Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – ANGELO MAI, Roma, Italy (15 March 2019)
“Urla e si dimena accennando coretti, suda a dismisura e sculetta mandando in visibilio i presenti attraverso un volume emorragico che da sempre contraddistingue i suoi live set. La musica prodotta da questo infaticabile bluesman impazzito ha qualcosa di primordiale, mossa da un istinto cavernicolo e ancestrale capace di risorgere anche i morti.”
Photos: Sabrina Vani
Photo Gallery: http://www.100decibel.com/wp/wp/jon-spencer-and-the-hitmakers-allangelo-mai-roma/
On 22 March 2019 the 21st Anniversary edition of Rafi’s Revenge by Asian Dub Foundation will be reissued as a double CD set with bonus tracks including the Russell Simins remix of Free Satpal Ram.
“Originally peaked at #20 on the UK album chart, and was shortlisted for the 1998 Mercury Music Prize, with Bobby Gillespie hailing them at the time as “the best live act in Britain.”
3. Black White
7. Free Satpal Ram
8. Dub Mentality
9. Culture Move
10. Operation Eagle Lie
12. Tribute to John Stevens
2. Real Areas for Investigation
3. Culture Move (Audio Active Pusher Sound Mix)
4. Naxalite (Adrian Sherwood Mad Scientist Dub Mix)
5. Modern Apprentice
6. Digital Underclass
7. Dub Mentality (Rafi)
8. Buzzin’ (Dylan Rhymes Remix)
11. Free Satpal Ram (Russel Simmins Remix)
Catalogue Number: LMS5521229
“At this point, it was all making sense and the music acted like an unstoppable machine led a tireless man hammering his ‘hits’ with the swag of decades of rock ‘n’ roll while recycling about everything deep down in this trash can.”
Review of Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Echo, LA (February 23, 2019).
Jon Spencer was interviewed for a future issue of rockinon.com
Blog Entry Here: https://rockinon.com/blog/rockinon/184090
& The HITmakers show at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM, Tokyo, Japan on 20 February 2019.
Photos via https://twitter.com/search?q=%23JonSpencer&src=tyah
“Pop Quiz: Jon Spencer
on going solo, growing old gracefully in garage rock”
Feature / interview from SF Chronicle.
show at ‘Club With No Name’ @ Scream, Hollywood, LA, CA, US in 1989.
Live Photo (top): Krk Dominguez
Live Photos (bottom): Xrstine Franco
“When you watch him perform, it’s hard to imagine Mr. Spencer is past the half-century mark — he’s rock-star lean with a thick shock of dark hair (the obsidian gleam is sweat — the man runs on all eight cylinders). Deep into a muscular set, he’s still all angular kinetics, head thrown back, climbing on top of the amps before leaping off, dropping to his knees to howl out some verses. I was reminded of Jack Kerouac’s classic line about the people who are like fireworks–burning and burning, a roman candle exploding like golden spiders across the stars.” – Blurred Culture
“It’s not my first choice,” Spencer says of working alone in a recent chat with Vanyaland. But in a period of downtime following a deactivation of the long-running Blues Explosion and a lull in other projects, the solo approach arose out of necessity. Calling from outside Austin, Texas — where he and his backing band are a little more than a week into a tour that brings them to Great Scott on Friday (February 1) — Spencer recalls writing alone in his basement practice room, “spitting out ideas, just plucking away at a guitar,” in a process he’d characterize as “atypical.”
““Beetle Boots” was similar in days to shoot. Since Jon was across the country, we had Matt Pitkoff shoot his stuff out there and send it to me. Jon’s a natural performer, and Matt captured it perfectly. They gave me amazing stuff to work with. I had showed Jon a few examples of what I needed him to do, and they knocked it out of the park. I was really excited to piece it together. The editing for this one was probably the most intense editing I’ve ever done on a project. Like I mentioned earlier, a lot of it is frame by framed, new things constantly coming and going… this took me about a solid business week of editing. I’m talking full 24 hour days. I remember going to bed at night a lot of the times (or maybe it was the morning?) and my eyes would be jittering back and forth for a while because I’d just been staring at a screen for hours, perfecting every little detail I threw in.”
“Starting to see the finish line for Drag Me, the debut record. Repost from @russianrecording #gimmesomeservice #servicetheband #russellsimins #russianrecording #dragme”
Jon Spencer & The HITmakers live on Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session / XPN.
Photo: Katie Tapman
Do The Trash Can
Tough Times In Plastic Land
STREAM HERE: http://thekey.xpn.org/2019/01/25/irhp-jon-spencer-session/
“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.”
DallasObserver.com have just published an interview and preview feature for the Jon Spencer & The HITmakers show at Club Dada, Dallas, TX, US (22 January 2019).
Jon Spencer & The HITmakers live on FISHCENTER / Adult Swim, 4pm (ET), Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
Do The Trash Can
Tough Times In Plastic Land
Pretty Fuck Look
I Got The Hits
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: