Jon Spencer & The HITmakers: Dallas Preview / Feature

“Jon Spencer has racked up quite the resume over a career that spans decades, genres and conventions. Yet somehow it was only last fall that the indie rock stalwart finally debuted as a solo act in his own right. That decision was made reluctantly yet deliberately, more so as a clarification than a dramatic twist.” have just published an interview and preview feature for the Jon Spencer & The HITmakers show at Club Dada, Dallas, TX, US (22 January 2019).


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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers live on Adult Swim​

Jon Spencer & The HITmakers live on FISHCENTER / Adult Swim​, 4pm (ET), Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Do The Trash Can
Beetle Boots


Tough Times In Plastic Land
Pretty Fuck Look
I Got The Hits

New Breed


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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers: Tour Dates Added

2019.01.11 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA US Info / Poster
2019.01.12 Black Cat Washington, DC US Info / Poster
2019.01.13 Richmond Music Hall (Capital Ale House) Richmond, VA US Info / Poster
2019.01.14 Motorco Music Hall Durham, NC US Info / Poster
2019.01.15 Grey Eagle Asheville, NC US Info / Poster
2019.01.16 FISHCENTER / Adult Swim Atlanta, GA US Info / Poster
2019.01.16 The Earl Atlanta, GA US Info / Poster
2019.01.17 Saturn Birmingham, AL US Info / Poster
2019.01.18 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, LA US Info / Poster
2019.01.19 House of Blues – Bronze Peacock Houston, TX US Info / Poster
2019.01.20 3TEN ACL Austin, TX US Info / Poster
2019.01.21 Paper Tiger San Antonio, TX US Info / Poster
2019.01.22 Club Dada Dallas, TX US Info / Poster
2019.01.23 Stickyz Little Rock, AR US Info / Poster
2019.01.24 Hi-Tone Cafe Memphis, TN US Info / Poster
2019.01.25 Exit/In Nashville, TN US Info / Poster
2019.01.26 Pilot Light Knoxville, TN US Info / Poster
2019.01.27 Side Stage at the Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC US Info / Poster
2019.01.28 Bunker Brewpub & Cadence Hall Virginia Beach, VA US Info
2019.01.29 The Golden Pony Harrisonburg, VA US Info
2019.01.30 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA US Info
2019.01.31 Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, New York US Info
2019.02.01 Great Scott Allston, MA US Info
2019.02.02 The Met Pawtucket, RI US Info
2019.02.20 Ebisu Liquidroom Tokyo JP Info
2019.02.21 Umeda Shangri-La Osaka JP Info
2019.02.23 The Echo Los Angeles, CA US
2019.02.24 Slim’s San Francisco, CA US
2019.02.26 The Crocodile Seattle, WA US
2019.02.27 Dante’s Portland, OR US
2019.03.20 Kino Šiška Ljubljana Slovenija TICKETS
2019.03.21 SubBeerni Centar Belgrade Serbia Info
2019.04.30 Le 106 Rouen FR TICKETS
2019.05.01 Roots & Roses Festival 2019 Lessines BEL Info
2019.05.02 Cactus Muziekcentrum Brugge BEL Info
2019.05.03 Rotondes Luxembourg LUX Info
2019.05.04 Muziekodroom Hasselt BEL Info
2019.05.13 Feierwerk Munich GER
2019.05.14 La Poundriere Belfort FR TICKETS
2019.05.15 La Cooperative De Mai Clermont Ferrand FR TICKETS
2019.05.16 Le Belle Electrique Grenoble FR Info
2019.05.17 La Maroquinerie Paris FR TICKETS
2019.05.18 L’Aeronef Lille FR TICKETS
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Jon Spencer: New Interview

Why was now the time to release your first “solo” record?

I wanted to get back on the road. I wanted to get back to work. I didn’t have a band of my own anymore; both Blues Explosion and Heavy Trash had kind of run their course. I was working with Boss Hog, and we made what I think was a really great record; the album Brood X, which came out a couple of years ago. And we did some touring, but I missed having a band of my own. Rather than search around for players and put something together and start practicing, I thought I’d make the record first and then start playing.

So, yeah, I wanted to get back to work. And it’s not like this is a huge shift. The reason I used my name is because it was a shortcut; the quickest and easiest way to tell people what to expect when they put the needle to the record.

New Jon Spencer interview published by Jefferson County Journal:


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“SET THE WAYBACK MACHINE TO NEVER: A Q&A With Jon Spencer, Legendary Blooze Traveler, Elvis From Hell, Noise-Rock Deviant & A Really Nice Guy”


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S-E-R-V-I-C-E – NEW SHOW: Black Circle Brewing Co.

