Mecca Normal: Malachi b/w Blue Sky and Branches
Mecca Normal is fully engaged on all fronts -- music, graphic novel, lecture, political art museum, films, posters, paintings, novels -- they're not some boring band trying to re-form to cash-in, because, quite frankly, they never bothered to cash-out... things go better with clout. As Mecca Normal, Jean Smith and David Lester have a 26 year history. It's all online somewhere. Got Google?Malachi Ritscher (1954-2006), American musician, free speech and anti-war activist who for many years made high quality recordings of other musicians (often jazz and experimental) performing live in Chicago. He would give a copy to the performers and sometimes these would become official releases. After the U.S. invaded Iraq, he became a vocal opponent of the war at demonstrations and was twice arrested. Like monks opposing the Vietnam war, his final act of protest culminated in an act of self-immolation.
Mecca Normal: This Is Different
The alien insects have landed.
Mecca Normal: Rose
This beauty spreads. Feel it.
Mecca Normal: Paris in April
A theme for the chronically bohemian. Such a feeling everytime it plays.
Mecca Normal: Calico Kills the Cat
This one's got it all: love, murder, hate, frying pans, jealousy, prison, bullets, bonfires and a blue t.v. behind the iron curtain. Wordsmith Jean takes on the world while guitar man Dave rocks 'n' rolls it.
Mecca Normal: Dovetail
Their fourth album; captivating, graceful, and with their singular edge intact. After ten years, this album still sends shivers down my spine, their most cohesive and emotionally charged document.
Mecca Normal: Jarred Up
A mess of songs from singles and compilations dating from 1987 to 1992. A collection that reveals the awesome might of their thing
Mecca Normal: s/t
The first album, originally released on their own Smarten Up! label in 1986, available for the first time on the CD format. Here is where the sound of Jean on voice and Dave on Guitar first came together, and the world has been shuddering to their special vibe ever since. Includes Are You Hungry Joe and I Walk Alone.