Limited Edition Vinyl Recordings & Handmade Musical Artifacts from Tucson, AZ
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Truck Tears - Unique 8" Pic Discs

Truck Tears was a project put together by Paul Cossette (Sturgill Simpsons' Grammy Nominated Engineer who just moved back to Tucson to open a studio) and Joel Crocco (Tucson/Paris wild man from a ton of bands around here and there) with the modest goal of playing and recording a couple of sad bastard old country tunes (one made famous by Ray Price and the other by Hank Williams, Sr) with friends (Including Nate Mahan of Shannon and the Clams) in true Nashville Sound style to be released on 8" pic discs on Valentines Day. #MissionAccomplished. The results are great. Check them out and/or download them for free at: https://trucktears.bandcamp.com

Limited Edition of 60 unique 8" Square pic discs, we all got together with my cricut cutter, some beers, and some spray paint and experimented with color schemes and patterns, making each one it's own work of art.

Posted on February 14th, 2021
Mute Swan (mem of Forest Fallows) - Only Ever LP

I think this might be the only SINGLE RELEASE email I've ever sent out. If that weirds you out, please pretend like there are multiple releases and buy a couple other things that you missed in previous emails. Might I suggest the Golden Boots - Instrumental LP, The Scott McMicken Pic Disc, The Nau+Floating Action Dream Sitch LP, or the Sloppy Joe and The Cruise LP. Or if you wanna dig back to the good old days of PIAPTK, THis Southerly LP is great, as is this Lazer Zeppelin record.



MUTE SWAN (Mem of Forest Fallows) - ONLY EVER LP! LTD Ed first pressing on White Pearl Vinyl

The new record from Tucson's Mute Swan... which is the more rockin' shoegaze psychedelic project from Forest Fallow's Mike Barnett. If you are into that 90s' Dream Pop wall of Melodic Noise vibe ala Swervedriver, Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride, etc you will love this record.


(If you don't already have it, PICK UP THE FOREST FALLOWS LP... it's great!!!)

First pressing is limited to 300 copies on white pearl vinyl.

Check it out here: https://muteswanmusic.bandcamp.com/music

Official Blurb:

Mute Swan is the louder, psychedelic parallel-project of PIAPTK alumnus Forest Fallow's Mike Barnett (guitar, vocals). Along with Prabjit Virdee (bass,vocals), Thomas Sloane (guitar) and Gilbert Flores (drums), the Tucson-based four-piece blends neo-psychedelic guitar rock with 90's shoegaze, dream pop and post-punk. They formed in 2014 when two projects dissolved in order to work on something more ambitious, with more attention to production on-stage and in-studio. Since then they've put out an LP, 2 EP's, and a handful of singles and music videos, drawing attention from the Fader and numerous other music publications. In addition to extensive touring across the US, they've opened for The Psychedelic Furs, Modern English, Soft Kill, Wild Nothing, Chris Cohen, No Joy, and many others.

Mute Swan's third offering, Only Ever, takes ingredients from the 90's british underground (fuzzy chorus-laden guitars, airy vocals, hypnotic rhythms) and melds them into a more modern psych-rock style. As it additionally draws from post-punk one moment and krautrock the next, the nine track album manages to weave multiple threads into something cohesive unto itself. While often enveloped in thick vocal effects, the lyrics range in theme from criticisms of the ruling class, to the opioid epidemic, to more personal and philosophical musings. With its experimental approach to production and sonic details, these songs take multiple listens to fully digest and appreciate.


Tracks:
1. Go Out in the Light 2. Burnt Almonds 3. Sedative Sun 4. 4 Over 3 5. Life-Like Dream 6. Only Ever 7. Oblivion 8. DIssolution 9. Enough Fun

Posted on February 5th, 2021
Lee Baggett Art Pak + Lost Grunge Album, Briana Marela Color Modulating Lenticular Pic Disc

It's been 8 years since PIAPTK left its' childhood home of Olympia, WA. Now, the 14 year old awkward teenager of a record label is coming home to take a stroll down memory lane for an OLY-ONLY edition, with two of my three favorite Olympia artists... Briana Marela and Lee Gull Baggett!

Also, today is my 42nd bday. I started PIAPTK 14 years ago, so that means that this year, PIAPTK has been with me for 1/3rd of my entire life. Which doesn't sound like that much, but considering I wasn't really doing shit for the first 14 years, I'm going to make it an honorary "Half My Life Project" today on my birthday. If the President can try to extort the Secretary of State of Georgia into fudging the numbers, so can I. But, I digress.



