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MP3 At 3PM: The Gods Themselves

Seattle’s the Gods Themselves have just released Be My Animal, and although we brought you “Tech Boys” last month, we wanted to make sure you didn’t forget this electric pop/rock band. So allow us to introduce you to “So Hot,” a toe-tapper that lays down some serious one-liners in between a chorus of “I am/So hot.” Check it out below.

“So Hot” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Red Porch Kid

Red Porch Kid will release Rocketship on January 27. Singe/songwriter Michael Stovall gives a downtrodden introduction with “Good Heart,” a small and simple acoustic song that seems to echo warmly off of dimly lit bedroom walls. Check it out below.

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Normal History Vol. 408: 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 33-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

In December, Courtney Jaxon bought one of my paintings called No Hat #116 aka Shanny McIntosh. I don’t actually know Shanny, but there was something compelling about the photo I based the painting on.

Courtney is a musician and vintage clothing retailer in Arcata, Calif. Shanny is a curator and writer from Hudson, N.Y., who participated in a live art event at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Ore., in October that included several of my paintings and a short documentary film I made about my work.

As far as I know, Courtney doesn’t know Shanny, but rather, the painting affected her in some way, which is what I intend to have happen. It is that response to the work—and not essentially the subject—that is very encouraging. Even when I take on commissions (which I rarely do), I am heartened by clients who express a particular point: The painting doesn’t need to look like the subject!

Most painters don’t connect with potential buyers as immediately as I do. I photograph paintings and post them on Facebook as soon as they’re dry. Response time is an integral part of the process. Some have sold within a few minutes, which is a phenomenon difficult to replicate in any pre-internet era.

Later in December, the Director of Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA (where the live art event took place) bought the second painting based on the same photo of Shanny.

These paintings are two of the more realistic ones I’ve done. When I started painting for a living almost a year ago, I assumed that the higher the degree of realism, the more popular a painting would be, but I have been very surprised to find out this isn’t true. Putting my paintings in front of what is primarily a Mecca Normal audience has allowed me to veer away from realism in the same way I make music. The degrees of divergence away from convention that the two disciplines maintain seem oddly hinged to each other. Maybe like two lines on a chart that reflects both daytime (audio) and nighttime (visual) temperatures (responses). They aren’t parallel lines, but they relate to each other.

“I Walk Alone” from the album Mecca Normal (Smarten UP!, 1986; reissued by K, 1995) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Gregory Uhlmann

“Impulse” opens Gregory Uhlmann‘s debut solo record Odd Job, and although it saunters by slowly, it still breathes with the suggestive power of its title. The folk tune pops brilliantly with the help of a gorgeous duet and some shimmering strings, making for a charming, chamber-influenced introduction. Check it out below, and pick up Odd Job on February 10.

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MP3 At 3PM: Miss Ohio

Miss Ohio recently put out a career retrospective called White Hot: The Best Of Miss Ohio. The collection features a track that clearly belongs on our website: “Magnet.” A lackadaisical tune that weaves a six-minute tapestry of mid-tempo rock, “Magnet” is a sweet and luminescent tune worthy of dark, snowy days. Check it out below.

“Magnet” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: The Ferdy Mayne

The Ferdy Mayne is the new project from songwriter Shane O’Malley Firek, and his new self-titled record is due in March. Submitted for your approval is “Pears And Asian Wine,” a downtrodden but slightly groovy rock tune that shows off Firek’s unique vocals. Check it out below.

“Pears And Asian Wine” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Clem Snide

Clem Snide’s debut record, You Were Diamond, just got a shiny new reissue late last year, and we’re jogging your memory this afternoon with opening track “Better.” The 1998 tune screams late millennium DIY, roughed-up vocals and eerie viola lining the edges. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Bastards Of Fate

Bastards Of Fate will release Suck The Light Out on February 10. To get you ready, we’re bringing you “Freemasons,” an off-kilter rock track that starts out with an eerie fake-out. Check it out below.

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Normal History Vol. 407: 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 33-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

I recently switched email programs. The new one gave me the option to upload audio notification, so I added part of a song I created a few years ago. As it turns out, this wee bit of audio fits into almost every film or whatever music I might be listening to when an email arrives.

It’s me telling me, “It’s OK,” a few times. I mean … I know it isn’t actually OK, but I feel better hearing it. If anyone wants it for their email program, let me know and I’ll send it to you.

“Sha La La La La” from the album Mecca Normal (Smarten UP!, 1986; reissued by K, 1995) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Minor Moon

Minor Moon will release What Our Enemies Know on January 20, and today we’re making sure you put checking it out on your resolution list. Below is the track “Weird How We Float,” a sweeping-yet-maudlin tune that will lure in fans of Father John Misty’s musical oeuvre. Check it out below.

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