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Mon, 01 Jan 2018 22:34:03 +0000

MOLOKO PLUS and SEA URCHIN have just finished another joint edition:



For most of his life, Ace Farren Ford has stretched the limits of sounds and visuals to a point beyond reasonable identity. A founding member of the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) and a very early member of the pioneer noise rock band Smegma, he has played with such varied ensembles as Crowbar Salvation, Rancid Vat, the Mystery Band, EXP, Heltir, AIRWAY, the Hangar Quartet, DAFT, the Artificial Art Ensemble and has performed with John Wiese and GX Jupitter-Larsen. He has written 4 books of his poetry & has been a tattooist since 1994.

MEMOIRS FROM MONROVIA is a compilation of collages, reminders, notes, poetry and other texts that Ace Farren Ford produced and collected during a stint as a porn shop assistant in Monrovia, California from 1982-1984. Fantastic material selected by Ace himself and beautifully designed by Anneke Auer. Available from the Moloko Plus and Sea Urchin websites soon!

Offset printed in a limited edition of 120 copies. 56 pages. 15 euros. Order HERE.


Extended Organ, Lonely Street (Cameron Jamie, Jim Shaw, Cary Loren), & telecaves FREE concert @ Hauser & Wirth DTLA on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 14:33:14 +0000

IN CONCERT: EXTENDED ORGAN, LONELY STREET, TELECAVESSAT 20 JAN 2018, 7 – 10 PM • RSVP On the occasion of the final weekend of ‘Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999 – 2011,’ an exhibition organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, join us for a night of ensemble performances by experimental noise bands Extended Organ, Lonely Street, and telecaves. This event is free, however, reservations are recommended. Click here to register. Via Hauser & Wirth: About Extended OrganExtended Organ is Joe Potts, Tom Recchion, Fredrik Nilsen, Paul McCarthy and Alex Stevens. Mike Kelley was a member of the group from 2000 until his death in 2012 and continues to be a contributing member by virtue of the sound recordings he provided to the group before his death; ‘In case I can’t make a gig, I can still play.’ Tom, Joe and Fredrik are founding members of the West Coast experimental art and sound collective known as The Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS). The roots of the LAFMS trace back to 1972 when disparate groups of improvising sound experimenters in eastern Los Angeles discovered their mutual interest and banded together to design modes of self production and distribution of recordings and publications, helping to develop and propel the DIY movement. Paul McCarthy began collaborating with the LAFMS in the late ‘70s and has been an integral participating supporter since the mid ‘90s. Alex Stevens is an artist and musician who has been playing with the group since 2011.Formed in 1994, Extended Organ produces a dynamic otherworldly ambience which can be simultaneously hilarious and ominously frightening. Joe Potts lays down a carpet of sound using and his self-engineered drone instrument, the ‘Chopped Optigan,’ over which Paul McCarthy performs vocal and guitar improvisations channeled and processed by Alex Stevens. Alex also adds his own keyboard triggered synthesized sounds. Tom Recchion, renowned as an inventor of homemade instruments, a free improviser, and an innovative composer of acoustic, electronic and tape music, performs an array of sounds folding lush beauty and horror sensibility into the matrix. Fredrik Nilsen plays an antique Rheem Mark 7 organ along with electronic sound and the aforementioned recordings provided by Mike Kelley. Mike Kelley’s assortment of sounds is unprocessed mouth generated tugs, gurgles and bubbling masterfully recorded in 2010 by Scott Benzel.The performance will commence with a solo baby grand piano performance by Tom Recchion in which he plays the interior of the instrument. This will segue directly into the full group performance without interruption.About Lonely StreetLonely Street, comprised of Jim Shaw, Cary Loren and Cameron Jamie will perform for the first time in Los Angeles. Jim Shaw and Cary Loren previously performed alongside Mike Kelley in Destroy All Monsters, a band founded in 1973 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Lonely Street formed out of a private performance during the opening of The Mobile Homestead, a recreation of Mike Kelley’s childhood home located at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the last major work completed by Kelley. The basement functions as a space for ‘private rites of an aesthetic nature.’ Cary Loren and Jim Shaw were the first artists to undertake a performance in the structure’s subterranean layer; what they performed was a riff on the lonely or sentimental songs of crooners, such as Perry Como and Andy Williams. Cameron, Jim, and Cary all played music with Mike at different times and places throughout their careers, often while reconvening in Detroit and in between shared projects.About telecavesHailed by punk legends and noise scholars alike as a marvel of contemporary free music, telecaves is the duo of Juliette Amoroso and Elaine Carey, founded in Los Angeles in 2013. Analog devices, unconventional methods, and extended techniques lend to their complex quality of sound, which is textural and expansive. Improvised live performances evoke a dark, supernatural connecti[...]

