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Mecca Normal - I Walk Alone
 
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As heard on Better Things Season 3 Episode 2 Jean Smith vocals and David Lester guitar (Smarten UP! Records, 1986 and re-released by K Records, 1995) © 1986 Lester/Smith SOCAN David Lester (music) and Jean Smith (lyrics) Available in iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/mecca-normal-the-first-album/id259773876 BandCamp "I Walk Alone" https://meccanormalk.bandcamp.com/track/i-walk-alone
Views: 8408 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Waiting For Rudy
 
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Mecca Normal -- directed by Pat Maley. From "Flood Plain" (K Records, 1993) http://meccanormal.wordpress.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.comMeccaNormal
Views: 9833 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Don't Shoot
 
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From the album, Calico Kills the Cat (K Records,1989). Jean Smith vocals, David Lester guitar. Video by Jean Smith, inspired by Occupy Wall Street and beyond. Buy the LP from the K Records Shop: http://www.krecs.com/Shop/product_info.php?products_id=4308 Buy the song on Bandcamp: http://meccanormal.bandcamp.com/track/dont-shoot Calico Kills the Cat was recorded by Calvin Johnson and Pat Maley in Olympia, Washington in 1989. Mecca Normal's second LP, it is often thought to be the first because the first LP was released on Mecca Normal's own label, Smarten UP! Records (1986). Calico Kills the Cat came as an LP on K Records and then, some years later, Matador released it as double CD with Water Cuts My Hands, Mecca Normal's third album (the second LP with K Records). When the rights to digital versions returned to Mecca Normal from Matador, Smarten Up! Records made Calico, Water, Snaps, Eagle and Elvis available on iTunes (with some songs popping up on Bandcamp).
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Mecca Normal - Vacant Night Sky
 
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Jean Smith vocals, David Lester guitar, Peter Jefferies piano. Directed by Michael Morley. From Sitting on Snaps (Matador Records, 1995)
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Mecca Normal -- Attraction is Ephemeral
 
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"Attraction is Ephemeral" from "The Observer" (Kill Rock Stars, 2006). A self-portrait film by Jean Smith. David Lester guitar. Jean Smith vocals, piano, sax and synth. http://meccanormal.wordpress.com http://www.facebook.com/MeccaNormal
Views: 17515 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Wasn't Said
 
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From the new album "Empathy for the Evil" released September 30, 2014 on M'lady's Records http://www.mladysrecords.com LP & CD available through - Light in the Attic http://lightintheattic.net/releases/1526-empathy-for-the-evil - Revolver USA https://midheaven.com/item/empathy-for-the-evil-by-mecca-normal-cd#.VL0Nd8t0wb2 - Rough Trade in the UK http://www.roughtrade.com/albums/89150 Digital Album - M'lady's Records https://mladysrecords.bandcamp.com/album/empathy-for-the-evilProduced by KRAMER. Mixed and mastered by KRAMER at Noise Miami. Recorded by Rat Bastard at the Laundry Room, Miami Beach in November of 2012. David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocals with a bit of piano. KRAMER on bass and organ. Video by Jean Smith. Lyrics are from Jean Smith's (yet to be published) novel "Obliterating History – a guitar-making mystery, domination and submission in a small town garage." Mecca Normal Newsletter http://meccanormal.wordpress.com "Empathy for the Evil" http://meccanormal2014.wordpress.com Wasn’t Said Look ahead to the time when you’ve forgotten all that was said when you look behind and it doesn’t matter anymore Look ahead — it’s hard to want to go there now that’s where you’re heading that’s what you’re waiting for it’s what you’re waiting for that time, when you’re looking behind you and none of this will matter all of this confusion will be so far in the past it won’t matter in the now In the now that’s still ahead Looking ahead to when none of this is gonna matter how it went and what was said and what wasn’t said To make this void of no communication no communication no communication now there’s nothing now There’s nothing now but to look ahead when none of this will matter what was and wasn’t said It wasn’t said
Views: 2075 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal -- I Walk Alone -- Live, 2009
 
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Green House, Arcata, California, 2009 on the 25th Anniversary Tour. "Because it's my right to walk anywhere, in any city, at any time of day, wearing whatever the fuck I want to." Jean Smith and David Lester formed Mecca Normal in 1984. "I Walk Alone" was on the first album (1986). Mecca Normal's new album "Empathy for the Evil" comes out in September, 2014. Newsletter: http://meccanormal.wordpress.com http://www.facebook.com/MeccaNormal
Views: 1953 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal -- Trapped Inside Your Heart
 
