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...


The John Spencer Blues Explosion - Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015 tracklist
Side One
1. Funeral
2. Wax Dummy
3. Do The Get Down
4. Betty vs. the NYPD
5. White Jesus
6. Born Bad
7. Down and Out
Side Two
1. Crossroad Hop
2. The Ballad Of Joe Buck
3. Dial Up Doll
4. Bellevue Baby
5. Tales of Old New York: The Rock Box
6. Cooking for Television

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - 2015 Tour Dates
February 14 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg, NY
April 8 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA
April 9 - Brighton Music Hal - Allston, MA
April 10 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
April 11 - Black Cat - Washington DC
April 12 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
April 15 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
April 16 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
April 17 - The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
April 18 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
April 19 - Zanzabar - Louisville, KY
April 20 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN
April 21 - Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
April 23 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
April 24 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
April 25 - Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA

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