Lamontagne, Dylan LeBlanc, and studio work with Dan Auerbach, Lana Del Rey, Basia Bulat, and countless others) - to immediately grind to a halt. Gone. Done. No choice but to take up work as a handyman, scrambling to provide for his family.
But then, in October of 2020, while camping with his 5 year old daughter, tons of song ideas suddenly came to Kauffman. He voice memo'd them, and within a week or two, enough ideas had materialized to make a whole new Floating Action album.
But a ridiculous 7 day a week work schedule left him no time to ever turn those ideas into proper songs...never a spare moment to work in his recording studio. Until in February 2021, he was finally able to carve out two weeks to work on what was to become 'Jinx Protecting'. This album marks the first time Kauffman co-wrote songs with anyone other than himself. Some lyrics were crafted by Michael Nau, and Kauffman's daughter Gretchen. Michael Nau and his wife and children sang on 'Steadfast Love', and Kings of Leon's Timothy Deaux co-wrote 'Wrong Place'.
Classic Floating Action philosophical lyrics on this album, but 'Jinx Protecting' shows a shift from pessimistic human nature-questioning, to only focusing on pure simple beauty. Nothing but positivity and love on this one.
Sonically thick and dripping with soul and fearless confidence, guided purely by the muse, 'Jinx Protecting' has the feel of a meditative Exile On Main Street recorded in a secret bunker in Jamaica. This seems like it will be the last Floating Action album ever, but who knows when the muse might strike again.
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Lucky Baby Daddy - Lotta Noise Star Shaped 7"s
Two new Riot/Garage bangers from Tucson's new Super Group featuring Sarah Harris, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Joel Crocco from Truck Tears and Jeff Lownsbury/Adan Martinez-Kee from 70% of the other bands in Tucson. Recorded, mixed, lathe cuts cut and covers all put together in the 48 hours before they left on tour.
Ltd ed of 86 on white / Black / Clear (randomly inserted) Star Shaped 8"s, each with unique paint pen transperency inserts made by the band. I've only got 35 for sale, the rest are with the band on tour in CA right now.
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Golden Boots - Pied Piper Pic Disc 8"
PREORDER: Will Ship around September 20th.
The Third and penultimate release in the Golden Boots Collaborative Singles Series: A cover of Crispian St. Peters 1966 classic "The Pied Piper" with Birdie Busch, Todd Erk and Seth Kauffman. On Made to Preorder Pic Disc. The song drops on Sept 10th, and they go off preorder on Sept 18th.
Preview the track at: https://goldenboots.bandcamp.com/album/the-pied-piper-ft-birdie-busch-todd-erk-floating-action
From Golden Boots:
For this collaborative cover we worked with Philadelphia based musicians Birdie Busch and Todd Erk, and Ashville, NC musician Seth Kauffman (aka Floating Action). I’ve included some bios about the collaborators below. Also I’ve attachedhe single artwork (by Birdie), a new press photo I made, and a .mp3 of the mastered track so you can see all the components. Please let me know however you feel is the best way to proceed.
Birdie Busch - Singing
Dimitri Manos - keyboards
Todd Erk - upright bass, synth
Seth Kauffman -- Drums and Percussion
Ryen Egleston - Singing, synth bass and guitar
recorded by Todd Erk at Sparkle Bones Studio
Mastered by Frank Bair
- Philadelphia musicians Birdie Busch and Todd Erk (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hoots and Hellmouth) seek to make great music, inspire people, and see what happens. Critics from American Songwriter to Village Voice have found Birdie of kindred spirit from everyone from Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett to American Gothic writer Eudora Welty, and seem to just keep referring to what she does as her own thing and appreciating that strange place where it resides. It’s this comfort to contain multitudes that keeps her energized and curious, putting out music on adventurous independents like Bar/None, Styles Upon Styles, and most recently Perpetual Doom with the help and collaboration of Todd Erk and other co-conspirators. They are currently recording work from their Sparkle Bones Studio in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
- Floating Action is a band from Black Mountain, North Carolina, founded by Seth Kauffman. Kauffman is the band's sole lyricist, songwriter, recorder and producer, in addition to playing almost all the music. Kauffman has been called "the underappreciated genius of the Asheville music scene” and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Kauffman's frequent collaborator, called him "the most underrated person in music”.