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Mecca Normal (David Lester on guitar and Jean Smith vocals) Newsletter: http://meccanormal.wordpress.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Mecca-Normal From the album Sitting on Snaps (Matador 1995, re-released on Smarten UP! Records, 2009). Film by Jean Smith (September 20, 2009).
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Mecca Normal - Breathing in the Dark
 
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Mecca Normal (Jean Smith vocals, David Lester guitar with Peter Jefferies on drums) from "The Eagle and the Poodle" (Matador, 1996). Film by Jean Smith. FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/Mecca-Normal Newsletter: http://meccanormal.wordpress.com David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocals, Peter Jefferies drums and piano.
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Mecca Normal - I Walk Alone (2013 re-mix)
 
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© 1986 Lester/Smith SOCAN -- the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, a copyright collective for musical works, protecting the performing rights of their members. David Lester (music) and Jean Smith (lyrics) Jean Smith re-mixed "I Walk Alone" from the original 4 track Fostex cassette tape (recorded as the song was written in 1984 or 85 and released on Smarten UP! Records -- Jean Smith's record label, named after her fanzine). This is the Fostex Mecca Normal used to record most of the first album. This version is longer (4:02) than the album version (2:35) making this a never-before-heard extended version which now sounds a lot better than the original. Jean Smith - vocals (re-mix and video) David Lester - guitar
Views: 739 Jean Smith
Radical Women of Rock
 
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Filmed in Boston in 1992. There may be black segments where the commercials go. I was flown out to Boston from Vancouver on VERY short notice, put in a VERY fancy hotel, limo-ed to and from the show. Sam went in a separate limo. They wanted to keep us apart, to get a cat fight going during the show. Sam phoned my room the night before, pleading with me not to make mince meat of her, assuring me that she was a feminist. Cripes. I had no idea who she was or what she was talking about. I still have no idea who she is / was. The producers encouraged us to interrupt each other. Evidently, the audience was given a lot of sugar and caffeine and told we were... in some way spewers of profanity. I had no idea the show was going to be focusing on profanity. I think this is why we all three seem a bit caught off guard at the beginning. The best bit is Sam's grandmother, at the end, standing up to say everything Sam has done she's done for herself (really? no kidding) ...she's never done anything for anyone else in her entire life... or whatever she says... sorry, Sam's granny. All-in-all, totally surreal. I'm sure I was way down the list of possible guests, but since Riot Grrrls weren't talking and I'd been talking for years, they put me on their show. For the next five years, every time I saw Calvin he said, "I'm on Def Jam" in the same annoying voice that the woman from Bytches with Problems used while she was interrupting me. Or maybe it was the annoying voice that I used to imitate her interrupting me.
Views: 4615 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Revival of Cruelty
 
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Jean Smith vocals, David Lester guitar, Peter Jefferies drums. From the album The Eagle & The Poodle (Matador, 1997, re-released on Smarten UP! Records 2009). Shot by Elliot Rocket in Seattle and Olympia. Produced and edited by Cyndee Baudhuin. Half hostage half victim blackmail shifts around there is a closing up and drawing in Spectacle is the reward in a catalytic cycle the universe behaves a crowd chants out at ringside calling out for the revival of cruelty calling out for more When a direction is taken it starts justifying itself beginning by imposing a dismissal on all that's unexplored all that's unexplored Direction becomes a window in the semi-dark of night we are peering in or we are gazing out We are peering in or we are gazing out we are gazing we are gazing out and the crowd calls out for more calling calling for the revival of cruelty the revival of cruelty
Views: 1281 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal "What About the Boy?"
 
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From Mecca Normal's twelfth full-length album "The Family Swan" (Kill Rock Stars, 2002). http://killrockstars.bandcamp.com/album/the-family-swan Newsletter: http://meccanormal.wordpress.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MeccaNormal Filmed at the Capitol Theater in Olympia, Washington.
Views: 1402 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Throw Silver
 
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Mecca Normal: http://meccanormal.wordpress.com Jean Smith and David Lester. What the Heck Fest, 2011. Video by Jack DeGuiseppi.
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Mecca Normal -- Caribou & the Oil Pipeline
 
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from the CD The Observer on Kill Rock Stars
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The Explosions - Wilson, Lucas & Bruce
 
