September 19 – On This Day!

 Jon Spencer with The Elegant Too - Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, 'Pretty Good Friends' @ The Bell House, Brooklyn, New York (19 September 2015)1986: Pussy Galore – Hoosier Ballroom, Indianapolis, IN, US

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA, US

Tour Poster Artwork: Paul Pope
Show Poster Artwork: Greg Gordon

“I used to pose and use friends ( @Kimm Kimm St. Thomas-Boswell )for reference of my #illustrations for my #posters and still do sometimes. Here is an example from a The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion #poster by GIGART from 2002 with the #YeahYeahYeahs and #Liar. This image was based off the famous #painting, #TheNightmare by #HenryFuseli. I posed for the #demonic and #apelike #incubus crouched on the chest of a woman in deep sleep.” – GigArt via Facebook.com (22 February 2018)

2003: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece

2007: The Pierces (poss. w/ Russell Simins) – Alte Feuerwache, Germany
w/ Adam Green

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, US

Poster Design: Randy Fung

2007: Heavy Trash – The Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC, US

Ticket Image: http://www.myspace.com/topfloorbottombuzzer

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Street Scene, San Diego, CA, US

2009: Heavy Trash – FV Festival, Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia
w/ The Bambi Molesters and Nero Burns

2015: The Lost Crusaders – Have You Heard About The World? – reissued on vinyl

Dangerhouse Skylab 2015 vinyl reissue of The Lost Crusaders album with three download-only bonus tracks limited to 500 copies. Features Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray on I Wonder What Ever Happened, Wasted On The Wind and It Don’t Worry Me. Originally issued on CD in 2008 by Everlasting Records.

2015: Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer with The Elegant Too at Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, ‘Pretty Good Friends’ @ The Bell House, Brooklyn, New York, US
Feat. Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer performing Sex Song

Live Photos: David Andrako (via http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2015/09/2015_eugene_mir.html)

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September 18 – On This Day!

1986: Pussy Galore – Stache’s, Columbus, Ohio, US
w/ Muskrats

Poster Image: Thanks to Royal Trux Chronicles (https://www.instagram.com/royaltruxchronicles/)

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – VPRO, Hilversum, Netherlands

Released as bootleg 10″ EP Vpro Session: Sept ’94.

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Vera, Groningen, Netherlands

Released as bootleg CD Don’t Cramp My Style.

Poster Artwork / Band Photo: Willem Kolvoort

Image shows the poster and the original photo which was taken on the roof near the screenprintingroom at Vera on 4 March 1993.

1996: Butter 08 – Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

1999: Grapevine – Divetime – released on CD in Japan

The Ikesukanai – What’s Up With That?! Mix is by Russell Simins, Jamey Staub and Rick Lee who all also worked together on Public Places and Butter 08.

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Palace, Los Angeles, CA, US
w/ Liars and Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Tour Poster Artwork: Paul Pope (https://www.instagram.com/comicsdestroyer/)

2003: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Vera, Groningen, Netherlands

Poster Artwork: Wytse Sterk

2006: The Sadies – In Concert Volume One – released on vinyl

Features guest appearances from Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray on Back Off, Justine Alright, Talking Down, Food, Water, Etc. and Her Love Made Me.

2007: Heavy Trash – Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA, US

2009: Heavy Trash – Jalen Pivo Live Festival @ SKC, Belgrade, Serbia

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Meat + Bone – released in the US

Photos: Michael Lavine
Lettering: Elizabeth Carey Smith

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bowery Electric, New York City, NY, US
w/ DJ Jonathan Toubin

“At 8:30pm sharp, Judah Bauer, Russell Simins and Jon Spencer (aka the Blues Explosion) kicked off a super hard rocking set of tunes to the appeciative audience that was made up of people who either bought the new album at Other Music, won a ticket from BrooklynVegan, or managed to get themselves on the guestlist some other way.”

