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Solid Eye - Live at Anomalous Records LP

Artist: 
Solid Eye

Label: 
Anomalous
Format: 
LP

Solid Eye recorded at the original location of Anomalous Records in Whittier, CA on July 2, 1994 and October 22, 1994 via open air microphones. Featuring the line up of Joseph Hammer, Rick Potts, Steve Thomsen, William Leavitt. 591 total copies pressed. Sealed copies.

 

Year: 
1 997
Price: 
$15.00
Track Listing: 

Side A:

  1. Untitled

Side B:

  1. Untitled

Solid Eye - When The Snowman Starts To Talk CD

Artist: 
Solid Eye

Label: 
Senseworks
Format: 
CD

Long out of print second full length release by the trio of Steve Thomsen, Rick Potts, and Joseph Hammer. Last copies direct from the label.

Year: 
1 997
Price: 
$15.00
Track Listing: 

 

  1. Makeshift Rocket
  2. The Time That Land Forgot
  3. Jellyfish Intiation
  4. Wire-Mesh Surrogate
  5. Glycerine Fountain
  6. Bashful Moon
  7. Baby Spiders Everywhere
  8. Ghost Beef
  9. Majestic Planaria
  10. Pallette Cleanser
  11. Fog Forest

Steaming Coils - Breaded LP+7"

Artist: 
Steaming Coils

Label: 
Medical
Format: 
LP

Hailing from the underground Los Angeles scene in the mid 80s arose a couple of musicians that created some of the most off-kilter, complex and yet exquisitely crucial art rock music that no one has ever heard. Featuring the key duo of Brad Laner (Savage Republic and much later Medicine, Electric Company, etc) and David Chrisman (3 Day Stubble), Steaming Coils was a project that also involved multiple other like minds from the LAFMS amongst other misfits and kooks. They released a total of 3 albums including Never Creak (1986), The Tarkington Table (also 1987) and finally 1988’s Breaded. Technically, there is also an unreleased 4th album as well… For Breaded, the Steaming Coils honed their craft into a well-oiled but no less experimental machine. Featuring James Grisby (Motor Totemist Guild), Don Bolles (The Germs, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti), Tom Recchion (LAFMS) plus a slew of others. The tunes almost transcend description but culminate into a perfect pop album completely drenched in free-form passages, cut and paste tape experiments, atypical song structures and other elements that are equally difficult to make easy comparisons.  The first track Carne Del Sol completely plunges the listener into it with backwards noise guitar, shifting tempos and lovely harmonious melodies to suck you in. The second track Singing Notice manages to take you through a psychedelic circus motif whilst following a nice Beatles-esqu pop song framework interspersed with bits of other noise and found sound. One of the other absolute standout tracks is the fifth track Notes which is just as catchy and upbeat as it is hypnotic and freeform. Don’t get us wrong or be frightened, this album is an intensely engaging listen and managed to walk that razor’s edge between pop music and progressive experimental “inaccessible music”. The original version(s) are all long out of print (original CD and LP reissue years later). Presented in a full color jacket with original front cover art (chromosomal collage, if you will) on high quality 180 gram colored vinyl. For this special edition, a bonus 7” is included with tracks from the unreleased fourth album (featuring Jim Goodall of Flying Burrito Brothers and Medicine as well as Eddie Ruscha from Secret Circuit) and also on colored wax. Limited Edition. (label description)

Year: 
2 016
Price: 
$25
Track Listing: 

A Side

  1. Carne Del Sol
  2. Singing Notice
  3. A Pipe Is Real
  4. Loosen Love Sick the Shamrock
  5. Notes
  6. Drawing Up A Question/Triple Point

B Side

  1. Gledhill St./The Collingsworth County
  2. Red Brown Book
  3. Horse Power
  4. On Studio Cassettes
  5. A Story Donut/Breaded
  6. Introduction A
  7. Hue And Cry Over Pink & Green With Almond Shade Of Beige

Unfinished 1989 EP (aka bonus 7")

Side 1

  1. Singing Socket
  2. The Bishop
  3. Carving Ice

Side 2

  1. She Sank
  2. Apron Like
  3. Vista Del Monte




Steve Thomsen - artist chapbooks

Artist: 
Steve Thomsen

Do Guppies Projection - 8.5" x 5.5" - 10 pages

 

Dolls Beyond Infrared - 5" x 6" - 12 pages
 
 
 
SOLD OUT: Fuzz Gems Panorama - 8.5" x 5.5" - 24 pages
 
 

Lotto Smog Psychic - 8.5" x 11" - 20 pages

 

New Dog Protoplasm Scrolls - 8.5" x 5.5" - 10 pages

Label: 
n/a
Format: 
Mag/Book

Noted artist and musician Steve Thomsen’s chapbooks were first exhibited in July 2012 at Art Osaka in Japan, and are offered here for sale for the first time in the United States. Printed in small editions by the artist. Photocopy process; color covers (except for "Lotto"), black and white insides.

Steve’s description of the chapbooks:

“The hype and hucksterism–sampling chapbooks contain satirical graphic collages consisting of mutated images and text derived from America’s most popular, influential and inescapable art form – the ADVERTISEMENT.

“Advertising art portrays a smart or loving or fashionable lifestyle obtainable through purchase of products or through adoption of political, religious or scientific ideologies. From this attractive but spurious visual cornucopia the first chapbooks were hastily pasted together, highlighting the art’s surreal promises.

“With time, insight was acquired about the advertisement’s astonishing effectiveness and eventually the core elements of graphic composition—line, contour, color, etc., were distilled from it and simplified into minimalist-geometric abstract paintings.

“It took many years of Xerox and laughter to exorcise myself of the false reality dictated by consumer culture, and the chapbooks chronicle a portion of that artistic and spiritual journey.

“I am indebted to the countless unknown but consummate artists whose sampled work made this possible.”

Steve Thomsen has led a double life over the past 35 years. Steve’s equally a brilliant visual artist working in multiple media such as paint, collage, and sculpture, as well as a sound sculptor who has also created some of modern music’s most interesting tunes since the late 70s.

