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Mayer Hawthorne has come a long way since his 2008 debut, and right now he says, “Life is great.” He’s released three well-received full-length albums, had songs licensed for film and television, and toured the world with Bruno Mars, Foster The People, Erykah Badu, Janelle...

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Tuxedo II

In the store | TUXEDO II 5 time Grammy™ losers are back! Tuxedo's Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One are back with Tuxedo II. Read More

Watch: Tuxedo “2nd Time Around”

In the store | TUXEDO II Last week, Tuxedo (the joint project between Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne) released their new album Tuxedo II. Today,... Read More

A Very Mayery Christmas Mix from Mayer Hawthorne

Vince Guaraldi “Linus & Lucy” James Brown “Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto” Snoop Doggy Dogg “Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto” De... Read More

Tuxedo – “Without Your Love”

New track release, U.S. tour dates. Here's a track from Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One's collab as Tuxedo, "Without Your Love." This was released a... Read More

Tuxedo – R U READY – official video

Someone just found another VHS of Tuxedo, this time at a Goodwill shop in Fresno. This appears to have been shot in a TV studio... Read More

Tuxedo's "Number One"

Here's the new video for "Number One" directed by M. Corey Witted. Mayer, Jake and the band will perform live on March 20th as a... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One are Tuxedo

The two Grammy-nominated artists have teamed up to release their debut album Tuxedo (Stones Throw Records) In the store | TUXEDO - TUXEDO 2LP, Digital,... Read More

A Valentine's Day mixtape from Tuxedo

Step in the Name of Love, mixed by Tuxedo – Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One. "Get your two-step on to some of our favorite 80s... Read More

Tuxedo's postcard record

Feb 17 Update: On Feb. 10th we offered to give away 20 of these at random to anyone who signed up to our newsletter. We've... Read More

Tuxedo - "Do It (Flaunt Edwards Edit)"

Tuxedo is Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One. The mysterious Flaunt Edwards (aka J Rocc) has taken their track "Do It" to his chopping block, and... Read More

Tuxedo – DO IT (video)

Tuxedo emerged last year with three tracks of smooth, synth-heavy, disco funk, and accompanied by no information whatsoever about the group except a greeting –... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - Christmas Time Is Here (Again)

It's that time again. Here's again is one of our favorite Christmas records, by Mayer Hawthorne. He recorded this a couple years back, and delivered... Read More

MED, BLU, MADLIB, MAYER HAWTHORNE: The Buzz EP

In the store | THE BUZZ EP November 26 release. Now shipping. MED & Blu announced their new collab over Madlib beats with The Burgundy... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne "Shiny and New" (unofficial) video

Mayer Hawthorne: "I never made an official music video for 'Shiny & New,' but if I did...." "Shake" – featuring Mayer Hawthorne's "Shiny & New"... Read More

Stones Throw Podcast 84: Hawthorne Radio Episode 5

Download at iTunes | Stones Throw Podcast 84: Hawthorne Radio Ep.5 Mayer Hawthorne is back on the air with more soul tracks for the 5th... Read More

Gold records: Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go on 2LP vinyl

In the store | Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go Vinyl copies have arrived for Mayer Hawthorne's Where Does This Door Go. The... Read More

Video: Mayer Hawthorne "Her Favorite Song"

Here's the first video from Mayer Hawthorne's latest album Where Does This Door Go which drops July 16. "Her Favorite Song" features Jessie Ware, and... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne "Behind the Door"

Here's a peek at the film Henry DeMaio directed during the recording of Mayer Hawthorne's album Where Does This Door Go. Read More

Mayer Hawthorne "Reach Out Richard" Prod. by Pharrell Williams

Another track from Mayer Hawthorne's forthcoming album Where Does This Door Go, "Reach Out Richard" produced by Pharrell Williams. Mayer wrote this song for his... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne "Her Favorite Song" feat. Jessie Ware

