Monthly Archives: November 2012

Video: recording

“Naked and Ticklish” didn’t end up on the album.

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Video: Odele’s Bath – live

Jean Smith and David Lester of Mecca Normal performing “Odele’s Bath” live at Radio-Active Records in Fort Lauderdale. November 9, 2012. Filmed by Jim Hall

“We’d just finished recording the new album that day – including this song – with KRAMER at Rat Bastard’s studio in Miami Beach. The lyrics are an excerpt from my recently-completed novel The Black Dot Museum of Political Art in which a museum curator cures narcissism, a personality disorder widely-regarded as incurable. In this section of the story, the protagonist’s past in examined for clues as to why he is a narcissist. ” – Jean Smith

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Photos: recording in Miami Beach


David Lester at the hotel before heading off to start recording Empathy at the Laundry Room in Miami Beach.


KRAMER considering SMITH’s explanation.


Jean on trombone (no trombone on the album!)


David Lester doing overdubs on the Gibson hollow body, Rat Bastard at the board, KRAMER (texting).


Lunch break in Miami Beach.


Jean in the zone doing overdubs.


Preparing to create feedback on the Gibson SG through the Orange amp


Vocals. Neumann microphone


Jean, KRAMER and his wife Valerie at Mecca Normal’s Radio Active record store show in Fort Lauderdale. It was a good show. A fitting conclusion to our time in Florida.


Mecca Normal show at Radio Active Records in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Jean Smith, KRAMER< David Lester, Rat Bastard, Steve Toth.

Rat and David outside Shorty’s BBQ.


At Shorty’s BBQ where David Lester got the half rack of baby back ribs with chicken and sampled my pulled pork, yet he’s still ominously eyeballing Rat Bastard’s full rack. See Bastard’s left hand? He’s on to Lester’s baby back grab and run scheme.


Jean waiting for pulled pork at Shorty’s Bar-B-Q — last day in Miami, recording is done!

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