Text / Live Photos: Dana Yavin
Drum Head Logo: Kostas Seremetis

FULL SET: https://www.brooklynvegan.com/jon-spencer-blu-5/

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September 17 – On This Day!

Pussy Galore - The Electric Banana, Pittsburgh, PA, US (17 September 1986)1986: Pussy Galore – The Electric Banana, Pittsburgh, PA, US
w/ Cousin It and Meat

1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Patronaat, Haarlem, Netherlands

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Wehrschloss, Bremen, Germany

1996: Butter 08 – Bottom of The Hill, San Francisco, CA, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa, CA, US
w/ Liars and Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Ticket Image: Jason Labinger (https://www.instagram.com/jlabinger/)
Show Poster Artwork: Factor27
Tour Poster Artwork: Paul Pope (https://www.instagram.com/comicsdestroyer/)

2003: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – [unknown venue], Tilburg, Netherlands
w/ The Flash Express

2005: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Pussycat Lounge, New York City, NY, US

2007: Heavy Trash – Ravari Room, Columbus, OH, US

2007: The Pierces (poss. w/Russell Simins) – Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
w/ Adam Green

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, US
w/ Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Spiritualized

2009: Heavy Trash – The Boogaloo Club, Zagreb, Croatia
w/ B & the Bops

Live Photos: Damir Torma (http://www.groupie.hr/jon-spencers-heavy-trash-b-the-bops-boogaloo-zagreb-17-09-2009/sadrzaj/4296)
Set List Photos: Ana (http://www.terapija.net/koncert.asp?ID=7012)

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Meat + Bone – released in the UK

Photos: Michael Lavine
Lettering: Elizabeth Carey Smith

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September 16 – On This Day!

1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Powerhaus, London, UK

2004: Blues Explosion – Damage – released in Japan

Photos: Ashkan Sahihi
Design: Chip Kidd

2004: Blues Explosion – Damage Radio Session – promo CD for Damage

2007: The Pierces (poss. w/ Russell Simins) – Löwensaal, Nürnberg, Germany
w/ Adam Green

2007: Heavy Trash – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI, US

2009: Phenomenal Handclap Band – released in Japan

Features a guest appearance by Jon Spencer on Give It A Rest.

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September 15 – On This Day!

Heavy Trash - Lexington, London, UK (16 September 2009)1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Garage, London, UK

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
w/ Nyah Fearties

1996: Butter 08 – Satiricon, Portland, OR, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

2007: Heavy Trash – Headliners, Louisville, KY, US

2007: The Pierces (poss. w/ Russell Simins) – Alter Schlachthof, Dresden, Germany
w/ Adam Green

2008: Bomb The Bass – Future Chaos – released in the UK

Jon Spencer co-wrote and appears on the song Fuzzbox.

2009: Heavy Trash – Balcony TV (Lexington), London, UK

Performing Bumble Bee.

2009: Heavy Trash – Lexington, London, UK
w/ Gin Palace

Edgar Wright posted a photo of himself and Jon Spencer at this show online.

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September 14 – On This Day!

1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Boatrace, Cambridge, UK

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
w/ Man or Astroman?

1996: Butter 08 – Starfish Room, Vancouver, BC, Canada
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

1999: Dub Narcotic Sound System & The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Sideways Soul: Dub Narcotic Sound System Meets The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in a Dancehall Style – released in the US

Cover Photos: Jeff Smith
Inside Photo: Mike Galinsky
Designed: Tae Won Yu
Built: Pat Cataldo

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Xtra Acme USA – released in the US

Photography: Evan Bernard
Design: David Warner

2003: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY, US
w/ The Flash Express

“Jon Spencer Blues Explosion previewed a slew of new songs during a surprise gig last night (Sept. 14) at the Mercury Lounge in New York. Among the tracks performed were “Hot Gossip,” “Mars Arizona,” “Don’t Smile,” “Been My Baby,” “Help These Blues,” “Grindin'” and “Halftime Loser” (all are working titles). The band also played oldies such as “Bell Bottoms” and “Afro,” the latter delivered seconds after an audience member requested it.

The show was a makeshift warm-up for a five-date European tour, which begins Sept. 17 in Tilburg, Holland. The band slipped onto the bill, which featured friends in the Flash Express, after the original headliner dropped off.

The new songs constitute a fraction of the new material the band has been demoing in drummer Russell Simins’ Manhattan studio. The songs played last night “were either the oldest [or] the ones that have been the most flushed out, but there’s a bunch more material that we’re focusing on over the next several months that’s as important, if not more important to us,” he tells Billboard.com. “We just haven’t gotten around to that point yet, where we’re comfortable enough to play [them] out live yet.”” – Billboard.com

Full Article: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/69090/blues-explosion-offers-new-cuts-at-surprise-gig

2005: Judah Bauer / Stuart Lupton [The Child ballads] – CMJ Showcase set at Lit Lounge, 93 2nd Avenue, New York City, New York, US
w/ Demander, Foreign Islands, Chinese Stars, The Malkovich and Shellsshag

nb. The Child Ballads debut Performance

Live Photos: Skeleton Boy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/skeletonboy/)
Poster Artwork: Bootsy Rizzak

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Madson Square Garden, New York City, NY, US
w/ Interpol

2007: Heavy Trash – Schubas, Chicago, IL, US

Live Photo: Vera Gavrilovic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/vivaspygirl/albums/72157715389653297)

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September 13 – On This Day!

Pussy Galore - The Pyramid Club, New York City, NY, US (13 September 1988)1988: Pussy Galore – The Pyramid Club, New York City, NY, US
w/ Unsane

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 2Kindsa Love – date of promo 7″ issued by Matador Records

1996: Butter 08 – Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Acme Plus – released in the UK

2004: Blues Explosion – Burn It Off – released in the UK

Cover Design: Chip Kidd
Photography: Ashkan Sahihi

2007: The Pierces (poss. w/ Russell Simins) – Schinkelhalle, Potsdam
w/ Adam Green

2007: Heavy Trash – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI, US

“Currently signed to YepRoc Records, they have rough and tumble rockabilly punk sound that makes me want to drink, smoke, and fight. And I don’t even do two of those three things. Their website boasts, “As boozy and frantic as a trailer park stabbing,” and from the opening crunchy reverb surf riffs of “Double Gold” to the Sex-Pistols-thrash of “Into Oblivion,” or the traditional ’50s rockabilly structures of “Outside Chance” (not a Turtles cover, but just as retro), this album is stuffed with the genres and sounds I love. “That Ain’t Right” is straight up cash money, and by Cash I mean Johnny.

The first time I heard Heavy Trash, I found myself verbally egging on the song while I was listening to it; “COME on now!” This is one band I would absolutely, positively go see live. I mean, just listen to em.” – http://www.fuelfriendsblog.com/2007/09/06/get-into-some-heavy-trash-with-jon-spencer/

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September 12 – On This Day!

1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Princess Charlotte, Leicester, UK

Live Photos: Neate Photos (https://www.instagram.com/neatephotos/)

1996: Butter 08 – Lounge Ax, Chicago, IL, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

2000: Speedball Baby – Uptight! – released in the US

Features Judah Bauer on Pocket Fulla Fish.

2000: Ween – White Pepper – released in Japan

White Pepper features Russell Simins on Stroker Ace.

2007: The Pierces (poss. w/ Russell Simins) – Modernes, Bremen
w/ Adam Green

2007: Heavy Trash – Grog Shop at Coventry Yard, Cleveland Heights, OH, US

2009: Jon Spencer [Interview] – Soft Focus @ ATP NY, Kutshers Country Club, Monticello, NY, US

2009: Boss Hog – ATP NY, Kutshers Country Club, Monticello, New York, US

Live Photos: Tim Bugbee (FULL SET: https://www.tinnitus-photography.com/p798649474)
Poster Design: Michael Michael Motorcycle

2014: Heavy Trash – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark

nb. Heavy Trash did not play this event but Matt and Rocío Verta-Ray performed with The Tremolo Beer Gut and Matt Verta-Ray DJ’d.

