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Ok! So it looks as though the next few moths will be pretty awesome… I’ll list tour dates up until March, for now, but April will hopefully see me playing Berlin, Hamburg and then Scandinavia (I hope), then May a short KKBBQ run ending with some solo dates in the US (god, I hope Alaska works out).
In the meantime, these are the upcoming dates. If anything else gets added, even DJ shit, I’ll start posting.
If you are a book/promoter and wanna get me in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia or elsewhere, write me.
23 – Strasbourg, FR: Mudd Club
24 – Valence, FR: Mistral Palace
25 – Bourges, FR: Beau Bar
27 – Toulouse, FR: Dispensary
29 – Zurich, SW: Bar 3000
30 – Geneva, SW: Bibarium
31 – Martigny, SW: Caves du Manoir
1 – Nimes, FR: Bada Bing
4 – Barcelona, SP: Milagrossa
5 – Zaragoza, SP: Lata de Bombillas
6 – Valencia, SP: La Llimera TBC
7 – Madrid, SP: Marvavillas
8 – San Sebastien, SP: Lurrazpiko @ Bukowski
11 – Pamplona, SP: Nebula
12 – La Rochelle, FR: Barbarella
14 – Perpignan, FR: UBU
15 – Marseilles, FR: Machine a Coudre
16 – St Etienne, FR: Thunderbird
18 – Brussels, BE: Madame Moustache
19 – Paris, Fr: Mechanique Ondulatoire
21 – Lille, FR: El Diablo
22 – Amsterdam, NL: Winter Sleaze @ Shell Toren
25 – Cologne, DE: Sonic Ballroom
26 – Munster, DE: Gleis 22
27 – Frankfurt, DE: Dreikonigskeller
28 – Antwerp, BE: Falk
1 – Karlsruhe, DE: Alte Hackerei TBC
20 – Quebec City, QC: Cercle
21 – Montreal, QC: Divan Orange
22 – Toronto, ON: Silver Dollar
26 – Winnipeg, MN: Windsor Hotel
27 – Edmonton, AB: Wunderbar
28 – Calgary, AB: Broken City
29 – Vancouver, BC: Electric Owl
The King Khan & BBQ Show
11 – Berlin, DE: Bassy
Speaking of KKBBQ, fans of said band may be excited to hear that we will be recording a new album this month. We already have made up most of the songs and will be finishing the songlist this week. Titles and lyrics are retarded, music is rock’n’roll the way you like it.
We promise NO GRUNGE.
In solo news, In The Red just gave the go-ahead to a new 4-song EP that should be out sometime soon. It’s stuff I had recorded the music for in 2011, but added the vox in 2013 (I kinda forgot about the songs, actually). But they’re cool.
I also recorded some stuff with the Mojomatics guys in Italy. One song for now, but should be doing more soon.
And my band here in Berlin may even play a show, who knows. For fans of Texas psych and moody garage.
So ya, I’ll let you know if there are any DJ gigs or added shows. If not, I’ll start announcing April onwards very soon.
I know I always say this, but holy shit it has been long since I updated this thing! A lot has happened since the last one, so let’s get to it…
So Khan and I went to Asia and played. Highlights included amazing soul food, drinking cobra blood, meeting great folks and seeing incredible things. Aside from some booking issues (the booking agency duped us hard), the trip was an absolute pleasure, and it was to some extent a way to mend mental wounds there from the last trip.
We then played in Australia. Great, great time. It’s always a blast playing out there. People were excited, as were we. We saw a lot of old friends and made new ones. Went to Perth, even! After all of that, I soldiered on for some solo gigs in OZ and got to go to New Zealand! NZ is as beautiful as they say, and the people are fantastic! The few shows I had were affected by a crazy, ‘rare’ storm (my luck is the best), but even still, I had a great time!
I really wanted to go into detail about cities and shows and people, but quite honestly, at this point, the memory of the tour also dredges up our anger over having not been paid at all by the booking agency).
Things have been busy, since. I played a bunch of other shows in Italy. So much fun!! Finally got to go to Sicily, too. I played a couple shows in Poland and in Prague. I plan on doing more shows in the east next year. Really cool folks. Beautiful there, too. And Poland has fantastic vodka!
