Limited Edition Vinyl Recordings & Handmade Musical Artifacts from Tucson, AZ
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Wow. It's been 9 months... anybody have any kids I haven't heard about?

Hola Amigos, Been a while since I rapped at ya.  I think this is the quietest that’s it’s been in PIAPTKland since our inception 8 years ago. However, a lot has been going on behind the scenes here.  PIAPTK headquarters has relocated from the lush, green, meth-infested forests of Olympia, WA to the bright, sunny, desert paradise of Tucson, AZ.  I quit my job teaching high school in favor of cutting records full time through Lathecuts.com , and have been building up my personally-curated distro selection.  On top of that, we’ve got SEVEN new lathe cuts and a pressed LP available, and a ton in the works! So, down to business….


Amo Joy – ST LP

The new LP from Indianoplis pysch poppers, Amo Joy! A split release from 4 labels; PIAPTKWonderboxGutterth  and Gray Sky Micropress . All labels are run by dudes named Mike... no joke. Pick it up here: http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/bands/amo-joy

From the band: Recording for this album began on a 4-track reel to reel in the spring of 2011 and was completed on a computer in the summer of 2012. All songs written by Adam Gross and Amo Joy. Recorded and mixed by Adam Gross and Steve Trowbridge in bedrooms and basements in Indianapolis, IN, though some trumpet parts were recorded in Spain. Mastered by Don Cobb and Eric Conn in Nashville, TN. This record is dedicated to our bassist, Paul Cobb, who passed away during the recording of this album. He will surely be missed, but his quiet genius will forever live on in his music and art. For more on Paul, his music, and his art visit: hammerscrewdriver.bandcamp.com

We Got Cactus Tour Lathe Cuts:


The first week of October, 2013, Four bands from Tucson, Andrew Collberg, Acorn Bcorn, The Pork Torta, and Otherly Love, embarked on a 2 week tour of France. PIAPTK made them (and Golden Boots and Fur Family, whose members were touring withAndrew Collberg) some tour merch in the form of silkscreened 7" lathe cuts. Each one has a single color image with a fountain fill (multiple color gradient) making up the background and every record is a little bit different.

There were 75 of each made (100 of Golden Boots' first single from their upcoming untitled album, Traveling Strange), and the bands took 50 to France. Therefore, there are only 25 of each available in the US.

Each record comes with a download of ALL 6 songs in the series.

Records:
Golden Boots – Traveling Strange
Fur Family – Evil
Andrew Collberg  - Sun
Acorn Bcorn – Aben Benkev Bounce
The Pork Torta – SLR #2
Otherly Love – Rubbery Glove

Pick them up here:http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/bands/golden-boots/products

Javier – Diamonds/Your Roman Nose 7” lathe cut

The new project from Jeremy Chatelain (Jets to Brazil/Cub Country/Handsome) features two new songs on black, square lathe cuts. They come in beautiful, band-made lino print covers.

Pick one up here: http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/products/520126-javier-your-roman-nose-diamonds-lathe-cut-7

Distro Items – 

Are all available here: http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/bands/distro/products


Wooden Wand – 3 Songs 7”
A new arrival from 25 Diamonds – 2 great new tunes, from my favorite Nu-Outlaw Country songwriter and yours, Wooden Wand. On colored vinyl and in hand-silkscreened covers, this 7” is limited to only 300 copies.

R. Stevie Moore – I Missed July 7”
An awesome 7” from Sweaters and Pearls (run by our friend, Jason Dean of 7inches.blogspot.com/).
From the label:  When S&P asked R. Stevie Moore to choose two tracks for a 7” release he went back through his archives and selected two tracks separated by almost sixteen years. A-Side’s “I Missed July”, was originally released on his double album, Games & Groceries, recorded September 1978 in Montclair, NJ and the B-Side,“Traded My Heart For Your Parts” is from 1994’s release Unpopular Singer Vol. 1 & 2, also recorded in Montclair.

R. Stevie Moore – Glad Music LP
One of the standouts in an extremely prolific and impressive catalog, out on Personal Injury Records, we are excited to have a few in the distro store…


System and Station – ST LP - 
Portland’s RnR stalwarts, one of the best, catchiest, rock bands in the Northwest, releases their 5th album, “System and Station”.

Advance Base/Casiotone For The Painfully Alone


Advance Base – Our Cat 7”

Orindal Records' repressing of the Our Cat single that PIAPTK released a couple years back and which sold out in less than a week, and has since become one of our most sought after OOP releases. Now back in print, this time in glorious stereo with a bonus track, a cover of the feel-good Holiday tune, Christmas in Prison (by John Prine).


Advance Base – The World is in a Bad Fix Everywhere- a Four-song 7" tribute to Washington Phillips.

