Reissue of the only prog LP Takoma Records ever released -- the 1974 slab by L.A.s Laser Pace. The albums title, Granfalloon, is a term created by the late Kurt Vonnegut to describe a bunch of people who pretend to be an affinity group without having any actual affinity for each other. Were uncertain if that is supposed to refer to factions inside Laser Pace, but no matter. The album is probably the strangest pieces of wax dripped by Takoma (apart from Charlie Nothing, natch) and seems wildly out of synch with the labels presumed focus. But is a goddamn monster of odd charm, no two ways about it. The core of the band was Doug Decker (aka D. Distorto) and Chris Christensen" from Opus 1 (the only garage band to ever cut a single -- "Back Seat 38 Dodge" -- about the work of assemblage artist, Ed Keinholz) and Maureen OConnor of the Shes (who recorded a single for International Artists). The Takoma connection came about via Dougs day job as a recording engineer. He worked for Wally Heider for a while, and then engineered Faheys Of Rivers & Religions LP (2003). Fahey asked him to do some more work for the label and he ended up working on a bunch of projects. During this time, Laser Pace slowly accrued, with a focus on using electronics doo-dads (from wah-wahs to Buchlas) in as many ways as possible. With various other players, they recorded Granfalloon on spec and shopped it around. Eventually they played it for Fahey, who reportedly said, "It sounds like someone running through an electronic jungle." He was also blasted by Maureens voice, so it came out on Takoma. Granfalloon never really found its audience (Takoma weirdos being a very special brand of weirdo) but over the years, people would hear its strange prog-rock blends and invariably wonder what the hell had happened. Thankfully, Western Mass crate-digging hodad, Scott Seward, decided to get to the bottom of things, and he did. And now here is this insanely scorched artifact, available on vinyl once again, with full explanatory notes appended. Doesnt mean you wont be scratching your head, but now youll have an idea of why youre scratching. Edition of 500." - Feeding Tube.
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.