Another March, another spring, another studio record by Japans folk philosopher-king Kan Mikami. If you were wondering how he was planning to top last years monolithic 13 CD boxset, heres the simplest of answers. A duo record with long-time comrade in arms (and the Tokyoscenes most self-effacing drummer), Toshi Ishizuka. Ishizuka is best known as the ball of percussive energy that powered Vajra, but he has an underground history as long as your arm, stretching right back to Japans original seventies rock-punkers Zuno Keisatsu. As well as being Kazuki Tomokawas drummer of choice for the past 30 years, Ishizuka has led Cinorama, released a couple of solo drum disks (including last years wonderful PSF release In The Night [PSFD-107]), and held down a career as a session drummer. For as many years as anyone cares to remember hes also played in a regular monthly duo with Mikami (first Sunday of each month, Aketas Place in Tokyos Nishi-Ogikubo). That duo has seen some previous low-key documentation on a couple of compilations, including the Opprobrium benefit Waiting To Be Old, but this is their first full album release. On the six new tracks on Shinshi No Yuuutsu (which can be translated as A Gentlemans Depression), Mikami is in as fine a fettle as ever. Gruff, hoarse and strangled, choking out a multi-voiced pearled stream of wisdom, his guitar rippling and jerking through those convulsive A-minor patterns akin to little else on gods earth. Ishizuka is the perfect partner to Mikamis unique phrasing, all in the eternal now as straight forward momentum is fractured into a schizophrenic tumble in twenty dimensional directions at once. His playing has a rock heaviness, but broken through with delicate improv shadings and an occasional and unexpected processed whoosh. Its a naked and innocent record, as yielding as granite and as hard as new-born baby... -- Alan Cummings.

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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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