Steve’s visual art interests began at an early age and blossomed when he co-founded the San Fernando Valley-based art collective World Imitation Productions (WImP) in 1977. WImP produced artwork, events, parties, and small chapbooks in tiny editions sold in underground venues around Los Angeles. Eventually WImP birthed the art-rock band Monitor who played their first show Halloween 1978. Monitor released two singles (one with kindred spirit Jeffrey Vallance) and an LP before splitting up in early 1982. Steve continued making music over 10 solo releases and with the group Solid Eye (with LAFMS-alum Rick Potts and Joseph Hammer).

In the Spring of 2012, Thomsen exhibited two posters in the Gildar Gallery exhibition entitled “Richard Peterson and the Art of a Warrior Tribe.” Peterson was a lead photographer of San Francisco’s Search & Destroy in the late 1970’s. Along with Steve’s collage’s, Peterson’s photos were be accompanied by original visual works created by punk musicians, poets and artists who surrounded Search & Destroy such as Bruce Conner, Tomata Du Plenty (The Screamers), Fritz Fox (The Mutants), Penelope Houston (Avengers), David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Jeff Raphael (The Nuns), Moritz Reichelt (Der Plan), Richard Waara and Deborah Valentine.

Thomsen chapbooks on display at Art Osaka (photo courtesy Takuya Sakaguchi)

Thomsen posters and robot sculpture on display at Art Osaka (photo courtesy Takuya Sakaguchi)

Year: 
2 012
Price: 
various
Track Listing: 

n/a

Note: The 5-book inclusive set is no longer available and cannot be ordered. Thank you.


Titles

Steve Thomsen - Three new 2014 Chapbooks

Artist: 
Steve Thomsen

Hysteresis - 5.5" x 8.5"

My Feet Chime - 5.5" x 8.5"

Prophesy Hut - 5.5" x 8.5"

Label: 
n/a
Format: 
Mag/Book

Three New 2014 Steve Thomsen editions.

Noted artist and musician Steve Thomsen’s chapbooks were first exhibited in July 2012 at Art Osaka in Japan, and are offered here for sale for the first time in the United States. Printed in small editions by the artist. Photocopy process; color covers (except for "Prophesy Hut"), black and white insides.

 

My Feet Chime

  • 8.5" x 5.5"
  • 16 pages
  • $20

Hysteresis

  • 8.5" x 5.5"
  • 20 pages
  • $20

Prophesy Hut

  • 8.5" x 5.5"
  • 12 pages
  • $20

 

All three new editions for $50 PPD.

Year: 
2 014
Price: 
$20

Titles




The Lowest Form of Music London event poster

Artist: 
Various Artists

Label: 
LAFMS
Format: 
Misc.

The official poster from the “Lowest Form of Music” three day event that took place in London, October 2010.  Artists appearing at the fest, and on the poster, include:

AIRWAY, Smegma, John Duncan, Extended Organ, Tom Recchion, Le Forte Four, The Tenses, Dinosaurs With Horns, Hijokaidan, Incapacitants, Morphogenesis, Mark Durgan with Spoils & Relics, Raionbashi & Kutzkelina, Bill Kouligas with Joseph Hammer, David Toop, Edwin Pouncey (aka Sav X), and Takuya Sakaguchi.  Approximately 16” h x 12” w. Will ship rolled in a tube. (Note: actual poster does not have printer's marks shown in the image above.)

Year: 
2 010
Price: 
$7.50
Track Listing: 

n/a





Tom Recchion - Black/Gold: Soundtracks to a Color CD

Artist: 
Tom Recchion

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Label: 
COLA
Format: 
CD

“Black/Gold: Soundtracks to a Color” was an installation at L.A. Municipal Art Gallery as part of the City of Los Angeles Fellowship exhibition from 2004. The installation consisted of 2000 posters: 1000 gold and 1000 black. Two separate rooms were covered with these posters that were covered solid in their color with the name of the color printed rather large in dead center. At the bottom of each poster was listed the instrumentation for each particular soundtrack to the color. The GOLD room was flooded in light. The BLACK room had no light other than the ambient light from the gallery. In the center wall that separated each room was a small shelf where stacks of CDs sat. On each side of the shelf were stacks of the gold and black posters. 2000 CDs were manufactured. The CDs and posters were given away free. Each room had a sound system. Each soundtrack was played in the space in a constant repetition via two Apple iPods. These CDs are the limited remaining copies obtained directly from the artist. Over 70 minutes of music.
 

Year: 
2 004
Price: 
$8.00
Track Listing: 
  1. Black
  2. Gold

Tom Recchion - Oaxaca Dawn LP

Artist: 
Tom Recchion

 

Label: 
Elevator Bath
Format: 
LP

 

 

"Elevator Bath's ongoing series of picture disc LPs (each record being adorned with full-color artwork by the recording artist) continues with Tom Recchion's Oaxaca Dawn/Bamboo. Originally slated for release nearly ten years ago, this pair of humble field recordings is now finally available. Oaxaca Dawn and Bamboo are two raw, unadulterated, and unpretentious snapshots of specific moments in time and space: the early morning cracking of dawn in Oaxaca, Mexico and a windy afternoon in a Hana bamboo forest on Maui, Hawaii. Individually these audio documents are gorgeously simple, matter-of-fact presentations of travels. Together they are a recollection of their natural beauty, impossible to adequately render by any other means.


"I was struck by the cacophony of sounds at the dawn of light in the 'suburb' of Oaxaca where I was staying. It woke me everyday of my week long stay. It was like a barnyard turned up to 11. I brought a DAT machine and two Audio Technica microphones for the purpose of making field recordings on the trip. I woke up before the sun came up and set up the equipment in the dark. The first sound on the record is the moment the sun came over the horizon. The bamboo forests on Maui were seared into my memory from my first time in Hawaii. On my second trip, armed with a first edition Edirol digital recorder, I hung out in the forest for a couple of hours to make the recordings. I noticed 3 distinct sounds (though there are more). The wood block clunking of the stocks, the squeaking of the thin branches flicking and slipping off neighboring plants and the white noise rustling of the leaves on top of the giant clusters."Edition of 250 copies.