600 copies of the compilation If We Took The Bones Out It Wouldn’t Be Crunchy were given to the attendees of this show.

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September 11 – On This Day!

1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “The Lost Weekend” / London Astoria 2, London, UK
w/ The Afghan Whigs, The God Machine and Hair & Skin Trading Company

All the artists appeared on The Lost Weekend compilation album (included in £9.99 ticket price) which features Afro by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (from Extra Width).

Ticket Image: burntwolfvinyl (https://www.instagram.com/burntwolfvinyl/)

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Molotow, Hamburg, Germany

Live Photos: Malzkorn (https://www.facebook.com/pg/MalzkornsRocknroll/photos/?tab=album&album_id=390712354433779)

1996: Butter 08 – Euclid Tavern, Cleveland, OH, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

Flyer Artwork: Derek Hess (https://www.instagram.com/derekhess/)

2000: Boss Hog – Itchy + Scratchy – released in the UK

2007: The Pierces (poss. w/ Russell Simins) – [unknown location on September 2007 tour]
w/ Adam Green

2007: Heavy Trash – The Mohawk Place, Buffalo, New York, US
w/ Powersolo and The Irving Klaws

2010: Heavy Trash – B-Side Festival, Murcia, Spain
w/ The Ting Tings, We Are Lesbian, We Are Standard and L.A.

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September 10 – On This Day!

1991: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Paradise, Boston, MA, US

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Huxley’s, Berlin, Germany

1996: Butter 08 – Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON, Canada
w/ Buffalo Daughter

Show Poster Design: Paul Watson

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Fang Visual – released

2007: The Pierces (poss. w/ Russell Simins) – Brückenforum, Bonn
w/Adam Green

2009: Boss Hog – Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, New York, US
w/ Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers

Live Photos: Edwina Hay (https://www.flickr.com/photos/eatsdirt/sets/72157622212765947/)

2010: Heavy Trash – Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Marche, Italy
w/ Jesus Franco and The Drogas

Artwork: Andrea Refi

2014: Karen O (w/ Russell Simins) – The Manderley Bar, The McKittrick Hotel, New York, US

Russell Simins played tambourine for the song Days Go By.

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September 9 – On This Day!

1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Peel Session, Maida Vale, London, UK

Broadcast: 9 October 1993
Producer: Nick Gomm
Engineer: Julian Markham

Tracks Released On: V/A feat. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Static Disaster: The UK In The Red Sampler (CD, US)

2009*: The Micragirls – Wild Girl Walk – released

Features Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray on Out of Tune and Run Thru The Night.

*Official release date. The LP and CD was scheduled for release in Finland on 09.09.09 by Bone Voyage and everywhere else in November (the vinyl edition wasn’t available until shortly after the official release date and UK release date was 25th January 2010).

2009: Heavy Trash – The Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY, US
w/ Donora, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers and Those Darlins

Live Photos: Tim Griffin (https://www.brooklynvegan.com/those-darlins-s/)
Ticket Image: Joe Madonna (https://www.flickr.com/photos/joemad/)

2010: Heavy Trash – MITO Festival / The Tunnel Club, Milan, Italy

Live Photo: Gabriele Sedda (https://www.instagram.com/giovannigabriele.sedda/)
Ticket Image: Daniele

2017: Boss Hog – Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ, US
w/ Taiwan Housing Project and Sunshine & the Rain

Live Photos: Chris Sikich (https://www.instagram.com/countfeed/)
Venue Photo / Poster: Boss Hog

2017: S-E-R-V-I-C-E – Black Circle Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN, US
w/ The Tinkerbelles and The Long Arm

Live Photo: Black Circle Brewing Co. (https://www.facebook.com/blackcirclebrew/)

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September 8 – On This Day!

