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LAFMS show reviewed in ARTFORUM

on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 14:58

The PRINT EDITION of the April 2012 edition of ARTFORUM magazine features an in-depth review of the LAFMS exhibition that ran earlier this year at The Box.  We''l try to get a scan of the article posted here soon.

LAFMS veteran VETZA makes video appearance on Ear Meal

on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 19:34

Vetza is a multi-talented artist who has full control over a range of disciplines including classical instrumentation, experimental sound improvisation, voice and theater. She is an innovator representing the LA Arts community in the international art world. Vetza is an original member of the LAFMS. She is a writer, composer and so much more. Check out her recent appearance with multi-talented percussionist Ted Byrnes on Ear Meal.

“What if I have nothing to say? Sing play cello act write love and lovers home children a husband read and write that’s evident even spell if I want to and in a few languages…..ocassionally wrote not the needed rewrites of plays that hide or are hidden a journal secrets I can act Oregon Shakespeare South Coast Rep. Minneapolis San Francisco San Jose New York San Diego LA My cats my garden call to me now I am experimenting concocting loving my life always the music”.

Visit her new website too:

LAFMS supports KDVS FM fundraiser

on Tue, 04/24/2012 - 13:42

Go to KDVS and donate to their annual fundraising campign to help support free form radio.  KDVS broadcasts out of UC Davis and also streams on the web. The fundraiser runs April 23 through 29.

DJ Loren has curated a compilation CD premium and will play tracks during his show "Sounds Like Work" on Friday, April 23 from 6am - 8 am PST. "Out-of-Work Experience Vol. 1 - Los Angeles Free Music Society" compilation CD was culled from the out of print 10CD box set (last copies available in the LAFMS store), (de)arranged for your listening pleasure!!

Smegma in Vasteras, Sweden this weekend!

on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 01:30


Smegma is proud to share the stage with all the other AMAZING acts at Perspectives 2012, held this coming weekend April 21 & 22 in Vasteras, Sweden.
Saturday 21/4, Venue: Culturen, Box 1, 24.00    
Smegma is something unique, strange, powerful and beautiful! The band formed in 1973 and have released tons of tasty records and cassettes, including splits and collaborations with bands like Wolf Eyes, NON, John Wiese and Merzbow. They perform comfortably at mental insitutions, galleries and rock clubs. Despite their Portland, Oregon base, they have been closely connected to the Los Angeles Free Music Society, and their very personal and often psychedelic sound holds echoes of a wide range of styles; noise, free jazz, avant garde, punk rock and whatnot. For the first time ever in the Monarchy of Sweden: the amazing SMEGMA! Also, a vinyl LP on iDEAL is released in 100 copies for the Perspectives festival.

Vetza solo, Ace trio, Smegma in Sweden, Tom solo and more news

on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 16:07

VETZA live on Ear Meal webcast this Wednesday, April 11 2012 at 9:30 PM PT PST - check out

Smegma and friends at Perspectives 2012, April 20-21, Vasteras, Sweden -

"No Intonation" by Tom Recchion, an archived Ear Meal videocast recorded April 4, 2012 now up on LAArtStream -

Ace Farren Ford Trio (AFF, Ted Byrnes, Mars Pharoah Ford) live at Poo-Bah, March 31, 2012 podcast cast available now at

New items will be added to LAFMS store soon (new John Duncan 5 LP/7" box, Smegma/Colour Book split cassette)...

New items added to LAFMS store

on Sun, 03/11/2012 - 14:57

Head over to the store to check out some great new items added to the LAFMS store.  New items from Smegma, Prowls, Solid Eye, and Rick Potts. For your convenience, all new items can be found at the top of the store list.

Final days for LAFMS exhibit; final concert line-up; Mike Kelley wake info

on Mon, 02/20/2012 - 15:58

This Thursday at The Box, from 6:30-9:30pm is the final free concert in celebration of the exhibition, "Beneath The Valley of The Lowest Form of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society (1972-2012)" which closes Saturday, Feb. 25. (The gallery will be open Wed through Friday 12-6pm and Saturday 12-9:30pm).

The concert features:

  • The Jrks (Joe Berardi, Rich West, Kira Vollman)
  • Oolies (Tom Boram, J.P. Jenkins, Mitchell Brown)
  • Rahdunes
  • Joe & Joe (Joe Potts, Joseph Hammer)
  • with Rick Potts on altered turntables between sets.


The exhibition will close on Saturday Feb. 25.  There are no performances scheduled for that evening, rather guests are invited to attend a 24-hour screening of Mike Kelley videos at The Farley Building in Eagle Rock.  See below for more information.

For The Love Of Mike: 24 Hours of Mike Kelley Videos

9pm Saturday, Feb 25th to 9pm Sunday, Feb 26th

Farley Building, 1669 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles 90041


L.A. Times Review of Beneath The Valley Of The Lowest Form Of Music

on Fri, 02/17/2012 - 16:54

Review in today's LA Times, and a reminder of this evening's 7pm performance with a rare appearance of Points of Friction and others.

(c) Fredrik Nilsen, 2012

UPDATED: Bonus LAFMS concert this Friday at the Box

on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 23:11

The line up has changed for the concert this coming Friday, Feb. 17; here is the final line up: 

  • Points of Friction (Damian Bisciglia, Tim Alexander, Joseph Hammer, Mitchell Brown)
  • Albert Ortega
  • Destroy Date (Eddie Nervo)
  • Small Drone Orchestra (Wild Don Lewis - bass, synth; Eddie Nervo on 2nd bass)
  • Artzenkraft (John Lewis, solo extended guitar)

Also, the show starts earlier than previously posted. The show runs from 6:30 - 10pm, donation accepted.


As a reminder, Thursday February 16 features a panel discussion led by noted Los Angeles composer and long time LAFMS associate Carl Stone, who will be speaking with LAFMS founders Ace Farren Ford, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, and Vetza.  That starts at 7:30pm.

Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society (1972-2012) is open now through Feb 25 at The Box LA, 805 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90013 (213-625-1747), Wednesday through Saturday 12-6pm, or by appointment. This show is not to be missed! It is full of kinetic motion activated homemade instruments, photographs, sculpture, installations, paintings, archival materials, films, flyers, a record store and more by members of the LAFMS. Artworks by Rick Potts, Joe Potts, Tom Recchion, Fredrik Nilsen, Joseph Hammer, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Ace Farren Ford, Michael Intriere, Doug Henry, Chip Chapman, John Duncan, Kevin Laffey, Dennis Duck, Extended Organ and more are featured.

Here is a link to an extensive web gallery of the installation:

Also available at the store is an exclusive edition of the occasional LAFMS publication "Lightbulb". Containing photocopy-process works of art and other items from over 87 contributors all over the world, in addition to an exact replica of the 1981 double cassette compilation, "Lightbulb 4: Emergency Cassette". Limited to an edition of 200 boxed copies worldwide.



LAFMS panel discussion Thursday evening 7:30 pm

on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 21:40

This Thursday evening (Feb. 16) at 7:30 p.m. please join moderator Carl Stone and various members of the LAFMS in an informative discussion about the origins and influences of the LAFMS.  At The Box gallery, 805 Traction Avenue. For more info please visit The Box LA.

Panel members will include Ace Farren Ford, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, and Vetza