"Athletic Automatons debut full-length is making my palms (and ears) sweat as we speak. Of the bands that have splintered out of the Providence, Rhode Island, implosion that was agro-fuck pukes Arab on Radars demise, Athletic Automaton rules my world the most (no wave psychsters Made in Mexico and ho-hum dance-punks Chinese Stars are the others). Comprised solely of ex-AOR guitarist Stephen Mattos and ex Pellum 1-2-3 drummer Patrick Crump (who like to dress up as basketball jocks in concert), Athletic Automaton rock a sick dynamic that is all about sustain and twisting your mind and expectations past the breaking point. Their riffs and grooves are minimal, the lyrics occasional, and a tension they bend so well a most definitely welcome constant. So even though 5 Days In Africa was recorded back in late 2003 and the copyright date on the hand-assembled package reads 2004, you can rest assured youre not getting some old hat over here (after a bad experience with buzz noisy label XXXXX XXXX, who initially issued this record, the band have taken over the release themselves.) Wax hounds take note - word is this is going to be released on 180 gram vinyl by Liquid Death/Hello Pussy Records in the very near future, which will make it even more ferocious for the dense grooves at play." - Kevin Hainey, SKYSCRAPER.
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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