This email is dedicated to the memory of Jonathan Lee Horne, a good bud who passed away last night after a short but vicious battle with stage 4 bone cancer. If you are a customer of JNR, you may very well have interacted with Jonathan over the years. Rest in Power Chords, Jonathan.

This is a short one.



1) Briana Marela - Eclipse Lenticular 7" Lathe Cut Pic Disc
2) Lee Gull Baggett Art Pak / Lost Grunge Album




1) Briana Marela - Eclipse Color Modulating Lenticular Lathe Cut Pic Disc

Our first Lenticular Pic Disc (something I've wanted to do for years, but never gotten around to), with art by Joey Moran that perfectly matches the instrumental sound collage created by Briana Marela. The discs color scheme and pattern modulates as the disc plays (Check the @PIAPTK instagram to see what I mean).

Limited Edition of 60 copies.

Briana is an old friend from Olympia. She has released records on Jagjaguwuar, been commissioned to create a piece for Radiolab, recorded an album with Alec Somers (Sigur Ros) in Iceland, received an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College, etc. She is a fascinating artist and you can learn more about her here: https://brianamarela.com/

PIAPTK released a single for her almost a decade ago called "I Don't Belong To You" which featured frontwards vocals over backwards music on the A-Side and the same song with Backwards Vocals over frontwards music for the B-side (and the B-side was cut from the inside out to play backwards).

About this piece from Briana:

Eclipse is an electro-acoustic piece recorded on a 1/4" Otari tape machine, utilizing performative varispeed, physical tape manipulation, and using 80% tape splices and analog techniques. It began as a piece I composed titled "Ascendant" that was performed by the Eclipse String Quartet (http://www.eclipsequartet.com/) and recorded at Mills College in the concert hall. Sections of the stereo recording of "Ascendant" were then recorded from my computer onto tape, varying the speed of the machine while recording as well as during the transfer back to digital. Creating unique gestures that sound like they live in their own imaginary realm, paying close attention to amplitude contouring, splicing quick changes in contrast to static chordal clusters that hover and breathe. The piece is named after the quartet to pay respect to the talent of the players sampled. Artist Joey Moran (@futureforestsss on IG) of Olympia created a lenticular immersive colorful artwork for the 7" cover that fits the ambient nature of the composition.




2) Lee Gull Baggett Art Pak / Lost Grunge Album


We got a little carried away making this art pak, but to paraphrapse Hunter S. Thompson " “Not that we needed all this for the release, but once you get locked into a seriously over indulgent art pak, the tendency is to push it as far as you can"

LIMITED EDITION OF 50.

I love Lee, who is not only my favorite outsider Americana songwriter, but also one of my favorite visual artists. This Art Pak is also the first time in decades that anyone has heard Fever Tree, Lee's early-90s Grunge Band that he had with his brother, Ted, and is a really fun nostalgic peek at a world that some of us remember first hand, and others of you only know through movies like SIngles or from your parents "war stories"... that of early 90s small town local bands.


You Get:
--1x Custom Fever Tree Business Card Flip-Out Flash Drive (didn't know these existed? Us either, but they are amazing for carrying in your wallet so you always have a flash drive on hand/under ass) Loaded with the Fever Tree - To-And-Fro Pt. 1, 18 track album.
--1x Reproduction Newspaper Clipping of an original (and hilarious) 1991 writeup about Fever Tree in the local San Luis Obsipo, CA weekly
--1x Unique Handdrawn 5x7" Art card featuring a one-of-a-kind pen and water color drawing of one (or more) of Lee's bizarre creatures shredding the gnar.
--1x Lee Gull Burner Rolling Papers packs
--3x Lee Gull / Fever Tree / and Wizard Riding A Walrus 1.5" buttons
--11x 4" weatherproof die cut stickers of various Lee drawings

--All encased inside a Lee Gull psychedelic smell proof bud baggie.

Posted on January 3rd, 2021
Nau + FlAction + Jim James, Veronica Bianqui, Perfectly Close + More.

Hi! Here we go into another wonderful quarantine winter. But we got some siq nu jamz to warm you up on those cold winter evenings. By the way, if you STILL haven't checked out the Lost 1975 Trop-Rock classic, Keep On Cruisin' by Sloppy Joe and the Cruise, it TRULY is the record you need right now.

