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Normal History Vol. 359: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Drive At
The movie set used to be a lake
until a dynamited paddle-wheeler
splintered across it
paralyzing a stuntman.

I’m interrupting an explanation
in a very loud room.

“Drive At” from the album The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 358: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“Cave In”
Cave in. Caving in.
Longevity starburst. Anti-design. Whiting-out the typos.
Fish without arms fly around the room.
Cave in. Caving in.
Coaxing imposters to call The Rival Theories Hotline
to mainline a dose of duality.
Cave in. Caving in.
Passengers, scientists of fear, lean over the rail of the Titanic the Second
imagining the ocean floor.
Cave in. Caving in. Cave in.
Shatter the unshakable.
Cave in.

“Cave In” from the album The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 357: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“Kingdom Without Weather”
Striving for a plainly constructed annihilation
Pinned against the exit door
Escape in this case is too good

Its habitat is behind the spokes of a turning wheel
Chrome sparkles like laughter When do you rest? When do you rest?

It’s the only thing I do now
Pursuit consumes my time
When I’ve finished it off
I’ll be left in purity in a kingdom without weather
In a kingdom without weather

“Kingdom Without Weather” from the album The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 356: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“When You Build A House Without Doors”
I built a house without doors
and ended up on the outside
when I’d sunk the final nail

On the outside, on the inside, on this side

I built a ladder without steps
To climb up to the window I’d set too high

On the outside, on the inside, on this side

I made a shovel to burrow down and in
I shaped the metal to a point and hit solid rock

On the outside, on the inside, on this side

I tired to peel back the wall with a crowbar
Wrecking what I thought I’d finished

On the outside, on the inside, on this side

When you build a house without doors
I ended up on the outside

“When You Build A House Without Doors” from the album The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 355: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“Rigid Man In An Ice Age”
From a sun-bleached chair with missing rungs
On a porch of weathered boards
A book is dropped on its broken spine
Rigid man walks inside

The pages arch up, turning
The paper is torn and grey
And he still doesn’t know what it means

He lives in a strange desolation
Stopped by a thought caught in time
He’s decided the book has the answer
Its extraction is long overdue

He’ll return to the porch
and sit down in his chair
And start again with obsession
Finger smooth-tipped from ritual turning
Every day he thinks about stopping

Humiliated by a failure to learn
The method outlasting the tool

“Rigid Man In An Ice Age” from the album The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 354: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“The Revival Of Cruelty”
Half hostage, half victim
Blackmail shifts around
There is a closing up and drawing in

The spectacle is the reward
In a catalytic cycle the universe behaves
A crowd chants out at ringside
Calling for the revival of cruelty
Calling out for more

When a direction is taken
It starts justifying itself
Beginning by imposing a dismissal
Of all that’s unexplored
Direction becomes a window in the semi-dark of night
We are peering in or we are gazing out

And the crowd calls out for more
Calling for
The revival of cruelty

“The Revival Of Cruelty” from the album The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 353: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 31-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“One thing remains unchanged: Mecca Normal rejects the status quo, even its own version.” – Lydia Anderson, Trouser Press

“Her Ambition”

She used to work days at the counter
he sunken cheeks
paint flecks on his clothes
rubbed the dust from his hair
and went down to meet her
together they drove home

Her ambition faded
Her ambition slipped away

After that she used to work part time in an office
he built things that other people wanted
he couldn’t keep them for himself
he paid exactly half their bills

She began to move like him
and picked up all his habits

He developed a fondness for rare wood from mainland China
any extra time he had he spent sharpening his tools

Her ambition faded
Her ambition slipped away

She can’t stop the dullness
something slowly rotting in her box of souvenirs
she finds a token of her ambition
and rolls it in her hands
she rolls it in her hands
and like her plans like her desire – it disappears
it disappears

Her ambition faded
Her ambition slipped away

“Her Ambition” from the album The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 352: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 31-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“Breathing In The Dark”

Have you ever tried to dig straight through
to the other side of the world?
Lost before I knew it.
Passing the ones who stopped at the oddest times.
Others stopped halfway.

Listening to another world’s future, breathing in the dark.
Breathing in the dark.

Who is behind you on the way?

Translators aren’t sure they understand this language.
Listening to another world’s future, breathing in the dark.

Who is behind you on the way?
Breathing in the dark.

“Breathing In The Dark” from the album The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 351: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 31-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“Despite the large discography, Mecca Normal owes its reputation primarily to intense live performances: Smith taunts the audience, weaving through onlookers, microphone in hand, staring them down and charging them to re-examine and take responsibility for the world they live in. Meanwhile, Lester throws himself at his instrument, filling up the silence, drenching it with passion and sweat.” —Lydia Anderson, Trouser Press

“Gravity Believes” from the album Sitting On Snaps (Matador, 1995) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 350: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 31-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

This is the day that has no end or beginning.

“Cyclone” from the album Sitting On Snaps (Matador, 1995) (download):

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