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Democrazy, Gent, Belgium

1995: Boss Hog – CMJ Music Marathon / Irving Plaza, New York City, NY, US
w/ Girls Against Boys and Unwound

1996: Butter 08 – Met Cafe, Providence, RI, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

1997: Einstürzende Neubauten – Ende Neu Remixes – released in the UK

2007: Heavy Trash – Howl Festival, New York City, NY, US

2010: Beck – Aphids on The Lettuce: Beck Remixed & Mashed Up by PZ – released

The mix includes a new version of the track Diskobox (appears on some editions of Odelay) on which Jon Spencer is credited with ‘keychain’ and co-produced.

2010: Heavy Trash – Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland

Polaroids: http://www.rotefabrik.ch/

2016: S-E-R-V-I-C-E – The Hi-Fi, Indianapolis, IN, US
w/ Yonatan Gat (headlining) and The Icks

Live Photo: Rob Peoni (https://www.instagram.com/robpeoni/)

2017: Boss Hog – The Joshua Light Show @ NYU Skirball, New York City, NY, US
w/ Dave Harrington Group

Live Photo 1: Lori Rakoczy (https://www.instagram.com/lorirakoczy/)
Live Photo 2: Robbie Busch (https://www.instagram.com/mcboingboing/)
Live Photo 3: blorbach (https://www.instagram.com/blorbach/)
Ticket Photo: Lauren Libretti

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September 7 – On This Day!

Edison Rocket Train (w/ Jon Spencer) - The Rodeo Bar, New York City, NY, US (7 September 2005)1995: Boss Hog – Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA, US
w/ Girls vs Boys

1996: Butter 08 – Middle East, Cambridge, MA, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

2003: 20 Miles – Blu Lounge, Brooklyn, NY, US

Artwork: Jasmine Dreame Wagner

2004: Rob K – The End Of The Earth – released

2005: Edison Rocket Train (w/ Jon Spencer) – The Rodeo Bar, New York City, NY, US

Live Photo: via Mike Edison (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeedison/)

2010: Heavy Trash – Charlatan, Gent, Belgium

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September 6 – On This Day!

1996: Butter 08 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

1996: Cibo Matto (w/ Russell Simins & Sean Lennon) – CMJ MusicFest, Irving Plaza, New York City, NY, US

*date is unconfirmed but if Cibo Matto did perform at the 1996 CMJ Festival with Russell Simins it would have to have been on 6 September 1996 as Butter 08 were on tour at the time and this is the day they performed at Irving Plaza with Skeleton Key and Buffalo Daughter.

Live Photos: Jenn (https://www.instagram.com/late90srockshowschapelhill/)

nb. The description provided by the photographer stated that the photos are of Butter 08 at a Grand Royal showcase during the CMJ MusicFest but it is believed that these are of Cibo Matto with Sean Lennon and Russell Simins (who made completed the band line-up for several shows in 1995 – 1996). Sean Lennon wasn’t a member of Butter 08 and there is no sign of Mike Mills or Rick Lee in the photos.

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Recovery, ABC Studios, Melbourne, Australia

SET LIST: Wail / 2Kindsa Love-Flavor

The tracks from this performance were release on the ‘Recovery’ 20th Anniversary Box Set in 2016.

A clip of this performance was used in the video for The Robert Kennedy Assassination – Resist!

Illustration of this performance by ‘tsuujiiiiii’ posted below.

REVIEW:

JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSI ON RECOVERY 7th Sep 1997 – ABC.
The Jon Spencer Blues-Explosion hi-jacked the ABC’s Recovery Studio on
Saturday morning. It was. one of the greatest moments ever seen and a
display which can only take place when television is completely live.
The Blues Explosion’s eloquent demonstration of their chaotically
intense style shook the ABC’s foundations. They channelled all the
energy and intensity of their live show into their
Recovery performances, firstly of the stomping. raunchy and
hysterically sexed-up ‘Wail’, and then returning to do the perfect
power-funk single. ‘Two Kinds of Love’, which mutated into ‘Flavour’,
consequently fucking with the minds of everyone present. The audience
of teenagers, already high from an earlier sugar rush provided by
Recovery staff, were driven into fits of ecstasy as they witnessed
rock and roll mayhem first hand. l would even be prepared to bet that
Recovery host Dylan pissed his pants when Jon Spencer left the Blues
Explosion set and ran straight at him screaming what other than, ‘The
Blues is No.1!’ Judah Bauer and Russell Simins continued to play
whilst Spencer ran amuck in the studio.

