Category: Mayer Hawthorne

Album review: Mayer Hawthorne's 'How Do You Do'

Album review: Mayer Hawthorne's 'How Do You Do'

Let’s pretend that Cee-Lo Green and the poor lady on the receiving end of the more profane version of “… You” decided to patch things up and go back to bed. What record do they put on? Mayer Hawthorne’s “How Do You Do” might do the trick.

Hawthorne made his reputation as an ever-falsettoed crooner on L.A.’s weirdo rap imprint Stones Throw. “How Do You Do” is his major-label debut, and it splits the difference between the well-ironed soul revivalism of Adele and R. Kelly’s baroquely dirty mind.

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Mayer Hawthorne covers all sorts of musical ground with his new "Impressions EP"

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Surviving another boring Wednesday is easier when you've got a little new music to get you over the hump. Mayer Hawthorne knows this. And he's releasing a free, six-song slew of cover songs, unfurling his eclectic sonic palette for all to hear. The new stable of tracks, titled "Impressions EP," will be released independently for Hawthorne via his Twitter account.

For those waiting for the artist to release his sophomore album "How Do You Do" this fall, the hump has been about two years and counting. Still, Hawthorne's raised his profile considerably with a slot on the Hooligans in Wondaland tour with Bruno Mars and Chicago's 2011 Lollapalooza festival. On the heels of a 10" single of his song "No Strings" released in April, this is the latest tidbit unveiled by the Stones Throw recording artist.

The download package also features short descriptions of how Hawthorne chose this eclectic set of gems to turn into cover jams. The track list has the Michigan-born soul crooner revamping tracks from such varied artists as ELO, Jon Brion and Chromeo. Typically pigeonholed as a saccharine Motown throwback, the man born Andrew Mayer Cohen made some unexpected choices on the EP that go a long way in affirming his role as a 21st century artist with a forward-leaning philosophy on old-school sounds. Hawthorne spoke with Pop & Hiss about Wednesday's free release.

Pop & Hiss: How much did your Detroit roots and your musical upbringing factor into the songs you chose for the EP?

Mayer Hawthorne: I was really fortunate growing up to have a broad musical education. My parents listened to all kinds of music, rock, soul, Motown, jazz, Frank Sinatra, everything. I think that definitely played a huge role [in the selection]. It plays a huge role in the music I make and it’s why my music sounds like it does. It’s soul music, but it incorporates so many other genres.

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The vintage soundtrack for all your shopping needs: Mayer Hawthorne and the County wow the Westfield Culver City


Westfield Culver City is the quintessential late 20th century American mall. A sprawling, multilevel maze of everything from a Cinnabon to a Radio Shack, the mall formerly known as Fox Hills also has a bit of an unfortunate history, and has recently undergone a massive transformation.

In an effort to revitalize the shopping center to reflect the improvements in the area, a reported $180 million was sunk into the recent transformation of the Westfield Culver City. All of which made the free KCRW-sponsored concert by emerging soul sensation Mayer Hawthorne an improbably special event.

Mall concerts have been historically predominated by industry-driven potential teen sensations (see Tiffany’s fame-generating “The Beautiful You: Celebrating The Good Life Shopping Mall Tour” of 1987). But on Saturday, an impressive crowd of fans and unsuspecting shoppers alike found themselves enthralled with Hawthorne's snappy, Motown-inspired blue-eyed soul.
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