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Ugly Things

UGLY THINGS - #55

"In this issue we detail the history of the Magic Fern, one of the key bands in Seattle's psychedelic music scene in 1966-68. Photographer Eric Hayes shares his journey through the 1960s, along with some remarkable rare photos of the Yardbirds live onstage in 1966, and the Stones in the studio in early 1969 -- their last sessions with Brian Jones. David Holzer provides new insight into Brian's musical expeditions in Morocco and the making of the talismanic album Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka. Tim Stegall talks at length with Bun E Carlos about the early days of Cheap Trick -- the first installment of a two-part feature. Phil Milstein explores the origins of the Velvet Underground's name. Also: an appreciation of dark country master Porter Wagoner, Scandinavian beat merchants the Beachers (once billed as 'Sweden's ugliest group'!), King Records R&B icon Otis Williams, Bay Area garage band the Mockers (whose members included a teenage Carlos Santana), enigmatic DIY folkie Scott Seskind, South America's Los Shakers, UK psych icons July, Budapest beat group Hungaria, and the wild saga of ace Swedish garage revivalists the Crimson Shadows. And of course, acres of reviews of all the latest reissues and rock 'n' roll related books." - Ugly Things.

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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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