Smack Shire


Sightings love Tom Smith and To Live & Shave in L.A. with a tad too muchavidity. Tom Smith has a similar problem -جø¬-?? he loves the fuck out ofSightings. They first worked together in 1999, when TS supervised Sightingsrecording sessions in NYC. Tom produced a full-length album for the group in2000; featuring Andrew W.K. on keyboards, the project was unfortunatelyshelved. Guitarist Mark Morgan was to have joined TLASILA in 1999 (hefinally made it through the gate in 2004, as did AWK), and was also erasedfrom the line-up of Ohne prior to the launch of their 2002 European tour.(Nothing sinister, O sisters -جø¬-?? jus pesky post 9/11 visa hassles.) Theparties remained close, cordial. Flash forward to November 2003: Richard Hoffman, John Lockie, and theaforementioned Mr. Morgan convene with Mr. Smith at Sightings low-fibasement Brooklyn lair. TS records hours of material on his laptop, butlevels are too high, the sound far too digital (i.e., retro). The best stuffemerges from Mr. Hoffmans four-track cassette recordings. Sightings culltheir favorite tracks, and send mixes to Tom. TS tweaks everything for sixmonths, and hands the package off to Rat Bastard (also of TLASILA) formastering. Tom tweaks the mastered tracks for a few more weeks, and... Itaint perfect, but considering who these dudes are, its plenty perfectenough for you. - Smack Shire.

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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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