Limited Edition Vinyl Recordings & Handmade Musical Artifacts from Tucson, AZ
Floating Action(ish) Gospel LP, Blank Tapes Quarantine Single, new SM Wolf Album!

Well shit. What a time to be alive, huh?

I've been woodshedding down in The Lathe Cave cutting like crazy to keep from going crazy. Got three new releases this time from some of the 'ol PIAPTK Regulars, Floating Action(ish), SM Wolf, and The Blank Tapes. But equally exciting is what is coming down the pipe very soon... some old buds that it's been a while since I worked with... Briana Marela and Lee “Gull” Baggett. But, that will be another email in a week or two.

One thing: For the near future, I am not “limiting editions” of this stuff. I am not going to keep making it forever, but I also don't want people who are struggling financially to have to choose between groceries and a record because they are afraid it will sell out. So, you know, if your income stream has not been disrupted or that $1200 is burning a hole in yr pockets, it would help ME and the artists out if you buy some of this stuff, but if you are struggling, don't worry, I'll make you one special down the road when you get back on yr feet if I have to. We (democratic) socialists over here and we control the means of production.


1. Floating Action “Bring It Back Alive” Gospel Album from 1997
2. The Blank Tapes – Covid-19 Quarantine b/w Isolation Blues 8” Lathe Cut
3. SM Wolf – Phases of What Album: CD/Vinyl Hybrid plus livestream and video premiere.

Floating Action “Bring It Back Alive” Lathe Cut LP Gospel Album from 1997

This is a hidden rarity. Not ACTUALLY a Floating Action record, but an album Seth did with his friend Bryan Cates and the Moore Sisters from the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. This is a great Gospel LP and any funk/soul crate digger would be stoked to come across this if it were disguised as a late 60s/early 70s album and would be unlikely to know the difference.

(If you ordered the Standard Edition of Floating Action's Outsider Art, those should be here and start shipping in the next couple of weeks... Select "Add-On" at the order page and have this added on with no extra postage. Any other items you purchase along with this will also be shipped free with Outsider Art and you will receive a shipping refund for anything you paid on this order as I start to process them).

I rarely do Lathe Cut Lps because they are expensive and take forever, and until recently we've had pretty mixed luck with fidelity on larger records, but these came out sounding really nice! NOTE: May not play on cheap turntables that don't have 12” platters because the plastic isn't as rigid as a pressed record and slumps without support from the platter.

It was 1997, Bryan Cates (my best friend & musical ride or die since age 5) and I were 20 yr olds in Greensboro, NC. We felt it was our duty to make the current musical landscape a better place, by making 'the quintessential gospel album'. This was pre cel phone, pre internet, pre email era, and we were young idiots who didn't know anybody, basically. Bryan sort of knew a piano player (Big Derrick Morris) in Winston Salem, NC, who was a co-worker an old school gospel singer Maxine Gwynn, who had two sisters (Veronica and Carolyn) who all sang in church together. Incredible singers. It's hard to describe just how difficult it was 'back then' to track down a bunch of strangers in different towns, and try to get them together to make an album. We finally did, manage to all get together for three different Saturday afternoon sessions, spread throughout a year or two(!). We also had our friend /the best drummer in the area, Shane Key, on drums. We didn't believe in bass back then for some reason...felt it wasn't legit? Not sure why. We were so deep into old blues and gospel recordings then, and you often can't really hear all the instruments, so I think we thought there just wasn't bass? So anyway, we had Shane on drums, Big Derrick on piano, me on electric guitar, Maxine, Veronica, and Carolyn singing, and Bryan singing lead and playing acoustic guitar. Bryan had written a few songs for this album, as well as picked some 'choice nugs' of old gospel standards to do.

I remember using DiscMakers to make 1,000 cds(!) of Bring It Back Alive, and them being agitated at how low resolution the artwork,etc was...again I had no idea what I was doing with that stuff, and didn't know anyone who did. I think we played maybe three concerts at three different churches, and it was amazing, and everyone in the group was like 'this is so fun, we should keep doing this all over the place!'. But we had zero connections in the music industry back then, and clueless of how to book shows, etc, and it wasn't really the type of project that would perform in local dive there ended up being nowhere for Bring It Back Alive to exist. Everything kind of fizzled out, and Bryan and I still have boxes of probably 970 cds left, packed away.

