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Lathe Cut Camp 5! TP and Rarities GIVEAWAY, ETC!

Lathe Cut Camp! Cleaning House! Giving away a ton of test pressings and archives copies and dropped the prices of most of the distro records to $7.

1. Lathe Cut Camp Five!
2. Get a free test pressing
2. Buy our K Records, Orindal, Folktale, Etc Distro records for as low as $3!!
3. New PIAPTK interview up with New Commute here!



LATHE CUT CAMP FIVE! July 22-24th, 2017

Spend three days in scenic Tucson, AZ learning (almost) everything you need to know about DIY Record Cutting! The focus of this camp will be on mono "semi-professional" machines, with particular focus on Presto 6Ns, which are one of the most common and affordable vintage machines around. You can do some amazing things with these incredible machines, and I will show you how. Bring your own music and we will put it onto discs for you to take home. We will touch on professional record mastering/pressing, but my main interest and experience, and the focus of this camp will be on the more DIY and experimental side of the hobby. There are only 6 spots available, so buy early because every previous camp has sold out!

Perfect if you are interested in:
Vinyl records and how their masters are cut
Learning how this strange black art works
Buying a lathe to make your own records
Ordering lathe cuts from a lathe cut service
Cutting your own music to disc

Topics covered:
The science behind vinyl record cutting
Lathe Operations and equipment
The pressing process
Lacquer dub plate cutting
Experimental and alternative materials (plexiglass, laserdiscs, picnic plates, etc)

Please Note: You are responsible for your own transportation to/from Tucson and your accommodations. However, the hotels here are pretty damn cheap. And, if you want, I've got a cute mid-mod casita mother in law next to my house that I rent on airbnb, that can be yours for the whole stay for $200. You can also stay in my spare bedroom for $125.

BUY A SPOT NOW!


FREE TEST PRESSINGS AND RARITIES!
As usual, our operating budget can’t keep up with our release schedule, so it’s time to raise some money...again :-( So, we are cleaning out the archives more and offering them up FOR FREE for those adventurous souls who love records, have some expendable income, and want to help support our little weirdo vanity label so we can continue vainly releasing weirdo artifacts.

With every release, we hold back a handful of copies for various reasons: 1) for our archives 2) so that if something happens in the post (lost/damaged, etc) or with the website, we have replacements 3) Accidental oversells, 4) In case one of the handful of our super regular customers misses out on something we can hook them up, etc. This is especially true for records we know will sell out immediately, so we keep even more of them.

The ethical quandary I find myself in is that these releases end up (sometimes not much) later selling on ebay and discogs for ridiculous amounts. I don’t want to take advantage of people who really wanted one but missed the initial sale, but I ALSO don’t want to sell one for the original price to someone who is just going to turn around and jack up the price and take advantage of people who really wanted one but missed the original sale. I ALSO don’t need to keep 10 copies of each packed away in a box in the lathe cave.

My main fantasy about these larger releases is that people will learn about PIAPTK through them and hopefully check out all the other artists that I love and work so hard to promote. So, I came up with this offer that hits all three objectives: Raise a little money without price gouging, turning people on to our other artists, and getting these valuable rarities out of the basement.

Spend $250+ and get your choice of the following highly sought after and out of print releases (many of which have sold for hundreds of dollars on the secondary market) FOR FREE. Or, if you want me to just pick you out a good, representative swath of the catalog, choose your freebie, and select "GRAB BAG" and I'll pick you out $300 worth of records for $250.00

JUST ADD THE ITEM TO YOUR CART AND THEN PURCHASE AT LEAST $250 WORTH OF OTHER RECORDS (must be included with an order of $250 or more, or free disc will NOT be included in the shipment!).

Scott McMicken – IT Test Pressing
Scott McMicken – In Your Dreams Test Pressing
Scott McMicken – In Your Dreams Splatter Version (may be an artist copy or packing party copy)
The Flaming Lips – Good Vibrations Eulerian Circle Disc
Grandaddy – Arm of Roger/The Ham and It’s Lily Mustard and Ketchup Splatter Version (may be an artist copy or packing party copy)
Floating Action – Reseach black vinyl test pressing
Kristofferson Tribute 2xLP + Letterpressed Cover + Bonus Flexi (Wooden Wand + Miniature and Presidential)
Wooden Wand – Born Bad Test Pressing
Mona Reels – Volume One Test Pressing
Anni Rossi/Whitman 10” Test Pressing
Four Way Split Midwest LP – Test Pressing
Jeffrey Lewis – Outtakes Test Pressing
Skrill Meadow – Lost on Vacation Test Pressing
Golden Boots - LABRYYYNTH – ST TP
Casper and the Cookies – Modern Silence 2xLP TP
Casper and the Cookies – Optimist’s Club TP
Southerly – Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist TP
Little Wings – Made it Rain LP TP
American Monoxide – In Flight Mode LP TP
Lazer Zeppelin – American Derivative LP TP
Eric Slick – Out of Habit Black vinyl TP
R Stevie Moore/Billy Anderson 7” TP
Floating Action – Hold Your Fire 2xLP TP

PICK ONE UP HERE!

