The Guardian: Unforgettable Moments of Australian Music TV

#4: “The blues is number one!” – Jon Spencer destroys the Recovery set

The much-missed tonic for Saturday morning hangovers, Recovery added an extra element of risk in that musical performances were genuinely live, rather than mimed. Like Countdown, though, it was recorded early in the morning – a challenging time slot for any band, let alone a high-energy act like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, who – in September 1997 – were themselves recovering from a show the night before, at the end of a long tour.

From the depths of exhaustion, Spencer went berserk: mics were thrown, props torn down, cameramen shoved aside, and host Dylan Lewis sat upon, before the singer waded into the audience as bandmates Judah Bauer and Russell Simins maintained maximum rock’n’roll behind him.

If excitement was the sole criteria, the JSBX’s performance would top this list, as Spencer channelled the spirit of Little Richard and the young Elvis.

The Guardian have mentioned The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion‘s performance on Recovery, ABC Studios, Melbourne, Australia (6 September 1997) in their feature “From Madison Avenue to Iggy Pop: five unforgettable moments of Australian music TV“.

Read Here: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jan/19/from-madison-avenue-to-iggy-pop-five-unforgettable-moments-of-australian-music-tv

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S-E-R-V-I-C-E – LIVE: 2020

DATE VENUE CITY COUNTRY INFO
2020.02.06 State Street Pub Indianapolis, IN US Info
2020.03.13 WHPK 88.5FM Chicago, IL US *live set on for radio broadcast*
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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Bowery Ballroom (29 December 2019): Photos

“The surprise opener for night 8 was Jon Spencer and his non-Blues Explosion solo project, The HITmakers, whose lineup includes Sam Coomes (Quasi), Bob Bert (Sonic Youth) and M. Sord. They played a quick-n-dirty set accented by crunchy riffs, howls and yelps, with Bert literally banging on trash cans with hammers.”

Photo: Ellen Qbertplaya

Review / Photos: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/yo-la-tengo-wrapped-up-hanukkah-2019-w-jon-spencer-laurie-anderson-more-setlist-pics-video/

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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – New Year

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6zDEIQ8Jsc

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The Bobby Lees – Skin Suit: Update

“The Bobby Lees are a young bone-shaking Garage Rock band out of Woodstock NY. Their new record “Skin Suit” is produced by underground punk legend Jon Spencer of the Blues Explosion, and mixes classic garage-punk hits with raw and emotive storytelling.

In the past year they’ve played with The Chats, Future Islands, Boss Hog, Daddy Long Legs, Shannon & The Clams and Murphy’s Law. They will be on tour in the US and Europe throughout 2020.

“The Bobby Lees Are The Giant Green Cyclops of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” – BTRtoday”

The Bobby Lees – Skin Suit coming 8 May 2020 on Alive Naturalsound Records.

via https://www.alive-records.com/artist/the-bobby-lees/

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Jon Spencer – Big Yule Log Boogie / My Christmas Wish

Jon Spencer – Big Yule Log Boogie (7″, US)Jon Spencer – Big Yule Log Boogie / My Christmas Wish originally released as a Sub Pop singles club 7″ in December 1992.

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Matt Pinfield vs The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (at Christmas)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSD1QFsRUFc

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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Casa Franciscana, Mexico City: Review / Photos

“Quien sabe cuántas personas he conocido a lo largo de mi vida que han pedido y pedido a promotores que viniera Jon Spencer y fue Georgetown Records quien nos hizo el milagro de traer a uno de los mejores frontmen de todos los tiempos en un formato inmejorable: celebrando tres décadas de carrera y su primer LP solista, Jon Spencer tocando en una sola noche temas de todos sus proyectos: Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash y Pussy Galore, en compañía de Sam Coomes de Quasi (y alguna vez miembro de la banda de Elliot Smith), el percusionista M. Sord de No Monster Club, y la leyenda viviente del Noise, Bob Bert, baterista original de Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch y los mismos Pussy Galore ¡Imperdible!”

Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Casa Franciscana, Mexico City, Mexico (14 December 2019).

Photo: Carlos Garza

Review / Photos: https://www.mehaceruido.com/2019/12/jon-spencer-the-hitmakers-casa-franciscana/

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Jim Sclavunos interviews Bob Bert: Listen Online

Jim Sclavunos interviews Bob Bert on soho radio.

Link: https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/jim-scalvunos-16122019/

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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Casa Franciscana: Photos

Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Casa Franciscana, Mexico City, Mexico, US (14 December 2019).

Photos: Toni François

Full Set: http://www.tono.tv/fotos-jon-spencer-the-hitmakers/

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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Georgetown Records CDMX: Photos

Photos from the Jon Spencer & The HITmakers meet and greet at Georgetown Records CDMX, Mexico City, MX, US on 13 December 2019.

Photos:
Jon Spencer & The HITmakers: https://www.instagram.com/jonspencerhitmaker/
Seated: Rogelio Matamoros (https://www.instagram.com/diablodespierto/)
Standing: Hemingroove (https://www.instagram.com/hemingroove/)

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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers: Casa Franciscana, Mexico City + Interviews

Warp.la and indierocks.mx have just published a new interview and preview feature for the forthcoming Jon Spencer & The HITmakers show at Casa Franciscana, Mexico City, MX on 14 December 2019.

“Estoy sumamente emocionado por este show, he conocido a muchos mexicanos que se me han acercado después de un concierto a preguntarme porqué no voy a México y bueno, necesitaba que alguien me invitara ¡gracias Georgetown Records! The HITmakers y yo haremos que suden, bailen y sea verdaderamente una posada inolvidable.”

