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david t
Posted: Sep 18, 2003 6:53 pm



To perform at Sin-ť on Saturday October 4

Contact Info:

Suzanne Despres



Dan Rose



Savage Soul Singer from the Streets of Detroit

When speaking of Nathaniel Mayer, all the superlatives in the world couldn't define his sound as well as the following quote snatched off the internet courtesy of our French Comrades in soul destruction, translated brilliantly via the google search engine: " truth killer for the tracks of dance: riff of guitar slicing, rhythmic savage who balances, a voice of screamer and perfect choruses in answer."

There's never been and never will there be, another Nathaniel Mayer. Mayer's fractured soul was a perfect match for Jack and Devora Brown's unique vision and the records he cut for their Detroit Fortune label - in their (tragically recently demolished) cramped studio on Third Avenue -which make up the entirety of his career on record-are the kind of otherworldly things so magical that they almost shouldn't be talked about, just listened to.

Mayer's song structure and individualistic approach was tailor made for Fortune and his first song "Village Of Love" was his biggest hit, still fervently remembered in Detroit today. The backing band was propulsive and raw, sounding as if they were about to explode at any minute, yet anchored by a drummer so solid and simple that they couldn't have derailed if they tried. It was this tension, bolstered by Mayer's high register vocals and the Browns' in-the-red recording techniques-all subtleties left at the door-that has endeared "Village Of Love" to the world of rock 'n roll maniacs ever since. A casual review of the rest of his work-most notably the ethereal "I Had A Dream" and the telling "I Want Love And Affection (Not The House Of Correction)"-begs the question: If Gordy's Motown was "The Sound Of Young America" what was the Browns' Fortune-"The Sound Of The Ghetto"? The guitar work was tremelo-damaged, the drums so distorted that they threatened to shatter the ribbons of the microphones, the occasional flute adding a whole another dimension to everything.

Mayer's whereabouts were practically unknown and only ever confirmed by vague rumors over the past several decades, though he did surface in 1980 with a single on Love Dog Records entitled "Raise The Curtain High". Never having been without brilliant names for his backing groups (The Fabulous Twilights, the Fortune Bravos), the credits on "Curtain" took things over the cliff: "Nathaniel 'Nay Dog' Mayer and the Filthy McNasty Group plus Free Style".

Disappearing into the ghettos of Detroit for the next two decades, every rumor imaginable compounded to turn Mayer into a walking urban legend. By the time Norton Records issued the amazing, previously unreleased Gino Washington production "I Donít Want No Bald Headed Woman Telling Me What To Do" last year, the underground was primed for the return of the Nay Dog and they got more than they could have ever hoped for when he utterly devastated The Millenium Theater on July 20 at The Detroit Legends Show. From the second he took the stage, it was evident that, to paraphrase Ike Turner, Nathaniel Mayer was taking back his name. And with a vengeance of atomic frenzy! Showing up with his own fully rehearsed band, Mayer strolled proudly from behind the curtain dressed from head to toe in a white tuxedo and tails. Leaping into the air, he shot his left hand out at the drummer like a bolt of lightning, and the snare sounded a crack of thunder that hadnít been heard in over thirty years. What followed was possibly the most amazing set by any artist, young or old.

Mayer has been back on the performing circuit since that riotous night and has stunned and amazed crowds from New Orleans to Ottawa. This very special New York City appearance promises to eclipse all others as Nay Dog reclaims the City as his own!

Sin-ť is located at 150 Attorney Street, between Houston/Stanton: 212-388-0077

Posted: Sep 18, 2003 7:14 pm
YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! this guy is wonderful! How lucky he's finally coming our way.
eric o
Posted: Sep 18, 2003 9:44 pm
Nathaniel Mayer
Posted: Sep 18, 2003 10:01 pm
Only my Friendsters can call me Nay Dog!
Alex C
Posted: Sep 19, 2003 1:52 am
Nathaniel Mayer is the man. He;s got the voice, he's got the style and he's got the moves. I saw him at the Ottawa Bluesfest and he was the second best performer that weekend after the Dirtbombs.
Posted: Sep 19, 2003 2:02 am
"I saw him at the Ottawa Bluesfest and he was the second best performer that weekend after the Dirtbombs."

