TYFUS, DENNIS & KRIS MAES - Stevige Nacht/De Kerstdagen
My turntable sometimes spins a bit oddly at 45 rpm, which in this case might work very much in its advantage. Meeuw Muzak dont do a Christmas 7 every year, but heres one for 2016, recorded by visual artist, Ultra Eczema boss and sound artist Dennis Tyfus, responsible for voice and cassettes, along with Kris Maes, who plays guitar and cut work, as well as doing the recording. In much of Tyfus work, as far as I know it, the voice plays a central role along with noise from mixing consoles and stuff he recorded on cassettes; a kind of lo-fi sound poetry perhaps. Here he has a collage of Christmas instrumentals, an atmospheric slide guitar playing one and his own voice announcing Kerst (Christmas, in case you didnt realize); it is quite a funny little tune, Stevige Nacht (fierce night, as opposed to silent night), with Tyfus (?) as a choir boy in the end.
I wont spoil what is funny about De Kerstdagen, and Im sure if you are not Dutch you wont get it at all, but I thought it was incredible funny. Now you see: Christmas might be a horrible time of the year or not, depending on how much you like to be on your own and I surely like to be on my own, drinking wine, smoking a good cigar and by now have the prospect of a great afternoon playing all Meeuw Muzak 7"s so far that deal with Christmas. On all the other kerstdagen I should play all the other Meeuw Muzak releases and then its New Years Day. Lovely! Bring those damned days on!" - Frans DeWaard.
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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