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Bass – Jamie Baugh Drums, Vocals – Tom Harrison Engineer – Edward John Guitar, Vocals – David Lester Harp, Vocals – Bob Mercer Slide Guitar, Vocals – Alex Varty Georgia Straight Records, Vancouver, Canada GS 001 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, 1978 A. Wilson, Lucas & Bruce 6:03 B. Everybody´s Crazy But You & Me 2:45 Copyright (c) – RN Mercer Recorded at Ocean Sound, North Vancouver
Views: 408 Jean Smith
Calvin Johnson talking about Mecca Normal
 
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K Records' Calvin Johnson at What the Heck Fest in Anacortes, WA, 2009
Views: 385 Jean Smith
Norman Nawrocki INTRO
 
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Norman Nawrocki -- Cultural Resistance http://www.nothingness.org/music/rhythm/en/html/bio.html Montréal sampling/looping violinist, composer, actor, author, educator. Over 50 releases since 1986, solo & with his different bands including Rhythm Activism, DaZoque! Alternative East European folk instrumental or ambient with rad spoken word + beats, or cabaret rock 'n roll or indie & experimental soundscapes, wedding & divorce music. Tours the world, jams with many. "Every city should be so lucky to have a Norman Nawrocki" -- The Montreal Mirror
Views: 787 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - "I Walk Alone" Live at Horses Records
 
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Record Store Day 2015 at Horses Records in East Vancouver, B.C. Video by Wendy Atkinson
Views: 487 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Art Was the Great Leveler
 
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"Art Was the Great Leveler" is on "Empathy for the Evil" released (2014, M'lady's Records) http://www.mladysrecords.com Produced, mixed and mastered by KRAMER. Recorded in Miami Beach by Rat Bastard at the Laundry Room in November, 2012. David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocal, KRAMER bass Video shot in Havana by David Lester Mecca Normal Newsletter http://meccanormal.wordpress.com "Empathy for the Evil" http://meccanormal2014.wordpress.com
Views: 129 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Ribbon
 
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From "Flood Plain" (1993, K Records). http://meccanormal.wordpress.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MeccaNormal Footage from Lounge Ax in Chicago, Pat Maley (from the Waiting for Rudy video), Rhino Records in LA from Atomic TV.
Views: 2032 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Gravity Believes
 
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From Sitting on Snaps (Matador Records, 1995). Jean Smith vocals. David Lester guitar. Video by Jean.
Views: 132 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Are You Hungry Joe? live 1988
 
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Live at the Middle East, Cambridge. Introduced by Billy Ruane.
Views: 624 Jean Smith
Jean Smith - live "A Little Black Dress"
 
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AUDIO: Jean Smith solo, Crocodile Café, Seattle, October, 2000. Opening for Godspeed You Black Emperor on a west coast tour. VIDEO: by Joly MacFie at Union Docs, Brooklyn, 2006. From a show with Shoplifting, Mecca Normal and Book of Common Gestures.
Views: 485 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Beaten Down
 
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Beaten Down (first LP, 1986), Mecca Normal live at the Media Club in Vancouver, opening for The Corin Tucker Band. May 1, 2011. Mecca Normal Newsletter: http://meccanormal.wordpress.com Mecca Normal on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mecca-Normal/49770142508
Views: 525 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - I Walk Alone LIVE in Portland 2016
 
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Mecca Normal (Jean Smith and David Lester) opening for The Julie Ruin at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland on October 9, 2016. Video by Pat Maley.
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Mecca Normal - This is Different
 
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From a 3-song 7" on K Records, Vol. XXVII in the International Pop Underground Series, and Jarred Up, an LP compilation of 7" records (K Records, 1993). Jean Smith vocals. David Lester guitar. Video by Jean. https://meccanormalk.bandcamp.com/album/jarred-up-klp018
Views: 171 Jean Smith
Rat Bastard and KRAMER debate gear
 
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At the Laundry Room, Miami Beach, during the Mecca Normal recording sessions.
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Mecca Normal - Smile Baby
 
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From Calico Kills the Cat (K Records, 1989 & Smarten UP! Records, 2010). http://meccanormal.wordpress.com Jean Smith vocals and David Lester guitar. Video by Jean Smith, from a solo reading (1993) and self-portrait watercolours from age thirteen to thirty-five (1973 - 1995). FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/MeccaNormal
Views: 1870 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal at the CMJ Music Marathon, NYC, 2004
 
