Limited Edition Vinyl Recordings & Handmade Musical Artifacts from Tucson, AZ
PIAPTK Joins Forces with Joyful Noise Recordings!

PIAPTK is excited to announce that we have partnered with one of our favorite labels, Joyful Noise Recordings! And I have been hired by JNR as a Physical Release Strategist and Creative Concepts Director.

This means a significantly larger platform for the freaky, weird, packaging and vinyl formatting that you have come to know and love from PIAPTK. With that comes huge budget increases, more time that can be allotted to research and development, increased exposure, and collaboration of ideas that will allow both labels to really expand, artistically, and continue to push the boundaries of physical media.

It also means wider distribution for our pressed vinyl releases and additional exposure for our family of artists.  PIAPTK has always existed for two reasons: 1) to serve as an outlet for my own brand of conceptual art and 2) to attempt to bring the amazing music that my friends are making to wider audiences.  And this partnership will be a huge leap forward in that evolution. 

If you are not already familiar with Joyful Noise, they are an incredible label based in Indianapolis, that has released records for many of my (and probably your) favorite artists.  Half Japanese, Sebadoh, David Yow, Don Caballero, Deerhoof, WHY?, and countless artists through their flexi singles subscription series. In an industry that is mostly known for shady business practices and exploitation of artists, Joyful Noise is transparent, honest, and very straight forward with their fans and their bands. Their creative approach and attention to the tiniest details of their releases, has always been an inspiration to me, and I can’t wait to bring my own weird touch to their operation.

You will probably begin seeing my fingerprints on many of their releases very soon. In the meantime, please go check out to see all the great things they are doing right now!

Thanks as always!

Michael Dixon
Tucson, AZ

Posted on November 24th, 2014
CD/Vinyl Hybrid Series, LABRYYYNTH, Wooden Wand Tape, new Keith John Adams LP,

Wow. This news flash is going to be even more packed full than usual. Let's get right to it:


Official Release Date of all CD-Records is December 2nd and all orders will ship to arrive by then.   

This is a series almost two years in the making, and we are so excited to announce it. Our CD-Records are CD/Vinyl hybrid discs that will play in your CD Player AND on your turntable!  

The CD-Record series will be an ongoing series of CD singles with one song on the burned part of the CD and the same song with lathe cut grooves on the backside of the CD so it plays on your turntable and in your CD player. Each CD-Record will come with a center spindle adapter.  Each disc comes in a professionally printed mini-LP sleeve. 

Artists in the first series:

Scott Mcmicken (Dr. Dog), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Circulatory System, Little Wings, Wooden Wand,  Simon Joyner, Money Mark, Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), R Stevie Moore, Benoit Pioulard, Julian Gasc (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. 

All CD-Records will be limited to only 300 copies each. PICK THEM UP HERE


We are so excited to present the new recording project from members of Golden Boots and Dr. Dog. 

Lathe Cut: Right now, we have a lathe cut single for the song "Wrecking Ball", which is a completely different recording/feeling than the one that ended up on the Album. This lathe cut will be a split release with Burger Records, and is limited to 50 copies.  They will uniquely psychedelicly marble painted.  HERE

LABRYYYNTH: LABRYYYNTH: This is the incredible debut from LABRYYYNTH.  It will be available digitally on all Digital Retailers on Nov. 2nd, as well as on cassette from Burger Records and PIAPTK.  Sometime in December, the LP will be available in unique 70s Taiwanese-style-bootleg packaging (guaranteed you don't have a modern record in packaging like this) from PIAPTK, Bleeding Gold, and Gray Sky Records. HERE

LABRYYYNTH: The T-Shirt - Just for giggles we made up about a dozen DIY style shirts. They are weird and very limited. HERE

LABRYYYNTH: The Postcard - LABRYYYNTH has contributed an exclusive track to our buddies at Folktale Records for their Musical Postcard Series. Get a new hand made postcard in the mail with a free digital single, every month.  Subscribe here (and check out the rest of Folktale's amazing stuff). 


