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New LAFMS podcast to celebrate upcoming London weekender

on Fri, 10/15/2010 - 11:50

New Departures special in celebration of the "The Lowest Form of Music": A 3 day London event dedicated to exploring the work and influence of The Los Angeles Free Music Society.

Presented by Sound and Music.

Two workshops now open for enrollment at Lowest Form of Music

on Wed, 10/06/2010 - 22:02

Rick Potts and Vetza will both lead workshops on the weekend of the Lowest Form of Music festival in London October 22-24, 2010.  Rick will lead a workshop on home-made instrument making and Vetza's will focus on vocal improvisation. Each workshop is limited to only 15 participants so if you want to attend, please register early! For registration information and full details about each workshop, please go to

Exclusive Photo Gallery up at The Wire

on Thu, 09/30/2010 - 02:13

Exclusive never-before-seen photos of the very early formative years in the LAFMS are featured on the The Wire's website, just posted today.

New Smegma LP soon; listen to free unreleased live track now

on Mon, 09/27/2010 - 05:25

In anticipation of the new Smegma CD/LP "Mirage" on Important Records, listen to an exlusive unreleased live track from pioneering old school primitive/avante garde jammers Smegma. Recorded 7/15/10 in The Steve Allen theater at The Center For Inquiry in Hollywood. With Oblivia, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Dennis Duck, Donkey Flybye (chuck-o-Fats), Ace Farren Ford, and Rogue Iniki.

More bonus content from The Wire

on Sat, 09/25/2010 - 21:09

The Wire magazine, media partners with the LAFMS on The Lowest Form of Music festival, has published exclusive content for readers of the magazine, accessible at their website.

Track selection was curated by Fredrik Nilsen with input from all the LAFMS. All tracks are from The Lowest Form of Music box set (1996) or Blorp Essette 4 x CD set (1999). Blorp Essette is to be reissued by Transparency in 2011, The Lowest Form of Music box set is to be released digitally on in 2010 or 2011.

Look for exclusive historical photos from Fredrik Nilsen's archives to be published at The Wire soon.

LAFMS "Unboxed" available on; Radio show download available now.

on Sat, 09/25/2010 - 21:06

The specially-priced compilation is now available in the Diogenes online digital music shop.  Read about the release here.

Also, for a short period of time you can download the 90 minute radio show hosted by The Wire staffers Derek Walmsley and Edwin Pouncey, aka Savage Pencil.  To access the download, or to stream it, go here. Listen to Rick Potts being interviewed and tracks from the BDR Ensemble, Rick Potts, Joe Potts, Dennis Duck, Slimy Adenoid And The Pablums and more.

Carducci plugs the LAFMS

on Sat, 09/25/2010 - 20:57

Taken from Joe Carducci's blog, "The New Vulgate: a new low in topical enlightenment". Carduccis is the author of "Rock and the Pop Narcotic" and "Enter Naomi", two must read books on music:

"The Wire's new issue includes a feature on the L.A.F.M.S. -- a group of groups and artists who tend to be ignored for all their ambition and their too-early recording and releasing of records for the usual wrongo history-of temporal narratives. If they’d been in NYC it would’ve been as if some kind of Beefheartian no-wave predated punk; and if they’d been in London it would’ve been as if Pub rock had been made up instead of bands like The Desperate Bicycles or Etron fou Le Loublan. This article and the show at Beaconsfield won’t dent history’s chrome-dome though."

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