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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to release new album
On March 24, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will release its brand new album "Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015." The album is due out on the Mom + Pop Label, and is set to follow the band's 2012 'comeback' album "Meat + Bone."
According to a press release from the band, the 13-track album will be a "document of New York City, a chronicle of grit and terror and love." The release adds, "It's all here: The Hustler and The Trust Fund Baby, the Mosh Pit Casualty, the Celebrity Chef, the Crooked Cop, the Struggling Artist, the Sucker MC, the forgotten Sex Workers and Last-Chance Cinderellas."
In keeping with the New York theme, the upcoming album was recorded at Brooklyn's Daptone House of Soul. For fans, the label will offer a pre-order bundle that will include the vinyl on hot green wax, a JSBX slip mat and a limited edition tote bag.
In support of the LP, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has also lined up a spring U.S. tour. It will kick off February 14 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn and wrap on April 25 at Rex Theater in Pittsburgh. The event in Brooklyn is as part of the Planned Parenthood Valentine's Day Benefit that will also feature 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.
About The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
They've been called the '90s trio that bent the rules of rock. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, in playing little of anything that actually resembled standard blues, managed to bolster its fan base and gain the admiration of many critics despite its unconventional recording techniques and generally noisy sound.
Spencer, who held a long and successful tenure as the leader of Pussy Galore, went from full-on racket to something that was at least drawing influences from different genres and not just awash in distorted …everything. The result has been seven studio albums, collaborative records with the likes of Dub Narcotic Sound System and R.L. Burnside, not to mention numerous compilations, remix albums and expanded reissues.
The Blue's Explosion's real breakthrough came with the release of "Extra Width" in 1993. The band secured coveted airtime on MTV's alt-rock showcase "120 Minutes" with the video for the song "Afro." The band's sound also changed, backed by funky beats and loaded with pop-standard hooks and riffs that generated a brand new excitement for the trio.
Though the Blues Explosion eventually went on an extended hiatus, they re-formed to play some shows when their catalog received a 'deluxe' reissue treatment in 2010. The band issued the single "Black Betty" the following year, and in September of 2012 fully re-emerged with the full-length album "Meat + Bone." They'll be part of the upcoming Coachella invasion, alongside more than 30 other bands expected to rock out during the festival. They also have a full tour schedule in the UK upcoming, with dates booked through May.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|Dirty Shirt Rock N Roll: The First Ten Years||2010|
|Acme + Acme-Plus||2010|
|Sweet n Sour||2002|
|Techno Animal Remixes||2000|
|Extra Width + Mo' Width||2000|
|Talk About the Blues||1999|
|Now I Got Worry||1996|
|2 Kindsa Love||1996|
|Juke Box Series 4||1996|
|Now I Got Worry||1996|
|The Blues Man||1995|
|Big Yule Log Boogie / My Christmas Wish||1992|
|A Reverse Willie Horton||1992|
|A Reverse Willie Horton||1992|
|The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion||1992|
Top 10 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|2||Talk About the Blues||2,797||1,726|
|3||Blues X Man||2,719||1,642|
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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 04/18/2015 Nashville TN Mercy Lounge 04/17/2015 Birmingham AL The Bottletree Cafe 04/16/2015 Atlanta GA The Earl 04/15/2015 Asheville NC The Grey Eagle 04/14/2015 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle 04/12/2015 Charlottesville VA The Southern Cafe and Music Hall 04/11/2015 Washington DC Black Cat 04/10/2015 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda's 04/09/2015 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 04/08/2015 Northampton MA Iron Horse Music Hall 02/14/2015 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 07/27/2014 Zurich ZH Rote Fabrik 07/26/2014 Freiburg Cafe Atlantik 07/25/2014 Lichtenvoorde GE Zwarte Cross 07/25/2014 Lichtenvoorde Overijssel De Schans 07/24/2014 Hannover NI Cafe Glocksee 07/22/2014 Copenhagen 147 Vega (with Neutral Milk Hotel) 07/20/2014 Tampere Klubi 07/19/2014 Helsinki Tavastia 07/17/2014 Oslo 03 Parkteateret 07/15/2014 Groningen GR Vera 07/14/2014 Munster North Rhine-westphal Gleis 22 05/28/2014 Annecy B9 Le Brise Glace 05/27/2014 Saint Etienne B9 Le Fil 05/26/2014 Paris La Machine Du Moulin Rouge 05/24/2014 Seville Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo 05/20/2014 Reims Marne La