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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

LAFMS at The Box LA - concert line up for 2/11 announced

on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 20:49
The Box, located at 805 Traction, LA 90013, is host yet again to another ful day of LAFMS and related musical performances in support of the exhibition "Beneath The Valley Of the Lowest Form Of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society (1972-2012)" running until February 25, 2012
This Saturday, Feb. 11th - from NOON - 7PM. Donations appreciated:
  • Extended Organ (Tom Recchion, Paul McCarthy, Joe Potts and Fredrik Nilsen)
  • Jim Shaw (with Dani Tull & Eddie Rusha)
  • Marnie Weber's F for Ache/Dolphin Explosion (Marnie Weber, Dani Tull, Doug Harvey...with Colette Weber Shaw and Ariel West)
  • Feedback Waveriders (Antony DiGennaro, Michael Fink, Paul McCarthy, Chas Smith, Brian Walsh)
  • Vetza & Joe Potts
  • Ace and Duce
  • Dinosaurs With Horns

Posters by Rick Potts


Mike Kelley

on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 21:45

The LAFMS mourns the loss of Extended Organ member Mike Kelley.  A true talent and force in contemporary art and music.  He will be missed.

LAFMS on the cover of the LA Times!

on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 14:56

The Tuesday, January 31 edition of the LA Times Calendar section featured a photo of the Pyramid Headphones installation at the Welcome Inn Time Machine produced by SASSAS for the closing of the Performance and Public Art Festival of Pacific Standard Time.

Here is a scan of the newspaper (provided by Dennis Duck).  You can see Joe Potts on the right speaking with a visitor.

According to Potts, the twelve extant headphones have not been used in the public since their original use in 1976 as part of the Brand Library performance.  Prerecorded sounds supplied by Le Forte Four were piped into the homemade cardboard headphones.