"The Violin Sect 7" from 1981 is one of the rarest and largely unknown documents of 1980's "UK DIY" post-punk. Touching on the same sounds as contemporaries such as Scritti Politti, the Raincoats and the Pop Group, the Wales-based quartet existed for only a short time, managing to play just a few shows and record and self-release one two-song 7" on their own label Cheek to Cheek (A Porky Prime Cut!). The record remained obscure for decades, even managing to evade the gaze of compilers of "the lists" that got the collectors salivating. No Kugelberg's "Top 100", no "Messthetics" compilation entry, not even a mention in "45 Revolutions". Then, nearly four decades later, the band's bassist Steve Walker dug up the perfectly preserved original 1/4" studio tapes with both songs from the 7" plus two more songs the band recorded at the same session but never released. Presented here for the first time, digitally remastered, are all four songs on 12" 45rpm, along with a fold out poster insert with liner notes from Steve, original photos and ephemera from his archive and a reprint of a 1981 fanzine interview with the band. Minimum Table Stacks is proud to present this amazing artifact from one of our favorite eras of independent music ever!"(300 copies) - Minimum Table Stacks.
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.