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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.

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If you like me, you'll check the awesomeness that is this Kate Nash song.

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Adorable.

Adorable.

I mean, I LOVE this song.
“Do Wah Doo” is the awesome new single from Kate Nash’s new album “My Best Friend is You.”
Essentially, the song is the story of my life… Watching all the hot boys fawn over a lame chick who isn’t nearly as cool as you think she is… a total whore (drama and vajayjay kind), and will probably be pregnant twice before the age of 21. And for some reason, we seem to be the only people who see the wolf in sheep’s clothing. In this wonderfully cute video, Kate The Stewardess  plays the role of the silent good girl who has to sit back and watch this bitch play on her crush just because she can… while singing her heart out on the situation, with an amazing throwback Doo Wop sound, and awesome choreography sprinkled in throughout.

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Heres the lyrics, as you’ll need those in your life. lol.

Everybody thinks that girl’s so fine
Everybody’s like “I’ll make her mine.”
Everyone thinks she’s a bit of alright
But I think that she’s not so nice

Every guy’s looking in her eyes
Every guy’s checking out her thighs
Everyone thinks that girl’s a lady
But I don’t, I think that girl’s shady.

But I’ll just read a book instead
I don’t care if we’re just friends
I can hang out with myself
But I am off now to pretend

But I’ll just read a book instead
But I know that you think she’s first
I don’t even think she cares
But don’t know what you see

There’s nothing that…
Ba bom ba bom ba bom bom
Ba bom ba bom ba bom bom

Well I think she’s a BITCH.

I’ll just read a book instead
I don’t care if we’re just friends
I can hang out with myself
But I am off now to pretend

But I’ll just read a book instead
But I know that you think she’s first
I don’t even think she cares
Don’t know what you see

There’s nothing that….
Ba bom ba bom ba bom bom
Ba bom ba bom ba bom bom

I think she’s a BITCH.

LOL. Hilarious.
Anyways, please enjoy.

If you like me, you’ll check the awesomeness that is this Kate Nash song.

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Adorable.

Adorable.

I mean, I LOVE this song.
“Do Wah Doo” is the awesome new single from Kate Nash’s new album “My Best Friend is You.”
The song is the story of my life… Watching all the hot boys fawn over a lame chick who isn’t nearly as cool as you think she is… a total whore (drama and vajayjay kind), and will probably be pregnant twice before the age of 21. And for some reason, we seem to be the only people who see the wolf in sheep’s clothing. In this wonderfully cute video, Kate The Stewardess  plays the role of the silent good girl who has to sit back and watch this bitch play on her crush just because she can… while singing her heart out on the situation, with an amazing throwback Doo Wop sound, and awesome choreography sprinkled in throughout.

Heres the lyrics, as you’ll need those in your life. lol.

Everybody thinks that girl’s so fine
Everybody’s like “I’ll make her mine.”
Everyone thinks she’s a bit of alright
But I think that she’s not so nice

Every guy’s looking in her eyes
Every guy’s checking out her thighs
Everyone thinks that girl’s a lady
But I don’t, I think that girl’s shady.

But I’ll just read a book instead
I don’t care if we’re just friends
I can hang out with myself
But I am off now to pretend

But I’ll just read a book instead
But I know that you think she’s first
I don’t even think she cares
But don’t know what you see

There’s nothing that…
Ba bom ba bom ba bom bom
Ba bom ba bom ba bom bom

Well I think she’s a BITCH.

I’ll just read a book instead
I don’t care if we’re just friends
I can hang out with myself
But I am off now to pretend

But I’ll just read a book instead
But I know that you think she’s first
I don’t even think she cares
Don’t know what you see

There’s nothing that….
Ba bom ba bom ba bom bom
Ba bom ba bom ba bom bom

I think she’s a BITCH.

LOL. Hilarious.
Anyways, please enjoy.

"When will we get the time to be Just Friends?" ©Amy Winehouse.

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Amy, Amy, Amy.

You just don’t know. This song does something to me.
I could sit here all day and think of every colorful verb and adjective in the book, and it still wouldn’t describe the feeling my soul gets when I hear that opening piano chord sequence. How my heart jumps and drops at the same time when I hear that Horn Section come in. Just listening to it for the first time in months stopped me in my tracks and compelled me to just… start writing about it. So I’ll let the spirit move me.

In my heart, I will always miss the Old Amy Winehouse. The one you see above. The mostly tattoo free, crack-less, Blake-less Amy who was just trying to battle the haunting demons of a childhood without the father she adored (he was off having an affair with another woman, which left an effect she CLEARLY lets you know about… and you could see manifest itself later in her career…), while using the gift of her voice and POWERFUL writing ability to work through it. Unfortunately, life doesn’t go how we plan, relationships are not a fu*king cakewalk, and sometimes along the way you run into things and people you shouldn’t be around… even though your heart tells you to spend as much time have on earth with them. And it looks like she’s had that moment.

Anyways… the theme of this (powerful ass) song lies largely within the theme of trying to let go of that certain someone/something. You know who s/he is. You know you need to let go, but every time you try… you can’t seem to release yourself from whatever hold they have on you. And a part of you doesn’t really want to. Every breath, every kiss, every caress seems to negate the horrible argument you just had, the ugly things you said to each other… or the fact that s/he’s still attached to that ex of his. Basically, you know you need to just put this dude in the friend zone PERMANENTLY, and you REALLY want to, but you CANT.

It happens so much more often than we think. Some call it “The Game Changer.” Others call it “The one who got away” or “leave that motherfucker alone.” I call it “The Untouchable.” That one person, no matter how much you want and KNOW you should be with them… you already know that NO good could ever come of that situation. And even though you know you shouldn’t, you spend every second you can with said person, absorbing every minute, moment and memory into your mind, etching every word spoken into your heart… while somehow keeping in mind that it was already over long before it even began.