(label description)

"...On a beautifully rendered picture disc comes a pair of field recordings by Tom Recchion. [Recchion] too his DAT machine on trips to the Hawaiian island of Maui and Mexican state of Oaxaca. Of the two recordings, the swaying rustle of the Hawaiian Bamboo is perhaps the most peaceful to imbibe, all the while pictusing an idyllic stroll through the sonic paradise.

"Oaxaca Dawn, however, recording in a Mexican suburb just at the moment the sun came over the horizon, is the real standout. A cacophony of countless cockerels alarm the sunrise for what sounds like miles around, and as the track progresses for 15 minutes a vast number of smaller birds singing and rising dogs barking join in for what Recchion rightly describes as something close to "a barnyard turned up to 11".--The Wire, October 2016

Year: 
2 016
Price: 
$25
Track Listing: 

Side A

  1. Oaxaca Dawn 

Side B

  1. Bamboo

Tom Recchion - Proscenium LP+7"

Artist: 
Tom Recchion

Label: 
Elevator Bath
Format: 
LP

From the label description:

Elevator Bath is absolutely thrilled to present Proscenium, Tom Recchion's eagerly awaited new LP and his first solo album in six years. 
 
Proscenium is a subtle and remarkably controlled collection of atmospheres. The air of mystery, deliberate pacing, the deep tones and unidentified sounds of Recchion's 2006 album Sweetly Doing Nothing have been explored even further here. It's a logical development but the results are unexpected and strikingly original, sounding wholly unfamiliar and yet like no one's but Tom Recchion's. 
 
Proscenium's six pieces mostly began life as music for filmmaker/puppeteer Janie Geiser's play "Invisible Glass," an adaptation of Poe's "William Wilson." The play's intricate beauty and the story's moody confusion have been perfectly mirrored and expanded on by Recchion who used that inspiration as a leaping off point for Proscenium's rich and surprising compositions. "It was an attempt to create a sound world for the viewer that started as they entered the theater and drenched them until they left in an ongoing series of atmospheres." 
 
Tom Recchion has been a sound and visual artist/composer/art director and graphic designer in California since the 1970s. He is the co-creator of the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) and has collaborated with David Toop, Christian Marclay, Oren Ambarchi, Keiji Haino, and Max Eastley, among many others. Though Proscenium is only his sixth album as a solo artist, Recchion has had many recordings released by labels such as Birdman, Touch, PSF, RRR, Idea, Staubgold, and the Cortical Foundation. He has also written for The Wire magazine. Tom Recchion lives in California. 
 
Proscenium consists of one 180-gram virgin vinyl LP inside a black poly-lined sleeve, plus 7" record, each with five-color labels, housed in a full-color gatefold jacket. Included with each copy of this set is a full-color download card featuring access to high-quality MP3s of the complete contents of the vinyl records. Package imagery was created by artist Pae White and photographed by Recchion’s long time music and visual collaborator, noted photographer Fredrik Nilsen and was designed by Colin Andrew Sheffield and Tom Recchion. This package has been issued in an edition of 500 copies. 
 
Total running time: 64 minutes
 
"Elevator Bath is one of those labels, like Helen Scarsdale for example, whose curatorial diligence I never fail to appreciate and to which I consistently find myself drawn. "Proscenium" marks Tom Recchion's first new solo output in six years (!) and is a subtle and immersive listening experience recommended for fans of Keith Berry, Christoph Heemann and Nurse with Wound. Recchion must be admired for his acute sense of pace and atmosphere. Indeed, the sonics contained on this album are every bit as refined as one would expect from a composer with such a distinguished and longstanding resume. Chiming, filtered tones and deep low end make up the majority of the palette here, coiling, ebbing and weaving in and out, augmented occasionally by lulling static and what sound like meticulously obfuscated field recordings. The closer, "Lean Your Eye Into the Picture," provides a stark contrast to the rest of the six pieces on the album, with stuttering, alien sounds forming a web of surreal sound collage. It's a beautiful and strange track and perhaps the album's strongest. Ultimately, "Proscenium" is indeed a focused and refined affair, and listeners fond of the aforementioned labels/artists would do well to give it a thorough listen."--Alex Cobb
 
"Tom Recchion has been making weird and wonderful sounds since the 1970s as one of the leading figures in the Los Angeles Free Music Society. In a constant rotation of projects and bands, he cranked out ear-damaging skree, zonked tape collages, anti-musical comedies, and all sorts of other illogical strategies for making fucked-up sound. Compared to pretty much everything he's done previously, Proscenium - his first record in nearly seven years - is downright sensible; and one that fits neatly alongside all of the other releases from Elevator Bath, a label which specializes in rarified dronemuzik and oblique ambience (e.g. Keith Berry, Matt Shoemaker, Rick Reed and even our own Jim Haynes). The album began as the musical accompaniment to Janie Geiser's play "Invisible Glass" itself an adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe short story, with Recchion attempting to craft a moody atmosphere that slowly creeps into the audience's unconsciousness. Strange melodies emerge through a shimmering hum at the onset of the record, sounding like an underwater version of Aphex Twins' Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Recchion smudges everything beyond recognition, although the thrumming of a piano does seem to peek from behind the veil of his aqueous mystery. Dense applications of reverb are common throughout, as is a strange echoing ripple that has a funhouse, helter-skelter vibe - probably the only commonality with anything from LAMFS! Whatever melodic phrases Recchion might have started out with have blurred into oceanic swells of nocturnal droning that by the end of side two morphs into an algae bloom of dread. The tracks on the seven inch are somewhat different from what's found on the lp, with a Dada-inspired splatter of haptic rhythms on one side; and a slow-crawling calliope slashed with sporadic gasps of noise on the other. While the seven inch follows Recchion anti-aesthetic through LAFMS, the ambient horror of the lp tracks are the true prize of the set. Think Basinski. Think Koner. Think Nurse With Wound. And, then you're getting close to where Recchion might be coming from."
 
"If attention-grabbing sounds are the quintessence of our living as sympathetic listeners, there are 67 minutes of legitimate bliss waiting for the 500 fortunate owners of this stunning limited edition, which contains four tracks on a LP, two on a 7-inch and a card to download a high-quality mp3 version of the album. The latter is what was used for the writeup, given the chance of listening without breaks and my ever-mounting hate for vinyl noise ruining the enthralment brought forth by superb electronica.
 
