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LAFMS in Berlin November 13, 2014

on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:23

The LAFMS opens Faithful Festival II in Berlin on November 13, 2014 at the famous Berghain Club. The LAFMS will perform with local musicians to reinterpret selected pieces from the 10 CD "The Lowest Form Of Music" box set released in 1996.

LAFMS members performing:

John Duncan
Ace Farren Ford
Joe Potts
Rick Potts
Jackie Stewart aka Oblivia
Ju Suk Reet Meate

German-based musicians performing:

Liz Allbee
Burkhard Beins
Steve Heather
Andrea Neuman
Marta Zapparoli
Zeena Parkins

More details on the program as the evening shapes up.

Facebook event page:
Faithful Festival page:

LAFMS store closed until August 4

on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 21:16

The LAFMS store is taking a holiday. If you have questions or inquiries or even want to order or reserve items, please feel free to email "".  Just know nothing can be shipped until the store is back in action the week of August 4.  Thank you and happy summer!

Extended Organ FREE live event at MOCA in LA, Saturday July 19

on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:53

Extended Organ will perform live for free at MOCA Geffen Contemporary to celebrate Mike Kelley on Saturday, July 19 at 7PM.  Details here.

Photo: Danny Gromfin


LAFMS Summer Solstice Show: AIRWAY (15 piece) + HANGAR QUARTET - Saturday June 21, 2104

on Fri, 06/06/2014 - 22:12
Enjoy AIRWAY and the HANGAR QUARTET at Mark Moore Gallery on Saturday, June 21 as part of the Culver City Arts District Summer Solstice Art Walk.
Mark Moore Gallery
5790 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

"Doors" at 3pm
Performance from 4pm
Suggested Donation: $5.00
Ted Byrnes
Dennis Duck
Ace Farren Ford
Michael Foster
Juan Gomez
Fredrik Nilsen
Joseph Hammer
Kevin Laffey
Jorge Martin
Joe Potts
Rick Potts
Tom Recchion
Dani Tull
John Wiese
The Hangar Quartet:
Dennis Duck
Ace Farren Ford
Rick Potts

LAFMS exhibit coming to Tokyo August 2014

on Mon, 05/19/2014 - 14:39

Longtime LAFMS supporter Takuya Sakaguchi is organizing an exhibition entitled "LAFMS (Los Angeles Free Music Society) and Their Friends in Slow Life Avant-garde" at TOKI ART SPACE (Tokyo) on August 21-24, 2014.

TOKI ART SPACE is managed by Noriko Toki. Noriko organized the first Joe Potts exhibition at Lunami Gallery in 1977 which marked the beginning of the long standing LAFMS-Japan connection.

Takuya has organized series of LAFMS exhibitions at FUKUGAN GALLERY (Osaka) in the past seven years. This is the first exhibit in Tokyo.


3 hour LAFMS show now archived on WFMU

on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:26
3 hour LAFMS show now archived on WFMU; tunes + history by Fredrik Nilsen. Thanks to Fabio for a great show - visit his shop in Brooklyn - Earwax Records.
Artist                        Track                                          Album 
Rick Potts                 Art Forms In Nature                   Labyrinthitis CD*
Doo-Dooettes           Dr. Phibes Visits Chicago          Look To This LP
Tom Recchion          Dennis Hopper                           unreleased 
Tom Recchion          Kronos                                        unreleased  
Swan Trove               Luminous                                   Swan Trove cassette
Le Forte Four            Microzone                                  Spin 'N Grin LP
Le Forte Four            Amazing Three                          commissioned music for
                                                                                       WMFU fundraiser
Friendship Pagoda    Handicapped Samba                 unreleased 
Ju Suk Reet Meate    1979 (excerpt)                           Solo 78/79 LP/CD
Bpeople                     MPCD                                        Petrified Conditions
                                                                                        1979-1981 LP*
Vox Pop                    Cab Driver                                 s/t 1980 7"
The Hubcap Project   Name Of The Game                  The Blorp Esette Gazette
                                                                                       Volume One CD*
Mike Kelly                   The Moaning Dead                   Day is Done OST CD*
Harold Schroeder       Silent Rituals                             I.D. Art #2 CD*
Jad Fair                       XXOO                                       Darker Scratcher LP*
Vetza                          Stale Puppy-dog Tails                Darker Scratcher LP*
Michael Intriere &
 Anna Homler             Voyage                                      The Blorp Esette Gazette
                                                                                       Volume One CD* 
Ace Farren Ford         Radio 1                                     The Blorp Esette Gazette
                                                                                       Volume One CD*
Smegma                     Happy Holidays                        The Blorp Esette Gazette
                                                                                       Volume Two CD*
John Duncan              Workjob                                     Creed 7"
Airway                         Perpendicular Thrust                Darker Scratcher LP*
C.V. Massage              Naked                                       Lowest Form of Music box*
Extended Organ          Frankenstein                             XOXO CD*
Gerald Bole                 Hawaii                                       Lowest Form of Music box*
Tom Recchion             Stodgy Old Sayings                  Lowest Form of Music box*
Doo-Dooettes             Zombie                                       Look To This LP
Doo-Dooettes             I Gotta Right To Sing The Blu    Look To This LP
Alterations                  untitled                                        Alterations LP

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!