Wednesday, March 02, 2005

WIERD: Ben Lee Did What?!

That's right folks. Ben Lee performed on Conan O' Brien tonight.

But, this performance was different from the typical late night musical performance. Ben Lee performed the pop single "Catch My Disease" (from his new album 'Awake is the New Sleep') with a band (that's to be expected) and eight backup singers (slightly unusual). Amongst the backup singers, clapping and singing, were none other than DJ Kid Millionaire/Dim Mak Prez Steve Aoki (very unusual!) and Prince of Pop Har Mar Superstar (who, surprisingly, was fully clothed). And, towards the end, Lee improvised his song, plugging bands on his home label, Dim Mak Records and Har Mar's home label, Record Collection, by adding different bands into the lyrics:

"They play Pony Up! (Dim Mak) on the radio, and that's the way I like it. They play Har Mar Superstar (Record Collection) on the radio, and that's the way I like it."

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Here is the Pony Up! Bio (courtesy of Dim Mak Records):
"The latest upholders of feminine prestige in the race for hit parade honors are a commanding fivesome calling themselves Pony up!. Formed New Year' eve 2002, they spent a year together honing their skills and shaping their sound, before unleashing it on the world, debuting at a pizza parlor in Burlington, Vermont. They spent the next year wowing crowds in one-horse towns and sprawling metropolises alike, loading their gear into various clubs, art galleries, and abandonned movie theatres. Armed with a veritable arsenal of pop hits, Pony up! entered the Hotel 2 Tango studios in the fall of 2003. They cut eleven strange and wonderful tracks, seven of which are slated for an ep release in october of 2004 on Dim Mak records. Comprised of sisters, roommates, coworkers and lifelong friends, Pony up! is a genuine labor of love for all involved. With Lisa J. Smith on bass, Lindsay Wills on durms, Laura Wills on keyboards, Sarah Moundroukas on guitar, and Camilla Wynne Ingr on everything else, they rotate lead vocals and deliver inspired harmonies to a rapt audience at every show. Indeed, Montreal's phenomenal pop combo always bring down the house."

If you're interested, you can purchase the new self titled EP from Pony Up! from the Dim Mak Store. NOTE: I must admit, I've not very familiar with Pony Up!, so I can't comment on their music. With that being said, here's the link:

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And, last but not least, here is the Har Mar Superstar Bio (courtesy of The Fucking Best):
"LOUD. LASCIVIOUS. UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE. Who ever said suburban Minnesota white boys can’t rock your fuck? Foremost, Har Mar Superstar is an entertainer. Sent from above bearing unrequited soul and multihued briefs, the portly Casanova’s rhythms have allowed Minnesota’s Sean Tillmann the opportunity to throb his way into our heads, hearts, and pants. Not a fan? You will be. Har Mar Superstar is not a singer or a songwriter—he is a god-damned revolution. Stealing the show from brilliant acts like the Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Incubus, Kelly Osborne, and Hot Hot Heat, Har Mar provides sweet relief from the music industry’s methodical ass-chaff. Har Mar Superstar fans—and they are everywhere—will attest to this, and with violent rapture. Aflame with rhythm and exuding an unnatural sex all his own, Har Mar Superstar takes the stage with a steadfast minidisc backup band, gushing out beats like he just can’t hold it any longer. And the dancing—oh, shit, the dancing…He is the fucking best."

Even if you're not much of a pop fan, Har Mar's most recent release 'The Handler' is an ass shaker, guarenteed to give you a good time. With catchy songs such as DUI and Cut Me Up (featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), you can't go wrong owning a copy of this album. Go buy it here:


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