50 Miles of Elbow Room


[diddley-bo] -- [horizontal hoe handle harp] -- [ashimba] -- [bamboo fife] -- [twanger] -- [piano] -- [storytelling] -- [mouth-bow] -- [three-stringed fretless banjo] -- [synth + percussion + vocal].As many 50MOER readers are aware, Cooper-Moore has been active on the creative music scene for over 30 years. -Ç Recordings and gigs with artists such as David S. Ware, William Parker, and Alan Braufman showcased his considerable skills as a pianist. -Ç While this is the source of his greatest notoriety amongst jazzbos, he has also simultaneously developed instruments of his own design and occasionally invention. -Ç Inclusion of some of these instruments with the large ensembles of William Parker, Bill Cole, and Butch Morris gave notice to the jazz world that piano was just one part of a much greater whole that is Cooper-Moores music. A whole lot of it comes together in Cooper-Moores solo performance, a remarkable display of multi-instrumental virtuosity and showmanship. -Ç He plays one beautiful handmade instrument after another in imaginative and exciting ways, all the while offhandedly bantering with the audience and offering tall tales that range from the disarmingly personal to the hilarious. -Ç The musical palette and emotional range of the work is quite broad, incorporating free improvisation, composed tunes, and the nether region in between. -Ç Inspired, the idea for this set was born. 50MOER #4 is five 7 vinyl records, a 16 page booklet with art, photos, + an extensive interview, housed in a custom-made cedar wood box (much the same as the recent "Goodbye Babylon" set) with a branded cover. -Ç This set is a hand-numbered edition of 300. -Ç I cant fathom repressing it. The music: youve got a diddley-bo lament, a mouthbow hymn, a high energy piano improvisation, an effects-laden banjo romp, the discombobulating sound of the twanger, and plenty more. -Ç Minus the story of Reverend Love on side 7 + the overdubbing on side 10, each side of each record features a solo performance on a different instrument. -Ç Among the recording locales were his East Harlem apartment, on a compost heap on Wards Island, on a footbridge, at a gig in Bordeaux, on his fire escape, and other places." - 50 Miles of Elbow Room. Counts as 4 items due to weight. Highly recommended!

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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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