Proscenium takes its origin from a commission by filmmaker and puppeteer Janie Geiser: Recchion conceived these soundscapes for a play called Invisible Glass, defining them a “sound world for the viewer” centred around a set of shifting atmospheres.
 
“The Mesmerized Chair” and “Entrance Music No.2” comprise perhaps the work’s more introvert shades. Adjectives like “subaqueous” and “stifled” instantly spring to mind, the frequencies oscillating between “swelling” and “chubby”. Trying to understand the derivation of the acoustic materials becomes a case of pitiable anal-retentiveness, though one can get a vague impression of what will be revealed (so to speak) later on. Deliberate melodic movement and buried forms of life are detectable underneath the droning undercurrents and the malleable substances: those who utter “ambient” are going to be hit on the palms with a stick.
 
Then we have a sort of slow-as-molasses “orchestral” gradualness in the suggestively declining “Entrance Music No.1”, and an episode of disjointedly rambla-sampladelia in “Exit Music No.1”, whose vocal fragmentariness is enriched by those very typical crackles and pops I was willing to escape from at the beginning, and that here represent a fundamental ingredient instead. The additional shorter pieces “The Haunted Laboratory” and “Lean Your Eye Into The Picture” are not mere fillers. Both broaden and improve the sensation of misshapen otherworldliness and pregnant inscrutability transmitted by the entire program.
 
Tom Recchion’s universe is not made of easy smiles and low-budget Buddhas. But the strange creatures we seem to perceive as the real animators behind this accumulation of bubbling grief are so nice-looking that a friendship should not be difficult to start."
 
Once there was this shitty writer for Pitchfork, who described experimental composer, visual artist, and multi-instrumentalist Tom Recchion as “generally out of the loop” and as composing oblivious to “trends and times.” While this clumsy chump didn’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, his perspective is still skewed and inaccurate, so fuck him. The truth is that Recchion has always been in the real loop since the 70s, and all of you bullshit yolo-fuckers are out of it. The irony is that P4k is the new Rolling Stone, which means it’s about as relevant as the Old Testament (just going to put this in here and see if it makes it past the editors).
 
"Today is my attempt to catch up on a few great releases that we’ve been sent and, for one reason or another, haven’t covered. Tom Recchion’s “Proscenium”, released by Elevator Bath, is a beautiful piece of ambient/drone that was originally created for Janie Geiser’s play, “Invisible Glass”. Recchion is a bona fide experimental music mainstay, co-creating the Los Angeles Free Music Society, among a myriad of other accolades.
 
"Sometime loop-maker & one of the founders of the freewheeling Los Angeles Free Music Society Recchion makes a drone that keeps fading away. Elusive rounded tones that wash creepily in & out of perceptibility."
 
The Wire, September 2012:
"The best soundtrack work goes beyond the notion of visual accompaniment entirely, creating a psychological parallel or a parody of the onstage/onscreen action while also suggesting a form of topographical subterranea mapping the possibilities of the work--its attics and basements, its subconscious realms, its most haunted spaces. Proscenium, the new album by central Los Angeles Free Music Society player Tom Recchion (a member of founding groups The Doo-Dooettes and Airway), began life as the soundtrack to film maker Janie Geiser's play Invisible Glass, itself an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's short story, William Wilson. It makes sense that Recchion would involve himself in soundtrack work. Many of the LAFMS recordings seem closer to the work of Foley artists than genteel musicians, using tapes, FX, found sound, old vinyl and field recordings to provoke the infantile id of American popular culture. in 1977, fellow LAFMS artist Rick Potts recorded Krewton The Knewtron as a soundtrack to his own cartoon of the same name.
 
"Proscenium, however, is a much darker affair. It has an atmosphere of austere sound art, of the sounding of hollow bodies, a perfect complement of Poe's exploration of the nature of the doppelganger and, implicitly, the nature of the external world. The self-described sound world has little variation across both sides of the vinyl, which actually works in its favour. Rather than a collection of placid moods, it functions more as a long, steady camera pan into the very recesses of the performance and source material itself, moving towards en ever receding horizon of far off bass tones through clouds of almost articulated classical drone in the isolationist style of Thomas Koner and Paul Schutze. Proscenium transcends its genesis, providing the kind of polished black space of the scrying mirror that best suits the outward projection of internal worlds."--David Keenan
 
Textura (Oct. 2012):
"Proscenium, the sixth solo album and first album in six years by California-based Tom Recchion (aka the co-creator of Los Angeles Free Music Society and a collaborator with David Toop, Christian Marclay, and Max Eastley, among others), receives a beautiful gatefold jacket presentation from Elevator Bath in this combination twelve-inch and seven-inch vinyl set (500 copies available). As striking as the visual presentation is the recording's sixty-four minutes, which often unfurl in a slow and dream-like manner that mirrors the curling plumes of smoke on the album cover.
The origin for the recording's six pieces helps explain the oft-unsettling mood of the material, asProscenium came into being as pieces Recchion created for a theatrical production called Invisible Glass that filmmaker/puppeteer Janie Geiser adapted from Edgar Allen Poe's short story “William Wilson.” Though a clear sense of control and deliberation characterizes Proscenium, its brooding set-pieces hardly lack for mystery. It's also often hard to identify the source instruments in a given Recchion piece, given how dramatically he re-shapes the sound materials. That's not necessarily a bad thing, of course, as the elusive nature of the instrumentation used simply adds to the music's mystery. It's possible that field recordings form part of the mix, but there, too, it's hard to tell when Recchion alchemizes the source elements so dramatically.
 
"In the opening minutes of “The Mesmerized Chair,” tremolo figures and high-pitched tonal masses shudder within an hermetic, reverb-drenched space until they're supplanted by long, overlapping tones generated by perhaps piano or guitar. The 45-RPM seven-inch features two pieces, “The Haunted Laboratory,” a woozy convulsion of ambient rumble, neon chords, and fluttering figures, and “Lean Your Eye Into the Picture,” an arresting, molasses-thick crackle of flickering stutters and distorted voice effects that inexplicably comes to resemble some surreal space-jazz mutation. Put simply, it's like nothing else you've heard this year or probably any year, for that matter.
 
