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MP3 At 3PM: Bloody Knives

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Bloody Knives take seclusion, anger and darkness and make them loud and impenetrable. On new song “Poison Halo,” a gothic, macabre weight pulses through a thick wall of sound, a combination of post-rock guitars and full synthesizers surrounding a deadpan vocal delivery. The song comes from Bloody Knives’ latest release, I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This, which is available now on Saint Marie Records. Check it out below, and turn it up loud.

“Poison Halo” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 374: 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.

After I cleaned out my locker at Home Depot and shoved everything in my packsack, I got two bags of soil and a few plants, and strapped them to the trolley-thingy. It was very heavy, but it seemed like the whole thing would hold together for the 30-minute walk uphill to my place. It was a fairly warm day—definitely in the high 60s—and, because I didn’t have room in my packsack for the ski jacket that had been in my locker since I was hired in February, I had to wear it. I’m sure this added a touch of the absurd to the image of a 57-year-old lady towing bags of soil across the quarter-mile long viaduct in shorts with windswept hair poking out from under her cap. I must admit I’d wondered if a fellow I met at a photo opening days before would take the hint and pick me up after work, but no. He’d messaged me on Facebook telling me to let him know if I wanted to go for a coffee, which, for some men is as close as it gets to actually asking a woman out. I know. I know. It’s tough. I told him I was working. He asked where and I told him: the garden center at Home Depot. Easy enough to find. I told him it was my last day, and I posted my plan to lug soil home after work, but no. He didn’t magically arrive. That would have been too much, and these things just don’t happen. Not to me. Not any more. I am one who lugs my soil home alone. Grumble grumble.

I made it through the busy intersection without the whole thing coming apart in some sort of cartoon implosion sequence with honking car horns and swearing motorists. I cut over to a quiet side street thinking that someone might, in a better world, stop their car and offer me a ride. I was about halfway up the hill when I heard a voice calling my name from inside a parked car. I ducked down to see who was in the driver’s seat. It was painter Joyce Woods! I told her I’d just quit my job—like, just minutes ago—to paint! The incredible thing is that Joyce bought the very first one in my $100 Paintings series!

It was very sweet of her to offer me a ride, but since I was already halfway there—and feeling much better about everything—I figured I’d continue on my own. Happily alone.

“Revolution#Pine” from the album The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars, 2002) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: The Qualia

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The Qualia is getting ready to release new album Cotillion Knives on August 12, and now is as good a time as ever to hop on the bandwagon. “Out For Blood,” which you can check out below, is an off-kilter slice of indie pop with a ton going on: Casio keyboards, synthesizers and horns working in strange, mystifying unison. Download or stream below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Amy Blaschke

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“Under My Skin” kicks off Amy Blaschke’s new LP, Breaking The Blues, which will be released July 1. The track is ethereal pop, songwriting that marvels and spins through Blaschke’s breathy vocals and the roomy quality of the recording. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Jon Lindsay

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Jon Lindsay is prepping for a busy summer. His new LP, Cities And Schools, will be released June 10, in the midst of a small set of dates in North Carolina and New York. Check out “When They Broke The World” below for a sunny pop/rock tune with some killer hooks and a palpable sense of nostalgia for summers past. Stream or download below.

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MP3 At 3PM: déCollage

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May 27 is a busy day for new music, but we’re begging you to make déCollage a priority. The band’s new record, Magnetize, is definitely something you’ll want to pick up—and we’ve got a special preview to prove it to you. Stream Magnetize opener “Crystal Choir “ below, and get lost in the dazzling psychedelic indie rock of déCollage.

“Crystal Choir” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 373: 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.

This blurb has been a mainstay in the Mecca Normal press kit since 1993, when Gina Arnold wrote it for the San Diego Reader. I had no idea that she had to deal with ongoing vitriol and harassment for 10 years while writing her column for Planet Clair.

I don’t think I’ve ever thanked Gina for this review! It was definitely fuel for us along the way!! Thank you, Gina!

“Mecca Normal’s Jean Smith would be a heroine in any age: her beautiful harsh voice, her uncompromising lyrics, her sheer performing dignity guarantee her that. But until you see her face down a crowd of hypocritical and uninterested punk rockers, you don’t know what true heroism is. Smith’s music is dissonant, deeply felt, feminist, courageous.” —Gina Arnold, San Diego Reader, 1993

“What About The Boy?” from the album The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars, 2002) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: MOSAICS

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MOSAICS will release new EP Year Of Valor on May 20, and what better way to get hyped than to listen to a free stream/download of the title track? This San Francisco act starts off “Year Of Valor” with a bit of a fake-out, a lonely acoustic riff giving way to a full electronic soundscape and a lively, mid-tempo pop tune. Check it out below.

“Year Of Valor” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Stefan Weich

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Stefan Weich will release the Granite Prism EP on June 3, and today we have a stream of new song “Holy Nights.” This L.A. songwriter crafts a downright gorgeous palate of sounds on “Holy Nights,” intermingling ambient moments with memorable vocal refrains, an especially cutting harmony of “don’t even try” giving the song a subtle emotional apex. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Vincent Colbert

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The first seconds of Vincent Colbert’s new track “Landslide” are enough to get you hooked on a gorgeous, warm kind of acoustic folk. Fans of Noah Gundersen should definitely take notice to the swelling, heart-heavy nature of “Landslide.” (And that vocal resemblance will perk your ears as well.) Check it out below, and be sure to pick up Unwell.

“Landslide” (download):

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