Every so often I'll 'remember' that we did make that album - and it never really made it into the digital era, no one knows about it, it's legacy has no way of living on. So in 2020, I ran the cd through some vintage tube gear and an old spring reverb, which yielded pleasing results. It at least made it sound 'more like it's supposed to sound' and less plastic-y and clean than the original cd which Bryan and I never thought sounded quite right.

Looking back, it's truly a beautiful, rare, and unique joining of people and voices. I mentioned it to Mike Dixon of PIAPTK, he's like 'send it to me', and BAM, he has 30 records of it pressed. To have Bring It Back Alive live on, on vinyl, is truly the most fitting way to experience that rare captured moment that was almost forgotten forever.



The Blank Tapes – Covid-19 Quarantine & Isolation Blues Splatter Die Cut Cover 8” Lathe Cut

If you know The Blank Tapes, you know that Matt Adams is one of the most prolific stoner multi-instrumentalist songwriters alive. Dude has already written three songs in the time it took you to stop hacking up a lung after that weak-ass bong rip. So, it is absolutely no surprise that he cranked these two tunes under lockdown at his place in Joshua Tree, CA. It would also not be a surprise if he emerged out of all this with four or five full albums completed and recorded totally by himself. One song is for the Burger Records Quarantunes comp and the other is for Brazillian Scream and Yell comp. Both are compiled here on one side of a uniquely splattered one-sided 8” square lathe cut in a die-cut covid-cover. You know I love my cricut cutter.

He is doing a BUNCH of livestreams for various publications and projects in addition to a regular every-monday-and-4:20 livestream of his own. You should probably just be friends with him on FB.


SM WOLF – Phases of What CD with hybrid vinyl bonus track!

New album from SM Wolf! Home recorded by Adam on all instruments, this is another power pop classic from my buddy in Indy. Includes a lathe cut bonus track on the back of the outtake “Poseidon”. Also available on cassette!

While you are at it, pick up the package and get the new CD/Vinyl Hybrid PLUS the last LP, "Bad Ocean" for only $20!

Listen to it at their Bandcamp:

Livestream “record release” this Friday at 8pm Indianapolis Time.

Freaky video by Brain Twins for the single "Old Deposits of Truth" peepable here:

Well, there ya go. More to come, as usual.



Love you all! Mike.

Posted on April 23rd, 2020
New Floating Action, Golden Boots, and Frequency Ghost and Cheap AF Bundles!

Well, are you bored yet? I am.

But, we've got a bunch of new releases that have been in the pipeline, so I've had time to finish them and spend some real nice quality time with my Cricut scrapbooking cutter making die cut sleeves (which, like most of my past-times is constantly shifting blend of cartharsis and aggravation). I also got back down to The Lathe Cave to grind out some 10”s (which I rarely do), and we've been getting them sound niiiiiice recently.

This Edition:

1- New Floating Action LP “Outsider Art” up for preorde
2- Golden Boots – Cowboy Kiosk 10” (plus free livestream on April 4th)
3- Frequency Ghost (Adam from Amo Joy/SM wolf) new instrumental EP
4- New Cheap AF Bundles – Pressed 7”s, Tapes, and CD-Records.


NOTE: There is currently about a 6 week delay for the Standard Version and the Almost Halloween Time version of Outsider Art, due to "The 'Rona". The Handmade Test Pressing versions should start shipping out next week. Please purchase the delayed versions on a separate transaction if you want to receive your other items before the Outsider Art LPs are ready.

Another year, another badass "last record ever" for Floating Action (this is Seths' Fifth Final Record for those keeping track (and yes, I fully grasp the irony/hypocrisy of me, of all people, poking fun at him for it)).

The pressing is delayed due to plant closures at the Artwork Printer, but we got the test pressings in and they sound GREAT!

Three Versions:

Standard Version - Profesh printed sleeves on random colored vinyl., ltd to 250 Will ship around the middle of May (we pray)

Handmade Test Pressings - Ltd to 25 - Handmade, lettered and signed by Seth Kauffman himself. These will begin shipping around April 8th.

