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MELCHIOR, DAN - Titans of Modern Music: Paintings 2021-2022

"Hooke + Line Press is excited to announce its first title, Titans of Modern Music: Paintings 2021-2022 by Dan Melchior. TOMM is a selection of 36 portraits from his series of paintings of seminal music figures spanning multiple genres." "As an unrepentant renaissance man, Dan Melchior has long trucked in blood unfit for pudding. He is a master of endurance over abidance whether it be as a singer of songs, a writer of poems or taster of pies, there are no half measures. Add to that list a painter of peoples, and Titans of Modern Music is a testament to his keen eye & deft stroke. And as a recording artist known for a voluminous body of work, portraiture is the perfect medium for his restive creativity. The subjects are infinite. Please note these are no mere, Sharpie's-in-the-park renderings. Gently run your hand across the rawness of the paper and you can feel the exertion of acrylic and oils. The style is playful yet sincere. The attention to detail, uncanny. Gazing through this select volume, I am reminded of the work of Horace Pippin & Philip Guston at once. Dan says he would like to paint like Lucian Freud. That's funny. So would I." --Tom Lax, Philadelphia, PA, 2023 40 pp; 15.25x22.75cm; color printing."; - Hooke + Line.

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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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