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The spirit of LAFMS boxed in a new 13 LP set

LAFMS BOX BOX documents all The Los Angeles Free Music Society’s 2012 performances at The Box gallery

The Los Angeles Free Music Society is about to release a 13 LP box set of all the performances it staged at a 2012 Los Angeles exhibition marking its 40 year existence. Called Beneath The Valley Of The Lowest Form Of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society 1972–2012, The Box Gallery exhibition examined the collective’s output over the past 40 years through photographs, visual art work, home-made instruments, recordings, ephemera, film and video. During its six week run, the gallery hosted a number of concerts featuring the collective’s members, recordings of which now make up LAFMS BOX BOX. “Every concert is given one side of an LP. The LP sleeves feature close-ups of the table top displays we had of various instruments and artefacts,” explains BOX BOX's artistic director and designer Tom Recchion. The set includes a 52 page full colour book showcasing visual exhibits from the various LAFMS members participating, as well as a selection of posters. One such poster was for the late Mike Kelley's installation, which happened to be his last piece of work, just as his opening night performance turned out to be his final show. “All of this comes in a slip case box and is pretty fucking heavy!” exclaims Recchion.

Performances include the opening reception improvisation with Dennis Duck, John Duncan, Ace Farren Ford, Joseph Hammer, Mike Kelley, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion and Vetza; The Artificial Art Ensemble with Ted Byrnes, Ace Farren Ford, Mars Pharoah Ford, Oddrocker Orlando Greenhill and Michael Intriere; The Doo-Dooettes featuring Dennis Duck, Fredrik Nilsen and Tom Recchion; Smegma; Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Tom Recchion as Extended Organ, and prerecorded XO contributions by Mike Kelley, Rahdlines aka Nate Archer & Aaron Coye, and many others.

The book’s photography is Fredrik Nilsen, and to top it off, the vinyl set comes with a download code. LAFMS BOX BOX will be released on 25 November by Box Editions.

Run The Jewels premiere the first single from RTJ3

El-P and Killer Mike unleash "Talk To Me" from their hotly anticipated third album, due in 2017

Run The Jewels – aka Killer Mike and El-P – have released the first track from their forthcoming third album. “Talk To Me” is available to download and stream from Adult Swim as part of their ongoing singles program.

The duo formed shortly after El-P produced Killer Mike's 2012 album R.A.P. Music. To date they have released two acclaimed albums and the Meow The Jewels remix collection – on which a variety of producers recreated the second album using only cat sounds. More recently RTJ provided raps for “Nobody Speak”, a track on DJ Shadow's The Mountain Will Fall.

RTJ3 is set for release next year via Mass Appeal

New book of Peter Brötzmann’s sleeve and poster art

Graphic Works 1959–2016 features more than 45 years of Brötzmann’s record cover and poster art

Wolke Verlag has published a book of Peter Brötzmann art works. Called Graphic Works 1959–2016, it’s made up from a selection of approximately 260 of his record sleeve and poster designs. It also includes written contributions from Lasse Marhaug, John Corbett, Gérard Rouy, David Keenan, Karl Lippegaus and Jost Gebers.

The publication of Graphic Works 1959–2016 coincides with a Brötzmann exhibition showing at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, until 11 December.

David Toop looks back at the year 2000’s Sonic Boom: The Art Of Sound

At a public talk in November The Wire contributor David Toop will discuss the UK’s first major sound art exhibition he organised at London’s Hayward Gallery

Musician, writer, curator and Wire contributor David Toop will discuss his London Hayward Gallery show Sonic Boom: The Art Of Sound at a public talk in November. The exhibition, which ran in the year 2000, was the UK’s first major sound art show. It drew together works from sound art practitioners in improvised music, performance, sound design and the visual arts. David’s talk is part of a series of events organised by Afterall’s Exhibition Histories and East London’s Whitechapel Gallery, where it takes place on 24 November.

Earlier this year, David Toop's new book Into The Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation And The Dream Of Freedom: Before 1970 was published by Bloomsbury. He joined Derek Walmsley in the Resonance FM studios last month. Listen to their conversation here.

Slapp Happy to reform and play with Faust at a Cologne fest

Avant garde pop band Slapp Happy will perform for the first time in 16 years at Cologne’s Week-End festival

The Anglo-German avant pop band Slapp Happy will reunite for their first performance in 16 years at Cologne’s Week-End festival in November. Although they’ve got back together for various projects over the years, the group formed in 1972 by Anthony Moore officially spllt in 1975 following their move to the UK and the release of Desperate Straights, the album they co-recorded with Henry Cow. At Week-End, Slapp Happy’s three original members – Moore, Dagmar Krause and Peter Blegvad – will be joined by Faust’s Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier on bass and drums, both of whom appeared on the trio’s debut album Sort Of and the later Casablanca Moon (aka Acnalbasac Noom in the 1980s version released by Recommended).

Week-End runs from 25–27 November at various venues in Cologne. The programme also includes Baba Zula, Les Filles De Illighadad, The Julie Ruin, Babyfather, and more.

