"Johanna Went is a pioneering performance artist best known for her wild stage performances with hand-sewn costumes and live musical backing from the likes of Z'EV and K. K. Barrett of The Screamers. Went moved to Los Angeles from Seattle in the late 1970s, and quickly began to generate a cult following as a performer, headlining venues such as Hong Kong Café, the Whisky, and Club Lingerie. For more than ten years, Went was known as an innovative performance artist, particularly for the visual richness of her on-stage characters. She was equally renowned for her use of live improvised music that crossed over from jazzy rock grooves and jungle beats to electronic soundscapes and industrial noise. And always, above all the wild, driving music: Went's completely stream-of-consciousness vocals. Hyena, originally released on Posh Boy Records in 1982, harnessed this live power into studio recordings, which have now been remixed and remastered by Went's long-time collaborator and musical director, Mark Wheaton. Translucent blood red, 180 gram vinyl; includes download card. Includes three bonus tracks.
"On Hyena, patterns emerge; each track takes on a character of its own. The instruments and voices coalesce into moods -- seven different moods in the course of the record -- and they feel like something. Chaos, spirit, electricity, creative anarchy -- call it what you like. There's something wild here, and it's worth listening to again and again." --Bruce D. Rhodewalt (L.A. Weekly, 1983)" - Box Editions.
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.