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Normal History Vol. 652: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, 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 37-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith. New live footage (from a San Francisco show in 1994) was recently posted on YouTube. The set includes “Throw Silver,” which by that time […]

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Every week, 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 37-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

New live footage (from a San Francisco show in 1994) was recently posted on YouTube. The set includes “Throw Silver,” which by that time was about 10 years old. I admit to taking liberties with what is a very delicate song, but performance energy is different than recording energy and knowing something so well invites variations on the theme.

“Throw Silver” is followed by “Pamela Makes Waves” featuring moi on guitar.

Throw Silver” from Dovetail (K, 1992) (download):


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