Mallard Lake

HOTOTOGISU - Befriending Demons/Nepenthe

A population of singing birds. How nice. But armed\r\nwith rusty metal strings and heavy amplifiers executed\r\nin a freakout state of mind, it gets nasty.\r\nUltraFuzzDronePreacher Matthew Bower, known from\r\nSkullflower and Sunroof!, unveils another episode of\r\nthe Hototogisu, in a collaboration with Marcia Bassett\r\nfrom the Double Leopards. - Mallard Lake.\r\n"The three inch cd seems to be the format of choice\r\nthese days for all things avant / drone related. I\r\nguess its part the novelty, but also the 20 minute\r\nlimit is just perfect for one big long track. Like the\r\nmodern day drone rock equivalent of our old friend the\r\nseven inch single. This super limited three inch just\r\nso happens to be the latest missive from Mr. Matthew\r\nBower of Sunroof!, Skullflower, Total, etc. Bower is\r\nthe Hototogisu, and on this disc that means gorgous,\r\npulsing free noise, taking the crushing power of\r\nSkullflower and smoothing it out with the bliss of\r\nSunroof! Two tracks merged into one twenty minute\r\npiece of strangled guitar chords, droning and\r\nthrobbing, becoming more and more machinelike, until\r\nthe whole thing is a keening, looped mass of distorted\r\ngrit and vibrating hum, like an industrial Steve\r\nReich, or a noise rock Terry Riley. Caustic and\r\nabrasive, but also hypnotic and beautiful. These are\r\nultra limited so you can bet they wont be around for\r\nlong." - Aquarius.

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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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