Monthly Archives: August 2017

Kind Words

“I just wanted to say thanks-a-million to Jean Smith and David Lester for responding to my comments A N D sending a [FaceBook] friend request. For those unfamiliar, Smith and Lester form the inimitable and fearless duo Mecca Normal (BC, Canada). They’re now inching toward their 35th year of activity, and continue to repudiate any form of guile that would rescind the raw rudiments of their real-time rock ‘n’ roll; the kind of harbingers of ‘Riot Grrrl’ that make Nirvana’s In Utero, sound like 5 Seconds Of Summer.

On a personal note, after reading about them in Trouser Press, this was the first song I ever heard, and remains among my favorites. Smith is also a noted artist and author, Lester also a respected graphic artist, nominated for his work.
— feeling thankful.” – Doran Scott, PEI

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Video: In January (long, 2003)

The long version of “In January” from the Janis Zeppelin CD (Smarten Up! Records, 2003) with paintings by Jean Smith.

Carl Wilson’s Globe and Mail review of the shorter version on The Family Swan (2002)

A new protest song is blowin’ in the wind

February 20, 2003

Today’s protest soundtracks require impromptu cacophony and knife fights with broken mirrors. Here’s 10 to march to, but not in formation.

7. Mecca Normal, In January ( The Family Swan, Kill Rock Stars): The veteran Vancouver anarchist duo was prescient last year to name this tense, abstract piece for the time, months later, when the world’s nerve endings would really start to shred. The track captures singer Jean Smith’s and guitarist David Lester’s roiling intensity the way it sounds in small live rooms across the continent — this time with Smith’s stinging tone pushing from the inside against lips that seem almost to be sewn shut.

 

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Video: early recording (cover)

Sonny Boy Williamson (circa 1984)

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