The Bowery Presents
King Khan & the Shrines

King Khan & the Shrines

HELL SHOVEL, DJ Jonathan Toubin

Wed, October 30, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Webster Hall

New York, NY

This event is 18 and over

King Khan & the Shrines
King Khan & the Shrines
It has been a lengthy hiatus, but we have finally finished our latest “masterpiece” and named it after an incredible indigenous-rights movement that is happening right now called Idle No More.

I was born and raised in Montreal and spent a lot of time on the Kahnawake Mohawk Indian reservation. Much of my juvenile delinquent training came from years of tripping out there with my best friends.

I began the Shrines in 1999 with the blessings from my brothers in The Spaceshits, right after we disbanded. The dream was to make something reminiscent of Sun Ra, James Brown, and Otis Redding with a hint of The Velvet Underground, Love, The Monks and about a million other influences that riddled my LSD-soaked brain at the tender age of 22.

The Shrines was my pirate ship and we sailed many a turbulent sea, spreading our music “like peanut butter” all over the world. We celebrated our cult “underground” status and became the kings we are through word of mouth and by making an “aural eyegasm” that has often been called the “wildest show on earth.”

Idle No More is probably the most refined piece of music we have made to date. The songs are about the state of the world we live in today.

“Born to Die” is an apocalyptic ode to the heinous war machine that to this day ruins our lives.

“Bite My Tongue” is about the unsung heroes who are forced to live in utter poverty but who have made all the revolutions possible and are being silenced as you read this. Look up “The Invaders” from Memphis and you will see what I am talking about. http://www.prichardsmith.com/portfolio/the-invaders/

“Thorn in Her Pride” is a girl-power anthem and a celebration of the goddesses who help raise the children of the revolution.

“Luckiest Man” is about me and how lucky I was to receive the proper mental care I needed during a very steep and lengthy plummet into madness.

“Better Luck Next Time” is velvety pop to soothe the ears.

“Darkness” is about the ugly beasts that must be tamed inside of us all. It was also my attempt to do something as real as Nina Simone.

“Pray for Lil” is an ode to my wife, who continually saves my life and makes me a complete human being, human doing, and human going.

“Bad Boy” is a requiem for Bobby Ubangi, who was and still is Atlanta’s Finest.

“So Wild” is a double requiem for two other Jays I have lost over the last few years, Jay Reatard and Jay “Berserker” Montour. RIP.

“Yes I Can’t” is a little ironic number named after Obama’s attempt at changing the police state.

“I Got Made” is a Joe Pesci trip heavily inspired by the Cosa Nostra.

And last, but not least, is “Of Madness I Dream,” a mirror image of what is happening to the world as we speak.

Originally, I was going to call the album Of Madness I Dream, but then I became very enthused about the amazing work of the Idle No More movement. Everyone I asked had never heard of it, so I contacted the leaders of the movement and, with their permission, decided to rename the album Idle No More in hopes that it would increase the world’s awareness of this miracle that is taking place for the indigenous peoples of the world. If you are not familiar with Idle No More, look it up and GET INVOLVED!

It took a long time to make, but we are very proud and pleased to bring you this album. I hope that the future will brighten up every time it is played. Ultimately, John and Yoko were absolutely right: LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED!

Peace and Love,

King Bama Lama Khan Emperor of RnB
HELL SHOVEL
GREECE, GERMANY, CANADA, FRANCE
DJ Jonathan Toubin
DJ Jonathan Toubin
New York Night Train’s POP NIGHT:
DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN plays songs you know – one night only

Jonathan Toubin (Soul Clap & Dance-Off, etc.), known worldwide for perfecting the science of making masses get down to the most obscure 45rpm recordings, plays the hits for one night only. This is not an April Fools, an ironic art project, or an old-fashioned sell-out. The DJ is serious. He put this night together because he has come to understand something you may have never thought about…

YOU PROBABLY HAVE NEVER HEARD YOUR FAVORITE RECORDS! For real! Teams of specialists recorded, mastered, and pressed songs to sound amazing with painstaking deliberateness. Over the years these original 45s have been remastered for CD, mp3, and even record – losing their rich dynamic qualities and becoming another animal entirely – sounding nothing like what the artists’, producers’, and engineers’ original intentions. But tonight you have an opportunity to dance to your favorite tracks in their purest state – the original mix undigitized and uncompressed. This is not audiophile mumbo jumbo - you are not likely to recover from hearing your favorite songs on the ultimate sonic medium through Bowery Ballroom’s first-class sound system. And like good wine, you won’t go back to the bad stuff once you’ve had a taste.

Jonathan Toubin has made a career out of playing atypical musical selections because his goal has been to give you a unique life-changing nightlife experience. He spends all of his time and money pursuing 45rpm records because the warm tone, wide dynamic range, big drums, and fleshy presence make the 1960s 7-inches Jonathan Toubin’s favorite audio format of all time. By playing a familiar Motown hit or a Beatles anthem on the original 45 instead of the usual high quality obscurities, Toubin wants his dancers to recognize the sonic difference from the mediums they are accustomed to - and hear and feel their favorite classics as never before.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to witness America’s most prominent 45 DJ (and America’s most popular soul party DJ) playing the hits. This is also Jonathan Toubin’s first 18+ dance party since his Lincoln Center Midsummer Night’s Swing silent disco nearly a year ago. And get ready to experience the excellent visuals, go go dancers, guest DJs, and other surprises you’ve grown accustomed to in a New York Night Train parties!

Wait ‘til you hear the original “Honky Tonk Woman” or “The Clapping Song” on 45! You will NEVER go back!




"DJ Jonathan Toubin is creating his own kind of dance revolution" (Village Voice, 2011)

"The most-liked man in the soul music scene" (Rolling Stone, 2012)

"Jonathan Toubin is the only person we can call a "professional DJ" without involuntarily making a jack-off motion with our hand... His parties are like what Ancient Stonehenge was like if it was, as archaeologists theorize, filled with people dressed many times better than you completely losing their shit." (VICE, 2010)

"A legend among Lower East Side entertainers and fans" (ABC News, 2012)

"To friends and fans, Mr. Toubin is the man behind New York Night Train, whose musical arsenal is made up of lesser-known artists from the 1950s and 1960s, captured on 45 r.p.m. records." (NY Times , 2012)

"New York Night Train's Jonathan Toubin throws the raddest underground rock parties in New York" (Paper Magazine, 2008)

"The best soul DJ in the land" (Flavorpill, 2013)
Venue Information:
Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.websterhall.com/