Boating with Clyde

Mecca Normal live on Lake Washington (Seattle) at the beginning of a short tour on the west coast in July of 2014. Thanks to Clyde Petersen of Boating with Clyde for welcoming us aboard!

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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Buy the album!

LP & CD

The new Mecca Normal album (original release date September 30, 2014)
was delayed at the pressing plant until NOW.

FINALLY available!!

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“Never before have my novels, my paintings and my song-writing been as closely attuned to each other and to my understanding of human interactions.” – Jean Smith

Most of the songs on this album are directly out of Jean Smith’s two recently-completed novels – including the one that her literary agent is shopping around to large publishers in the USA.

This is the album that includes “Odele’s Bath” – the song that 2014 Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels called “a masterpiece of story and manifesto, a lesson in life.”

This is the album produced by KRAMER – who also plays bass on all songs.

It’s on a few BEST OF 2014 LISTS and there are some decent REVIEWS floating around.

ORDER the CD and LP
through these fine establishments

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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

In Canada, ask your record store to order the album through F.A.B. Distribution.

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Radio

The album has already charted #1 at WNYU (New York University) and CKUT (McGill University, Montreal) and #2 at CITR (UBC, Vancouver), KAOS (Olympia), and CJSR (Edmonton).

LA Times name-check

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Mecca Normal was name-checked in today’s LA Times review of Sleater-Kinney’s new album “No Cities to Love.”

“It’s Bikini Kill, the Slits, Beth Ditto, PJ Harvey, Mecca Normal, Meg White, Mish Way, Meredith Graves, a glorious continuum that’s more crucial to rock’s present and future than the collected work of U2, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins combined.” – Randall Roberts

Pazz & Jop Poll

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Mecca Normal’s new album “Empathy for the Evil” is #472 out of 1,529 in the 2014 Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll.

The poll is tabulated from the submitted year-end top ten lists of hundreds of music critics.

Normal History Vol. 296: The Art Of David Lester

Normal History Vol. 296: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, Magnet Magazine posts a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 30-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Mecca Normal Tour Diary
NYC
September 26, 2014

John's Pizza in Greenwich Village.

John’s Pizza in Greenwich Village.

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John’s Pizza in Greenwich Village.

John’ Pizza Greenwich Village, NYC

Porto Rico Importing Co. on Bleecker Street

Normal History Vol. 295: The Art Of David Lester

Normal History Vol. 295: The Art Of David Lester
Every Saturday, Magnet Magazine posts a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 30-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Mecca Normal Tour Diary
NYC
September 23, 2014

Jean's office at America's Best Value inn in Newark.

Jean’s office at America’s Best Value inn in Newark.

Dave's office at America's Best Value inn in Newark.

Dave’s office at America’s Best Value inn in Newark.

The LP arrived in three parts -- vinyl, jacket and plastic sleeve. We put it together D-I-Y style on the sidewalk across from the club.

The LP arrived in three parts — vinyl, jacket and plastic sleeve. We put it together D-I-Y style on the sidewalk across from the club.

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Photos from the fall tour

Photos from the west coast summer tour HERE

"Gently marked" Trans Pecos wasn't too convincing from the front. We wondered if we had the right address.

“Gently marked” Trans Pecos wasn’t too convincing from the front. We wondered if we had the right address.

The LP arrived in three parts -- vinyl, jacket and plastic sleeve. We put it together D-I-Y style on the sidewalk across from the club.

The LP arrived in three parts — vinyl, jacket and plastic sleeve. We put it together D-I-Y style on the sidewalk across from the club.

Mount Eerie at soundcheck.

Mount Eerie at soundcheck.

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Jean's office at America's Best Value inn in Newark.

Jean’s office at America’s Best Value inn in Newark.

Dave's office at America's Best Value inn in Newark.

Dave’s office at America’s Best Value inn in Newark.

John's Pizza in Greenwich Village.

John’s Pizza in Greenwich Village.

John's Pizza in Greenwich Village.

John’s Pizza in Greenwich Village.

 

Jean at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village -- formerly the Village Gate. Opening for Mount Eerie.

Jean at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village — formerly the Village Gate. Opening for Mount Eerie.

David's windmill action at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village -- formerly the Village Gate.

David’s windmill action at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village — formerly the Village Gate.

Eisenberg's Diner before going to the Museum of Modern Art.

Eisenberg’s Diner before going to the Museum of Modern Art.

Eisenberg's Diner before going to the Museum of Modern Art.

Eisenberg’s Diner before going to the Museum of Modern Art.

Eisenberg's Diner before going to the Museum of Modern Art.

Eisenberg’s Diner before going to the Museum of Modern Art.

PopMatters

PopMatters Q&A and video premiere of “Between Livermore and Tracy” which is where the Altamont Speedway is located and with an album tile like “Empathy for the Evil” you know there’s going to be at least a few Rolling Stones references.

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