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MP3 At 3PM: Emily Curtis

Emily Curtis is gearing up to release the Hindsight EP in November, but for now we’ve got her track “Battleshade” for your streaming and/or downloading pleasure. “Battleshade” is a big pop song with tact, backing away from an expected explosive hook to give the focus to Curtis’ stellar voice. Check it out below.

“Battleshade” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 444: 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.

Flashlight
Flashlight tamper with the past
Jitter tight around the blade
Fire swing on the mountain
Weather moving fast from the day

Silhouette of a lamplighter on an elephant in chains
To reach the wick from the darkness
Yellow moving slow
Ignite the grey

“Flashlight” from Dovetail (K, 1992) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Tree Machines

Tree Machines are once again gracing our homepage with a new song, and this time it comes from debut full-length LP Up For Air (Man In The Machine), out September 22. “Fade On” is a big pop song with a bit of edge and a lot of soul, perfect for fans of Mutemath. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Rotoscope

Rotoscope will release the Clean Lines EP on October 27. The title track is available below, a pulsing pop song that transitions from underwater electronic verses to a bright hook with surprising ease. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: I Come To Shanghai

I Come To Shanghai will release Low Pressure on September 29. “Stranger” is available now for streaming and download, a groovy Real Estate-esque piece of dream pop that pushes the vocals forward and draws the focus in on some juicy harmonies. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Ian Randall Thornton

Ian Randall Thornton just released debut album Lineage. First single “See You Through” is a close-to-your-heart folk song, but it’s got a big-world feel to it, especially coming from a jamming instrumental portion in the middle. Check it out below, and be sure to check out Lineage if you like what you hear.

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MP3 At 3PM: Romeo Dance Cheetah

Romeo Dance Cheetah is a real musician’s name, and his upcoming record Magnificent Man is a real record, but his new song is all about the illusion of rocking. “The Air Guitar Song” comes after Cheetah finished a successful run in the U.S. Air Guitar National Finals (a real event), and it’s a fun, outlandishly large tune about how anyone can “rock ‘n’ roll” together, even if they’re playing invisible guitars. Check it out below.

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Normal History Vol. 443: 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.

Funny experience that pops into my mind from time to time: In 2002, Mecca Normal played the Middle East in Cambridge, Mass., opening for a band featuring Damo Suzuki. This was a total thrill!!! We played, then they played—then Damo jumped off the stage, strode right up to me and kissed me! This is how I recall it anyway. I see elsewhere it has been documented as a hug, but I believe it was a kiss … Or maybe I’m thinking of the Fall’s bass (?) player at the Knitting Factory in L.A.

So, Damo kisses me, and I can’t believe it! But then he goes around the room and kisses and/or hugs everyone there.

I imagine my brain is trying to tell me something when it pops this memory into my awareness.

“Jean,” it’s saying. “Everything in the present will soon be affected by the future. Just you wait and see!”

Also, I doubt it is without meaning that Amidst The Waves has a tiny rowboat with crew members abandoning the listing ship off its starboard side. Nor would it be without meaning that I painted two creatures that look alike embroiled in conflict, claws out Sandhill Cranes.

Dear subconscious,
I appreciate the work you do. Please forgive me if I’m too busy to notice all the little things along the way. At some point we’ll have to have a good old-fashioned catch-up.
Yours always,
Jean

“Clatter” from Dovetail (K, 1992) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Robin Jackson

Robin Jackson will release the Dark Stars LP on November 3. “Drifting At Sea” glides along leisurely as Jackson’s vocals reach gorgeous heights atop a slowly churning beat. Check it out below.

“Drifting At Sea” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Cameron Blake

Cameron Blake‘s Fear Not will arrive on November 17. But fear not: Today we’ve got the gently swelling “After Sally” for your enjoyment. It’s a folk song that ebbs and flows with a cinematic grace, zooming out and refocusing in on a certain one of Blake’s lines or a stray guitar part. Download it out below.

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