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New Mike Kelley titles added to the store

on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 14:25

Just added to the store are 20 new titles featuring LAFMS cohort Mike Kelley. Mike was a member of Extended Organ (along with Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, and Tom Recchion) for many years before his passing in 2012. The recordings include solo work, works with artists Jim Shaw and Paul McCarthy, as a member of Destroy All Monsters and Poetics, and other related projects.

Pigface returns! Label releases 5 new cassettes

on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 12:38

The pioneering Portland, OR-based label run by Smegma's Ju Suk Reet Meate is back and has released five new cassettes. For the latest information, make sure to check out Pigface's Facebook page.

The new releases, currently available at Poo-Bah in Pasadena, are:

  • The Tenses w/ Giggles: Delusional
  • Lee Rockey: Jazz
  • Lee Rockey: Brass Ring
  • Ju Suk Reet Meate: Solo Vol. II
  • MSHR/The Tenses: s/t

Special Edition Lightbulb Magazine for LA Art Book Fair

on Thu, 01/31/2013 - 13:03

For the upcoming LA Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter, East of Borneo, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Free Music Society, has produced a special edition anthology of Lightbulb, the LAFMS house organ published between 1977-1981. Conceived by LAFMS co-founder Chip Chapman as a follow on to the I.D. Art series produced by Joe Potts in 1975, Lightbulb was a magazine by and for the small group of readers who would contribute art, writing, graphics, poetry, items and a couple of dollars to help cover the cost of reproducing the items. The magazine format differed from issue to issue (see photos here) ranging from Pee-Chee folders purchased at dime stores to cardboard boxes containing cassettes. Some issues held color photocopies, a rarity for the 1970s.

The anthology, part of a series called "Second Life" curated by East of Borneo, contains a select group of pages chosen by Chip Chapman reproduced in black and white and color. Housed in a 9" x 12" x 1" kraft box with custom stencil and stamp stickers. For each copy of Lightbulb, the front elements will be arranged in different ways, making each piece unique. Included inside the box along with the 60 page piece are various stickers as well as frontispiece by Chip Chapman. The box is sealed with duct tape and will be produced in a limited edition. Pricing will be available soon.

To preview and purchase a copy of "Second Life: Lightbulb 1977-1981" visit the East of Borneo booth at the LA Art Book Fair previewing this evening, January 31, 2013.
Also available at the booth will be copies of the special 2012 edition of Lightbulb produced for the LAFMS 40 year overview exhibition at The Box last year. The complete list of contributors is available here.
Printed Matter presents the first annual LA Art Book Fair, February 1-3, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles. The opening will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 31 from 6 to 9 pm.
Free and open to the public, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique international event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines presented by more than 220 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty countries.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
Opening: Thursday, January 31, 6-9 pm
Friday, February 1, 11-5 pm
Saturday, February 2, 11 am-6 pm
Sunday, February 3, 12 pm-6 pm

LAFMS at Art LA Contemporary on Sunday Jan. 27

on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 01:31


Sunday, January 27, 2013
2:00pm until 3:00pm
Join us for a brief talk about the history, present, and future of The Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) and a special improvised performance by a quartet of core LAFMS members Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Rick Potts, and Vetza. Organized and moderated by Ted Byrnes for East of Borneo.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
East of Borneo event page
Facebook event page


Monitor CD and Steve Thomsen chapbooks added to LAFMS store

on Mon, 11/19/2012 - 18:31

A small number of the very influential Monitor LP, issued on CD in Japan, is available in the store, along with a new series of chapbooks by the phenomenal artist/musician Steve Thomsen, who has been producing tiny editions of chapbooks since the late 70s as a member of World Imitation Products and Monitor.

Rick Potts interviewed by Dazed & Confused magazine

on Fri, 11/02/2012 - 12:42

Dazed and Confused, a leading UK fasion, design and culture magazine features an interview with Rick Potts. Rick was chosen by guest editors Liars for their "Liars Selects" column. Catch up on some history and on what Rick's been up to!


Fredrik Nilsen announces new website

on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 14:11

Fredrik Nilsen, an LAFMS co-founder and member of Extended Organ, Doo-Dooettes, Airway, Waxy, etc., has announced his award-winning photography studio has launched a new website feautring works by Nilsen. Fredrik Nilsen Studio is the home to Fredrik's long standing art and studio photography business which includes exhibition photography, photography of artworks, and portriature.

On the site, you can find links to current articles about Nilsen's recent successes, including the much-lauded Ken Price exhibition currently installed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for which Nilsen was photographer of record and a major input into the beautiful catalog currently for sale on and in the LACMA store where you can also find a poster and note cards with Nilsen's images. 

Vetza presents work at soundShoppe at the Eagle Rock Music Festival

on Wed, 10/03/2012 - 13:50

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 soundShoppe regulars perform a work created by LAFMS veteran Vetza Trussell entitled Anoranzas del Corazon. Vetza's piece is an improvisation based on sepharic melody and text about the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. Joining Vetza are Andy Sykora, William Harrington, Wild Don Lewis, Roberto Palazzo, John Lewis and LAFMS veteran Joe Potts and Jorge Martin among others.

soundShoppe @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock is a monthly unstructured sound workshop/noise jam for experimental musicians and sound artists presented by SASSAS and Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock.

LA Times article on Fredrik Nilsen's photos of Ken Price artwork

on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 11:46

Wow - a large article in Sunday's LA Times about Fredrik's photography Ken Price's works for the big retrospective opening next week (September 15, 2012)!

John Duncan radio performance, "Beacon" - Kunstradio Vienna, August 2012

on Sat, 09/08/2012 - 14:36

Following his sound workshop “If You Can't Find God, Searching for a wordless truth with the ears” at the Museumszentrum Mistelbach (initiated by the media arts organization FOTOFLUSS, held in the framework of the festival Weinviertler Fotowochen), John Duncan presents a radio performance for Kunstradio, broadcast live from the studio RP4 in Vienna. For the live mix, entitled “Beacon”, he uses four CD players with sound material from his archive, some of it recordings of performances and installations, as well as his own voice.

For a link to the streaming performance, photos, and an interview with Duncan, please visit the Kunstradio website.