"On the cover: This issue is dedicated to the memory of astral traveling saxophone colossus Pharoah Sanders, with a tremendous evaluation of his most important work by the great music writer Andy Beta as the cover feature, rare images by Leni Sinclair, and a brief remembrance by film director Jeff Feuerzeig. Columns: Lucy Sante - New column is about her collage practice, which was unknown until recently. Unsurprisingly it's great work; Mimi Lipson - Returns with another advice column filled with warmth, humor, and even advice; Jazz Roundtable - with Ben Jaffe, Sam Cohen, Bekah Flynn, and Makaya McCraven: New Orleans' entire history as refracted through the work of Charlie Gabriel of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, an absolutely deep and important piece; Thinking Fellers - An overview related to new reissues, written by none other than your favorite writer from Bananafish; Some Churches - Amazing images of small churches, rural and urban, from the collection of the Library of Congress. Also featuring: Mick Collins - Tremendous career-spanning feature on the Gories/Dirtbombs frontman by the great RJ Smith; Lambchop - A great new album for Merge and an expansive theater piece Kathy Lindenmayer goes deep with leader Kurt Wagner; XV - Detroit's new no wave supergroup deconstructs an interview, with musician Adam Taub; Ghost Riders - '60s/70s North American downer psych-pop/ garage 'Coming of Age Garage Ballads,' Glen Morren turns in a lengthy overview; Ernest Hood - A feature on the heralded Pac NW ambient composer, amazing ephemera to choose from courtesy the RVNG peeps; The HI Rhythm Section - Tennie, Charles, and Leroy! An often hilarious feature by Jason Gross from Perfect Sound Forever; Edel Rodriguez - Contemporary Cuban-American graphic artist interviewed by Britt Daniel from Spoon --they've collaborated together; Wednesday Knudsen - An overview of the work of this genius rural Massachusetts-based contemporary zone folk goddess, by Michelle Dove; Alpaca Brothers - In depth feature by Matt Goody (whose new book on Flying Nun's history is a must); Matthew Dickman - The great skater poet and poet/skater, introduced by Alex Behr;¬ Charles Gillam Sr. - Gabe from Desert Island interviews the New Orleans-based music obsessive and folk artist; King Kong - Former Homestead Records honcho Ken Katkin is here with ten trenchant observations on a reunion show by Louisville's finest." - Maggot Brain.
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.