More Mark Sultan

markThere’s something about the guitar and stomping percussion of Mark Sultan that’s always appealed to me. He, along with his friend King Khan, always manage to blend those old school R&B sounds and give them a little hint of punk and grit…that’s exactly what you’re going to get here. At times, he might settle a bit too much with the chorus, but I’m still stuck playing this song on repeat. I think that’s due to the great little croon he tosses in, such as the moment before the 2 minute mark; it’s a great moment of performance. His new record, BBQ, is coming via In the Red Records on November 25th.

Mark Sultan Has a New 7″ Coming

marksultanMark Sultan probably gets a lot of cred for his work as BBQ, the counterpoint to King Khan, but he’s a pretty solid songwriter in his own write, and rather prolific too. For my two cents, I like the soulful swagger his tunes always carry; this song has a really catchy call-and-response aspect too. Starting off with a bluesy-funk, it smoothes out into a more R&B feel, touched up with a distorted bit of garage feel fleshed out by a little late-track jam. He’s set to embark on a US tour here in a few weeks, including an August Austin date (August 16th @ Barracuda), so be on the look out to see if he’s coming to your city; this track is the B-Side to a forthcoming 7″ from Chompazoid Records.

The King Khan & BBQ Show Return

UntitledKing Khan and his many projects have long been talked about on this website since our inception.  Today I’m pleased to be sharing with you this awesome new track from his work with the BBQ Show called “Alone Again”.  It’s a pretty typical KK&TBS tune with its garage like feel and upbeat tone throughout.  Can the man ever do wrong?

Pick up new album, Bad News Boys, on February 24th via In the Red Records.

FFF8 in Pictures – Sunday Edition

King KhanSlow rolling is now done, though I think we may put up a PYAITK version of FFF8 coverage. FFF9 info is pending and you can recommend artists to the festival honchos.

But for now, you get to peep a ton of bad ass festival pics from a couple Sundays back. This edition features Cayucas, The Men, XXYYXX, Dennis McCoy, PLG, Matt Hoffman, Washed Out, Dismemberment Plan, Deltron 3030, MGMT, Bonobo, Slayer and King Khan with just enough crowd shots that you could be a star!

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Show Preview: Mark Sultan @ the Mohawk (11/15)

Date Tuesday, November 15th
Location Mohawk
Doors 900p
Tickets $8 from Frontgate

Alright folks, you’ve got to get on this show!  The rock n’ roll season, at least for traveling bands, is winding down quickly.  In a week full of great shows, this is definitely one that requires your attendance.  A lot of you might know Mark Sultan as BBQ, who used to play with King Khan, but he’s just put out his own sweet little record, Whatever/Whenever, which actually came in a lot of great formats. It’s classic garage rock; it’s the sort that kicked off the whole revisiting of the genre, filled with hooks and dirty guitar playing.  Also, you’ll get a chance to see a lot of great local acts like A Giant Dog and Simple Circuit. It’s definitely a better choice than Morrissey.

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Download: Mark Sultan – Song In Grey [MP3]


New Tune From King Khan

When King Khan decided to go on hiatus from his two major bands The Shrines and The BBQ Show, everyone had to know that it was only a matter of time until the guy started another new group.  This time around, he’s simply using his own name and labeling the group The King Khan Experience.  An EP is already completed by the new group and will be made available as a free download today on the Scion AV website.  Stay tuned and we’ll add the free download link as soon as it’s made live.

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Download: King Khan – I Got Love [MP3]

Fergus and Geronimo – Unlearn

Rating: ★★★ · ·

Almost two years ago, I caught Fergus and Geronimo here in Austin; they were just visiting from Denton.  Everything they did on stage was energetic and sharp.  A few 7″s came our way, and now the band have released their debut, Unlearn, for Hardly Art.  After honing their chops, it seems like the band have finally landed on some consistency with their sound, and it’s one that fits in with the modern scene.

Kicking things off with “Girls with English Accents” is a solid way to start off this record.  It’s got a little bit of psychedelic twang in the guitar lines, a repeated chorus line, but it’s the verses that demonstrate my favorite parts of Fergus and Geronimo. They’re sort of off-kilter and unhinged, all done in a playful manner.  Then you move right into “Wanna Know What I Would Do,” which has great elements, yet doesn’t quite fulfill the promise the morning.  Really, it’s just one part that sort of gets me in a funk, and it’s the delivery of “hahahaha.”  Throw that in with some loose lyrical focus, and you can see that at times, great songs get in the way of the band’s playful approach.

Fans of the more R&B influenced garage sound will find a gem in “Powerful Lovin,” using that crooning sound you’ll find on King Khan and the BBQ Show releases.  At this point, you’re bound to appreciate the band’s tendency to sort of shift all over the place, using a great deal of musical diversity to provide a great deal of listening diversity.  “Unlearn” is similar in this fashion, though it introduces a bit of spoken word from a female counterpart.  Part of me is reminded of listening to my mother’s classics from the doo-wop era of classic rock, and that’s not a bad thing by any means, mind you.

