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Fruit Bats, Grand Archives, and Joe Plummer contribute to PIAPTK Artist Residency!

To celebrate the Seattle opening of The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl touring exhibit, Michael Dixon, founder of PIAPTK Recordings, has been offered an Artist In Residency opportunity by the Henry Art Gallery of the University of Washington.  Dixon will spend the five-day residency cutting records in real time as a part of the “B-Side” exhibit in the front wing of the gallery. 

The residency is comprised of three parts:

Friday, July 13th – Opening Night –The Hive Dwellers (Calvin Johnson of K Records and Beat Happening) and Slashed Tires will perform while records are cut live on a vintage record lathe.  Henry members will receive free admission and will be entered in a drawings to receive one of the records as they are cut. Complimentary snacks and beer (courtesy of Hales Ales) will be served. Non-Member Admission is $10.

Wednesday, July 18-Friday July 20th – Lacquer Dub Record Lathe Cutting
Three Pacific Northwest Artists have donated new, unreleased recordings to be cut live and sold for $75.00, with proceeds to benefit the Henry Art Gallery (A 401c3 Non-Profit Organization).  Only 40 copies will be sold, with 20 copies being made available for internet preorder at http://www.henryart.org/ at 6pm on Friday, July 13th.  The remaining 20 copies will only be sold in-person at the Henry during the residency.  Each record will be cut in real-time on a 1930’s Presto 6N mono record lathe (the same model that Sam Phillips used in the Sun Records studio to cut early records from Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, etc). Each record has been autographed by the artist, silkscreened on the B-side and includes a digital download of all three records.  Attendees are welcome to ask questions about the cutting or pressing process while they watch the records being made. Many thanks to Apollo Masters for their support!
Artist for Wednesday, July 18, 10:00am-4:00pm – Joe Plummer – Plummer is currently the drummer for the Shins, but has also spent time in Modest Mouse, Blackheart Procession, Magic Magicians, Mister Heavenly, and Caustic Resin, amongst dozens of other bands. Plummer has contributed three songs on which he recorded all the instruments.
Artist for Thursday, July 19th, 10:00am-4:00pm – Grand Archives – Consisting of Seattle indie rock veterans Mat Brooke (ex-Band of Horses/Carissa’s Weird), Curtis Hall, Jeff Montano, and Thomas Wright, Grand Archives contributed two unreleased demos that were recorded in preparation of their upcoming album.
Artist for Friday, July 20th, 10:00am-4:00pm – Eric D. Johnson (of the Fruit Bats) – Johnson is the main force behind The Fruit Bats but has also performed in bands such as Califone and The Shins.  He has also recently been focusing scores for films such as Our Idiot Brother and Youth in Revolt. 

Saturday, July 21, 12:00pm-3:00pm – Ipod-to-Lathe live cutting event – Bring in your own recording on an MP3 player and watch as your tune is cut straight to a record in real time! Then take it home! You may also bring in your guitar or other instrument and record as it cuts!


 

Posted on July 10th, 2012
Meowtain - Hex/Piggyback Rider Spin-Painted square 8"

A new, 2-song single from arty Olympia post-pop cat-fanciers, Meowtain. Each one is uniquely spin-painted and foil-stamped. One of my favorite "art-projects" to date... in advance of their West Coast tour, the band and I got together and made 50 copies of this. It got recorded, mixed, cut to disc, and spin-painted in about a week. They have 25 on tour, and I have 25 for sale. Includes a download of both tracks of the single, plus a digital copy of their 6-song debut cassette EP.

Available here: http://piaptk.limitedpressing.com/products/17586

 

Posted on June 18th, 2012
New Golden Boots, Viking Moses/Teenage Mysticism, and Advance Base

Golden Boots - BeezKneez/Be My Champ 2x7" - A double 7" picnic plate release of new Golden Boots tracks... One Dmitri tune (Be My Champ) and one Ryan tune (BeezKneez) on two one-sided picnic plates in beautiful hand-silkscreened medical folders made by the band. Limited Edition of 50. The band has 25 and we have 25.

Viking Moses/Teenage Mysticism Split 7" Translucent Picture Disc - These went from concept to reality in less than 3 days... Put together for a VM/TM tour which included some dates opening for Viking Moses' old protege, Deer Tick. Beautiful translucent lathe cut square picture discs in hand-made covers. Each cover has one side watercolored by Viking Moses and one side is water colored by Teenage Mysticism. Each one is unique. Only 50 made.

DISTRO - Advance Base - A Shut-Ins Prayer LP - The new LP from Owen Ashworth's Advance Base project. We have a limited number in distro. On beautiful red marble vinyl in Tip-on sleeves.... Includes an MP3 coupon with the record.

Find them using the navigation options to the left!

Posted on May 28th, 2012
Solid Home Life LP and Wooden Wand/Catherine Irwin Record Store Day 7"!

Solid Home Life - Solid Home Life LP
After years of working on this record, the ST Debut from Solid Home Life (Greg Olin from Graves and Lindsay Schief from LAKE) is finally ready, thanks in part to the folks at Lost Sound Tapes, Fin Records and Curly Cassettes, with whom we co-released this gem.  It comes on gorgeous sea-blue vinyl or cassette tape, and is full of the most sweet and sugary co-ed harmonies you've heard.  Pick it up here:  http://piaptk.limitedpressing.com/bands/graves/products or from one of the great labels mentioned above. 

Wooden Wand & Catherine Irwin - Sing the Songs of Hazel Dickens 7" - Record Store Day Exclusive
A great split 7" from Wooden Wand and Catherine Irwin (Freakwater) covering songs by the legendary protest singer, Hazel Dickens.  In hand-set letterpressed and silkscreened Arigato Paks and limited to 459 copies (but numbered out of 500).  This will only be available at participating RSD Record Stores.  Call your store and demand they stock it! It is available through Revolver Distribution.  After Record Store day, youc an go here to buy any that we might have lying around: http://piaptk.limitedpressing.com/bands/wooden-wand/products

Posted on April 10th, 2012
Upcoming Releases

All we have on the horizon for the foreseeable future:

Solid Home Life (Greg Olin from Graves and Lindsay Schief of LAKE) - ST LP (co-release with Lost Sound Tapes, Fin Records and Curly Cassettes, all of whom are awesome!).
Golden Boots - Be My Champ/BeezKneez 2x Picnic Plate 7"
Wooden Wand/Catherine Irwin - Tribute to Hazel Dickens 7"
Kris Kristofferson Tribute LP - with Wooden Wand, Good Saints, Southerly, New Science Projects, An Experiment, Golden Boots, Gift Machine, Blank Tapes, Great Lakes, Bob Simpson, etc.

 

Posted on February 3rd, 2012