Gorgeous weather today. Nice job, Los Angeles! That said, you probably want some summer time music.
May I suggest THE 2009 ALBUM OF THE YEAR:A Strange Arrangement by Mayer Hawthorne? Yes? Of course! His new single "One Track Mind" has a crafty video.
What I love about Hawthorne is that there's no trace of trend in his work. It's taking old pop forms and giving them aesthetic updates in accordance to whatever new music technology is out there. And while there's such a respect to the pioneers of this form, it doesn't verge on "throwback" since the new components piled on the established form are what really define it.
It's been months since I've discovered Mayer Hawthorne, and I still get that "whoa, this is absolutely refreshing" feeling every time I play this material.
And, just like the first time listening, I still think, "I want everyone in the world to listen to this. This would make everyone's life so, so, so much brighter."
On that note: Why are snobby early adopters so territorial about stuff they jumped on first? If you love something so much, why wouldn't you want everyone to join in and get the same sensation you get from it?
The moment I hear new stuff that I really dig, I want to interrupt myself and tell everyone about it.
Perhaps it's because I grew up a nerd who never really understood street cred or something. I still don't. I've never been "cool" by cultural standards and I'll never be "cool" by cultural standards. That's okay with me.