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FROZEN CORN - s/t

Frozen Corn is the Western Mass trio of Anthony Pasquarosa, Chris Carlton, and Joshua Burkett. In 1967, the Holy Modal Rounders were signed to ESP-Disk. One of Peter Stampfels first missions was to get the Rounders co-conspirator, Michael Hurley, signed as well. To this end, Hurley cut a solo demo and sent it down to NYC. One of the tunes featured Hurley on his signature mock trumpet, but ESPs Bernard Stollman was not impressed. Whats this guy trying to do, Stollman asked. Sing with his mouth closed? And why is everything so slow? Stampfel replied, Well, hes kind of like an amphetamine head in reverse. The ESP deal was off, but a certain creative template was invented -- The Twilight Zone -- and it is one that has been adopted by the Western Mass trio, Frozen Corn. The band is comprised of Joshua Burkett, Chris Carlton and Anthony Pasquarosa. Each of them has a sterling musical rep, and more recordings than you can easily name, but Frozen Corn is a special kind of project. Together, the three of them perform covers of proto-bluegrass tunes, most first recorded in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia in the late 1920s. This stuff was just called folk music back then (bluegrass wasnt an actual classification until the late 40s), but the tunes of guys like Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Clarence Ashley and Doc Boggs were the base on which the speed-damaged rave-ups of bluegrass were founded. Frozen Corn also cover a couple of trad songs, plus Summers Night, a song written in the Twilight Zone style by the late British banjo player, Clive Palmer (one of the founders of the Incredible String Band). Using two banjos and a guitar, Frozen Corn turn these hillbilly howls (remember the Rounders own version of Cuckoo) into slow-wound meditations on form and function. And their deep monotonic vocal riffs by either Chris or Tony (Josh stays mum) work almost like raga singing in terms of achieving The Zone. Its related to bluegrass and old timey music, but it comes from an alternate universe. A universe in which the transportational qualities of Frozen Corns sound cannot be overstated. Those wishing to visit The Zone can now easily grab an earful. Free your ass and do it." --Byron Coley Cover art direction and design by Tom Recchion. Features the worlds first ceramic graphics for an LP. Embossed cover, texturized sand paper finish; Printed by Stoughton Printers." - Idea.

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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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