John Mayer is letting iTunes stream his newest album. A ballsy move by an artist who recently had to announce that he has to refrain from all singing indefinitely because of a recurring throat condition. A move I don’t think many would be willing to take these days.
A lot has been said about Mayer over the years, but mankinis & player hating aside, I’m still always interested in what he’s creating. Before his Grammys, before torrenting was huge, he encouraged bootlegging at his live shows. There used to be a few people on the east coast who would bring pretty good equipment to his shows and he knew about it. His theory at the time was that he would rather have people hear his music than not. Which is how I still have an awesome Area Codes cover he did.
Before there was Bieber or Swift internet legions, before twitter, tumblr and facebook, Mayer always tried to make it personal with his fans. I choose to think of the Halo-playing, scrubs-wearing, summer tour with M5, pre-TMZ Mayer. The one who once introduced a song at the Gorge by saying “I woke up this morning for no other reason than I had to pee. May you have many days like that this summer.”
Born and Raised is a little more Inside Wants Out than I’ve heard in a while, and I’m digging it. I can’t even hate on his recent Stevie Ray Vaughan sartorial choices despite most confusing it with those of Depp. If wearing a poncho can save a soul from Hollywood and bring back a voice it’s worth the horse blanket side effects.