What else… Some songs I recorded in 2011 were supposed to see the light of day, but things changed. Four songs from the same sessions where I recorded ‘Oh! Summertime’. Maybe next year…
Oh! So I also moved to Berlin, where I had lived a bit years ago. And in living here, I hooked up with some old friends and we started a band. My intention was to start a band in which I just play drums. Write some songs, too. I was hoping to play stuff more 60s-style. The last time I did anything like that was years ago in a band I had called ‘Les Sexareenos’, and I miss it. So this new band, we wrote a bunch of songs. It sounds like Index/Human Expression/Seeds stuff. And at first I was really excited. But now I feel as though the world doesn’t need another ‘psych’ band. Even though ‘psych’ today is mostly bullshit, to me. Stuff that sounds like Britpop/Brian Jonestown – not psych. Stuff that is grunge – not psych. I even heard some new ‘psych’ hipster dude who sounds like fucking Spin Doctors – NOT FUCKING PSYCH. Is it because it may sound like some shit-ass Phish-style jamband shit?? I guess I just don’t get it, as I didn’t get when ‘rock’n’roll’ or ‘garage’ or ‘surf rock’ were catch-alls. Shove your delay pedals up your ass. I am willing to stop this new band just so my intentions are not misunderstood or cheapened. But I think you guys would have enjoyed it.
This year also saw a new album from my band with Bloodshot Bill, ‘The Ding-Dongs’, on Norton. It’s our second, and I am really happy with it! Real rock’n’roll. 16 songs. All originals. The problem is Norton doesn’t publicize, so I hope some folks find it and enjoy it. I don’t like wasting ideas and songs. It’s not like I want to sell millions, but it’s depressing when these albums just die. My goal is always to turn on a few folks to this kind of stuff in the hopes they check out everything that influenced me or my bands, so they can rejuvenate the music’s spirits. So find the damn thing! Download it!
I think that sums up 2013 ok. I mean, ya, there were a few other shows here and there. Ah! I played at Barreiro Rocks fest in Portugal and that was a gooood time.
Khan and I started working on a new ‘King Khan & BBQ’ album. Or will it be Jumbo Lions? In any case, I’m here right now at his place and we’re about to write some more songs. I hope the album comes out next fall. We are planning on doing a 4-5 week North American tour, possibly in a package with old pals and some surprises. So keep an eye out!
Oh ya! LaLa Brooks covered one of our songs:
2014 also sees me doing another solo tour in Europe, this time everywhere but Italy. And then some Canadian shows in March. I planned on doing some UK shows, but I think now that it really is impossible. I hope to hit more cities in the east, go to Greece, back to Italy… who knows. I’ll go anywhere. Just write me. And look for KKBBQ doing some things here and there, too.
Ah! Big news for me! In 2014, sometime, In The Red will rerelease my ‘lost album’, $. The album had originally come out in 2010, but was impossible to find and treated like shit. At the time, clueless ‘afficiandos’ reviewed it and didn’t like it at all. But now that ‘psych’ is the big thing, and well-respected sites and tastemakers drool over it (while only really knowing such dreck as ‘Sgt Poopers’), maybe they will pretend to ‘get it’ this time around. The reissue will actually focus more on the fucked-up songs and there will be take changes and stuff. Artwork by Gary Panter! I’m stoked!
I guess that is about it for now. As soon as I get any new dates, I will totally post em. I hope to see you all at the shows. I am really good now. So check me out on tour. I have shed much of my negativity and it has made a big difference. You can focus now on my soul and not the chip on my shoulder (although it was salt n vinegar and very delicious).
Have a very Merry Christmas or whatever other nonsense you celebrate, and I hope your 2014 is really happy. Love yourself and your peoples. Success and hugs for all.
Not much to say here, but that these are the (I think) FINAL dates for The King Khan & BBQ Show’s upcoming tour in the SE Asia/Australia area. Following these shows will be Mark Sultan as BBQ playing New Zealand, and a select few Oz and Asia (perhaps) dates, to boot. Those dates will be posted later! Thanks!!
1st June – Bangkok, Thailand – Cosmic Club
2nd June – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Wknd
4th June – Osaka, Japan – Shinsaibashi Conpass
5th June – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya O-Nest
6th June – Hong Kong – Hidden Agenda
7th June – Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Yes No Klub
9th June – Jakarta, Indonesia – SUPERBADD @ Secret Agents
11th June – Melbourne, Australia – The Tote
12th June – Melbourne, Australia – The Tote
13th June – Sydney, Australia – GoodGod Small Club
13th June – Sydney, Australia -shhhhhhh
14th June – Perth, Australia – Deville’s
15th June – Adelaide, Australia – Nexus
Well, I have to say… THAT was a fun tour! I am talking, of course, about that King Khan & BBQ Show tour we just completed. Everyone was singing along and excited. Shows were mainly soldout. There were some knobs who caused trouble, etc, and we DID get ripped off in our hometown (should never have expected less), but overall, we are really happy. I am not 100% sure if we will remain named ‘The King Khan & BBQ Show’, as there are way too many people who can’t check stuff online, are easily confused, or have ADD, but we will be recording again. As for touring, we’ll be in Australia and Asia starting the end of May – I will post dates when they become CERTAIN, but shit looks good! As for myself, HOZAC just put out my split with Black Lips. Go find it. The label-made cover seems to be a fuck you to both bands. I think I am also finally gonna finish a bunch of songs I started recording in late 2011. Look for that. Also, look for a new Ding-Dongs LP and some 45s. REALLY good stuff. Solo, I will be on tour in New Zealand after the KKBBQ dates, and off to India to record. I now live in Berlin. See you there!