Mayer Hawthorne will release a new album Where Does This Door Go on July 16. He's got Jessie Ware on board with additional vocals for... Read More

Photos: Stones Throw Hella National at SXSW 2013

We had an afternoon event this year at SXSW called Hella National (a riff on the name of our old Winter Music Conference party, Hella... Read More

Capitol Disc Jockey 1969

In the 60s when vinyl was the any-and-all of the music business, Capitol Records use to send out promo LP compilations of their new hot... Read More

Photos: Stones Throw New Years 2013 Party

Stones Throw's 2012/2013 New Years Eve bash "45 Live" was announced with just a couple days to go - Wolf, Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk & J... Read More

Photos - Stones Throw stage at the Eagle Rock Music Festival

We had a stage all day at the Eagle Rock Music Festival in Los Angeles this weekend, with nearly the whole label and many friends... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - How Do You Do Remixes

Mayer Hawthorne celebrated the one year anniversary of his album How Do You Do by releasing a collection of remixes from the album tracks on... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne and The Stepkids: U.S. tour dates, Spring 2012

Mayer Hawthorne & The County and The Stepkids kick off their U.S. tour tonight in NYC at Webster Hall.  Scroll down for a clip we... Read More

The Stepkids: Shadows on Behalf video, tour with Mayer Hawthorne

Here's the premiere of the "Shadows on Behalf" video by The Stepkids. We're also pleased to announce the band will go on tour with Mayer... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - Christmas Time is Here

Happy Holidays everyone, All the best Christmas songs were written by Jews, and Chanukah songs suck. This is my favorite Christmas tune, sung over the... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” Shirt, Song, Show and Video

IN THE STORE MAYER HAWTHORNE BY STONES THROW/HUF/FREEGUMS (MEN'S) MAYER HAWTHORNE BY STONES THROW/HUF/FREEGUMS (WOMEN'S) Shirt & Song collabo pack with Huf We're bringing it... Read More

How do you do?

Schiko met up with Mayer Hawthorne & The County again at a show they did in Berlin a little while back. Thanks @ Schiko.de Mayer's... Read More

Stones Throw Podcast 68: Mayer Hawthorne - Hawthorne Radio Ep. 4

PODCAST ARCHIVE: STONES THROW PODCAST 68: HAWTHORNE RADIO, EP. 4 On the eve of his sophomore album How Do You Do, Mayer Hawthorne still finds... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne + Chromeo + Tour Bus + You

Mayer Hawthorne & Chromeo kick off the "When Night Falls Tour" this Friday, Sep. 16th in Houston. Mayer & The County play a solo show... Read More

on 45: Mayer Hawthorne plays James Pants and James Pants plays Mayer Hawthorne

IN THE STORE MAYER HAWTHORNE "THIN MOON" B/W JAMES PANTS "GREEN EYED LOVE" 45 Back at last year's SXSW we pressed up a small number... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - Impressions (Covers EP - Free Download)

The "download" portion of this record is no longer available, but here's the tracks. 1. Work To Do This one features my live band, The... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - No Strings 10-inch EP

IN THE STORE: MAYER HAWTHORNE - NO STRINGS 10" 10-inch single, now available. Following the 12-inch “I Need You”, this is another single of new... Read More

J. Rocc - Stay Fresh - Video by Mayer Hawthorne

Shot by Mayer Hawthorne with an iPhone while they were on tour in Japan.  Edited by Mayer Hawthorne on the flight back to L.A. The... Read More

Stones Throw Records celebrates 15 year anniversary with live, direct-to-vinyl series in Los Angeles

UPDATE 5/11: Direct to Disc #2 announced UPDATE 6/11: Mayer Hawthorne Direct to Disc 2/LP UPDATE 6/11: Rick Direct to Disc LP UPDATE 6/11: Photos:... Read More

Stones Throw at SXSW 2011

Below are listings for Stones Throw artists events at SXSW, Austin TX, from Sunday March 13 to Saturday March 19. 3/13 SUN., 10PM:  PBWolf& Chromeo... Read More

