In May, 2010 Mecca Normal performed at the one year anniversary of downtown Olympia venue and gallery Northern; it was also the opening celebration for an exhibition, The Black Dot Museum of Political Art, featuring work by both Jean Smith and David Lester of Mecca Normal, and that of other Canadian artists. While in town Mecca Normal stopped by the Dub Narcotic Studio and recorded Volume CXXII of our International Pop Underground series of 7" 45 rpm records. Included here are both sides of the single:
2. Blue Sky and Branches
This edition of the K Singles Zip-Pak features Special Apps not available on the "Malachi" 45 rpm record [IPU132]:
3. After the Next
This is a song entirely improvised layer by layer in the studio. It started with Jean Smith playing the piano; guitar work by David Lester was added, followed by timpani, percussion and Jean's vocals.
These two video pieces are included:
7. Recording After the Next at Dub Narcotic Studio, directed by Jean Smith 8. Malachi Intro
The first is Jean's documentary about the recording of "After the Next"; the second is her introduction to the song "Malachi" at the Green House in Arcata, Ca., April, 2009.
More information can be found at the Black Dot Museum of Political Art and Mecca Normal.
The "Malachi" / "Blue Sky and Branches" 7" 45 rpm record [IPU132] will be available November 9.
Originally transmitted on July 20th, 2010.