Cartonnerie 05/19/2014 Brighton Bnh The Haunt 05/17/2014 Bristol Bst Thekla 05/16/2014 Nottingham Ntt The Rescue Rooms 05/15/2014 Leeds Yorkshire Brudenell Social Club 05/14/2014 Glasgow Glg The Classic Grand 05/13/2014 Belfast Bfs The Black Box 05/11/2014 Dublin D Whelan's 05/10/2014 Manchester Man Manchester Gorilla 05/09/2014 London Hmf KOKO 05/07/2014 Utrecht UT Tivoli Oudegracht 04/19/2014 Tucson AZ Club Congress 04/18/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/17/2014 San Diego CA The Casbah 04/16/2014 Los Angeles CA Echoplex 04/15/2014 San Jose CA Blank Club 04/14/2014 San Francisco CA Slims 04/13/2014 Grass Valley CA The Center for the Arts Grass Valley 04/12/2014 Las Vegas NV Beauty Bar 04/11/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/10/2014 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom 02/15/2014 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 10/11/2013 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/10/2013 Tulsa OK Unit D 10/09/2013 Columbia MO The Blue Note 10/08/2013 Saint Louis MO Old Rock House 10/07/2013 Kansas City MO The Record Bar 10/06/2013 Norman OK Opolis 10/05/2013 Little Rock AR Stickyz 10/04/2013 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/03/2013 Baton Rouge LA Chelsea's Cafe 07/20/2013 Frederick MD Flying Dog Brewery 07/19/2013 Lancaster PA Chameleon Club 07/18/2013 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg 07/17/2013 Hamden CT The Space 07/13/2013 London ON Call The Office 07/11/2013 Ottawa ON Lebreton Flats 07/10/2013 Quebec QC Plains of Abraham 07/04/2013 Ottawa ON Lebreton Flats 07/04/2013 Cognac Blues Paradise 06/20/2013 Calgary AB Royal Canadian Legion 06/18/2013 Tucson AZ Club Congress 06/16/2013 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom 06/15/2013 Denver CO Bluebird Theater 06/14/2013 Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge 05/12/2013 Orleans C L'Astrolabe 05/11/2013 Brest A2 La Carene 05/04/2013 London Lnd Alexandra Palace 05/02/2013 Frankfurt am Main Hesse Zoom - Frankfurt 04/30/2013 Copenhagen 147 Loppen 04/27/2013 Stockholm AB Debaser Slussen 04/26/2013 Gothenburg Pustervik 04/25/2013 Malmo O Debaser 04/23/2013 Odense 042 Posten 04/20/2013 Haarlem ?? Patronaat 03/15/2013 St. Kilda Esplanade Hotel 03/14/2013 Adelaide SA Fowlers Live 03/12/2013 Mt. Lawley WA Astor Theatre 03/09/2013 Sydney Nsw The Hi-Fi Sydney 03/08/2013 Byron Bay Nsw The Northern 02/11/2013 Nimes A9 Paloma 02/08/2013 Madrid Sala BUT 01/26/2013 Nashville TN Exit In 01/23/2013 Dallas TX Trees 01/21/2013 Houston TX Fitzgerald's 01/20/2013 New Orleans LA One Eyed Jacks 01/17/2013 Asheville NC The Grey Eagle 01/16/2013 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle 01/15/2013 Knoxville TN Pilot Light 01/14/2013 Charlottesville VA Jefferson Theater 01/13/2013 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle 01/13/2013 Brooklyn NY The Bell House
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/11/2012 Brussels Bru Ancienne Belgique 12/10/2012 Cologne North Rhine-westphal Gebaude 9 12/07/2012 Zurich ZH Exil 12/05/2012 Strasbourg Bas-rhin La Laiterie 12/04/2012 Paris Ile Le Bataclan 12/03/2012 London London Electric Ballroom 12/02/2012 Lille Nor L'Aeronef 12/01/2012 Nantes Stereolux 11/29/2012 Feyzin B9 L'Epicerie Moderne 11/19/2012 Osaka Muse Hall 11/18/2012 Tokyo Liquid Room 11/17/2012 Tokyo The Shelter 11/14/2012 Vancouver BC Biltmore Cabaret 11/13/2012 Seattle WA The Crocodile 11/12/2012 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge 11/10/2012 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall 11/09/2012 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 11/08/2012 San Diego CA The Casbah 11/03/2012 New York NY Bowery Ballroom 11/02/2012 Hudson NY Club Helsinki Hudson 11/01/2012 Northampton MA Pearl Street Nightclub 10/25/2012 Pittsburgh PA The Rex Theater 10/24/2012 Columbus OH The Basement 10/24/2012 Columbus OH Newport Music Hall 10/23/2012 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall Ballroom 10/22/2012 Minneapolis MN Triple Rock Social Club 10/21/2012 Chicago IL Bottom Lounge 10/20/2012 Indianapolis IN White Rabbit Cabaret 10/19/2012 Detroit MI Magic Stick 10/18/2012 Toronto ON Horseshoe Tavern 10/17/2012 Montreal QC Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre 10/16/2012 South Burlington VT Higher Ground 10/13/2012 Pawtucket RI The German American Hall 10/12/2012 Cambridge MA Middle East - Downstairs 10/11/2012 Portland ME The Asylum 10/06/2012 Philadelphia PA Underground Arts 10/05/2012 Washington DC U Street Music Hall 10/04/2012 Harrisburg PA Appalachian Brewing Company 09/20/2012 Zurich ZH Komplex 457
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 08/18/2011 Portland OR Wonder Ballroom 08/17/2011 Seattle WA Neumos 08/16/2011 Vancouver BC Venue 05/09/2011 Asheville NC The Orange Peel 05/05/2011 Houston TX Warehouse Live 05/04/2011 New Orleans LA One Eyed Jacks 05/03/2011 Birmingham AL Bottle Tree 05/01/2011 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse 04/30/2011 Athens GA 40 Watt Club 04/29/2011 Nashville TN Exit In