Mayer Hawthorne – I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Mayer Hawthorne is back with a new track, a cover-version of Tony Benett’s “I Left My Heart In San Francisco“. You can buy the tune preloaded on a heart-shaped USB stick and get a beautiful shirt designed by Freegums on top of that.

If you’re in San Francisco next Friday, make sure to drop by the release party at the Eve Lounge where Mayer will be playing a DJ-set.

Weekly Bits 4/2010

Some long awaited releases have been on sale since last week. José James‘ second LP Blackmagic was delayed a couple of times already, but now it’s finally available on CD.

LA’s Stones Throw label has two new releases out now, one of them being the 5-LP box set of Dâm-Funk’s album Toeachizown. The second new offering is quite a surprise to me, it’s the instrumentals of Mayer Hawthorne‘s A Strange Arrangement.

Paul Pre, the man behind the latest podcast, is about to launch his club night Vast and now offers his own podcast series. You can listen to the first three on Mixcloud.

Meatskull have posted this very exclusive mixtape from Massive Attack’s 3D. Back in 2002, this was a give-away to the first 200 attendees of a Nocturne club in Bristol.

More than six hours of music are featured on this recording of a Move D party in Switzerland. Fans of deep house and minimal techno need to grab this 529 megabyte monster!

Chances are high you will find me tuned in on Lukid’s Ustream channel on Monday evening. Lukid, Bullion and Luke Vibert are now featured on a new 12-inch on Ghostly. Limited release, be quick!

Dazed Digital have posted some of Carlos Nino’s favorites. That’s favourite bands, labels, websites and books.

The RBMA in London will kick off real soon and together with Resident Advisor, they curate this special event. Carl Craig, Moritz von Oswald, Matmos, Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwartz – what are you waiting for?

And speaking of books, the author of my favourite novel The Catcher in the Rye, Jerome David Salinger has passed away this week. Rest In Peace!

Diggin' with Mayer Hawthorne

The guys from Yours Truly accompanied Mayer Hawthorne on his search for records at San Francisco’s Groove Merchant.

We all know that feeling, don’t we? But I guess it’s good to hear it from someone else, gives us the feeling of being part of the same secret society.

Weekly Bits 45/2009

Let’s start this post with these video interviews with Mayer Hawthorne and SA-RA. The second is already a bit older but gives some insights on the creative partners.

The anticipated new album from Trus’me will be in stores on December 7, you can listen to snippets from every track on his SoundCloud page.

Another new album comes from my good friend Bruno Morais, who turned his back on his previous electronic productions to produce a very traditional recording of Brazilian music. You can watch his first music video on YouTube.

Detroit based Zo! is giving away his new EP …just visiting too, a collection of cover versions of artists like Minnie Riperton, The Jones Girls or The Isley Brothers.

Here’s one more on Mayer Hawthorne, his label Stones Throw has posted a live-recording of his song The Ills for you to download.

Two years after the release of his album Underwater Dancehall, dubstep producer Pinch is releasing remixes of the track “Get Up”. The track features Bugz in the Attic live vocalist Yolanda, who also lent her voice to Massive Attack before. Here’s a video for the track.

Brainfeeder’s Teebs has designed 100 unique 7-inch sleeves for the new Primary1 single. The artwork is currently exhibited at London’s Rough Trade store, where it is also being sold exclusively.

And lastly, go and visit Werk Discs‘ new website, home to artists like Lukid and Zomby.

Weekly Bits 42/2009

Earlier this week, the participants of the Red Bull Music Academy 2010 were chosen. Among the lucky winners is L.A.’s incredibly talented Jennifer Lee, better known as TOKiMONSTA. In order to celebrate, Brainfeeder is giving away one of her tracks, another new remix can be found on Jenn’s SoundCloud page.

More news from Brainfeeder made the round this week, label founder Flying Lotus is supposed to do a collaboration with UK’s Burial. I remember quite some Burial related announcements from the past that never took off, but in this case there’s even something to listen to.

The success story of Mayer Hawthorne goes on, this time the Rolling Stone magazine is giving him a feature. At the same time, Mayer has released his new single Green Eyed Love with remixes from Waajeed and Classixx, a new video is also available.

I’ve seen quite some superlatives for the 50th anniversary of Kind of Blue, but Columbia Records takes the cake with its latest Miles Davis box set.  On November 24th, they release The Complete Columbia Album Collection on 70 CDs and one DVD. It will be exclusively available on Amazon.

Legendary disc jockey Greg Wilson finally got himself an account on SoundCloud and gives away a bunch of edits and mash-ups.

The nice people of Warm are talking to New York DJ and radio-host  Tim Sweeney, who is looking back at ten years of running Beats In Space and will soon launch a label by the same name.

In other news, you might also want to check out this skateboard by Jeff Mill’s Axis Records, a new video by Lefto featuring Dorian Concept and Lukid, or the latest podcast from MUTEK mixed by French re-edit master Pilooski.

Mayer Hawthorne – The Ills

It’s my favourite track off his album A Strange Arrangement and it will be sold exclusively on Mayer Hawthorne’s European Tour. On the flipside you get the instrumental version of the track.

The video above is not official, but it’s without a doubt the best Mayer Hawthorne video I’ve seen to date.

