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LAFMS fan shows their pride!

on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 17:39

LAFMS fan Jordan Rosenfeld of Los Angeles shared with us a photo of his newly placed LAFMS sticker on the back of his van... which incidentally was parked outside of Poo-Bah, home base of the LAFMS for 40 years and where you can purchase t-shirts and record bags emblazoned with the LAFMS "logo". If you stop into the store, tell Ron we sent you! And thanks again to Jordan for displaying our sticker.

Joe Potts radio interview now archived for listening

on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 16:19

Joe Potts, founding member of the LAFMS and member of AIRWAY, Le Forte Four, Joe & Joe and other projects, visited Gabie Strong's "Crystalline Morphologies" radio show recently and spoke about AIRWAY, LAFMS and his methodologies for creating music and DIY distribution.

Joe also played songs from his archives, as well as new solo material soon to be released.

Listen here.

Special FREE LAFMS concert Thurs. Jan 30, 2014 at L.A. Art Book Fair

on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 23:38

Please join the LAFMS in a special free concert with AIRWAY, Extended Organ and a duo of John Wiese and Ted Byrnes. The concert celebrates the opening of the L.A. Art Book Fair, and is presented by East of Borneo and The Box. The concert, as well as the fair, is free and all ages.


7pm: Extended Organ

6pm: John Wiese + Ted Byrnes

Presented by East of Borneo and The Box on the KChung Radio Outdoor Stage


AIRWAY is a noise orchestra created by Joe Potts in 1977 originally to explore the phenomena of subliminal messaging via noise. For this concert AIRWAY’s performance will feature some of Japan’s best noise musicians specially recorded for this performance.

LAFMS Japan organizer Takuya Sakaguchi recruited three teams of three musicians and invited each group to contribute a separate 20 minute mix that will then be layered into the sound field by Joe Potts. Sakaguchi calls the group "Team Airway Japan".

“Team Airway Japan” performers (in alphabetical order):
  • Takayuki Hashimoto – saxophone, guitar and other instrument player in .es (“dot es”)
  • Jojo Hiroshige – guitar player of Hijokaidan, Jazz Hijokaidan, Hatsune Kaidan, Bis Kaidan as well as solo singer
  • Kazuya Ishigami – electronic composer, “rubbish, trash and poor” music creator, active as Daruin and collaborator with The Rodney Forest
  • Katsuyoshi Kou – electronic improviser of Soundings and main organizer of “Multiple Tap” at Café Oto (London) in February 2014
  • Toshiji Mikawa – “The Mikawa” player of Incapacitants, Hijokaidan, Jazz Hijokaidan, Hatsune Kaidan, Bis Kaidan and Soundings
  • Masahiko Ohno – mutant guitar player of Solmania and Destroy Ohno Monsters
  • Atsushi Reizen – guitar player and the second Japanese musician who has released an album on Fylkingen Sweden (the first is Yuji Takahashi)
  • Takuya Sakaguchi – organizer of the group and LAFMS supporter for 35 years in Japan
  • Shizuo Uchida – bass player of Hasegawa Shizuo, Kito Mizukumi Rouber and Le Son De L’os and member of Keiji Haino’s Nijiumu

Extended Organ is Tom Recchion, Joe Potts, Fredrik Nilsen, and Paul McCarthy with Alex Stevens. Mike Kelley was a longtime member of the group and continues to be a contributing member by virtue of the sound recordings he provided to the group before his death: “in case I can't make a gig, I can still play.”

Extended Organ last performed in November 2013 in Detroit at MOCAD. A video clip of their performance can be found here.

John Wiese and Ted Byrnes are two of LA’s finest improvising musicians and artists and will be featured as a rare duo for this performance.


Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2014
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Facebook event page:

Rare Stillife Unearthed on Bandcamp

on Mon, 12/30/2013 - 13:33

Tom Recchion reports:

"Here's a rarity in the LAFMS lineage. A bit of history. Mike Bennett has put up the Stillife EP, (1981/82) on Bandcamp, you can get it there. The album cover was designed by Paul McCarthy and the players were Chas Smith, Michael Jon Fink, Mike leDonne-Bhennet, Tom Recchion and Dennis Duck."

There are two other extremely rare recordings available there as well. Thanks Mike for posting these great tunes!