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Four songs from "The Family Swan" album (Kill Rock Stars, 2002). Jean Smith vocals, David Lester guitar. In January 00:35 Family Swan (incomplete) 3:44 No Mind's Eye 7:39 Blame the Glassman 12:10 Ice Floes Aweigh 13:59 http://meccanormal.bandcamp.com/album/the-family-swan Mecca Normal Newsletter https://meccanormal.wordpress.com
Views: 124 Jean Smith
Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change
 
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UPDATE: April 2019 https://www.facebook.com/FreeArtistResidency UPDATE: November 2018 Every month, my painting sales above my expenses go towards opening the Free Artist Residency UPDATE: August 23, 2018 30-day INDIEGOGO campaign launched https://igg.me/at/iszuHzXZLgk/x/210949 Outright purchase of property where artists, writers and musicians will focus on their work. Funds go towards purchasing property for the artist residency on a gulf island off western Canada. Aiming for outright purchase as opposed to a mortgage. Accommodation for between 5 - 7 guest residents Art studios Rehearsal space Writers' cabins Presentation area for workshops and collaboration Back the artist residency and secure a $100 USD Jean Smith painting as a perk. 500 have been sold since early 2016. Paintings (11 x 14") currently available: https://jeansmithpainter.wordpress.com/still-available-04202015 FaceBook album: $100 USD paintings currently available: https://tinyurl.com/ya8hnasf [email protected]
Views: 101 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Dead Bird's Feet
 
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From "Water Cuts My Hands" (K Records, 1991). Jean Smith vocals. David Lester guitar. Directed by 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
Views: 123 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Now They'll Know (demo)
 
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Recorded as the lyrics were written. Jean Smith - vocals David Lester - guitar
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Mecca Normal "Joelle"
 
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Clip of "Joelle" -- Chicago, mid 90s -- Lounge Axe. http://meccanormal.wordpress.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.comMeccaNormal
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Mecca Normal - Blue Sky & Branches
 
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K Records 7" (2010) http://www.krecs.com/Shop/product_info.php?products_id=4630 The Listener graphic novel by David Lester http://thelistenergraphicnovel.wordpress.com Mecca Normal opening for The Corin Tucker Band, May 1, 2011. Mecca Normal Newsletter: http://meccanormal.wordpress.com Mecca Normal on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mecca-Normal/49770142508
Views: 187 Jean Smith
Norman Nawrocki  -- The Beginning 1
 
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Norman Nawrocki -- Cultural Resistance http://www.nothingness.org/music/rhythm/en/html/bio.html Montréal sampling/looping violinist, composer, actor, author, educator. Over 50 releases since 1986, solo & with his different bands including Rhythm Activism, DaZoque! Alternative East European folk instrumental or ambient with rad spoken word + beats, or cabaret rock 'n roll or indie & experimental soundscapes, wedding & divorce music. Tours the world, jams with many. "Every city should be so lucky to have a Norman Nawrocki" -- The Montreal Mirror
Views: 75 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - What's Your Name?
 
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"What's Your Name?" is on "Empathy for the Evil" released (2014, M'lady's Records) Produced, mixed and mastered by KRAMER. Recorded in Miami Beach by Rat Bastard at the Laundry Room in November, 2012. David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocal and sax, KRAMER bass Video shot in Havana by David Lester https://www.facebook.com/MeccaNormal Mecca Normal Newsletter http://meccanormal.wordpress.com "Empathy for the Evil" http://meccanormal2014.wordpress.com
Views: 282 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Armchairs Fit Through Doorways LIVE 1996
 
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Rough mix. The song was originally released on a 7" by K Records and then on the Jarred Up compilation -- also on K Records. Jean Smith - vocals David Lester - guitar Peter Jefferies - drums Artoffact Records: [email protected] CBC Radio Brave New Waves series (spring 2019) https://cbcbravenewwaves.bandcamp.com
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Gerard Cosloy of Matador Records talks about Mecca Normal
 
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Matador Records' Gerard Cosloy talks about Mecca Normal in a clip from "The Shield Around the K" a film by Heather Dominic. Clip of Mecca Normal's "Waiting for Rudy" about the building Barbara Manning and Laura Moody used to live in in San Francisco. Video by Pat Maley. Matador released 5 Mecca Normal albums. Mecca Normal’s 13th album “Empathy for the Evil” was produced by Kramer and released by M’Lady’s in 2014. Mecca Normal on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/MeccaNormal
Views: 645 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal - Caribou -- in progress
 
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The Caribou & the Oil Pipeline
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Mecca Normal - 20 Years No Escape
 
