HUNT, ROLLIN - Criminal/Castle of Nothing

Rollin Hunt doesnt say publicly what planet hes from, but its safe\r\nto say it isnt ours. Disguised as a healthy midwestern boy, Rollin\r\nbegan infiltrating human society at an early age. As a teenager in\r\nChicago he was never seen without a tape recorder or video camera,\r\nusing the flimsy pretext of art" to collect data for his\r\nextraterrestrial research. By his early 20s, he began recording\r\npseudo-popular music as a way to synthesize and transmit his findings.\r\nA capable anthropologist, Rollins songs deftly penetrate various\r\nhuman types--the Criminal, the Bum, the Waitress--while his music has\r\nthe odd quality of being both robotic and soulful. Rollin Hunt may in\r\nfact be a cosmic being who has been programmed for earthly love.\r\nThere are echoes of other aliens whove come to visit our\r\nturntables--Joe Meek, Roky Erickson, Sun Ra--but Rollins outsider\r\ntake on humanity has the unique quality of tenderness. Much of his\r\ncharm comes from his bumbling attempts to approximate our\r\nculture--like Balki Bartokomous of TVs Perfect Strangers, he can be\r\npainfully foreign, employing stilted grammar and forgetting the names\r\nof holidays. His pop sense is likewise skewed; Jessica Hopper, writing\r\nin the Chicago Tribune, describes his sound as "unearthly\r\nshoo-be-doo... as if someone was trying to imitate the Shangri-Las or\r\nthe Ronnettes but only knew them from a thirdhand description." Its\r\nnot surprising, then, that hes caught on among certain warped\r\nsegments of music-lovers. A bunch of worshipful foreigners have even\r\nput together a tribute album, cryptically titled Him Who Is There,\r\nthat portrays Rollin as some sort of oddball Messiah. Theres a sense\r\nthat this visitor, this interplanetary innocent, might have something\r\nimportant to teach us about human life.\r\nThe two songs on this 7" serve as a raw and startling introduction to\r\nRollin Hunt. Already hailed as "savant-garde," his musical\r\nexplorations of Life on Earth will continue with a full-length album\r\ndue later this year on Moniker Records (recorded with whiz-kid\r\nproducer Donny Schroeder). As suggested by one of his early home\r\nrecordings, titled (significantly) Dear People of the World, Hunts\r\nmusical messages are meant not only for aficionados but for our entire\r\nspecies........................................Are we ready to listen?" - Moniker.

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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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