Anyway, onto the new shit.

1. Dream Sitch (Michael Nau + Seth Kaufman Collab LP w/ a preorder only Bonus Lathe Cut with a Jim James Remix!)
2. Veronica Bianqui - Debut LP of Mod Garage Pop from Blank Tapes guitarist, Veronica Bianqui
3. Perfectly Close - ST Album CD-Record
4. Tax Deductions for Musicians, Artists, and Side Hustlers!
5. Wooden Wand's new Podcast - The Toth Zone
6. New Distro - Tons of new (and old) stuff from Joyful Noise Recordings, K Records, Org Music, Electricity and Lust, etc
7. New stuff in Archives, etc - Deep cleaning a packed to the rafters 2500 sq foot studio, fulfillment center, garage sale find storage zone, all kinds of shit drifts to the top.



Dream Sitch - Long Distance Quarantine Collaboration Album from Michael Nau and Seth Kaufman (Floating Action).

This is a preorder that ships on or before Dec 4th.

Well, 2020 and COVID-19 ain't ALL bad, I guess. It did give us THIS record. An internet long distance quarantine collaboration between Michael Nau and Seth Kauffman of Floating Action under the Dream Sitch moniker. And it is exactly what you would expect from musical powerhouses. Quirky, poppy, and beautiful.

First (and maybe only?) Pressing on Jellybean Pressman's Choice Color Vinyl by our buddies at Kindercore Record Pressing.

Released in Conjunction with our good buddies at OrgMusic.com. They release a lot of incredible stuff, and we just stocked up with some of their things (Mike Watt, Sun Ra, etc on the Distro page).

Preorders placed before the Dec 4th release date can purchase the preorder-only Add-on "Random Drops" (what we call weird shapes (like this) that are left over whenever we route out circular discs from large sheets of plastic) Star Shaped lathe cut of Jim James' (My Morning Jacket) Remix of "Random Drips". 4:20 of aural ecstacy spread over two sides of a 5" record. Random Drips (Jim James Remix) Pt One B/W Random Drips (Jim James Remix) Pt Two.

Listen to the Nov 2020 Preorder Playlist on Spotify

PICK ONE UP HERE!


Veronica Bianqui - Debut LP

This is a preorder that ships on or before Dec 4th.

The debut solo LP of garage mod pop goodness from Blank Tapes guitarist Veronica Bianqui.

Released in conjunction with our good buds at Almost Halloween Time, Science Project Records, and Wallflower Records.

First pressing on Ltd Ed Pink Vinyl!

LA native, vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Veronica Bianqui integrates the raw energy of garage rock & power pop with the passion of classic soul and R&B, and the pop sensibilities of 60s girl groups. Recorded by Grammy Award winning engineer Mark Rains (Tanya Tucker, Death Valley Girls, Alice Bag), and co-produced by Bianqui and Matt Adams (The Blank Tapes, Sugar Candy Mountain),

Bianqui’s long awaited debut album contains a collection of songs written over the past several years. These songs represent a previous version of herself, before profound external and internal changes had occurred in and around Bianqui’s world. This is why the album is more than just an album release - it is the release of a past life, of past struggles and pain, and old belief systems. If you look closely on the inner circle of the vinyl, there is a special inscription that encapsulates the whole feeling of what releasing this album and all Bianqui’s loss means. This album is the stepping stone into womanhood, the closing of a long long chapter, and a time capsule of who and what used to be.

Listen to the Nov 2020 Preorder Playlist on Spotify

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Perfectly Close - ST Album CD-Record

Perfectly Close is 8 songs of longing from Quarantine Denver, recorded at Nathaniel Ratliff's house April 2020 by my good buddy Adam Baumeister (ex- Bad Weather California, Esme Patterson, Flobots, etc) Released on Meep / Piaptk.

SAMPLE IT HERE: https://meeprecords1.bandcamp.com/album/perfectly-close (And check out some of his other MEEP stuff while you are at it!)