A Cassette Store 2014 Release! Wooden Wand and PIAPTK go back a long time, and we've released some really great records together.  Many of those were weird singles that went out of print almost instantly.  This cassette tape contains every track Wand has released on a PIAPTK single between 2006 and September of 2014. Ltd edition of 100. HERE


The solo project of Dimitri Manos (Dr. Dog, Golden Boots, LABRYYYNTH), American Monoxide is the unfettered freakiness of Dimitri's pop genius with no boundries imposed by other band members.  Recorded in a couple of weeks in his home studio, In Flight Mode is a fractured pop masterpiece.  Available to stream for a very limited time:

Available on Cassette or CD, each disc comes wrapped inside of a beautiful American Monoxide Shop Rag (made by Shot By A Fan's Richard Santos).  HERE


The Great Soild Gold T-Shirt Crapshoot!

We bought a bunch of random colored T-shirts and put random color Ink on them.  This is a very motley crew of T's... Some are new, some are gently used, some are pretty standard, some are sorta freaky, some are light, some are dark, some look pro, some look pretty janky.

Every one is different, so we can't list them all individually. You must be willing to let go of your desire to be in control of your own t-shirt destiny. Surrender yourself and your wardrobe fully to the whims of benevolent mail order man. You may feel free to request a color or simply light/bright/dark, but ultimately, your fate will be up to the mood of the all-powerful merch maven.  HERE


The fantastic new album from our favorite British BBC correspondent, Keith John Adams. Roughhousing is another LP crammed full of clever and witty pop gems from the best London tourguide I've ever had the pleasure to be guided by. 

Get a free download of the Double A Side single, Music in my Feet here:

This is a co-release from Red Wig Records (Amsterdam), Vacilando '68 (London, who have released great records from our Tucson via France buddies, Naim Amor and Marianne Dissard), and PIAPTK's bosom buddy record label slash book publisher, Gray Sky Micro Press. HERE


Released by my good buddies, Liz and Carlos Perpetua-Valdez, the profits from this killer Christmas Compilation go to benefit a charity for Homeless Teens in Seattle. Only 500 copies, all on Gold and Silver Specked Vinyl! Cool review HERE . 

Side One:

1. Quasi – “Christmas on Credit”

2. Rob Crow (Pinback) - ”Wasail Among Us”

3. Joe Jack Talcum (Dead Milkmen) - ”Christmas Waltz”

4. Human Hearts (Franklin Bruno) – “June is as Cold as December”

5. David Ivar aka Black Yaya (Herman Dune) - ”I Fought the Lord”

6. Golden Boots – “Mele Kalikimaka”

7. Wckr Spgt – “The Ballad of Snowy Brown”

8. Refrigerator – “Christmas in the Sun”

Side Two:

1. The Music Tapes – “Let it Snow”

2. Ida – “Heard it from Heaven Today”

3. Nima Kazerouni ft Maston – “Dear Santa, This World is Strange”

4. Wooden Wand – “Silver Bells”

5. Outravez (Monotonix) - ”Banu Hoshech Legaresh” 

6. Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) – “Piano Fell Asleep In The Bushes”

7. Mike Watt - ”The First Noel”

8. Terry Riley - ”God Rest Ye”



Over the last few months we have been slowly and quietly selling out of several titles.  And, there are quite a few more that we are almost out of, so I've started a new section of the website called "LAST CHANCE" that tags all the items that are down to 15 or less copies.  Just so that you are warned.  Also, this is your last chance to buy MP3 copies of most of the other releases that are out of print in physical format.  Within the next week, I will be moving all of those releases to the OUT OF PRINT DISCOGRAPHY section of the site, and they will no longer be available digitally.


Posted on October 13th, 2014
Little Wings - Made It Rain Repress with DELUXE ARTWORK!

The first pressing of Little Wing's Made It Rain LP sold out super quickly, so we are stoked to have a second run with even better artwork.  For this round, we had beautifully rainbow letterpressed back covers and color paintings on the front, all hand-made by Kyle. Comes on Randomly Colored Vinyl. 

