CROOK, BRIAN - Bathysphere

Here we finally have a first time vinyl issue of Bathysphere, the debut solo album by Brian Crook (of such estimable bands as the Renderers, Terminals, Max Block, Scorched Earth Policy, etc). It was originally released on CD in 2000 on the Medication label (no relation). Bathysphere stalks the same haunted terrain as the Renderers but with an even more isolated and experimental feel. Crook expertly uses his accent and voice to tease out the nuance of the weird phrasing, odd timing and lyrics of his tunes. Tom Lax of Siltbreeze called this album Brians Like Flies on Sherbert in reference to the legendarily damaged solo album Alex Chilton recorded after Big Star. Includes guest spots by Robbie Yeats of the Dead C and Peter Stapleton of Dadamah, Pin Group, Terminals, etc. A hand numbered limited edition of 400 copies in beautiful silk screened covers with Meds version of an On the Beach style inner jacket. Not to be missed. -Meds.

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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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