Theft of the Dial: Mayer Hawthorne

by Barb Abney

Mayer Hawthorne
Mayer Hawthorne (Courtesy of the artist)
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    Jul 15, 2013

Hawthorne's new album Where Does This Door Go has a significantly different sound than his past Motown-inspired records (read what DJ Bill DeVille had to say about it). He put his usual production rules aside in exchange for fun and fun only. Exploring a new approach suits the title Where Does This Door Go -- it alludes to feeling scared of, but mostly excited about, uncertainty.

You can see from Mayer's playlist that his music taste spans all decades and genres, but regardless of his influences, he says, "It's all about moving the music forward and not taking it back."

Where Does This Door Go drops today on Universal Republic records.

Playlist

Mayer Hawthorne - "The Stars Are Ours"
Steely Dan - "Haitian Divorce"
The Cars - "Good Times Roll"
Benny Sings - "Little Donna"
Beastie Boys - "So Whatcha Want"
Mitzi - "All I Heard"
Mayer Hawthorne - "Her Favorite Song"

Videos

Mayer Hawthorne - "The Stars Are Ours"

Steely Dan - "Haitian Divorce"

The Cars - "Good Times Roll"

Benny Sings - "Little Donna"

Beastie Boys - "So What'Cha Want"

Mitzi - "All I Heard"

Mayer Hawthorne - "Her Favorite Song (Oliver remix)"

Resources

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