The Wire

WIRE, THE - #453 November 2021

"The Wire Tapper 57 CD Every copy of the November issue will come with a CD of the 57th volume in our ongoing series of underground music anthologies attached to the cover. This edition of The Wire Tapper features a cover designed by Fred Watkins and contains 16 new tracks by Ben LaMar Gay, Damo Suzuki & Spiritczualic Enhancement Center, RAIC ,Bendik Giske, Alberto Nemo, Kondi Band and more. On the cover... Klein: The South London based electronic musician channels a lifetime of listening and London living through her timely audio collages, a practice now expanding to modern composition and the moving image via new album Harmattan and film Care. Inside the issue... Black Dice: As the oddball innovators of noise music release their first album in a decade, Marc Masters finds out how the trio make the strangest grooves in the US underground. The Primer: Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra - A user's guide to the recordings of cosmic jazz's 'other' Arkestra, the Los Angeles based community organization founded by pianist Horace Tapscott whose legacy continues today amid a bold new era of West Coast jazz pushed forward by Kamasi Washington and others. Invisible Jukebox: Alan & Sir Richard Bishop - Siblings Alan and Sir Richard Bishop come together to face The Wire's Invisible Jukebox test. Global Ear: Josh Feola travels to Lubbock, Texas to find a small self-sustaining scene of experimental players that has been quietly creating away from the limelight. Unlimited Editions: The kaleidoscopic visions of Finnish promoter, record shop and publisher We Jazz. The Inner Sleeve: Japanese percussionist and ambient explorer Midori Takada. Plus interviews with L'Rain, Tara Clerkin Trio, Mazaher and Magda Mayas." - 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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