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Five Four-O

REP AND FRIENDS, MIKE - Darby Creek Drifter

The name Mike Rep Hummel means many things to different people. Many equate Rep with 70s Proto-Punk, 80s D.I.Y. or a pioneering founder of 90s Lo-Fi (Rep prefers the term Mega-Fi himself). Along with his bands Mike Rep & The Quotas & the seminal (Ohio) True Believers, he was also a cohort in the 90s Columbus supergroup Ego Summit among a plethora of other Ohio band involvements. Also known for recording and/or mixing (Lovingly Fucking With) such bands of note as Guided By Voices, Times New Viking, Jim Shepard, The Gibson Brothers, Strapping Fields Hands, Mount Carmel and dozens of others, mostly in their formative garage/basement incarnations. I prefer deflowering to retooling. Both present worthwhile challenges but working with virgin talent wont get you an STD he once infamously said. Still others remember him for his groundbreaking Columbus Ohio homegrown label New Age Records (named before there was such a thing as New Age music) which evolved into the 80s/90s cassette pioneering signpost to new space Old Age/NO Age label through the 90s. And so the name Mike Rep Hummel has a polarizing effect on many who either admire or deride his body of work. Hummels new record Darby Creek Drifter is one that is sure to draw the line even deeper into the sand. Rep sez; As my pal Bob Pollard once quipped, this does not rock. But it rolls baby, it rolls. - Five Four-O.

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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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