Ltd Ed of 300 LPs in covers that were hand-painted by Kyle Field of Little Wings. A split release with the awesome Gnome Life Records in Big Sur (www.GnomeLifeRecords), Made it Rain was originally released on Cassette as part of their Echomancy series. PIAPTK, GnomeLife, and Kyle each have 100 copies.

From Gnome Life: Made it Rain is a direct transmission from the mind of Kyle Field (A.K.A. Little Wings)... brain waves reflected off a storm cloud and the nearby ocean... song droplets from Kyle and the windy mother. A chill out tape of eclectic covers, Little Wings classics remixed, a little story telling, and a fully new song to boot.

Recorded on cassette tape live in The Dream Yurt, high on the cliffs of Big Sur, California, above the Pacific Ocean, one late night in May 2011, in the midst of a gentle but unrelenting rain storm which eventually cut the party short by outing the power. "Made it Rain" is a wild artifact from the wild west.


  1. Rivers of Babylon
  2. Too Many Rivers to Cross
  3. Scuby
  4. I Thought You Were Singing To Me
  5. Later Days
  6. Bucked the System
  7. Halloween 2020
  8. Strange Victory, Strange Defeat
  9. The Gambler
  10. Human Nature
  11. Fun Fun Fun
*** PLEASE NOTE: We will be out of town from Wednesday, August 20th until Mid-Sept, so please order soon, or your records won't be delayed!

Posted on August 12th, 2014
HUGE UPDATE! SG Floating Action, SIX SIDED RECORD!, Wooden Wand, Simon Joyner, Briana Marela, Devin Fry, etc!

Dang. It’s been a busy spring, followed by a really hot Arizona summer, and we have a LOT of news. Most of the below are PREORDERS. Some are ready to ship, some aren’t. They will ship out as soon as I possibly can, but please be patient for a week or two.

1.  SoildGold-0002: Floating Action – Research LP and Tape

2.  SIX-SIDED RECORD from Dimitri Manos’s American Monoxide (Dr. Dog/Golden Boots/LABRYYYNTH).

3.  Transparency Picture Discs from Wooden Wand, Simon Joyner, and Bent Shapes.

4.  3-D lathe cut from Briana Marela

5.  Cassettes from R. Stevie Moore, Devin James Fry (Salesman, Lord Buffalo), and VA Olympia Covers 2008 Comp.

6.  New Distro Items from Wooden Wand, Analog Ghost, and Orindal Records.


The first appearance on vinyl of the Floating Action cult classic record, Research. Seth Kaufman, the one-man behind the band, is this generation's Harry Nilsson. Widely appreciated and championed by some of the biggest names in modern music (My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, Black Keys, Dr. Dog, even Lana Del Rey), Kaufman has yet to gain the worldwide notice he deserves with mainstream audiences.

The vinyl reissue of Research is a precursor to the new Floating Action record, Body Questions, which will be available from New West Records on August 26th, which is incredible, and will no doubt be just what he needs to get people's attention.

As usual, these are on Goldenrod vinyl and limited to 200 copies sold.  35 lucky (and random) purchasers will receive the Goldenrod with Blue dots vinyl.

Like all Soild Gold releases, there is also a raffle to win one of three test pressings, details on the site.

While you are at it, don’t forget to pick up one of the last copies of SOILDGOLD-00001, Eric Slick’s Out of Habit.


2.  AMERICAN MONOXIDE’S “FUCKED UP SOUNDS FROM A HAUNTED WORLD” SIX SIDED RECORD – This is by far my favorite record I've ever made. It is the product of many hours of experimentation, measurements, blind luck, and dumb jokes being made real by sheer force of will.

This is, however, no longer a joke.  This is the WORLDS FIRST real 5 holed record  with SIX "SIDES" that plays.

This Six "Sided" 10" record is composed of six distinct groove rings.  Each side has a Venn Diagram of Groove in the middle and a short ring on the outside of the 10".  As the grooves of the Venn Diagram cross, they make a little chirping sound.  They will usually not skip, but you may need to adjust your tonearm weight and anti-skating a little.  Dimitri specifically composed a 16 minute sound collage with this chirp in mind. 

