V/A - The Blorp Esette Gazette Vol. 1 CD
Ace & Duce/Transparency
Volume One, Fall 2013
This is the Blorp Esette Gazette. Thirteen years have gone by since this project was first imagined, but it is here now, the LAFMS quarterly audio magazine. This is the first issue, filled with many varied sounds from many varied sources (17 tracks by 17 artists.)
In 1977, Ace Farren Ford, one of the founding members of the Los Angeles Free Music Society released a various artists compilation album on the LAFMS label called Blorp Esette, a vinyl LP. In 1980 he released Blorp Esette Volume 2, a double LP. In 1999 his own label Ace & Duce teamed with the Transparency label to reissue these LPs on CD and added 2 CDs of previously unreleased contributions. In 2011 the 4CD set was remastered by Ju Suk Reet Meate of Smegma and re-released.
In 2000 Mr. Ford came up with the concept of an audio magazine which would feature contributions of various members of LAFMS, past and present and would be a way of keeping it active. Now some 13 years later it has become the Blorp Esette Gazette, a quarterly annual audio magazine, the first edition of this to be released on the Ace & Duce / Transparency label. This first CD volume (six-panel digipack) features contributions by Keith Mitchell (Monitor, Romans, Mazzy Star), Moris Tepper (Captain Beefheart), Kraig Grady, David Cotner, Smegma, Electric Bill Robinson, Michael Intriere & Anna Homler, the Tenses, Dennis Duck, Juan Gomez, the Mystery Band, Frank Bedal, Larry Easter (Linn County) & more, with cover art by Ace Farren Ford and Ju Suk Reet Meate.
18 additional tracks on the Blorp Cassette, Vol. 1!!!
"Pickings from all corners across the huge, loose archive of the LAFMS. Tattoo artist & all around fantastic freak Ace Farren Ford (Child Molesters, Smegma, Airway, etc) compiles the old next to the new with perfect aplomb. Tape pieces, guitar trips to outer space, 70s bar rock, acoustic guitar ditties, evil sine waves to hurt your teeth, some sort of improvised Irish marching band, navel lint gazing, beautifully stoopid screaming with marimba, a cover of 'Wooly Bully', & banana bunches more. Ford says this is the start of a series (or 'audio magazine' as he calls it), so hopefully there's lots of further volumes on the way."--Weirdo Records
1. \\\ / B.E.G.
B.E.G. stands for "Blorp Esette Gazette", but it's also a literalist examination on the notes b, e, and g. \\\ dedicate this recording to Tod Dockstader, author of one version of the Apocalypse.
2. The Hubcap Project / Name of the Game
Written by Juan Gomez, published 2002 Humaneer Music, BMI. The Hubcap Project was Juan Gomez - vocals & rhythm guitars, Pierre Smith - lead guitar, Willy Bongiovanni - bass guitar, Kristian Hoffman - keyboards, John Chamberlain - drums, production & engineer.
3. Michael Intriere & Anna Homler / Voyage
4. Ace Farren Ford / Radio 1
Recorded in 1981, perhaps to lay rest to the notion that Mr. Ford was incapable of playing the radio.
5. The Electric Bill Trio / The Wall
Written and recorded by Electric Bill Robinson (1954-2011) in 1976. All voices and instruments by Electric Bill Robinson.
6. Ilya Monosav / For Well-Treated Trumpet
7. Frank Bedal / Voices
8. The Impressionists / Mez Puru
Recorded in February 2000. The Impressionists were Juan Gomez, Rod Barker, Dennis Duck.
9. Aquifer / Little Big Horn
Aquifer ('95-'96) was an ever-changing, large ensemble, put together with the idea of bringing together people who would not normally perform together. Most of the pieces involved written or verbal instructions. Performances were assembled by Kraig Grady.
Little Big Horn was performed on what became the final show (2nd Sunday, May 1996) of the Sound Excursion Center at Glaxa Studios. This performance claims responsibility for this act.
Instructions are as follows: Players are gathered in the middle of fthe stage. One by one they play or accompany the Gary Owen Reel, Custer's favorite song, and them of the 7th Calvary.
After everyone has joined in playing the reel in some capacity, each player, one by one, becomes an Indian and begins circling the rest of the players, playing such things to interrupt or "attack" what the others are playing. The piece ends when all the players become Indians. Those that are unable to move are mock killed and pleay dead until the end. The inclusion of "Taps" at the end was the spontaneous inspiration of Richard Linnett.
Aquifer was (that evening in May '96): Ester Balint - violin, Richard Linnett - trumpet, Jeff Tady - guitar, Victor Balogh - bass, Daisy - dog, Eric Gill - sax, Celeste Moreno - oboe, Michael Intriere - cello, Jean Halbermann - sax, Brandon LaBelle - snare drum, Cambell Dallas Emory III - snare drum, Mary Mullen - lead Lakota/string bass, Max Markowitz - trumpet, Rick Potts - Saw!, Jorge Martin - clarinet, Eric Hoffman - clarinet.
10. Moris Tepper & Michael Tempo / Sandspiders
Written by Moris Tepper. Published 2002 Candlebone Music, ASCAP.
11. Larry Easter / New Hole Ney
Larry Easter (1948-2012) was the saxophonist for the Mystery Band for some 10 years and also was known as the saxophonist for Linn County in the 1960s. Recorded 2000 by David Orser at Aim Recording Company, Tujunga, CA.
12. Smegma / Desert Land (I See A Woman's Face in Every Foreign Place)
Recorded in Pasadena, CA 2/15/74. Smegma was at that moment Allen B. Lloyd, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Amyzon Bambi, Binky Brown & Ace Farren Ford.
13. Keith Mitchell / No Access
14. The Tenses 4 / For Aaron Dilloway (Live at Valentine's)
Recorded in Portland, OR 5/8/13. Rock 'N' Roll Jackie, Ju Suk Reet Meate with David Morgan and Madelyn Wilson.
15. Threed / Good night for taunt
Threed: John "Harpo" Whittington - clarinet, Terence D. Keenan - vocal, piano, Alan Saul - clarinet.
16. The Mystery Band with King John Fisher / Willie Bowman (Wooly Bully)
Recorded live at the Old Towne Pub, Pasadena, CA 10/19/91, recorded by Mr. Foon. The Mystery Band was: Lance Growler Richard Snyder, Maurice Mystery Mao-Tse Ducktoast Jones, Gary Mercury Leatherwing Riley, Pierre Bamboo Dupuy, Ace Farren Ford with King John Fisher - vocals.
17. The Eagle Rock Free Music Ensemble / Bang Your Head
Recorded 1/1/87 at 4843 Townsend Ave., Eagle Rock, CA. Anne Harney, Donald Byrnes, Karen Fowler, Dr. ODD, Ace Farren Ford.
- / / / - B.E.G.
- The Hubcap Project - Name of the Game
- Michael Intriere/Anna Homler - Voyage
- Ace Farren Ford - Radio 1
- Electric Bill Robinson - The Wall
- Ilya Monosav - For Well-Treated Trumpet
- Frank Bedal - Voices
- The Impressionists - Mez Puru
- Aquifer - Little Big Horn
- Moris Tepper/Michael Tempo - Sandspiders
- Larry Easter - New Hole Ney
- Smegma - Desert Land (I See A Woman's Face In Every Foreign Place)
- Keith Mitchell - No Access
- The Tenses 4 - For Aaron Dilloway (Live at Valentine's)
- Threed - Good night for taunt
- The Mystery Band with King John Fisher - Willie Bowman (Wolley Bulley)
- The Eagle Rock Free Music Ensemble - Band Your Head