LAFMS BOX BOX named in Artforum 2017 Top 10 list

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:21:58 +0000

Noted artist and director Cameron Jamie has listed the LAFMS BOX BOX in his 2017 top ten list for Artforum magazine. The issue is on the stands now. Jamie calls the BOX BOX, a "beautiful behemoth." Copies of the box are available directly from The Box LA (


LAFMS at the LA Phil?!?! Yes, Saturday November 18, 2017

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:34:11 +0000


Following last year’s extraordinary success, Noon to Midnight returns to Disney Hall for a day of pop-up performances featuring L.A.’s top new-music ensembles. 

SASSAS is pleased to present the soundShoppe Orchestra as its contribution to this year's Noon to Midnight. The Orchestra features regular performers from SASSAS's monthly soundShoppe workshop and noise jam. soundShoppe founder Joe Potts will be joined by Bernd Buerklin, David Hendren, Case Hudson, Susie Kozawa, Don Lewis, John Lewis, Jorge Martin, Cameron McNair, Rick Potts, Mike Ruiz, and Vetza. 

soundShoppe Orchestra at Noon to Midnight
Location: Keck Amphitheatre. Time: 7:15PM
Tickets are $10. 
Please visit for tickets and more information. 


Joe Potts & Tom Recchion Boston Debut - May 24 & 26, 2017

Sun, 14 May 2017 15:40:16 +0000

Two central figures in the LAFMS, Tom Recchion and Joe Potts, are coming to Boston to play their first ever Boston shows, and their first East Coast appearance in many years. Tom will perform his drone piano piece, Dristi Point, at the Goethe Institut Boston on Wednesday, May 24 with support from electronic musician Brendan Murray. Joe will fill the Great Engine Hall of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum with his massive drones, supported by Kate Village performing a piece for guitar and vocals. Both musicians have never played Boston and this is a rare treat for anyone within striking distance to see two seminal figures in modern experimental music. Presented by Non-Event.

Tom Recchion event page
Joe Potts event page




Rick Potts painting show at Greenspon in NYC through 4/15/17

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:48:21 +0000

Rick Potts' first solo show outside of LA is happening now at Greenspon Gallery in Manhattan. There are 10 paintings on display along with some of Rick's altered TV Guide covers and other artifacts. A must see for anyone intested in art that pushes the boundaries of reality....



Le Forte Four "Bikini Tennis Shoes" (LAFMS 001) official reissue available now!

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:00:28 +0000

Anouncing the reissue of the seminal first release on LAFMS from 1975: "Bikini Tennis Shoes" by Le Fore Four.  Pre-order now via Superior Viaduct. Available in stores March 24.

500 numbered copies on clear vinyl with a reproduction of the original insert and painstaking recreation of the original cover art. A true piece of art!



Free launch event for the LAFMS BOX BOX, Sunday Dec 18 2-5 PM

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:46:33 +0000

Free launch event for the LAFMS BOX BOX. Plus panel discussion with Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, Vetza. Moderated by Oliver Hall of Dangerous Minds. Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 2-5. Panel at 3 PM. 365 S. Mission, DTLA. Co-presented by The Box LA, 365 Mission, Ooga Booga, and LAFMS.


LA Times says “Box Box” is quite the stunner"

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:59:27 +0000

The LA Times edition for Monday, December 12, 2016  in their year-end Box Set picks...

Los Angeles Free Music Society, “LAFMS Box Box” (Box Editions)

Founded in Pasadena in the early 1970s, the Los Angeles Free Music Society has served as the region’s hub for free improvisation across nearly 50 years. This dense, imposing set of music features seven hours of recordings made at the Box gallery in Los Angeles during the 2012 exhibition “Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society 1972-2012.” It features contributions by notables including visual and audio artists such as Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Jim Shaw, Rick Potts, Dennis Duck, Dani Tull and a dozen-plus others.


Who needs 13 albums worth of improvised music? With so many brilliant visual minds involved, you’d be surprised. As keepsake, “Box Box” is quite the stunner; it features a few posters, a download code and a wondrous 52-page book that documents the various sonic contraptions, Dr. Seuss-ian horns and amplified circuitry that propelled the mesmerizing – and occasionally dissonant – sounds within. The set is dedicated to Kelley, who died while the 2012 exhibition was happening, and the performances recorded in the wake of his passing are particularly resonant. $355 at Forced Exposure. 

The full article can be accessed here: