Normal History Vol. 534: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 35-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith. Where are the legions of older women who want to start punk-rock bands? There’s systemic disdain for women who don’t look young, …

Normal History Vol. 532: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 35-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith. Thrilled, inspired and grateful for the inclusion of “I Walk Alone” in the recent New York Times feature on riot grrrl. As …

Normal History Vol. 531: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 35-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith. I listened to this song today and admired its humor and narrative trajectory. Exchanges with co-workers during my online-dating years. Honing those …

Normal History Vol. 530: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 35-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith. This is one of those songs that at various stages of writing, rehearsing and recording I wondered if it was political enough.  …

Normal History Vol. 529: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 35-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith. Excerpt from possibly the longest song I’ve ever written. “Fallen Skier” is about a first date jammed packed with what I thought …

Normal History Vol. 527: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 35-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith. In March, Mecca Normal’s iconic anthem “I Walk Alone” was included in the feminist TV show Better Things. “To Avoid Pain” from …

Normal History Vol. 525: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 35-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith. Over on Facebook, it was a thrill to have Bikini Kill Records share a video snippet of “I Am Here” on International …