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Spaceface - Earth In Awe 7" Pic Disc
The third single from the upcoming Spaceface LP Anemoia! On ltd ed transperency pic discs. Check out an interview and video premiere here: https://www.groovytunesmagazine.com/feature/spaceface-share-new-single-earth-in-awe
Pick up a 3 pack with Earth in Awe, Pina Collider, and Happens All The Time if you missed them before!
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DimitriAM - Bug Springs Microcassette
Dimitri Manos (Golden Boots & American Monoxide) is back with an excellent new solo record. And "Bug Spring" will kick off a whole series of Microcassettes on PIAPTK. I bought a Microcassette dubber a few years ago (because why wouldn't I) and have always planned to do a series, but finally got it off the ground.
These sound much better than you might expect, but I highly recommend listening in headphones as opposed to the built in speaker on a little handheld for maximum enjoyment.
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Mr Husband - Kinny Bouquet 10" Lathe Cut
Michael Nau passed along this great album by his friend/collaborator Kenny Thompkins. If you like Nau's atmospheric chill pop, you will like this too. On ltd of 50 copies of clear 10"s in unique covers handmade by Kenny.
Blurb from Kenny:
New assorted tunes from yr old pal, Kinny. MY old pal, the cuddly cosmic cowboy Michael Nau, helped me out on several of these and I really love him for it. In December 2019, right before the the great toilet paper panic, we had a nice weekend at home recording and hanging and singing George Jones songs on his tiny parlor piano. Somewhere in there a seed was planted which grew into this lovely Kinny Bouquet over the next year or so which I am pleased to offer you now, dearest listener. Bless your heart for listening. Get out there and be somebody!
released June 18, 2021
Kenny Husband - Songs, Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Production
Michael Nau - Production, Keys, Vibraphone, Drums, Lap Steel
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We are about to move and have way too many records in backstock. So, stock up on some new tunes at bargain prices and help us lighten the load in the meantime. Xmas is right around the corner, and it's never too early to start shopping for the ones you love.
$30 – ($105 value) 15x Random CD/Vinyl Hybrid Records – Get a random assortment of 15 different artists on CD/VinyL Hybrid records! Artists in the series include: Pearl Charles, RudyWaltz, Jeremiah Green (Modest Mouse), Floating Action, Michael Nau, Jeffrey Lewis, Jad Fair, Sonny and the Sunsets, Mike Watt, Scott Mcmicken (Dr. Dog), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Circulatory System, Little Wings, Wooden Wand, Simon Joyner, Money Mark (Beastie Boys), Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), R Stevie Moore, Benoit Pioulard, Julian Gasc (Aquaserge/Stereolab), Spaceface (mem of the Flaming Lips), The Blank Tapes, This Frontier Needs Heroes, Juston Stens, Great Lakes, Cory Gray, Briana Marela, Assateague, LABRYYYNTH, American Monoxide, and Graves.
$25 ($70 value)– 10x Random Cassette Tape Bundles! Hey, buddy... did you know that cassettes are coming back? Anyway, we were bringing cassettes back before they were coming back, but we obviously didn't bring them back enough before because we still have a bunch... so buy em for less than we paid to make em... You will get ten randomly chosen PIAPTK cassette tapes... artists could potentially include: Floating Action, Surfer Blood, Reptar, Money Mark, Golden Boots, Devin James Fry, Jeffrey Lewis, Little Wings, Orchestra Mendoza, Labryyynth, Grandaddy, Wight Lhite, Forest Fallows, Eric Slick, etc
7 X 7” $22 ($60 value) - We have released (and Distro'd) so many amazing pressed vinyl 7”s and they've just been sitting here in boxes. You get: Jescos 7” (Wooden Wand + Mendoza Line), Southerly/Protest Hill, R Stevie Moore/Billy Anderson, Carcrashlander, The Crash That Took Me, and (Distro) Whitman, Advance Base/Concern - Traditionals, Foot Ox/Splinter Cake 7"
Greg Olin Bundle $40 ($80 value) – Greg is one of my favorite songwriters, and probably the worst self-promoter I've ever worked with.. so here are a bunch of Gregs releases that I am in love with: Graves: Easy Not Easy LP, Fronjentress – Lathe Cut 10” EP, Graves and Friends: Billy Joel songs in a Leonard Cohen style Lathe Cut 10”, Graves + Norfolk & Western – Fleetwoods tribute 10” (pressed), Graves CD/Record Single.
