Ladies and Gentleman, Mr. Mayer Hawthorne

Mirror, Mirror, Mayer Hawthorne
photo from Foto Schiko

Late last year the excellent blog Fire Escape Talking wrote about this heart shaped record by Mayer Hawthorne that harked back to the days of Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. The record came out on the venerable Stones Throw, so you kinda knew that it wasn’t a fluke. The first pressing quickly sold out for good reason, a red heart-shaped record with a killer A and B side was a no-brainer to get rid of ten hard earned dollars.

That record has been on my turntable quit a bit the last six months as a welcome respite from all the garage, punk and indie records that seem to monopolize my listening most of time.  So Mr. Hawthorne, to prove that that beautiful red piece of wax wasn’t a fluke, has an entire record in the offing, hard proof this guy is no one hit wonder.  Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw mogul signed him to his label after hearing only two songs, and his gamble apparently is now paying off.  The record is twelve songs that will take you back to a different time when you called your girl baby, there was slow dancing without any grinding and the bridges of songs always required hand claps.  Mayer Hawthorne’s A Strange Arrangement comes out 8 September, so line up and get ready to get transported back to a different time, from which  you probably won’t want to leave. Oh, and if you can’t believe that a 29 year old white guy from Ann Arbor, Michigan is the man behind this soul revival then catch him on tour this fall to become a believer, dates below.

mp3: Mayer Hawthorn -The Ills

mp3: Mayer Hawthorn – Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out

Pre-order the LP or CD from Stonesthrow and get a limited edition 4 inch single.

Sep 05: Seattle, WA at Bumbershoot Festival
Sep 10: Los Angeles at The Roxy
Sep 13: San Luis Obispo at Downtown Brew
Sep 15: San Francisco at Rickshaw Stop
Sep 16: Santa Cruz at Catalyst (Atrium)
Sep 18: Portland at MusicFest NW
Sep 19: Eugene at WOW Hall
Sep 21: Salt Lake City at Kilby Court
Sep 23: Denver at Larimer Lounge
Sep 24: Omaha at The Waiting Room
Sep 25: Chicago at Dark Room
Sep 26: Ann Arbor at Blind Pig
Sep 27: Toronto at Drake Hotel
Sep 29: Boston at Great Scott
Sep 30: Philadelphia at Johnny Brendas
Oct 01: Brooklyn at The Knitting Factory
Oct 02: New York at Mercury Lounge
Oct 04: Washington DC at DC9
Oct 05: Chapel Hill at Local 506
Oct 06: Atlanta at Druken Unicorn
Oct 07: Orlando at The Social
Oct 09: New Orleans at Parish, HOB
Oct 10: Austin at Red 7
Oct 14: Scottsdale, AZ at Chasers
Oct 15: San Diego at Canes

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