March – On This Day

March 1:

1991: Boss Hog – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands
w/ The Jesus Lizard

“Beautiful Cristina Martinez wore a little black dress that kept creeping up her thighs when Boss Hog played at the Effenaar in Eindhoven, Holland in 1991, made it a very hard act to follow. I decided to just wear my long johns for our show.

When Boss Hog got offstage Cristina asked why I was in my winter undies and I sort of explained the situation. She thought it would be a good idea if I wore her dress, her fishnets, and her panties. I thought it would be a good idea too, so we went into the next room and she gave me her soaking wet clothes, I put ’em on.” – David Yow / Jesus Lizard – Book

Photos posted by Kurt Wolf

1996: Boss Hog – Au Cabaret, Montreal, Canada

2006: Solex vs Cristina Martinez + Jon Spencer – Studio Aftrap, King Street, Amsterdam: working on Amsterdam Throwdown, King Street Showdown (LP, EUROPE)

2008: Heavy Trash – Voxhall, Aarus, Denmark

2015: Heavy Trash – Fri-Son, Fribourg, Switzerland
w/ Bloodshot Bill, Urban Junior and DJ Marze

March 2:

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
w/ Beastie Boys and Hurricane
Ticket / Poster Images: via http://www.beastiemania.com/

2008: Heavy Trash – Pusterviksbaran, Goteborg, Sweden

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
w/ Gemma Ray

March 3:

1991: Boss Hog – Peel Session, Maida Vale 3, London, UK
The Peel Session recordings of ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Bunny Fly’ (‘Sugar Bunny/Spanish Fly’) were released on the Japanese version of Girl + and the Action Box double 7″ EP.

1991: Boss Hog – The Marquee, London, UK
w/ God and Gallon Drunk

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – KZSU, Stanford, CA, US – Interview

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Brixton Academy, London, UK
w/ Beastie Boys and Hurricane

Live Photo: Brian Rasic
Ticket / Beastie Boys Poster Images via http://www.beastiemania.com/

2008: Heavy Trash – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
w/ The Micragirls and Black Magic Six

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
w/ Gemma Ray

March 4:

1987: Pussy Galore – Phantasy Niteclub, Lakewood, OH, US
w/ Starvation Army

1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Vera, Groningen, Netherlands

“I had a small photoshoot with them at Vera. Not the best pics I made so they never used them for promo. Instead I used one for this poster in 1994 🙃🤘
The photo was taken on the roof near the screenprintingroom at Vera.” – Willem Kolvoort

Band Photos: Willem Kolvoort
Poster Artwork (drawing): Hein de Jong
Poster Artwork (target): Wytse Sterk

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Brixton Academy, London, UK
w/ Beastie Boys and Hurricane

Ticket images via http://www.beastiemania.com/

2003: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Nyabinishi Dance Hall, Youngstown, OH, US

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – The Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand

2008: Heavy Trash – Debaser Slussen, Stockholm, Sweden

w/ The Micragirls

*Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray on Out of Tune and Run Thru The Night on The Micragirls album Wild Girl Walk.*

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Real Groovy, Auckland, New Zealand

*A video report with interviews and live footage from this performance was broadcast on the New Zealand news programme Nightline*

Live Photos: https://www.instagram.com/realgroovyrecords/

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Kings Arms, Auckland, New Zealand

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Rote Fabrik Clubraum, Zürich, Switzerland
w/ Gemma Ray

March 5:

1986: Pussy Galore – DC Space, Washington D.C., US
w/ Rick and Mike and Bill and New Carrolton

“I guess maybe the first two bands drove every body away because there weren’t many people left to hear the last band, Pussy Galore, which was unfortunate because they played a good set. Primitive rhythms, basic, repetitive guitar and bass playing and pounding in sheet metal aren’t really anything new but somehow Pussy Galore manages to get a pretty unique sound out of it all; I’ve never seen them do a set that was boring. It sure would be interesting to see one of their lyric sheets. – Elizabeth (WDC Period Vol. 1, No. 14)

1987: Pussy Galore – Stache’s, Columbus, Ohio, US
w/ Gibson Bros.*

*the show listing poster gives Jayhawks as the support rather than Gibson Bros..

