The Tapeworm launches its new publishing venture, The Bookworm, with a tidy compendium of its cover art, alongside an especially-commissioned essay by writer Ken Hollings, the author of the books Destroy All Monsters (Marion Boyars, 2001) and Welcome To Mars (Strange Attractor Press, 2008). Kens work has appeared in a wide range of journals, reviews and anthologies. He has written and presented critically-acclaimed programs for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, NPS in Holland, ABC Australia and Resonance FM and has given talks and lectures at the Royal Institution, the British Library, the ICA, Central St Martins, the école de Recherche Graphique in Brussels and the Berlin Akademie der Künste. Future Bookworm booklets are currently being penned by writer/poet Leslie Winer, and graphic designer Chris Bigg (4AD, David Sylvian). Parasitic Infestation," an essay by Ken Hollings. Illustrations from the first 25 Tapeworm tapes, including works by SavX, Derek Jarman and Leif Elggren. Cover illustration: Savage Pencil. 66pp, 110mm x 117mm, soft cover, thread bound booklet -- no ISBN. Edition of 250 copies only. Printed on Munken Print stock. Typeset in Aldine 401, Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk and Miso." - The Tapeworm.
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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