"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 Vincent Guaraldi instrumental," New-Wop crooner Andrew Mayer "Hawthorne" Cohen wrote in a particularly tongue-in-cheek gentile-slamming 2010 mini-Stones Throw press release accompanying his sparse "Christmas Time Is Here" Peanuts-assisted cover. Just a few mere years later, Hawthorne and his Disco-Funkateer partner-in-crime, Jake-One quietly unveiled their first slice of post-Tuxedo Funk EP era material; a jittery groove-soaked rendition of Paul McCartney & Wings' 1979 Synth-Rock yuletide favorite, "Wonderful Christmastime." Now, just days ahead of the soon forthcoming 2015-16 holiday season, Tuxedo have unwrapped a completely original, retro-futuristic holiday standard titled "Holiday Love." It appears exclusively within Amazon Music's recent holiday-centric compilation, Indie for The Holidays; comfortably nestled alongside the likes of Lisa Loeb, Reverend Horton Heat, Matisyahu, Robert Pollard, Sondre Lerche, YACHT, and an additional 20-band roster of Amazon Prime-approved newcomers.
Stones Throw's resident in-house director Ross Harris helmed the camera behind Mayer Hawthorne & Jake-One's silky smooth vocoder-laden treatment, which can simply be summed up by @MayerHawthorne's rather playful proclamation: "Tuxedo "Holiday Love" video is live! YouTube that and tag the third wheel in your crew (accompanied by a sax Emoji)." Tuxedo's Harris-directed seasonal "Holiday Love" treatment finds Disco-Funkateers Hawthorne and Jake-One in a number of precarious mistletoe-induced situations whilst in the company of a couple lovely ladies "underneath the tree," which are essentially thwarted by each other's pesky wingmen. Tuxedo are literally headed to the other side of the world post-New Year's Day for a brief 3-date Japanese mini-tour dubbed the Second to None Tour, wherein they'll be accompanied by a white tuxedo-outfitted 5-piece "LIVE BAND." Merry Christmas to all, Happy New Year, and "a Festivus for the rest of us!!!" I'll likely be back before the onslaught of the new year with a cumulative year-end list, in which I'll attempt to compile an assortment of 2015's best released Hip-Hop (or an all-genre list of) albums and mixtapes, if all goes well during the holidays.