The LAFMS love runs deep - recently unearthed from the archives

on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 17:41

"Note left by a patron of South Pasadena's own Rialto Theater from 1978, after a performance by the South Pasadena Free Music Ensemble, who played their improvised sets behind the curtain during a screening of John Water's 'Desperate Living' and Andy Warhol's 'Bad'."--Ace Farren Ford

John Duncan NARCOMANTIC + solo events Oct/Nov 2013

on Mon, 10/21/2013 - 11:49


NARCOMANTIC is a nonstop all-night event with surround-sound audio and multiple video projection for a sleeping audience.  Two of them will be held in Germany, this week and next:  

26-27 October 23:00-06:00
Live sound: John Duncan
Live video: Ursula Scherrer

Friedenkirche, Mülheim (Köln)
Please book your place -- limited places available -- and bring all you need for the night.
Produced by Georg Dietzler



2-3 November 23:00-06:00
Live sound: John Duncan
Live video: Ursula Scherrer
Mindpirates e.V.
Falkensteinstr. 48, Berlin
Please book your place -- limited places available -- and bring all you need for the night.
Produced by Manuela Benetton with support from Pro Helvetia


There are also several solo concerts and events in November:

1 November
Solo concert
CodaLunga, Vittorio Veneto
Produced by Nico Vascellari

6 November
John Duncan New Video
Liebig 12, Berlin
Produced by Allegra Solitude

7 November
Solo concert
Also included: Stephen O'Malley, Bill Orcutt
Hvitfeldtsplatsen 6, Gothenburg
Produced by Joachim Nordwall

8 November
Solo concert
Also included: Stephen O'Malley, Mats Gustafsson, Mary Shelley & St Catharina, Henrik Rylander, Rune Lindblad (tape piece)
Fylkingen, Stockholm
Produced by Joachim Nordwall

9 November
Solo concert
Produced by Tobias Kirstein

13 November
Solo concert
ZKM Klangdom, Karlsruhe
Produced by Till Kniola

14-15 November
ZKM, Karlsruhe
Produced by Till Kniola

19 November
Solo concert
Einsteinstr. 42, München
Produced by Horst Konietzny

Blorp Esette Gazette CD release party 10/23/13 at Hyperion Tavern

on Sun, 10/20/2013 - 17:05

In honor of the CD release of The Blorp Esette Gazette - Volume One - Fall 2013 (Ace & Duce / Transparency)—the new quarterly LAFMS audio magazine. (available here)—a record release party will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd at 10:00 p.m. at the Hyperion Tavern (1941 Hyperion Ave.)

Performers include Blorp curator Ace Farren Ford and GX Jupitter Larsen together for the first time; David Cotner performing live his opening track on the Volume One CD titled 'I I I'; and Rick Potts testing out new material in preparation for shows in England with Dinosaurs With Horns at Cafe Oto in London and the Colour Out of Space festival in Brighton next month.

Dinosaurs With Horns at Colour Out of Space Nov. 8-10, 2013

on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 12:18

Dinosaurs With Horns shares the stages with dozens of other amazing artists during the Performance Weekend of Colour Out of Space in Brighton, England on Nov. 8-10, 2013.

Brighton's experimental international sound and art festival returns for ten days of performances, screenings, readings, workshops and more.

“Slow Spirit of the Cassette” & “Slow Life Avant-garde” event in Tokyo, Sept. 22

on Sat, 09/14/2013 - 13:21

“Slow Spirit of the Cassette @ Restaurant ” & “Slow Life Avant-garde”

at Nagi Shokudo (means Calm Restaurant in Japanese), Shibuya, Tokyo

September 22, 2013

NOTE: Please make a reservation to participate in this project due to limited capacity. For reservations please post your comment on the following Facebook wall:
Thank you.


From event organizer and longtime LAFMS supporter Takuya Sakaguchi:

“Slow Spirit of the Cassette” is a cassette-listening party featuring fantastic audio works from Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS, California, USA), Pinakotheca Records (Tokyo, Japan), Ptôse Production Présente (Nior, France) and others. We had it at gallery and café in the past and the newest program is brought in the very nice and popular vegan restaurant Nagi Shokudo. Various cassettes which were made in periods ranging from 70’s to 10’s will be replayed.

On this occasion, “Slow Life Avant-garde”, the series of programs featuring representation of LAFMS-related and other attractive video and music works, which was started 7 years ago, is combined. And it will result in a presentation using multiple media.

Vegan curried rice will be served and good sake (Japanese wine) will be prepared. This program begins at 11am and is completed at 5pm. Number of audience is limited to 20.

Takuya Sakaguchi curates and FUKUGAN GALLERY (Osaka, Japan) assents this program. Akinobu Oda of Nagi Shokudo who has released number of cooking books for vegan serves the great vegan curried rice.



Added to the LAFMS store: new Lightbulb anthology, t-shirt, Pigface cassettes

on Mon, 08/12/2013 - 16:12

Recently added to the LAFMS webstore are copies of all the new Pigface Records cassettes (including volume two of Ju Suk Reet Meate's solo works from 1978/1979 and The Tenses) plus LAFMS at the Getty t-shirt.... and copies of the brand new Second Life: Light Bulb (1977-1981) magazine anthology in a box published in conjunction with East of Borneo.