S-E-R-V-I-C-E – Black Circle Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN, US (22 May 2019)


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Jon Spencer – Beetle Boots Video / New Shows

One of the highlights from Jon Spencer‘s solo debut, Spencer Sings the Hits, is “Beetle Boots,” where he rails against fakes and phonies — all against a typically explosive backing. He’s just released a video for that one, directed by Andrew Hooper in pop art style, and featuring his solo band, the HITmakers — aka Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore), Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmiser), and M. Sord.



New Shows Announced:

2/23 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
2/24 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
2/26 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
2/27 Portland, OR @ Dante’s

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Q&A: Jon Spencer (9 January 2019)

“It might come as a surprise that Jon Spencer — the guiding force behind some of the best, most dangerously playful rock ‘n’ roll of the modern era — would only now be releasing his first solo album. The 12-song “Spencer Sings the Hits” is of a piece with the trademark punk blues and fuzzed-out retro rock he’s specialized in for 30 years.

“Part of the reason I used my name is so I can let people know what to expect,” the 53-year-old performer says, calling from his New York City home base…”

Preview feature for Jon Spencer & The HITmakers at Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House (January 13, 2019)


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S-E-R-V-I-C-E: Full-Length Album 2019

“S-E-R-V-I-C-E full-length album 2019. #gimmeservice #gimmesomeservice #servicetheband #S-E-R-V-I-C-E #gimme #seer #vice” –

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Jon Spencer – NEW interview: Stream

Paltrocast with Darren Paltrowitz: Episode #011 opens with a Jon Spencer interview which can be streamed at the following address:

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Jon Spencer – Rough Trade Albums of The Month podcast

“He sums-up up rock ‘n’ roll to me… …he’s ahead of the curve all the time.”

Rough Trade​ – Albums of The Month: December 2018 podcast features Jon Spencer – Spencer Sings The Hits.

The podcast also references Bob Bert​ and the HITmakers set at Rough Trade East on 2 November 2018.

FULL EPISODE HERE (JS section starts at 31m 33s):

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Bob Bert – Interview: Download / Stream

A new interview with Bob Bert can be streamed / downloaded here:

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SERVICE – Crystal Corner Bar: PHOTOS

S-E-R-V-I-C-E – Crystal Corner Bar, Madison, WI, US (8 December 2018).


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Jon Spencer – The Hype Magazine: Interview have just published a new interview with Jon Spencer.


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Jon Spencer – Spencer Sings The Hits: Reviews

“Il diavolo non gioca mai da solo, ma quel demonio di Jon Spencer”


“De drums leggen in Ghost een galop ritme neer waar Jon zijn hoekige gitaarriffs tegenaan smijt, bijgestaan door de dreigende gierende synthesizer, die alle kanten op zwalkt.”


“…while Sings The Hits does feature some familiar structures and ideas, it is unique beast unto itself.”


“Spencer has nothing to prove but proves it anyway…”


[‘Overload’]”A more fully filled out song, with a ass moving bass line and a razor sharp guitar lead…”


“For his first album under his own name, the ever-wild guitar renegade lampoons the posers and newbies while again rewiring rock’n’roll until the circuits almost short.”


“Und wer, wenn nicht Spencer, einer der „hardest working men in Garage-Rock“, könnte sich anmaßen, sich einfach mal eben in die lange Liste der „… sings the hits“- Alben einzureihen!?”


“Spencer still sounding like the over-amped subway beat poet preacher that you don’t know whether to listen to intently or change trains to avoid; the fuzzed-up, fucked-up guitar chaos is still there in all its infectious, riff-laden glory. And the energy, that fiery, unstoppable, compelling energy that Spencer has always generated is just as prominent as it ever was.

“Playing this way takes a shitload of practice, and these songs are as focussed, refined and honed as anything Spencer has ever done, yielding some of his most infectious guitar lines and arguably some of the finest tracks of his lengthy career.”


“…as if Einstürzende Neubauten decided to make an album covering The Fuzztones.”


“Fidèle à son éternel savoir-faire, à son énergie sauvage et primitive, comme à son charisme, Jon Spencer réveille la bête qui somnolait en lui, et profite de ce premier album solo pour rappeler la parenté du blues au sein de la grande famille musicale.”


“The great Jon Spencer returns solo to prove he’s a wizard, a shaman, a prophet, a mage of the highest church of burnt ozone brain fry. There’s no cage that can hold his chemical burn barrage and that’s just the way it should be.”


“Jon Spencer knows that all you need in order to write a stompin’ rocker is an old guitar, a beat-up amp, and a bit of attitude. On his solo debut, Spencer (of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Pussy Galore, Boss Hog) serves up 12 tracks, all glowing with gritty, golden fuzz just begging to be played at your next late-night after-party, when things start to get a little sweaty, loud, and broken. On the song “I Got the Hits,” Spencer shouts, “C’mon! You wanna feel good? How ‘bout it?” A challenge for anybody drowning in their own existence to shut up for a minute and take a shot of Jon Spencer’s pure rock ‘n’ roll hits. (4/5)”


“Right now we need a down and dirty gutter punk and roll blues, like this record, more than ever. Everything is in the red on this record; the energy levels are set to the maximum and Spencer’s vocals and guitars are WILD”


“Spencer Sings The Hits! brims with a live wire energy shot through with his patented, dirty sounding, fuzzed out riffs, along with metallic percussion that hints at Pussy Galore, to create one wild ride. Spencer sounds as feisty and plugged-in as ever.”


