SQUIRMBO - Beyond A Fever Pitch

In its initial incarnation between 1989 and 1994, Squirmbo was the caffeine-addled fabrication of Hornraiser (Tony P), Jason the Unpopular (Jim S), Guttersnipe (Phil S) and Stygian (Mark S). The western Massachusetts collagists endured a deep esteem for the hypnotic pastels and unholy mersh of Steinski, Prince Paul, Nurse with Wound, Ghédalia Tazartès, RRRecords, Christian Marclay, Sentridoh, Gum and William Burroughs cut ups. They also spent 1001 sleepless nights ingesting the stuzzadelik detritus of the previous 80 years, including and especially Fletcher Henderson and Tav Falco-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs Panther Burns. Along with Bushwick V (Mark V), the five chums simultaneously established and maintained Vertical Records between 1989 and 1994 (which is poorly represented in the digital realm at present and should not be confused with the multitude of other Vertical Records, then or now). Vert issued seismic crunk from Cop Shoot Cop, Sebadoh, Royal Trux, Suckdog, Merzbow, Jason Loewenstein-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs Sparkalepsy (or Heather-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs Overbite, opinions vary), Caroliner and eventually Squirmbo and related deformities The Fuck Orchestra, Do-ɬ±a Velasquez & The Gag Reflex and BLBAF. Approbation for Squirmbo from the fanzine masses of the time - including a centerpiece in Bananafish - bewildered the group, who were nevertheless delighted and showed it to their parents. Tragically, our brother Mark S returned to dust in a final selfless gesture in 1994, thereby ending Squirmbo and Vertical Records and drawing the so called -¢‚Ǩ-ìclassic era-جø¬--جø¬-? to a close. The remaining three Squirmbo members, again with Mark V, burrowed deep underground, only to emerge years later cloaked as professional normals who enthusiastically pay their taxes and quote Seinfeld episodes to the satisfaction of their urbane colleagues. The exception is Jim S, who publically resurrected Squirmbo in 2008 in a series of euphorically skunked videos available to all. -Vertical. "Special" edition packaged in a frisbee.

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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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