King Khan Conquers The Steppes With “What Is”

The arrival of King Khan and the Shrines’ What Is makes a lad think of that first time he ever heard The Fleshtones, of Sun Ra being draped with his multicolored cloak, of Mitch Ryder shifting into overdrive.  If through some magic spell, King Khan was transported back in time to witness the Beatles’ first tour of America, he’d be the guy who left after the Sonics opened for them.  So it’s basically a reissue of a 2007 German album, and some of the songs — like the amazingly boss “(How Can I Keep You) Outta Harms Way” — already showed up on the compilation The Supreme Genius of King Khan and The Shrines — this is still the garage rock platter of the season.  The very hip know the band’s showing up at the 930 Club in DC next week, and from there are expected to levitate to wherever it is that Sun Ra’s Arkestra went after they left this mortal coil.  Life’s waaay too short to miss this one.

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