Olympia Bundle – $45 ($98 value) PIAPTK had its roots in Olympia... Olympia definitely honed PIAPTKs DIY aesthetic in a billion ways... and here is a bundle of records from amazing artists I met during my decade in Oly... Globelamp – Shalala Lathe Cut 7”, Lazer Zeppelin – American Derivative LP, Briana Marela – CD/Record Hybrid, Skrill Meadow – Lost on Vacation, Jeremiah Green (Modest Mouse) CD-Record, Ruby Fray - Honor Pic Disc, Mirah - No Guns No Guns 7", Little Wings / Be Gulls - Dead Giveaway Cassette
Athens, GA Bundle – $50 ($110 value) It's no secret that the DIY weirdo lo-fi psych folk vibes of Athens, GA is also a huge influence on PIAPTK. These releases have some connection to Athens... Circulatory System CD-Record single, Jim White – Waffles, Triangles and Jesus 2xLP, SM Wolf – Bad Oceans LP, Casper and The Cookies – Modern Silence 2xLP on Audiophile Red Vinyl, Keith John Adams – Roughhousing LP.
Blank Tapes Bundle – $45 ($85 value) Winter's coming on, and you REALLY need some of Matt Adams sunshine pop to hold you through whatever other catastrophes will be coming in this weird winter season... Get the Candy LP, the Look Into The Light LP, and the Beyond the Sea CD/Vinyl Hybrid single and Covid 19 quarantine 8" Lathe Cut. Also Includes former Blank Tapes guitarist Veronica Bianqui's ST LP.
Golden Boots Bundle – $65 - ($125 value) One of PIAPTKs favorite and earliest and most prolific artists. And now you can catch up on the catalog of this “crumbly western psychedelic country folk weirdo” whatever band in one fell swoop. You get: DBX n SPF LP, EV/Coyote Deathbed Surprise LP, Winter of Our Discotheque LP, Telelog Freedom cassette, Labryyynth CD/Vinyl Hybrid single, American Monoxide – Web Content LP, American Monoxide – CD/Vinyl Hybrid Single, Night Drives Instrumental LP.
Tucson Bundle – $55 ($100 value) As of Aug 2nd, 2021, PIAPTK has been based out of Tucson for EIGHT YEARS now. And Tucson is a weird and beautiful art town. For full effect, you should buy THIS, AND the Golden Boots Bundle, because obviously Golden Boots are (for me) the crowning Artcheivement of this weirdo art locale. But, in addition to Golden Boots, there is plenty of other great stuff... Casey Golden – II LP, Haboob – ST LP, Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) – CD/Vinyl Hybrid Single, American Monoxide/Wight Lhite cassette, Forest Fallows LP,
Jad Fair Bundle - $40 ($80 value) - Jad/David Fair LP, Jad Fair and David Liebe Hart LP, Jad Fair and Friends at SXSW 10" Lathe Cut, Jad Fair CD/Vinyl Hybrid, This Time hand drawn cover 7" Lathe Cut.
Wooden Wand Bundle - $60 - ($145 Value) 7x LPs worth of Wand PLUS the Jescos 7"!
THE ULTIMATE BUNDLE BUNDLE – ALL OF THE ABOVE BUNDLES for only $449! That's like an $1000 value or more (I can't really do the math because I'm drunk. But it's a shitload of records). Help me out... I can really use the cash.
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