Live Photos: jfotoman (https://www.facebook.com/jfotomanConcertImages/)

Black on white poster: jonnymagnet (https://www.instagram.com/jonnymagnet/)

Show listings: Chris Butler (https://www.flickr.com/photos/flatfile500/)

1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Leadmill, Sheffield, UK
w/ Mule and Ketone

“On “Flavor” and “Greyhound”, the highlights of this evening, Simin’s drumming replicates perfectly the kind of arse-tube-lubing funkiness that the best hip hop deals in, the Blues Explosion blending it in not as some concession to modernity, but simply because it sounds so slamming. And the crowd get it instinctively, jumping as one with the “Go! Go! Go!”s like it’s Wu-Tang up there. What’s even better is Jon Spencer’s ability to get wet and slick down a Sunday night crowd without having to resort to the lazy guilt tactics so many performers do.” – Neil Kulkarni / NME

NME Photo: Lili Wilde
NME Review: Neil Kulkarni

“The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion rock magnificently, and so their more attention-grabbing aspects – the Theremin (a weird electronic instrument used in ’50s sci-fi movie soundtracks), the irony and the Trashmen vocals – are part of a pretty visionary package when they’re whopping it out. A true validation of their elevated status.” – Meany

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, Ohio, US

2008: Heavy Trash – Garage, Oslo, Norway

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bar Bodega, Wellington, New Zealand

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland
w/ Gemma Ray and Roy & The Devil’s Motorcycle

Live Photos: Davide Gostoli (www.dgostoliphotography.com)

2021: The Tremolo Beer Gut – Hey Hello – released TODAY!

“H E Y ! H E L L O !
It’s a new day! Wake up and feel the grooves from @thetremolobeergut, who release a new, kick ass single today with a little bit ‘a help from good, old friends.
We have Mr. and Mrs. Punk aka Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez of Boss Hog fame on hot vocals + The @mikkellerbeer Boy Choir aka Mikkel Bjergsø + Jacob Gram Alsing on beer shouts!” – https://www.instagram.com/crunchyfrogrecordings/

March 6:

1987: Pussy Galore – Gaspar’s, Chicago, IL, US
w/ Urge Overkill

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK

1996: Yoko Ono/IMA (w/ Russell Simins) – Knitting Factory, New York City, NY, US

“Her band, IMA, was just a notch above a neighborhood group jamming in a tenement basement, vamping along on rudimentary patterns of reggae, funk or rock. For one song, it set out a quasi-Indian drone while Russell Simins, the drummer, played a resonant metal bowl, and Sean Ono Lennon, who usually played guitar or keyboard, bowed a musical saw. But the band, which also included Timo Ellis on bass, was needed merely to furnish a musical pulse as a backdrop to Ms. Ono’s voice.” – NYTimes.com

2002: Yuka Honda (w/ Russell Simins) – Live Tonic, New York City, NY, US

2007: Jena Malone And Her Bloodstains (w/ Russell Simins) – Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY, US
w/Nethers, Will Dailey, Ferraby Lionhearted

2008: Heavy Trash – Folken, Stavenger, Norway – CANCELLED

2008: V/A feat. The Rolling Thunder Reborn Band – Dylan Goes Twang – released
*Russell Simins is featured as part of the The Rolling Thunder Reborn Band with members of The Pierces, Albert Hammond Jr’s Band and The Morning Pages performing You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere live at Bob Dylans Birthday Concert.*

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – World Cafe / NPR / WXPN, Philadelphia, PA, US

Performance was by Chan Marshall and Gregg Foreman.

SET LIST: Silver Stallion / Interview / Don’t Explain / Interview / Ramblin’ (Wo)Man / Interview

Broadcast Date: March 6, 2008 / Recorded: February 8, 2008

PLAYABLE HERE: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=87942709

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Haunt, Brighton, UK
w/ Mama Rosin

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Manderley Bar, The McKittrick Hotel, New York City, NY, US

This a secret show announced on the Jack Edward Martin facebook page with the post:

“Ny friends – Do the winter BLUES have you down? Come to Manderley Bar at Sleep No More ( 532 W 27th st ) at Midnight this Thursday 3/6 as our guest artist requests you to – “Take a whiff of (his) pantleg” – wear your bellbottoms. Free.”

Live Photo: https://twitter.com/chocobohomo

2016: Jon Spencer – interview on Radio Pluriel, Lyon, France

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – L’Épicerie Moderne, Feyzin, France

March 7:

1986: Pussy Galore – The Loft, Baltimore, MD, US
w/ Reptile House, The Thing (That Wouldn’t Leave) and Sluglog 3

1987: Pussy Galore – Recording Right Now! – Chicago, IL

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
w/ Beastie Boys and Hurricane

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Brewery, Louisville, KT, US

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Australia

2008: Heavy Trash – Bla Rock, Tromoso, Norway – CANCELLED

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Trinity Centre, Bristol, UK
w/ Mama Rosin

Ticket Image: https://www.instagram.com/the.livingroom.moshpit/

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Zoo, Brisbane, Australia
w/ Moon Duo

