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Normal History Vol. 429: 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.

Not Standing Still

You might say,
“Why do I fight?
Change won’t happen”

Well, not overnight

Why do you think
we’re standing still?

We’re not standing still

Change will happen.
Oh yes, it will

You might say,
“We’re standing still”

We’re not standing still

“Not Standing Still” from Water Cuts My Hands (K, 1991) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: The Yorks

The Yorks will release their new, self-titled EP on August 18. The band comes out of the gate with the dreamy rock of “Liason,” a twisting piece of psychedelic pop perfect for pool parties in the summer sun. Check it out below.

“Liason” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Tomten

We’re pleased to be the first to bring you the new song by Seattle’s Tomten. “Cloud Man Calling” comes from the band’s upcoming record Cremation Songs, and it’s a gentle and effervescent tune that’s sure to get you on the hook for the album’s July 7 release. Says songwriter Brian Noyes-Watkins of the track, “I wrote ‘Cloud Man Calling’ after doing some music with my friend Shenadoah for this theater event called The Crystal Palace. It was a bizarre interactive tour through this old building in Seattle with different characters and winter-themed rooms. We had our synthesizers set up in this stairwell where we played little jingles wearing these stupid silver suits with our faces painted white. After the performance, I liked the idea of writing a song about Cloud Man–whatever he/it is, still a mystery to me.” Check out “Cloud Man Calling” below.

“Cloud Man Calling” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Curse Of Lono

Curse Of Lono just released their full-length debut, Severed. Now that the warm weather has come in, it’s a perfect time to break out stomping, propulsive folk tune “Send For The Whiskey,” and keep it playing all summer long. Check it out below.

“Send For The Whiskey” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 428: 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.

“Water In A Bucket” is about the American Dream, brought into focus through the basic necessity for water. The video I made this week shows people in happier times—before the dream turned into a nightmare. The lyrics attempt to turn awareness to the very basic act of having to haul water. I’ve used the video to re-politicize the song by adding footage of a water faucet in Flint, Mich. This seems like a step in the right direction in general. Giving older work new context.

Images: Stock footage. Flint faucet. Mecca Normal performing in Holland circa mid-90s.

Water In A Bucket

La la la my my my la la la my my my

Water in a bucket
down the street

You carry your water in a bucket down the street

La la la my my my la la la my my my

You carry your water too
in a North American city
in a North American street

Where the dream started
it started without you

I wanna get out of this dream
nightmare

I wanna climb out of this dream
this dream
this nightmare
nightmare
nightmare

It’s no dream
nightmare
nightmare

I wanna get out of this dream
nightmare

The dream started without you

It’s no dream
La la la my my my la la la my my my

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

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Normal History Vol. 427: 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.

20 Years / No Escape

I row my boat to shore
I pull up on the sandy beach of spite
I walk across the sand
to the green
to the dark

I look back over my shoulder
sea sucked my boat away

sky grew grey
sea grew cold and the sky pounded down in rain
sea sucked my boat away
no escape

cloud line, tree line, sea line, grey line, mist line, tree line, sea
sea sucked my boat away
20 years
no escape

I’ve been here for 20 years
in the tree line, cloud line, mist line, sea line
20 years

no escape

“20 Years / No Escape” from Water Cuts My Hands (K, 1989) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 426: 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.

Taking The Back Stairs

Bicycle handle bars scrape across the suburbs
Chrome to iron innocence chips off

You are taking the back stairs
You are taking the back stairs

There are desperate harsh attempts at simplicity
By people who know too much
Complicity

You are taking back stairs
You are taking back stairs

The soft white wax of a candle goes hard
When the flame is blown out

You are taking back stairs
You are taking back stairs

“Taking The Back Stairs” from Water Cuts My Hands (K, 1991) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 425: 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.

Will He Change?

You lock him away from the rest of us.
Will he change?

You lock him away, you let him out and he does it again.
Will he change?

You lock him away.
You put him under ground.
Will he change?

Therapy. But will it help?
Will he change?

You give him drugs until his mind explodes.
Will he change?

“Will He Change?” from the album Calico Kills The Cat (K, 1989) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 423: 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.

David Lester is working on a new section in his graphic novel about the last year of anarchist activist Emma Goldman’s life. Follow his progress as he posts key panels and other details.

“Richard” from the album Calico Kills The Cat (K, 1989) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Screamfeeder

Brisbane’s Screamfeeder will release Pop Guilt on June 23. “All Over It Again” proves the band can achieve a fervent urgency even seven albums into its career, delivering an infectious rock tune that sounds fresh and confident. Check it out below.

“All Over It Again” (download):

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