The Wire

WIRE, THE - #447 May 2021

"People Like Us: People Like Us Vicki Bennett's plunderphonic experiments with sampling over the last three decades reclaimed and revitalised the forgotten detritus of 20th century music and have paved the way for an explosion of postmodern sound collage in the online era. She talks to Abi Bliss about her immersive new spatial audiovisual extravaganza Gone, Gone Beyond which is set to tour the UK this year. Joe Chambers: Venerated by Blue Note legends such as Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson and Freddie Hubbard, percussionist and composer Joe Chambers has been the secret ingredient in some of the most adventurous jazz of the modern era. As he releases a brand new album, he talks with Dan Spicer about how he keeps pace with modern music. Embassador Dulgoon: This shapeshifting Chilean ensemble are forging a new version of ambient exotica through their globetrotting sonic fictions and collaborations with Grant Corum, Siet Rae, Tomás Dittborn and Spencer Clark of The Skaters, alongside ambitious projects to open a brand new creative space in the idyllic countryside in Caburgua. Invisible Jukebox: Sarah Gail Brand x Mark Sanders The UK improv double act of trombonist Sarah Gail Brand and drummer Mark Sanders submit to The Wire's mystery record test. Global Ear: In Central Slovakia's Liptov region a new compilation turns folk song away from essentialist and nationalist narratives and towards queer new ends. Unlimited Editions: Our Size Matters columnist Byron Coley digs through the record and book archives of Chicago punk and rock 'n' roll chroniclers Hozac. Unofficial Channels: Gareth Lindsay gives thanks and praise for YouTube sound system historian Rooftop Defoe aka The Librarian Of Dub. Plus interviews with Alpha Maid, Sunareht, Joná? Gruska and Charmaine Lee." - 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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