Entries tagged with: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
photos by Christina Domingues
MCEVERS: I'm wondering if this record in some ways is a love note to a city that no longer exists. I mean, you kind of came up from kind of, you know, the down-and-dirty Lower East Side. Are you sort of pining for an old, gritty New York on this record?On the road promoting their extremely entertaining new album, Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion brought their tour back to their NYC hometown at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday night (5/28). Pictures from their set, and one of opener Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, are in this post.
SPENCER: Not really. I mean, I'm not - I'm not 20 years old anymore. I'm - you know, the city's changed a lot, but I've changed a lot as well. So I don't mean this record to be a nostalgia trip. I don't mean it to be a complaint that, you know, the city's not the same as it used to be and that's a terrible thing. Of course, there are things about the New York City from 20, 30 years ago that I miss, most definitely. But, you know, no way do I want to turn back the clock.
MCEVERS: Yeah. I mean, do you feel like a city makes a musician who he is? You know, I mean, like, you know, could Lou Reed have happened anywhere else other than New York City? I mean, do you think New York City is - is in you?
SPENCER: Yes, I think so. And I guess that's the - part of the point we are trying to make with this album. We're trying to pay respect to our home and to the great artists that have come before us and have paved the way and that have lived here, you know, in whose, you know, footsteps we're walking. - [WABE]
by Bill Pearis
JSBX @ Hank's Saloon 3/26/2015 (photo by Christina Domingues)
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion just ran through the better part of their home city as part of their whirlwind Five Borough Freedom Tour. Filmmaker Don Fierro was along for the ride, documenting the craziness, and you can watch a fun recap video, which makes its premiere in this post, below.
The band's proper North American tour in support of their teriffic new album, Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015, starts this week and hits NYC on May 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available and we're giving away a pair, too.
In other news, Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015 will soon get a cassette release via Burger, so look out for that. Also, the JSBX have added tour dates since we last posted -- including Wire's DRILL: Chicago fest -- and all are listed below.
Wire, whose new album you can stream, will be bringing their DRILL Festival to Chicago from June 11-13. (Seattle had DRILL in 2013.) Highlights include the band collaborating with St. Vincent for an extended performance of their song "Drill," as well as working with jazz musicians Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley on a new version of their classic "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W" and the fest ends with an "all-star" performance of their debut album's title track by the pinkflag guitar orchestra. There will also be performances by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Disappears, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now, and full daily lineups are listed below.
JSBX @ Liedy's Shore Inn 3/23/2015 (via @spins)
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are in the midst of their guerilla-style Five Borough Freedom Tour, which hits a tiny NYC venue (plus one in Jersey) every day this week in celebration of their excellent new album, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015. Last night (3/25) was the kickoff show at Liedy's Shore Inn in Staten Island, which had Jon belting it out on top of the bar. Anybody go to that? The tour hits Cake Shop tonight (3/24) and to get tickets you had to buy the record from Other Music/Insound/Turntable Lab. That's now basically sold out (a few tickets will be available at the door) but if you'd still like to squeeze in, we've got a pair of tickets to give away. Details are below.
As mentioned, after this week's NYC shows, the JSBX will go out on a proper North American tour, including Bowery Ballroom on May 28. Tickets for that are still available, and we're giving away a pair for that show too. Details below.
by Bill Pearis
turn to the right: JSXB + Bridget Everett
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have made a video for "Betty Vs. the NYPD" from their album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 which is out March 23. Directed by Michael Lavine, the video stars fearless comedian Bridget Everett who has been called in for questioning by the police, specifically both boy and girl versions of "Hot Detective" and "Leather Cop." Needless to say, things don't go quite like an episode of Law & Order and you can watch below.
