"When asked in a recent interview why he moved from Tallahassee to New York, Sean Earl Beard of Plastic Flowers replied, My choice was to get comfortable or get out. And I can never get comfortable." Bittersweet melodies of alienation, the charms of romantic detachment, the possibility of coloring ones less-than ideal surroundings with sounds that dramatize and enhance what might be otherwise too drab to take -- these are the raison detre of Plastic Flowers. Beards story is in some ways fairly classic--small town boy from an unstable home leaves it all behind to come make music in the big city. But familiar farmboy rock and roll imagery dissolves as the picture of a former punk kid from sunny Florida transplanted to overcast Brooklyn making clever yet heartfelt electronic pop comes into focus. The Strange Neighbors 7" includes three tracks that appropriately showcase Beards knack for song craft--the title track, "Strange Neighbors" and "She Learned the Best Way"--as well has his talent for facilitating escapism through lush melodic compositions like the instrumental "Serious Pleasures", which begs to invade the headphones of a lonely dreamers walk home on an Autumn night after parting ways with an unrequited crush. The digital version of the 7" comes with an alternate b-side bonus track." -Wierd.
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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