Washington Phillips only recorded eighteen songs during his short career as a professional recording artist, & only sixteen of those recordings exist today. Mystery surrounds Washington Phillips’ music, as there is no known documentation of how it was made. For many years, it was believed that he performed his songs on a tiny, piano-like instrument called a dolceola, but many scholars now believe that Phillips custom modified two celestaphones (archaic, zither-like instruments), which he played simultaneously in his own special tunings. The strange, angelic sounds of strummed & plucked strings that accompany Washington Phillips’ forlorn spirituals have made him a legendary figure in gospel & outsider music circles.

For The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere, Advance Base’s Owen Ashworthhas arranged a selection of Washington Phillips’ compositions for autoharp, piano, electric piano, drum machine & voice. Phillips’ unique, beautiful melodies & heartbreaking lyrics are a natural match for Ashworth’s raw, inventive production & doleful singing voice. Performed, recorded & mixed solely by Ashworth at his home in Chicago, Illinois, these tracks stretch the sound of Advance Base in new directions while paying tribute to one of Ashworth’s greatest influences. The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere showcases elements of gospel, psychedelic rock, traditional Americana, alt. country & lo-fi outsider art.

The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere was recently included in the Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago 2013 list.


Casiotone For the Painfully Alone – Live in Cambridge LP
The first official live album by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone!

From the label: In Cambridge was recorded on April 28, 2010 at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA, at the tail end of the only Casiotone for the Painfully Alone tour to feature a six-piece band (featuring members of Magical Beautiful & The Dead Science). Drawing heavily from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's two most beloved albums, Etiquette & Vs. Children, In Cambridge brings fourteen classic songs to life with pianos, organs, horns, guitars, live drums & percussion.

In Cambridge is an awesome document of a short-lived live incarnation of Owen Ashworth's often solo, electronic, lo-fi pop songwriting project – featuring the fullest, most bombastic arrangements of these songs that were ever recorded.


K Records Distro –We also still have a handful of records from K records in the distro shop from Calvin Johnson,Halo Benders, Microphones, Electric Sunset, and Karl Blau.


Electricity and Lust Distro: Former PIAPTK intern, Mike Dellinger founded this excellent label and we have some of their stuff back in the store. If you love harmonies and excellent songwriting, you should just buy their whole catalog. Releases from Firs of Prey, The Ocean Floor, Polka Dot Dot Dot, and Jordan O'Jordan. 

If you are still reading this… thank you so much!  We have a lot on the horizon, and I promise that it will not be nearly as long between communiqués.  There is an awful lot of exciting stuff on the horizon, so you will be hearing from me sooner than later. 

Feel free to get in touch and let me know how you are doing!  

Posted on October 22nd, 2013
Great Lakes/Floating Action lathe cut 7"

Floating Action/Great Lakes split Lathe Cut 7":
A great split single from NC's Floating Action and Nashville's (by way of NYC)Great Lakes.

Each artist made a different cover, and I only have 25 of each copy for sale! Floating Action spray painted and silkscreened on black jackets, while Great Lakes lino-block printed onto chipboard sleeves.

   

Posted on March 4th, 2013
Little Wings Be Gulls II Boxset, Southerly Lathe Cut, Floating Action/Great Lakes split!

Three brand new lathe cut releases!

Little Wings: Be Gulls II Boxset: One of the most elaborate records we've done yet!

A couple of years ago, Kyle Field (Little Wings) and his merry band of Be Gulls stopped by my house and recorded 4 songs straight to lacquer in my kitchen. When we sent the lacquer LP off to be pressed, the discs got ruined en route. Luckily, the engineer had backed up the tracks to his laptop. So, after the tracks simmered for a while, we finally came up with a packaging idea worthy of the songs.

Each boxset includes: 
- Painted and silkscreened Reel to Reel box 
- 2x lathe cut square clear 7" 
- 6x 1.5" buttons 
- a 28 page zine booklet 
- a 12x18" poster 
- a DVD with a 45 min "film" of the recording of the boxset.

Tracks: Motorcycle Sky, Surfer Speech, Cassidy (Grateful Dead cover), and Beachhouse Dog

  

Southerly - Desolation Low/Miracle Mile Lathe Cut 7": Southerly's 12th Anniversary single!

After taking a couple of years off to focus on his two other projects (Sndtrckr and Yardsss), Krist Krueger returns to the Southerly moniker to celebrate his 12th year under the name. And this single is a great return to form!

Two brand new tracks on clear, square, lathe cuts in silkscreened arigato paks with 2 buttons and a poster.

Watch the video here.

  


Posted on March 4th, 2013
USPS sends International shipping prices through the roof!!

Well, as if it wasn't already too damn expensive for International buyers to buy records from the US, now the USPS has raised international shipping prices by 35%!  Which means, we, unfortunately, have to raise the prices to you. This sucks for the both of us, but I hope you understand. But, remember, that the more records you buy, the cheaper it gets per record... if that's any consolation (I'm sure it isn't...)