“I can only think of a handful of rock and roll’s grand hoard that have aged as brilliantly as Jon Spencer. If you’re as cool in 2018 as you were in the 80s, you’re doin sumthin right. From the ‘Elvis on Smack’ riff-roaring noise of the Blues Explosion to the sickeningly sultry sounds of Boss Hog and all the way back to the eardrum-rupturing blues experiments with The Honeymoon Killers, Jon Spencer is still around for a reason.

If you haven’t heard his newest full-length rendezvous out now on In The Red Recordings, do yerself a huge favor and get to it.”

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“It’s a brilliantly chaotic, explosive debut solo album…

…the raw, primal impulse that has threaded its way through his entire career hasn’t diminished one bit.”


“On Jon Spencer’s debut solo outing, he’s trimmed whatever little fat there was on his trash blues garage sound and focused himself like never before to come out with what could well be his best album to date.”


“The album starts with Do The Trash Can and it’s business as usual – growling fuzz, a tight three-piece (with Sam Coomes and M.Sord) and Spencer shouting out the sound-bites. It’s the first single from the album and it’s primitive and excellent.”


“Jon Spencer is the living embodiment of a rock ‘n roll maverick and his latest album is testimony to that, this is not predictable good time rock ‘n roll, it has the same spirit but it’s through the looking glass where everything is twisted and strange”


“…this record is a blast of fresh air, crank up the volume and prepare to have your ears sandblasted.” – Rock Regeneration


“One of the great things about a Spencer related release is the uncertainty of what you’ll hear. He’s a creative soul who could make banging on cardboard boxes sound utterly amazing, his impeccable showmanship ensures live shows are fantastic…”

“‘Fake’ finds him commenting on the current climate of social media overload and overwhelming negativity of an overly hypercritical Trumpageddon world, that’s slowly crushing everyone. ‘Time 2 Be Bad’ is a standout track for me, with it’s Boss Hog groove and swagger. Spencer shouts “It’s a good time to be bad!”” – Graeme J Baty / Blank Slate Creative


“In Jon Spencer’s debut solo album, Spencer Sings The Hits, fans will find a genuine and true revelation about both the singer and his music.

…And because it can so easily be presumed that Spencer Sings The Hits is a pure expression of the artist’s work, listeners will finally feel as though they truly know and understand the artist after they’ve run front-to-back with the album.” – Bill Adams / Ground Control Magazine


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S-E-R-V-I-C-E – Who Are You Anyway? video / feature

“…the band has this to say about the song:

Soviet-era electronics and riotous guitar split open this fast, driving, wild rock song. Think the most far out Butthole Surfers song with a hook closer to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Jilly’s urgent vocals demand to know “who are you anyway?” Her succinct response to the same question? “Not subtle.””

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From and Inspired By, Episode #74: Jon Spencer

The latest episode of ‘From and Inspired By‘ is an interview with Jon Spencer discussing the Edgar Wright films Hot Fuzz and Baby Driver along with the new album Spencer Sings The Hits.

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“Musician Jon Spencer and the attendant Jon Spencer Blue Explosion were college radio and underground faves long before director Edgar Wright used the Blues Explosion’s “Bellbottoms” — from the band’s 1994 album, Orange — to blow open the beginning of his film, Baby Driver. Spencer’s been making music for decades now, going all the way back to the days of Pussy Galore.

However, Spencer’s profile has definitely been raised by Baby Driver, and so we were super-thrilled to finally be able to talk with the musician about that movie, as well as Hot Fuzz and his first-ever solo album, Spencer Sings the Hits.” –

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S-E-R-V-I-C-E – NEW SHOWS: Chicago / Madison

S-E-R-V-I-C-E – Crystal Corner Bar, Madison, WI, US with Cave Curse, Solid Freex and Wash on 8 December 2018.

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S-E-R-V-I-C-E – The East Room, Chicago, IL, US with The Cell Phones and Krozer on 9 December 2018.

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10 Years of Mom + Pop feat. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Foot Face

Rare track Foot Face by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will be released on the triple vinyl compilation “10 Years of Mom + Pop” on Record Store Day / Black Friday (November 23, 2018).

Info on the release can be found here:

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Bob’s Burgers: Bobby Driver feat. Jon Spencer

Visit the Bob’s Burgers Facebook page to see a clip of the show featuring a song by Jon Spencer and The Elegant Too based on Bellbottoms with new lyrics about ‘quilting’.


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