If this got you in the mood for some more uptempo soul, let me remind you of the video for Love is Alright. With some luck you might still get a copy of the 4-inch holding that tune.

Nov 6, 2009 Get a live-version of this tune for free on Stones Throw

Mayer Hawthorne covers E.L.O.

Only yesterday, I wanted to post this video of Mayer Hawthorne singing a cover of M.I.A.’s Paper Planes. For reasons beyond my comprehension, the Guardian does not allow embedding the video.

Instead you get Mr. Blue Sky as covered by Mr. Hawthorne. You might remember Electric Light Orchestra‘s original version from its prominent return in Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Weekly Bits 36/2009

After a couple of delays due to problems with the pressing, the anticipated new 12-inch from Floating Points  is finally available. You can buy your copy of Vacuum EP at Boomkat, Juno or Bleep, full-length previews are available on SoundCloud.

Also out now is Mayer Hawthorne‘s debut album A Strange Arrangement, if you hurry up you will get a free 4-inch record on top. His label Stones Throw has also posted a new remix from Astronote, which you can download for free!

More free tracks this week come from Seiji and Greymatter. K15 has two remixes of Dabrye and Radiohead to share, and Vikter Duplaix also has beautiful new song to give.

Slate Magazine compiled the best (and worst) movie appearances of the Miles Davis‘ epic Kind of Blue. S have a look at Miles at the Movies.

Sonic Router did a review of an album I’m really looking forward to, Unbalance by 2562 (also known as Dogdaze or A Made Up Sound).

Suneel Jethani of Cyclic Defrost is in conversation with Dabrye and Charlie Dark on this article on post-Dilla hip-hop.

Mayer Hawthorne – Love Is All Right

Mayer Hawthorne’s much anticipated debut A Strange Arrangement will finally come out next week. Its limited edition will contain a 4-inch record containing the track “Love Is All Right”.

I have to say, I really liked all Mayer Hawthorne material so far but this is probably the best tune I heard from the man!

Maybe So, Maybe No

So, I featured previous videos by everybody’s darling and soul singer extraordinaire Mayer Hawthorne, guess you should know about this one as well. “Maybe So, Maybe No” is the second single, following the heart-shaped debut 10-inch Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out (which now sells for ridiculous prices).

As you should know already, Mayer’s album A Strange Arrangement will be out on September 9th, followed by a tour through the United States.

Mayer Hawthorne's Barbershop Quartet

A video for the latest from Mayer Hawthorne, actually his Barbershop Quartet, performing the new song “When I Said Goodbye”.

Yes, we can really sing yall. Ain’t no studio magic. Ain’t no autotune. No lip synch. Real deal Holyfield. We shot the barbershop video in one take, on a real street corner, with real people watchin.

In the meantime, Stones Throw has announced the date for Mayer’s debut album A Strange Arrangement, which will be out on 09-09-09 on both CD and LP.

via Twitter

New Mayer Hawthorne Video

While the second Mayer Hawthorne single Maybe So, Maybe No is nearing its release, his debut release Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out finally got a video.

Mayer is still touring through the U.S. and Canada together with James Pants, Peanut Butter Wolf and Dâm-Funk.

Update On-Point TV had the chance to speak with Mayer about his music, his influences and his working method. Guaranteed niceness!

Weekly Bits 17/2009

My favourite mixtape this week comes from from Berlin’s Robot Koch, who is responsible for the second Brainfeeder Podcast. This sample-laden mix features a variety of styles from jazz to folk, afrofunk and some obscurities. Highly recommended!

Stones Throw is about to release a new single from soul-singer Mayer Hawthorne and for that occasion they’re giving away a free MP3 of Maybe So, Maybe No. Also, Mayer joined Gilles Peterson for a conversation on the all new Worldwide Podcast.

A new edition of Shook Magazine is finally out. Subscribers should have it in the mailbox by now, while the rest should be able to order a copy starting next week!

The book Designed by Machine was previously featured on this blog, but only now it is available from selected bookshops. I have spotted the book at Rush Hour, where you can conveniently order it by mail.

Let me also mention The Art of Partying from the Parra Soundsystem. This is a collection of re-edits from Tom Trago, Piet Parra and the rest of the team. I have some mixed feelings (ABBA?!) about this, but chances are there’s something in it for you! Plus it’s a free download.

Mayer Hawthorne on Deviation

The Stones Throw European Tour brought the label’s latest talent Mayer Hawthorne to the BBC studios to meet up with Benji B. Apart from being interviewed, Mayer presented four songs from his soon to be released debut album.

Mayer Hawthorne on BBC 1xtra Deviation

If you didn’t get a chance to listen to the show, Stones Throw now offers this MP3 of the show. It features the tracks “Maybe So, Maybe No”, “I Wish It Would Rain”, “Green Eyed Love” and “Love’s Alright”.

Mayer Hawthorne Video and Interview

Here’s a video of Stones Throw soul-singer Mayer Hawthorne, who will be touring Europe in March alongside James Pants, Peanut Butter Wolf and Dam-Funk. It was recorded only two days ago somewhere in California, and it features him with his band The County performing their great debut single Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out.

For more about the tour, his influences and production I recommend this interview on the Future Vintage website. There he also announces the release of the new single Maybe So, Maybe No for March, his album can be expected later this year.

Feb 20, 2009 The video was actually recorded at the live debut in Fullerton, here is another clip