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Normal History Vol. 431: 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.

Dead Bird’s Feet

Dead bird’s feet
mounted on the wall
they don’t have a right side up
they don’t have an up side down
they were something else
now they’re on the wall
on the wall

Wanting conflict to be neat
we name the opposition
forever it will be the things they do
that are wrong
that are wrong

Men hate women
making it easy for women to hate men
women hate men
making it easy for men to hate women
men to hate women

We are handing out stiff starched pajamas
to sex offenders
in concrete halls

We are wincing and creating opinion
slamming steel doors
and turning in the breeze
in the breeze
of right and wrong
of right and wrong
outside where air is pure
air is pure
air is pure

Right and wrong
outside
outside where air is pure
air is pure

“Dead Bird’s Feet” from Water Cuts My Hands (K, 1991) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Jupiter Deluxe Tube

Orange County’s Jupiter Deluxe Tube recently put out Product Of Insomnia, and that title is a good peek into the vibe of “Home.” The gentle synth-pop track unfolds gracefully but unexpectedly into bleary-eyed atmosphere, the perfect song for watching the sun rise after a long waking night. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Whetherman

We previously brought Whetherman to your attention with “What Am I Supposed To Think,” and now This Land is upon us. What better way to remind you to check it out than with a stream of the LP’s title track? “This Land” is indie-folk stripped down to its barest elements; it’s a sweet and simple tune that glimmers with honesty and heart in lo-fi glory. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Impuritees

Vancouver’s Impuritees should make a bold introduction with “Acceptance,” a fuzzy indie rocker that comes from the band’s Nothing Matters EP. The song takes loud, crunchy guitars and twists them up with buzzing synthesizers to create something catchy and bombastic. Check it out below.

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MP3 At MP3: Kazyak

Kazyak will release Happy Camping on July 21. “Sacred Cow” opens the EP with an expansive peacefulness, an anything-goes kind of indie rock that allows for a jamming minute-long outro that feels natural. Check it out below.

“Sacred Crow” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 430: 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.

” … wilful, atonal punk is driven along by the rhythmic, metallic chugging of David Lester’s guitar, while singer Jean Smith recites her stream-of-consciousness text … ” —AllMusic album review by Dean McFarlane, 1991

First of all, you can’t recite something that is stream-of-consciousness. To recite is to speak from memory.

Wow. That feels good. That’s been bugging me since 1991, back when whatever reviewers wrote was pretty much beyond responding to unless you wanted to write a snail-mail letter to the editor (which I’ve never done).

Second, I have always thought that the stream-of-consciousness comment was a bit of a dig—even though male poets and lyricists might be lauded for their stream-of-consciousness brilliance. Anyway. Wrong on both counts. I wrote the lyrics on paper in advance, and we rehearsed the songs on the album in question prior to recording them. Not to say that I haven’t “written” excellent lyrics while they were being recorded on the first time through. These weren’t those. Them. They.

Water Cuts My Hands

At a bus stop
in yellow darkness
where concrete building meets stone sidewalk
a man wants in
to a can of mushrooms

I am from a bar
he is from an alley
I use his pocket knife
to mash around the rim

“Water Cuts My Hands” from Water Cuts My Hands (K, 1991) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: The Thin Cherries

Today, we’re bringing you a tune courtesy of Chicago’s the Thin Cherries. Wistful, dream-pop-inflected indie-rock song “Dorian Gray” comes from the band’s self-titled record, which is out right now. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Naomi Wachira

Afro-folk artist Naomi Wachira released Song Of Lament earlier this month, but we’re not letting you miss it. The Kenyan-born artist delivers gorgeous, reggae-tinged pop on “Beautifully Human,” a stripped-back song that gives the spotlight to Wachira’s wonderful vocals and her simple, essential message: “We are human.” Check it out below.

“Beautifully Human” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: John Elderkin And ¡Moonbeams No Mas!

John Elderkin And ¡Moonbeams No Mas! will release The Fall And Rise Of John Elderkin And ¡Moonbeams No Mas!, an apparent sequel to The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars in three acts, on August 4. That’s a lot of words to introduce an act that clearly has some lofty ambitions, but “We Waited Five Years” is simple and sweet, an oddball anthem for nostalgia. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Flagship Romance

Flagship Romance‘s Tales From The Self-Help Section will come out August 4. The band’s twinkling, graceful new song “Growing Up So Fast” is a nurturing bit of indie folk, one that thrives on a perfect harmonic match between vocalists Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson. Check it out below.

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