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LAFMS on the Radio - Thursday Sept. 23

on Wed, 09/22/2010 - 20:55

On the Thursday September 23, 2010 edition of Adventures In Modern Music, Derek Walmsley and Edwin Pouncey unlock the LAFMS. They'll be playing selections of LAFMS music, discussing their connection to LA freak scene of generations past, and their impact on noise culture of the present day, as well as a possible special phone-in guest. Plus all the usual selections of new music and dispatches from the outer limits of modern music.

The show runs 2100-2230 UK time on Resonance Radio.

"Unboxed" - a specially priced digital LAFMS sampler - now available!

on Wed, 09/22/2010 - 12:57

Now available worldwide! Specially priced LAFMS digital sampler with three never before released tracks from Dinosaurs With Horns and The Tenses.  Only available at Diogenes Music.

Tom Recchion featured in "TAPS: Improvisations with Paul Burwell" in London

on Thu, 09/16/2010 - 20:54

Tom Recchion is currently featured in TAPS: Improvisations with Paul Burwell, a program on the hugely influential and recently deceased UK improviser and instrument builder.  Along with the almost 80 other artists, Recchion is "very honored to be part of this show and would like LAFMS fans to know it's out there."  Some of the featured artists include Steve Beresford, Borbetomagus: Don Dietrich, Donald Miller & Jim Sauter, Mike Cooper, Lol Coxhill, Peter Cusack, Max Eastley, Paul McCarthy, Hugh Metcalfe, Evan Parker, Brian Routh aka Harry Kipper, Elliott Sharp, David Toop, Toy Killers, Richard Wilson with William Raban & David Cunningham, and z’ev, among many others.

Paul Burwell was infamous for his exuberant fusions of fine-art installation, percussion and explosive performance. He was a staunch advocate of, and passionate participant in, all forms of experimental art. TAPS: Improvisations with Paul Burwell, embodies his prolific practice.

Over the course of three days TAPS will combine film, installation and performance, portraying layers of interpretation from more than 80 invited collaborators, in response to Burwell’s poem 'Adventures in the House of Memory'.

Matt's Gallery presents:
TAPS: Improvisations with Paul Burwell
Dilston Grove
Southwark Park
London SE16 2DD
17, 18, 19 September 2010
Please contact Matt's Gallery for details.

More information at the Gallery website and video on Vimeo.
Matt's Gallery
42-44 Copperfield Road
London E3 4RR
t 020 8983 1771
f 020 8983 1435

The Wire article is available now

on Tue, 09/14/2010 - 20:18

Soon to his newsstands is the October issue of The Wire with an 8 page article on the LAFMS.

Here is a peek at the cover:


LAFMS 8-Page article in the Wire hits newsstands!

on Tue, 09/14/2010 - 11:24

The October issue of The Wire magazine is printed and ready to hit your favorite retailer!

The Wire magazine to publish giant feature article on the LAFMS in Oct 2010 issue.

on Sun, 08/22/2010 - 11:57

Keep a lookout for the October 2010 issue of The Wire magazine for a special feature on the history and influence of the Los Angeles Free Music Society. The aricle coincides with "The Lowest Form of Music" three day London event October 22-24, 2010. 

Poster for The Lowest Form of Music

on Sun, 08/15/2010 - 02:11


Smegma + Joe Potts + Wormses - Thursday, July 15!

on Tue, 07/06/2010 - 03:35

At the Steve Allen Theater, Los Angeles


Joe Potts

Wormses (San Francisco)
feat. Bobby Adams (Loachfillet) + Tony Dryer + Jacob Felix Heule (Basshaters)

Thursday, July 15, 8PM
ResBox @ Steve Allen Theater
The Center for Inquiry
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027

$10 at the door or reservations at: (800) 595-4849
more info: (323) 666-4268

The Los Angeles Free Music Society’s London Weekend - October 22-24, 2010

on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 03:50

October 22-24 at Beaconsfield, 22 Newport St, London, SE11 6AY

The Lowest Form Of Music is the first ever event in the UK dedicated to the work and influence of the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS). This weekend of performance, film screenings and discussion will explore the legacy of one of the avant-garde’s great unsung movements.

The missing link between the far out West Coast freakscene that spawned Zappa and Beefheart and the worldwide explosion of DIY experimental culture, LAFMS is a must check for all those with an interest in underground alternative culture. Using humour, collage and buckets full of the bizarre, this collective kicked the early 70s out of its post-Manson nightmare and into the avant-gutter of a pre-punk endzone.

The influence LAFMS has had on the explosion of international DIY culture is immeasurable. Explicitly acknowledged as a motivation for the emergence of the Japanese noise scene in the 1980s, as well as being cited specifically by the likes of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and John Olson (Wolf Eyes), the collective that emerged in LA in 1973 resulted in countless adventurous music lovers tasting the delights of a new kind of creative freedom and getting out there and doing it for themselves.

The Lowest Form of Music will take place over an extended weekend at Beaconsfield in South London, a venue “distinguished by its history of providing a forum for extraordinary events and exhibitions”. The programme will feature a host of LAFMS artists and groups presenting performances, talks, exhibitions, films screenings and workshops.

Talks and panel discussions around LAFMS and its worldwide influence will feature artist and critic David Toop, the artist Sav X aka Edwin Pouncey, Japanese noise music critic Takuya Sakaguchi, Incapacitants’ Toshiji Mikawa and artist, composer and original LAFMS member Tom Recchion.

Weekend Details

Friday, October 22

Le Forte Four
Tom Recchion

Saturday, October 23

Workshop – Rick Potts
Panel Discussion – LAFMS and the Arts, moderator Edwin Pouncey

John Duncan
Extended Organ
Mark Durgan with Spoils & Relics

Sunday, October 24

Workshop – Vetza
Panel Discussion – History, Influence and Japan: How the LAFMS Intersects, moderator David Toop

The Tenses (Oblivia & Ju Suk Reet Meate)
Dinosaurs With Horns
Joseph Hammer/Bill Kouligas

Tickets Details:
Early bird weekend tickets (limited) £30 - SOLD OUT
Weekend tickets £40
Friday tickets £13
Saturday and Sunday tickets £16 each
Tickets are only available from

The Lowest Form Of Music is produced by Harbinger Sound, Second Layer Records, No-FI
and Sound And Music in cooperation with

Media partners:
The Wire
As Loud As Possible

Photos from LAFMS Bandshell Blitz

on Wed, 09/30/2009 - 00:00

Check out these photos from LAFMS Bandshell Blitz (part of SASSAS's 10 year anniversary of sound. concerts). Here's one, and there's lots more here.