No offense to the Dirtbombs or Alex, but who can pick out what's WRONG with this sentence?

eric o
Posted: Sep 19, 2003 2:05 am
T Thomas Potter is no longer in the Dirtbombs, is that it, Air?
Alex C
Posted: Sep 19, 2003 2:12 am
Who are you, the grammar police?

Yeah, I realized that sentence was off, but I couldn't be bothered to fix it.

moody prick
Posted: Sep 19, 2003 2:46 am
Posted: Sep 19, 2003 3:31 am
Wrong, wrong, wrong. It was the part about Nay Dogg being 2nd to the Dirtbombs. Pish posh!
otto parts
Posted: Sep 19, 2003 3:51 am
any scoop on what happened to t.t.potter? i noticed he had been excied from the dirtbombs site a while back ... too bad. i love the dirtbombs, but he was the life of the party every time i saw em.
otto parts
Posted: Sep 19, 2003 3:56 am
i mean "excised."
Posted: Sep 20, 2003 2:23 am
First off, it's T. Jackson Potter. Sixteene told me he got kicked out of the band and all I could think of was Mick was pissed when he walked in on me and Potter doin' lines offa his geetar in Vegas. Actually, he left because he has some new project in England somewheres which I heard sucked. Hard to believe cuz Bantam Rooster ruled and he was the best part about the Dirtbombs live show.
eric o
Posted: Sep 20, 2003 8:27 am
i will continue to call him T Thomas Potter and he will like it.

i hope he gets back on track if this english detour is a no-goodie. Tom's the best.

Posted: Sep 20, 2003 10:32 pm
Ummm. how 'bout we just call him C. Thomas Howell?? I mean since we're goin' with initials for a first name....
Posted: Sep 22, 2003 1:32 am
i feel sad and happy all at the same time
Posted: Sep 24, 2003 1:05 am

Detroit City Council

Posted: Sep 24, 2003 3:20 am
Speaking of TT Potsie-Him and Nick Dirty went into Mr Jim Diamond's last weekend to record Bantam Rooster album #4. Tommy told Nick that he doesn't plan on doing much with the Rooster other than record this, their farewell album.

Shame, Damn shame.

Posted: Sep 24, 2003 6:20 am
Gonna be on SFTRI?
moody prick
Posted: Sep 29, 2003 7:40 pm
back to Naydog

Nathaniel tore the place up. Played two sets to a full house - record collector/oldies geeks mixing it up with various local minor celebs at the bar, drunk gals shakin' it with Nathaniel on the dance floor.

Posted: Sep 29, 2003 9:16 pm
Where was this show? Only got 5 days to wait over here.
moody prick
Posted: Sep 29, 2003 9:23 pm
...sorry, Detroit. At the Attic Bar.
Looks they're adding a sax player. You all are in for a real treat.
ed oblivian
Posted: Sep 30, 2003 11:13 pm
Nathaniel & the Shanks will be playing Memphis on Nov.15 w/ Reigning Sound at the Hi-tone.
Posted: Sep 30, 2003 11:16 pm
Get there late so you can miss the opening band.
moody prick
Posted: Oct 1, 2003 3:35 am
Nathaniel Mayer
Thursday, October 2nd, 8pm - 11pm
on Music to Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Join Dave the Spazz as he welcomes the legendary Mayor of the Motor City, Fortune Records recording artist Nathaniel Mayer. Back in the sixties, Nay Dog waxed some of the wildest sides this side of Planet Earth. Now after a 40 year hiatus, Mr. "Village of Love" is back to remind us that "the chicken was never like this!"

WFMU online

david t
Posted: Oct 3, 2003 4:12 am
...no promises and no refunds...but the word from Nay-Dog is that the christmas light suit is in full effect....get there early...stay late.
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