1. Jim White - Waffles, Triangles, and Jesus 2xLP Preorder PLUS Bonus Demo lathecut!
Scratch another of my favorite artists off ye old PIAPTK bucket list. I fell in love with the music of Jim White in 2007 when I walked into a record store/head shop in Odessa, Tx and heard his at-that-time-new album, Drill a Hole In That Substrate and Tell Me What You See, playing over the PA. He's a former NYC Cab driver, European Male Model, Pro surfer, etc etc. The kind of guy who's backstory mythos is just a compliment to his amazing songwriting, rather than the entirety of his cultural appeal. Musically, he's extremely diverse, one song might be a tear jerker about a murder, while the next song ponders eternal questions like "What if Jesus Drove a Motorhome?". Sort of an angel-voiced Southern Gentleman Tom Waits.
He's released records on Luaka Bop (David Byrne's label), Yep Roc, etc. Huge Indie Rock Americana stalwart labels.... and now for some reason that I don't fully understand, he's agreed to let PIAPTK release his new one, Waffle, Triangles, and Jesus.
There are only 150 copies on WAFFLES AND SYRUP colored vinyl, and the only place to get them is PIAPTK or from Jim himself. We have 100 to sell online and he has 50 to sell at shows. INCLUDES VINYL ONLY BONUS TRACK!
PREORDER BONUS: Also available only until the release date of Feb. 2, you can get a bonus lathe cut 7" with the 1994 home recorded four-track demo of "Wash A World Away"... a song that was written 23 years ago, but didn't get a proper recording and release until 2018!
Will arrive before release date. Includes a digital download card
2. Lathe Cut Camp 7: March 3-5. 2018.
(THIS CAMP FOCUSES ON NEWBIES AND THOSE WITHOUT MACHINES, BUT WHO WANT TO LEARN AND SEE IF INVESTING IN A LATHE IS A GOOD FIT FOR THEM, OR THOSE WHO RECENTLY ACQUIRED A LATHE AND WANT TO LEARN THE SECRETS!)
YOU ALSO GET TO CUT YOUR OWN RECORDS AND TAKE THEM WITH YOU!
March 3,4,5th, 2017 (Sat March3 and Sunday March 4th are the most important days, the 5th is just additional practice and cutting of attendees records, in case you have to leave early)
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 7 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
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 (DO NOT book a hotel on Oracle Rd unless you enjoy the company of tweekers and ladies of the night).
RENTAL ROOOMS AVAILABLE: 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 (you can come in Friday night and stay until Tuesday, or longer if you want) for $200.
You can also stay in one of the bedrooms of my kitschy, quirky midmod house for $125 (each bedroom sleeps at least 2, so if you are coming with a friend/partner, just buy one bedroom for the both of you). There may be other people staying in the other bedrooms, so you will share a bathroom and a common space. Rooms available: MASTER BEDROOM (one full size bed, and your own bathroom), CREEPY OLD MAN ROOM (one full, one twin, and lots of paintings of creepy old dudes), PINK ROOM: One queen, one twin, pink and blue stripes.
About the Presenter: For more info on me, please visit the About page of this site.
PICK THEM UP HERE!
3. Penpal Update
I know I've been an awful penpal. I got 25ish penpal packages months ago, and have been out of town/the country almost the entire time. That being said, all of the packages are sitting unopened, in a box just waiting for me to open them and write replies. The records are done and ready, and I THINK you will find them worth the wait. It is a split 7" on Baseball Field shaped vinyl from two artists that will be well known to PIAPTK fans, one of which is a "reunion" of sorts. Both artists requested that their involvement not be announce formally, but you will have NO problem recognizing them when you receive them. Also, each cover is different. Each one features a photo that was found almost 20 years ago in the wall of a garage that my friend drove his car through. It was a box of stained and weathered large format negatives that I scanned in, color inverted, and forgot about. Now, they've been given new life as part of his project and each cover will be picked out especially for you.
I am hoping to get these replies mailed out soon. Thanks for your patience!
4. Post Inventory OOP Drag Out of Previously Sold-Out Records..
Every year we have to do inventory, and that usually means finding extra copies of things that we didn't sell at the time in order to save copies for post office mishaps, defective products, etc etc. Also, in the case of the King Gizzard record, there were a couple people who tried to buy 5-10 copies, whose orders we canceled or scaled back.
So, there are now super scarce copies of KGATLW, Devendra, Tara Jane ONeil, Floating Action, Willis Earl Beal, etc. At some point we will be digging out more rarities and test pressings.
PICK THEM UP HERE!
5. New Site Coming One of the Days!
I, more than anyone, realize how crappy my website is. I've migrated most of it over to a Shopify account, and will hopefully one of these days put the finishing touches on it so it can be launched... but, I'm never in town to finish it, and I'm really sorry about that. In the meantime, if you have problems, please keep emailing me at Mike@piaptk.com.