Guitarist Bauer jumping up onto the drum kit and doing his
concentrated and potent rocked-up funk riffs while the steady beats
and ‘groove flavour resounded gloriously from the deceivingly simple
kit Simins bashed at. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion known for their
bassleseness, cool and glamour played their twisted sassy sleazy funk.
A noisexy puree direct from the Devil’s Jukebox and into
our loungerooms like a 50s horror movie. No one was safe from Jon
Spencer’s rampage around the set.

The handheld cameraman had no idea what was going on as he was handed
Spencer’s guitar and was repeatedly pushed away by Spencer. His
proximity to the Therernin was potentially disruptive to the sound,
but in a wild fit Spencer conveyed this by pushing the confused
cameraman away.

Jon Spencer’s bold stunts were just starting and the anticipation was
fervent. He ran at everyone, camera operators, cameras, props, the
young and suddenly electrified audience (including the dethroned work
experience kid and the two kids given the unfortunate task of cooking
Bernard Kings undoubtedly sour recipes), he attacked that big blow-up
‘R’. the Recovery mascot, he broke three microphones. he climbed up on
the kitchen bench top and chucked stuff, hyped on an extraordinary and
infectious adrenalin rambling. ‘I Got To Do It’ and then he returned
to the Blues Explosion set and demolished what he could of that. The
wild man took a giant sailing leap over Russell Simins (who did not
miss a beat) jumping, through the air and tearing down the huge
backdrop that had announced the ‘Blues Explosion’. What could anyone
be expected to do after that but go absolutely nuts with excitement.
We fall to our knees and growl to the moon. Not one person in the ABC
studios was left unaffected. The Blues Explosion gave us a free and
crazy boost, a kick start to the day mightier than a thousand brewed
coffees. This was potent redemption against those who had not heard of
the Blues Explosion before. JSBX kick serious ass! Even at 9 in the
morning after a couple of hours sleep this dynamo of sleaze swamp funk
can stage an incredible performance, of genuine intensity and
brilliant abandon. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion launched themselves
into the live medium they were provided with (the main condition they
agreed to perform was because it was being broadcast live). We
were all reduced to hyperventilation and possibly some discreet undie
wringing-out and some heavy breathing.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are the real shit, and don’t ever
forget folks – the blues is number one!

HOLLY SHORLAND & MARY MIHELAKOS

Taken from Beat Magazine Issue 569 September 10th 1997 (using OCR, excuse errors)

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Roxy, Brisbane, Australia

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – L’Usine, Geneva, Switzerland

2008: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Live Photo: musicazul (https://www.flickr.com/photos/musicazul/)

2010: Heavy Trash – Patronaat, Haarlem, Netherlands
w/ The Pedro Delgados

Thanks to Arne

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece
w/ BLML

Live Photos: Giannis Negris (http://www.i-jukebox.gr/live-reviews/item/5935-the-jon-spencer-blues-explosion-blml-gagarin-205-athens)

nb. The video for Wax Dummy directed by Nicholas Triandafyllidis was filmed at this venue and in Athens.

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September 5 – On This Day!

