"David Tholfsen is an American musician and artist living in San Leandro, CA. He was the primary voice and songwriter of the group U.S. Saucer, an electric folk trio active in the 1990s who recorded three LPs and a 7" for the Amarillo Records label. In the two decades prior, Tholfsen performed in many groups in Iowa, Arizona, and ultimately San Francisco, wherehis heavy art-rock outfit Blow reduced itself to the slow-drip syrup of his flagship endeavor. During this time, he also appeared on recordings by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 and the Zip Code Revue. Post-Saucer, David shared a split 7" with Suzanne Langille on the Road Cone label's Instress series. He continued to record music privately throughout the 2000s, solo and with his bluegrass band The Tinnitans. His work outside of music includes a skilled practice in ceramics, sculpture, and puppetry—often vehicles for the same narratives, jokes, and wordplay of his songwriting. Walk With Me comes 25 years after his last appearance on a vinyl record.
Walk With Me showcases David's signature vocal stylings, in the form of multitrack renditions of chants that arose while regularly hiking the Oakland hills in recent years. If one was so curious to pry, there's likely an anecdote and specific location to apply to each track—but here they are offered for general utility and enjoyment. The spike of endorphins, mantric mind loops, literal peaks and valleys, and fluctuation of available breath color his chants with a natural dynamism. Tholfsen's personal intention is one of practical use for the listener, as an encouragement to sing along and achieve the same mental and physical workout. For the home listener: tuneful mouth music, mostly non-lexical folk tunes with lots of lilting vocables and wild harmonizing to swirl up unusual patterns, bolstered by the giant spirit of a guy who's been doing this a long time. Through a squint, these recordings could be reckoned as more of a text-sound performance dealfor those who brain about in fancypants—but no need to detract from the charm and liveliness of the natural composition ('improvisations over improvisions'). Always a familiar melody or song form to keep on the path, with enough craggy embellishments and curious tangles on the periphery to keep it interesting. A new rendition of an old Saucer track, "Shake Smear Laugh and Roll", along with two others, even offer something in the way of lyrics (tip: they all have lyrics if you listen enough times). "Pick out a song, set it on loop and walk for miles," is an alternate suggestion from David. As an accommodation, files can be acquired directly by contacting the publisher upon purchase of an LP from anywhere." - Spoooor.
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.