2019: S-E-R-V-I-C-E – Cobra Lounge, Chicago, IL, US
w/ Reign Wolf

March 8:

1987: Pussy Galore – Recording Right Now! – Chicago, IL, US

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN, US

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Talk About The Blues – released in the UK

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Knitting Factory, New York City, NY, US
w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Live Photos: Edwina Hay (https://www.flickr.com/photos/eatsdirt/albums/72157691181758294)

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia

2008: Heavy Trash – Students, Aalborg, Denmark – CANCELLED

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Scala, London, UK
w/ Mama Rosin

Live Photos: Rachel Lipsitz

“As a frontman Spencer knows what he’s doing, every peacock strut, every crowd interaction and vocal break has been done a thousand times before in every spit ‘n’ sawdust and dirty rock and roll venue across the world and this is what makes his performance so effortless yet bombastic. Delving into ‘Orange’ they drop in the sensually grinding classic of ‘Sweat’. As the room gyrates Spencer drawls and grunts his way through whilst his and Bauer’s guitars bounce off each other with Simins’ drums twisted and jerking beneath the guitar howls.” – Lee Puddefoot / https://www.clashmusic.com/live/jon-spencer-blues-explosion-live-at-scala-london

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Northern, Byron Bay, Australia
w/ Moon Duo

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Le Bikini, Ramonville-Saint-Agne, France
w/ Gemma Ray

Live Photo: Julien Chazo (http://www.photo-concert.fr/photos-concert-gemma-ray-the-jon-spencer-blues-explosion-08-03-2016-le-bikini-16-294%7C892-404.html)

March 9:

1987: Pussy Galore – Recording Right Now! – Chicago, IL, US

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Balmoral Hall, Belfast, Ireland
w/ Beastie Boys and Hurricane

1996: Boss Hog – Tramps, New York City, NY, US

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia

2011: The Experimental Tropic Blues Band – Recording Liquid Love at NY Hed, New York City, NY, US with Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray
Studio Photos: Olivier Donnet

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – All Tomorrow’s Parties, Butlins, Minehead, Somerset, UK

“Performance of the night though, by some distance, came from The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Machine-gunning out their own brand of the great American song-book for the last 20 years, it’s some wonder they have all the energy, enthusiasm and raw power still at their disposal. But have it they do, and by the bucket-load, keeping us rapt and playing on well after two o’clock in the morning. Judah Bauer, Russell Simins, Jon Spencer; you absolutely OWNED ATP!” – thedoublenegative (http://www.thedoublenegative.co.uk/2012/03/field-trip-4-atp-part-one/)

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Hi-Fi, Sydney, Australia
w/ Moon Duo

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – La Belle Electrique, Grenoble, France
w/ Gemma Ray

Live Photos: Jessica Calvo (https://www.facebook.com/JessicaCalvophotographe/photos/)

March 10:

1987: Pussy Galore – Recording Right Now! – Chicago, IL, US

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland
w/ Beastie Boys and Hurricane

Ticket / Set Times Image: http://www.beastiemania.com/

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Union Bar, Iowa City, IA, US
w/ Doo Rag

Ticket Image: http://www.facebook.com/MindFlipProductions

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bimbo’s, San Francisco, CA, US

2007: Jena Malone And Her Bloodstains (possibly w/ Russell Simins) – Union Hall, New York City, NY, US
w/ Emma Pollock and Yvel

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – The Gov, Adelaide, Australia

2011: The Experimental Tropic Blues Band – Recording Liquid Love at NY Hed, New York City, NY, US with Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray
Studio Photos: Olivier Donnet

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Le 106, Rouen, France
w/ The Rebels of Tijuana

Ticket Image: Marion

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Golden Plains Lucky Seven, Meredith, Australia

Photo Credit: Freetoeknee Photography (https://www.tonyproudfootphotography.com.au/)

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Locomotiv Club, Bologna, Italy
w/ Elli De Mon

Live Photo: Rosy Dennetta (http://www.musiccoasttocoast.it)

March 11:

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, US

2005: 20 Miles – The Rodeo Bar, New York City, NY, US

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Langerado Music Festival, Markham Park, Sunrise, FL, US
Artwork: Drowning Creek Studio

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – La Sirene, La Rochelle, France

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Drive, 720 ABC Perth, Australia
Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/720abcperth

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Monk Club, Rome, Italy
w/ Spookyman and Mojo Station (DJ Set)

Live Photos: Sabrina Vani (http://www.100decibel.com/wp/wp/jon-spencer-blues-explosion-siamo-sicuri-che-sia-solo-blues/)
Poster Artwork: Mynameisbri (https://www.facebook.com/hernameisbri/)

