LJ Digital Student Jeff Sizemore Story Featured on Zocalo
From his article, “DIY to Stimulate Your Senses: Browsing the Shelves at Downtown L.A.’s The Smell”
by Jeff Sizemore
I define myself as much by my love for music as by my love for books. So my first trip to The Smell, a tiny do-it-yourself music venue in Downtown L.A., was an experience deserving of excessive cliché (eye-opening! life-changing!). The bands I heard altered my perception of how music could be played, distributed, and enjoyed. But as I waited for them to start (with the tardiness characteristic of DIY concerts), I was just as enlightened by the venue’s small but eclectic communal bookshelves.
The entrance to The Smell is dressed up in a collage of graffiti—everything from simple tags to more intricatewheatpaste poster art. As you step inside, the stimuli are overwhelming—not just the glorious cacophony of a band or a DJ set crackling through the ancient PA system, but also the venue’s namesake. As you enter the lobby from an alley, a bouquet of cigarette smoke and bodily humors wafts over you.
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