Or, if you don't want to drop quite that much coin, we still have a couple of PIAPTK Grab Bags with random Test Pressings and Rarities available here: http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/products/579183

DISTRO SALE!
We've still got a small selection of K Records, Orindal, Burger, New West, Polyvinyl, etc records that we swap PIAPTK records for with labels we love. We just want to move them out, so they've all been marked down from $3-10.

Pick them up here!

LAST TIME:

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1) Help The FATHER of Lathe Cut Records, PETER KING!

Kris Dorr and I made the pilgrimage down to New Zealand this January to hang out with the one and only Peter King.
While it was amazing meeting and hanging out with the man who spawned an entire weirdo niche industry of alternative material records, it was also pretty depressing. Due to his luddite, non-technological approach (he has never used a computer), and the influx of new lathe cutters (and I would be lying if I didn't feel a lot of responsibility for some of them), Peter's orders have dried up to literally none.


We are launching a GoFundMe to help raise some money to get him on the internet and trained so that he can start to adapt to modern commerce and get some orders flowing again. We also want to help him pay down some of the credit card debt he has accrued over the last several years of declining orders, and the medical bills he incurred due to a car accident which required two eye transplants (neither of which has taken very well to his body, and which has left him mostly blind.)

He could also use some new orders, so as much as I hate sending jobs to the competition, Peter could really use the work.

https://www.gofundme.com/PeterKing

Help the Godfather of Lathe Cut Vinyl Records, Peter King!

Peter King has been making very short run custom records for thousands of bands all over the world for the last 30+ years. But now, a horrible car wreck has left him mostly blind (despite two eye transplants), and his “old-school” approach to technology (he has never used a computer) have made it very difficult for the man who invented the alternative material record to compete with dozens of new companies offering the services he invented and built a market for. His order requests have slowed to almost zero over the last year and he is now living off of a credit card (which is maxed out).

This Gofundme will raise money for the following:

1) To get Peter a computer and online so he can begin taking emails, online payments, and accepting digital downloads. Customers currently have to snail mail CDs, international wire transfer payments, and call or fax Peter if they want to get ahold of him. This extra work in the digital age has sent customers to other suppliers, despite Peter’s reputation and experience.
2) Launch a PR and outreach campaign to Peter’s former and potential clients.
2) Buy a backup lathe. Peter has the opportunity to buy an extra lathe for a very reasonable price. He currently has four (two of which he built himself out of washing machine parts with some very crafty DIY ingenuity), but after decades of use and on the fly repairs taking their toll, he needs an extra machine for parts.
3) Help pay down his debts. Between medical bills and living expenses while he was unable to work/had declining orders, Peter has tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Any small bit that we can pay down would be immensely helpful.

About Peter:
Peter King making lathe cut records in (ADD YEAR??). Using techniques and materials that he developed, he was the first to offer small bands an alternative to the standard record pressing process that required orders of 500+ and investments of thousands of dollars. You could order 20 copies for $100. This made the vinyl record dreams of thousands of bands that would otherwise never have come true. But amongst the scores of small and unknown bands were some pretty huge names. Peter made records for bands like The Beastie Boys, Donovan, and Pavement.

Peter built his own machines and techniques from the ground up. There is now a thriving hobbyist and small business niche that completely owes it’s existence to him. Collectively, hundreds of thousands of music fans and artists have been touched by Peter’s influence.

I have known Peter for over ten years. He is kind and extremely generous with his knowledge and experience. And I am trying to pay him back for all that he is done for myself and the lathe cut record community by giving him the funding and computer skills he needs to continue to be competitive in the digital age. Peter’s work is his life and our goal is to get him back to work. Thank you for your help!

Help spread the word!

https://www.gofundme.com/PeterKing




Posted on May 23rd, 2017
Lori Goldston (Nirvana/Earth) & Dan Sasaki (Enemymine, Sedan) - The Seawall 10" ONE WEEK MADE TO PREORDER!