Stones Throw's Hella International at Miami Winter Music Conference 2011

Stones Throw will once again be throwing Hella International, our yearly party at Miami's Winter Music Conference. Peanut Butter Wolf, J Rocc, Mayer Hawthorne, Dam... Read More

Stones Throw Podcast 65: Mayer Hawthorne Radio, Episode 3

STONES THROW PODCAST ARCHIVE: STONES THROW PODCAST 65: HAWTHORNE RADIO, EPISODE 3 Stones Throw's podcasts are released as free downloads for an indefinite period of... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne, Bruno and Janelle: Hooligans in Wonderland, May-June 2011

Mayer Hawthorne & The County will join Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae on the Hooligans in Wonderland tour in late May-June. This Spring will also... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne and The County: Live in Australia and New Zealand February 2011

Mayer Hawthorne & The County: Live in Australia & New Zealand February 2011 Feb 12: Auckland NZ at Splore Festival TICKETS/INFO Feb 14: Wellington NZ... Read More

New Years Eve 2011 Events: Los Angeles to Australia

Dec 31: Mayer Hawthorne, Santa Monica CA with Classixx, Jason Bently, Raul Campos at Viceroy, 1819 Ocean Ave Santa Monica CA. http://viceroysantamonica.com/newyearseve Dec 31: Dam-Funk,... Read More

Photos: Red Bull Culture Clash with J. Rocc, Dam-Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, Peanut Butter Wolf

Here in Los Angeles last week Red Bull hosted a music "culture clash" downtown, putting the sound systems of four L.A. crews head to head... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne and The County: USA, Brazil, Australia Tour dates, Dec 10-Feb 11

New lives dates for Mayer Hawthorne & The County. Three countries. Three months. First is Las Vegas, where one hopes they'll make high stakes bets... Read More

STONES THROW vs DIM MAK vs DUB CLUB vs SMOG: Culture Clash Los Angeles, Dec 2nd

Red Bull Music Academy is bringing four of LA's music collectives, including Stones Throw, under one roof on December 2.  Celebrating traditional Jamaican sound clash... Read More

Rappers flow toward singing: Aloe Blacc and Mayer Hawthorne in LA Times

This is an excerpt from Rappers flow toward singing by Jeff Weiss, published in the Los Angeles Times November 14, 2010 A change wasn't going... Read More

Can a nerd have soul? NY Times on Mayer Hawthorne, Aloe Blacc

This is an excerpt from Can A Nerd Have Soul? by Rob Hoerburger, published in The New York Times, November 11, 2010 THE SINGER Mayer... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - No Strings (Roller Boogie Remix by DJ Jazzy Jeff)

As Mayer Hawthorne & The County wrap up their tour for A Strange Arrangement with a few west coast shows, a DJ Jazzy Jeff remix... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne: Fall 2010 tour dates and mixtape

Mayer Hawthorne & The County are setting off on the last leg of their tour for A Strange Arrangement at the beginning of October -... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne and The County: Fall 2010 Tour and free track "No Strings (Classixx Original)"

Mayer Hawthorne & The County are setting off on the last leg of their tour for A Strange Arrangement at the beginning of October –... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne Europe Tour 2010: Photos by Schiko

Schiko with Mayer Hawthorne & The County somewhere in Germany this year. Mayer's new 12-inch is dropping in August: “I Need You” Schiko on the... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - I Need You 12-inch

IN THE STORE MAYER HAWTHORNE - I NEED YOU 12" 1-sided 12" produced by Nottz backed with etching by Freegums.  The vocal & instrumental of... Read More

Behind the Scenes: Mayer Hawthorne and Easy Lovin'

LRG behind the scenes with Mayer Hawthorne at the video shoot for Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin' Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'

