The Los Angeles Free Music Society
, an irreverent and pranksterish experimental noise-rock collective, got going in the early 70s, and Joseph Hammer
has been part of it since the 80s (he's also a founding member of Dinosaurs With Horns, with LAFMS visionary Rick Potts, and Solid Eye). In the 90s he mastered a tape analogue to Christian Marclay
's dizzyingly hypnotic turntable collages, and on his latest album, 2010's I Love You, Please Love Me Too
(Pan), he creates queasy-making sonic quilts with consumer-grade reel-to-reel decks and the pop-music detritus of various decades and continents. He manipulates tape loops with his hands, exposing only parts of the tape to the playback heads (he limits the contact area both vertically and horizontally) and varying the speed, resulting in a discombobulating combo of distortion, transformation, and subtraction. On top of that he layers multiple sources together into a slowly morphing psychedelic mass—sometimes trying to sort out what's happening is enough to unravel parts of your brain. —Peter Margasak RSVP to eventbrite.com/event/3589866387.