Limited Edition Vinyl Recordings & Handmade Musical Artifacts from Tucson, AZ
New CD-Records (M. Nau, Modest Mouse Side Project, Floating Action), Simon Joyner, Lathe Cut Camp, Sugar Candy Mountain

I know it's rare for us to have this many updates in the same month, but there has been a lot happening. So, here we are... again...

In this update:
1) New CD-Records (Michael Nau (Cotton Jones/Page France), RudyWaltz (mems of Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Carissa's Weird), and Floating Action (covering the Stones!). ALL TRACKS ARE NOW STREAMABLE!
2) Simon Joyner Lathe Cut 10"
3) Sugar Candy Mountain - 666 LP Preorder!
4) Lathe Cut Camp
5) Rarities and Outtakes and Test Pressing Private Stash restock
6) New Distro - Advance Base Nephew in the Wild, Burger Records, K Recs, Polyvinyl, etc
7) Survey - PLEASE take this and let us know what you like (and don't) about PIAPTK. A little feedback goes a long way in helping us stay motivated and on track.

1. New CD-Record Series Discs!

Rudy Waltz - We are so excited to have the debut release from Pacific Northwest Supergroup, RudyWaltz, who will be on tour with Built To Spill this summer. RudyWaltz is Eric Judy (Modest Mouse), Robin Peringer (Modest Mouse, 764-Hero, Band of Horses, Carissa's Weird), and Mat Brooke (Grand Archives, Carissa's Weird).
Floating Action - Seth Kaufman does it again, with a one-man, full-band take on the Rolling Stones classic, Lies.
Michael Nau - The man behind Cotton Jones Basket Ride and Page France

Pick them up here (will ship in early June). And you can now listen to ALL Cd-Record tracks here!

2. Simon Joyner & The Ghosts - Salt Across Your Wound Lathe Cut 10"s

A limited edition 10" made for Simon Joyner's upcoming tour. Only 100 lathe cut 10"s made. 32 on Clear Records with Yellow Dust Sleeves, and 68 on White Discs with Green Sleeves. Black sleeves silkscreened with silver ink. Originally released as part of an 8x Cassette boxset on Unread Records.

The Sirens Sound Like Laughter
Paralyzed Man
This Is The Ache I Was Talking About (Another Midnight Special)
Every Sin Is The Result of a Collaboration
A Simple Wish
The Sailors They've All Scattered


3. Sugar Candy Mountain - 666 LP Preorder!

Joshua Tree's Sugar Candy Mountain and PIAPTK have a ton of mutual friends... The Blank Tapes, Graves, etc and we are super excited to release their new LP!

We only have 100 copies of the Pink Vinyl, which will never be repressed! All pink vinyl preorders include a bonus Lathe Cut with a cover of the Zombies' Beechwood Park!.

Pick them up here

4. Lathe Cut Camp 3 - Aug 12-14, 2016

Lathe Cut Camp Number Three! Aug 12-14, 2016, Downtown Tucson, 9am-4pm daily.

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 8 spots available, so buy early!

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

Topics covered:
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.

About the Presenter: For more info on me, please visit the About page of this site

Only Six Spots Available! Pick one up here!

5. Rarities & Outtakes/Test Pressings Stash Update

With every release, we put back a handful of copies ito the archives for us to keep, for problems with shipping, for cases of website glitches/oversales, artist/friend requests, etc. And when we get desperate for cash, we have to dig deep and bring out one or two of them at a time. This time we've pulled out releases and test pressings from Scott McMicken, Grandaddy, Flaming Lips, Eric Slick, Ariel Pink, R Stevie Moore, and a ton of other old stuff.

Check them out here.

6. New Distro from Orindal, Burger Records, Polyvinyl, K Recs, etc!

We occasionally do some distro and label trades. We recently got a new stock of stuff from Owen Ashworth at Orindal Records, AKA CFTPA AKA Advance Base. We got some copies of his excellent new record, Nephew in the Wild on both lavender and black vinyl.

We also still have a ton of other new Orindal, K Records, Burger Records, New West, Polyvinyl, Folktale Records, Electricity and Lust and other releases in the Distro section, so Check them out here.

Some of the NEW DISTRO TITLES we have are below:

K Records:
Calvin Johnson & The Sons of the Soil (with Kyle Field)
D+ ST (Phil Elvrum, Karl Blau, & Bret Lunsford (Beat Happening)
Mirah - Changing Light

Orindal Records
Advance Base - Nephew in the Wild
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - In Cambridge LP
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - In Sydney LP
Advance Base / Concern - Traditionals 7"
Advance Base - Our Cat 7"
Advance Base - World is in a Bad Fix Everywhere

Burger Records
Natural Child - Hard in Heaven (Colored Vinyl!)
King Tuff Is Dead (Blue cover, blue with orange splatter vinyl)
Nirvana - Cult (60s psych band) - Colored 2xLP
Jaill - Brain Cream
Dead Ghosts - Love and Death and All the Rest
Jessie Jones - ST
Natural Child - Hard in Heaven
Nobunny - Raw Romance (has a golden Boots cover!)
White Fang - Chunks

Polyvinyl Records
Pillar Point - ST
IDA - Tales of Brave IDA 2xLP
Mates of State - My Solo Project
IDA - I Know About You
David Bazan - Fewer Moving Parts EP
Of Montreal - Aureate Gloom
Sonny and the Sunsets - Talent NIght at the Ashram

Folktale Records
Whitman - Restoring Darkness

New West
Benji Hughes - A Love Extreme 2xLP 180g
Steve Earle - Townes 2xLP 180g

Browse Our Distro Titles Here!


PIAPTK is a serious passion project. It's an addiction that is arguably as expensive as many other addictions (though I would imagine more fun and rewarding) in it's costs. It is something that I have done for almost ten years, with varying waves of feast and famine, intense public interest and equally universal apathy for what I do. But, let's be real... I do it how I want to, with whom I want to, and don't get too hung up on whether anybody cares or does not. I do it as a creative outlet that allows me to work with artists that I adore. I do it to amuse myself. And I do.

However, PIAPTK is also an extremely personal "business" to me, and I would really love to know about every hand that my releases get into. Each release is put together with an unbelievable amount of love and sweat. It would really mean the world to me if you would just take a few minutes to answer ten questions about your experiences with PIAPTK, what you like/don't, etc. It's sometimes hard to understand what customers want/like/feel, when you are just a faceless Paypal order. I've always tried very hard to keep PIAPTK very personal, to let you know who the weirdo behind the releases is, to be accessible and to meet as many of my customers as I can. I think I'm up to well over 100 IRL encounters/new friends from this endeavor.

Give me the good AND the bad. I can't grow and improve in a one-person vacuum.

If you would take this survey, I would be SOOOO appreciative!


As always, I am extremely grateful for your support, and even just bothering to read this email.

With love from the quickly-overheating-desert.

Your Friend, Mike.

Posted on May 17th, 2016