Carla Azar

Carla Azar

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Name = Carla Azar

Img_capt = Carla Azar (center) and the rest of Autolux
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Origin = Huntsville, Alabama, USAcite web
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Genre = Alternative rock
Occupation = Musician
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Instrument = Drums
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Associated_acts = Autolux Ednaswap Wendy and Lisa

Carla Azar is a musician and a member of the band Autolux, and former member of the bands Ednaswap and Wendy and Lisa. Azar is a multi-instrumentalist but is known primarily for playing the drums. She also plays glockenspiel, xylophone, mellotron, piano, and bass guitar. Carla is celebrated among fans for her powerful performances -- often with her eyes closed.

Wendy and Lisa

Former Prince and the Revolution bandmembers Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman tapped Azar's drumming and percussion talents for their 1987 self-titled debut album. Credited first as an accompanying musician, Azar became an official band member with a 1989 followup, Fruit at the Bottom, and remained with the band through their third release, Eroica, in 1990.


Azar was a member of the Los Angeles-based band Ednaswap. She played with the band for their first two albums, their eponymous debut album and "Wacko Magneto". She was replaced by Scot Coogan for the band's third and final album and tour schedule.


Autolux formed in 2000 in Los Angeles, California. Azar met Eugene Goreshter while scoring Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo's play "Accidental Death of an Anarchist". Azar met Greg Edwards when Ednaswap, toured with Edwards' former band Failure and Local H.cite web
last = Wiederhorn
first = Jon
title = Trent Reznor Boosts Autolux From Clubs To Arenas
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date = 2005-07-27
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] In August 2000, Autolux made their debut, playing two shows at the Silverlake Lounge. On March 1st, 2001, the band released a self-produced EP entitled "Demonstration". It contained five songs recorded on an 8 track in their rehearsal space.cite web
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After impressing legendary producer T-Bone Burnett during a performance, Autolux signed to DMZ, a small label created by Burnett and the Coen Brothers.

In May 2002, Azar fell from a stage after Autolux had opened for Elvis Costello. Her elbow was shattered, and she was told she would "probably never play drums again." However, due to an experimental surgery involving 8 titanium screws, she made a full and complete recovery. (Picture: [] )

In 2002, Azar and Josh Klinghoffer supported Vincent Gallo's as his tour band in support of his record "When". Besides drums, Azar also played guitar and mellotron on the tour.cite web
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Azar has also contributed drums to a number of other artist's records, including T-Bone Burnett's 2005 album "The True False Identity"cite web
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] and John Frusciante's 2005 album "Curtains".cite web
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In January 2008, Azar entered the studio along with Polly Jean Harvey, John Parish, Eric Drew Feldman and Giovanni Ferrario, to provide drums on the follow-up to Harvey and Parish's 1996 collaboration "Dance Hall At Louse Point" [ Polly To Hit The Studio With John Parish ] .


Wendy and Lisa

*"Wendy and Lisa" (Columbia Records) (1987)
*"Fruit at the Bottom" (Columbia Records) (1989)
*"Eroica" (Virgin Records) (1990)


*"Ednaswap" (East West Records) (1995)
*"Chicken" EP (Island Records) (1996)
*"Wacko Magneto" (Island Records) (1997)


*"Demonstration" (2001)
*"Future Perfect" (DMZ) (2004)

Appears on

*"Trampoline" by Joe Henry (Mammoth Records) (1996)
*"Vagabundo" by Robi Draco Rosa (Sony Latin) (1996)
*"Come to Where I'm From" by Joseph Arthur (2000)
*"Fan Dance" by Sam Phillips (Nonesuch Records) (2001)
*"Mad Love" by Draco Rosa (Sony - Columbia) (2004)
*"A Boot and a Shoe" by Sam Phillips (Nonesuch Records) (2004)
*"Curtains" by John Frusciante (Record Collection) (2005)
*"The True False Identity" by T-Bone Burnett (DMZ) (2006) ? by Jubilee (Buddyhead Records) (2008)

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