2017: S-E-R-V-I-C-E – The Coterie, Kokomo, IN, US
w/ Pravada and ByBye

March 12:

1987: Pussy Galore – Cafe Voltaire, Milwaukee, WI, US
w/ Boy Dirt Car

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bard University, New York, US
w/ Papas Fritas

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Sokol Hall, Omaha, NE, US

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, Australia

2011: Jon Spencer [DJ Set] – Motor City Bar, New York City, NY, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – L’Atabal, Biarritz, France

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Astor, Perth, Australia
w/ Dinosaur Jr and Moon Duo

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – KEXP/Cutting Room Studios, New York City, New York, US

“This is one of the greatest sessions ever on the Morning Show. Right now. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is owning…everything.” – John Richards (The Morning Show presenter via twitter.com)

Photos: Beth Eisgrau-Heller (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kexp/sets/72157651467414692/with/16883452321/)

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Flog, Firenze, Italy
w/ Vowland and Baby Carla

Live Photo: Valentina Cipriani

March 13:

1987: Pussy Galore – possible US tour date

1996: Boss Hog- London Astoria, London, UK
w/ Cibo Matto

Live Photo: Brian Rasic
Ticket / Set List Scans: Martin

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Blue Note, Columbia, Missouri, US
w/ Doo Rag

2000: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Extra Width + Mo’ Width / Orange / Experimental Remixes – reissued in the UK by Mute

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – The Forum, Melbourne, Australia

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Sala Capitol, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Live Photo: nandopeta (https://www.flickr.com/photos/nandopeta/albums/72157631718960618)
Ticket / Poster Images: Alex & Ulrike

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Union Pool, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC, US
w/ Chris Brokaw

*The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion were originally listed as ‘Bill O’Reilly Orgasm’*

Photo: Skeleton Boy (http://instagram.com/skeletonboynyc)
Live Photo: Union Pool (https://twitter.com/UnionPool)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Circolo Magnolia, Milano, Italy

HITmakers show #71

Live Photos: Gabriele Fuso (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gabrielefuso/albums/72157704139555552)

March 14:

1987: Pussy Galore – The Plaza, Cincinnati, OH, US
w/ Manwitch

1989: Boss Hog – Pyramid, New York City, NY, US
w/ Unsane and Mudhoney

1996: Boss Hog – The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, UK
w/ Cibo Matto

2007: Tiny Masters of Today (w/ Russell Simins) – SXSW, Austin, TX, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Hard Club, Porto, Portugal

Ticket / Poster Images: Alex & Ulrike

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, Australia

Live Photo: Benon Koebsch (http://www.bjwok.com/gigs/jon-spencer-blues-explosion-fowlers-march-13/)

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Spazio211, Turin, Italy

Live Photos: Luigi De Palma (https://www.ocanerarock.com/live/photogallery/the-jon-spencer-blues-explosion-photogallery-torino/)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Spazio 211, Torino, Italy
w/ Sloks

HITmakers show #72

Live Photos: BrubeN (http://www.ultrasonica.it/galleries/2019/category/910-jon-spencer-the-hitmakers-sloaks-14-03-19-spazio211-torino)

March 15:

Happy Birthday Hollis Queens!

1987: Pussy Galore – possible US tour date

1991: Boss Hog – CBGB‘s, New York City, New York, US
*The band were joined by Kurt Hoffman on saxophone*

1996: Boss Hog – Monty, Antwerpen, Belgium

All Photos: Gie Knaeps

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Calvin – released in Australia

2007: Tiny Masters of Today (w/ Russell Simins) – SXSW, Austin, TX, US

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

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – TMN Ao Vivo, Lisboa, Portugal

Ticket Image: Alex & Ulrike

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Espy, Melbourne, Australia
w/ Moon Duo

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Spazio Aereo, Venezia, Italy

Live Photo: Giulia Callino (https://www.facebook.com/giulia.callino)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – ANGELO MAI, Roma, Italy

HITmakers show #73

Live Photo: Milena Sanfilippo

March 16:

1986: Pussy Galore – Hung Jury Pub, Washington DC, US
w/ Half Japanese, Scythian and Madhouse

The track ‘Soundcheck’ was recorded at this show and released on Corpse Love: The First Year.

