In the store | TUXEDO II

Last week, Tuxedo (the joint project between Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne) released their new album Tuxedo II. Today, the duo is back to share a new video for the lead single from the project. "2nd Time Around" was filmed at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, which is operated by the owner of Pinball Pete's in Ann Arbor, where Mayer Hawthorne grew up and first learned to play pinball.

"I've always had a thing for pinball," explains Mayer. "My dad worked briefly at a pinball arcade before I was born, so I guess it runs in the family. As a rebellious tween in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I used to ride my Ross Piranha BMX bike to a local arcade called Pinball Pete's. They had vending machines that sold candy and soda for 25¢ (way below average – I'm not THAT old). I played a lot of video games and bought shitty weed from shady older kids. But it also introduced me to some classic pinball machines like Funhouse, Whirlwind and Medieval Madness. I was hooked! When A Strange Arrangement was released, I took my first big check from Stones Throw and bought a Theater of Magic pinball for my house. I still have it, although my new favorite is one called Tales of the Arabian Nights, which was designed by the same guy, John Popadiuk. When director Ross Harris suggested that we shoot the "2nd Time Around" video at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas, it didn't take much convincing. The place was like my ultimate fantasy. Row after row of all the best pinball machines from every decade. All playable and well maintained. When I met the owner, Tim, he was wearing a headlamp and was busy repairing one of the machines. He was a man of few words, but when he overheard me reminiscing about Pinball Pete's, he gruffly interjected. "I started Pinball Pete's with my brother Ted, 30 years ago. Everyone asked which one of us was Pete, but Pinball Pete was a pink elephant.”

Video by Ross Harris. Special High Scores – Stanley Gonzales, Laughton Howell Jr. Beth Kane and Dave England.


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related artists Mayer Hawthorne, Tuxedo