PHOTO BY – Pooneh Ghana
BIP BOP BIP!
It’s so nice to be home, in Montreal!
Well, that was a fun tour. It was long, too! But it was cool, I that I was able to drive around a lot of the continent with my gf, who has only seen select parts of this wonderful wasteland. I wanna thank everyone who came out to support me and who enjoyed the shows, etc… Out of the shitload of shows that I had managed to play, I only got dicked around once or twice. I think people find that route easy when someone is booking themselves and being ‘DIY’ – sometimes promoters think they won’t incur the same wrath they would if they had fucked with a booking agent. Problem is that I know a lot of people, and love revenge. I tried Las Vegas, even after everyone told me not to, and got kicked in the cunt. New York was a mess. Both times I tried, something happened, the second time I was just deemed ‘uncool’ or whatever, and that’s fine. But ya, the US, for all of its social woes, is an impressive – and often beautiful – country to drive through. I’ve done it a million times, but when you are with people who haven’t seen it (like most things), you develop a newfound appreciation for it.
Alas, I will be paring my one-man band shows down in the future, as I will be mostly chilling out, doing other bands, and being in Europe. Again, thanks to those who ‘get it’, and still a big ‘suck it’ to those who only like my music when it’s in another context.
I gotta say, speaking of other contexts, it was an absolute pleasure playing some US shows with my best pal King Khan. Given all the crap that was said between us, about us, and TO us, finally getting to play a little tour in the US, hanging out, revisiting hijinks etc… was a blast. Thanks to everyone who came out to those shows, and thanks to everyone who allowed my own dates to be shuffled to accommodate these ones. Class.
It was cool to play the Midwest. People were appreciative and really made us feel welcome. I was so stoked that my new car, my Subaru Outback (Cruncher), was so able to make the whole trek, with only a couple of oil changes. Count me as a big fan. But ya, me and Khan have fully rediscovered our love for the music we make, and even if I am invisible in this band no matter what I do, I love playing in it and love the energy we can create. And it seems to make people happy. Well, maybe they will be happier to know that it seems we will be back in the US in April. As well as visiting Australia and Asia, possibly in the summer. With a few European shows thrown in for good measure. Stoked! I think we’ll also be recording a bit, too.
This is all barring end times.
RIP – CHOMPMASTER 2012-2012
And so, a true champion, my 1999 Suzuki wagon, Chompmaster, was passed along to another family this past week. What a great dude. Be well.
But there is some better news – there always is. I just got back from a really cool trip to Europe, via Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. I gotta say, I had been pretty hesitant about the trip, in general. I had started thinking of booking the European leg MONTHS prior, but then had seemingly forgotten or lost interest. So the few dates I had booked, I cancelled, and then kinda lazily booked some other shit ‘in case’. Not many shows, but the shows I did manage to get on my own and thru Kamal and Jonk were pretty fun. I don’t attract people in droves, but generally people are very happy and enthusiastic, now. They are open to my ‘performance’, and mostly ‘get’ where I am coming from. The reactions, sometimes, were really cool – I felt almost like an ‘artist’ (for good or bad), like the music was being heard. I had a good time. What made it all the more entertaining was that the only car I was able to rent (automatic transmission) to drive myself on tour was a 2012/13 BMW sportscar thingy; I’d roll into town and have people rolling their eyes at Mark Sultan ‘the diva asshole’ (as I am known to some) being a Bobo cunt… Best car I have ever driven!
I’m excited to go back in the spring to do a bigger tour and have even more good times.
CLICK ON THE ABOVE PHOTO!!!!
The trip also marked a spiritual reconnect with my brother King Khan and his wonderful family. My woman and I stayed for almost two weeks, and it was really nice to be back. And then we practiced and made some new songs. It felt like 2003 all over again. Real inspiring and electric. And then ‘The King Khan & BBQ Show’ played in Berlin at Festsaal. It was a great show! We played a million songs and the energy in the room was crackling. The show was almost like a little test – could we tour again? Can we record? Stand each other? YES. And I am proud to announce that we, in fact, will be playing a string of super last-minute US shows in late November/early December (dates are below). Let me clarify – some dates are begrudgingly gonna be done thru sponsors. This was not my idea or something I am comfortable with, but this is a democracy, and I understand these shows are being done last-minute for reasons more important than my usual holier-than-thou bullshit could sway. Beside that, I can honestly say that the energy is very much like what we could achieve at our peak a few years back, cuz we love each other and are excited about the music again. So tell your friends. We are one of the greatest rock’n’roll bands of this century. True story.