Around the release of the album, the JSBX are going on what they're calling the "Five Borough Freedom Tour" where they'll be "leveling neighborhoods in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island the week of March 23 to 28, including free shows at dive bars, breweries and beyond!" For some shows you can get guaranteed entry by buying the record from specified record stores:
Mon Mar 23 - Liedy's Shore Inn (Staten Island; free show)In the midst of this, the JSBX will also play March 25 at WFMU's Monty Hall in NJ and tickets to that show are on sale now, or you can get in by buying the album from Vintage Vinyl.
Mar 24 - Cake Shop (Manhattan; free tix with LP purchase from Other Music or Insound)
Mar 26 - Hank's Saloon (Brooklyn: free but guaranteed entry with LP purchase from Turntable Lab)
Fri Mar 27 - The Point (The Bronx: free show)
Sat Mar 28 - Singlecut Brewery (Queens; free show)
Starting in April, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will hit the road and go beyond the tri-state area, but will also include another NYC show: Bowery Ballroom on May 28. Tickets for Bowery go on sale Friday (3/13) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (3/11) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new video and "Five Borough Freedom Tour" flyer, below...
by Bill Pearis
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are back with a new album that's a tribute to their hometown. Titled Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015, the album is "a chronicle of grit and terror and love" that's been "overmodulated, cooked with dirt, and finished in acid rain!" The trio made the album at the Daptone House of Soul studios in Bushwick and if snappy first single "Do the Get Down" is any indication, there is some real fire under the JSBX's collective butts this time. You can check it out via the "visual" (don't call it a video!) for the song, which through a series of clips "reverse-gentrifies" New York City. Watch it below.
You can catch the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in gentrified Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Valentine's Day (2/14), as part of the Planned Parenthood Valentine's Day Benefit that also features Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Julianna Barwick, Austin Brown (Parquet Courts), Cassie Ramone (The Babies, ex-Vivian Girls), Brad Oberhofer (Oberhofer), Crocodiles, EZTV, and Christian Peslak (Saint Rich/Delicate Steve) and DJ Jonathan Toubin. Tickets are still available.
The JSBX will then go on tour in the spring, though no additional NYC dates have been announced apart from the MHOW show next month. All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Jonathan Toubin is halfway through his "2015 NYC Subway Tour" where he's got a DJ gig every night in January. Tonight (1/13) he's at LES bar Local 138 where he's spinning with Stephanie Husky and Aaron McCann. After the month's tour ends, Toubin will only slow down slightly. He's just announced the New York Night Train & Panache Booking Planned Parenthood Valentine's Day Benefit which happens on February 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The Jon Spencer Blue Explosion are headlining, with additional performances by Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Julianna Barwick, Austin Brown (Parquet Courts), Cassie Ramone (The Babies, ex-Vivian Girls), Brad Oberhofer (Oberhofer), Crocodiles, EZTV, and Christian Peslak (Saint Rich/Delicate Steve). There will also a "Village of Love Dance," a "V-day Raffle with fabulous local prizes" a dating game and more TBA. Toubin will be the DJ for the evening.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/14) at noon and proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood.
Jonathan Toubin was busy during the holidays, and that is a state that will not change for him in the near future. He'll spend every night in January playing somewhere in NYC as part of his "2015 Subway Tour." Tonight (1/5) he's at The Commodore spinning records and here are a few highlights from the upcoming month:
On Saturday (1/10) at Saint Vitus, it's the "New York Night Train Boogie Night Blues Dance" with live sets from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ Phast Phreddie The Boogaloo Omnibus (tickets).
January 17 at Brooklyn Bowl is this month's edition of the New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off featuring guest selector Jaleel Bunton (TV On The Radio) and guest judges TBA (tickets).
Then on January 22 at Bowery Electric he'll be DJing at Jesse Malin's "Sally Can't Dance Party" with performances by Lydia Lunch (who plays Rough Trade this weekend), Handsome Dick Manitoba (of The Dictators) and more (tickets).
And on January 31 at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center it's a revival of Toubin's "Animal Train Happening" party (which originally took place at Glasslands, circa 2007 - 2010) featuring James Chance And The JC's, Mystery Lights, a special guest, DJ Ian Svenonius and more. No word on advance tickets yet for that one.
There's lots, lots more to Toubin's Subway Tour. All dates are listed, along with a few flyers, below...
JSBX @ BKNB (more by Ebru Yildiz)
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are gearing up for a European tour that starts this weekend at the Sjock Festival in Belgium. As a warm up, the JSBX will play a surprise hometown NYC gig at Baby's All Right Thursday (7/10) as part of an already pretty cool lineup featuring Xenia Rubinos and Shilpa Ray. Northern Arms are on the bill as well and tickets are still available (Jon Spencer is the "special guest" and the show opener).
Stick around after that show for a free midnight performance with Indiana's dark-n-wild TV Ghost. TEEN and White Arrows will be DJing in the front room.
TV Ghost are currently on tour and will also play NYC on Saturday (7/12) at Cake Shop with Christines, Truthers and EZTV. All tour dates are listed below
photos by Ebru Yildiz
JSBX @ BKNB - 2/15/14
NYC vets Jon Spencer Blues Explosion played a one-off in their hometown at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (2/15) ahead of the band's west coast tour surrounding Coachella. They were joined by local punk newcomers Low Fat Getting High and DN'T. Pictures of that show are in this post.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar continues this weekend with Widowspeak / Jessica Pratt / Porches on Friday (2/21) and Savoir Adore on Saturday (2/22). Like all BKNB shows, admission is free, and there's also tons of not-free food, drinks, shopping and games.
More pictures below...
JSBX @ Bowery Electric, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
We just posted about Speedy Ortiz being revealed as the "secret headliner" at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on February 7, and that's not the only new addition to its upcoming winter schedule. On February 15 they'll have the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion blowing things up. Pitchfork reports that Jon and the band are currently working on a new album and, for Record Store Day '14, will release a live cover/mashup of early Beastie Boys' gem "She's on It" with Link Wray's "Jack the Ripper" which they've been playing at shows for a while. The JSBX also have some West Coast dates in April and those are listed below.
In other Bazaar news, on February 22 Savoir Adore will be bringing their danceable pop to the party. Rest of those line-ups are still TBA and the shows, like all at BKNB, are free.
Also:Bernie Worrell is no longer playing on February 14. New headliner to be announced soon.
This weekend's Night Bazaar entertainment should be fun. Friday (1/24), Macaulay Culkin's novelty act Pizza Underground are amongst an otherwise cohesive bill of slick, '80s-leaning pop with French Horn Rebellion, Rush Midnight and Heavenly Beat. Then on Saturday (1/25) it's Har Mar Superstar plus Computer Magic, Not Blood Paint, and Static Jacks.
Of course in addition to the music, there is shopping, food (they just added Pok Pok as a vendor), beer and wine, neon mini golf, ping pong, old arcade games and more.
JSBX @ Bowery Electric, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
From the Facebook page of Williamsburg's Passenger Bar:
Tonight [9/22] at PASSENGER BAR: The one and only JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION will be playing a set of songs for our lovely friend Jo Murray's birthday!!! Don't miss out on this epic show!!! 9pm show time, party starts at 8, Spencer Bewley and Josh Styles rock it on the turntables! PBxRR! That's how we do it!!! xxSo set those DVRs to record Breaking Bad or The Emmys or whatever it is you were doing.
photos by Chris Gersbeck
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion just wrapped up a North American tour in the Northeast this past weekend, having hit NYC last Thursday (7/18) for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their set was aided by a trippy light show from Liquid Light Lab, and pictures of the bluesy, trippy explosion are in this post.
JSBE @ Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has just announced a summer North American tour that will hit the Southwest, West, and the Northeast. NYC will get a visit on July 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (4/25) at noon.
Jon Spencer last played NYC back in November. They may be exploding the blues near you, too. All JSBE dates are listed below.
The Jesus and Mary Chain, Explosions in the Sky, Swans, Divine Fits, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Colin Stetson, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mac DeMarco and Metz are the first confirmed artists to be announced for the 2013 Sled Island Festival which will happen June 19 - 22 at 30+ venues in Calgary, Alberta. This year's fest, now in its seventh year, is being curated by Tim Hecker & John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees. Around 250 bands are expected to be a part of Sled Island this year, plus art, film and comedy. Festival Discovery passes are on sale now.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion released a new album, Meat and Bone, this year and we spoke to drummer Russell Simins to see what his favorite albums of the year were. There is some new stuff there, but a good chunk of the list is made up of reissues and uncovered lost recordings, and he's got some really interesting inclusions. Check out his full list below.
As mentioned, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will play a WFMU benefit (to help WFMU recover from Sandy damages) in NYC on January 13 at The Bell House with Jonathan Toubin, legendary Texas gospel funk group The Relatives (who also play Joe's Pub a day later with Debo Band), Dot Wiggin, and Di Dionyso. Tickets for that show are still available.
Russell's list below...
by Bill Pearis
Mixing in psychedelic soul and funk, Dallas gospel group The Relatives were Texas legends in the '70s, sharing bills with The Staple Singers, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, and The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, among others. They disbanded in the early '80s but when Heavy Light records put out a compilation of their obscure, out-of-print 45s a few years ago, The Relatives got back together.
Now, with production help from Spoon's Jim Eno and backing from former Black Joe Lewis guitarist Zach Ernst and others, The Relatives are set release their first ever album, The Electric Word, on February 19 via Yep Roc. We've got the premiere of "Things Are Changing" from it which you can stream below.
Before the album drops, The Relatives will be bringing the Gospel to NYC for three shows: a free show at Lincoln Center on January 10 (info); the WFMU benefit at The Bell House on January 13 with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and more (tickets); and Joe's Pub on January 14 with Debo Band (tickets).
A list of all tour dates, track stream and some vintage and recent Relatives videos are below...
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Bowery Ballroom in Nov (more by Lionel Bergeron)
As you may know by now, Norton Records suffered much damage during Hurricane Sandy, and they've been getting a good deal of support form the community to help them rebuild. Jonathan Toubin did a benefit show in November and Obits have one coming up in January. A week before the Obits show, you can catch another garage punk crew, Reigning Sound doing a Norton Records benefit at The Bell House on January 11 with The Swingin' Neckbreakers. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Speaking of Jonathan Toubin, two days after the Reigning Sound show, he'll be at The Bell House (1/13) to help another force in music damaged by Hurricane Sandy, WFMU. That show also features Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Relatives, Dot Wiggin, and Di Dionyso. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, that Bell House show is part of a US tour they'll be on in 2013. All dates on that tour are listed below.
photos by Lionel Bergeron
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion played Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night, November 3rd with Ava Luna and Bloodshot Bill, part of their tour that kicked off in mid-October and continues through middle November. It was a show that almost didn't happen due to damage from Sandy, but the lights came back on just in time and it was the first Bowery Ballroom show in a week to go on as planned. With that in mind, the band sent out this message:
"Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone who was affected by the hurricane. The Blues Explosion has lived in downtown Manhattan for many years, and it means a lot to us to be among the first bands playing after the storm. We are gonna have a great night - Lets get together and and do it! But more importantly, as we've done for our concerts this week, JSBX will donate 25% of tickets and merch sales to the Red Cross and hurricane relief."A kind gesture from the reunited band, no doubt.
If you missed the good riffs and and vibes at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, live vicariously through the pictures below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
JSBX inside and out of Bowery Electric, 9/18/2012
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion celebrated the release of Meat And Bone, their first studio album in eight years, at a packed release show in the basement of Bowery Electric in NYC last night. DJ Jonathan Toubin warmed up the crowd, many of whom got a bit wet from the torrential downpour happening outside. At 8:30pm sharp, Judah Bauer, Russell Simins and Jon Spencer (aka the Blues Explosion) kicked off a super hard rocking set of tunes to the appeciative audience that was made up of people who either bought the new album at Other Music, won a ticket from BrooklynVegan, or managed to get themselves on the guestlist some other way.
