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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
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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
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July 15, 2014
“Super Valu Logo” was recorded at the same time as the new Mecca Normal album “Empathy for the Evil” (M’lady’s Records, September 2014).
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The lyrics for “Super Valu Logo” are directly out of Jean Smith’s novel “The Black Dot Museum of Political Art” (literary fiction). Jean Smith is represented by the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency
Video by Jerry Massie
July 14, 2014. Lake Washington, Seattle.
Mecca Normal performs five songs from the new album “Empathy for the Evil” for an episode of Boating with Clyde. Lyrics for most of the songs on the album are directly out of two of Jean Smith’s recently-completed novels.
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How Art & Music Can Change the World classroom and art gallery event
Classroom and Art Gallery Event
In 2002, How Art and Music Can Change the World was developed as a lecture, art exhibit and performance event for university classrooms, bookstores and community centres. Jean Smith and David Lester of the underground literary rock duo Mecca Normal intend to inspire audiences towards considering political content in their creative self-expression. In 2011, using what they’d learned presenting How Art and Music Can Change the World, Jean Smith created an adaptation of David Lester’s graphic novel The Listener.
“Who cares if there’s underground culture or not? Gap-Coke-Sony-Time-Warner satisfies our needs… don’t they?”
Referring to their extraordinary 25 year history in music, art and publishing Jean Smith and David Lester illustrate the reality of being artists and cultural activists, by revealing the behind-the-scenes workings of their long-standing D-I-Y collaboration. Jean and David de-mystify the work methods and philosophies that define their collaborative partnership, touring, writing and publishing, making art and music.
“How Art and Music Can Change The World” combines a seasoned performance-based pedagogy with a raw emotional and lyrical intensity — a culmination (so far) of the rock solid artistic integrity that has made Mecca Normal into an underground legend in its own time. –Ron Sakolsky — a scholar covering the intersection of music, revolution and radio. Read his entire review for Fifth Estate Magazine, spring 2011.