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Normal History Vol. 279: 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 30-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

[continued from last week]

It is expected that women should take care of men’s egos and make it all OK for them to get rejected and if, as a woman, you decide not to provide this service for a man, you are opening yourself up to having some jerk come and stand over you at the gym complaining about how you decided to let him know you aren’t interested in him.

His big point (while saying it was “fine, just fine, Jean“) was that he didn’t like how I’d handled things. I hadn’t attempted to soothe his ego.

I stayed calm, but really—what an asshole—and this guy taught teenagers. Oh, and he’s self-publishing a book of poems and he plays in a Celtic band, and I hate self-publishing and Celtic bands just a little bit more now. I may even like poets a bit less.

I actually saw him on the street an hour after all this. He waved. I smiled just enough and kept walking.

I have been very careful letting men down in the past so that they don’t turn into psychotic freaks who then stalk me, harass me, phone me endlessly, ring my buzzer for hours or whatever other idiotic shit they do that they then blame on me for rejecting them.

Jesus H. Christ.

Does this shit with men never end?

“Sha La La La La” from Mecca Normal (Smarten Up!, 1986; re-released by K, 1995) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: The Belle Sounds

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San Francisco’s the Belle Sounds play hazy, deeply heartwarming soft rock in the vein of Fleetwood Mac. New track “The Siren” mixes country twang with melodic vocal harmonies and smooth, quiet instrumentals. The track comes from Black Stone, out September 9. Download “The Siren” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Joe Marson

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Brooklyn singer/songwriter Joe Marson shares “Here With Me,” a hopeful song full of gospel harmonies and soulful emotion. Marson’s alternative folk rock gushes with the essence of blues and reminiscent lyrics. The track comes from his recently released Electric Soul Magic EP. Download “Here With Me” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Abbie Barrett & The Last Date

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Abbie Barrett & The Last Date ready for the release of their latest album, The Triples, in September. “Here To Stay,” the opener on the new LP, is a pop-driven story of a woman struggling in a world where success depends on standards other than her own. The track bursts with an energy of hopefulness and despair, matching the feelings of the protagonist all along the way. Download the track below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Dirty Lungs

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Dirty Lungs is a garage-rock band from Birmingham, Ala. Their new album, out now, features a fuzzy surf-rock jam called “I Suck In Bed.” Check out the song by downloading it below.

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MP3 At 3PM: The Tins

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The Tins‘ brand new EP, Young Blame, is due out July 29, and they’ve shared a track off of that EP with us called “Let It Go.” Download the track by this Buffalo, N.Y.-based trio below.

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Normal History Vol. 278: 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 30-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

[continued from last week]

He says, “You could have just emailed back to say that I was too good looking or something.” This is supposed to be funny. I come around out of the twist and make a gesture as if to say, “Right, I could have done that.” But he isn’t handsome. He’s pudgy with white hair and he’s quite old and I’m not attracted to him—plus, I’ve seen him in his saggy swim-trunks and he’s covered in thick black hair. Arms, shoulders, back, etc. Regardless, I’m not attracted to him, and he’s selfish and rude.

I was thinking, “It isn’t my job to make sure you feel OK about being rejected.” When women do this, it is typically to avoid further problems—threats, intimidation—guys blaming them for what they feel.

I said something about it not being much fun on my side of things—writing an email saying I don’t want to go out with him.

I said, “Not answering you is how I chose to handle it.”

At this time, I started to get up, which I wasn’t planning on doing because I was in the middle of my 200 crunches and he was interrupting me. I wasn’t comfortable having a man standing over me, complaining about my behavior while I was sitting on the floor.

He said it was fine (again), but clearly it wasn’t fine and he’d come over to let me know this. I remained calm and said something like, “Oh well, these things happen when we’re all part of the same community.” Meaning: We are not alone here. I’m not isolated. I know people. People know who I am. There are avenues of resolution and accountability available to me.

He frowned and gave me his “I’m baffled by that comment” look. Again, I decided not to respond to him. Clearly, this guy was used to getting women to react.

[to be continued]

“Tolerate Me” from Mecca Normal (Smarten Up!, 1986; re-released by K, 1995) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Ferrill Gibbs

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Ferrill Gibbs is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from the south. The Mobile, Ala., native is releasing his debut album, Significant Trees, on August 12. Download a song from the LP, “The Happy Ones,” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Johanna Samuels

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Johanna Samuels is a pop singer/songwriter from the hipster capital of the world: Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her fantastic and unique voice mixed with her adroit singwriting skills makes for ridiculously catchy tunes, just like this one, called “For You To Do.” Download it below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Dream Boat

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Dream Boat is a two-member psychedelic band from Athens, Ga., consisting of Page Campbell and Dan Donahue. Their latest album, The Rose Explodes, is due out in September. Check out album track “Escape” below.

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