The New York Night Train event at Our Wicked Lady, Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, 21 August 2016 features a live set by Mystery Lights along with DJs Jon Spencer, Avi Spivak, Mikey Post and Jonathan Toubin.
“Post-punk avant-scuzz-rock classicist Jon Spencer, rocking shades and dressed head to toe in black, was a dead ringer for 1966 Lou, capping a perfect “Venus in Furs” by laying his guitar on the stage, removing his black leather belt, and flogging it while the amps howled. “That’s how it’s done,” said MC and producer Don Fleming glowingly.” – Rolling Stone
“When Jon Spencer took the stage and did “Venus in Furs,” the music took flight, and the whole thing suddenly came alive. I smiled uncontrollably—that old V.U. feeling. And not because of pro-Spencer bias. In the nineties, I grouchily put up with everyone’s love of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and scowled my way through a show in which he blues-exploded all over the stage, doing splits. But now, for the first time that day, I wanted to be in front—eff the sun. Spencer managed a Reed-ian vibe with an intensity that felt just right. At the end, he removed his belt, laid his guitar on the stage, and whipped it, silliness that I found myself enjoying.” – The New Yorker
Early Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert joined noise-rock outfit Pussy Galore in the mid ’80s and moved on to banging away on scrap metal to create his harsh beats. Ladled with sheets of steel and big, heavy springs laid out across his drums that he used to create a bizarre, shrill sonic palette, Bert’s kick-drum-mounted traps table looked more like the back of a scrapper’s truck than part of an instrument. This setup perfectly complemented the demented noise created by John Spencer and Neil Michael Hagerty. The tin-can plinks and iron-chain clunks became just as much a part of the band’s twisted sound as their raging, out-of-tune guitars.” – reverb.com
Jon Spencer made a guest appearance at “The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed”, Lincoln Center, New York City, NY, US on 30 July 2016, he performed Venus In Furs with the house band.
Other artists include: a house band with Don Fleming, Sal Maida, Kenny Margolis, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, and Matt Sweeney
with guest singers: Joanaspolicewoman, David Johansen, Lenny Kaye, Jesse Malin, Kembra Pfahler, Felice Rosser, Harper Simon, Bush Tetras, JG Thirlwell, and Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.
“On Saturday [30 July 2016], there will be a massive celebration of the life and work of Lou Reed. The Bells (named after Reed’s 1979 album) is part of the annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors season. Admission is free, and there’s a host of famed artists lined up to interpret Reed’s songs and poems, including David Johansen (New York Dolls), Anohni, Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi, Jon Spencer, Lenny Kaye and artist Julian Schnabel. ” – theguardian.com