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Principal Club, Thessaloniki, Greece (5 September 2015)1996: Butter 08 – Upstairs at Nicks, Philadelphia, PA, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Selinas, Sydney, Australia
w/ Kim Salmon and The Surrealists

2008: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – New Live Club, Milan, Italy

2010: Heavy Trash – Live from the Fire Tower session (Into The Great Wide Open Festival), Vlieland, Netherlands

2010: Heavy Trash – Into The Great Wide Open Festival, Vlieland, Netherlands

2013: Joseph Arthur (w/ Russell Simins) – WTDM, First Thursday, West Mt. Vernon Park, Baltimore, MD, US

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Principal Club, Thessaloniki, Greece
w/ Million Hollas and Missawoman

Live Photo: “georgepapageorge” (post now-deleted)

2017: The Best Show (feat. Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez) – New Jersey, US

The Best Show With Tom Scharpling featuring guests Jon Spencer, Cristina Martinez and Miss Alex White

Photo Caption: “Here’s a picture of Dudio showing Jon Spencer his sonic screwdriver.” – BestShow4Life

Photo Credit: https://www.instagram.com/bestshow4life/

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September 4 – On This Day!

1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Club Babyhead, Providence, RI, US
w/ Cheater Slicks

Image: 1993 Concert Report by Harvard’s WHRB (JSBX listing is in the top right corner).

Thanks to https://www.instagram.com/royaltruxchronicles/

1996: 20 Miles – Coney Island High, New York City, NY, US
w/ Chrome Cranks, Oblivians and Revelators

1996: Butter 08 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Palace Complex, Melbourne, Australia

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – A Nice Weekend in London, ULU, Malet Street, London, UK

Live Photo: Mark Benney (https://www.flickr.com/photos/36425903@N00/401208031/in/album-72157594554415537/)

2007: Heavy Trash – Going Way Out With Heavy Trash – released in the US

2008: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Anfiteatro Parco, Bari, Italy

The posters uses the Jukebox Explosion Rockin’ Mid-90’s Punkers artwork by Mort Todd.

2009: Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band – Peace Boat – released in Europe

Recorded at NY Hed and features Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray on guitar.

2010: Heavy Trash – Desmet Studio’s, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2010: Heavy Trash – Misty Fields Festival, Asten-Heusden, Netherlands

2012: Cat Power – Sun – released in the US

Judah Bauer is credited with ‘Break Arrangement’ on Cherokee and plays guitar on both Cherokee and Ruin.

2014: The Herbaliser – Blow Your Headphones – reissued in the UK on vinyl

Featuring a sample of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion song Eyeballin’ from the album Now I Got Worry on the track Ginger Jumps The Fence

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Младински Културен Центар – MKC, Skopje, Macedonia
w/ The John

Live Photo: “Captured by Klisarova” (via facebook.com)

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September 3 – On This Day!

Butter 08 - September 1996 Tour (POSTER, US) 1996: Butter 08 – Cat’s Cradle, Carboro, NC, US
w/ Buffalo Daughter and Skeleton Key

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Ozone, Perth, Australia

1999: Matmos / V/A feat. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – This CD Is Not Nice / Archive Fever

One track CD featuring a song by Matmos which uses two samples of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (Fuck Shit Up and the intro from Controversial Negro).

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

“Songs twist, turn back and meander into one another like Mississippi tributaries. Full throttle, amphetamined riffs give way to gentle bluesy excursions, which are then obliterated by the sledgehammer of a Hendrix-fronted 1970 Black Sabbath. The band never stops to draw breath between songs, and they’re off again as soon as the audience things it’s time to applaud.” – Steve Rippon / Mojo

2003: Los Straitjackets – Supersonic Guitars In 3D

The song Tarantula features Jon Spencer on theremin and vocals.

2008: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Strade Blu Festival, Piazza Nenni, Faenza, Italy

2009: Heavy Trash – Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY, US

2009: Cat Power (w/ Judah Bauer, Russell Simins, Erik Paparazzi and Gregg Foreman) – Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, US
w/ The Pretenders and Juliette Lewis

2010: Heavy Trash – Räucherkammer, Wiesbaden, Germany

Live Photo: Manuel Mocco

FULL SET: https://www.flickr.com/photos/synobis/albums/72157624751934241

2012: Cat Power – Sun – released in the UK

Judah Bauer is credited with ‘Break Arrangement’ on Cherokee and plays guitar on both Cherokee and Ruin.

