Chromeo w/ Mayer Hawthorne
There’s still a good week and a half until you get your VIA fix in for the year, so why not warm yourself up with a little Chromeo action? The show was moved from Stage AE to Mr. Smalls, but you can be sure it’s still happening. Some of you may dig the venue change, and some may not, but either way, let’s chillax and find a way to enjoy the show despite this minor bump in the road.
Chromeo achieved mainstream success in 2004 with the release of their breakthrough album, Fancy Footwork. They have since remixed songs by the likes of Cut Copy, Lenny Kravitz, Feist, Vampire Weekend and Tiga. The duo’s catchy blend of electronic music has allowed them the opportunity to have their music on the video games Dance Dance Revolution & FIFA 11, and various tunes on Nokia compatible cell phones. They’ve even teamed up with Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates on numerous occasions.
All of these aforementioned tidbits are familiar to the average Chromeo fan. I stumbled upon a recent interview with the pair and discovered some other interesting things. Chromeo’s lead singer, David Macklovitch is a PhD candidate in French literature at Columbia University. He’s also taking a break from teaching French classes at Barnard College to embark on their Fall tour. How rad would it be to have that guy as a French teacher?! I don’t think I could take him very seriously if I had him for a class.
Not to be overlooked, for certain fans, retro-revivalist Mayer Hawthorne provides just as much of a draw for this show. Growing up right outside of Detroit, Hawthorne claims, â€œMost of the best music ever made came out of Detroit.” It seems important to note that VIA 2011 artist Peanut Butter Wolf signed Hawthorne to his label, Stones Throw Records after hearing only two songs. Wolf claims, â€œI think Mayer is the only artist in the history of the label that I’ve signed after hearing only two songs. Sometimes, you just know it’s the right thing to do.â€
Hawthorne’s blowing up right now, with not one but two articles on Prefix appearing today. The first is a nice interview about his tour with Chromeo and is accompanied by a follow-up track list for his sophomore release. Promo video below.