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MONSTER ISLAND - Children of Mu

"The Children of Mu is a group of songs, lyrics & extended performance revolving around the psychic and mythic origins of Mu, a Pacific island or lost continent (and counterpart to Atlantis) some believe to be fiction and others the cradle of civilization, and relevant to our present condition. It has been mythologized by the founder of Theosophy, Madame Blavatsky who contends that Mu was a land bridging India and Africa, inhabited by our spiritual ancestors, non-physical psychic beings. The LP charts the migration of Shadow Theater, the earliest visual/ musical form of storytelling from Mu to China, India and the invention of cinema in avant-garde Paris at the end of the 19th century. Songs on side one and two follow this migration and are performed in Chinese, French and English. Early wax recordings of poet Apollinaire (reading Bridge Mirabeau) and the first Chinese opera are mixed into collaged sections within the music. Sides 3 and 4 are a single long jazz improvisation over the channeled voice of Madame Blavatsky who reveals the history of creation and Mu. This is the fourth album by Monster Island, a four year project, whose previous recordings included; From the Michigan Floor, Dream Tiger and Peyotemind. This double LP is an edition of 500 copies with fabulous four color + metallic gold cover by ratty art genius Gary Panter. Performances by; Aliccia Berg (Slumber Party), Bill Brovald (Larval), Matthew Smith (guitar, bass, pipa, Outrageous Cherry, THTX), Robert Waller (synth, Pere Ubu), H.H. Ma Meenakshi Devi (Indian Saint and classical Hindi singer), Anneke Auer (psychic voice), Johnny Evans (sax, Howling Diablos), Len Bukowski (bass clarinet, Northwoods Improvisers), Tim Barnes (percussionist, Quakebasket), Mattin (avant-noise, Sakadda), words & music: Cary Loren (Destroy All Monsters), mastered by Warn Defever". - The End Is Here.

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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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