Wire, The

WIRE, THE - #472 June 2023

On the cover: Totally Wire-d! A special 20-page feature that takes a sideways look at the still expanding world of Mark E Smith's unclubbable rock unit The Fall. Centered around an extensive interview with post-Fall group House Of All by Excavate! editor Tessa Norton, the feature will also include interviews with collaborators Grant Showbiz and Elena Poulou, essays on The Fall's landmark performances in New Zealand and beyond, an interview with female Fall karaoke unit The Fallen Women, investigations of the group's adventures in theatre and contemporary dance, plus think pieces on its rhythm section, stage presence, studio work, idiosyncratic connection with glam(our), and more. Inside the issue...Global Ear: How California's Bay Area is playing out an ongoing struggle between underground and DIY creatives and encroaching Silicon Valley fueled gentrification. By Colin Smith; Unlimited Editions: Low key Berlin modern composition label Editions Telemark operates strictly under the radar. By Peter Margasak; Unofficial Channels: The Deep Ark takes the art of the DJ mix into an ambitious multimedia sphere spanning images, poems and autobiography. By Michaelangelo Matos; Epiphanies: New York writer, performer and former Contortions member Adele Bertei on the power of Patti Smith's 'Gloria'. Invisible Jukebox DIY electro-punk No Home surveys our mystery music selection. Plus, full page interviews with Andy Akiho, Kristen Roos, Natalia Beylis and Nondi_." - 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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