Link: https://warp.la/editoriales/warppresenta-entrevista-jon-spencer

“¿Qué esperas de tú próxima visita a la Ciudad de México?
Espero que me vuele la cabeza, estoy ansioso por visitar un lugar nuevo para mí, conocer gente y lo más importante dar un buen show para todo el público. Espero que sea una noche inolvidable para los que asistan”.”

Link: https://www.indierocks.mx/musica/entrevistas/entrevista-con-jon-spencer-the-hitmakers/

“VERY RARE. Jon Spencer las bandas que lo inspiraron, la escena de Nueva York, Baby Driver y sus recuerdos favoritos en el estudio

Esta es la primera vez que harás un show en la Ciudad de México ¿cómo te sientes al respecto?

Muy emocionado ya que es mi primera vez, no recuerdo haber venido nunca a tocar por lo que estoy ansioso por ir y por el show.”

Link: https://dnamag.mx/very-rare-jon-spencer-las-bandas-que-lo-inspiraron-la-escena-de-nueva-york-baby-driver-y-sus-recuerdos-favoritos-en-el-estudio/

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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers: Malleus Tour Poster Available

Two versions of the Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Malleus European Tour Poster is available online at https://www.malleusdelic.com/.

Jon Spencer & The HITmakers (50cm x 70cm): 2 colors on cream paper in a limited edition of 135 copies (€40)

Vampire (50cm x 70cm): AP Version, printed in 2 colors plus iridescent glitter on cream paper in a limited edition of 65 copies (€50)

LINK: https://www.malleusdelic.com/site/malleus/jon-spencer-and-the-hitmakers-vampira-ap/

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“Jon Spencer chats about his wild 1997 live performance on Recovery”

Jon Spencer interview about The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion performance on Recovery, ABC Studios, Melbourne, Australia (6 September 1997)

nb. Jon Spencer interview segment starts at approx 45m into the show.

On the show they performed Wail / 2Kindsa Love-Flavor

Stream Here: https://www.abc.net.au/doublej/programs/curated/jon-spencer-blues-explosion-interview-recovery-performance-1997/11730806

Download Here: https://www.abc.net.au/doublej/programs/curated/jon-spencer-wild-recovery-performance/11757324

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“Recovery: The Music and The Mayhem”

“We couldn’t do anything about it, it was live,” Dylan Lewis laughs, describing the moment when he and the rest of the Recovery crew watched in horror (and delight) as The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion began to physically tear down the set in 1997.

“You can’t just stop recording. And that’s what defined Recovery — the moments when it all went wrong. That’s everyone’s favourite, Jon Spencer, and it’s up there with my favourites too. It was the moment that music television made sense to me and Recovery was defined. Like ‘this is what we can do, these are the moments we can get.’ It’s beautiful to watch, isn’t it? I loved it. I loved seeing that again.” – junkee.com

“‘Oh my god, this is the greatest moment that’s ever happened on television and I’m standing here watching it live. How wonderful and magical.’ At the end of it, I think I said something like, ‘Yep, my life is complete. This is what we came here to do, this is what rock’n’roll is.’ It was such an amazing, transformative moment and it really did make me realise how powerful [Recovery] could be.” – themusic.com.au

Trailer for the documentary “Recovery: The Music and The Mayhem” featuring The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and quotes from interviews with Dylan Lewis about the show.

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“Beck fears most of his music has been destroyed”

“There’s a [Jon Spencer] Blues Explosion album I did in ’95 where I cut about 10 songs with them in New York City that’s never been released. But I don’t know [whether it’s gone], nobody’s telling us anything. We didn’t hear about it until the last year.”

Beck discussing his recordings with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in an interview published by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Link: https://www.smh.com.au/culture/music/beck-fears-most-of-his-music-has-been-destroyed-20191125-p53dwv.html

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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Dome, Tufnell Park, London: Photos

Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Dome, Tufnell Park, London, UK (20 November 2019)

Live Photo: Jeff Pitcher (https://www.instagram.com/pitcher_poster/)

Check the HUGE gallery here: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.pitcher.39/media_set?set=a.10156768292741149&type=3

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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Whelan’s, Dublin

Photo from the last show on the current tour: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers at Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland (24 November 2019)

Live Photo: stephenlongfoto (https://www.instagram.com/stephenlongfoto/)

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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Hive, Edinburgh: Set List

Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Hive, Edinburgh, UK (22 November 2019)

Photos: Coma Cat (https://www.facebook.com/comacatband/)

SET LIST:

Alien Humidity
Wilderness
Overhead
(Sometimes You Got To Be) Gentle
Time 2 Be Bad
Ghost
Dang
Vegetable Man
Tough Times In Plastic Land
Shirt Jac
NYC: 1999
I Got The Hits
Beetle Boots
Cape
Love Handle
Do The Trash Can
Loveless – Roadrunner

encore:

Hornet
Fake
Just Wanna Die
Pretty Fuck Look
You Can’t Polish A Turd
Bellbottoms
Out Demon Out

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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Cluny, Newcastle: Set List / Photo

Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Cluny, Newcastle, UK (21 November 2019)

SET LIST:

Do The Trash Can
Just Wanna Die
Fake
Beetle Boots
Hornet
Overload
Cape
Tough Times In Plastic Land
Shirt Jac
NYC: 1999
(Sometimes You Got To Be) Gentle
Vegetable Man
Alien Humidity
Pretty Fuck Look
Dang
Love Handle
Out Demon Out

encore:

Time 2 Be Bad
Ghost
You Can’t Polish A Turd
Bellbottoms
No Count
I Got The Hits

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