Mayer Hawthorne “Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'” from the album A Strange Arrangement.  Directors: Jackson Perry & Henry DeMaio Director of Photography: Ross Harris... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne and The County - Summer 2010 Europe Tour Dates

Mayer Hawthorne & The County - Summer 2010 Europe Tour: 4 Jul, Sun - Corsica, France, Calvi Rocks TICKETS 7 Jul, Wed - Hultsfred, SWeden,... Read More

MP3: Mayer Hawthorne “Held the Hand”

Mayer Hawthorne covers Daniel Johnston MP3: Mayer Hawthorne - Held the Hand Read More

Stones Throw Podcast 60: Mayer Hawthorne and The County, Live in Berlin

STONES THROW PODCAST ARCHIVE: Stones Throw Podcast #60: Mayer Hawthorne & The County Live in Berlin All of Stones Throw's podcasts are released as free... Read More

Video: Mayer Hawthorne Live at Bonnaroo

“Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'” live at Bonnaroo.  If you're in the L.A. area catch Mayer Hawthorne & The County free at the Getty... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne "One Track Mind" video

New video + Mayer Hawthorne & The County tour in Europe: May 10: Lille, FR, at L'Aeronef Club. Tickets May 11: Paris, at Trabendo. Tickets... Read More

Stones Throw vs Fool's Gold: Ace Hotel Palm Springs Apr 16

We're teaming up with a party at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs with the Fool's Gold crew, taking place on the first night of the... Read More

Snoop remixed by Mayer Hawthorne

Snoop Dogg “Gangsta Luv (Mayer Hawthorne G-Mix)” is the iTunes bonus track on Snoop's album More Malice. www.stonesthrow.com/mayerhawthorne Read More

Mayer Hawthorne by James Pants

For our event at Austin's SXSW last week we pressed up a few hundred copies of this 45 with James Pants covering Mayer Hawthorne's "Green... Read More

Stones Throw's SXSW Guide

On Mar. 17, 8PM-1AM, Converse is presenting our event 45 Live, with Madlib, Wolf, J.Rocc, Dam-Funk, 14KT and Amir playing all 45s. We've teamed up... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne “Thin Moon”

Mayer Hawthorne & James Pants have covered each other's songs, Mayer doing "Thin Moon" and James doing "Green Eyed Love". We've pressed a small number... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - I Wish It Would Rain (Video)

Director: Henry DeMaio Director of Photography: James Hammond Animation: James Reitano Camera Assistant: Sabina Padilla USA tour dates: 3/04: New York, NY – Webster Hall... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne's I Wish It Would Rain video debuts at MTVU

Mayer Hawthorne's video “I Wish It Would Rain” is premiering on MTVU.com today as a part of their Freshmen 5 Spring 2010. The video was... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne: two singles, US and Europe tours in Spring 2010

We have two tours and two singles schedule for Mayer Hawthorne. Below are the new dates for the Europe Tour in May. March: US Tour... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement Instrumentals

IN THE STORE Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement Instrumentals While some in major media continue to re-discover vinyl and declare that it's “back” every... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne and The County Announces US Tour in Spring and Coachella

Updating our previous announcement of Mayer Hawththorne & The County on tour with Passion Pit, the crew have expanded their live dates through the entire... Read More

Top 10 of 2009: Lists by PBW, Ma Dukes, Dam-Funk, J.Rocc, Pants, Egon and Mayer Hawthorne

A few of the crew turned in Top 10 Music of 2009 lists. This was originally suppose to be "Stones Throw not-eligable" but a couple... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne: Artist of the Year (Real Detroit Weekly)

Written by Treasure Groh, photo by Jeremy Deputat. Published in Real Detroit Weekly, December 29, 2009. This issue hits the streets today if you're in... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne cameo in Snoop video

Hey what's Mayer Hawthorne doing in this Snoop video?  I mean, besides eating off people's plates and dancing with Snoop, Soulja Boy & Diplo.  If... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne: Vinyl Junkie (Hypebeast feature)

