Unplayed original copies of the first Grim release, from 1985. Numbered (hand-stamped) edition of 1000, with a 12-page b&w booklet. Self-released by Jun Konagaya as the third release on his Eskimo label following the much sought-after LP and 7" by the legendary White Hospital (Konagaya and Tomo Kuwahara) from a year prior-- though the label here is confusingly also listed as G.A. Propaganda, actually just a one-off offshoot of Eskimo. This material was included on the recent Vinyl-on-Demand box set and the earlier CD compilation released on Haang Niap (run by mems. of Kito Mizukumi Rouber, Keiji Hainos Nijiumu project, etc). Konagaya plays "percussion, pulse, bass, organ, voice."
"In Grim, Konagaya took the noise/junk techniques of industrial music as his core methodology, but what made his sound unique were the elements of ethnic music and folklore and the shamanic sensibility that oozed from within. In 1985 he released a three-track 7" single with the title Amaterasu, the sun goddess of ancient Japanese myth. The record was superlative, from the combination of metal percussion, feedback and electronic noise shrouding his roaring agit-prop vocalizations, to the way that the monstrous fairytale of the title track destroyed time and space." - from the liners to the "Folk Songs for An Obscure Race" comp on Haang Niap.
"GRIM is an absolutely amazing, almost skizophrenic and obscure power-electronics and noise-one-man project of Jun Konagaya. Juns sound change its mood and athmosphere in seconds. From extreme harsh and hard power electronic noise-walls to ingenious folk-songs and tunes as you know it from Charles Manson. In the very early 80s Jun formed White Hospital together with Tomosada Kuwabara. They released one album called "Holocaust" in 1984 and split. At that time Jun had already released the "Vital-¢‚Ǩ-ì Tape with his project GRIM. Kuwuhara moved on to form Vasilisk while Jun continued as GRIM releasing one Lp, 12" and 7-¢‚Ǩ-ì as well as contributing to several compilations during the 80s." - Vinyl-on-Demand.
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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