Poster (face) via http://royaltruxchronicles.tumblr.com/

1987: Pussy Galore – possible US tour date

1996: Boss Hog – Divan Du Monde, Paris, France

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – possible US tour date

2007: The Pierces (poss. w/ Russell Simins) – SXSW Maggie’s Rooftop Lounge, Austin, Texas

2007: Tiny Masters of Today (w/ Russell Simins) – Club De Ville / SXSW, Austin, TX, US

Live Photo: Justin Pratscher
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/friedpotatoproduct/427326245/in/album-72157600009993133/)

2009: Jon Spencer [DJ Set] – Santos Party House, New York City, NY, US
w/ 18th Dye, Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band, Powersolo and DJ Jessi-Q

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Joy Eslava, Madrid, Spain
w/ Desguace Beni

Ticket Images: Luis + Alex & Ulrike

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Corner, Melbourne, Australia
w/ Moon Duo

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Arena Wien, Vienna, Austria
w/ Roy and The Devil’s Motorcycle

Live Photo: Stefan Galvan

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Fabrik, Cagliari, Italy

HITmakers show #74

Live Photo: Daniele Fadda (http://www.fabrik.it/?photo=jon-spencer-the-hitmakers-16-03-2019)

March 17:

1996: Boss Hog – possible European tour date

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – [unknown venue], San Francisco, CA, US

2005: 20 Miles – Club de Ville / SXSW, Austin, TX, US

Live Photo: Artie Haywired (https://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzyt/)

2007: Tiny Masters of Today (w/ Russell Simins) – Texas The Bat Bar @ Austin Convention Center – SXSW, Austin, TX, US

2007: Tiny Masters of Today (w/ Russell Simins) – Todd P Party @ Ms. Bea’s – SXSW, Austin, TX, US
Live Photo: Joe Ahearn (https://www.flickr.com/photos/siltashsnow/662653941/in/photolist-FaeT1-21ygeZ-21CDju-21ygGX-21ygVX-21ygyM-21ygr6-21CDPY-DLacT-5W5pyh)

2007: Tiny Masters of Today (w/ Russell Simins) – Texas Lone Star School of Music – SXSW, Austin, TX, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Sala Bikini, Barcelona, Spain
w/ Rata

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Postof, Linz, Austria
w/ Roy & The Devil’s Motorcycle

Live Photo: Christoph Thorwartl (via flickr.com)

March 18:

1996: Boss Hog – possible European tour date

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, US

1998: Boss Hog – Irving Plaza, New York City, NY, US

2005: 20 Miles – Spider House / SXSW, Austin, TX, US

Live Photo: Anne Goodnow

2010: Heavy Trash – Den Atelier, Luxembourg-City, Luxembourg

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Z-Bau, Nürnberg, Germany
w/ Roy & The Devil’s Motorcycle

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Locomotiv Club, Bologna, Italy
w/ MOOD

HITmakers show #75

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/congawine/ via https://www.instagram.com/jonspencerhitmaker/

March 19:

1996: Boss Hog – Zeche Carl, Essen, Germany

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, US
w/ Sleater Kinney

“Spencer’s wild stage antics and utter emotional ferocity on stage is seldom matched. I can only think of guys like James Brown or David Yow of The Jesus Lizard who even are up to that level of insanity. I was hooked and joined their armies of admirers of Sleater-Kinney and the Explosion that night without hesitation and would be fortunate to see both bands again soon afterwards.” – bootlegconfessions.com

Live Photos / Ticket: Jacksonville Johnson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaiser69/)
Show Times / Sleater Kinney Article: https://bootlegconfessions.com

2001: Russell Simins – Molotow, Hamburg, Germany
w/ Montana Chromeboy

2005: 20 Miles – Bitter End / SXSW, Austin, TX, US

2006: Heavy Trash – The Spitz, London, UK

Live Photo: Graham Russell (via https://www.flickr.com/photos/garussell/albums/72157594386313143)
Jon Spencer Portrait: Michael Gibbons
Thanks to ‘bluesxman’ for the poster image.

2010: V/A feat. Jon Spencer – Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year With Andre Williams – DVD release date

2010: Heavy Trash – Festival Blues Autour du Zinc, Beauvais, France

2015: Jon Spencer (Interview) – NPR: All Things Considered, New York, US

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Club Manufaktur e.V., Schorndorf, Germany
w/ Roy & The Devil’s Motorcycle

2017: The Heritage Radio All Stars* – Arts & Seizures, Brooklyn, New York, US

*Rob Kennedy, Jon Spencer, Bob Bert, Mike Edison and Peter Zaremba

Two shows were recorded at the same time with the second one, also featuring Cliff Mott, was broadcast the following week on 26 March 2017.

nb. These were recorded the day after the death of Chuck Berry.

SET LIST:

Show One – Radio Apocalypto:

‘How Come Donald Trump Is Alive and Chuck Berry Is Dead?’
Promised Land (Chuck Berry)
‘I Gotta Have My Insurance’
Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)

Show Two – Return of The Brain Eaters:

‘Let’s Work Together’
‘Dead Landlord Blues’ / Swamp Thing
‘What Has Happened to America?’
‘Presidential Blues’

Photo Credit (Colour): Caki Kennedy
Others posted online by Mike Edison and Bob Bert

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Auditorium Flog, Firenze, Italy
w/ Go!Zilla

HITmakers show #76

Live Photo: Simone Fiorucci (https://www.facebook.com/spineless.laugh/media_set?set=a.10216533022345801&type=3)

March 20:

1996: Boss Hog – Huxley’s Jr., Berlin, Germany

nb. This show was originally scheduled for 18 October 1995 (with Golden Showers as support).

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – possible US tour date

2000: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Techno Animal Remixes – released in the UK

2001: Russell Simins – possible German tour date

2010: Heavy Trash – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
w/ Bloodshot Bill

Set List Photo (pre-show): Michela Cuccagna
Set List (post-show) / Photos: no_syzygy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/no_syzygy/)

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Union Pool, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC, US
w/ Pampers and DJ Jo Murray

“UPDATE: Depends had to cancel tonight’s performance. JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION filling in.
Doors at 9pm $10.” – https://twitter.com/UnionPool

Live Photos / Sign: Rafe Baron (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rafebaron/)

2014: Jon Spencer, Bob Bert, Mickey Finn and Betsy Wright – [unknown location] – New York City, NY, US

2015: Jon Spencer & Russell Simins (Interview) – SiriusXM Insight 121: Tell Me Everything with John Fuglesang, New York, US

2016: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg, Germany
Poster Design: Gotzilla (http://www.rockposter.de/de/work-in-progress-jon-spencer-blues-explosion-human-abfall-in-heidelberg/)

2019: Jon Spencer (Interview) – Radio Student, Ljubljana, Slovenija

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenija
w/ Slift

HITmakers show #77

Live Photo (purple): Aleš Rosa / Kino Šiška (https://www.facebook.com/kinosiska.si/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156947060239876)
Live Photos (all others): Miro Majcen (https://www.24ur.com/popin/glasba/jon-spencer-s-hiti-alternativnega-podzemlja.html)
Poster / Sam Coomes Photo: https://www.instagram.com/jonspencerhitmaker/

March 21:

1996: Boss Hog – possible European tour date

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – La Luna, Portland
w/ Sleater Kinney

1997: Suburbia: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – released in Japan
*feat. Boss Hog – I’m Not Like Everybody Else*

2001: Russell Simins – possible German tour date

2006: Kill The Moonlight CD/DVD reissued in the US
*Russell Simins appears on the Beck song ‘Leave Me On The Moon’*

2010: Heavy Trash – 6par4, Laval, France

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Kontakt / SubBeerni Centar, Belgrade, Serbia

HITmakers show #78

Bob Bert photo: Nemanja Đorđević (https://balkanrock.com/galerija/jon-spencer-the-hitmakers-21-03-2019/)

March 22:

1996: Boss Hog – possible European show

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA, US
w/ Sleater Kinney and Cat Power

2001: Russell Simins – Underground, Köln, Germany
w/ Montana Chromeboy

2010: Heavy Trash – La Coopérative de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France

2011: Cheval Sombre – Piano’s, New York City, NY, US
feat. Russell Simins on drums

2018: Jon Spencer (DJ Set) at Wolfmanhattan Project show – El Cortez, Brooklyn, New York, US
w/ Art Gray Noizz Quintet and Robert Kennedy Assassination

2019: Asian Dub Foundation – Rafi’s Revenge – deluxe reissue released in the UK
*includes Russell Simins remix of Free Satpal Ram*

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Vintage Industrial Bar, Zagreb, Croatia
w/ Thee Melomen

HITmakers show #79

Live Photos: Postlista (https://www.facebook.com/potlista/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2315480871807882)

March 23:

1996: Boss Hog – Bloom, Mezzago, Italy
Live Photo (b/w): Luca Del Pia
Live Photo (colour) / Flyer: Francesco Carloni
Ticket Image: ‘gioventu_cronica’ (https://www.instagram.com/gioventu_cronica/)

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Dub Narcotic Studios, Olympia, WA, US – recording Blues Explosion Attack, released on Selector Dub Narcotic

2001: Russell Simins – possible European show

2005: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
w/ Razorlight

2010: Heavy Trash – La 2 de Apolo, Barcelona, Spain

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 – released in the UK

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Liedy’s Shore Inn, Staten Island, New York, US
Live Photo (Colour): Mom and Pop Music (https://twitter.com/MomAndPopMusic)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Colorificio Kroen, Verona, Italy
w/ Elli de Mon (https://www.instagram.com/elli_demon/) and The Fog Surfers (DJ Set)

HITmakers show #80

March 24:

1988: Pussy Galore – T.T. The Bears, Cambridge, MA, US
w/ Laughing Hyenas and Hometown Slobs

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Orbit Room, Toronto, ON, Canada
w/ The Breeders and Th’ Faith Healers

1996: Boss Hog – possible European tour date

1998: Pussy Galore – Dial ‘M’ For Motherfucker – reissued in the US
1998: Pussy Galore – Sugarshit Sharp – reissued in the US
1998: Pussy Galore – Right Now! – reissued in the US

1998: Boss Hog – possible US tour date

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand

2005: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
w/ Razorlight

2007: Tiny Masters of Today (w/ Russell Simins) – Jalopy Theater, Brooklyn, New York, US
w/ Toxic Muffin

2010: Heavy Trash – Moby Dick Club, Madrid, Spain
w/ Bloodshot Bill

Ticket Image: Luis

2013: Jimmy Flash Baby – Old Recording Part I – released
*produced by Russell Simins*

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 – released in the US

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Cake Shop, New York City, New York, US
w/ DN’T

Live Photos: Derek Klevitz (https://imposemagazine.com/photos/jon-spencer-blues-explosion-and-dnt-at-cake-shop)

2017: Boss Hog – Brood X – released in Europe

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Rote Fabrik, Zürich, Switzerland
w/ Sacha Love

HITmakers show #81

March 25:

1986: Pussy Galore – The Laundry Rooms – recording with Barrett Jones for Groovy Hate Fuck

1988: Pussy Galore – possible US tour date

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Gabes Iowa City, IA, US
w/ Th’ Faith Healers

1995: Boss Hog – I Dig You – released in the UK

1996: Yoko Ono (w/ Russell Simins) – Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON, Canada

1996: Boss Hog – possible European tour date

1998: Boss Hog – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, US

2001: Russell Simins – possible European tour date

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – She Said – released in the UK

2004: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
w/ Bob Log III and Soledad Brothers

2010: Heavy Trash – Azkena, Bilboa, Spain
Set List: Gorka (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gorkatxiki/)

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Monty Hall, Jersey City, New Jersey, US
w/ Garden State Social Club and Todd Hanson

Live Photo (Todd Hanson): Joe Garden
Live Photo (JSBX): Bel Biv (https://www.flickr.com/photos/belbiv/16907115966/)

March 26:

1986: Pussy Galore – The Laundry Rooms – recording with Barrett Jones for Groovy Hate Fuck

1988: Pussy Galore – possible US tour date

1996: Boss Hog – possible US tour date

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Valhalla, Edinburgh Oval, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
w/ Custard, Shihad, Beaverloop, Not From There and D.J. Kingsize Soundsystem

Tour Poster: Jason Jacenko

2001: Russell Simins – possible European tour date

2004: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Music Festival, Granada, Spain
w/ Bob Log III and Soledad Brothers

Ticket Image: Luis

2010: Heavy Trash – Wah Wah, Valencia, Spain

Live Photos / Set List: Daniel Villanueva (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davimo/)

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Hank’s Saloon, Brooklyn, New York, US

Live Photos: Dean Keim (https://www.flickr.com/photos/42302753@N05/sets/72157651183737650)

March 27:

1996: Boss Hog – Graffiti, Pittsburgh, PA, US
w/ Cibo Matto

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Masters, Margaret River, Australia

Poster Artwork: Jason Jacenko

2001: Russell Simins – The Garage, London, England, UK

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Plastic Fang – released in Japan
2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Sweet N Sour [Promo] – released in Japan

2002: Yuki – Prismic – released in Japan
*features Russell Simins on Production, Drums and Guitar on 忘れる唄 (Wasureru Uta)*

2010: Heavy Trash – Sala El Tren, Granada, Spain

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Point, The Bronx, New York, US
w/ DJ Eric “Dr Dunks” Duncan and DJ Small Change

Live Photo (b/w): Don Fierro (http://hakanai3d.tumblr.com/)
Live Photos (square): Andrew Baker (https://www.instagram.com/baketillion/
Live Photos (all others): Juan Monroy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/juanomatic/sets/72157651207130688/)

March 28:

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 400 Bar, Minneapolis, MN, US
w/ Th’ Faith Healers

1996: Boss Hog – Odeon, Cleveland, OH, US
w/ Cibo Matto and Supie T & The Getdown Airwaves

Poster Artwork: Derek Hess

Ticket and b/w Flyer Image: Craig Wilson (https://www.instagram.com/craigwilsonfoto/)

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Vouge, Indianapolis, IN, US

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Heaven, Adelaide, Australia
w/ King Daddy and Wrench

Poster Artwork: Jason Jacenko

2010: Heavy Trash – Bafo de Baco, Loulé, Portugal
w/ The Legendary Tigerman and Bloodshot Bill

2013: Joseph Arthur (w/ Russell Simins) – “Emblematic Truth: The Exhibition of Youngho Kim and Joseph Arthur” at Able Fine Art Gallery, New York City, NY, US

Live Photos: Bill Kelly (https://www.flickr.com/photos/7829550@N05/sets/72157633116261385/)

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Singlecut Brewery, Queens, New York, US

Freedom!
Freedom to wear white shoes any day of the year
Freedom to make any kind fashion faux pas that you want to
Freedom!

“For the 75 minutes they were on stage, Spencer would climb over the barricades, climb across anything he could and play in the audience. He would wave a giant American flag they had hung over their stage area, but with all of his antics, the trio’s tight and perfect blend of garage rock and blues had everyone in awe.” – http://www.officiallyayuppie.com/2015/03/live-review-jon-spencer-blues-explosion.html

Live Photos: Don Fierro (http://hakanai3d.tumblr.com/)

March 29:

1996: Boss Hog – The Metro, Chicago, IL, US
w/ Cibo Matto

Poster Artwork: Kozik

2011: Joseph Arthur (w/ Russell Simins) – Bootleg Theater, LA, CA – released
*Recording of show on 15 February 2011*

2014: Jon Spencer / Cristina Martinez (DJ Sets) – New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off @ Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, New York, US

March 30:

1996: Boss Hog – Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH, US
w/ Cibo Matto and Idaho

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Palais, Melbourne, Australia
w/ Matt Walker

Tour Poster Artwork: Jason Jacenko

2008: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Melkweg Oude Zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ticket Image: Arne

2010: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Dirty Shirt Rock ‘n’ Roll: The First Ten Years – released in the US

2010: Heavy Trash – Plano B, Porto, Portugal
w/ The Legendary Tigerman and Bloodshot Bill

2017: Boss Hog – Mercury Lounge, New York City, New York, US
w/ Surfbort

Live Photo (b/w): Vivian Wang (https://www.instagram.com/lithophyte/)
Set List Photo: St. Toof Van Der Flooffase (https://www.instagram.com/tuffafluff/)

March 31:

1988: Pussy Galore – Drums, New York City, NY, US*
w/ B.A.L.L. (and possibly The Gun Club)

*The exact date of this show is unconfirmed. The New York Times article would make the date March 31, 1988 but The Gun Club show at this venue is recorded in many places as March 29, 1988 with Die Monster Die supporting and the band are documented in Canada on March 31, 1988.

Although Pussy Galore did play with The Gun Club in March 1988 it is not known exactly at which shows both bands performed.

“The group grooved with split-second agility from one odd, off balanced rhythmic pattern to another. The drummer, Bob Bert, with a gas tank strapped to his bass drum, a car spring on top of that and sheets of metal attached to his snare drum, slammed out industrial, stamp-press beats. In its rock extremism, Pussy Galore is trying to squeeze meaning out of rock, when much of rock’s original power has been drained away. It’s a tough job, but the group does it well.” – Peter Watrous, New York Times (4 April 1988)

Live Photo: Macioce Photography (https://www.instagram.com/maciocephotography/)

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Warfield, San Francisco, CA, US
w/ The Breeders and Th’ Faith Healers

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Studio 22, ABC, Sydney, Australia
*Broadcast on 15 July 1999*

“We love rock ‘n’ roll, we love country, we love blues, we love soul, we love funk, we love rap, we love free jazz, we love all different kinds of music but the thing is it wouldn’t mean anything if we weren’t doing something new with it, if we weren’t putting some kind of twist or spin on it, if there wasn’t some kind of…something coming from each of us, if there wasn’t some kind of stamp of us as individuals, as us as people, something that makes we we do special and unique.

You know, and that’s it. Yeah, you can dig all you want in the past but if you’re just doing the same old thing, that’s boring, you’ve got to do something new, you’ve got to do something special. There’s got to be something from the person, something of the people.” – Jon Spencer

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Empire Theatre, Sydney, Australia

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 18. Osterrocknacht, Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs

2007: Jena Malone And Her Bloodstains (poss w/ Russell Simins) – Gramercy Theater, Manhattan, New York City, NY, US
w/ Birdmonster and Mason Proper

2010: Heavy Trash – Lux, Lisbon, Portugal
w/ The Legendary Tigerman and Bloodshot Bill

2017: Boss Hog – The Waiting Room, Buffalo, New York, US
w/ Mallwalkers

Ticket Image: Kris McCulley

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