Wire, The

WIRE, THE - #250 December 2004

"The December 2004 edition of The Wire will be the magazines 250th issue. Over the course of those 250 issues, The Wire has developed from a quarterly fanzine covering avant garde jazz and modern composition into an award-winning and widely influential international monthly, with a total average monthly circulation of just under 20,000, that covers a vast array of underground, experimental and alternative music and culture. The December issue of The Wire will carry a special 40 track double CD cover mount, The Wire Tapper 12, the latest volume in The Wires ongoing series of exclusive new music compilations. The CD will be mounted on the cover and given away free with every copy of the issue worldwide. Cover story: The 100 Greatest Riffs Of All Time. From the repetitive, bass driven trance music of North Africa (birthed thousands of years ago, appropriately, in Moroccos Rif Mountains), to the world famous symphonic themes of Beethoven, to the blues hook, jazz head and rock lick, the riff has been a primary tool for injecting music into the memory. As this is a Wire guide to the riff, and not another rock magazine regurgitation of rock n roll clich_ɬ©s, the article will be ignoring the obvious stuff like You Really Got Me, Whole Lotta Love, Smoke On The Water, My Sharona, etc, etc. Instead, it will expand the notion of what a riff is or could be, covering all sorts of nagging repetitive aspects of music, from Techno and HipHop breaks to themes in jazz, avant rock, memorable funk motifs, riffs in world music from Inuit songs to Fela Kuti, Krautrock, lower case and minimalist/systems music, etc, etc. Features: The new finnish underground (starring Avarus, the Anaksimandros, Kemialliset Ystavat, Es, Kiila, Paivansade, Hetero Skeleton, Maniacs Dream and more), Joanna Newso, irr. app. (ext.), Greg Davis, My Cat is an Alien, Invisible Jukebox: Marshall Allen." - The Wire.

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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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