The band head out on a proper headlining tour in October, starting in Harrisburg, PA, and hitting Bowery Ballroom in NYC on November 2 along the way. All listed dates, their new video for "Black Mold", and more pictures from Bowery Electric, are below.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are releasing their new album, Meat and Bone, next week (9/18) and as mentioned, they'll be touring in support of it this fall and hitting NYC on November 3 at Bowery Ballroom with Ava Luna. Tickets for that show are still available.
But if you don't want to wait that long to see Jon and his band in NYC -- not to mention a more intimate location -- you're in luck. We're happy to announce that they'll be playing a surprise BrooklynVegan-sponsored record release party in at The Bowery Electric on the date of the album's release (9/18) with DJ Jonathan Toubin and free ice cream. The only way to get in to the show is to buy the album at Other Music starting Friday (9/14) for guaranteed entry or enter the BrooklynVegan contest to win a spot on the guestlist. Details on how to enter the contest are below.
We posted the Meat and Bone track, "Black Mold" a while back and the JSBX have just revealed another cut from the album, "Bag of Bones." Take a listen to that song, plus check out the contest details and a list of updated dates, below.
JSBX at Red Lotus Room 6/8/2012 (photo by Jim Idol)
We knew that The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion would be releasing a new album this year, and now we know that Meat and Bone, their first new album in eight years, will be out on September 18 via Boombox/Mom + Pop. You can stream the album's lead track, "Black Mold," at the bottom of this post or download it from the JSBX website.
The band are revving up for a bonafide North American tour, including a NYC date at Bowery Ballroom on November 3. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/29) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (6/27) at noon.
They played a semi-private, one-off gig a couple weeks ago (6/8) at Brooklyn spot Red Lotus Room with ESG and Beans. it was a taping of a pilot for a show tenatively titled The Birthday Party TV Show that's "conceived as Bandstand meets Soul Train in a loft with underground music." The picture at the top of this post was from that taping.
The JSBX track stream, Meat and Bone cover art and tracklist, and a list of all tour dates are below.
Photos by Abbey Braden
Chavez @ ATP NJ
Tonight's cancelled Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Maxwell's has been rescheduled for November 29th. Jon says, ""I am terribly sorry but Russell has fallen ill and been told by his doctor not to play tonight's show. The condition is not serious, and should pass, but right now Russell can not rock'n'roll. Gotta cancel the gig. Sorry for any inconvenience. The date has been rescheduled for Tuesday November 29th. Maxwell's will honor any advance tickets purchased for October 13th. If people needs refunds they can get them wherever they bought the ticket. Ticketfly will send a notice out to on-line buyers."
Speaking of 90's Matador bands, Chavez, who recently played ATP in NJ (and Lit Lounge), appeared on Jimmy Fallon last night (10/12). They played two songs (one on air, one for web). Videos of both, along with more pictures from their ATP set (setlist included), below...
Blues Explosion @ SSSeaport in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"Everywhere we go, people ask us, When will the Blues Explosion record a new album? And while I respect that spirit, and we are flattered and feel the passion of our fans, the reason to make a new record has to reside inside the Blues Explosion. And a show at the world-famous Maxwell's club in Hoboken New Jersey is a perfect opportunity to perform some new material before taking it into the recording studio." - Jon SpencerNothing serious, but Russell Simins is sick, and so Thursday night's Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Maxwell's is unfortunately cancelled. Rescheduled date
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Brooklyn Bowl in 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion spent a good portion of the past year touring in support of reissues stuffed with rare/unreleased tracks, including appearances at Matador 21, Pitchfork, and other dates. The band's other recent accomplishments include a split with Melvins on AmRep and a SuperBowl commercial. In the future you can catch the the NYC trio on October 13th at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets are on sale. So far no other dates have surfaced.