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Normal History Vol. 265: 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 29-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

An excerpt from Obliterating History – a guitar-making mystery, domination & submission in a small town garage, a novel by Jean Smith

Frank moved from New York City to Nazareth to take a job at the Martin guitar factory—and this just doesn’t make sense to the people of Nazareth. It’s backwards. People don’t move from New York to Nazareth. They just don’t.

Frank keeps quiet about his background, about being raised in a household devoted to art and creativity. His father was an ad agency art director and both parents painted professionally. Frank knows that there is nothing to be gained by telling regular people about how he grew up, about his parents’ studios and art openings—and how he used to give his father’s large abstract paintings their titles. It isn’t the kind of thing that’s going to help build friendships with the gun-toting, guitar-building rednecks of Nazareth. Frank has counted the gun-racks in the employee parking lot enough times to know that instigating a discussion on the differences between Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline would likely result in any number of years of razzing. And besides, he isn’t looking for new friends and he’s always been comfortable keeping secrets.

“I’ll Call You,” from The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Red Wanting Blue

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Red Wanting Blue just announced upcoming album Little America, arriving July 1. In anticipation of the release, the band has shared LP track “Black Canyon.” Download it below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Owls Of The Swamp

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Indie-folk project Owls Of The Swamp just released “Shapeshifter” from new album Atlas, which is out May 6. Download “Shapeshifter” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Bonsai

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From her self-titled debut EP, Bonsai has released single “I Fashion You’re A Dreamer.” The five-track EP brings together multiple genres and her angelic voice. Download “I Fashion You’re A Dreamer” below.

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Normal History Vol. 264: 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 29-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

An excerpt from Obliterating History – a guitar-making mystery, domination & submission in a small town garage, a novel by Jean Smith

If Frank saw a hint of displeasure that the evening’s protagonist was going to be a heavy drinker, he’d rush to the end and describe Pollack’s tragic death so fast it would make anyone’s head spin if they were paying attention—and Carol was paying attention, and she laughed to prove it. Pollack would be driving off the road and Carol would be laughing, not at Pollack, but at Frank as he turned on a dime to talk about Pollack’s wife, Lee Krasner, an influential painter in her own right. Frank kept watching Carol’s reactions, and the story would continue like so. In this way, they built it together.

“Attraction Is Ephemeral,” from The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Frances Cone

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Frances Cone is set to release its self-titled EP on April 29. The trio’s SXSW run was successful, and it plans to continue its rise with this release. The band just met this year, but its creative spark is obvious on this EP. Download “June” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Pacific Mean Time

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Portland, Ore., indie-pop trio Pacific Mean Time is set to issue its self-titled debut album on May 27. The band just released the first single from the album, “Minutes To Midnight.” Download it below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Armand Margjeka

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Anticipating the June 10 release of his album Hummingbird, Armand Margjeka has released the title track from the album. Download “Hummingbird” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: B.E. Godfrey

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Ex-listenlisten frontman B.E. Godfrey is set to release his solo debut Wild Desperation on May 20. Says Godfrey of the LP, “These songs could be described as murder ballads. The sound is melancholy indie rock with alt-folk influence. And I’ve been told a lot of my songs are very cinematic, evoking strong emotional imagery. For the writing, I’ve always approached songs with a mix of vague imagery and heavy handed metaphor. I think these songs follow that formula.” Download album track “Get Your Gun” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Swans

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Swans just released first single “A Little God In My Hands” off new album To Be Kind, which is set for release on May 13 via Young God. The band is also going on a U.S. and U.K. tour starting May 14. Download “A Little God In My Hands” below.

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