The Smell, Los Angeles - Ten Year Anniversary, 4 Jan 2007
Damion Romero and Scarnella (Carla Bozulich and Nels Cline)

Damion Romero and his billows of electronic drone.

Nels Cline, half of Scarnella and easily one the most versatile, gifted and musically sensitive guitarists, ready to perform at the ten year anniversary of The Smell with Carla Bozulich.

Carla Bozulich taking the cool stuff to her guitar pickups.

As well as a gifted sound artist, Carla also is one of the most emotionally potent singers I've ever heard sing.  I saw her perform in L.A. at the end of her Red Headed Stranger tour a few years ago (with Nels).  Her voice had such a mournful fragility, making me ache but feel alive inside.  The interpretation of Willie Nelson's songs were magical.

Nels at The Smell.

I performed with an experimental improvisational ensemble with Mitchell Brown at the PCH Club years ago on the same bill with Scarnella.

Manipulating the sound.  I'm not sure why I like this photo so much.  Nels is crouching, there's a table blocking half of him, but I can hear the sound when I look at this photo.

The Smell Ten Year Anniversary, 4 January 2008

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