Monthly Archives: January 2015


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

FINALLY available!!

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


Light in the Attic Records
in Seattle


Revolver USA
in San Francisco

M’lady’s Records
in Portland


K Records
in Olympia


Dischord Direct
in DC


Rough Trade
in the UK

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

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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


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


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.