"It's interesting that Recchion conceived of three of the album's pieces as ones presumably designed to play as the audience enters and exits the auditorium. It's a deliberate move in keeping with his concept for the play, as he wanted the theatergoers to become immersed in the project's atmospheric soundworld during the time before and after the time of the play proper. As such, “Entrance Music No. 2” conjures a blurry ambient-styled realm dotted with gentle rumbles and faint tones; though still restrained, “Entrance Music No. 1” by comparison whistles more brightly, making it seem like the more wide-awake of the pair—until, at least, its whistling tones begin to fade as they slowly disappear down some long corridor. “Exit Music No. 1” escorts the attendee out with sixteen minutes of softly glimmering gloomscaping perfectly crafted to induce a sleepless night or two. Proscenium cumulatively impresses as a distinguished piece of work from Recchion that's very much in keeping with the Elevator Bath aesthetic and upholds the high quality standard of its previous releases."
Year: 
2 012
Price: 
$25.00
Track Listing: 

LP - Side A:

  1. the mesmerized chair
  2. entrance music no. 2

LP - Side B:

  1. entrance music no. 1
  2. exit music no. 1

7" - Side C

  1. the haunted laboratory

7" - Side D

  1. lean your eye into the picture

Tom Recchion - The Incandescent Gramophone 10"

Artist: 
Tom Recchion

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Label: 
Poo-Bah/LAFMS
Format: 
10"

The LAFMS, Poo-Bah Records, and The Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission brings you an homage and exploration of the 78 rpm vinyl medium in true 78 phonic quality. The proposal was to make a mysterious object out its time--a conundrum. Something technologically obsolete, by the most standards. It is an homage to the beginnings of recording technology by combining current methodologies with older mediums of sound reproduction. The compositions derive its sounds from only 78 rpm records--the clicks, cracks, scratches, samples of previous recordings, internet mp3s, as well as the sounds that the record makes as an object in three dimensional space. Recchion says, “I wanted to make an object that will force people to seek out ways to listen to it. Most homes don’t have 33 rpm turntables anymore and even less with 78 players. For the 100 copies left in public spaces, the piece requires a personal effort of exploration. Those that don’t ever listen to it and end up storing it on a shelf, it becomes an object of mystery and is transformed into something other than what it is intended for. It becomes a curiosity. Some will disregard it totally. I’m interested in a historical and technological collision and the confusion that may occur.” Hand numbered copies, limited to 500.  Remember - this plays at 78!!!
 

Year: 
2 007
Price: 
$8.00
Track Listing: 
  1. The Incandescent Gramophone
  2. The Song Of Mister Phonograph

V/A - "J" Zelphabet w/ J. Duncan, J. Hammer, J. Weise, etc.

Artist: 
John Duncan, Joseph Hammer, et al

Label: 
Zelphabet
Format: 
CD

From the Zelphabet series curated by G-X Jupitter Larsen.  Features one track each from John Ducan, John Weise, Jon Rose, Joseph Hammer, and Justice Yeldham.

Year: 
2 011
Price: 
$10.00
Track Listing: 
  1. John Duncan - Storm - Tel Aviv Marina
  2. John Weise - Dramatic Accessories
  3. Jon Rose - Illegal Settlement Fence
  4. Joseph Hammer - Could Have
  5. Justice Yeldham - Shanghai

V/A - Beyond The Pink Festival poster

Artist: 
Various Artists

Label: 
Coritcal
Format: 
Misc.

Official BTP festival poster, one color, two-sided from 1998.  Approx 24” x 37”. Will ship flat (as they all came folded from the printer). Actual poster is a nice deep purple, rather than the shocking blue in this image.

Here is a listing of all the events that took place.

Year: 
1 998
Price: 
$10.00
Track Listing: 

n/a

V/A - Blorp-Essette 4CD

Artist: 
Various Artists

Label: 
Transparency
Format: 
CD

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! The entire contents, all 70 tracks, have been expertly remastered from the 1999 edition by Smegma's Ju Suk Reet Meate. Featuring four exclusive artworks 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.

“Blorp Esette Volume One, numbered LAFMS 5 in the catalog (1977), generally considered the 5th release. However, as LAFMS Live at the Brand was a 2LP set, it is actually the 4th release on LAFMS. The project of Ace & Duce (Ace Farren Ford & Professor Robert Pfaucht), done much in the manner of I.D. Art #2 (LAFMS 2), the concept of dividing the cost of making an LP with the contributing artists paying for the time they take up on the LP. However the responses to this project were far greater than anticipated, so plans went immediately underway to follow it with another volume, and as time went on Blorp Esette Volume 2 became a two record set, and somewhere along the line the record budget didn’t match up to the contributions, dragging the project so that when finally released it was 1980 and the catalog number was now LAFMS 10/11 (like LAFMS at the Brand) There was also some confusion among distributors who thought it was 2 separate LPs (it was packaged in 2 separate sleeves as opposed to a gatefold). However, the sounds encased in the 3 LPs were of a legendary assortment, and through the generosity of Don Van Vliet they not only had cover art by the great man, but he designed the label art as well (he never actually had any interest in the music contained within, I don't believe he ever listened to it). 500 were pressed of Volume 1, only 250 were pressed of Volume 2.

“The hardships endured regarding their releases were somehow matched when Transparency put them out on a special 4 CD set with over two additional CDs worth of tracks previously unreleased in 1999. The sound quality was somewhat less than stellar and somehow it is uncertain how many of the initial pressing actually made it out of the pressing plant. The CDs became scarce soon and very difficult to find. Now we hope to present it a bit more properly in the 11th year of the millennium, with improved sound and a more proper presentation to show the majesty of these recordings, most dating back to the earliest days  of the Los Angeles Free Music Society and the great variety of magic sounds which often emerged from its diverse assemblage of friends and artists.

