May 18 – On This Day!

2000: Boss Hog – Metro, Chicago, IL, US

Live Photo: Johanna (https://www.instagram.com/yarrhanna/)

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Irving Plaza, New York City, NY, US

2007: Heavy Trash – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON, Canada
Live Photo: Craig Chapman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/craigrwc/albums/72157600237276489)

2007: The Rolling Thunder Reborn Band (feat. Russell Simins) – Midway, Avenue B, New York City, NY, US

The Rolling Thunder Reborn Band – You Ain’t Goin Nowhere released on Dylan Goes Twang.

2009: Boss Hog – Magnolia, Milan, Italy
w/ Micragirls

Show Poster Artwork: Malleus
Tour Poster Artwork: Wundergrafiks / Printed: Polkka Jam
Live Photos: Stefano Masselli (https://www.flickr.com/photos/stefanomasselli/sets/72157618829337924/with/3566960821/)

2010: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Now I Got Worry – reissued in the US

2010: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Controversial Negro – reissued in the US

2010: Heavy Trash – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Germany
w/ Jessie Evans

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK
w/ Dead Camp

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – L’Aeronef, Lille, France
w/ King Khan’s Louder Than Death

HITmakers show #101

Live Photos: Barreteau / Lapasin (http://www.alternativeteken.com/fr/photos/concerts/artistes/jon_spencer/18052019/)

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May 17 – On This Day!

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Irving Plaza, New York City, NY, US

2005: V/A feat. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion / Speedball Baby – Static Disaster: The UK In The Red Sampler – released in the UK

“I can’t think of a better way to close this collections than with a selection by one of my all time favorite bands. The importance of the role Jon Spencer has played in ITR’s history can’t be overstated, as far as I’m concerned. Well before I ever met Jon I was a big fan of Pussy Galore and Boss Hog – I still can’t believe I was able to release albums by both of these bands. When I first met Jon he gave me a cassette of the first recordings by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – needless to say I was completely blown away. Jon later offered to have me release a series of jukebox style singles of exclusive tracks by the Blues Explosion (this series was based on a very similar series of jukebox singles released by Charlie Feathers in the ‘70’s). At this point no one had ever heard of my label and he could’ve gotten any number of higher profile labels to release these – I will always be indebted to Jon giving me this opportunity. Some of JSBX’s most smoking songs were released in the jukebox series Shirt Jac, Bent, Train #3, Son Of Sam, Get With It, etc., Fucking good shit. This track contained here is a medley of two of the songs released as ITR A sides – it was recorded for the band’s first ever John Peel session in 1993. They even give the label a shout out. It’s only fitting that the final track on this collection begins with “Thank you very much, Mr. John Peel”. It’s only fitting that the final track on this collection begins with an expression of gratitude to one of the greatest DJ’s of all time. John Peel was the only person to ever play anything on the In The Red label on Radio 1, that’s for certain. R.I.P.” – Larry Hardy

2006: Coldcut feat. Jon Spencer – Irving Plaza, New York City NY, US

2009: Boss Hog – Spazio 211, Torino, Italy
w/ The Micragirls

Live Photos: Indie-Rock.it
Poster Artwork: Artwork: Wundergrafiks / Polkka Jam

2010: Heavy Trash – Cafe Glocksee, Hannover, Germany

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Thekla, Bristol, UK
w/ Miraculous Mule

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT, US
w/ We Are Hex

Live Photo: Reed Rowe Photography (https://www.instagram.com/reedrowe/)
US Freedom Tour ’15 Poster: Malleus

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
w/ The Devils

HITmakers show #100

“On l’entend même à la sortie du concert, Jon Spencer a tout donné, enflammé La Maroquinerie comme s’il terminait trois jours de Stade De France : “Right now, kick that can!””

Live Photos / Review: Rudolph Goupil (https://www.rockurlife.net/reports/jon-spencer-and-the-hitmakers-la-maroquinerie-17-05-19/)

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May 16 – On This Day!

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Rocketship DPRO [Promo] – issued by Matador Records

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Roxy, Boston, MA, US

2009: Boss Hog – Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland
w/ Micragirls

Artwork: Wundergrafiks / Printed: Polkka Jam

2010: Heavy Trash – Musikcafeen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013: Joseph Arthur – Cocaine Feet: Live in Birmingham, Alabama – released
Features Russell Simins on drums. Recorded at The Bottle Tree, Birmingham, AL on 7 June 2012.

