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Hawker M. James is the brainchild of Mike James, who first came to recognition as the drummer in Longwave during their peak of popularity and critical buzz (from late 2001 to early 2004). James was asked to join Longwave by bandleader and childhood friend Steve Schiltz. Prior to joining Longwave, however, Mike had amassed a large body of his own material. He has always been highly active as a home recordist and continues to be so today. James has led and fronted several solo-driven acts before and after Longwave, including The Mercies and Mikey Jukebox — both of which have charted on indie charts and had songs featured on hit TV shows including Community, Gossip Girl, New Girl, Ben & Kate, Up All Night, Ravenswood, and the film “The Secret Lives of Dorks.” James also plays drums and produces The Demos, and most recently the leader of Admirers.


released March 16, 2014



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Hawker M. James Rochester, New York

James finally shows his followers what those of us in his inner circle already knew: that even when James records on his beaten-up 4-track, he always strives for the production values that have distinguished his delightfully varied body of work. With the Long Playing Lo-Fidelity album, he proves that, whether working with a medium, small, or no budget, his innate knack can't be contained. ... more

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Track Name: These Hands Are Made Of Fire
stir the blood on a new flame
the spell of a cold days storm
face is raw and a dull grey
a sudden panic to pound down doors

these hands are made of fire
brought out of raw desire
these hands are made of fire
and these
old dreams repeat obscene
reactive and complete
these hands are made of fire

cracking earth of the dog days
the eyes are never satisfied here
it wont stop the feel
the men and women of old stay
forgot to mention, and make this clear
forgot we’d be here

so whats that thing on your back
no turning back
thrill has turned to fear

there's all the pictures of this
the little habits take back
a little mischief
and thrill has turned to fear
what were you looking for

i cant get out of the way
i cant get out of my own way
wind on coals
they forgot we'd be here

we'll take a little of this
mix a little of that
a little vision of bliss
that's when the habit forms
the habit
Track Name: I Need Your Love!
ive been waiting for your love
i want your love
ive been waiting on your love
i need your love

i want you
cause you are so good
so give me some more of that
precious stuff
i need you cause it is so good
baby baby baby

ive waiting for your love
im pleading girl
i want you, yeah
baby i need that stuff

i want you cause it feels so good
so give me some more of that precious junk
i need you cause you taste so warm
baby baby baby

ive been waiting for your love
i need your love
i want you, yeah
lady i need that stuff

i need you cause the talk is tough
so tell me the world is just fucking gone
i want you when the taste is rough
baby baby baby
Track Name: Manifest Destiny
I never thought it would just fade away
To where I can't save it
I thought I'd never ever see the day
When I'd turn and walk away
I found the place where I can finally back down
I guess I blame on this bombed out town

Break, no I can't break out of it
No I can't snap out of it
Well I've been trying
You know I know it's hard
You should have turned around and fled
When I wake it's still with me
And I cant stop trying
I know you know it's hard

The little victories you once could claim
Well they're all but buried
The distant pictures of a better face
Simpler days you wont replace
I gave myself to something I once saw
Well now I know it was just something I thought

The sense of no return has ended
The crash and burn of will has bended
For you to grab and hold
Start over for your own
And fade away
Fade away