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Dusted Magazine

Ten Records & Ten Shows of 2002

Dusted’s Nathan Hogan marks the passing of the last palindromic year he’ll ever see with 10 records and 10 shows that he considers to be superlative.

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5. Mecca Normal, The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars): I’ve long been pretty oblivious to Jean Smith and David Lester. I always liked what I knew of Who Shot Elvis? but not enough to bother digging into their vast discography of full-lengths and 7″s. Anyway, long story short, I fell hard for Mecca Normal after a few listens to this record over the summer. Jean Smith’s voice operates on some kind of divine frequency. Like that bell in The Polar Express I suspect that it starts sounding completely unbearable when you get old and stodgy and stop believing in indie rock, but in the meantime it’s totally life-affirming. Songs like “Ice Floes Aweigh” should be distributed free of charge to smart female teenagers everywhere, as anodyne for suburban malaise.

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The Family Swan album

Ice Floes Aweigh

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