LORI GOLDSTON (Nirvana/EARTH) and DAN SASAKI (Enemymine/TJO) - THE SEAWALL 10" Made to (One Week) Preorder.

Lori Goldston is a Pacific NW legend. You may recognize her as the Cellist from Nirvana's Unplugged. But besides playing Cello for Nirvana, she's also been on countless other amazing recordings from David Byrne, Slo-core pioneers EARTH, Laura Veirs, Mirah and the Black Cat Orchestra, etc etc. Dan Sasaki has played drums with Enemymine, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Tara Jane Oneil, and Gun Outfit.

ABOUT THE SEAWALL:
Cellist Lori Goldston and drummer Dan Sasaki were commissioned by Eyvind Kang and Eric Fredrickson to make a recording with Randall Dunn that responded to the city of Seattle’s massive seawall reconstruction project. The site, which connects the city’s downtown to the Salish Sea (Puget Sound), has been a hub of human commerce, transportation culture and life since long before Europeans arrived. These improvised songs, along with Rachel Maxi’s gorgeous painting on the cover, reflect its past and present, the life above and below the water, the land and air, and the giant tunnel being bored there at the time of the recording.

It is being released on clear lathe cut 10".

This is a ONE-TIME-ONLY Made to Preorder Item. The Preorder will be available for One Week! We will make as many as are preordered, plus an extra 33% for the artist, and 10 copies to be sold shortly thereafter, and then they will be gone. They will be available for preorder from April 19-April 26, 2017.

A Note about lathe cuts: Lathe cuts are made one at a time, in real time, from plexiglass using an experimental process. Therefore, they are lower in volume and fidelity than a traditional record. Each one sounds a little different from the master, and surface noise is also higher (very similar to the "vinyl crackle" one thinks about from an old dusty record), but tends to disappear once the music starts. That being said, they should still sound very cool, and we drop test each one on both a nice turntable and a crappy $50 Crosley suitcase player to make sure they track and play ok.

Listen to a couple of the songs here
Preorder it here!

Posted on April 25th, 2017
Jad Fair, Golden Boots/Gene Tripp, Eric Slick, Golden Boots
Hola, Amigos...

Another other month, another other digital junk mailer from the beautiful Sonoran Desert. "What have I been up to?" you ask? You know, the usual. Cutting records on the road, cutting records in the studio, screen printing covers for them, repairing and selling broken machines, watching Silver Streak a lot. Got a load of new records ready that, also, as usual, I'm very excited about. And a lot coming up that I am also, also, as usual, very excited about. But, while they are in still in various stages of production / procrastination / preoccupation with more pressing problems, let's stick to the issues at hand:

This Edition
1) Golden Boots/Gene Tripp Euro Tour Split 7"
2) Jad Fair & Friends Live at SXSW 2007
3) Eric Slick - Lathe Cut 7"
4) Scott Garred - Silver Scooter Demos 1998

PS... Just a reminder that we, like many teeny tiny indie labels are not Amazon. We don't have enormous warehouse and armies of minimum wage package packers just eagerly awaiting your credit card deposit. We have a cool, bearded, dude named Seth. And Seth has other jobs, and only comes down to the Lathe Cave for shipping duty twice a week. So, give us a couple days to get these out. We are just putting the finishing splashes of silkscreen ink and silky smooth plastic wrap on a couple of these. We believe that patience is a virtue and idle hands are the devils playthings. So we will meet you in the middle of those two ideals.




1) Golden Boots/Gene Tripp Euro Tour Split 7"
Golden Boots are on their way to Europe to tour with (and back up) their new favorite band, Phoenix's Gene Tripp. Like the darker more somber side of the Golden Boots' weirdo country coin, Gene Tripp provides a beautiful and heavy counterpoint to the Golden Boots' current "Tropical Trio" Casio Country incarnation. Gene's music is best summed up my Mark Anderson: “if you like downer, cowboy blues with experimental underpinnings then this is the album for you.”Both represented on this limited edition semi-flexi lathe cut record.

|But, WAIT! There's More! In order to use up all the wasted space at the bottom of the beautiful red transparencies, we've made some beautiful metallic red transparency buttons to accompany the records!

https://soundcloud.com/piaptkshop
PICK ONE UP HERE!



