I.D. Art #2

PD 023CD PD 023CD

2007 release. When the Los Angeles Free Music Society 10CD set came out, much to Paradigm Discs' surprise, the early compilation I.D. Art #2 was not included in this otherwise major overview of the LAFMS. I.D. Art #2 was the second LP release on their label, coming after Le Forte Four's Bikini Tennis Shoes LP, and before the 2LP Live at the Brand, a split album between Le 44 and The Doo-Dooettes. It dates from 1976 and is also probably the most difficult LP on their catalog to find. Originally released in an edition of just 200 copies, most of which were given out to the 44 artists and groups who appeared on this extraordinary LP. The deal was that each track was paid for by the contributor at a rate of $8 per minute in exchange for four copies of the disc. Consequently, very few copies were ever made available via the LAFMS mail order service. With a running-time of 66 minutes and the sheer variety of contributions, I.D. Art #2 remained for most people a mysterious and tantalizing item. Most of the contributors came from the students at Otis Art Institute in L.A., and many make their only recordings ever for this disc. Among the known names from the LAFMS scene are: Le Forte Four, Joe Potts, Fredrick Nilsen, Mr. Foon, Ace & Duce, Dennis Mehaffey, as well as six tracks by Smegma. Other artists include the painter Miles Forst, violinist Josie Roth, film makers Doug Henry and Gary Beydler, mail artist and dog portrait painter Irene Dogmatic, Otis librarian Joan Hugo, graphic designer Kathe Schreyer, and many other creative artists and designers at the start of their careers who submitted their audio ideas, be it via telephone, in subways, recontextualizing old vinyl, philosophizing, story-telling, being abstract, joking, rehearsing and even playing instruments. This exhilarating journey, bursting with ideas, was compiled by Joe Potts and Waynna Kato.