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!
CD and LP available online
Light in the Attic Records
in San Francisco
in the UK
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.
Watch the interview here.
“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
BUY THE NEW ALBUM “Empathy for the Evil” (M’lady’s Records).
LP & CD AVAILABLE NOW
PRESS KIT: Photos, Videos, Lyrics, Liner Notes
NYC — September 23, Trans-Pecos with Mount Eerie
NYC — September 24, le poisson rouge with Mount Eerie
Boston — September 25, Lilypad with E
Easthampton — September 27, Flywheel with 75 Dollar Bill
Hudson, NY — September 28, John Doe Records with 75 Dollar Bill
NYC — September 29, Troost with 75 Dollar Bill and Arrington de Dionyso
Philly — October 1, Random Tea House
DC — October 4, Back Alley Theater
Vancouver — October 18, Wrong Wave Festival, SFU
Vancouver — November 15, Media Club with Mirah
Seattle, July 14 Boating with Clyde
Seattle, July 15 at Hollow Earth Radio
Portland, July 16 at the Red and Black Café
Olympia, July 17
Anacortes, Washington, Friday July 18 at the Unknown Music Series
Check the Mecca Normal FaceBook page for updates and details.