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Added to the LAFMS store: new Lightbulb anthology, t-shirt, Pigface cassettes

on Mon, 08/12/2013 - 16:12

Recently added to the LAFMS webstore are copies of all the new Pigface Records cassettes (including volume two of Ju Suk Reet Meate's solo works from 1978/1979 and The Tenses) plus LAFMS at the Getty t-shirt.... and copies of the brand new Second Life: Light Bulb (1977-1981) magazine anthology in a box published in conjunction with East of Borneo.

Fredrik Nilsen in Norway, August 2013

on Wed, 08/07/2013 - 16:13

LAFMS alum Fredrik Nilsen is Sondreland, Norway currently doing an artist residency at the annual Kunstland program in which he is doing an installation of both his historic LAFMS photographs and his current series of photographs related to water. Additionally Nilsen will give a talk and slideshow on his art practice on August 10, 2013.

LAFMS summer shows at The Box LA - July 25-27, 2013

on Sun, 07/21/2013 - 04:32

FREE LAFMS concerts at The Box LA, July 25, 26, 27, 2013

Come celebrate the summer with some LAFMS concerts at The Box LA (

805 Traction Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013
T: 213.625.1747

Thursday July 25
7pm Small Drone Orchestra
8pm Rick Potts
9pm Smegma

Friday July 26
7pm Waxy
8pm Joseph Hammer

Saturday July 27
7pm XEXP
8pm Hanger Quartet 
9pm Extended Organ

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Extended Organ at MOCAD 11/8/13 - tickets on sale NOW

on Fri, 07/19/2013 - 14:01

A rare appearance for Extended Organ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Tickets on sale now, only $10. ExOrg (Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, and Tom Recchion) will be joined by Detroit local favs Princess Dragon Mom.

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LAFMS at Pasadena Museum of California Art - June 1, 2013

on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 00:03

Join the LAFMS (performers to be announced) at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) on June 1st for Make Music Pasadena. FREE concerts (closing performance by members of the LAFMS)! Discounted museum admission! Food trucks + beer!

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New Mike Kelley titles added to the store

on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 14:25

Just added to the store are 20 new titles featuring LAFMS cohort Mike Kelley. Mike was a member of Extended Organ (along with Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, and Tom Recchion) for many years before his passing in 2012. The recordings include solo work, works with artists Jim Shaw and Paul McCarthy, as a member of Destroy All Monsters and Poetics, and other related projects.

Pigface returns! Label releases 5 new cassettes

on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 12:38

The pioneering Portland, OR-based label run by Smegma's Ju Suk Reet Meate is back and has released five new cassettes. For the latest information, make sure to check out Pigface's Facebook page.

The new releases, currently available at Poo-Bah in Pasadena, are:

  • The Tenses w/ Giggles: Delusional
  • Lee Rockey: Jazz
  • Lee Rockey: Brass Ring
  • Ju Suk Reet Meate: Solo Vol. II
  • MSHR/The Tenses: s/t

Special Edition Lightbulb Magazine for LA Art Book Fair

on Thu, 01/31/2013 - 13:03

For the upcoming LA Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter, East of Borneo, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Free Music Society, has produced a special edition anthology of Lightbulb, the LAFMS house organ published between 1977-1981. Conceived by LAFMS co-founder Chip Chapman as a follow on to the I.D. Art series produced by Joe Potts in 1975, Lightbulb was a magazine by and for the small group of readers who would contribute art, writing, graphics, poetry, items and a couple of dollars to help cover the cost of reproducing the items. The magazine format differed from issue to issue (see photos here) ranging from Pee-Chee folders purchased at dime stores to cardboard boxes containing cassettes. Some issues held color photocopies, a rarity for the 1970s.

The anthology, part of a series called "Second Life" curated by East of Borneo, contains a select group of pages chosen by Chip Chapman reproduced in black and white and color. Housed in a 9" x 12" x 1" kraft box with custom stencil and stamp stickers. For each copy of Lightbulb, the front elements will be arranged in different ways, making each piece unique. Included inside the box along with the 60 page piece are various stickers as well as frontispiece by Chip Chapman. The box is sealed with duct tape and will be produced in a limited edition. Pricing will be available soon.

To preview and purchase a copy of "Second Life: Lightbulb 1977-1981" visit the East of Borneo booth at the LA Art Book Fair previewing this evening, January 31, 2013.
Also available at the booth will be copies of the special 2012 edition of Lightbulb produced for the LAFMS 40 year overview exhibition at The Box last year. The complete list of contributors is available here.
Printed Matter presents the first annual LA Art Book Fair, February 1-3, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles. The opening will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 31 from 6 to 9 pm.
Free and open to the public, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique international event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines presented by more than 220 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty countries.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
Opening: Thursday, January 31, 6-9 pm
Friday, February 1, 11-5 pm
Saturday, February 2, 11 am-6 pm
Sunday, February 3, 12 pm-6 pm

LAFMS at Art LA Contemporary on Sunday Jan. 27

on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 01:31


Sunday, January 27, 2013
2:00pm until 3:00pm
Join us for a brief talk about the history, present, and future of The Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) and a special improvised performance by a quartet of core LAFMS members Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Rick Potts, and Vetza. Organized and moderated by Ted Byrnes for East of Borneo.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Monitor CD and Steve Thomsen chapbooks added to LAFMS store

on Mon, 11/19/2012 - 18:31

A small number of the very influential Monitor LP, issued on CD in Japan, is available in the store, along with a new series of chapbooks by the phenomenal artist/musician Steve Thomsen, who has been producing tiny editions of chapbooks since the late 70s as a member of World Imitation Products and Monitor.