Posted in music | tour dates on October 14, 2009

by Martin Longley

Heavy TrashEr, well, I fucked up slightly. It's my first time at The Bowery Electric and I arrive at eleven, thinking that the gig's happening until midnite. By eleven-twenty, Heavy Trash have fully climaxed, and there's not going to be an encore, despite the crowd doing an extremely good job of baying out over the rockabilly/blues disco. Even so, the Heavy Trash experience is so densely intense that such a brief exposure almost feels equivalent to most other combos playing a full gig. The Electric's an impressively cave-like basement den, and Heavy Trash are completely dominating its intimate space. The gangly Jon Spencer is going for a Mexican Elvis look, testifying down on one knee, or down on the floor, or casting his blank gaze up to the ceiling.

Having witnessed his Blues Explosion several times over the years, this is my first exposure to Heavy Trash. It's a natural evolution back in time to rockabilly, and even rock'n'roll, but fed through the Spencer grater, amped up into a frothing frenzy. He's doing his extended band-introduction speech, but the Spencer mind's going blank and he's being fazed by familiar faces in the crowd-front. All of the band are providing sweet-toned backing vocals, magnifying the cabaret-irony vibrations. Spencer's strumming an electrified acoustic guitar, with Matt Verta-Ray handling the electric-twang soloing. Reverb soaks all, not least Spencer's hiccup-ing vocals. The drums and upright bass pick up their pace and there's a full re-launch into song as the Trash deliver their final frenetic surge. Fortunately, they're playing again at Santos Party House next Tuesday nite...

The Tuesday (10/20) show in question is the Panache/NY Night Train CMJ showcase that is happening on two floors of the venue. Flyer and set times below....


Panache Booking and New York Night Train CMJ Showcase

Santos' lead-off CMJ date has proven to be a clash of titans, with Michelle Cable's Panache Booking agency being the city's premier source of avant pop and Jonathan Toubin's New York Night Train outfit spearheading the vaudeville punk movement. Though no one could have predicted this marriage of rock superpowers, they have concocted a music lover's wet dream of a line-up. Included on the expansive bill is the abrasively distorted swing of Heavy Trash, fronted by world-renowned blues revivalist Jon Spencer, as well as noise scientists like Dinowalrus, whose mixture of droney pop and experimental tambours have put them on the fast track to indie stardom.


DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin


DJ Odd Nosdam

Surfer Blood and Lovvers are also playing the free BrooklynVegan afternoon party at Pianos on Thursday, October 22nd.



Comments (16)

What time does heavy trash go on?

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 2:36 PM

what time does heavy trashed get picked up?

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 2:41 PM

it says righ there in the post. did you even read it?


Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 2:48 PM

is jon spencer still a dick?

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 2:50 PM

He's got a hot wife.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 2:58 PM

jon spencer is one of the last great nyc rockstars.


heavy trash were awesome at santos a few months back...and the blues explosion's show at the seaport in june was just about perfect.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 3:02 PM

Maybe you're the dick Anon 2:50.
Did you even consider that?

Think about it.

The guy was nothing but nice to me the few times I geeked out on 'im.

My guess is you sir, are the dick.

Posted by Jon Spencer Fanboy | October 14, 2009 4:33 PM


Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 4:51 PM

Jon Spencer has always been kind to me.

Posted by Alan | October 14, 2009 5:02 PM


Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 8:54 PM

no shit...where does 2:50 get off slagging Spencer? he was super nice and polite every time i've talked with him.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 8:55 PM

he's a snappy dresser, and a gentleman too

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 8:58 PM

I want a Pussy Galore reunion !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 9:02 PM

Someone needs to say how fucking rad the Stalkers are... so yeah. THE STALKERS ARE FUCKING RAD!

Posted by Digdug | October 21, 2009 3:21 PM

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Posted by دليل | March 26, 2010 12:57 PM

He is the perfect guy who really rocks! He makes the audience enjoy his performance in whatever he does. Indeed, he has this charisma which makes people of any ages get attracted to him.

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