Tuesday, May 14, 2013

#EDAS Album Review: Har Mar Superstar, Bye Bye 17. Watch Him Disrobe Tomorrow @ LPR.

by Matt (@bones_jones)

Out Now on Cult Records

Artist-Fair Shopping: CD / iTunes

Style: Neo-Neo Soul,
Throwback Jams,
Life of the Party,

Audience: Both Sam & Dave,
Motown, Stax & Chess Recordheads,
Ladies Who Frequent Chippendales

Better Tracks: Restless Leg, Prisoner,
We Don't Sleep,
Everywhere I'm Local,
Late Night Morning Light

This dude is wacky as hell, but he definitely knows his stuff. It's almost as if he spent his early days listening to warped old soul records. Thanks to the internet, I was able to trace Sean Tillman's musical genesis from his hardcore roots with the Minneapolis band Calvin Krime, to his Snark Rock antics as Sean Na Na, to his latest and greatest character Har Mar Superstar.

This incarnation begins as a fully suited, slightly balding Soul Man and ends as a sweaty naked guy doing headstands. A blind man might think he was listening to a contemporary of Al Green, Otis Redding or Marvin Gaye, but it is in fact the exact opposite; a chubby white guy from now. His newest release, Bye Bye 17, arrived courtesy of Julian Casablancas' Cult Records, and it is a drop dead winner. It brings back all the feelings you get when you listen to your favorite Motown Record. This album caters to almost every classic or current music fan with straight up dance jams, old timey malt-shoppe classics, and songs that make you want to sit on the dock of the bay. I have kept this album spinning since its release last month.

I am posting this review now because tomorrow night, Har Mar and Crew bring the party to New York City as they take the stage at the swanky Le Poisson Rouge. For all the compliments he gets on his recordings, he gets ten times as many for his one of a kind performance style. This is where his history as a rocker begins to show. His stage presence seems to be a cross between James Brown and Lux Interior and that is a combination I can't bear to miss. This unique stagecraft, combined with a band that features some straight up all-stars (including one of my personal favorite musicians and all around people, Denver Dalley of Desaparecidos on Bass) make for an unmissable show. Get tickets to tomorrow night's NYC show HERE before the prices go up. Make sure to listen to the hit single below which Har Mar dedicates to one of his idols, Sam Cooke. The title comes from the last words Cooke ever spoke before his tragic death. See you at LPR tomorrow night. Until then, don't forget to congratulate us on our 500th post and enter our contest to win some really cool stuff.

Verdict: Good enough to be from the 1960's, listen to it until the 2060's.

Har Mar Superstar - Lady You Shot Me

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