Almost Halloween Time - Unique handpainted artifacts by our main man in Italy, Luigi Fulgario. Every one is a unique oil painting inspired by the lyrics of the album. Ltd to 25 copies in the US


Most Floating Action releases sell out pretty quickly, but I pulled a few things from the archives and the backstock shelves to try to tempt you...

FA -Old World Camels - Standard - down to 12 copies left of the last LP (OWC-std)

FA - Old World Camels - Handmade Test Pressing - A few left from the last batch (OWC-hm-TP)

FA - Old World Camels - Almost Halloween Time Unique Oil Painted Covers (OWC-AHT)

FA - Lies - CD/Vinyl Hybrid - Rolling Stones Cover on a Cd that plays on your turntable AND yr cd player. (CDVnyl)

FA - Is It Exquisite - Baby Blue Swirl LP + Bonus silkscreened Swirl Painted Lathe Cut (IIE-BBS)

FA - Heartache Essentials - Color Vinyl (HE-CV)

FA - Heartache Essentials AHT (HE-AHT)

FA - Hold Your Fire 2xLP Test Pressings (HYF-Tp)

The Official Outsider Art Blurb:

Seth Kauffman has been releasing Floating Action albums lately as if the world is ending...oh wait, it might BE ending. This newest Floating Action album 'Outsider Art', is Seth's 11th album in the last 14 years, and the 5th PIAPTK release in the last 5 years. That's over 130 original songs.

Floating Action's catalog is truly outsider art, as the music industry has largely shunned everything Floating Action. But it's these records, thankfully, that have found their way to more successful artists like Dan Auerbach, Jack Johnson, Jim James, Dr. Dog and countless more - who have freaked out, become fans, and kept Kauffman afloat by having him play on their records & tour with them (which consequently makes it possible for Floating Action albums to keep getting made.)

It's a bassackwards (truly outsider) route for sure, but we'll take it. Kauffman hadn't planned on creating another Floating Action record any time soon, after 2019's 'Old World Camels'. But last October, he was suddenly hit with a giant cluster of new ideas, and began recording them. "They were so bursting with freshness, and super original...and they just all came to me at once, I just had to get them down fast. I had just gotten this weird delay pedal that uses real cassette tape, and this really cheap house brand (SET5) amplifier - which served as that 'perfect piece of new gear to get your juices flowing'.

In classic Floating Action form, there are catchy-but-deep-cut funky jamaican/afro grooves on 'Outsider Art', airtight arrangements, highly melodic throughout, heavy philosphy hidden in code in the lyrics, extremely original and not really very like anything else. Also unique to 'Outsider Art', is a constant thread of positivity in the lyrics, as well as an underlying theme of ancient Chinese wisdom and its connection to trees.

Catch Floating Action on tour in your town....oh music may no longer exist... In the meantime, let 'Outsider Art' lift your spirit in these trying times.


The last few years have seen huge burst of productivity and musical exploration from one PIAPTK's oldest mainstays and Tucson legends, Golden Boots.

After spending their last few releases exploring instrumentals, drone, and casio-core, their new EP, Cowboy Kiosk is a return to the "Crumbly Western" vibe of their earlier output. This EP also features the addition of drummer Tommy Larkins, Jonathan Richman's long time drummer. You might remember him from his cameos with Jonathan in Something About Mary and Kingpin. Regardless, dude is a badass.

Ltd ed of 35 copies on white vinyl 10" with black diecut covers. If they sell out super fast, I might consider making a second run on black vinyl with white covers, who knows? It's a badass EP and I don't want folks to miss out on it.

You can preview it or buy it on tape or CD (and also pick up some of the other stuff they've been working on/dragging out of the closet at their bandcamp:

Here is the blurb from the band:

"Cowboy Kiosk" was intended to be pressed as a three song 7" for a May 2020 tour of Germany and France. THEN COVID-19 came and no more tour... but now "Cowboy Kiosk" comes back as a 5 song tape and CD :-)

Golden Boots are doing a live stream from Ryens House on April 4th. Details here: the Event is here:




In the Spring of 2019, Adam Gross of Amo Joy and SM Wolf got divorced, had to sell his house, and decided to quit his longtime job of teaching elementary special education. In the midst of a pre-mid-life crisis, Adam decided to take some of the money from the sale of his house and travel, booking a tour in Japan, going to Thailand, and traveling all over Europe to "find himself" (or at least have a good time). I was fortunate enough to meet up with him in Italy to tour manage his 3 weeks of show dates in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and to hop down for a few days in Marrakech. I've traveled with a LOT of people over the years, and Adam is pretty high on the list of my favorites. On this 10 week world tour, living out of a backpack, Adam recorded this EP on his laptop using Korg Volcakeys, a Teenage Engineering PO-12, and an Akai Rhythm Wolf.