SOLD AT COST just to get it in the hands of folks that will enjoy it. The first run of this CD includes a bonus vinyl groove of the tune Night Hunter
1. Look at Us Now 2. Our First Kiss 3. Don't Look Away 4. Stories We Tell 5. Myths Amiss 6. Rough Mix, 7. Alicia 8. Without Sayings - Bonus Groove Track Night Hunter

Adam Baumeister - songs / gtr
Chris Adolf - gtr
Scott Beck - drums
Jess DeNicola - vocals
Kate Hannington - oboe / clarinet / wurlitzer
Joe Sampson - bass

Listen to the Nov 2020 Preorder Playlist on Spotify


Tax Deductions for Artists, Musicians and Side Hustlers

PAY LESS TAXES ON YOUR DAY JOB BY DEDUCTING LOSSES FROM YOUR “ART BUSINESS”!!!!

This is a seminar for anyone that is spending money being an artist or musician while simultaneously working a day job to support themselves. Or anyone who makes their living through art but doesn't already know the ins and outs of self-employment tax law!.

Many artists and musicians don't realize that EVERY CENT they spend that is related to the art business that they are building can be deducted from the income they made at their day job when it comes time to calculate the money they owe the US Government for income taxes. AND IT'S TOTALLY LEGAL.

For example... if you make $30,000 tending bar or working retail, but you spend $10,000 more on supplies, mileage, travel, equipment, etc than you make at your Art Business (doesn't have to be registered as an LLC or DBA yet), then it can lower your tax liability by $10,000. That means you pay $2,500 LESS in taxes for the year.

There are SO MANY legal deductions available to artists, musicians, and small business owners, and I will help you start taking advantage of these deductions.

***I am not an accountant, but I have been very carefully studied entertainment tax law and taught basic accounting in high school for a decade. For more on me, check out www.MichaelDixonVinylArt.com


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Wooden Wand's James Jackson Toth's new Podcast

It's been a LONG time since we've heard from JJT, which is a total shame. He retired from music a few years ago (a feat that I never imagined any more possible than me shutting down PIAPTK, or Floating Action actually releasing a truly "final" album. But at least now we know what he's been working on. This podcast is basically a serialized audiobook of James' "Memoirs", the insights of a true musical obsessive. An awful lot of this has hit REALLY close to home. If you are an "of a certain age", aging hipster like myself and James, who came of age in the last gasp of pre-digital culture of the 90s, you will get a twinge on nostalgia. If you are one of those avocado toast eating millenials, then let JJT school ya on "how it used ta be..." James is incredible writer and narrator and has a lot of really incredible stories to tell.

Check it out here!


New Distro - Tons of new (and old) stuff from Joyful Noise Recordings, K Records, Org Music, Electricity and Lust, etc

Dug out a bunch of old distro stuff, and added a TON of distro from Org Music, Joyful Noise, K Records, and Electricity and Lust Records.

PICK ONE UP HERE!


New Archives - y'know... as usual

We have been completely rearranging the studio, trying to figure out how the hell I'm ever going to be able to not be tied to this 2500 sq foot basement like cement boots on a snorkel trip. Came across a fair number of random boxes, unclaimed rarities, crap that fell behind bookshelves, etc etc (Spoiler alert... despite taking LITERALLY a 15' Uhaul packed to the roof of stuff either to my house for a garage sale or to the dump, the studio looks just as full, but better organized. Stuff from Scott McMicken, Little Wings, Golden Boots - Blunderlust 10", First pressings and rare colors of Sugar Candy Mountain 666 & Haboob, Graves and Karl Blau 4 way Split Northwest, Floating Action, etc. Perhaps as each month goes by I get less and less attached to these beautiful items, and well, maybe I also hold back some of the rarities to throw out a little bit of new click bait out each time. Sorry, not sorry. The music business is ruff, yall.


That's it. I love yall. Thanks for reading this far!

PICK ONE UP HERE!

Posted on November 23rd, 2020
Little Wings Wonderue Preview! Fall Archives and Overstock Sale

Well, things are still looking wacky and unpredictable over here in Tucson. How are you?

We may be having to move out of the studio I've had since I moved to Tucson (over 8 years ago), which means 2500 sq ft stacked to the rafters with record lathes, PIAPTK backstock, garage sale finds, arts supplies, thrift store art, my LP collection, etc are gonna have to go somewhere. And I have no idea where the hell that is going to be, so, hopefully you can help me relocate micro-doses of goodness to your place. And to help you do that, I've dragged some extra stuff out of boxes and onto the archives pages of the site. And we are having another overstock sale with NOS old releases for as cheap as $1.