Fergus and Geronimo‘s bread and butter though seems to be their more amphetamine influenced jams.  “Baby Don’t You Cry” fits perfectly in with the likes of Ty Segall or a dirtier version of Nobunny.  Beneath it all lives sweet bubblegum pop, but it’s coated in abundant energy, giving the sound a bit of garage stomp, almost as if the band is hanging on by the seat of their pants.  “The World Never Stops” is another such jam, though it does have a nice little instrumental breakdown in the middle that really takes the track to the next level.  Perhaps it is just a hint of restraint, but it’s enough to give Unlearn yet another nice twist in the grand scheme of things.

Fergus and Geronimo have shown a lot of promise through the release of their 7″ work, and through that of their live shows. Now that they’ve got Unlearn out here for the masses, we see that talent come to fruition.  Styles are traded in and out from the get go, letting you get a taste of the band’s influences.  Sure, it’s a bit disjointed at times, and next time around the band might put more effort into the lyrical development, but this is one hell of a start from a band we truly think will do excellent things.

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Download: Fergus & Geronimo – Girls With English Accents [MP3]

Ty Segall – Melted

Rating: ★★★★ ·

Garage rock has made quite a resurgence in the last several years, and it’s been enforced, or heralded, by one torch bearer or another.  In the resurgence era we had King Khan, Jay Reatard and now we’ve got Ty Segall.  His new album Melted, on Goner Records, is just a dirty rocking party fueled by catchy choruses and pounding rhythms, so let’s get to it.

Ty has a style all his own, and its first apparent when he opens the album with “Finger,” just slowly strumming and lightly howling for a few extra bars.  Then the garage rock power fuzz kicks in.  There’s nothing clean about the sound on this track, and yet there doesn’t need to be, as Segall’s changing vocal delivery powers us through, right into “Ceasar.”  Bobbing bass lines bounce you through this number, as the percussion sort of bangs away haphazardly. Beneath the grit here lies Segall’s ability to carry melody, which he treats you to about midway through the track.

Melted doesn’t just pound away at your ears graciously, as the band can add a little bit of a jangle and swing to their numbers.  “Sad Fuzz” allows room for the vocals to sort of place around, and yet the chorus provides listeners with the impression of a young man slinging his guitar about, which you’re likely to catch live. Album closer “Alone” also demonstrates Ty Segall stepping outside of the scuzzy barroom brawl, doing his best to pull every bit of melody out of his words as possible.  While it might seem like a it of a drone, it definitely accomplishes its goal, closing the record with an appropriate breather.

Soft points aside, make no mistake that this album is stocked full of straight ahead power and energy, of that disastrous sort. After getting lost in the meandering feedback of “Imaginary Person” your caught up immediately in a bouncing number that powers along, much in the way Jay Reatard did prior to his death.  It’s the arena that brings about the best in Segall, combining his interest in modern garage rock with his desire to provide a little bit of a hook for the audience.  This is perhaps one of the best numbers on the album, almost bringing about the inner Danzig in the singer.  And you can’t ignore the forceful “My Sunshine,” which bangs around with remnants of late 60s garage.  Nothing on this track sounds clean: not the vocals, not the drums, not the guitar.  All the while, you’re tapping your feet, waiting to see what’s coming next, only to be side-swiped by a nice little guitar solo to end the song.

Ty Segall is keeping himself busy right about now, working on his own stuff and recording the works of others.  One would think that this wouldn’t leave time for much creativity, but rest assured, there is nothing boring about Melted. It’s loud and boisterous when it wants to be, and it can be a little bit gentle in spots.  Such a combination packs the perfect amount of punch, and just racks up another successful record from Ty.

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Download: Ty Segall – Caesar [MP3]

New King Khan & The BBQ Show

kingkhan1We love the man known as King Khan and we get amped up when he makes new music with The Shrines or with The BBQ show.  This new jam comes from the BBQ show and will appear on upcoming album Invisible Girl out November 3rd on In the Red Records.  Do these guys put out bad music?

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Download: King Khan & BBQ Show – Invisible Girl [MP3]

King Khan @ Mohawk (11/15)

So you’re depressed that the Ghostland show is sold out this weekend and are looking for a way to drown your sorrows for not buying tickets earlier?  You should make your way over to Mohawk Saturday evening and enjoy a sure to be intense set by King Khan & The BBQ Show.  You’ll also save about $20 and will probably enjoy a better set than the one going on at Stubbs.  Buy tickets now!  Check out some King Khan tuneage elswhere on our site here & here.

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