What is so wonderful about a lathe cut is that you are no longer beholden to the whims of the major labels and Record Store Day, it's unfortunate that it takes an independent label or band 5-6 months to press vinyl. Not only are you spending thousands of dollars, but then you get poor customer service, a shortage of progress updates, and there's a large possibility that your project won't be ready on time. How is a DIY band or independent label supposed to plan around a record they may not get when they're supposed to?
While short run lathe cuts are not an exact substitute, they sure are a great insurance policy. Not only are they a really nice limited release for your fans, but they can also function as a way to drum up attention for your upcoming release. Bands can take charge of their music and their releases with a lathe cut. Do you want to have fifty 7 inch square records for your upcoming single so you have new music to sell on tour? Want twenty five 8 inch records so you can custom screen print on cardboard jackets for a web store exclusive? Want two hundred 4 inches just for fun with a lock groove of one riff repeated forever? You have that option and more, and you'll get your records in a timely fashion.
Precarian Cuts is run by Zack Hansen, former employee and lathe cutter at LatheCuts.com. He enjoys reading, watching pirated television, composing music, and playing drums.