"[Mayer Hawthorne] showed me 2 songs and I didn't understand what I was listening to... I asked him if they were old songs that he did re-edits of – I couldn't believe they were new songs and that he played all the instruments."
- Peanut Butter Wolf (Stones Throw)
"Mayer Hawthorne" (Haircut) was born one Andrew Mayer Cohen in Ann Arbor, MI, 1979. Not unlike constructing a Pornstar name, the miscellaneous parts of Hawthorne's stage name are in fact his middle and childhood street. Andrew was always an avid musician, Hip-Hop/Motown fan, and record collector growing up. After being introduced to labelhead Peanut Butter Wolf @ a chance meeting, which set up by a mutual friend [Noelle Scaggs],.. Hawthorne was quickly signed to Stones Throw in 2008. Amassing quite the discography with the DIY Hip-Hop imprint, Mayer Hawthorne & The County's * most note-worthy releases include A Strange Arrangement [long player] and "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out" [Heart-Shaped] 10" from 2008-09.
"A Long Time" is being toted as lead single from Hawthorne's follow-up: How Do You Do? Since his landmark debut, a string of 8 or so assorted non-album vinyl pressings were released - with Direct to Disc 2-LP issued as recently as June 1st. Even with such an ever-lasting bond, it seems as though Mayer Hawthorne/Stones Throw have parted ways... as the Doo-Wopper inked a deal with Universal Republic around May. Expect to see @MayerHawthorne & The County's How Do You Do? unveiled around Fall 2011 - which essentially means sometime between Black Friday [November] and Christmas.
** The other day, a "little birdy" told me that Mr. Topher Mohr is no longer a part of The County; As he has "retired" to focus on his solo ventures. Untitled Album #2 is complete, awaiting mixing/mastering, and will be released in the near future. Stay tuned! In the meantime, catch Chromeo & Mayer Hawthorne on the "When Night Falls Tour:" running 9/14-11/2, Texas-Canada.