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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
MEGA SALE! RSTVMO, Fur Family, and Keith John Adams!

2. NEW R STEVIE MOORE SATURDAY SINGLES SERIES!

R Stevie Saturday Singles Series #4 - E Not Laid/Inconsiderations Pt. 1  new pair of ambient drone noise instrumental left turns from the god/father of DIY home recording. 

The fourth installment of an R. Stevie Moore Singles Series.  On occasional (every 3 or 4 weeks) Saturdays, we will put up for sale a new 7" square lathe cut from R. Stevie Moore in a hand-letterpressed cover.  We will leave the orders up for only 24 hours, and then we will make however many were preordered (plus artist copies).  They will not be available again after the initial 24 hour period. Buy it Here: http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/bands/r-stevie-moore

To sign up on the PIAPTK/R. Stevie Mailing list to receive ONLY Stevie-related PIAPTK news, go here: http://eepurl.com/o2vLD

3. Fur Family - Musk Ox Lathe Cut 7" - A three song single from Tucson up-and-comers, Fur Family.  Closely related to PIAPTK favorites Golden Boots, Fur Family consists of former Golden Boots bassist, Sean Rogers, writing the tunes and playing guitars, with musical assistance from the Golden Boots core of Rian Eggleston and Dmitri Manos (also of Dr. Dog).   Clear, square lathe cut 7"s in covers printed and silkscreened by the band.  Ltd Ed of 50. Pick it up here: http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/bands/golden-boots/products

4. Keith John Adams - Change/Sparrow Lathe Cut 7" Single - A new single from our favorite BBC TV reporter, and old friend, Keith John Adams. Having taken it easy over the last couple years busy with his day job and daddyhood, KJA finally sends us in the US some new tunes... Probably the first and last time PIAPTK will ever release anything even remotely resembling a Ska song (did you know that I played Moog for a month in a ska band in college? don't tell anyone).  But despite the horns, this song is pretty awesome. Check out the video if you don't believe me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?

The covers were letterpressed on onion skin vellum.  What I didn't realize, being the first time that I letterpressed onto onion skin vellum, is that letterpress ink doesn't dry well on onion skin vellum, and despite letting it dry for three days, they ink still got all smudgy and weird. But, most of them actually look kind of cool, so Keith and I decided to use them.  You like stuff that is handmade, right? Even if it is by screw-ups trying something a little different?

50 copies on square, clear, lathe cut polycarbonate.

5. New Free Golden Boots Digital Sampler! - A Brand NEW (as of Sept 2012) Sampler from Tucson alt-alt-country-psychicana-freak-pop-savants, The Golden Boots.  A handful of tracks culled from recent albums, with a few rarities thrown in for those already familiar with "the hits". 

Pick up the FREE Sampler here: http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/bands/golden-boots/products

Vinyl and some digital available from PIAPTK.com, and ALL digital albums are available at: GoldenBoots.Bandcamp.com

Posted on October 26th, 2012
Kristofferson Tribute, This Frontier Needs Heroes, and R Stevie Moore Saturday Singles Club!



As summer winds down, and I have to go back to my day job, we’ve got a few really exciting things happening:
1. Kris Kristofferson 2xLP Tribute Kickstarter
2. This Frontier Needs Heroes “2012” 8” pyramid shaped picture disc
3. R. Stevie Saturday Singles Series


The Rising Cost of Livin’ High and Lovin’ Hard: A 2xLP 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 27 incredible submissions.

Unfortunately, we need your help to release this amazing double album. PIAPTK Records has released 95 records over the last 6 years. However, in the next several months, PIAPTK will be dramatically decreasing releases as it’s proprietor gets ready to move his wife and 2 year old daughter into a motor home to hit the road and take travel jobs for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we have neither the money, nor the storage space required to produce a double LP. 

In addition, in order to produce a tribute album, one most pay mechanical royalties to the songwriter. While some small labels/independent artists do not pay these royalties on small run releases, we, at PIAPTK, have always felt it important to compensate the writers of the songs that our artists love enough to record. We feel especially dutiful to compensate Kris. However, these royalties are no small sum. $.11 per song, per copy produced (not sold), plus a registration fee for each song. Another problem with vinyl compilations is the problem of artist copies. The artists have donated their time and recording expense to make these recordings, but at the industry-standard artist copy distribution (10%), each artist will only receive 2 copies (not even enough for everyone in the band to receive one, in many cases!)


So, with 24 songs times 500 copies times $.10 each, a run of 500 double albums is $1100 just in royalties. Mastering, plating, pressing, printing of covers, shipping, etc of a double LP is close to $6,000. Meaning that all in all, this project will cost $7,100. Many of the artists involved have contributed to the cause, but we still need a LOT of help to make this happen.


We are asking, no…, begging, for you to help us make this project that we believe so deeply in, a reality. While we really need $6,000, we are setting the first bar at $4,000. Anything above and beyond that will be used to make the record better, the packaging better, and to fund additional artist copies. 


Preview ALL of the tracks at: http://soundcloud.com/piaptk-kristofferson-trib/sets/rising-cost-of-livin-high-and
The Rising Cost of Livin’ High and Lovin’ Hard: A Tribute to Kris Kristofferson:
Wooden Wand feat. The Scrivener – Tell Me One More Time
Little Wings - I May Smoke Too Much
Simon Joyner - Help Me Make It Through The Night
Golden Boots – Best of All Possible Worlds
Calvin Johnson, Sandman The Rappin' Cowboy, Timezone Lafontaine, and Andras Jones – The Highwayman
Turner Cody – Sam’s Song
Karl Blau - Here Comes That Rainbow Again
The Blank Tapes – Other Side of Nowhere
The Gifted Children – Enough For You
Assateague – Josie
RFK Heise – Stranger
Ohian – Year 2000 + 7&5
Wckr Spgt – Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
The Gift Machine – The Taker
The Great Lakes – Nobody Wins
New Science Projects – The Pilgrim: Chapter 33
Amo Joy! – Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down
Miniature and Presidential – Bottle to the Bottom
The Ocean Floor – For the Good Times
Daring Ear – Silver Tongued Devil and I
Southerly – Same Old Song
Matt Hopper – Jody and the Kid
The Black Swans – Moment of Forever
Good Saints – Breakdown
Bob Simpson – Jesus Was A Capricorn
Receive Special letterpressed covers, test pressings, exclusive colored vinyl, lathe cuts with bonus tracks, t-shirts, etc!  CONTRIBUTE HERE: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/piaptk/a-2xlp-tribute-to-kris-kristofferson



2. This Frontier Needs Heroes “2012”

A one-sided, pyramid shaped, picture disc with a ode to the impending (or not) apocalypse. Originally released by the band as a run of lathecuts.com-cut picnic plates, PIAPTK liked the song so much we asked them if we could do the re-release. Comes with a glow-in-the-dark silkscreened insert.
Will be released (arrive on your doorstep) on Sept 21, so that you will have exactly three months to enjoy it before the world ends (or doesn't).


3. R. Stevie Moore Saturday Singles Singles Series – 
Starting this Saturday, and Every(ish) Saturday thereafter, for as long as we and Stevie feel inclined, PIAPTK will be opening up preorders for a new R. Stevie Moore clear, square, lathe cut single in a hand-set letterpressed cover. The preorders will last for 24 hours.  We will then make only that many records (plus artist copies) and the single will be out of print forever. To sign up to the PIAPTK Stevie email list (separate list that will only contain Stevie-related emails) to remind ya, click here: http://eepurl.com/o2vLD .
 
Thank you as always for your support! Mike 

Posted on August 30th, 2012
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