As we pointed out in a past issue of TW, the lathe cut records coming from local label People in a Position to Know are pretty special. The lathe cutting process allows small bands to make limited run plexiglass records for a fraction of what vinyl production costs. This means both PIAPTK and local artists have the space to get a little creative with the process.
One of PIAPTK's more recent innovative releases comes in the form of a tape/record hybrid release called Magic Mirror with music from psych rockers Wight Lhite (on Side 1) and Dimitri Manos' new ambient experimental project called American Monoxide (on Side 2).
The unique packaging was made to conceptually emulate Sathers Candy packaging. Each deluxe set of this release comes with a "cassette/lathe sandwich" with the two musical media meant to be played simultaneously. Confused? Well, you're in luck because they've made a video explaining how it works:
While that might clear things up a little, the multi-platform single release is kind of just one of those things that you have to try for yourself. It's an experience. You can buy a copy, complete with those wingnuts, bolts and rubber mounting shock absorber grommets, via the PIAPTK website for $24.99. Although the first pressing, with red cassettes as pictured above, has sold out, a subsequent run is planned for the near future so get on it before those go too. For you chromaphiles out there, know that next release will be blue.
Here's the track list:
1. Wight Lhite - Green Tambourine
2. Wight Lhite - Rock and Roll
3. Wight Lhite - Green Tambourine Backwards
4. Wight Lhite - Mermaids
1. American Monoxide - Arcade of Hits
2. American Monoxide - Guitar Amp
3. American Monoxide - Circuit Board Snowman
4. American Monoxide - Bassamp