The Wire

WIRE, THE - #378 August, 2015

"The Wire Tapper 38, our latest anthology of underground music will be on the cover of every copy, ensuring the issue will be scooped up by the maximum of discerning music fans. On the cover: Ashtray Navigations (Phil Todds slime-surfing DIY outfit have been reverberating for 21 years, a constant presence in Yorkshires ever-bubbling psych underground); Bristol UFOs (As guitarist David Pearce returns after 15 years in the wilderness with a new Flying Saucer Attack album, he and members of Movietone, Crescent and Third Eye Foundation tell the story of the West Countrys cosmic reverse); The Primer: Yorkshire Psychedelia (Frances Morgan takes a trip through the essential catalogue of Ashtray Navigations and fellow seekers Vibracathedral Orchestra, Astral Social Club and more); Ornette Coleman (AB Spellman recalls his encounters with the late saxophonist in New York in the 1960s); Global Ear: Lodz (Confrontational music replaces heavy industry in the Polish city); Invisible Jukebox: Mark Perry (The ATV Frontman and Sniffin Glue founder says "You bastard" to The Wires mystery record selection)." - 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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