Sealed original stock from 1986. BF were featured on the BART (Bay Area Retrograde) comps. "Batang Frisco (Indie Minimal Synth) has an unusual place in the San Francisco music scene- we were gigging in coffee shops and nasty clubs as Batang Frisco while at the same time we were performing as The Outpatients (Noise Rock) and The False Gods (Cyberpunk), our outlet for ridiculously unhinged sounds. We actually opened for ourselves once; we recruited a few friends and we all went at it. There was a tight bond among the synth minimalists; the crew was MX80, Modmach, Tuxedo Moon, the Residents and Throbbing Gristle among many others, talented and not." - Batang Frisco
"Digging thru the pile of records and theres this thing.. oddball 4th way synth/slap bass/murmur bedroom duo from the 80s. JURY STILL OUT." - Pete Swanson, Oct 3 2017, Twitter.
"A SAN FRANCISCO QUEST- REVIEW OF BATANG FRISCO Im going to start by saying that this disc is completely different from anything else recorded in the 1980s (or other decades for that matter): strange surreal soundscapes, tones and chords eliciting higher consciousness, minimal synths creating sunspots in the mind, lyrics mapping out stories hidden in cut up word salad. I first heard Batang Frisco on a compilation called BART. A friend told me he heard this new band in a dance club in New York City (hard to believe, but true). I bought a copy a few months later and I was bowled over, such a personal power. I now consider myself a soldier in the Batang Army. The album also has some great artwork on the front side; it reinforces the overall feel with nearly indecipherable glyphs and figures. So pick it up, its awesome. Pick it up." - Bob Grumman, Editor, Runaway Spoon Press.
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.