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Pacific Standard Time - citywide celebration of LA art - LAFMS involved

on Sat, 08/27/2011 - 13:01

Southern California will be transformed for 11 days in January with more than 25 performances and large-scale outdoor sculptures. Part of the region-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative and presented by organizations throughout Southern California, the festival will feature restagings and reinventions of works created and performed by Los Angeles artists between 1945 and 1980.  The famous Live at the Brand Library concert by Le Forte Four will be recreated as part of SASSAS's contribution to PST, "Welcome Inn Time Machine" on January 29, 2012. "WITM" will feature a number of mini-concerts, each in its own hotel room, representing milestones across the sound art and music scene in Southern California, from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Blorp-Essette due soon, along with other new items

on Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:22

Some key restocks of current items and new listings of great items will be happening sometime within the next week on Most excitingly the new copies of the Blorp-Essette reissue on Transparency are due in.  This 4-CD (!!!) set went quickly out of print when it was originally issued in 1999, and copies have been selling for $125-$150 on Discogs and eBay!  Our price will be much lower!  The entire contents, all 70 tracks--originally compiled by Ace Farren Ford & Rick Potts--have been expertly remastered from the 1999 edition by Smegma's Ju Suk Reet Meate.  Featuring artwork by Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) in a 32 page booklet including track details, notes and artwork, this is an essential collection to own.  Look for it on SOON!

Smegma on TV news - 1988

on Thu, 08/04/2011 - 12:54

Tom Recchion passed along this YouTube video which shows Smegma on a TV news piece from 1988 for "Bud's Ball", a celebration presented by Mayor "Bud" Clark of Portland.

Newscaster to reporter: "... you told me earlier you liked Smegma..."





Photos from Fredrik Nilsen installation in Italy

on Sun, 07/31/2011 - 22:20

At the link below you can find documentation of Fredrik's show in Italy a couple of years ago. The piece on display on the floor is a photo cube sculpture filled with beach balls called "Organ" featuring giant portraits of the members of Extended Organ.

Joe Potts little known early showbiz history uncovered...

on Thu, 07/28/2011 - 00:50

In the days before the LAFMS, Joe Potts, co-founder of the LAFMS, along with Vetza, the vocals behind the noise, were in "The Pep Boys", an acoustic band that covered early swing (late 20's to early 30's.) This vintage photo is by Dan Dinjian, circa 1970.

L-R: Joe Potts, Allan "Casey" MacGill, Vetza, Steve Ochoa.

The Pep Boys, c. 1970.  Photo by Dan Dinjian

John Duncan live in the UK this October

on Wed, 07/20/2011 - 17:44

TUSK Festival features very rare appearances by Bill Orcutt, Alvarius B, Hype Williams, Rhys Chatham, Natural Snow Buildings, Hiss Golden Messenger, Pulse Emitter, Bong, Vincent Epplay & Samon Takahashi, Cath & Phil Tyler and many more.

The TUSK festival in Newcastle is happening the first weekend in October.  With plenty of advance notice, here are relevant links that the organizers have kindly provided:

Newcastle is a smaller, less congested, leafier and cheaper to visit city than London, the venues are nearby, surrounded by great pubs and budget accommodation options, easy to get to via Newcastle International Airport, with great road and rail links. All this info is also available in detail here:






Joe & Joe video of 2008 performance

on Mon, 07/11/2011 - 16:04
Our good friend Adrian sent us this clip of a Joe & Joe performance from February 9, 2008 at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA.  Check out this video and explore other shows he filmed.

LAFMS store closed July 2 to July 18

on Sat, 07/02/2011 - 21:09

Orders may be placed and inquiries may be made but no shipments will occur between now and the 18th.  Thank you and have a great summer!

(Please note that inquiries for International shipping quotes cannot be fulfilled during this time.)

Countdown to 35th Anniversary of Live at the Brand concert

on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 15:39

July 8, 2011 marks the 35th anniversary of the historical concert featuring the second performance of Doo-Dooettes (formerly The Two Who Do Duets) along with Le Forte Four. The performances were captured on vinyl, and released as LAFMS 3/4 in 1976. From the liner notes of the record:

"On July 8th, 1976, the Doo-Dooettes and Le Forte Four (as representatives of the Los Angeles Free Music Society) gave a performance at the Brand Art Center in Glendale, California. For their portion of the event, Le Forte Four tried to play back prerecorded tapes through 44 pyramid shaped headphones. Both the tapes and headphones were specifically designed for the concert. The Doo-Dooettes played live."

On the recording, Le Forte Four consisted of Chip Chapman, Tom Potts, Joe Potts, and Rick Potts. Doo-Dooettes consisted of Harold Schroeder, Tom Recchion, Dennis Duck, Juan Gomez, and Fredrik Nilsen and Ace Farren Ford played sax on one song. Doo-Dooettes gave special thanks to Smegma, Jan Paulshus (for recording, and who incidentally recorded a recent reunion of the Doo-Doos), and Mr. Foon. Le Forte Four gave thanks to Steve Jackson, John Payne, Sean Phillips, and Bob Wallace.



Major updates to LAFMS store including super rare archive finds

on Mon, 06/27/2011 - 21:06

A TON of new titles have been added to the LAFMS Store over the past few weeks.  Find new releases by Smegma, Joseph Hammer, Ace Farren Ford and his Mystery Band, Rick Potts, Vetza and many others in stock along with some great Ace artworks, some cool posters, and who knows what else.  Also, in this update you will find a selection of records from the recently unearthed archives of Joe Potts. Very rare copies of the AIRWAY Live at LACE LP (unassembled second pressing with inserts and artwork), the elusive Joe & Joe 12”, mint/sealed copies of the Darker Skratcher compilation (as well as the hard to find Dutch import), mint/sealed copies of Spin N’ Grin by Le Forte Four, and a mind-blowing find: the never-before released second pressing of Blub Krad intended for Japanese export. The rare records are priced accordingly, but the proceeds from their sale will be used to fund a super special LAFMS project to be announced at a later date.  These records will also be available until they sell out also via Aaron Dilloway’s excellent Hanson Records. Thank you Joe and Aaron!