John Mayer Band

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by Jason Tate, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. Jason Tate @jason_tate @encorepodcast Staff Member

    John Clayton Mayer (born October 16, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and producer. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in nearby Fairfield. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived, two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters. After their split, Mayer continued to play local clubs—refining his skills and gaining a following. After his appearance at the 2001 South by Southwest Festival, he was signed to Aware Records, and then Columbia Records, which released his first EP, Inside Wants Out. His following two full-length albums—Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003)—did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Your Body Is a Wonderland".
  2. Greg Robson

    Moderator Moderator

    I really like to support musicians who are just solid, good people. John Mayer however is one of those exceptions. Much like Ryan Adams, his discography has a magnetism that I continue to revisit, regardless of what horrible things they might say or do. Sometimes art is complex like that.
  3. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Seems from what I've seen that Mayer has made big strides in humility and decency over the last few years. He was on a streak of saying stupid shit for awhile there, though.
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  5. Jason Tate @jason_tate @encorepodcast Staff Member

    Yeah he really was. Made it hard to even give two shits about what he was doing and disassociate the two. But it does at least seem like he has been working on himself and not doing that kind of shit, he seemed regretful and gave better apologies than you usually see.
  6. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    And he actually ditched the Hollywood lifestyle and made good on his promise to stay away. I think he's better for it, and I think his last couple records reflect that. Very intrigued to see what he'll do next.
  7. Jason Tate @jason_tate @encorepodcast Staff Member

    Yeah, he seems more grounded if that makes sense in recent interviews.

    I really liked Born and Raised, the follow-up never stayed with me in the same way, but I am very intrigued by his next one as well. I wonder what direction he'll go. I want an album of "Submarine" like songs.
  8. Jason Tate @jason_tate @encorepodcast Staff Member

    Same page.
  9. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    There are days when Born and Raised is my favorite album of his. The follow-up had some good songs, but was kind of just a "bonus" or whatever. It seemed rushed and thrown together because it was. I'd love an album of more story-based songs from him, though. That would be very interesting to hear.
  10. Greg Robson

    Moderator Moderator

    I agree with you to a point, but even when he was in Montana he was dating Katy Perry. That's not really ditching the Hollywood lifestyle and seeking humility. Someone seeking humility and decency doesn't date a pop star, they date a librarian. But maybe I'm just overly critical.

    Also, I'd love love love an album of story-based songs, a la "Submarine." However, I think either Jason or Keagan had a tweet from him in Slack that said he's doing another album more aligned with Continuum. That's definitely cool, but not what I was hoping for. I really liked his rootsy side. He wore it well. Born and Raised is phenomenal and easily one of his best, if not his, best. Paradise Valley was hit and miss. Some gems, some throwaways.
  11. SpyKi

    This Charming Man Supporter

    Yeah I think that's a bit too critical. I don't think someone should have to not see someone they're interested in just because of their level of fame.

    Continuum is still easily my favourite of his so I'm excited for him to go back to more of that sound but honestly I haven't been too into the little clips he's been showing off.
  12. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    He's been on fire with albums for awhile, but Continuum is the kind of special most artists never quite replicate.
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  13. Wharf Rat

    Listen to the birds on the hotwire sing Prestigious

    Dead & Co baby
  14. Serh

    @TiredOfSeth Prestigious

    Everything I'm hearing about his upcoming album (mainly here) has me stoked
  15. atlas


    I feel comfortable calling John Mayer my favorite guitarist in the world. Man, he's incredible.
  16. Lucas27


    Huge John Mayer fan. I think my favorite album changes depending on my mood. I love "Room For Squares" for the nostalgia kick, "Born & Raised" is easily my favorite stylistically, and I think "Continuum" is his best record musically even though I don't love classic/blues rock as much.

    Only album I don't like is "Battle Studies". Bleh.
  17. Steve_JustAGuy


    Watched a bit of Dead & Co. at MSG last night. The more I watch Mayer with them, the more excited I am for his new solo stuff.
  18. Lindsay M

    drunk on the radio waves Supporter

    I love Continuum forever and always
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  19. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

  20. andrwzz

    Nobody likes you when you're 23

    Continuum is a music Masterpiece. Really got into him when Born and Raised came out, great to listen to during this summer days. I like his whole diversity and changes on each album
  21. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Continuum is 10 years old today, which is pretty crazy to me. I wrote about it for the milestone:

    John Mayer – Continuum
  22. vidiviciveni


    Perhaps I haven't listened closely enough to Continuum.

    I can put Heavier Things on repeat for days, in fact Daughters is the only song I don't enjoy on that album - Clarity, Home Life, Split Screen Sadness, Come Back To Bed, Wheel, Something's Missing - all excellent tunes.
  23. SpyKi

    This Charming Man Supporter

    Continuum is still easily his best. So much love for that album.
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  24. jordanjohnson09


    there are pretty much the exact same thoughts I have about Heavier Things. Continuum is good, but I was never really on the hype train.
  25. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Heavier Things is great, but Continuum is on another level from a songwriting and musicality perspective.
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  26. JohnR831


    Continuum takes me right back to my last year of high school. As soon as I hear those beginning notes from "I Can't Trust Myself," I'm immediately transposed to that time. From "Belief" to "Slow Dancing," so many masterpieces on that album. My first time seeing him live was the summer after this album came out (not long after graduation). I've seen seen him three times since, and can't wait to again!