Universal songs. Beyond language and meaning stands the blues. Not the one the GIs brought with their pack in Japan, but Kan Mikamis own vision seen through the prism of enka music. Such songs we cannot find in popular music nowadays. The blues, its spirit and its agonizing mood comparable to the Portuguese fado. Black songs, free form songs, with their beauty and violence, rudimentary electric enka ill-treated Blues tore to pieces. We could almost hear Blind Willie Johnsons ghost activating the guitar and the voice. Kan Mikami strums his guitar with violence and sensuality, telling stories hardly ever told in Japanese songs, at the edge of black humor, surrealism and Dada. And his voice is unique, nearing violence, screams and a sticky melancholy. Bachi was recorded by Fran-ɬßois Dietz at the end of Kan Mikami French tour at studio CCAM in Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy. Nine songs where the voice bears new inflexions never heard on his previous recordings, maybe close to an exotic folklore as dreamt by our western imagination. Sombre and moving Chants skinned by his harsh voice, with guitar on the background, haunting lavish blues. - Turtles Dream.
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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