“Within the confines of the original LPs are some the most famous and memorable of the LAFMS canon: Le Forte Four’s “Japanese Super Heroes”, Joe Potts’ “Heartphase Hotel”, Dennis Duck’s “Evolution Song”, The Reverend Toad-Eater (Rick Snyder of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band fame) “Alden Street”, the debut of folk legend Electric Bill, early recordings by LAFMS punksters the Child Molesters, ample contributions by Smegma (including a tiny sampling of their collaboration with Wild Man Fischer), a rare track by Henry Kaiser, tracks from LAFMS  co-founding groups Ace & Duce and the Doo-Dooettes, original Le Forte Four member and LAFMS co-founder Chip Chapman and even the Residents (sadly not included in this reissue due to licensing issues), plus with the CD version additional tracks not included on the original LPs by the South Pasadena Free Music Ensemble, LAFMS president Jerry Bishop, pervert wino hobo buskers the Hurtin' Broz and even “goth” legends Christian Death make appearances as well as a few tracks by compiler Ace Farren Ford, nearly 5 hours of some of the strangest stuff to ever be passed off as music from a Society of soundmakers who have been at it for the past 35  years.”—Tork Lugnutz, LAFMS annotator and general wise guy

Year: 
2 011
Price: 
$25.00
Track Listing: 

Please refer to Discogs.

V/A - Blub Krad (2nd edition) LP

Artist: 
Various Artists

Label: 
LAFMS
Format: 
LP

Produced by Chip Chapman and the LAFMS, this “first repressing” of 209 copies has for the most part been mostly not distributed.  A cache of these records have been procured direct from the archives of Joe Potts and are now available for purchase. Originally produced in 1978 in an edition of 684, this second edition from 1980 features the same front paste on artwork but different paste on rear cover artwork (that corrected some of the errors from the first edition.) It is believed these copies were meant for export to Japan but never made it over.

Blub Krad featured many of the core LAFMS players on various tracks with additional contributions by friends of LAFMS such as ½ Japanese and Z’ev (appearing as Yoel before changing his name).  Also of note is the appearance of the track “Crazy” which later become a Human Hands staple, performed by Paul Is Dead, and was essentially the band that split into Human Hands (Juan, Rick) and Bpeople (Tom, Fredrik).

These are the last remaining copies offered for sale for the first time in over 30 years, and are thus priced accordingly. The condition of the LPs are excellent, as they are “sealed” with a piece of scotch tape over the top of the outer plastic protective sleeve, so the sleeves are mint and the vinyl unplayed.  Some minor corner bumps from storage.  Otherwise flawless.  Finer copies you cannot find.

Please limit one per order.

Year: 
1 980
Price: 
$125.00
Track Listing: 

Side A:

  1. 1/2 Japanese - Someone I Care About (drums - Jad Fair, guitar - David Fair)
  2. Vetza - 1st of 5 (Airway processing - Joe Potts, voice - Vetza)
  3. The Pablums - Under My Gums (Slimy Adenoid - vocals, sloppy guitar, string synthesizer, dental drill), bass - Joe Potts, guitar - Rick Potts, marimba – The Reverend Toad Eater)
  4. Fredrik Nilsen - Elbow and Marcella (acoustic and electric cross strings)
  5. Tom Recchion - Brak R People (organ, voice, radio, percussion)
  6. The Yvonnes - I Walked with a Zombie (bass - Scary Como, drums - Dale Smith, lead guitar - Bob R. Dog, rhythm guitar - Rob Ritter)

Side B:

  1. Paul Is Dead – Crazy (bass - Rick Potts, drums - Dennis Duck, guitar - Juan Gomez, organ - Tom Recchion)
  2. The Square Haircuts - Affirmed by a Nose (keyboards - Tom Recchion, percussion - Freddie Tobiason, electronic percussion - Dennis Duck, saxophone - Rick Potts)
  3. The Fine Arts Dumpsters - Mr. Peanut Butter (bass, tenor saxophone - Rick Potts, drums, vocals, toys, siren whistle, sobs - Tom Recchion, guitar, bells - Juan Gomez, dirge organ - Kevin Laffey, vocals, cornet - Dennis Duck)
  4. Rick Potts - Ode to Archaeopteryx (saxes, bass, keyboard, saw, guitar, ukulele, spoons, singing - Rick Potts)
  5. Yoel -Yoel at the Fab Mab (percussion – Yoel)
  6. El Trio Primero - The Sleepwalking (drums - Dennis Duck, guitar - Juan Gomez, organ - Tom Recchion)

V/A - Darker Skratcher LP

Artist: 
Various Artists

Label: 
LAFMS
Format: 
LP

Another warehouse find, these sealed copies of Darker Scratcher are some of the last available from the archives of Joe Potts. In sealed, mint condition.

Please limit 2 per order.

Year: 
1 980
Price: 
$40.00
Track Listing: 

Side A:

  1. Boyd Rice & Daniel Miller - Cleanliness and Order
  2. Jad Fair - XXOO (drums, guitar, singer, writer - Jad Fair)
  3. Vetza - Stale Puppy-Dog Tails (drums - Dennis Duck, tape processing - Joe Potts, vocals – Vetza)
  4. The Rick Potts Band - Platform Swimfins (drums, bongos, trumpet, tinkles - Dennis Duck, music, lyrics, acoustic bass, electric piano, percussion, sax, vocals, recording - Rick Potts, cocktails - Jerry Bishop)
  5. Monitor - Guardian (Laurie O'Connell , Michael Uhlenkott , Steve Thomsen with Jeff Rankin)
  6. The Doo-Dooettes - Pork Had Better Behave (organ, synthesizer - Harold Schroeder, percussion - Tom Recchion, sax - Pro, tape manipulations - Fredrik Nilsen, vocals, cornet - Dennis Duck; recorded 8/9/76 at ‘Ettes Studio West)
  7. 45 Grave - Riboflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood (bass [sea], backing vocals, bug, radio) - Don Bolles, drums, back Attack - Paul B. Cutler, lead and backing vocals [scream] - Mary Grave Sims, organ, guitar - Rob Graves, toys, wooden fish-like object, reverb unit - Dell Hopkins)
  8. NON - Non-Watusi (Boyd Rice)

Side B:

