Monthly Archives: October 2015

2 Foot Flame

“Saturday, October 17, marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the magnificent, eponymously titled first album from 2 Foot Flame (Matador, 1995). The band was made up of Jean Smith, Peter Jefferies and Michael Morley. The album features “Cordoned Off” one of the most sonically powerful recordings I’ve ever heard in my life. Enjoy this rebellion of art!” — David Lester

“In Cordoned Off, she (Jean Smith) breaks off her description of a frozen apocalypse by saying, ‘Actually, why don’t we do this another time? I’ve been away now… you know how it is, it was a long time ago… I don’t really remember… I can’t really say for sure.’ Briefly lulled, the song redoubles its intensity.” — Megan McCarthy, CMJ (New Music Monthly) 1995

“It’s a series of images that I came up with. It’s more like a cinematic voyage into a particular emotion. I think it’s about something that’s hit a critical point, and blown up. I can’t see clearly what it is, and I’m not sure that I want to. It could be trouble.” – Jean talking about “Cordoned Off” to John Chandler in The Rocket (Seattle) 1995

“…hearing her (Jean’s) voice tear through these other contexts is nothing short of thrilling.” – Gail O’Hara, Time Out (New York) 1995

2 Foot Flame on FaceBook:

Artist Residency Program


Step One: funding the down payment using

Step Two: Kickstarter campaign set for February, 2016

A call to artists and other visionaries to donate small amounts – $5, $10, $20 – to buy a Guest House to operate as an artist residency program through The Black Dot Museum of Political Art

Below: properties mentioned in Jean Smith’s weekly Magnet Magazine column


New Brunswick (historic, 5 guest bedrooms, ranked four star B&B) $449,000

1 house side

West coast island (with bunkhouse, bistro and outbuildings) $600,000


Mountains (historic, 6 bedrooms, 2 cabins with all amenities) $500,000


Pennsylvania (historic, four suites with carriage house ranked #7 B&B nationally and number 1 in Pennsylvania by TripAdvisor®) $422,000