2) Jad Fair & Friends Live at SXSW 2007
Back in 2007, I went to go see Jad Fair play at Willie Nelson's SXSW Solar Powered Biostage. I had just released an 8" lathe cut for him but we had never met. I walked up and introduced myself. The first words out of his mouth were, "Do you play drums? Steve Fisk (legendary Seattle producer) and I are about to play, wanna play with us?" and, of course, i said "of course!" But when I got to the stage, there were no drumsticks, no cymbals, no bass drum pedal, and no snare drum. So, I played the whole set with nothing but a floor tom, a woodblock, two ballpoint pens and a Willie Nelson brand bottle of water. Jad played a tiny kids size Epiphone Les Paul, and Steve played synth. It was an avant garde free jazz take on several classics from the Jad/Half Japanese catalog. And now, for no reason other than I willed it to be, it exists in a physical form and is available on a 10" in a silkscreened sleeve in a Limited Edition of 75 Copies.
PICK ONE UP HERE!




3) Eric Slick - You Became the Light/Dirge 7"

Two new tracks from Dr Dog drummer, turned solo rock frontman, Eric Slick! A far cry from his previous Soild Gold solo record of Fahey-esque instrumental primitive guitar, this single displays his indie guitar rock background and influences. Each one comes in a sleeve hand painted and scribblegraphed on by Eric himself. Limited Edition of 100 copies.



Check out the tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/piaptkshop
PICK ONE UP HERE!



3) Scott Garred - Silver Scooter Demos 1998

Silver Scooter were one of my favorite bands in college. They were part of the early 90s first wave of Emo-Pop (with some post-punk flavor) coming out of Austin. I discovered them when a guy I worked with named them as his favorite Texas band a day before I found a pre-release promo copy of their (then upcoming) final album, The Blue Law, at a local record store. My buddy working the counter gave it to me, and from then on, I was hooked. And, as is my MO with bands and artists that I love, I set out to befriend them and did (I even ended up being able to buy one of 2 enormous photo collages that were created for the album art of The Blue Law by SS guitarist/artist Shawn Camp, that now hangs proudly in my living room next to my record shelf). After Silver Scooter broke up, singer/songwriter Scott Garred moved to Portland and began focusing on his long time solo project, SuperXXman and worked as a music therapist.

Recently, in preparing to release his first solo record (Tiny Little Things, check it out, it's great!) under his own name, Scott came across a cassette of OLD bedroom pop guitar and casio demos for Silver Scooter and early SuperXXman songs. Scott was gracious enough to let me trip down memory lane with him and release these four tunes on double 7" square lathe cut in hand-screened gatefold sleeves. Limited Edition of 75 copies.

Limited Edition of 75 copies.

Check out the tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/piaptkshop

PICK ONE UP HERE!

The weekly wrap up: well, that brings us to the slow and uneventful conclusion of yet another missive cast out into the inter-ether; uncertain of it's own purpose (commerce? persuasion? self-validation?) or efficacy.


One Love to Jah, Namaste, I'm Audi5000.

Mike.


Posted on April 5th, 2017
Lathe Cut Camp!

Lathe Cut Camp, Skrill Meadow!!


LATHE CUT CAMP!
Greetings from Dunedin, New Zealand! I stayed on Mount Cook a couple days ago with a legit Nepalese Sherpa (who has summited Everest multiple times) who invited me to go on a month long trek in Nepal in May to help rebuild a Buddhist Monastery damaged in the earthquake a couple years ago. No joke. And, as is my motto, I said "Fuck it. Why not?". But that means another month of spending/not making money, which means I've got to get back in the quarry in the meantime and scratch up some cash.

So... here comes another lathe cut camp!! This will be the fourth Lathe Cut Camp, and all of them have sold out in the past. So, if you have any interest in how these things are made, or in making them yourself, please come out and hang with me in Tucson for a few days!

SKRILL MEADOW!!
Also, I thought it would be a GREAT idea to launch the amazing new Skrill Meadow LP along with the Scott McMicken record. "Lots of people will read that email" I told myself. Well, lots of people read that email, but everybody was in such a goddamn hurry to snap up In Your Dreams, that everybody pulled a Trump voter on themselves and went against their own best interest by completely ignoring anything on the site or email not related to Scottman.

Please for the love of everything holy, check out the amazing new Skrill Meadow Lp, Lost On Vacation. You don't have to buy it, but give it a gander at least!!

Just click the ALL button to your left!









Buy them here!
Posted on January 23rd, 2017
Scott McMicken, Skrill Meadow, and Edmond Benefit Update....