  1. Foundation Boo - Nap (bass - Tom Recchion, electronics assistance - Christian Lunch, cross string guitars, electronic percussion - Fredrik Nilsen, organ, words - Bill Noland, vocals - Annerose Bücklers)
  2. Airway - Perpendicular Thrust (bass - Rick Potts, drums - Dennis Duck, Synare - Tom Recchion, Guitar - Kevin Laffey, tape, Chapman Stick, effects - Chip Chapman, tape, effects, synthesizer - Joe Potts, technician - Jerry Bishop , Tom Potts, vocals - Vetza
  3. Dennis Duck - Davey The Worm (drums, vocals, saxophone, performer - Dennis Duck, synthesizer, tape, bongos - Rick Potts)
  4. Le Forte Four - The Lowest Form Of Music (Chapman Stick - Chip Chapman, guitar, vocals - Susan Chapman, percussion, vocals - Tom Potts, percussion, synthesizer, vocals - Rick Potts, synthesizer - Joe Potts)
  5. Human Hands - I Got Mad (bass - Rick Potts, drums - Dennis Duck, guitar - Juan Gomez, organ, synthesizer - Bill Noland, vocals - David Wiley)
  6. Bpeople - The Other Thing (bass, effects - Fredrik Nilsen, drums, vocals, piano - Tom Recchion, guitar, vocals - Alex Gibson, synthesizer, saxophone - Pat Delaney)




V/A - The Blorp Esette Gazette Vol. 1 CD

Artist: 
Various Artists

CD Cover

CD Booklet

Label: 
Ace & Duce/Transparency
Format: 
CD

Volume One, Fall 2013

This is the Blorp Esette Gazette. Thirteen years have gone by since this project was first imagined, but it is here now, the LAFMS quarterly audio magazine. This is the first issue, filled with many varied sounds from many varied sources (17 tracks by 17 artists.)

In 1977, Ace Farren Ford, one of the founding members of the Los Angeles Free Music Society released a various artists compilation album on the LAFMS label called Blorp Esette, a vinyl LP. In 1980 he released Blorp Esette Volume 2, a double LP. In 1999 his own label Ace & Duce teamed with the Transparency label to reissue these LPs on CD and added 2 CDs of previously unreleased contributions. In 2011 the 4CD set was remastered by Ju Suk Reet Meate of Smegma and re-released.



In 2000 Mr. Ford came up with the concept of an audio magazine which would feature contributions of various members of LAFMS, past and present and would be a way of keeping it active. Now some 13 years later it has become the Blorp Esette Gazette, a quarterly annual audio magazine, the first edition of this to be released on the Ace & Duce / Transparency label. This first CD volume (six-panel digipack) features contributions by Keith Mitchell (Monitor, Romans, Mazzy Star), Moris Tepper (Captain Beefheart), Kraig Grady, David Cotner, Smegma, Electric Bill Robinson, Michael Intriere & Anna Homler, the Tenses, Dennis Duck, Juan Gomez, the Mystery Band, Frank Bedal, Larry Easter (Linn County) & more, with cover art by Ace Farren Ford and Ju Suk Reet Meate.

18 additional tracks on the Blorp Cassette, Vol. 1!!!

"Pickings from all corners across the huge, loose archive of the LAFMS. Tattoo artist & all around fantastic freak Ace Farren Ford (Child Molesters, Smegma, Airway, etc) compiles the old next to the new with perfect aplomb. Tape pieces, guitar trips to outer space, 70s bar rock, acoustic guitar ditties, evil sine waves to hurt your teeth, some sort of improvised Irish marching band, navel lint gazing, beautifully stoopid screaming with marimba, a cover of 'Wooly Bully', & banana bunches more. Ford says this is the start of a series (or 'audio magazine' as he calls it), so hopefully there's lots of further volumes on the way."--Weirdo Records

Liner notes:

1. \\\ / B.E.G.

B.E.G. stands for "Blorp Esette Gazette", but it's also a literalist examination on the notes b, e, and g. \\\ dedicate this recording to Tod Dockstader, author of one version of the Apocalypse.

2. The Hubcap Project / Name of the Game

Written by Juan Gomez, published 2002 Humaneer Music, BMI. The Hubcap Project was Juan Gomez - vocals & rhythm guitars, Pierre Smith - lead guitar, Willy Bongiovanni - bass guitar, Kristian Hoffman - keyboards, John Chamberlain - drums, production & engineer.

3. Michael Intriere & Anna Homler / Voyage

4. Ace Farren Ford / Radio 1

Recorded in 1981, perhaps to lay rest to the notion that Mr. Ford was incapable of playing the radio.

5. The Electric Bill Trio / The Wall

Written and recorded by Electric Bill Robinson (1954-2011) in 1976. All voices and instruments by Electric Bill Robinson.

6. Ilya Monosav / For Well-Treated Trumpet

7. Frank Bedal / Voices

8. The Impressionists / Mez Puru

Recorded in February 2000. The Impressionists were Juan Gomez, Rod Barker, Dennis Duck. 

9. Aquifer / Little Big Horn

Aquifer ('95-'96) was an ever-changing, large ensemble, put together with the idea of bringing together people who would not normally perform together. Most of the pieces involved written or verbal instructions. Performances were assembled by Kraig Grady.

Little Big Horn was performed on what became the final show (2nd Sunday, May 1996) of the Sound Excursion Center at Glaxa Studios. This performance claims responsibility for this act.

Instructions are as follows: Players are gathered in the middle of fthe stage. One by one they play or accompany the Gary Owen Reel, Custer's favorite song, and them of the 7th Calvary.

After everyone has joined in playing the reel in some capacity, each player, one by one, becomes an Indian and begins circling the rest of the players, playing such things to interrupt or "attack" what the others are playing. The piece ends when all the players become Indians. Those that are unable to move are mock killed and pleay dead until the end. The inclusion of "Taps" at the end was the spontaneous inspiration of Richard Linnett.

Aquifer was (that evening in May '96): Ester Balint - violin, Richard Linnett - trumpet, Jeff Tady - guitar, Victor Balogh - bass, Daisy - dog, Eric Gill - sax, Celeste Moreno - oboe, Michael Intriere - cello, Jean Halbermann - sax, Brandon LaBelle - snare drum, Cambell Dallas Emory III - snare drum, Mary Mullen - lead Lakota/string bass, Max Markowitz - trumpet, Rick Potts - Saw!, Jorge Martin - clarinet, Eric Hoffman - clarinet.

