The Wire

WIRE, THE - #443 January 2021

"2020 Rewind, our mammoth annual survey of the last 12 months in underground music across 30 pages of charts and comment. This year has been the hardest on record for everyone working in underground music. The Rewind issue offers you the chance to share your stories of survival and your plans for the future in what is traditionally The Wire's biggest selling issue of the year. So whether you're a label, musician, festival, venue, institution, online platform or shop, the Rewind issue offers the perfect opportunity to remind our readers of how you survived in 2020 and give them advance notice of your plans and ambitions for 2021. Full details of the adverts we offer, as well as our newly revised tech specs, can be found here. Also, as ever at this time of the year, we're offering special discounted rates if you opt to advertise in both our January and February issues. Contact one of us in the advertising team (Shane, James or Astrud) for more information. The Rewind issue includes our 50 new releases of the year and 50 archive releases of the year, along with specialist genre charts covering all bases from avant rock to jazz & improv via modern composition, hiphop, global and more. Plus: our crack team of critics and contributors, as well as some of 2020's most active musicians, reveal the things that helped them survive the year of covid." - 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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