Well, even more than usual, I've got a ton of stuff going on. Starting Tuesday, I'll be in New Zealand for a month, then flying directly back into LA to cut records at the Grammys. Then I'll drive back to Tucson for three days for my daughter's 6th bday party, after which, I will drive BACK to LA to cut records at Shaun White's Air&Style Festival. After that, I come home, drop off the van, pick up my daughter and take her BACK to LA for her bday present... a trip to Disneyland. Then, I'll drive back home, drop her off, pick up the van and drive to SXSW. Then, after that MobileVinylRecorders.com has got a ton of other gigs on the books. So many, that despite the fact that I've got a billion amazing releases in the queue, it may be a while before I can actually get around to them. New releases from Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), Mirah, Golden Boots, Lori Goldston (Earth, Nirvana), Dread Cat & The Transitional Wave, American Monoxide, Golden Boots, etc. They will be slowly working in the background while I am in and out of town, and we will get to them eventually.



I'm also going to try to fit another LATHE CUT CAMP in there somewhere... so if you are interested, please reply to this email and let me know!

Don't be surprised if you don't hear from me again for a couple months... but then again, if you have been on this list for a while, you probably won't be surprised if you hear from me in the next week or two.

Anywho, enough flirtin'...

This Installment...
1) Edmond Lapine Ghostship Fire Victim Benefit Auction - We made almost $700 (after the crazy ebay and paypal fees) from the test pressing auction and bandcamp download. We will be working on getting a 7" and zine together in his memory. Please read below to refresh your memory on the project and please download the Edmond Lapine sampler HERE. It's pay what you want, including zero, but please consider donating something towards the project.

2) Skrill Meadow - Lost on Vacation! Solo LP from Lazer Zeppelin and LAKE member, Mark Morrison.

I love Mark Morrison. He's an old friend from my days in Olympia, and he is a truly gifted weirdo soul. He is a member of LAKE and Lazer Zeppelin, and Skrill Meadow is his longest running solo project. Mark has amazing intuition for all styles of music the sound of Skrill Meadow is always shifting from lo-fi noise, gospel, country, electronic, whatever. Lost On Vacation is full on soft yacht rock with Mark's own weird slant.

LPs come in repurposed dollar bin LP Sleeves and include a lyric insert.

Check out the full album length video for Lost On Vacation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oFPrBK_GvE. Burn a doobie of "the weed" first...

BUY ONE HERE!

3) Soild Gold - Scott McMicken - In Your Dreams LP
- Songwriter/Singer for Dr. Dog returns to Soild Gold for another solo album!

You probably know Scott McMicken as the songwriter/singer from Philly Psych-Pop modern day cult legends, Dr. Dog. If you don't know them, well... that sucks for you. If you love great songwriting and amazing hooks, this is your guy. We were extremely happy to release his first solo album, "IT" a couple years ago (They sold out in 8 minutes!). Now we have the great pleasure of releasing his second solo album, "In Your Dreams", an album that was written and recorded, entirely by Scott (on every instrument) in 48 hours. But this is far from some weird avant garde throw-off record that stat might infer. This is a cohesive pop masterpiece.

Limited to 200 copies on "Soild Gold Gold Vinyl". 35 randomly inserted copies are on Soild Gold Gold with Brown Splatter Vinyl". You can also join the "Test Pressing Guessing Game" by adding some extra change onto your "Pay What You Want". For example, if you pay $22.38 and Scott chose the number 38 for this release, you win a free test pressing along with your order!

STRICT LIMIT OF ONE COPY PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD, ETC. Any orders of more than one copy will be canceled. And please don't be a jerk and buy it just to flip on ebay. There are a LOT of people who want this record, and we would prefer they don't have to pay 10x the price because some opportunist asshole who didn't want it bought it just to flip. Don't be that opportunist asshole... I watch discogs and ebay and I will send bad vibes your way...

NEW TO SOILD GOLD? SAVE CASH AND CATCH UP WITH OUR MULTI-PACKS of still-in-print releases!



SG - 4xLP Multi-Pack - Scott McMicken "In Your Dreams" + Jeffrey Lewis "Outtakes" + Be Gulls (Little Wings + Lee Baggett) "Dead Giveaway" + American Monoxide "Web Content"
SG - 2xLP Pack - Scott + Be Gulls.
SG - 6x Tape Multi-Pack - Scott McMicken "In Your Dreams" + Jeffrey Lewis "Outtakes" + Be Gulls (Little Wings + Lee Baggett) "Dead Giveaway" + Eric Slick "Out of Habit" + Floating Action "Research".

. BUY ONE HERE!

Posted on January 13th, 2017