10. Moris Tepper & Michael Tempo / Sandspiders

Written by Moris Tepper. Published 2002 Candlebone Music, ASCAP.

11. Larry Easter / New Hole Ney

Larry Easter (1948-2012) was the saxophonist for the Mystery Band for some 10 years and also was known as the saxophonist for Linn County in the 1960s. Recorded 2000 by David Orser at Aim Recording Company, Tujunga, CA.

12. Smegma / Desert Land (I See A Woman's Face in Every Foreign Place)

Recorded in Pasadena, CA 2/15/74. Smegma was at that moment Allen B. Lloyd, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Amyzon Bambi, Binky Brown & Ace Farren Ford.

13. Keith Mitchell / No Access

14. The Tenses 4 / For Aaron Dilloway (Live at Valentine's)

Recorded in Portland, OR 5/8/13. Rock 'N' Roll Jackie, Ju Suk Reet Meate with David Morgan and Madelyn Wilson.

15. Threed / Good night for taunt

Threed: John "Harpo" Whittington - clarinet, Terence D. Keenan - vocal, piano, Alan Saul - clarinet.

16. The Mystery Band with King John Fisher / Willie Bowman (Wooly Bully)

Recorded live at the Old Towne Pub, Pasadena, CA 10/19/91, recorded by Mr. Foon. The Mystery Band was: Lance Growler Richard Snyder, Maurice Mystery Mao-Tse Ducktoast Jones, Gary Mercury Leatherwing Riley, Pierre Bamboo Dupuy, Ace Farren Ford with King John Fisher - vocals.

17. The Eagle Rock Free Music Ensemble / Bang Your Head

Recorded 1/1/87 at 4843 Townsend Ave., Eagle Rock, CA. Anne Harney, Donald Byrnes, Karen Fowler, Dr. ODD, Ace Farren Ford.

Year: 
2 013
Price: 
$15.00
Track Listing: 
  1. / / / - B.E.G.
  2. The Hubcap Project - Name of the Game
  3. Michael Intriere/Anna Homler - Voyage
  4. Ace Farren Ford - Radio 1
  5. Electric Bill Robinson - The Wall
  6. Ilya Monosav - For Well-Treated Trumpet
  7. Frank Bedal - Voices
  8. The Impressionists - Mez Puru
  9. Aquifer - Little Big Horn
  10. Moris Tepper/Michael Tempo - Sandspiders
  11. Larry Easter - New Hole Ney
  12. Smegma - Desert Land (I See A Woman's Face In Every Foreign Place)
  13. Keith Mitchell - No Access
  14. The Tenses 4 - For Aaron Dilloway (Live at Valentine's)
  15. Threed - Good night for taunt
  16. The Mystery Band with King John Fisher - Willie Bowman (Wolley Bulley)
  17. The Eagle Rock Free Music Ensemble - Band Your Head

Format

V/A - Unboxed CD

Artist: 
Various Artists

Unboxed.jpg

Label: 
Cortical Foundation
Format: 
CD

A collection of tracks dissected from the now out of print “Lowest Form of Music” 10 CD box set is a splash introduction (including tracks not available in the box set) to the LAFMS (Los Angeles Free Music Society). This tremendously obscure collective--a loose assemblage of artists with shared subversive musical interests (John Cage, The Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra, The Residents, Derek Bailey, Harry Partch, to name a few)--began in the mid-seventies and continues today. LAFMS members were compelled by a wide range of music and art: free jazz, restructuralism, prototypical noise rock, art rock, performance art, prog rock, chance composition, instrument building, kitsch, autodestructive art, minimalism, tape collage, genre jumping. Includes 3 tracks not found on the box set and 2 tracks never before released.

Year: 
1 999
Price: 
$10.00
Track Listing: 
  1. Doo-Dooettes - Zombie
  2. Le Forte Four - Kabella Binsky Bungo
  3. C.V. Massage - Sea Chanty
  4. Le Forte Four - Microzone
  5. Smegma - Difference
  6. Le Forte Four - Japanese Super Heroes
  7. Tom Recchion - The Little Green Thing
  8. Tom Recchion - Marbles
  9. Seldom Melodic Ensemble – Godzilla’s Mystery Abortion Radioactive War Bonnet
  10. Rick Potts - Blathering Hemispheres
  11. Foundation Boo – Godjira’s Teachings
  12. Smegma - I Am Not Artist
  13. Le Forte Four - Boris The Spider
  14. Le Forte Four - Ballad Of Le Forte Four & Bongo Madness
  15. Tom Recchion - Untitled
  16. Fredrik Nilsen - Green
  17. Joe Potts/Vetza - Racing In The Streets
  18. Doo-Dooettes - I Got A Right To Sing The Blu
  19. Smegma - Potato War
  20. Rick Potts - Parasitic Twin
  21. Rick Potts - Draw Spunky

Vetza - Soledad//Camino, pt. 1//Camino, pt. 2 3CD set

Artist: 
Vetza

Label: 
self-released
Format: 
CD

Vetza, the original vocalist for AIRWAY and featured on many LAFMS releases, presents her more recent solo vocal improvisational works accompanied by cello and a full band.  Offered as a set of three discs.

Camino De Palabras, Sessions 1 & 2:

  • Vetza - Vocal & Cello
  • Bobby Bradford - Cornet & Trumpet
  • Roberto Miranda - Bass
  • William Jeffrey - Drums

Soledad:

  1. Vetza - Improvised Music & Lyrics
Year: 
2 010
Price: 
$25.00
Track Listing: 

Soledad:

  1. Busco Senas em el Silenci
  2. Su Mirada
  3. Mano de Terciopelo
  4. Mano de Terciopelo
  5. El Aire entre Nosotros
  6. Me Undo
  7. Como Viajar
  8. Hay Frio en la Tierra
  9. Hasco
  10. Sigo Buscandome

Camino De Palabras, Session 1:

  1. Eyes Willing to See
  2. To Lloras Porque Te Quiero
  3. I Pray
  4. Welcome Me Home
  5. I Remember You/Me Acuerdo De Ti

Camino De Palabras, Session 1:

  1. Presente
  2. Palabras
  3. Why Couldn’t You 1
  4. Why Couldn’t You 2
  5. Truth
  6. X

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