Excerpt from a feature article & interview with Mayer Hawthorne at Hypebeast If you name the most interesting new recording artist to have emerged in... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - Green Eyed Love Remixes - 12" Green Vinyl

In the store | MAYER HAWTHORNE - GREEN EYED LOVE Green vinyl remixes EP with instrumentals This record contains the original version of “Green Eyed... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne Live in Berlin, Photos by Schiko

Mayer Hawthorne & The County have wrapped up a Europe tour. After a break, they will head out to Australia and Japan in coming months.... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne interview and live set on NPR's Tell Me More

Mayer Hawthorne and the County were live on NPR again recently. Denise Lincoln of the show Tell Me More had him on for an interview... Read More

Photos: Mayer Hawthorne and The County in Belgium

Mayer Hawthorne live at the Make-Up Club, photos by Sarah Meyfroit (www) Mayer Hawthorne - More Tour Dates: Nov 11: Mayer Hawthorne in Marseille at... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne goes live on NPR's World Cafe, meets with Snoops, tours Europe

Just before leaving for Europe Tour, Mayer Hawthorne and The County dropped into NPR's World Cafe for a short set and interview, which was aired... Read More

Breaking: Mayer Hawthorne in Rolling Stone

Published in Rolling Stone, Oct. 29, 2009. By Michael Endelman. Who: Mayer Hawthorne, Michigan singer/muti-instrumentalist/producer whose month-old debut of retro-soul gems, A Strange Arrangement, is... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - Green Eyed Love - video

In The Store | MAYER HAWTHORNE - GREEN EYED LOVE 12" Green vinyl Waajeed & Classixx have both remixed Mayer Hawthorne's “Green Eyed Love” which... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - The Ills 45 and Europe Tour

New 45 - “The Ills” (vocal b/w instrumental) - and a Europe tour now underway. Check for updates at www.stonesthrow.com/events or any local listings. Oct... Read More

Free download: Mayer Hawthorne “Green Eyed Love (Classixx Remix)”

Another remix for Mayer Hawthorne, this one from the forthcoming “Green Eyed Love Remixes” 12-inch. A video for Green Eyed Love is being completed. The... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne Europe Tour Dates

Announcing: Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Live in Europe. Check for updates at www.stonesthrow.com/events or any local listings. Oct 24: Mayer Hawthorne in Glasgow at... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne, Detroit Metro Times Cover

Published in Detroit Metro Times, Sept. 23, 2009 How the fuck did Drew Cohen go from an Ann Arbor hip-hop DJ to Mayer Hawthorne, soul... Read More

Photos: Mayer Hawthorne record release party

Mayer Hawthorne opened his US tour with a sold-out show at The Roxy in Hollywood last night. This also served as official record release party... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne: Real Detroit Weekly Cover Story

Published in Real Detroit Weekly September 9th Drew Cohen flips through a stack of freshly stocked soul records at a vinyl shop in downtown Detroit.... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne Live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic

On the release date of A Strange Arrangement, Mayer Hawthorne & The County performed live at KCRW on Jason Bently's show Morning Becomes Eclectic. Here's... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - Love Is All Right 4-inch single

IN THE STORE: Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement LIMITED EDITION: CD & 2/LP PACKAGED WITH 4-INCH VINYL SINGLE containing 2 non-album tracks. 2/LP with... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne “Just Ain't Gonna Work Out (Astronote El Camino Remix)”

Hawthorne sent us this one yesterday, a second remix of "Just Aint Gonna Work Out" by Astronote. Download it right here. A Strange Arrangement is... Read More

Old Skool Daze: Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement reviewed in Mojo

A diligent student of Philadelphia soul, Tamla Motown and Curtis Mayfield sits his finals. Your invigilator, Geoff Brown. MAYER HAWTHORNE A STRANGE ARRANGEMENT **** (4/5... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - Maybe So, Maybe No - Video

