Ray Off and his three year old son were staring at the clouds one day when the boy made a comment that became the idea behind and the title for Offs first large-scale band composition". Realised by a crack pick-up group in three weeks and performed to an unprepared gathering at Dunedins None Gallery space, the piece is a fog of harps and sheeps; a cello dissolving in tears to chanteuse Pamela Poppins heartening sirenic solfege. The 27 minute recording seemed a good centrepiece for a cd celebrating a year of "off" actions, and is bookended by two live improvisations. "First Ray" starts off sounding like Black Dice on Sunday morning, before giving way to a cellos conversation with a cliffs edge; "Chinese New Year" sticks one half-thought-out guitar riff into a pipette and attempts to build a ship in a bottle out of broken biscuits." - United Fairy Moons.
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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