The Wire

WIRE, THE - #462 August 2022

"The Wire Tapper 59 CD. Every copy of the August issue will come with a free CD of the latest album in our series of underground music anthologies attached to the cover. This edition of The Wire Tapper features a cover designed by Bráulio Amado and contains 16 new tracks by MimiCof, Delmore FX, Evicshen, RSS Boy 1 featuring Waclaw Zimpel, Mark Stewart featuring KK Null, Madeleine Cocolas and more; On the cover... Saul Williams: The US poet, actor, songwriter and now film maker has moved from consciousness raising collaborations with DJ Krust, David Murray and Trent Reznor to the dystopian Afrofuturist visions of his co-directed Rwandan film project Neptune Frost. He talks to Neil Kulkarni about colonialism, and coltan as the new cotton. Inside the issue... Laura Cannell: Harnessing elemental forces of air, vibration and birdsong on violin, recorder and organ, the multi-instrumentalist talks to Louise Gray about her lifelong mission to capture the landscape of her native Suffolk, and her new live project Antiphony Of The Trees. Alan Skidmore: Over the last 60 years, the UK saxophonist has played with jazz figureheads from Tubby Hayes to Tony Oxley, and on both UK TV theme tunes and with John Coltrane's rhythm masters Elvin Jones and Rashied Ali. As a major new box set looks back on his work, he talks to Daniel Spicer about a remarkable journey in music. Invisible Jukebox: Bob Mould - The former Hüsker Dü and Sugar man listens to our mystery playlist. Unlimited Editions: Cortizona - Jennifer Lucy Allan profiles the Belgian label which has ploughed an idiosyncratic furrow tracing esoteric sounds from Patty Waters to Bernard Szajner to train locomotive recordings. Unofficial Channels: Raga Junglism - Guitarist Glenn Jones browses a website dedicated to avant garde tuning systems. Global Ear: Gothenburg - Michael Lawson visits a micro-scene centered around the likes of Enhet För Fri Musik, Blod and others. The Inner Sleeve: Éliane Radigue - The composer contemplates a photo of the night sky. Epiphanies: Emeka Ogboh - The sound artist tunes into the Lagos soundscape. Plus, one page interviews with Cheri Knight, Joe Rainey, Anna Butterss and Michael Gregory Jackson."- The Wire.

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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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