Posted on January 27th, 2013
Golden Boots Xray Flexi & new album DBX'n'SPF, UW Henry Gallery lathes, Kristofferson Tribute

1) Golden Boots - White Skeleton X-RAY Flexi!  After years of experimenting and trying to make playable records out of actual X-Rays, I finally found someone who could! Pirates Press in SF put my X-rays on their Flexi-Disc press and (after 5 sets of test pressings) finally accomplished the monumental task of turning this weird medical waste product into a playable record! Every one is unique and there are only 250 of them in existence! Pick one up at: http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/bands/golden-boots/products

2) Golden Boots - DBX'n'SPF LP - The new record from Tucson's Golden Boots. This album finds the Boots moving their twangy psych into weird blown out fuzz pop territory. My favorite album yet from my favorite band. A soon to be modern country-fuzz-pop classic by Tucson psych-pop superstars Golden Boots! In beautiful new covers silkscreened by Dmitri Manos (Golden Boots/Dr Dog) at Tan Line Printing in Tucson.Stream it for free here: https://soundcloud.com/piaptkshop/sets/golden-boots-dbxnspf-lp and then pick it up here: http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/bands/golden-boots/products

3) Kris Kristofferson 2xLP Tribute - This double LP in a beautiful gatefold cover with artwork by Heidi Elise Wirz is finally here!  

The Rising Cost of Livin’ High and Lovin’ Hard: A Tribute to Kris Kristofferson:

Kris Kristofferson’s music might not be quite as well known as his buddies Waylon, Willie, and Johnny, (who he was in a super-group, The Highwaymen, with) but amongst songwriters in the know, he is just as highly respected. Rhodes Scholar, helicopter pilot, songwriter, janitor, actor, heartthrob, and all-around Renaissance Man. His history is just as legendary as any of his outlaw country counterparts.

And now, PIAPTK Records wants to pay homage to this living legend and his songwriting through a new double LP full of amazing artists putting their own personal spin on his classic tales of ne’er-do-wells, miscreants, ladies men, hard luck heroes, and misunderstood every-men battling the devil. We contacted all of the friends and artists that we have worked with over the years, and within months, we had over 35 incredible submissions.

Preview ALL of the tracks at: http://soundcloud.com/piaptk-kristofferson-trib/sets/rising-cost-of-livin-high-and

Tracks by Advance Base, Wooden Wand featuring the Scrivener, Little Wings, Simon Joyner, Golden Boots, Calvin Johnson, Turner Cody, Karl Blau, The Blank Tapes, The Gifted Children, Assateague, An Experiment, RFK Heise, Ohian, Wckr Spgt, The Gift Machine, Great Lakes, New Science Projects, Amo Joy!, The Ocean Floor, Southerly, Daring Ear, Matt Hopper, Good Saints, Bob Simpson, and the Black Swans. 

4) U of Washington Henry Art Gallery Residency Lathe Cuts - This summer I was asked to do an art residency at the University of Washington as part of the traveling exhibit, The Record.  I approached Shins/Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, Fruit Bats head honcho Eric D. Johnson, and Seattle stalwarts Grand Archives about submitting 8 min of music, which I then lathe cut onto high quality 10" lacquers in front of a live audience during three days of the residency. The B-side of each record is silkscreened and autographed by the recording artist! The records were sold only to attendees of the exhibit.  Each one was limited to 40 copies. However, I have a couple copies of each from my artist copies that are available for sale here: http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/products/508334-henry-art-gallery-residency-10-s-eric-d-johnson-grand-archives-and-joe-plummer

5) K Records Distro!  I hand-picked some items from K Records (a PIAPTK inspiration) and we now have them for sale.
Microphones - the Glow Pt 2 3xLP
Calvin Johnson & The Sons of the Soil - K captain with supergroup backing band Kyle Field (Little Wings), Jason Anderson, and Adam Forkner (White Rainbow)
Halo Benders - God Don't Make No Junk LP - The classic from Calvin Johnson and Doug Martsch (Built To Spill).  Probably one of the best albums that the indie rock genre ever spawned. 
Electric Sunset - ST LP - Debut from former Desolation Wilderness frontman and filmaker, Nick Zwart.
Karl Blau - Max 12" EP - in silkscreened and letterpressed cover!

Pick them up HERE: http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/products/508072-k-recs-distro

6) FREE Digital album of your choice/UnBuyThat.com - My little sister and her husband just launched their new tech startup, UnBuyThat.com.  It is an online market place for the buying and selling of experiences.  As of right now, they have just launched and are trying to generate content.  She asked me for my email list, and I gave it to her (because she is my sister and I love her), under the condition that she did not add anyone to a recurring email list, and only sent you one invite. I know you hate spam as much as me.  Please check it out and sign up for an account.  Anyone who signs up for an account and sends me the email address they used to sign up will receive a free MP3 download of any PIAPTK album we've ever released!  After signing up, just send an email to: mike@piaptk.com with the email address you used to sign up and the album that you want!  Your help and patronage is greatly appreciated.  Their next round of funding is dependent upon getting users signed up on the site. 

Thank you as always!

Mike

PIAPTK.com

Posted on January 22nd, 2013