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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.

“I Suck In Bed” (download):

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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.

“The Happy Ones” (download):

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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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MP3 At 3PM: One Finger Riot

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Faris McReynolds, an L.A.-based musician and painter, readies for the release of his new album, The Sea, on July 22, under band name One Finger Riot. The Sea marks the first release for McReynolds as One Finger Riot, and documents the end of a long relationship. “Give Me A Drug That Works Forever” delves into this theme with mellow synths and a smooth, steady rhythm accompanied by saddened lyrics about wanting to go somewhere new. Download the track below.

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MP3 At 3PM: The Away Days

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Formed in 2012, the Away Days are an upbeat, indie-rock quartet from Istanbul. The band’s 2012 How Did It All Start EP was a trio of politically charged power-pop tracks that drew some notable attention during its 2013 festival circuit rounds. The recently released “Your Colour” radiates dream pop and the sounds of summer. Download the track below.

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Normal History Vol. 277: 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 was at the gym today on the elliptical running thingy wearing large headphones. He waved. I waved and got on with my work out. He had long enough to figure out how to behave appropriately, but he decided not to. I was in the middle of 200 crunches when, as I always do, I sat up and went into a yoga twist on the floor before doing the next 100 crunches.

I saw him in the mirror, coming up behind me. I closed my eyes to indicate that I was actually doing something. I was busy. Unavailable. I mean, I’m not even facing the guy and he starts talking to me.

“Oh, hello, Jean, I just wanted to say that it’s fine that you didn’t want to go out with me, but you could have at least replied to my email.”

I stay in my yoga pose on the floor. He’s standing above me, and basically it doesn’t sound like it was fine that I didn’t want to go out with him and now I’m getting a lecture on what I should have done to make him feel better.

[to be continued]

“Not With You” from Mecca Normal (Smarten Up!, 1986; re-released by K, 1995) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: The Bastards Of Fate

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The Bastards Of Fate are unabashedly quirky and unquestionably inventive, and they hail from Roanoke, Va. Their latest record, Vampires Are Real And Palpable (This Will Be Our Summer), walks the line between visionary and downright freaky. It’s a beautiful cacophony. Download album track “Go No Further” below.

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