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Shih Shih Wu Ai

FINE, MILO FREE JAZZ ENSEMBLE - The Untenability of Sentience & More Wistful Tunes for the Sincere

Limited edition of 500 copies. "I began working with Steve Gnitka in late 1975, after an introduction arranged by Scott Newell, with whom I had already been collaborating for a few years. (Primarily playing guitar, Scott was a member of the Ensemble at the time, and, as he was leaving town, recommended Steve as his -¢??replacement-¢?¬ù.) Shih Shih Wu Ai 12/13 marks Steves and my 15th collaborative LP and/or CD, while Scotts work with me has previously been documented on SURGES/SUSPENSIONS, COMME TOUJOURS (Shih Shih Wu Ai 7-9) and KOI/KLOPS (Emanem 4060). I first met Charles Gillett in the late nineties, but it wasnt until a few years later (2002) that we really started getting to know one another and, after being exposed to his distinctive approach to the guitar, began collaborating. Charles work with me has previously been documented on SENILIT-É? (Emanem 4132) and CONTIGUOUS CHUNKS (Shih Shih Wu Ai 11).Stefan Kac and I are both on the faculty at the West Bank School of Music (me for decades; him since 2005). I first heard him play at a benefit for the School that year where he tore through an a cappella realization of Thelonious Monks -¢??Bye-Ya-¢?¬ù. (This event provided him the first exposure to my playing as well; on that evening a short piano solo.) Within a short time we began working together in a variety of contexts. MORE WISTFUL TUNES FOR THE SINCERE marks our first collaborative documentation." - Milo Fine, Shih Shih Wu Ai. Recorded August 7, 2009 and September 14, 2009.

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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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