Could totally be the 8 bit soundtrack to the Beverly Hills Cop Super NES game.

Limited to 30 copies on clear vinyl lathe cuts with die cut sleeves, all of which are backed with a unique photo I took of the incredible tilework we saw all over Porto and Aveiro Portugal. If you haven't ever been to Portugal, I HIGHLY recommend it. That place is incredible.

In Adam's Words:

I recorded this album mainly while travelling on a very lucky trip around the world in the summer of 2019. PUMP was recorded in Indianapolis right before I left home. DOZO was recorded in Tokyo, Japan. SLEEPER No. 51 was recorded in a sleeper car on a train between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand. MONK'S TRAIL was recorded in Chiang Mai. LE TOUR DU MONDE is a sound collage of field recordings from that summer including the last day of school before summer break and my last day as a teacher in Indianapolis, an early sketch for a commercial song, a plane taking off and landing, a Tokyo train, a Thai beach, a Buddhist prayer in Thailand, a Christian prayer at the Vatican, an Islamic Prayer in Marrakesh, Morocco a late night teen drum group and street musicians in Marrakesh, and a guitar piece from the week I returned home.




Well, they can't all be megahits... Over the years I've released over 300 records. And they are all great! But, some of them have yet to find the audience they deserve, and rather than having these things sitting in my basement studio, I would rather get them out to adventurous folks who will appreciate them, so here are some bundles for you to consider:

Early 7” releases 5x 7” Bundle -$11.11
These all date from the first five years of PIAPTK. They are all really great little singles/EPs, and you can have ALL FIVE for $11.11. Includes: Southerly/Protest Hill split 7” - PDX Indie Pop. Jescos – Topless Cowgirl – great, but criminally short lived “super group” of Wooden Wand plus The Mendoza Line. The Crash That Took Me: Unreleased Songs – Super group of the best bands in Dallas in the early aughts. Spaced-out Power Pop. Carcrashlander – All Yall – This is a seriously great 4 song EP from PDXs multi-instrumentalist Cory Gray who has ties to Graves, The Dodos, Decemberists, etc. I really love this record and am bummed it never really took off. R Stevie Moore/Billy Anderson Split 7” - Split between “the godfather of Lo-fi” and one of his childhood friends and occasional collaborator.

13 Cassette Grabbag - $29.99
I've dipped my toes into the cassette market over the years, but, they've never really taken off with yall, so, I need to get them outta here. Get 13 different PIAPTK and Soild Gold tapes for $29.99. Pic is an example, but each one may vary slightly.

15X CD-Record CD/Vinyl Hybrid Singles - $49.99
Get a random assortment of 15 CD-Records that will play on both your turntable AND your in your CD Player for only $49.99. The artists in the series are: Artists:Jeremiah Green (Modest Mouse), RudyWaltz (Eric Judy, Mat Brooke, Robin Peringer (who have been in Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Carissa's Weird, etc), Michael Nau (Cotton Jones Basket Ride/Page France), and Floating Action (covering the Stones!), Pearl Charles, Jeffrey Lewis, Jad Fair, Sonny and the Sunsets, Mike Watt, Scott Mcmicken (Dr. Dog), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Circulatory System, Little Wings, Wooden Wand, Simon Joyner, Money Mark (Beastie Boys), Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), R Stevie Moore, Benoit Pioulard, Julian Gasc (Aquaserge/Stereolab), Spaceface (mem of the Flaming Lips), The Blank Tapes, This Frontier Needs Heroes, Juston Stens, Great Lakes, Cory Gray, Briana Marela, Assateague, LABRYYYNTH, American Monoxide, and Graves.

