"Limited to 250 copies with beautiful artwork provided by Matthew Ford (Yves/Son/Ace, Factums). After two limited cassette releases, Unknown Fortune is the vinyl debut for Stefan Christensen’s “& Friends” moniker. Featuring all members of Mountain Movers and Headroom, Unknown Fortune showcases a super group of sorts taking some time to unwind and flow together under the unique and steady guidance of the seasoned songwriter and noisemaker.

Recorded by former Mountain Movers drummer John Miller, at his cozy home studio in one exceptionally productive whirlwind weekend, the album is bookended by two heavy psych explorations. Both feature Christensen and Headroom/Mountain Movers guitarist Kryssi Battalene engaging in aural duals that will not soon be forgotten. The pair dialogue in a sonic language all their own - predicated by over a decade of friendship and musical collaboration, their innate ability to call-and-respond, ebb-and-flow, push-and-pull is without parallel amongst contemporary duos. Meanwhile the consistent and driving forces of Rick Omonte, Ross Menze and David Shapiro provide rhythm and structure to even the most chaotic feedback immersions of Christensen and Battalene.

Unknown Fortune, however, is not solely an album of psychedelic rock tunes. The record also finds space for contemplative songwriting and other-worldly experimentation. Tracks like “Scraps” and “Praise Sin” see Christensen getting back to his deeply personal crafting of song. His ability to quickly and concisely evoke a strong sense of reflective melancholy brings to mind the talents of artists like Alastair Galbraith and Peter Jefferies, but always through Christensen’s exceptionally original lens. This is melded with long and short form experimentation and improvisation - sometimes featuring just one or two Friends and other times the whole gang. These experiments put to use the many talents of the crew; Shapiro’s acoustic improv, Daniel Greene’s droning chord organ, Omonte coloring parts with melodica and so on. Tracks like “Illustration I & II” create real tension on the record and showcase the crew’s amazing improvisational abilities." - C/Site.

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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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