BLEU, DORA, TOM CARTER & SAM SHALABI - Circle of Crosses
The Hill of Crosses in Siauliai, Lithuania (56_Ǭ_0055N 23_Ǭ_2500E) is one of the most demented folk-art installations on the planet, a thicket of 100,000+ crosses, crucifixes, graven images, minor effigies, rosaries and other pilgrim-offerings dating back almost 200 years and maybe longer. It is a monument to accretion, to the endless addition of one more thing. It has its parallels in the votive-stuffed caves of Arkalochori (35_Ǭ_ 8 0.76N, 25_Ǭ_ 15 26.94"E) and Psychro (35.1628055_Ǭ_N 25.4448972_Ǭ_E), as well as the Buddha-stuffed caves of Mogao (40_Ǭ_0217.98N 94_Ǭ_4815.28E), Bezeklik (42_Ǭ_ 57 22 N, 89_Ǭ_ 32 41 E), and Pak Ou (20.0489_Ǭ_N 102.2101_Ǭ_E). At this Hill of Crosses, one rubs up against what Aliferis has called das _É_ìberw_ɬ§ltigensein (_¢‚Ǩ_ìthe overwhelm_¢‚Ǩ¬ù) in one of its many forms. In the past, human encounters with the overwhelm were always described in religious terms: a glimpse into the abyss that staggers human speech, and our need to fill that void with a force that eclipses human measure; that is to say, God. But in 2012, our horror vacui has replaced God with ourselves, and the overwhelm we face is a socially constructed one, of endless surveillance and information-gathering, where everywhere is the same and anywhere is nowhere, and where the principle of too-muchness prevails unceasingly: _¢‚Ǩ_ìLabour unparallelld! a wondrous rocky World of cruel destiny / Rocks piled on rocks reaching the stars; stretching from pole to pole._¢‚Ǩ¬ù_¢‚Ǩ¬®_¢‚Ǩ¬®Clearly we have lost our bearings. Clearly the need is for something on a smaller scale. Clearly we must reclaim the void. To that end, Fire Museum (39.955117_Ǭ_N 75.161240_Ǭ_W) and Tequila Sunrise Records (39.969203_Ǭ_N 75.14505_Ǭ_W) present this gathering of guitar-driven emanations, the first side leafy, lyrical and acoustic, the second side an astringent application of electric gnarl. _¢‚Ǩ_ìCircle of Crosses_¢‚Ǩ¬ù brings together folk pythia Dora Bleu (guitar and vocal) with psych-improv wizards Sam Shalabi and Tom Carter (guitars and other instruments). It links Tripoli (32_Ǭ_548N 13_Ǭ_119E) to Washington D.C (38_Ǭ_5342.4N 77_Ǭ_0212.0W) and Houston (29_Ǭ_4546N 95_Ǭ_2259W), not to mention Mile End (45_Ǭ_3130N 73_Ǭ_3500W) to Louvain-la-Neuve (50_Ǭ_ 40 4 N, 4_Ǭ_ 36 42 E). Consider these songs map coordinates for safe-houses from das _É_ìberw_ɬ§ltigensein, a set of precise locales for ecstasy, atheist shrines, or open spaces for reverie in the forgotten recesses of the planetary connectome._¢‚Ǩ¬®" - John Cleves Symmes, Jr., Tequila Sunrise.
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.