Posted on March 31st, 2020
Oblivians/Reigning Sound, Spaceface, Casey Golden, more archives, Holiday Valu-Paks, More Nau Ltd Ed!

Halloween 2019 marked the 13th bday of PIAPTK. PIAPTK is finally officially that obnoxious teenager with it's hands in my pocket that it always acted like it was. So, if you haven't gotten us a Bar Mitzvah or Quincienera gift, its' probably because we are not Jewish, nor a hispanic young lady, but we do still accept gifts. The best of those gifts is to give yourself the gift of new PIAPTK stuff.

Also, Black Friday and Xmas are coming up. Before you get broke elsewhere, I'm just trying to get a little of that holiday cash burning a hole in yr pocket... so here it goes....

This time:
1) Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound/Oblivians) Instant Merch Machine
2) Spaceface - Snowflake Pic Disc lathe cut 7" - Xmas Tune!
3) Casey Golden - II LP
4) More Archives and JNR Archives added!
5) Holiday Valu-Paks! - High quality Cut-Rate Gifts for your friends, families, and yourself!
6) More sold-out Michael Nau Deluxe Edition (and special "Jellybean" colored vinyl) back

Greg Cartwright (Oblivians/Reigning Sound) Instant Merch Machine! - The lead singer for Oblivians and Reigning Sound stopped in Tucson on an Oblivians tour and handmade some sleeves for 80 IMM discs featuring the song "You Better Behave (live on KXCI). Each cover is unique and hand drawn by Greg! Ltd ed of 80 copies, and we only have 35 for sale!

Listen to it on Soundcloud!

Spaceface - Xmas Party (Nice & Naughty) Stenciled Pic Disc 7"

Spaceface has a tradition of recording a xmas tune each year, and this time, it actually got done in time (barely) to make some lathe cuts! These are snowflake stenciled round 7"s with a full color back insert in heavy duty pic disc sleeves.

Ltd hand-numbered edition of 68 copies.

Listen to it on Soundcloud!


Casey Golden - II Lp

Casey Golden was one of my favorite Tucson songwriters before he moved to LA. And now he is one of my favorite LA songwriters!

Recorded on a day off in Cologne, Germany during a European tour in 2018, Casey Golden’s II is a true snapshot into an artist's life during a period of transformation - one that showcases Golden’s most personal work to date. Backed up by his “dream” band, Connor Gallaher (Calexico), Andrew Collburg (Howe Gelb), and Grant Beyschau (The Myrrors), the album incorporates textures reminiscent of Alice Coltrane, fuzed out psych freakouts that nod to the Tropicalia movement, and an emphasis on harmony and melodic turnaround that could only be taught by such pop masterminds as Margo Guryan and Burt Bacharach, who weren't afraid of using big emotional language when writing about love. This isn't entirely a hark back to the past however, its Golden’s voice - an angelic whisper that pops straight out of the speakers and feels like a pillow where you can lay your head for the night. It’s an introverts venture into the real world of 2019.

Listen to it on Soundcloud!


More PIAPTK and JNR Archives added! As I continue to clean out the studio, I continue to find more stuff to add to the Archives at Original prices page and the JNR Archives page. Long out of print stuff from Scott McMicken, Flaming Lips, Dr Dog, RSTVMO, Golden Boots, Sugar Candy Mountain, Devendra Banhart, Melvins, Built To Spill, Surfer Blood, Why?, Kishi Bashi, Godspeed YBE, Of Montreal, Jad Fair, etc.


PIAPTK Holiday Valu-Paks!- High Quality Cut-Rate Gifts for your friends, family, and yourself!

PIAPTK Starter Pak Lite - $100
8 LPs, 5 pressed 7"s, 2 CD-Records, and 2 Lathe Cuts
This is just a random assortment of good stuff we've released over the years. Guaranteed value of over $250.

PIAPTK Starter Pak Heavy - $200
16 LPs, 8 pressed 7"s or 10"s, 5 CD-Records, and 6 Lathe Cuts. This is just a random assortment of good stuff we've released over the yearsGuaranteed value of over $500.

