Jean Smith $100 Paintings – an ongoing series
Jean Smith, best known as the singer in the underground rock duo Mecca Normal, talks her early indoctrination into the emotional realms of painting.
All the paintings in Jean Smith’s ongoing series of $100 paintings. As of September 3, nearly 80 of the almost 170 paintings have sold. Music by Mecca Normal (Jean Smith and David Lester), from the album Empathy for the Evil (2014, M’Lady’s Records) “Wasn’t Said” and “Between Livermore and Tracy” (both produced by KRAMER who also plays bass on these tracks).
At the very end (after the credits) Jean gives a brief visual demonstration of how Mecca Normal got started.
“The Hat #1″ (acrylic on watercolour paper, 11 x 14”) the first painting in the series, 2016. SOLD
“No Hat #79” (acrylic on canvas board 11 x 14”) August 21, 2016. SOLD
“The Hat #9″ (acrylic on watercolour paper, 11 x 14”) February 7, 2016. SOLD
“No Hat #27″ (acrylic on paper, 11 x 14”) May 22, 2016. SOLD
Shameless Magazine’s review of Jessica Hopper’s book “The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic” is a conversation between Nyala Ali and Laura Friesen.
“Hopper’s section Females collects her reviews of female musicians who, in different ways, shake up listeners’ expectations of what women performers should represent.
“SWF, 45: Mecca Normal’s The Observer” is an album review that reflects on The Observer as a confessional narrative, and how it plays with and against expectations of what a 45-year-old single white female should sing about.
Hopper does seem really interested in ideas surrounding women’s songwriting – I’d say that all of the artists in the Females section are invested in rewriting not only the content but the purpose of confessional narratives. St. Vincent consciously refuses to give us the whole story, whereas Jean Smith of Mecca Normal turns these stories on their heads to expose the vulnerabilities of the people she’s singing about, these deficient men that she’s met through online dating. I really appreciated that she didn’t really internalize any of their shit, so to speak.”
Postcard from Kathleen Hanna to David Lester, 1991
Excerpt from a 2011 Spin Magazine article called Sisters Outsiders The Oral History of the Bikini Kill E.P. by Jessica Hopper
Horses Records, Vancouver, B.C. on RSD 2015
Video by Wendy Atkinson
A fine time out on Lake Washington (near Seattle) in July of 2014 at the very start of a short Mecca Normal tour on the west coast.
Mecca Normal performed songs from the new album “Empathy for the Evil” and debuted “Anguish/Misogyny” which has grown in intensity since that day. It must be the only sitting down debut Mecca Normal has ever done!
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Due to a delay at the pressing plant, CDs and LPs will not be available until January, 2015.