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Mayer Hawthorne – Impressions: The Cover EP. Links:

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Unexpected Win.

 

Always finding new and impressive ways to up and surprise me, Mayer Hawthorne comes through with his latest project, “Impressions: The Covers” EP. Filled with with wonderful covers of everyones old school favorites, like ‘(I got) Work To Do, ‘Fantasy Girl,’ and ‘You’ve got the Makings of a Lover,’ Mayer is basically establishing his talents and dominance in the awesome niche of Retro Soul, and music overall. And its free. So there’s really no losing involved in any of this right now. Unless you dont download it.

This boy is good, I’m a believer after this little joint. As If I wasnt before.

Anyways, you can download the EP in full by heading here. Break it open on Sunday morning, get your breakfast game on, sit down and listen to this, and enjoy.

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May 14, 2011 at 11:09 am

Raise It Up – Dilla’s 37th Birthday Party | 2.7.2011.

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Happy Birthday, Dilla.

Set to be the Party of the year, some of the best known Los Angeles (and World) DJs are teaming up on J. Dilla’s 37th birthday for what could be one of the greatest DJ sets of all time. Put together by the legendary Houseshoes… It’s a guaranteed night of great music, with a whole lotta dilla in between. If you’re gonna be holding up the wall… don’t go. We came to party for this one.

Raise It Up – Dilla's 37th Birthday Party | 2.7.2011.

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Happy Birthday, Dilla.

Set to be the Party of the year, some of the best known Los Angeles (and World) DJs are teaming up on J. Dilla’s 37th birthday for what could be one of the greatest DJ sets of all time. Put together by the legendary Houseshoes… It’s a guaranteed night of great music, with a whole lotta dilla in between. If you’re gonna be holding up the wall… don’t go. We came to party for this one.

Mayer Hawthorne at The Music Box Hollywood: 11.12.10.

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Good nights were had here.

Another wonderful show, another wonderful experience, another randomly awesome story.

A couple of weeks ago, I checked the network and saw that Mayer Hawthorne was coming into town. Initially I was excited to see if I could get to it. I’ve been a long time fan (as most of you already know here), and have yet to see him live. But after realizing that several of my friends/concert buddies would be busy and wouldn’t be able to come with me, I would be about a week out of jaw surgery… and onslaught of deadlines, I kinda ruled it out. I was sad, but I realized there was work to do.

That was until my good friends (@MOSologist) and @JacksonPerry talked me into entering their Mazda 2 contest that was connected to the tour. They did the marketing for the Concert, and signing up would be basically helping out friends with business. How could I say no? Figuring the chances of me actually WINNING this thing were REALLY slim, I signed up as a good look for my people. Anything I can do to help is the motto, basically.

Welp, that must be a wonderful motto to hold onto… because I actually WON this contest. LMAO. Amazing. I actually found out the same day that I went to see Conan’s first show for the second time. (Yeah. You like that.) And after letting my friend know that I had actually won… they went the extra step and made sure I was well taken care of at the show. And I’ll always appreciate that. Especially post mouth surgery. :)

In short: Great show, Wonderful night. My first Mayer Hawthorne show and I am impressed. One of those concert shows and presentations that makes you appreciate the music more in Live format than you do Album format. Songs come alive and sound different with the amazing band he has behind him (also known as The County). Energetic, engaging and genuine. Debuted 3 new songs at the show for the audience. Also had his dancers from his video “Your Easy Lovin Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin'” on stage with him as background dancers (adorable), as well as some witty stage banter for an all around entertaining show. Both the Pre-Show and After Party set ups were very nice, with Mayer signing items for fans (Got the CD signed for the physical format win), and DJ’ing after the show with his friends and business partners around. He was also sweet enough to connect me to Quincy, the only person who might be able to transpose “I Wish It Would Rain” to Piano Sheet Music for me (get on that man, I need that “authentic” sound). A productive night, with Seth Green, DJ Babu and Esperanza Spalding roaming around a great afterparty for the overall win.

Here go your photos. I think I did decent with my Droid and its 5 megapixels. And the video for Mayer Hawthorne’s Your Easy Lovin Ain’t Pleasin Nothin’. Shoutout to Olivia Orozco  for your amazing choreography. You are a winner girl.

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Mayer Hawthorne is bringing Retro back. | “Wish it Would Rain” Appreciation.

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Crate Digging is AWESOME.

Mayer Hawthorne, a 29-year-old kid out of Ann Arbor, Michigan is making some interesting, high quality retro music right now. And I’m fairly picky about my Retro… if it’s not done right, it ends up sounding contrite and cheesy. But not Mayer. Falling into that “Authentic” range that VV Brown and Dan Brown seem to be wedging themselves into, Mayer channels some of the musical greats like Barry White, Issac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield, and has crafted his own special brand of authentic retro soul that is catchy and undeniable. And with Mark Ronson behind him (the dude that’s responsible for Amy Winehouse’s Epic “Back to Black” album), you know there’s very little fail involved.

A perfect example of this is his new single “Wish It Would Rain” (click that) from his album “A Strange Arrangement.” With a stunning piano arrangement reminiscent of an old Dramatics song, and a melancholy tonality that reminds me of Simply Red’s “Holding Back The Years,” Mayer spills his emotions over a relationship coming to an end… and his desire to hide the overwhelming sadness flooding his heart. Not only is the song itself amazing, but the video compliments it perfectly, giving the viewer get a glimpse into the sadness Mayer is trying to work through. Its one of those videos that made me appreciate the song even more. A rare feat to come by these days.

Definitely worth looking into.

And Mayer or anyone in his camp…. If you read this… I got $20 on the Piano Sheet Music for this song. Seriously. Someone get on that for me. Until then, I’m forced to listen to the instrumental version over and over. Actually… Thats not a horrible concept. LoL.

Have fun.

Mayer Hawthorne is bringing Retro back. | "Wish it Would Rain" Appreciation.

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Crate Digging is AWESOME.

Mayer Hawthorne, a 29-year-old kid out of Ann Arbor, Michigan is making some interesting, high quality retro music right now. And I’m fairly picky about my Retro… if it’s not done right, it ends up sounding contrite and cheesy. But not Mayer. Falling into that “Authentic” range that VV Brown and Dan Brown seem to be wedging themselves into, Mayer channels some of the musical greats like Barry White, Issac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield, and has crafted his own special brand of authentic retro soul that is catchy and undeniable. And with Mark Ronson behind him (the dude that’s responsible for Amy Winehouse’s Epic “Back to Black” album), you know there’s very little fail involved.

A perfect example of this is his new single “Wish It Would Rain” (click that) from his album “A Strange Arrangement.” With a stunning piano arrangement reminiscent of an old Dramatics song, and a melancholy tonality that reminds me of Simply Red’s “Holding Back The Years,” Mayer spills his emotions over a relationship coming to an end… and his desire to hide the overwhelming sadness flooding his heart. Not only is the song itself amazing, but the video compliments it perfectly, giving the viewer get a glimpse into the sadness Mayer is trying to work through. Its one of those videos that made me appreciate the song even more. A rare feat to come by these days.

Definitely worth looking into.

And Mayer or anyone in his camp…. If you read this… I got $20 on the Piano Sheet Music for this song. Seriously. Someone get on that for me. Until then, I’m forced to listen to the instrumental version over and over. Actually… Thats not a horrible concept. LoL.

Have fun.

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