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From "Water Cuts My Hands". Shot in pixelvision by Jean Smith. http://meccanormal.wordpress.com http://www.facebook.com/MeccaNormal
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Norman Nawrocki -- The Black Wedge 4
 
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Norman Nawrocki -- Cultural Resistance http://www.nothingness.org/music/rhythm/en/html/bio.html Montréal sampling/looping violinist, composer, actor, author, educator. Over 50 releases since 1986, solo & with his different bands including Rhythm Activism, DaZoque! Alternative East European folk instrumental or ambient with rad spoken word + beats, or cabaret rock 'n roll or indie & experimental soundscapes, wedding & divorce music. Tours the world, jams with many. "Every city should be so lucky to have a Norman Nawrocki" -- The Montreal Mirror
Views: 34 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal "Malachi"
 
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7" single b/w Blue Sky & Branches (K Records, 2011). http://www.krecs.com/Shop/product_info.php?products_id=4630 Jean Smith - vocals & piano. David Lester - guitar. Film by Jean Smith. Malachi Ritscher (1954-2006) was an American musician, free speech and anti-war activist who for many years made high quality recordings of other musicians (often jazz and experimental) performing live in Chicago. He would give a copy to the performers and sometimes these would become official releases. After the U.S. invaded Iraq, he became a vocal opponent of the war at demonstrations and was twice arrested. Like monks opposing the Vietnam war, his final act of protest culminated in an act of self-immolation. Malachi And camera goes click and you press record and you hand the document to the jazz musician after they perform And you talk and you listen and you protest this war And there is pain and it instigates change And there is frustration that your voice is not heard when you protest the war -- with a sign above your head -- in words And your camera goes click as you press record and the can of gasoline is there for this final document -- your protest against the war and some of us understood you know the history And your camera goes click as you press record and you pour the gasoline and Malachi you light match that ends your life in this final statement and some of us heard your final words and Malachi you light the match that ends your life in this final document -- your protest against this war and some of us understood and some of us heard your final word
Views: 828 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal interview and performance 2014
 
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https://www.facebook.com/MeccaNormal
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Mecca Normal - Armchairs Fit Through Doorways (LIVE 1996)
 
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Mecca Normal LIVE (1996) album (Artoffact Records, 2019) recorded in Montreal for CBC Radio program Brave New Waves LP, CD, digital: https://cbcbravenewwaves.bandcamp.com/album/mecca-normal Jean Smith - vocals David Lester - guitar Peter Jefferies - drums
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Norman Nawrocki -- Changing the World 2
 
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Norman Nawrocki -- Cultural Resistance http://www.nothingness.org/music/rhythm/en/html/bio.html Montréal sampling/looping violinist, composer, actor, author, educator. Over 50 releases since 1986, solo & with his different bands including Rhythm Activism, DaZoque! Alternative East European folk instrumental or ambient with rad spoken word + beats, or cabaret rock 'n roll or indie & experimental soundscapes, wedding & divorce music. Tours the world, jams with many. "Every city should be so lucky to have a Norman Nawrocki" -- The Montreal Mirror
Views: 49 Jean Smith
What the Heck Fest 2009
 
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Anacortes Washington, July 17, 2009. Your Heart Breaks sound checks, Calvin sets up his table (Argon Steel on guitar). The show starts -- Your Heart Breaks, Mecca Normal, Earth. Comments from Nikki McClure, Al Larsen, Calvin Johnson and Argon Steel.on Mecca Normal's 25th anniversary. Film by Jean Smith of Mecca Normal.
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Mecca Normal - This is Different (live in SF, 1990s)
 
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Mecca Normal live at the Covered Wagon in San Francisco in the 1990s. Jean Smith vocals, David Lester guitar. Not great sound; more for archival evidence. This is Different What rainy day what cold and rainy day did they say it has to be one way our one and only way? This is different The song was released by K Records on the Armchairs Fit Through Doorways 7" (IPU 028) http://shop.krecs.com/products/ipu028 and later on Jarred Up (KLP 018) http://shop.krecs.com/products/klp018
Views: 308 Jean Smith
Mecca Normal talks about being on tour with Unwound during 9-11
 
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David Lester and Jean Smith describe the events from their perspective. Mecca Normal Newsletter: http://meccanormal.wordpress.com
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Jean Smith -- singer in Mecca Normal, painter
 
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Paintings: https://jeansmithpainter.wordpress.com Mecca Normal: https://meccanormalblog.wordpress.com
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