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Normal History Vol. 370: 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 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Back in late January, when I filled out my application for Home Depot I put “unstable owner” as my reason for leaving the Gourmet Warehouse. I’m sure they’d know what I was referring to.

I would have liked to contribute to a small business where my work ethic, skills and ideas were respected, but working at the Gourmet Warehouse was nothing like that at all. Working for Home Depot makes me realize what being involved with the lunatics at Gourmet Warehouse was doing to me. I am so much happier now even though it’s a dollar less an hour.

I’ve been told that some of the folks at Home Depot “bleed orange” but I think it’s going to be OK to come in, do the work and maintain a healthy work and art balance. I don’t want to “move up” or get too involved. It all starts to unravel when people want to play the game.

“Don’t Heel Me Like A Dog Just To Break Me Like A Horse” from the album Who Shot Elvis? (Matador, 1996) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Kylie Odetta

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Kylie Odetta released the High Dreamer EP back in February, and we’re very worried you might have missed it. Don’t fret, though, we’ve got you covered—Odetta’s gorgeous track “High Dreamer” can be downloaded or streamed below. A swelling-yet-nuanced indie track in the vein of In Motion-era Copeland, “High Dreamer” is subtly exquisite. Check it out below.

“High Dreamer” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Kinder Than Wolves

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Last month, we gave you all a special look into the new Kinder Than Wolves EP, Mean Something, in the form of “Hover.” Well, the record is now out there in the world, and we’ve decided to remind you in the best way possible. Download or stream “Hazel Days” below, a steady, patient and halcyon indie track, and make sure to pick up Mean Something ASAP.

“Hazel Days” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Shotgun Wedding

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Shotgun Wedding has just released new album South Of Somewhere, and to celebrate we’ve got a special dose of the Brooklyn group’s jubilant and energizing country rock. Download or stream South Of Somewhere opener “City Boy,” a shockingly earnest and addicting song with a shiny piano lead and some stellar harmonies. Check it out below.

“City Boy” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 369: 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 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

I’m not sure if it was late last night or early this morning. Either way, it was dark and my eyes were closed when teeth popped into my head. Painted teeth.

This morning, before I saw the “memory” that Facebook was prompting me to “share,” I did a little sketch of an idea I had for a new series. Then I chatted with a couple of guitar players—both women—about the possibility of forming new bands. This was very exciting, but it was getting later and later and I wanted to have time to paint the first in what I hope will be a new series. The “Angry Woman In Rock” series: teeth and tongues in passionate mouths singing loudly, intense women with furrowed brows holding a Shure 58.

“OK Here We Go” from the album Who Shot Elvis? (Matador, 1996) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Colonial Blue

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Colonial Blue has just announced new LP Dear Misery, due out June 17. We’ve got a new song for your listening pleasure to be streamed or downloaded below. “My Treason” is a pristine soul/rock tune that sees the Houston group laying it all out on the line. Vocalist Stephanie Rice, in particular, gives an impassioned performance that will knock you off your feet. Check it out below.

“My Treason” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Spain

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Spain, the songwriting vehicle for seasoned musician Josh Haden, will release new LP Carolina on June 3. Hailed as “slowcore progenitors,” the band’s new song, “Station 2,” displays a confidence in that genre— a downtempo tune with plenty of room for storytelling and a big emphasis on the more emotional moments. There’s also a bit of classic-rock worship in the mix; fans of Dawes should take notice. We are proud to premiere “Station 2” on magnetmagazine.com today.

“Station 2″ (download):

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Normal History Vol. 368: 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 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

My father has a character he draws for my mother, a beagle called Mild Dog. It’s a simple line drawing of a dog with a couple of spots on him, but I think he’s quite important in their relationship. I see evidence of Mild Dog when I visit them. Christmas cards from Mild Dog, little notes from Mild Dog on her breakfast tray. I don’t say too much about it, because it’s their private thing. Just like when my brother and I used to kill ourselves laughing when my dad called my mom by her maiden name initials. In a tender moment, he might for instance say: “I love you IC.” And this sent my brother and I scrambling off, covering our mouths, to the other end of the house where we could laugh without them hearing us. Imagine your father calling your mother ick! Oh, it was grand. As were the beautiful canned asparagus sandwiches on white bread with mayo that my mother made—rolled up sandwiches with the crusts cut off—that were left-over in the morning after whatever kind of party I’d basically slept through the night before. Seems to me the sandwiches were somewhat better for having sat out all night on the kitchen counter. My brother thought they were gross, so I got to eat them all.

This reminds me that I woke up this morning hearing a crow pecking at the roof above me and I thought I was back in my childhood bedroom. I lay there with my eyes closed and put everything into place—where my bed was, the color of the curtains—and I stayed there, in childhood. For quite a while this morning, I was 10 years old again.

“All About The Same Thing” from the album Who Shot Elvis? (Matador, 1996) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Adrian Cohen

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Adrian Cohen will release sophomore album Sticks And Stones on June 24. Listen to “Leave It To The Universe,” and then marvel at the fact that this bouncy and infectious pop tune was crafted by a 16-year-old. You’re going to want to get in on the ground floor with this songwriter, so get started below.

“Leave It To The Universe” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Star Parks

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Star Parks has just released new record Don’t Dwell on Paper Trail Records, and today we’re celebrating with a look into the Austin-based band’s vintage-sounding style. Below, download or stream “Theoretical Girls,” a swelling, lo-fi tune with a dreamy, midsummer-night aura to it. Don’t forget to pick up Don’t Dwell if you like what you hear.

“Theoretical Girls” (download):

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