2014: Joseph Arthur and Russell Simins perform at the Angela McClusky and Paul Cantelon show at “The Last Days of Folly” – Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue, New York City, New York, US

Live Photo: scopit.com

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Dom Omladine, Beograda, Serbia

Live Photo: Nemanja Đorđević

FULL SET: https://balkanrock.com/galerija/the-jon-spencer-blues-explosion-03-09-2015/

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Ignition Music, Goshen, IN, US
w/ Demolition Doll Rods

HITmakers show #115

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September 2 – On This Day!

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Močvara, Zagreb, Croatia (2 September 2015)2000: Boss Hog – Trenda Festival, Bologna, Italy
w/ Mr. Bungle, Coldplay and Brassy

Ticket Image: Federico Guglielmo (https://lultimathule.wordpress.com/)

2006: Heavy Trash – El Paso Saloon, Rouyn Noranda, QC, Canada

2008: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland
w/ Dan Sartain

Polaroids: https://rotefabrik.ch/

2010: Heavy Trash – Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Močvara, Zagreb, Croatia

Live Photo: Branko Galičić (https://www.soundguardian.com/index.php/izvjestaji-s-glazbenih-dogadjanja/35447-jon-spencer-blues-explosion-ekskluzivna-svirka-za-ekskluzivnu-publiku)

2010: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA, US
w/ Demolition Doll Rods

HITmakers show #114

Live Photo: Ian Holmgren (https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=520700731834741&id=464189607485854)

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September 1 – On This Day!

1989: Gibson Bros (w/ Jon Spencer & Cristina Martinez) – Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ, US / Loose End, Memphis, TN, US / Middle East Cafe, Boston, MA, US*

*exact dates unknown. Recording dates for The Man Who Loved Couch Dancing were at these venues during September and December 1989.

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Orange – released in Europe

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Festa dell’Unita, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Live Photos / Ticket Image: ‘chocolate__joe’ (https://www.instagram.com/chocolate__joe/)

2000: Boss Hog – Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, Winterthur, Switzerland
w/ Ween

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Independent Days Festival, Bologna, Italy

2006: Heavy Trash – El Paso Saloon, Rouyn Noranda, QC, Canada

2007: Heavy Trash – Festival Alaquas, Alaquàs, Spain

2008: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – K4, Nürnberg, Germany

2009: Cat Power (w/ Judah Bauer, Russell Simins, Erik Paparazzi and Gregg Foreman) – Pala Casino – Starlight Theater, Pala, CA, US
w/ The Pretenders and Juliette Lewis

2010: Heavy Trash – Locomotiv Club, Bologna, Italy

2013: Joseph Arthur (w/ Russell Simins) – La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QC, Canada
w/ Elliot Maginot

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Live Photos: Iztokx (https://iztokx.blogspot.com/2015/09/2015-09-01-jon-spencer-blues-explosion.html)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Turf Club, St Paul, MN, US
w/ Demolition Doll Rods

HITmakers show #113

Set List Photo: Chris Johnson

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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Tour Dates Postponed

“In light of the ongoing pandemic — and especially with the continued surge in cases — I am sad to announce that the HITmakers are postponing our October dates.

As excited as we were to play for you, we have had to carefully consider our responsibilities to our friends, fans, and families. It breaks my heart to ever miss a gig, and I hate to disappoint anyone who has bought a ticket, or has helped keep me on the road for so many years.

We urge everyone to please take care of themselves and look out for their neighbors. Do what is right and best for your community. Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing.

New dates will be announced as soon as practical. Previously purchased tickets will be valid for all rescheduled dates.
I love you all, and hope to see you soon.

Thank you, Jon Spencer, and the HITmakers –
Bob, Sam, and Sord

Photo: Bob Coscarelli” – facebook.com/JonSpencerHITmaker/posts/892281734730168

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