Tuesday, February 17, 2009


King Khan and the Shrines, in conjunction with Vice Records, will release What Is?!, for the first time domestically on April 21. For those who have little Khan experience, the man is different: Nudity, full-vocal depletion and money burning are among his live accolades. Just ask Bradford Cox who received a head full* of Khan at the last Mercury Lounge (Aug. 02, 2008) show we attended. Or maybe you caught his antics at McCarren Pool (tear.) We digress. The Orchard had this to say about Khan and What Is?!:

"...What Is?! shows The Shrines at their best. Their unique Sun Ra cum Stooges take on psychedelic big band soul is full on here, a literal aural middle finger to the calculated garage rock taking over the malls of America. Time to re-do those best of lists from a few years ago."

Track listing and tour dates after the jump.
*Khan thrust Cox's head into his spandex tight ass and crotch...wow that sounds horribly dirty. Well, it kind of was.


01 (How Can I Keep You) Outta Harms Way
02 I Wanna Be A Girl
03 Welfare Bread
04 Land of the Freak
05 I See Lights
06 69 Faces of Love
07 No Regrets
08 Cosmic Serenade
09 Le Fils Du Jaques Dutronc
10 Let Me Holler
11 In Your Grave
12 Take A Little Bit
13 Fear & Love
14 The Ballad Of Lady Godiva


03-06 Elkton, FL @ Harvest of Hope
03-07 Miami, FL @ The Vagabond
03-10 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
03-12 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
03-13 Nashville, TN @ Exit In
03-14 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Café
03-15 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03-16 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Loft
03-17 San Antonio, TX @ The Warhol
03-20 Austin, TX @ Emo's Vice Records SXSW Showcase to Shame all Other Showcases

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