So can you tell I relate to this song in a serious way? Ha. Well like I said, there’s nothing I can say that Amy cant tell you in three minutes, letting her unnaturally soulful voice and soul bleed on this track of retro-perfectness. Ska influenced horns and sweet guitar riffs find Amy between begging her lover to stay, while doing everything she can to make him leave. Change a love that was once passionate and intense into a friendship with lines and boundaries. Funny thing is, even though you can hear in every verse that she wants him as a friend, she still needs more from him… in a real way. Theres an ever-present sense of longing for him even though she wants him to go away.

Just Listen.

“When will we get the time to be just friends?

It’s never safe for us not even in the evening
‘cos I’ve been drinking
Not in the morning where your shit works
It’s always dangerous when everybody’s sleeping
And I’ve been thinking
Can we be alone?
Can we be alone?

When will we get the time to be just friends?

And no I’m not ashamed but the guilt will kill you
If she don’t first
I’ll never love you like her
Though we need to find the time
To just do this shit together
For it gets worse
I wanna touch you
But that just hurts

When will we get the time to be just just friends
Just friends?”

I feel you, Amy.

Anyways, I’m going to shut the entire fuck up now.
Thanks.

“When will we get the time to be Just Friends?” ©Amy Winehouse.

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Amy, Amy, Amy.

You just don’t know. This song does something to me.
I could sit here all day, and think of every color verb and adjective in the book, and it still wouldn’t describe the feeling my soul gets when I hear that opening piano chord sequence. How my heart jumps and drops at the same time when I hear that Horn Section come in. Just listening to it for the first time in months stopped me in my tracks and compelled me to just… start writing about it. So I’ll let the spirit move me.

In my heart, I will always miss the Old Amy Winehouse. The one you see above. The mostly tattoo free, crack-less, Blake-less Amy who was just trying to battle the haunting demons of a childhood without the father she adored (he was off having an affair with another woman… it left an effect she CLEARLY lets you know about… and you could see manifest itself later in her career…), while using the gift of her voice and writing ability to work through it. Unfortunately, life doesn’t go how we plan, relationships are not a fu*king cakewalk, and sometimes you run into things and people you shouldn’t be around… even though your heart tells you to spend as much time have on earth with them. And it looks like she’s had that moment.

Anyways… the theme of this (powerful ass) song lies largely within the theme of trying to let go of that certain someone/something. You know who s/he is. You know you need to let go, but every time you try… you can’t seem to release yourself from whatever hold they have on you. And a part of you don’t really want to. Every breath, every kiss, every caress seems to negate the horrible argument you just had, the ugly things you said to each other… or the fact that s/he’s still attached to that ex of his. Basically, you know you need to just put this dude in the friend zone PERMANENTLY, and you REALLY want to, but you CANT.
It happens so much more often than we think. Some call it “The Game Changer.” Others call it “The one who got away.” I call it “The Untouchable.” The one, no matter how much you want and KNOW you should be with them… you already know that NO good could ever come of that situation. And even though you shouldn’t, you spend every second you can with this said person, absorbing every moment and memory into your mind, etching every word spoken into your heart… while somehow keeping in mind that it was already over long before it even began.

So can you tell I relate to this song in a serious way? Ha. Well like I said, there’s nothing I can say that Amy cant tell you in three minutes, letting her unnaturally soulful voice and soul bleed on this track of retro-perfectness. Ska influenced horns and sweet guitar riffs find Amy between begging her lover to stay, while doing everything she can to make him leave. Change a love that was once passionate and intense into a friendship with lines and boundaries. Funny thing is, you can hear in every verse that while she wants him as a friend, she still needs him in a real way. Theres an ever-present sense of longing for him even though she wants him to go away.

Just Listen.

“When will we get the time to be just friends?

It’s never safe for us not even in the evening
‘cos I’ve been drinking
Not in the morning where your shit works
It’s always dangerous when everybody’s sleeping
And I’ve been thinking
Can we be alone?
Can we be alone?

When will we get the time to be just friends?

And no I’m not ashamed but the guilt will kill you
If she don’t first
I’ll never love you like her
Though we need to find the time
To just do this shit together
For it gets worse
I wanna touch you
But that just hurts

When will we get the time to be just just friends
Just friends?”

I feel you, Amy.

Anyways, I’m going to shut the entire fuck up now.
Thanks.

VV Brown: Traveling Like The Light.

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Cute.

Sound: Retro Pop with a dash of that Lo-Fi Indie Sound.
Album: Traveling Like The Light (2009)

VV Brown as your first blog post? Why?
Well frankly, I love this chick. And with the right exposure and timing… people will figure it out.
Fresh new take on pop music. Taking old retro style music, and updating it with a new sound and fresh energy. I’m a HUGE fan of retro (done correctly), and hearing things like “Crying Blood” (aka: The Monster Mash 2009)  and “Bottles” make me happy inside. Shes built with a distinct and beautiful voice, especially in acapella mode (important to me; if you cant sing without the music, I don’t care).  Amy Winehouse with more Pop and Rock influences with LESS drama. Raphael Saddiq’s last album if he had more fun with rock tracks.

Adorable person with a matching personality. Honestly, stunning to look at. Was signed to a modeling agency shortly after being signed to her label… didn’t take much when you stand 5’11 and got that kinda jawline. lol. With features coming on MTV’s “The City” and “Sex and The City,” its only a matter of time. Her live shows need a little bit of work, but I’m still tryinta see her live again, before you guys show up. ;)

Other Songs to Listen to:
Leave! Quick Fix, L.O.V.E., Shark in the Water (Acoustic).

Have fun.

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