Jean Smith $100 Paintings

Jean Smith $100 Paintings – an ongoing series

The Hat #1 800

“The Hat #1″ (acrylic on watercolour paper, 11 x 14”) January 7, 2016. SOLD

The Hat #9 800

“The Hat #9″ (acrylic on watercolour paper, 11 x 14”) February 7, 2016. SOLD

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“No Hat #27″ (acrylic on paper, 11 x 14”) May 22, 2016. SOLD

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Artifacts from recent and related media

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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.”

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Postcard from Kathleen Hanna to David Lester, 1991

Excerpt from an article called Sisters Outsiders The Oral History of the Bikini Kill E.P. by Jessica Hopper in BBB Magazine (London, UK) 2013

Excerpt from a 2011 Spin Magazine article called Sisters Outsiders The Oral History of the Bikini Kill E.P. by Jessica Hopper

Record Store Day

Horses Records, Vancouver, B.C. on RSD 2015

Video by Wendy Atkinson

Video: Boating with Clyde

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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LP and CD

Mecca Normal, Empathy for the Evil, CD cover art, M'lady's Records - Copy

CD and LP available online

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Light in the Attic Records
in Seattle

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Revolver USA
in San Francisco

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M’lady’s Records
in Portland

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K Records
in Olympia

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Dischord Direct
in DC

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Rough Trade
in the UK

Magnet Magazine

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Photo by Sean Raggett

Download PDF file

Buy the album in digital form

Due to a delay at the pressing plant, CDs and LPs will not be available until January, 2015.

Democracy Now! Interview

Watch the interview here.

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“Democracy Now! could not have gone any better. Amy Goodman asked us about Malachi Ritscher, Riot Grrrl, our inclusion in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, David Lester’s “Inspired Agitators” poster series, the songs on the new album, our classroom presentation “How Art and Music Can Change the World” and a ton of other questions — then we performed Malachi, Attraction is Ephemeral and the new one — Anguish / Misogyny.” – Jean Smith, Mecca Normal

Mecca Normal, Empathy for the Evil, CD cover art, M'lady's Records - Copy

BUY THE NEW ALBUM “Empathy for the Evil” (M’lady’s Records).

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