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Le Forte Four

Bikini Tennis Shoes

Etats-Unis
LP $22.00

04/07/2017 855985006741 

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FLAC $11.99

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MP3 $9.90

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The origins of Le Forte Four are those of the Los Angeles Free Music Society itself. Chip Chapman joined forces with Rick Potts (and shortly thereafter Tom and Joe Potts), taking up the LAFMS name in 1974. Ultimately baptizing themselves Le Forte Four, they began threading imagined lines between John Cage and The Residents, Cecil Taylor and Henry Cow – generating sounds completely unlike any of these and anything since. The inaugural release on the eponymous LAFMS imprint with only 200 copies pressed originally, Bikini Tennis Shoes is a staggering piece of anti-music that remains as refreshingly ground-clearing today as it was when it first appeared in 1975. Its 40 minutes (parceled out across nearly as many tracks) chart forays into free improvisation, Buchla misuse, filtered noise, begrudging and damaged melodic sorties (from the Star-Spangled Banner to Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”) and healthy doses of basement pablum. Le Forte Four emerged out of the lethargic American ‘70s as a locus where, in their own words, “gamelans and ragas merged with serial and chance compositions finally melting together with instructional records and Beatles bootlegs.” A wildly eclectic rummaging of postwar culture and 20th century sound, Le Forte Four’s Bikini Tennis Shoes preempts punk’s outsider ethos and DIY autodidactism. Limited edition of 500 numbered copies on clear vinyl.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Ka-Bella-Cha-Cha


  2. #2 Some Problem With The Cord Or Something


  3. #3 Ka-Bella-Binsky Bungo (Excerpt)


  4. #4 Good Worker


  5. #5 Aye Ma Ma (I'm Amok)


  6. #6 Meanwhile Back At The Tulip Boat, Stinky And Gus Make Warplanes / Your Living Constitution (Dies)


  7. #7 Before Docking In Space


  8. #8 Candy Wrapper Blues / A Little Sloppy Still


  9. #9 Bikini Tennis Shoes (One Pair)


  10. #10 Joe's Nose Solo


  11. #11 Song Of The Electric Drill


  12. #12 I Can't Even Think / On The Downing Of A Giant Face / Joe's Dead / Marriage / Twinkle


  13. #13 What Do You Do, Radiator? / The Grocery Store Is My Heaven


  14. #14 Fade It Out


  15. #15 The Pope Speaks


  16. #16 Crank Up The Kids


  17. #17 Bongo Madness


  18. #18 Ka-Bella Reprise


  19. #19 Steven, Steven


  20. #20 Sonnet


  21. #21 Ballad De Forte Four


  22. #22 It's Raining Bongos


  23. #23 They Are Asleep


  24. #24 Music Hall Bootleg (Excerpt)


  25. #25 Painting The Roses Red


  26. #26 Enough Fun / That Feedback Again


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