Normal History Vol. 516: 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.

“The value of being creative is not the object that remains at the end; it is the time engaged in the process. Really, it shouldn’t matter if anyone else is exposed to it, let alone if it is deemed good enough to sell. Commerce doesn’t inherently apply to every aspect of life. There can be quality without an imminent exchange of goods for money.” —Jean Smith, “Surviving The Underground,” Monitor Mix, NPR, 2009 

“Revolution#Pine” from The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars, 2002) (download):

Mount Moriah’s H.C. McEntire Brings Her Southern Comfort Up North

Mount Moriah frontwoman H.C. McEntire issued solo debut Lionheart a year ago via Merge, and the LP featured a little help from her famous friends: Kathleen Hanna, Angel Olsen, Amy Ray, Tift Merritt and more. McEntire and band end the first leg of their current tour tonight at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, N.C., with West Coast dates starting later this month. McEntire and Co. just rocked Johnny Brenda’s in Philly with the enigmatic Empty Country opening (and playing its first-ever show). MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich was there, and he felt it in his bones.

Empty Country