American Tapes

THIN ENSEMBLE - Free East Lansing Flashblacks

"Old East Lansing Free Crew featuring Randy Sutherland (in SF now) and John  Coorz with various other jammerz circa 94-97. TE started as an Abbot Road house  band of Sutherlands and after seeing em play an amazing set at the Otherwise  gallery in April of 94, I asked to join em. After that, we played house  parities where we got paid to stop, Highway overpasses, bridges, train tracks,  streets, porches, music practice rooms on MSU campus, everywhere in the city. Randy  played drums, alto sax and various percussion things and I jammed alto,  handmade horns and electronics. We busted a few early AM tapes, had a killer  collection of getting busted tracks (cops, music school students, other haterz)  slanted for an early EF release, and that was about it. The Alt Country scene was  big in EL there, so we opened for those bands a million times and bummed  everyone out. Didnt have a single fan, tons of freedom to explore. The 7 and CD  contains various live gigs and other oddities, some with trumpet and other  jammerz but the sounds are pure primitive rambling barely organized free sounds.  Good youth crew times indeed!!! Edition of 200, color vinyl, color art." - American Tapes.

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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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