LSD… it’s a helluva drug. Back in the day, I did my share (and, perhaps, the shares of a few others). Some believe that it has the potential to help turn you into such a super genius, that you appear freakishly insane to anyone else that’s not “on your level“. Then again, it’s always possible that the reverse is happening and they really are going so ape-shit crazy, that it only leads them to believe that that they have a growing mental superiority. One thing’s for sure; these chemical roller-coasters have the ability to twist up and whack out a synapse, like eating a parasitic egg-salad-sandwich from the vending machine of an interstellar truck stop bathroom. The reality is that, even with all of the epiphanies and life lessons that one may obtain during these odysseys, there is really no scientific control for the experimenter/guinea pig and, short of a clone or view into a parallel dimension, no one can ever really know if they would have arrived at those same conclusions without the “aid” of the hallucinogen. The good part is, since there is no way to make that determination, it doesn’t really matter and there are more detrimental things in the world than examining the differences between arrogance and confidence, exploitation and opportunity, respect and glorification, inspiration and contrivance, hustling and…well, hustling. Despite the blatant self-aggrandizement implied in his stage name, Sean “Har Mar Superstar” Tillmann seems to have an incredibly firm grasp on these concepts and plenty of others. Of all the electric realizations that I had, however, there is one specific principle that truly epitomizes Tillmann‘s career for me: “Regardless of how clearly, simply, honestly, or directly you express a pure truth, it doesn’t mean that anyone else will, necessarily, hear, believe, or even understand what you are trying to relate to them.” Read the rest of this entry →
On Sunday night, Sean “Har Mar Superstar” Tillmann and his crew of band-mates rolled into Seattle. The second to last show of their West Coast tour was held at Chop Suey, and it was the fucking jam. Before his set, I sat down and conducted an interview with Tillmann, which was filmed with a flip video camera. Two other past Monster Fresh interviewees/friends were also in attendance at the show: artist, Thea Wolfe and musician, Kimya Dawson. Although it would have been nice to see a little more movement from some in the hipster Seattle crowd, we still had a full-on R&B dance party throw-down. Some of this was recorded on the flip cam too.
The next morning I woke up with a message from Thea, who had been messaging on Facebook with Har Mar bassist, Denver Dalley. They band finally had a day off and wanted to go to a dance party, before heading up for their last show in Canada the next day. Thea was set to throw it at her house. Although the last minute party still went down, and went down well, Tillmann‘s crew never made it. After partying and traveling for 6 straight days, their bodies decided to crash out under them and use the day off for what it was intended for… regeneration.
I still need to go through my footage and decide how I want to edit and present the material. Until I am able get all that shit together, however, we’d like to tide you over by presenting you with a recently posted Har Mar Superstar tour video that was filmed on a flip camera of their own. In this video, taped on Jan. 22nd, Tillmann shows of his dance skills and expresses his love for pop-star Hannah Montana by singing along to her hit track, “Party In The USA“, while driving a van up I5 to Portland. Read the rest of this entry →