Back to my trip to Reunion: what a great experience. So, Reunion is an island off of Madagascar owned by France. It’s Dodo lived on neighbouring Mauritius, apparently, which I had no idea about, even though my tour shirts had a Dodo on them (?!). It’s tropical, has shark attacks on its beautiful beaches, has a giant volcano or two (one of which I climbed), cool waterfalls, great food, Creole folks (I played a school to some pretty unimpressed teens, but probably made at least one kid think for a sec, which was awesome), and the usual white folks listening to Bob Marley and playing hacky sack. It was great! Lagoons, whales, great food… Ok, the shows were kinda weird, but the experience was something I will always remember. Thanks Olivier and your wonderful family! People always tell me how ‘lucky’ I am, that I can travel all of the time, and live how I want. My usual response is that I work(ed) hard for the meagre ‘career’ I have, that I sacrificed a lot to aggressively pursue the thing I loved, that anyone can do what they want. But ya, sometimes I do agree: I am pretty lucky.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support.
Here are the upcoming Tour Dates!
26th – Providence, RI – Dusk
27th – Manhattan, NYC – Boat Show
30th – Durham, NC – Motorco
31st – Asheville, NC – The Get Down
1st – Atlanta, GA – Star Bar
3rd – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
5th – Austin, TX – Beerland
8th – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
9th – Desert Hot Springs, CA – Dillon’s Roadhouse
10th – Los Angeles, CA – Blue Star
12th – Monterey, CA – Golden State Theatre
13th – San Francisco, CA – The Knockout
16th – Seattle, WA – Rendezvous
17th – Vancouver, BC – Astoria
19th – Calgary, AB – The Commonwealth
20th – Edmonton, AB – Wunderbar
22nd – Winnipeg, MN – Windsor Hotel
23rd – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
24th – St Paul, MN – Turf Club **
26th – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle **
28th – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown **
29th – Iowa City, IA – The Mill **
30th – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway **
1st – Bloomington, IN – Russian Recording**
3rd – Nashville, TN – Exit/In**
4th – Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups**
5th – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig**
7th – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
8th – Boston, MA – Starlab
15th – Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
** as ‘The King Khan & BBQ Show’
Yes, I am touring again. This time, I am excited to be crossing a lot of the continent to show folks that I have hit my stride! I AM pretty good at what I do, now, and will not be making oompah beats, shouting monotone into a 50′s replica mic while wearing a mask – i will be performing MUSIC and ‘art’! Like a band! Real, assorted rock’n'roll jams, real songs, non-stop, chaotic, stream-of-consciousness soul. Come join me. If you don’t like it or if it bores you, np, there’s always the bar to chat at – just give it a chance. But if you slip into the ether with me, I promise an experience, as well as my heart. Deal? Deal.
I carry the antibody, it just isn’t televised.
This past summer was a busy time for Mark Sultan. After playing the beachtowns of Reunion Island, off of Madagascar, climbing volcanoes and headbutting marine life, he toured Europe and blew a couple of minds. Considered be some as one of the best one-man bands in the world by some, he further separated himself from the pack at these recent shows. An upcoming US tour sees him guesting at Carnegie Hall and playing on the Hudson River in the same night, then crossing the continent like a maniac. One of the finest voices in many years, with an endless thread of musical gems. Do not miss out.
‘The War On Rock N Roll’ Is Available Through In The Red Records
Or As A Free Download At:
…a criminally underappreciated garage rock cult hero who puts on a one-man-band live show so sincerely passionate that he makes most primitive rock ’n’ roll revivalists look like cynical imposters….anyone who believes in him needs to pick up this one-take improvised stream-of-consciousness limited-edition live album…deranged but brilliant
– NOW Toronto
Listen to exclusive track, ‘Oh, Summertime’, on RollingStone.com
There are no gimmicks, and his heart is on the line. This really is art and it may be respectable, but it’s got the sexual primitivism of old rock’n'roll without sacrificing heart, earworms or intensity. Not only does he sound like a whole band, but his disregard for conventional time signatures, uniformity and concert structure, makes the show all the more special, as does his disembodied and soulful vocals. An absolute must.
– We Crime, Belgium
…wildly prolific…what differentiates his stuff is his genuine sense of tune-craft….
– LA Weekly