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.
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