The Black Dot Museum

of Political Art

ONE SHEET

 

 

 

 

 

 

MECCA NORMAL:

"Malachi" / "Blue Sky and Branches" 7"
Catalogue Number: IPU132
Formats: 45 rpm 7" record
Release Date: November 9, 2010
 
Malachi (4:02)
Jean Smith – vocals, lyrics, piano
David Lester – guitar
 
Blue Sky and Branches
(3:30)
Jean Smith – vocals, lyrics, piano, timpani
David Lester – guitar
 
This K single is Volume CXXII of the International Pop Underground series of 7" 45 rpm records. Recorded by Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studio, Olympia. WA.

"Arguably the greatest rock band without a rhythm section ever, the duo of acid-voiced singer Jean Smith and guitar hero David Lester must be seen to be believed." -- Douglas Wolk

Mecca Normal -- Bio

Intro to Malachi at the Green House, Arcata, CA -- April 2009 -- clip

9 minute film (before the 25th Aniversary Tour, April 2009) 
Willamette University, 2009 -- one hour lecture, performance, art event
 
David Lester’s graphic novel, The Listener
to be published spring 2011 by Arbeiter Ring

 

Malachi Ritscher (1954-2006), American musician, free speech and anti-war activist who for many years made high quality recordings of other musicians (often jazz and experimental) performing live in Chicago. He would give a copy to the performers and sometimes these would become official releases. After the U.S. invaded Iraq, he became a vocal opponent of the war at demonstrations and was twice arrested. Like monks opposing the Vietnam war, his final act of protest culminated in an act of self-immolation.

 

 

Malachi
 
And the camera goes click and you press record
and you hand the document to the jazz musician
after they perform

And you talk and you listen
and you protest this war
And there is pain and it instigates change
And there is frustration that your voice is not heard
when you protest this war
with a sign above your head in words

And the camera goes click as you press record
and the can of gasoline is there on the ground
for this final document – your protest against this war
and some of us understood
and some of us heard your final word

And the camera goes click and you press record
and Malachi you light the match
that ends your life
in this final statement – your protest against this war
and some of us understood
you know the history well

And Malachi you light the match
that ends your life
in this final document – your protest against this war
and some of us understood
and some of us heard
your final word