The Wire

WIRE, THE - #467 January 2023

"2022 Rewind: The Wire's essential guide to the year in music will chart the highs and lows of another 12 months of never-ending change in underground culture. Our 2022 Rewind issue will be bigger than ever and will include our eagerly anticipated Top 50 Releases of the Year and Archive Releases of The Year charts, both compiled from the votes of more than 60 of our critics and contributors. Other features include new charts covering the books, events and films of the year, alongside cultural reflections from our roster of writers, our columnists' charts from avant rock to noise, essays on healing sounds and strategies, music's new vaudevillians, dispatches on music in Ukraine and Iran, and more. Inside the issue... Invisible Jukebox: London Afrofunk godfathers Cymande take the mystery record test; Global Ear: Robert Rigney hangs out on the Asian side of Istanbul as the city's nightlife coalesces in the liberated neighborhood of Kadiköy. Unlimited Editions: AGF's sound art and multimedia activism platform REC:on; Unofficial Channels: Xenharmonic Wiki resource for advanced tuning systems. Inner Sleeve: Gaye Su Akyol on Morphine's Good. Plus, full page interviews with Kraus, Heith, Daniel Bachman, and Venus Ex Machina." - 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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