PIAPTK In Print Load Up - $500
One copy of everything we have in print, Lps, Pressed 7"s, lathe cuts, CD-Records, whatever. I didn't even bother doing the math on all of it, but my guess is that it's well over $1500. I'll probably even dig into the archives and throw down some sweetness if for some reason it doesn't look like a good enough deal to me to me when I'm packing it up.

Cassette Pak 13 Tapes (including out of print Scottman "In Your Dreams!") $55
One of every tape we have in print, PLUS the Scottman In Your Dreams, which highly desired and long gone. You get:
PIAPTK - Forest Fallows - At Home, Golden Boots - Labryyynth, Golden Boots - Telelog Freedom, Devin James Fry - Headwater Songs, Orkestra Mendoza - Vamos A Guarachar, Reptar - Lurid Glow, American Monoxide/White Light split,
Soild Gold - Scottman - In your Dreams, Grandaddy - Arm of Roger, Jeffrey Lewis - Outtakes, Floating Action - Research, Be Gulls - Dead Giveaway, Eric Slick - Out of Habit.

Lathe Cut Single Pak - 20+ Lathe Cut Singles for $100
We have a ton of amazing, random lathe cuts that we've put out over the years. CD-Records, shaped records, hand painted ones, all kinds of weird shit. With this pack you will get over $225 worth of lathe cuts for $100. Randomness, but a good selection an13d cross section of what we've released. Might even throw in some out of print archive copies.


Michael Nau - a few more Less Ready To Go Deluxe Edition 2xLP Released, along with some super limited Jellybean" vinyl editions! - These sold out in a couple days. I always undersell new preorder releases just in case there is an under-run from the pressing plant, the USPS damages some, etc. In this case, neither happened, AND my buddy at the pressing plant made about 20 copies of both LPs on random "jellybean" colors, just for giggles. I personally, prefer the classic, matching, white vinyl version, but if you like them colors, or just want the rarest variant, I guess this is it.


Posted on November 21st, 2019
3 New Instant Merch Machine Releases! Fruit Bats! Simon Joyner! Adam Ostrar!

Hi there everybody! Sorry to hit ya up so soon, but you know how it goes... we are always working on something, and we just hit a real solid lick this week with rad artists coming through Tucson and knocking out some Instant Merch Machine 7"s!

(BTW, we only have 20 copies of the Deluxe 2xLP edition of the new Michael Nau LP preorder left... then the bonus disc and the white vinyl will be gone forever. PICK ONE UP HERE)

New Instant Merch Machine Releases from Fruit Bats, Simon Joyner, Adam Ostrar (Manishevitz)!

Instant Merch Machine is a series of lathe cut clear plastic squares that we do in the Lathe Cave for friends and artists passing through town with a few extra hours to kill. We cut records for them while they hand make covers, and we make however many we can in a few hours. They take half with them for their merch tables, and we keep half to sell. The format is always a little different. Sometimes it's a new track, a remix, etc and sometimes they play live, straight into the machines for a direct to disc sesh.

Fruit Bats - Ltd Ed of 82 -
Eric D. Johnson came down and record some covers direct to the lathes! 7 or 8 copies of each song. There were two themes represented of covers, but we can't tell you what they were. It's a secret. Because live to disc is pretty tricky, some of them will be a little quiet, some will be a little loud and slightly blown out, some might have a skip where he got real loud on the mic, but they are all made in real time and are a relic of the moment. After the session we went back to my house and sat around making covers with paint, glitter, googly eyes and National Geographics. Each one is unique! Does not include downloads.


Simon Joyner and the Bruces-

Simon came through town and gave me two new tracks recorded with Alex McManus of The Bruces. Cutty Sark (Vic Chesnutt cover) and Tell Me That Old Story Again. Simon spray painted with a hand-cut stencil onto clear picture disc sleeves.


Adam Ostrar -Former Manishevitz front man gave me two studio tracks (Morning Said and Spare Me) and got wild dropping stuff on top of the covers and spray painting around it.


Arrington DiDionysio -
This is an older release with a new lower price. Arrington came into town on his "This Saxophone Kills Fascists" tour and put together a band with Golden Boots and some other dudes and played some freaky improv skronk jazz. Then Arrington painted the covers. His art is usually MUCH more expensive than this, and you get a unique watercolor!


Posted on October 4th, 2019