"In the 1930s, the Dust Bowl was the most devastating man-made ecological catastrophe in human history. In 2020, Dust World. After pioneering the now thriving form of underground-band-as-character-based-performance-art, and filling 2017-2019 with a staggering number of wigged-up Banny Grove shows in support of a self-released record and a 7" EP, Banny Grove leader Louise Chicoine decided to trade in the costume and the cartoonish-ness that were her signatures in order to break ground on a more profound and lasting body of work. Perhaps not coincidentally, this shift also saw the group relocating from the reputedly over-the-top and image-conscious metropolis of Los Angeles to a solar-powered shack and recording studio in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Here they set out to distill elements of pop and electronic music with a high level of compositional inventiveness and a touch of country-western flavor, and to sharpen Louise's lyrics to the unflinching edge demanded by our sick and confusing era. Dust World is the document of this transformation, the wet-eyed smile of a clown removing her makeup for possibly the last time. Album opener "Malibu" establishes the pattern: a splashy beachball tune with a chromatic hook, that suddenly breaks apart for a last full minute of drifting introspection. And then we get "Blue and Green," a naked and furious take on climate collapse that rises from a lament to a rallying anthem. "So Happy, So Good" offers a return to clowning, as Louise raps like Debbie Harry about the power of free and indestructible pleasures -- before the album's centerpiece "Piece of Mine" takes you on an immersive R&B-driven trip back to an old-west fireside. The same dialectic plays out on Side B, finding one of its strongest iterations in the slow burner "Goo-Goo's Melody," wherein Louise roasts the apathy of our oligarchs in what sounds like a series of nursery rhymes. And with "Covered in Love," the swinging chunk of electro-country that closes the album, the band manages to craft a heartfelt love song out of what's ostensibly a parody of an insurance commercial. Banny Grove is a singular voice in today's increasingly unsupervised art music world, forging a nexus of underground experimentalism and pop accessibility that was previously thought to be impossible. No wonder the band has become as beloved by the art school crowd as they are by more mainstream-leaning demographics." - Feeding Tube Records.
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.