Munehiro Narita: (guitar); Shoji Hano: (drums). "Back at the dawn of the eighties, several years before the inception of High Rise, foot-down speed-freakin guitarist Munehiro Narita had another unit which he called Kyoaku No Intention (Worst Intentions). Usually comprising just himself on electric guitar and a drummer, they cranked out some of the hardest hitting no-wave rock-improv of the time, analogous to very little apart from perhaps a more Neu-shackled version of the Doug Snyder/Bob Thompson Daily Dance duo. Documentation was, unfortunately, minimal. That was until a couple of years ago when, with High Rise in one of their periods of dormancy, Narita decided to revive the name for some solo and collaborative shows around Tokyo. One of those gigs was with drummer Shoji Hano, and the combination of his resonant power and free-jazz inflected propulsion with the stinging, icicle-edge attack of Naritas guitar proved to be so explosive that the duo has now become a regular unit. On their second album for PSF, Narita and Hano are caught live in Tokyo a mere three months ago. Hano is always inventive around the kit, but he knows that crazed flail is just as valid in certain contexts as textural subtlety. Narita too was never one for treating the guitar as an ambient paintbrush, and his soloing here is as splattered and nerve-shreddingly exciting as ever. This is a brutal, consistently thrilling, cold fusion sound that makes little allowance for weak constitutions. Oh yeah." - Alan Cummings.
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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