Directed by Henry DeMaio | "Maybe So, Maybe No" was released on Mayer Hawthorne's debut album A Strange Arrangement. Also see: Just Ain't Gonna Work... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne announces first U.S. tour

Mayer Hawthorne & The County's first tour, performing his album A Strange Arrangement. Check Mayer Hawthorne below, performing with members of The Roots recently at... Read More

Clip: Mayer Hawthorne with members of The Roots, live in NYC

Mayer Hawthorne & The County will be launching a US & Canada tour in a moment - dates here . His album A Strange Arrangement... Read More

Stones Throw x Serato

IN THE STORE Serato x Stones Throw (2 Discs, 2 Slipmats) SOLD OUT, OUT OF PRINT This is the Serato & Stones Throw collabo, a... Read More

Dear Mayer...

Announcing: Mayer Hawthorne's upcoming video advice column. Mayer Hawthorne knows the pains of the heart. He wants to help you with yours. Send your “Dear... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne: BRM cover

Mayer Hawthorne's first magazine cover: BRM, in the forthcoming issue #10. We don't have the article yet, so go dig for it. beyondrace.com Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

IN THE STORE: MAYER HAWTHORNE - A STRANGE ARRANGEMENT Mayer Hawthorne’s debut album A Strange Arrangement grew out of a childhood steeped in Detroit soul.... Read More

Stones Throw Podcast 48: Hawthorne Radio, Episode 2

STONES THROW PODCAST ARCHIVE: STONES THROW PODCAST 48: HAWTHORNE RADIO, EPISODE 2 Stones Throw's podcasts are released as free downloads for an indefinite period of... Read More

Detroit Free Press: Chatting with Mayer Hawthorne

Pubished in Detroit Free Press The sweet soul singles "Maybe So, Maybe No" and "Just Ain't Gonna Work It Out" might have been done as... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne: URB Next 100

Mayer Hawthorne never planned it this way. With one silly demo, seemingly made in jest, Andrew Cohen has gone from a relatively obscure DJ to... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out - Video

Directed by Henry DeMaio | The first single and video from Mayer Hawthorne. This track was released on his debut album A Strange Arrangement. On... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne A Few Tracks CD: Tour Exclusive

5 Tracks.  Stones Throw US Tour Dates Read More

Mayer Hawthorne “Maybe So, Maybe No”

IN THE STORE Mayer Hawthorne - “Maybe So, Maybe No” 12-inch Mayer Hawthorne's 12-inch "Maybe So Maybe No" b/w "I Wish It Would Rain" (each... Read More

Stones Throw USA and Canada Tour

"Fresh off of their sold out spring tour of Europe, Peanut Butter Wolf, James Pants, Dam-Funk, and Mayer Hawthorne are now touring the US &... Read More

Vanity Fair: Mayer Hawthorne and Egon

Mayer Hawthorne on Vanity Fair? It's a strange new world. Some more pics (of beards) from Mayer Hawthorne & Egon's gig at the Vanity Fair... Read More

Hella International 2009: Pics

Madness in Miami on Saturday at Stones Throw's Hella International, our third year of this event at Miami's Winter Music Conference. The party went down... Read More

Europe Tour Photos by Schiko

Stones Throw Europe Tour 2009: Amsterdam, Vienna, Cologne. Photos by Schiko (www). And props to our friends at Carhartt for putting this tour on. More... Read More

SXSW: Mayer Hawthorne and Egon

SXSW: Mayer Hawthorne and Egon played records for a bunch of people who didn't care all that much. Except for NPR's Washington based staff (who... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne: New tracks on BBC 1Xtra with Benji B

Mayer Hawthorne was on the radio with Benji B on BBC 1Xtra last week debuting a number of new tracks from his upcoming album on... Read More

Stones Throw x Ed Banger: Photos

Stones Throw 2009 Europe Tour, presented by Carhartt, kicked off in Paris. We had a sold-out event at Bataclan: Stones Throw meets Ed Banger. Peanut... Read More

