The Wire

WIRE, THE - #458 April 2022

"The Wire Tapper 58 CD: Every copy of the April issue will come with a free CD of the latest volume in our series of underground music anthologies attached to the cover. This edition of The Wire Tapper features a cover designed by Al White and contains 16 new tracks by Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, Uzu Noir, NOUS with Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda, Hinoko Omori, Rival Consoles, Jack Sheen, worriedaboutsatan, and more. On the cover... Justin Broadrick. In a special two-part feature on a virtuoso of noise, power and volume, Antonio Poscic talks to the Godflesh boss about his long journey through underground rock, from his work with bands such as Napalm Death, God, Techno Animal, Jesu and Zonal to new projects including the Godflesh collection Long Live The New Flesh and new album New Religions Old Rules. Plus, Noel Gardner provides a user's guide to Broadrick's discography in The Primer, from solo aliases to collaborations with musicians including Bonny 'Prince' Billy, Low and Mark Kozelek. Inside the issue... Thomas Buckner. For four decades the the New York baritone vocalist has been an institution of new music in New York, forging close associations with artists from Roscoe Mitchell and Robert Ashley to Annea Lockwood and Noah Creshevsky. He tells Robert Barry about his multiple roles as artist, curator of the Interpretations performance series, label runner of the Mutable imprint, and patron of the arts in NYC. Plus, bonus interviews with some of the composer-artists in Buckner's East Coast orbit. Invisible Jukebox: Claire Rousay & More Eaze. Texan sound experimenters and collaborators Claire Rousay and More Eaze take The Wire's mystery record test. Global Ear: Philip Bloomfield maps new zones of underground activity on the outskirts of Barcelona. Unlimited Editions: Peter Margasak delves into the activities of Italian online music nerve-center Superpang. Unofficial Channels: Emily Bick tunes into the technological choons of Twitter account Ringtone Bangers. Epiphanies: Composter and writer Edward Henderson discovers the true meaning of experimentation watching two people cover themselves in tape in an East London flat. Plus, full page interviews with Iceboy Violet, Sophie Cooper, Tony Bontana/SPEW, and Wet Tuna." - The Wire .

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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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