Each Great Six Sider 10" is somewhat unique, in that the rings were cut using an unspecific portion of Dimtri's composition and were then locked off into locked grooves when the ring ends. No rings or locked grooves are the same.

Comes in a picture disc mylar sleeve with an oversized transperency cover. 


3.  Transparency Picture Discs:

a.  Wooden Wand and Simon Joyner Tour Pic Discs: Two records that I made for the Simon Joyner/Wooden Wand Spring Living Room Tour.  I only have 35 of each for sale. Wooden Wand - School’s Out
Simon Joyner – Train To Crazy Horse

b.  Bent Shapes – Bridgeport Lathe/86’d in 03. Incredible Power Pop single with 2 songs from Boston band, Bent Shapes. Comes in three color schemes. 25 made of each. 



4.  Briana Marela – I Don’t Belong To You 7” – Briana Marela is an old friend from Olympia. About a year ago, she approached me to cut some records for a tour she was doing. She and I brainstormed on the artwork and came up with a pretty beautiful concept  that included multiple layers of transparencies and transparent labels to add a 3-dimensional feel to the artwork of Danielle Burton.  While cutting the first run of 30, I regretted not releasing it on PIAPTK.  Musically it is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. When she approached me about getting a few more made, I insisted on making it a PIAPTK release and she agreed. So here is the concept: Artwork is comprised of a front and back transparency and a front and back label. Each one has a unique image that fits together in layers to make a beautiful 3-dimensional scene. The song I Don't Belong to you appears in two versions on this square, clear, 7" lathe cut

Side A: I Don't Belong To You: This version has backwards synths and frontwards vocals

Side B: I Don't Belong To You: This version has backwards vocals and frontwards synths. PLAYS FROM THE INSIDE OUT. Each side sounds incredible and gives an entirely dynamic to the tune.


5.  CASSETTES: After years of threatening to start releasing more cassettes, we finally made good (in a small way). All Cassettes include digital downloads.

a.  Devin James Fry – Headwater Songs – A killer solo album recorded by Salesman frontman (and Lord Buffalo drummer). Recorded live from start to finish with help from Salesman drummer, Clayton “Guns” Lillard.

b.  VA-Covers Cassette – This was a cassette originally “semi-released” by Electricity and Lust Records, but besides giving a few copies to a handful of the bands, it really hasn’t ever seen the light of day.  I got about 18 copies from Michael Ryan (of E&L).  All tracks (mostly Olympians) were recorded live through a buzzy old SUNN mixer into a tape deck in MR’s living room.
Edmond Lapine: Bo Diddey (Bo Diddley)
Firs of Prey: Oh, Comely (NMH)
Miniature and Presidential: Chocolate Jesus (Tom Waits)
Jordan O’ Jordan: Pancho and Lefty (Townes Van Zandt)
Twig Palace: Keeping the Wolves From The Deer (White Magic)
Christopher Francis: Nikki (The Dream)
Bob Schwenkler: Waiting For A Superman (Flaming Lips)
Warm Ghosts: Degrassi High (The Zits)
Shannon Steele: Wear Your Love Like Heaven (Donovan)
Die Geister Beschuonen: Tiny Island (Leo Kottke)
Leah Onre Ng: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Leadbelly)
Ben English: Sweet Thing (Van Morrison)
Emily Beanblossom: Marin (Inflatable Boy Clams)



a.  Wooden Wand – Blood Oaths of the New Blues LP – Killer 2012 Record from Wooden Wand on Fire Records.

b.  Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – In Sydney LP – Great Live Show from Sydney, Australia.

c.  VA – Comfort and Joy – Christmas Comp – A fantastic Christmas compilation featuring Jason Lytle,Golden Boots, Wooden Wand, Quasi, Rob Crow, Music Tapes, Mike Watt, Terry Riley, etc. On silver and gold speck vinyl!


Posted on July 15th, 2014