Shih Shih Wu Ai

FINE, MILO FREE JAZZ ENSEMBLE - Surges/Suspensions, Comme Toujours

In 1998, after attending close to every one of the Ensembles bimonthly concerts at the West Bank School of Music for well over a decade, Michael Mann \r\ndecided the group was long overdue for the opportunity to once again present its \r\nwork in a concert hall. (The school, you see, is actually an old house; the \r\nEnsemble presenting its work in the living room".) So, he booked a hall on a \r\nlocal college campus for "Two Evenings of Improvised Music", wherein Milo Fine \r\nand Steve Gnitka, the nucleus of the Ensemble, collaborated with four of their \r\nmost stalwart associates -- Scott Newell, John OBrien, Elliot Fine and Jason \r\nS. Shapiro -- in trio and quartet formats. He also made arrangements for the \r\nevent to be recorded. Thus, this triple CD features the vast majority of the \r\nmusic played during those two evenings." - Shih Shih Wu Ai.\r\nMilo Fine: piano, drums, marimba/electronics, clarinet, clarinet/electronics, alto clarinet, bowed cymbals; Steve Gnitka: guitar; Scott Newell: tenor sax, wood flutes, "paper"; John OBrien: trumpet, flugelhorn; Elliot Fine: percussion; Jason Shapiro: piano, synthesizer. Massive 3 CD box set with hand drawn cover artwork. Edition of 500.

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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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