There is also some weird stuff on the horizon that may require me moving out of Tucson (WAYYY out of Tucson) to follow my kid, so any help you can do to lighten my load will be greatly appreciated!

Also, I'm driving from Tucson to Seattle starting Friday, so if you live on the west coast and have been considering buying a record lathe, now is your time to get it delivered and get trained on it! But hmu soon af.

Ok, onto a few things.

2. Dream Sitch (Nau + Floating Action) 1st Single Released
3. Little Wings Wonderue Preview 10" and Wonderue LP Distro
4. Spring cleaning Archives Refresh
5. Dollar Bin Yard Sale



DREAM SITCH RELEASE FIRST SINGLE

The Michael Nau + Floating Action Long Distance Quarantine Project, Dream Sitch, released their first single "From Now On" on Spotify and you can Stream it HERE! The Lps are set to be released in December, and there will probably be a preorder in Mid-November. More to come on this one.




LITTLE WINGS WONDERUE PREVIEW 10" + WONDERUE LP

My love for Little Wings is no secret... I talk about it on the first line of almost every new release I release for him/them. Wonderue is ONE OF THOSE RECORDS. My second favorite LW record and part of the Wonder Trilogy. Faith Children, Shredder Sequel, I saw Reflections, etc. This album is awesome, and is currently not available on Spotify. The LP has been reissued by our buds at Moone Records in Phoenix and we traded with them to get some distro copies. Stream Wonderue here: https://uproxx.com/indie/little-wings-wonderue-rei...

But the real PIAPTK news is Wonderue Preview. A weird cassette tape that Kyle put out in 1999 just before Wonderue was released initially. The songs on Preview are not directly related to Wonderue, but with LW, everything has ties to whatever else is in his canon. If you don't already know what I mean, you should dig deep and be richly rewarded.

I've had a crappy internet bootleg copy of Wonderue Preview for years and always loved it. (I initially got turned on to Wonderue Preview by Graves, who did a cover of I'm Feeling Tough, and I asked Greg " I have every Little Wings album, how do I not know this song?!?!")

So, when I saw Moone beat me to reissuing Wonderue (A few years ago, Kyle and I talked about releasing the whole Wonder Trilogy (Wonderue, Discover Worlds of Wonder, and The Wonder City as a boxset, but that was too expensive, and I think I was probably quitting the label for the 58th time around then, so it never materialized), I reached out about reissuing a Lathe Cut of Wonderue Preview. I was hoping that Kyle had the masters, but of course he didn't (he is not the best archivist of his own output), and the copy I had would have sounded like total garbage and would have been even worse on a lathe cut. So I called all my LW collector nerd buddies and found that Chad Heile had an original cassette. His roommate, Bryan Wollen agreed to digitize it for us and did a great job. Unfortunately the tape probably didn't sound super great to begin with, so even the well transferred transfer was hissy and lo-fi. So, we hired Richard Houghten to master it and he slayed it. The master sounds SOOOO Much better than the original. Unfortunately, cutting to a lathe cut is a LOT different than just audio mastering, so myself and Chris Levesque spent a lot more time getting it to sound right on a lathe cut. And considering the consequences of this records birth, I am extremely proud of what we all accomplished. I think it sounds great (with the asterisk of what it is) and totally appropriate for the material.

I hope you enjoy it.

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SPRING CLEANING ARCHIVES REFRESH

You know how it goes. I do this every year or so. I clean up the studio, I find a box of this and that, I get less attached to my standard 3-5 archives copies that are held back, etc. Well, Oops I did it again, I dug through the box, and brought up new good stuff that you're gonna love... doo doo be doo doo. Found a lot of great long out of print stuff, Scottman, Devendra, Tunde Adimbe, Floating Action, Michael Nau, Jason Lytle, Grandaddy, etc etc.

Check Them Up Here




OVERSTOCK DOLLAR BIN SALE

You also know how this one goes, because I do it every year or so as well. I release a bad ass record, nobody checks it out, nobody buys it, and hundreds of copies sit on my shelf feeling unappreciated, and then I mark em down way below cost in the hopes that one of you fine folks takes a chance and throws down a couple bucks to bring it into your home and love it. ::Cue the Sarah McLachlan Soundtrack::

Help, you, me, the artist, and the collective human consciousness out by taking a chance on something you don't have.


Pick Them Up Here


Posted on September 27th, 2020