September 25 – On This Day!

1986: Pussy Galore – O’Cayz Corral, Madison, WI, US
w/ Impaler

1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
w/ Pennywise and Blood On The Saddle

Band Portrait: Niels van Ipren
Live Image: Screen grab from footage shot for local TV

1999: Yo La Tengo with Jon Spencer and Rob Kennedy (as Brett Gurewitz) – Matador Records 10th Anniversary Concerts, Irving Plaza, New York City, NY, US

“…the Matador 10th anniversary show at Irving Plaza in 1999. The Other Dimensions horns join us for the beginning and end of our set, and in the middle we play “Cherry Chapstick” for the first time, all a mere amuse-bouche for the encore, for which we’ve worked up “Everything Flows” and “Slack Motherfucker” by Matador emeriti Teenage Fanclub and Superchunk. When the Blues Explosion has to cancel their appearance, we invite Jon Spencer to sing “Slack Motherfucker.” No rehearsal needed–we’ve learned our part, he’s a showbiz pro, what could go wrong? Some time earlier that day, Jon contacts me and asks if we’d mind if he brought a stripper on stage. I tell him something to the effect of he’s the front man, he should listen to his heart, and I can’t say for sure that I warned either James or Georgia what Jon’s heart was suggesting he do. Cut to showtime, we start “Slack Motherfucker,” Jon slides onto the stage in a snazzy suit with a price tag attached to the jacket and starts singing many of the song’s original lyrics. We reach the solo, and he instructs us to bring it down. We bring it down. Jon commences a tribute of sorts to Matador, though he points out that they’ve had some help along the way from Atlantic and Capitol Records. And in fact, he has big news: Matador has signed a deal with Epitaph Records. Onto the stage comes Brett Gurewitz, who bares an uncanny resemblance to Jon’s friend Rob Kennedy of the Workdogs. We continue vamping. At Jon’s insistence, Gerard and Chris make an appearance, and “Brett” fires Gerard. I’m sure Gerard can’t get off stage fast enough, and Chris is close behind, but Jon stops him. I don’t remember exactly how we get to the next part, but soon Chris has been seated center stage and there’s a woman giving him a lap dance. (If this sounds kind of funny and very creepy, then I’m describing it well.) When the lapdancer executes a particularly impressive flip, her legs ending up in the air, Chris seizes his opportunity to escape. He stands up, lifting her with him, and walks off. Jon says goodnight and starts to leave, but now it’s our turn to stop him–he’s still got the final chorus to sing.” – Yo La Tengo

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, Canada
w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars

Tour Poster Artwork: Paul Pope
Show Review from The Ubyssey

2006: Heavy Trash – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI, US
w/ The Sadies

2007: Tiny Masters of Today – Bang Bang Boom Cake

This album was produced by and features Russell Simins.

2008: Heavy Trash – Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK

Main Illustration: Tony Millionaire (from the Going Way Out With Heavy Trash sleeve).
Jon & Matt Paintings (in the corners): Olivier Brut (VIEW: Original Artwork (IMAGE, FRANCE))

2009: Jon Spencer (DJ Set) – New York Night Train, Home Sweet Home, Manhattan, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Soirée de Poche, Paris, France

Live Photo: Thierry Chatain

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