Swansea all-day fundraiser for refugees

The first edition of a new concert and film series in West Wales will feature Aura Satz, The Swansea Laptop Orchestra, Wire contributor Clive Bell, and more

A new event series in support of local refugee causes starts up in West Wales in November called Gŵyl Nawr festival. “NAWR (meaning NOW in Welsh) is a new multidisciplinary concert series in Swansea of experimental music, free improvisation, film, lo-fi, free jazz, sound art, alternative folk and new music,” declares the festival, which was convened by Rhodri Davies, Jenn Kirby, Rose Linn-Pearl and Dan Linn-Pearl. “The aim is to offer an open and reflective space for an audience to experience new music in a welcoming and intimate setting.”

The line-up of this first edition features Wire contributor Clive Bell, Douglas Benford, Kevin Chan, Euros Childs, Matt Collier, Rhodri Davies, Medi Evans, GINKO, ANi GLASS, Ian Holloway, Adam Howell, Simon Kilshaw, Jenn Kirby, Matthew Lovett, John Rowley, Aura Satz, Swansea Laptop Orchestra, Richard Thomas, Ian Watson, and others. The festival’s film programme includes David Garner’s Between The Stammer And Le Mot Juste and Call And Response, Helen Petts’s Solo Soprano, and various Aura Satz works such as Oramics: Atlantis Anew and Little Doorways To Paths Not Yet Taken: Laurie Spiegel Film.

NAWR takes place at the Volcano Theatre on 20 November.

Success for Daphne Oram book campaign

The kickstarter set up to reprint Daphne Oram’s An Individual Note Of Music, Sound And Electronics reached its target with cash to spare

As reported back in June, The Daphne Oram Trust launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to reprint her book An Individual Note Of Music, Sound And Electronics in time to mark 2017 being the 45th anniversary of its original publication. The trust hit its target of £10,000 with more than £5000 spare from 515 backers. As a result it’s now possible for Anomie publishing to reprint it in hardback. The new edition will include an introduction by roboticist and sound historian Sarah Angliss. On 11 October Anomie tweeted “Final stages of repro work on @daphneoram #anindividualnote – we can’t wait to see this new edition in print! #casemateart #sarahangliss”.

An Individual Note Of Music, Sound And Electronics will be published this year on 23 November in the UK and 15 December in the US.

Hollywood icon Val Kilmer stars in the new Oneohtrix Point Never video

The Heat star drops off to the electronic sounds of Daniel Lopatin

Oneohtrix Point Never has released a promo video for “Animals” from last year’s Garden Of Delete album. The video stars Hollywood icon Val Kilmer of Top Gun, Willow, The Doors, The Island Of Doctor Moreau and The Ten Commandments: The Musical fame.

Shot in Los Angeles and directed/edited by Rick Alverson (Entertainment, The Comedy) the clip features a woozy Kilmer bobbing his head as 0PN's track burbles around an LA home, owned, according to the end credits, by one Dan Finfer. The video's minimal storyline was devised by Daniel Lopatin and Alverson.

Garden Of Delete is released by Warp

Rare spiritual jazz on Mainstream Records compilation

We Want Sounds will release Feeling Good: Funk, Soul & Deep Jazz Gems: The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad in November

We Want Sounds has a new release coming up: a compilation of rare spiritual jazz and funk culled from Bob Shad’s Mainstream Records label. Shad produced more than 800 records in his 40 year career, working at numerous labels such as his own EmArcy, Brent, Shad and Time Records, as well as Decca and Mercury. Musicians he worked with include Art Blakey, Sarah Vaughan, Max Roach, Oscar Peterson and Cannonball Adderley, alongside such composers as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono, Morton Feldman and Iannis Xenakis, not forgetting the likes of Lou Reed and Janis Joplin. He set up Mainstream Records in 1967 and then a few years later Mainstream Red Lion, which ran through the 1970s and featured artists like Buddy Terry and Hadley Caliman. Shad recorded until 1978 when at 58 he decided to close down his label and move into film production in Los Angeles.

This compilation was compiled with his grandchildren Mia and Judd Apatow ­– that’s Judd Apatow, the film maker responsible for such blockbusters as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Judd also wrote the sleevenotes with record collector Matt Robin. The release date is scheduled for 18 November; the tracklist, meanwhile features Blue Mitchell, Sarah Vaughan, Alice Clark, Carmen McRae and others. More information is available via We Want Sounds.

First loft jazz book set to hit the shelves in December

Ethnomusicologist Michael C Heller has written the first book-length loft jazz study “tracing its history amid a series of overlapping discourses surrounding collectivism, urban renewal, experimentalist aesthetics, underground archives, and the radical politics of self-determination”

UCP is about to publish a new book documenting the New York loft jazz scene of the 1970s. Called Loft Jazz: Improvising New York In The 1970s, it’s by Michael C Heller, an ethnomusicologist, music historian and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. It’s the first full-length publication to examine the loft collective, covering the young avant garde improvisors who chose to abandon the commercial sphere in order to develop alternative venues in the disused factories and warehouses spaces in Lower Manhattan.

Loft Jazz: Improvising New York In The 1970s will be published in December.