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Normal History Vol. 322: 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.

[continued from last week]

Stating the obvious didn’t usually get the results Martin wanted. He knew there was a better chance of it working out in his favor if he waited before he spoke. He and Mike hadn’t really spent much time together in the past 25 years, but the situation was perfect. Why can’t they see that? Martin wondered. How can they be so selfish?

Staying at Val and Mike’s was, to Martin, a given. He’d been doing it for years. He could get a mid-afternoon ferry from Denman, take a leisurely drive down Vancouver Island and get to Val and Mike’s quaint, completely refurbished 1940s house in Nanaimo in time for dinner. There was no denying that Val was a great cook. It was perfect. Why are they being so abrasive? Martin wondered. Maybe I’ll call first next time … no, that won’t work. They might say no.

[to be continued]

“He Didn’t Say” from Jarred Up (K, 1993) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Brooks Brown

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Kansas-based producer Brooks Brown recently released new four-song EP Sidetracked, and he’s only 17 years old. He now offers the title track, featuring Madi Walsh, for free download. The rush of bass, carefully produced beats and the angelic voice of Walsh gives way to a fantastic track. Download “Sidetracked” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Jeremy Bass

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Classically trained musician Jeremy Bass will release his bossa-nova-inspired new album, New York In Spring, on June 9. This is the second of two seasonal LPs in 2015, and he now offers “Firefly” for free download. The calm, simple track shows the talent of this musician, and it makes for easy listening on a relaxing day. Download “Firefly” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Falling Stacks

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U.K. rockers Falling Stacks ready for the release of their debut full-length album, No Wives, due out June 9. This is a humorous band that doesn’t take itself too seriously, saying its own music sounds like “the thrashing and squawking of a buzzard with its leg caught in a mantrap.” Now the guys offer chaotic track “No Stops” for free download. The song moves from more noise sections to more mathy parts, but keeps the underlying vibe going. Download “No Stops” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Rahim Quazi

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Singer/songwriter Rahim Quazi will release his new album, Ghost Hunting, on June 12 and now offers another single, “Relax, Believe,” for free download. The track is more upbeat and bluesy than the title track and has a happier feel. His style is reminiscent of music from the ’60s but with a modern twist. Download “Relax, Believe” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Ancient Ocean

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Ancient Ocean is the solo experimental/ambient project of songwriter John Bohannon. He readies for the release of his debut LP, Blood Moon, and as offered first single “Beargrass Creek” for free download. It’s an acoustic track with heavy atmosphere and ambience, lingering in space between turbulence and clarity. Download “Beargrass Creek” below

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Normal History Vol. 321: 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.

[continued from last week]

It seemed like every time he came into town he had too many things to accomplish. This trip was no different except that he didn’t really have to be back on Denman Island for anything in particular. Now that he was happily divorced, and his kids had left home, he could stay away as long as he wanted. And, he realized, “I’m in no big hurry to go back to Val and Mike’s after this morning.”

Their reaction had been particularly chilly when he’d told them he’d probably be back by 9:30 or later or maybe not at all. Martin scratched his head again. “How did she put it?” he said, turning his head sideways, trying to recall Val’s exact words. “It’s time you stopped treating us like … ” Martin couldn’t remember the rest because he’d stopped listening and gone into a bit of an internal panic. He needed Mike and Val’s place, but he knew he shouldn’t just say that.

[to be continued]

“Forlorn” from Jarred Up (K, 1993) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Mr. Gnome

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Art-rock duo Mr. Gnome issued The Heart Of A Dark Star back in 2014 and now follows up the the critically acclaimed release by putting out a brand new seven-inch, “Sleepwalker” b/w “Monster’s Heart,” due out May 12. The band now offers the psychedelic “Monster’s Heart” for free download. The ethereal vocals engulf the song in a mass of smooth groove until it breaks into a full jam. We are proud to debut “Monster’s Heart” today on magnetmagazine.com. Download it below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Broke Royals

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Philip Basnight and Colin Cross make up Virginia duo Broke Royals and prepare for the release of their new album, The Luxury Of Time Pt 1, due out August 7. The LP, as its title suggests, deals with the passing of time and learning to appreciate and treasure the time you have now. They just released jangly single “The Thick Of It” for free download, and it’s not a song to miss. Its anthemic feel builds as the song grows and evolves. Download “The Thick Of It” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Whitewash

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New York soft-rock group Whitewash debuted the DIY Fraud In Lisbon EP last year and now prepares for the release of its first full-length, Shibboleth, due out May 19. The band offers a second single from the new album, “Member,” for free download. The track shows Whitewash perfecting its gentle rock sound and keeping it calm, cool and collected. Download “Member” below.

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