Lazy-i Interview: Har Mar Superstar; Matisyahu, Will Whitmore tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 6:49 pm November 5, 2009

Just posted, a feature on Har Mar Superstar that includes comments both from his alter ego/true self Sean Tillmann, and innocent bystander Denver Dalley. It’s right here.

I’ve interviewed Tillmann before, way back in ’02 and again in ’06 when he was touring as Sean Na Na, and knew I wasn’t going to get a lot out of him over the phone. He’s just not a phone interview kind of guy, which may explain why there are so few interviews with him online. Knowing this, I hit up Denver for the Technicolor, and got what I needed. Unfortunately because of space limitations, I left out how Denver got “ruffied” and lost control of his motor skills. And how he’s able to multi-task by having Sean pour shots directly into his mouth while he’s playing. And how he played their last show in L.A. barefoot in swim trunks and sunglasses. And how Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn was “genuinely concerned” for Denver after Har Mar’s Jimmy Fallon performance (which you can see right here) where he broke a fake-blood capsule in his mouth. And on and on…

I also left out some Tillmann comments, most notably, how he worked with Clark Baechle and Jacob Thiele to create “Creative Juices,” off the new Har Mar album, Dark Touches. The process involved sending tracks back and forth, adding melodies and vocals. The finished product has a distinctively “Faint” quality to it. The Faint boys also worked on a second song — “Just the Tip” — which didn’t make the album, but is available from a b-sides collection that you can get if you order Dark Touches through the Har Mar Superstar website.

If you go to Slowdown regularly, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen Tillmann hanging out. I know I have. “Yeah, I love Omaha,” he told me. “I try to make it down whenever I visit Minneapolis. It’s like a second Minneapolis.”

Anyway, check out the story, and then get your tickets to next Monday night’s Har Mar Superstar show at The Waiting Room for a mere $10.

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Tonight at The Slowdown it’s Matisyahu with Trevor Hall. The show is sold out, and I’m told it will be a real hippie scene, despite the fact that Matisyahu is a Hasid who sings reggae songs about his faith. Actually, that does sound hippie-esque. I may attend this. I’m on the list. It could be… colorful.

Also tonight, acoustic old-time-style bluesman William Elliott Whitmore returns to Omaha, this time to The Waiting Room with Hoots & Hellmouth. $10, 9 p.m.

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