Deviation London with Mayer Hawthorne

At Benji B's Deviation in London. Mayer Hawthorne in the house on the eve of Stones Throw's Europe Tour. Photos by Fatsarazzi (www) Carhartt Presents... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne “Just Ain't Gonna Work Out” Song of the Day on NPR

Mayer Hawthorne is a twentysomething white singer who grew up on Detroit R&B. In his first single, "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out," he draws on... Read More

Stones Throw Europe 2009

Carhartt presents Stones Throw Europe Tour 2009 with Peanut Butter Wolf, Dam-Funk, James Pants (performing live with Royal Zodiac) and Mayer Hawthorne. Different poster color... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne on Michigan Radio: From Hip-Hop To Doo Wop For Ann Arbor Native

MP3: LISTEN Music critics say Ann Arbor native Mayer Hawthorne is someone to listen for next year. Hawthorne is a Doo Wop artist who recently... Read More

Stones Throw Podcast 40: Hawthorne Radio

STONES THROW PODCAST ARCHIVE STONES THROW PODCAST 40: HAWTHORNE RADIO Stones Throw's podcasts are released as free downloads for an indefinite period of time. In... Read More

ST @ CMJ 08: The Video

From Stones Throw's showcase at NYC's Gallery Bar in October, with DJs: Madlib, Wolf, Edan, Dam-Funk, Egon, Mayer Hawthorne, James Pants, Arabian Prince, and the... Read More

Introducing: Mayer Hawthorne and The County

Mayer Hawthorne is Stones Throw's newest artist. His debut track “Just Ain't Gonna Work Out” (aka “I'm Sorry”) premiered on Giles Peterson's Best of 2008... Read More

Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne has come a long way since his 2008 debut, and right now he says, “Life is great.” He’s released three well-received full-length albums, had songs licensed for film and television, and toured the world with Bruno Mars, Foster The People, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, and the late Amy Winehouse. His latest, Where Does This Door Go (2013, Republic), features production work from Pharrell Williams, Greg Wells, Jack Splash, John Hill, and Oak (of Oak & Pop), who contributes the smooth and powerful single “Her Favorite Song.” Mayer grew up just outside of Detroit in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and remembers, as a child, driving through the Motor City with his father and tuning the car radio I n to the region’s rich musical tapestry. He has produced music and played multiple instruments for much of his life and uses skills honed as a club DJ to create his own original dance floor fillers. Throughout the years he’s cited Soul legends Barry White and Curtis Mayfield as inspiration, along with late hip-hop producer J Dilla. But comfortably relocated in Los Angeles, the hat he now wears is that of a yachtsman in the mold of Hall and Oates, Steely Dan and Michael McDonald. The old influences remain—the creative vision of Dilla, the urban elegance of Mayfield and White—but today’s Hawthorne is a smiling sophisticate. Some have described the vibe of Where Does This Door Go as “Steely Dan meets the Beastie Boys,” which suggests both a studio seriousness and playfully irreverent approach. “The only rule I had when I went in to make this album was that it had to be fun,” he says. In the last five years, Mayer has grown as a singer, songwriter and in his desire for collaboration. Working with touring partners like Winehouse and Badu bolstered his vocal chops by teaching him how to use his voice as an instrument. Lyrically, he’s moved away from the bitter break-up tone of his first two albums toward more diverse storytelling and personal coming-of-age content, and he’s relaxed his DIY ethos of crafting every song from start to finish. Now, he’s motivated to create soul music that can win—win on the radio, win on the charts, win over clubs and win over hearts. With Where Does This Door Go, Mayer is back to his soul foundation and hip-hop roots, and is making the most enjoyable and youthful music of his career. “This record for me is really about a journey into the unknown,” he says. “As a musician, you’re only as good as your next record, and you never know what’s through that next door.” Info:  Mayer Hawthorne | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook