November 9 – On This Day!

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – W.O.W. Hall, Eugene, OR, US
w/ Jesus Lizard

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI, US

2001: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – St Ann’s, Brooklyn, New York US – filming ‘Devil Got My Woman’ for “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – La Riviera, Madrid, Spain

2004: Blues Explosion – Mod Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ticket Photo: via https://twitter.com/whilst_tweet

2007: Heavy Trash – The Casbah, San Diego, CA, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 98.7 FM, Los Angeles, CA, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA US
w/ Quasi

2017: Laboratory of The Self (Elizabeth Rossa / Johnny Rossa / Meredith Meyer / Judah Bauer) – Karen Karch, New York City, New York, US
Live Photo: Phyllis Leibowitz (https://www.instagram.com/phylleib/)
Heart Stamp design by Frank Ford, Photo via Johnny Rossa (https://www.instagram.com/johnnyrossa/)

2017: Boss Hog – Astro Club, Fontanafredda, Italy
Photo: Astro Club
w/ The Devils and EH.SIST (DJ Set)

2019: S-E-R-V-I-C-E – The Spot Tavern, Lafayette, IN, US

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Rolling Stone Park, Rust, Germany
Photo: © Backstage
HITmakers show #121

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November 8 – On This Day!

1988: Pussy Galore – Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ, US

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Satyricon, Portland, OR, US
w/ Jesus Lizard, Rotor and The Spinines

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL, US
w/ Railroad Jerk and Crown Royals
Poster Artwork: Steve Walters

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Jam, Bergara, Spain

2006: Spencer Dickinson – Bowery Ballroom, New York City, NY, US

2007: Heavy Trash – Plush, Tucson, AZ, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Casbah, San Diego, CA, US
Live Photos: Laura Ashdown (https://www.instagram.com/siren619/)

2017: Boss Hog – La Fragola De Bosch, Gambettola, Italy
w/ The Devils and J.D. Hangover
Live Photo: ‘retropoplive’ (https://www.instagram.com/retropoplive)

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Helios37, Köln, Germany
Live Photo: DKars4 (https://twitter.com/DKars4)
Kit / Set List Photo: Bob Bert
HITmakers show #36

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – FD Recordings, Besançon, France
HITmakers show #119

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – La Rodia, Besançon, France
*Part of this show was broadcast as part of Shimane JETT Fes 2020 @ Super Dommune, Tokyo, Japan [Streaming] (26 September 2020)*
w/ Johnny Mafia
Live Image: Screen-grab from video broadcast
Jon Spencer Portrait: JC Polien
Live Video
Edited & Mixed: Don Fierro
Filmed: Sébastien Faits-Divers
HITmakers show #120

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November 7 – On This Day!

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Rock Candy, Seattle, WA, US
w/ Brother Buzz

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Salle Du Vigean, Bordeaux, France

2003: 20 Miles – The Brickyard, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Poster via theblkhat (https://www.instagram.com/theblkhat/)

2004: Blues Explosion – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, US
w/ The Ponys
Artwork: Jake Kelly

2006: Spencer Dickinson – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT, US
w/ North Mississippi Allstars

2007: Heavy Trash – Modified, Phoenix, AZ, US

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Joy Eslava, Madrid, Spain
w/ Gemma Ray
Live Photo: ‘blutaski’ https://www.instagram.com/blutaski/

2017: Boss Hog – Raindogs House, Savona, Italy
w/ The Devils
Photos: ‘gioventu_cronica’ (https://www.instagram.com/gioventu_cronica/)

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Gleis 22, Münster, Germany
w/ Rob Moir
Photos: https://www.diegoldenehor.de/jon-spencer-rob-moir/
HITmakers show #35

2019: Jon Spencer – interview on Radio Pluriel, Lyon, France

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Ninkasi Gerland / Kao, Lyon, France
w/ The Fleshtones and The Brand New Men
Photo: L’aura Ginoux (https://instagram.com/lauraginouxphotography/)
HITmakers show #118

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November 6 – On This Day!

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Rachel – date of UK promo video

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Cruel Elephant, Vancouver, Canada
w/ Jesus Lizard

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, US

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bogart’s, Cincinatti, OH, US

2003: 20 Miles – Lola’s Room @ The Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR, US
w/ I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House
Thanks https://www.instagram.com/theblkhat/

2004: Blues Explosion – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI, US

2007: Heavy Trash – Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA, US

2009: Harper Simon (with Russell Simins) – Puck, Doylestown, PA, US

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain

“La actitud –ese ingrediente imprescindible en cualquier cazuela de rock- sigue siendo patrimonio del trío. La pausa entre temas prácticamente no existe. Simins se sigue cebando borricamente contra unos parches abrumados, mientras bombo, charles y cajas se retuercen sobre sus desdichadas patas. Bauer y Spencer, desafiantes, sitúan guitarras a los flancos. El primero, hierático e inmutable como siempre, monta la mundial como si la cosa no fuese con él. Y Jon se contorsiona, arrodilla, vocea, aúlla… y termina papeándose el micro. BluesssszssssXplossion!!!!” – elultimoparipe.wordpress.com

w/ Gemma Ray
Photo: Gaizka

2017: Boss Hog – Tiki Vinyl Store, Lyon, France

2017: Boss Hog – L’épicerie moderne, Feyzin, France
w/ Enlarge Your Monster
Photo Credit: Noodle Photographie (via https://www.facebook.com/NoodlePhotographie/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155872958361972)

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
w/ The Glucks
Live Photo: Bert Savels​ @bertsavels
Set List: Olivier Wouters @oliwouty
HITmakers show #34

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – BT59, Bègles, France
Photo: JsebastienV @jsebastienv
HITmakers show #117

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November 5 – On This Day!

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI, US
w/ Speedball Baby and Cheater Slicks
Artwork: Emek

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – L’Aeronef, Lille, France
Photo: Grégory Babillard

2004: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Metro, Chicago, IL, US
w/ The Ponys
Ticket Image via publiccollectors.tumblr.com

2005: Heavy Trash – Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
w/ The Sadies (featuring a guest appearance by Buffy Saint Marie) and Fifteen
Live Photo / Set List (floor): Allan Lorde

2010: Jon Spencer – [DJ Set] Home Sweet Home / New York Night Train, New York City, NY, US

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Le Rocher de Palmer, Bordeaux, France
w/ Gemma Ray

2016: Boss Hog – Gebäude 9, Köln, Germany
w/ Japanese Breakfast
Photo: Tommy Mager
Poster Artwork: Frankenstoner Illustrations
Brood Star Emergence 2016 poster design: Malleus

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – L’Entrepôt, Arlon, Belgium
Photo: Sandra Conrod
HITmakers show #33

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Stereolux, Nantes, France
w/ Altin Gün
Photo: pibarama (https://instagram.com/pibarama/)
HITmakers show #116

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November 4 – On This Day!

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Odeon, Cleveland Flats, US
w/ Speedball Baby and The Getdown Airways
Poster Artwork: Derek Hess

2004: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – First Avenue, Minneapolis, US
w/ The Ponys
Photo: Brian Grenz (https://www.instagram.com/brian_grenz/)
Poster Artwork (colour): Aesthetic Apparatus

2005: Heavy Trash – The Exchange, Regina, SK, Canada

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin, TX, US

2009: Harper Simon (with Russell Simins) – Red Room at Café 939, Boston, MA, US

2011: Jon Spencer [DJ Set] New York Night Train / Shakin All Over Sideways Down @ Home Sweet Home – New York City, NY, US

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France
w/ Gemma Ray
Double Freedom Tower Poster by Malleus

2016: Boss Hog – Rolling Stone Weekender, Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany
Photo Credit: Pablo Heimplatz Photography

2017: Boss Hog – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
w/ Fuz
Live Photo: Susana Martins
Set List: Tinnitus Galore

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Bodega, Nottingham, UK
w/ Ye Nuns
Live Photos: Jeff Pitcher / (https://www.instagram.com/pitcher_post/)
HITmakers show #32

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November 3 – On This Day!

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Spectrum Cabaret, Winnipeg, Canada
w/ Jesus Lizard, Meat Rack and Snow Dogs
Live Photo: Patrick Couture

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Trees, Dallas, TX, US
w/ Poster Children and Jawbox

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Marquee, Buffalo, New York, US

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany

2004: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI, US

2005: Heavy Trash – Amigo’s Café, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bowery Ballroom, New York, US
w/ Ava Luna and Bloodshot Bill
Photo (silhouettes): via The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Photo (Jon on floor): Ebru Yildiz
Photo (all others) ‘Dig The Well’ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ldbergeron/albums/72157631930996756)

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Trix Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
w/ Gemma Ray
Photos: Robin De Raedt (https://wannabes.be/2015/11/03/jon-spencer-blues-explosion-trix)

2016: Boss Hog – SO36, Berlin, Germany
w/ Jolly Goods
Live Photo / Set List: Sha
Ticket Image: Kansas City Milkman

2017: Boss Hog – Democrazy, Gent, Belgium
w/ The Spectors
Photos / Set List: JL / (https://turnupthevolume.blog/2017/11/04/blues-trash-steamroller-boss-hog-creates-a-satanic-sonic-inferno-in-belgium/)

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Cluny 2, Newcastle, UK
w/ Black Mekon

“To start off with Spencer barely says a word to the crowd, instead it is just a consistent and constant barrage of noise. Tracks blending almost seamlessly from one to the next, the wail of his guitar the sharpness of Bob Bert’s percussion, Sam Coombes bright synths all the while M Sord’s pounding backbeat provides the ecstatic backing for everyone else to shine.”

“Tonight Jon Spencer and The Hitmakers are well and truly on fire, shouts and screams willing them back to the stage ring out throughout the entire venue, alas they do not return leaving an already fulfilled crowd begging for more!” – Lee Hammond / https://louderthanwar.com/jon-spencer-cluny-newcastle-live-review/

HITmakers show #31

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November 2 – On This Day!

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Uptown Bar, Minneapolis, MN, US
w/ Jesus Lizard and Arcwelder

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Emo’s, Austin, TX, US
w/ Jawbox and Poster Children
Poster Artwork: L. Kuhn

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Phoenix, Toronto, ON, Canada

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Magical Colors released in the UK
Photo: Joe Dilworth

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Star Club, Dresden, Germany
w/ Techno Animal

2005: Heavy Trash – Amigo’s Café, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

2006: Heavy Trash – CMJ Showcase @ Pianos, New York City, NY, US
Set list / Jon reaching out photo: Edwina Hay
Other Live Photos: Rafe Baron

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Club Helsinki, Hudson, New York, US
w/ Daddy Long Legs
Photo: Kirsten Ferguson

2016: Boss Hog – Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany
w/ Kinbom & Kessner

“Live haben BOSS HOG einmal mehr unter Beweis gestellt, dass sie zu den wenigen Bands gehören, denen es gelingt, melodiöse, poppige Songs in ein brachiales Soundgewand zu packen, das die Energie des Punks mit der Finsternis des Blues verbindet. All dies war eindrucksvoll, sexy und die Spielfreude war den einzelnen Musikern deutlich anzumerken.”

Brood Star Emergence 2016 poster design: Malleus
Set List: Sha
Review / Photos: Marcus

2017: Boss Hog – L’Astrolabe, Orleans, France
w/ Santa Cruz
Photo: https://www.instagram.com/astrolabe_orleans/

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Rough Trade East, London, UK
HITmakers show #30

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November 1 – On This Day!

1936: Happy Birthday Andre Williams!

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Uptown Bar, Minneapolis, MN, US
w/ Jesus Lizard and Arcwelder

1995: Boss Hog – LA 2, London, UK
w/ Thee Headcoats and Thee Headcoatees
Ticket Scan: Martin

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Cabaret Music Hall, Montreal, QC, Canada
w/ Speedball Baby

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Schlachthof, Bremen, Germany

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA, US
w/ Ava Luna

2017: Boss Hog – Le Cooperative De Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France
w/ Johnny Mafia

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Exchange, Bristol, UK
w/ Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons

“…Jon Spencer makes his way onto the stage with his hitmen, and is given the warmest of Bristol welcomes by some clearly long term fans. And he dives straight in, treating us to a slick set with a mix of new stuff and the classics, we’re showered with some of those irresistible Hollywood-worthy hooks. His voice drawling over the tracks as he snarls his lip over the mic like a scuzzy Elvis, the toe tapping repetition of the heavy dirty bass infects everyone there. He doesn’t say much to the crowd, the interaction is limited, but he just seems to give them what they want.”

“The crowd screams and yells with more and are spoiled with an encore of classics, continuing the well-honed clamour, the audience are left knowing they got what they came for. It’s a hell of a show, further cementing Jon Spencer’s status as a king of trashy, noisy rock n’ roll.”

Photo / Quote: Deborah Finamore / vanguard-online.co.uk

HITmakers show #29

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October 31 – On This Day!

1986: Pussy Galore – CBGB, New York, NY, US
w/ Death of Samantha, Phantom Tollbooth and Kil Slug

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – R&R Station, Madison, WI, US

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Golden West Saloon, Albuquerque, NM, US
w/ The Drags & The Magnetics

1995: Boss Hog – TJ’s, Newport, UK
w/ K.S. Kollective and Hex Fremlin
Ticket: Swn Music Museum
Flyer: Nathan Jennings

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI, US
Ticket: Steve

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO, US

2001: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO, US
Handbill uses a Kozik design from a show at The Middle East in Cambridge, Massacheusetts in 1995.

2003: 20 Miles – The Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK, US
w/ Reverb Brothers and Broken-down Holley
Artwork: Dewitt

2005: Heavy Trash – Sidetrack Cafe, Edmonton, AB, Canada
w/ The Sadies
Poster Artwork: Brent Oliver

2007: Heavy Trash – Megatunes, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Artwork: Tim Huesken

2017: Boss Hog – Le Fuzz’Yon, La Roche Sur Yon, France
w/ Johnny Mafia
Photo: David Mondays

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Marc Riley Show, BBC Radio 6, Wogan House, London, UK
Drum Kit Photo: Pop Catastrophe
Set List Photo: Jon Spencer (instagram.com/jonspencerhitmaker/)
HITmakers show #28

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October 30 – On This Day!

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Cabaret Metro, Chicago, US
w/ Jesus Lizard and Arcwelder

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – DPC, Tuscon, AZ, US
Live Photo: Rob Yazzie (https://www.instagram.com/jazzcat71/)

1995: Boss Hog – Duchess of York, Leeds, UK
w/ Unsophisticates

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Wasatch Event Centre, Seattle, WA, US

2005: Heavy Trash – MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB, Canada

2007: Heavy Trash – MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB, Canada
w/ The Sadies

2009: Harper Simon (with Russell Simins) – Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY, US

2017: Boss Hog – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
w/ Mary Bell
Live Photo: Louise Sordoillet

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Koko, London, UK
w/ The Melvins

“Powered by the ferocious drumming of M.SORD, Spencer’s set starts like an express train and if anything picks up speed as the night progresses.” – Matt Catchpole / essentiallypop.com

“…but armed with a career highlight of an album things start to hot up towards the end and by the time a cover of The Modern Lovers, ‘Roadrunner’ things start cooking and the set is over all too soon. DANG!” – Andrew Bennett / godisinthetvzine.co.uk

HITmakers show #27

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October 29 – On This Day!

1988: Production date of the Product Inc. Pussy Galore – Sugarshit Sharp test pressing.

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Paycheck’s, Hamtramck, MI, US

1995: Boss Hog – The Venue, Edinburgh, UK
w/ Pilotcan

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Virgin Megastore, New York City, NY, US
Photo: Nicole Campon
Footage from this show appears in the ‘Don’t Bring A Dog: New York Underground’ documentary.

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Neurolux Lounge, Boise, ID, US

2001: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, NY, US
w/ N*E*R*D, Mos Def, Beastie Boys, Moby, Michael Stipe, Bono and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Ticket image via http://www.beastiemania.com/

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Birmingham Academy, Birmingham, UK
w/ The Beatings

2003: 20 Miles – The Proletariat, Houston, TX, US
w/ The Jon Sparrow Delta Down and Ragged Hearts
Artwork: Mr. Castillo

2005: Heavy Trash – Fluid Lounge, Nelson, BC, Canada

2015: Sally Can’t Dance – The Bowery Electric, New York City, New York, US
feat. Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer on the song Goo Goo Muck
Photo Credits:
B/W Jon Spencer photo posted by Johan Vipper
B/W Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez photo by Coen Rees
Blue live image is taken from a video posted by Skeleton Boy
Set List by Bob Bert
Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer Portrait by Cyntha Ross

2017: Boss Hog – Café Atlantik, Freiburg, Germany
w/ Lo Fat Orchestra
Photos: Alexander Thamm / ‘eddagrshbr’
Ticket Image: Sha

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
w/ The Melvins
“…it took me a while to realise that the second drummer on stage was actually playing a range of metallic ‘trash’ with a hammer and wrench instead of drum sticks.” – Tommy Girard
Photos: Pop Catastrophe
Photo (wide shot): Tommy Girard
HITmakers show #26

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October 28 – On This Day!

1988: Pussy Galore – The I-Beam, San Francisco, CA, US
w/ Redd Kross and Tad

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Euclid Tavern, Cleveland, OH, US
w/ Cherubs and Feeling Crank

1993: Boss Hog – Emo’s, Austin, TX, US
Artwork: Jerry Clayworth

1995: Boss Hog – Leadmill, Sheffield, UK
w/ Thee Headcoates and Goldblade

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Showbox, Seattle, WA, US

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Liverpool University, Liverpool, UK
w/ The Beatings

2002: Shakin’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Tonight released in the UK

2003: 20 Miles – The Mermaid Lounge, New Orleans, LA, US
w/ The Original Three
Artwork: Arisde

2005: Heavy Trash – Richards on Richards, Vancouver, BC, Canada
w/ The Sadies

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues (with Judah Bauer) – Vitoria, Brazil

2008: Harper Simon (with Russell Simins) – The Fold In Tangier, 2138 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, US

2017: Boss Hog – Bogen F, Zürich, Switzerland
w/ Urban Junior
Photo: Dominik Meier

2017: S-E-R-V-I-C-E – Black Acre Beer Garden Show at the Irvington Halloween Festival, Indianapolis, IN, US
w/ Glass Dolls, Peachy Keen, ‘Manners, Please’, Young Heirlooms and Public Animal #9
Photos: Black Acre Brewing Co.

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Manchester Academy 2, Manchester, UK
w/ The Melvins
Poster Design: Nate Dias
HITmakers show #25

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October 27 – On This Day!

Pussy Galore - Raji's, Los Angeles, CA, US (1987/1988)1988: Pussy Galore – Raji’s, Los Angeles, CA, US
Photos: Krk Dominguez
The bootleg 7″ single Love You Live was recorded at this show.

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Rage, Vancouver, BC, Canada
w/ Add N to (x)

“It was a classic Blues Explosion performance, with everyone staggering out of the club at the end and eyeing each other wearily, as if they’d just witnessed some miraculous event or been part of a mass hallucination.” – John Zaozirny, Discorder

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
w/ The Beatings

2005: Heavy Trash – KEXP, Seattle, WA, US

2005: Heavy Trash – The Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA, US
w/ The Sadies
Artwork: Jody Rodgers

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Tim Festival, São Paulo, Brazil

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – WFMU Cherry Blossom Clinic, Jersey City, New Jersey, US

2016: Boss Hog – Union Pool, Brooklyn, New York, US
w/ Brianna Barbara and Sunshine & The Rain (DJ set)

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
w/ The Reverse Cowgirls

“Ghost feels as though the band ate each individual member of Black Sabbath and spat them out like a furball, Do The Trash Can has a hula hoop swivel and grind. Classic Pussy Galore track New Breed ripples like a python, and I start to feel punch drunk on the filthy riffs and Sord’s pulverising drumming.” – Lorna Irvine, theweereview.com

HITmakers show #24

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October 26 – On This Day!


1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Palace, Hollywood, CA, US
w/ Clawhammer and Demolition Doll Rods
Poster Artwork: Taz, measures 34″ x 19″ in a signed edition of 400 copies

1995: Boss Hog – L’Erotika, Paris, France

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – La Luna, Portland, OR, US

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Leadmill, Sheffield, UK

2005: Heavy Trash – Dante’s, Portland, OR, US

2007: Eros Ramazzotti – e2 released in Europe
The number one* album includes a new recording of ‘Taxi Story’ featuring Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray.

*Number one in Italy! Number one in Greece! Number one in Sweden! Number one in Switzerland!

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues (feat. Judah Bauer) – TIM Festival, Marina da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2008: Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues (feat. Judah Bauer) with Neil Young – 22nd Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert @ The Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA, US
Photo (close-up): Tim Mosenfelder
Photo (long-shot): ‘Uyen’

2009: Harper Simon (feat. Russell Simins) – The Late Show with David Letterman, Ed Sullivan Theatre, New York City, NY, US

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Stylus, Leeds, UK

“Jon Spencer would be enough to entice me but with the added bonus of the Melvins headlining (a separate feature coming for that very soon), it was just way too much cool for me to turn down! I filled up the car with petrol and did a 200-mile round trip to see this gig! Was it worth it? The answer is a HELL YES!”

Photo: Greame J. Baty

HITmakers show #23

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NPR: Arts & Letters – The Ghost Variations: Podcast

The NPR podcast “Arts & Letters – The Ghost Variations, with Kevin Brockmeier” features the song Ghost from Jon Spencer album Spencer Sings The Hits.

STREAM HERE: https://www.ualrpublicradio.org/post/ghost-variations-kevin-brockmeier

“Preview award-winning author Kevin Brockmeier’s upcoming release, The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories.

On this episode of Arts & Letters, Brockmeier shares three stories from his latest project, available in the spring of 2021 and published by Penguin Random House.

This episode airs Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 pm and Sunday Oct. 25 at 9:00 pm.”

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October 25 – On This Day!

 Pussy Galore - The Satyricon, Portland, OR (25 October 1988)1988: Pussy Galore – The Satyricon, Portland, OR, US
Image posted by Larry Schemel

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Slim’s, San Franciso, CA, US
w/ Demolition Doll Rods and Poster Children

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Amoeba Records, San Francisco, CA, US

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Marquee Club, London, UK
w/ The Beatings
Tickets: Martin / Gary Warner

2004: Blues Explosion – [Unknown Venue], Spain
Photo: rockandrollarmy

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – TIM Festival, Auditório Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil

2009: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Tim Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – CD102.5 Big Room, Columbus, OH, US
Photo: CD102.5

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, US
w/ Shockwave Riderz

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Y Plas, Cardiff, UK
“This was a pure rock and roll assault with Jon’s loud distorted guitar riffs mixed with the low end provided by the keyboards positively making the room shake.

It was complete badass rock and roll and Jon Spencer is a wonderfully charismatic frontman with a brilliant almost stream of consciousness vocal style.” – Rich Oliver
Photo: ‘mitchagogo’ (https://www.instagram.com/mitchagogo/)
HITmakers show #22

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October 24 – On This Day!

1987: Pussy Galore – CANCELLED in-store appearance at Fall Out Records, Seattle, WA, US
“The band didn’t show up for the in store so Fall Out employee Tom Price (also guitar player for the U-Men) gave me the poster as a consolation prize.”
Photo / Quote: Larry Schemel

1987: Pussy Galore – Vogue, Seattle, WA, US
w/ Dr Stephen J Bernstein, p.f.l. and Tad
Photo: Charles Peterson
Set List One: Mr John Troutman
Set List Two: James Burdyshaw

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Roseland Ballroom, New York City, NY, US

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Slim’s, San Francisco, California, US

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Kerrang: Exiles on Main Street feature

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Fillmore, San Francisco, US
w/ Add N to (x)

2004: Blues Explosion – Carling Academy, Bristol, UK

2005: Heavy Trash – The Bottom of The Hill, San Francisco, CA, US
w/ The Sadies and The Husbands
Poster Artwork: Lil Tuffy

2009: Heavy Trash – WFMU Record Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City, NY, US
Photo: “vinyl_and_beer”

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Meat and Bone released in Japan

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH, US
w/ Divine Fits, Cold Cave and People’s Temple

2013: Subtwine Sessions (feat. Judah Bauer) @ Entwine, 765 Washington Street, New York, New York 10014, US

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Eden, Charleroi, Belgium
Photo: Thierry Dupiereux-Fettweis
Double Freedom Tower Poster: Malleus

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Waterfront, Norwich, UK
Photo / Set List: Pop Catastrophe
HITmakers show #21

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October 23 – On This Day!

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA, US

1993: Boss Hog – The Khyber Pass, Philadelphia, PA, US

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – John Henrys, Eugene, OR, US

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
w/ R.L. Burnside and Doo Rag

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with R.L. Burnside, Kenny Brown and Cedric Burnside – Lola da Musica, VPRO TV, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Palace, Los Angeles, CA, US

2000: Boss Hog – Powerstation, Auckland, NZ

2004: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow, UK

2005: Heavy Trash – Knitting Factory, Hollywood, CA, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
w/ Bloodshot Bill

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Oobleck, Birmingham, UK

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Birmingham 02 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK

“Untouchable live, at the O2 Academy Spencer and his band create a beautifully cataclysmic staccato riot of noise that is sonically engineered to perfection, and just who can resist a band whose percussion is pounded out using hammers.” – Giles Logan

Live Photo: Paul Reynolds
HITmakers show #20

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October 22 – On This Day!

1987: Pussy Galore show at Cat Club, New York City, NY, US
w/ Sonic Youth and Black Snakes

“Pussy Galore uses three guitars, each contributing a different range of textures and a distinctive rhythm attack, along with Bob Bert’s unusual drumming, which combines trash-can sounds with swing and precision. The arrangements filter some of the most flashy British blues-rock stylings through an ironic post-punk sensibility. The riffs are taut, the music moves; chaos intrudes, but isn’t allowed to overwhelm the solidity of the riff structures.”

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Palace Theater, Waterbury, CT, US

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – La Luna, Portland, OR, US
w/ Clawhammer

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Luxor, Koln, Germany

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Morning Becomes Eclectic, KRCW, Santa Monica, CA, US

2004: Blues Explosion – Manchester Academy 2, Manchester, UK
Photo: Miss Emma Gibbs

2005: Heavy Trash – Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown, CA, US

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Studio A, Miami, FL, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN, US
Photos: Rodney Urbanski

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Current 89.3, Minnesota, MN, US

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Marc Riley Show / BBC 6 Music, MediaCityUK, Salford, UK

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Sound Control, Manchester, UK
w/ Ming City Rockers

2018: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Call This Number, London, UK
HITmakers show #19

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