Cover drawing by Kraig Jarret Johnson on a bar napkin in New Orleans

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Rescue Rooms, Masonic Place, Nottingham, UK
w/ Dusty Bible and The Canadians

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Neurolux Lounge, Boise, ID, US
w/ We Are Hex

Live Photo: ‘gojoz’

US Freedom Tour ’15 Poster: Malleus

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Le Belle Electrique, Grenoble, France
w/ The Devils

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

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May 15 – On This Day!

1989: Pussy Galore – Dial ‘M’ For Motherfucker – released in the UK

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – InfoPlus (Musique Plus), Montréal, QC, Canada

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Spectrum, Montréal, QC, Canada
w/ The Deadly Snakes

Poster Artwork: Pat Hamou

2003: Nancy Sinatra – Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ, US
Jon Spencer performed the songs Jackson, Lightning’s Girl and These Boots Were Made for Walking

“And, since my ears are burning, baby (well, only one ear, since I’m deaf in the other), I might as well let it blurt. I heard that Jon Spencer surprised the crowd at Maxwell’s on Thursday when he jumped onstage with Nancy Sinatra for a few songs in her father’s hometown of Hoboken—joining her in renditions of “Jackson” and the classic “These Boots Were Made for Walking.”” – villagevoice.com

“At Nancy Sinatra’s show at Maxwell’s on Thursday, Jon Spencer joined in to kick some guitar into “Boots” and play a duet of “Jackson,” the Johnny Cash/June Carter classic, which Nancy and Lee Hazlewood also had a hit with. Eerily, it was right after the show that the heartbreaking news of June’s death came. – Mary Huhn (nypost.com)”

2006: Powersolo – Egg – released
Features Jon Spencer on Aloha From New York.

2010: Heavy Trash – Bla Oslo, Oslo, Norway

2012: Andre Williams & The Sadies – Night & Day – released
Features Jon Spencer who is also credited as Musical Director.

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK

Live Photo: GJB Performance Photography

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Bartlett, Spokane, WA, US
w/ We Are Hex

US Freedom Tour ’15 Poster: Malleus

2016: Jon Spencer [DJ Set at Southern Culture on The Skids / Daddy Long Legs show] – The Bell House, Brooklyn, New York, US

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – La Coopérative de Mai, Clermont Ferrand, France
w/ The Devils

HITmakers show #98

Live Photo: Francis Campagnoni
Poster Artwork: SG Factory

“Une violence dont il faut louer le son, de guitare, celui toujours assez imparable de monsieur Spencer. D’une intensité, d’une densité maximale. Tout au-dessus de 100 DB et en-avant !”

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May 14 – On This Day!

2000: Boss Hog – Beehive Theater, Pittsburgh, PA, US
w/ Delta 72

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Kool Haus, Toronto, ON, Canada

2010: Heavy Trash – Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
w/ Dundertåget and Thee Attacks

Live Photo: Jonas Lundberg (https://www.instagram.com/jonaslundbergphoto/)
Poster Artwork: Anton Sebbfolk

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK

2015: Jon Spencer [Interview] – Air Raid podcast, Seattle, WA, US
Interview with Jon Spencer (recorded at The Crocodile)

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA, US
w/ We Are Hex

Live Photo: Heather Fitzpatrick

US Freedom Tour ’15 Poster: Malleus

2016: S-E-R-V-I-C-E – State Street Pub, Indianapolis, IN, US

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – La Poundriere, Belfort, France
w/ The Devils

“Avec Spencer, c’est désormais un enfer sonore et glacial – les lumières bleues plantent le décor – qui s’ouvre devant la foule belfortaine. Le dandy de 55 ans est là avec sa nouvelle horde, ses HITmakers! Parmi ces quatre cavaliers de l’apocalypse, il y a M. Sord derrière ses fûts qui martèle généreusement ses cymbales et plaque des rythmes épurés. Dans son entreprise, il est rejoint par Bob Bert (ex-Sonic Youth). Après avoir enfilé des gants de travail (!), l’homme empoigne deux marteaux de charpentier qu’il abat ponctuellement sur un réservoir de camion, un ressort moteur, des poubelles galvanisées, … Métal hurlant dans la petite salle voutée!”

Live Photos: Benoît GILBERT

FULL SET: https://www.sensationrock.net/2019/05/22/jon-spencer-the-hitmakers-the-devils-le-mardi-14-mai-la-poudriere-belfort-90/

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May 13 – On This Day!

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - The Imperial, Vancouver, BC, Canada (13 May 2015)1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Patriot Centre, Fairfax, VA, US
w/ Beastie Boys and The Roots

2005: Blues Explosion – Babylon, Istanbul, Turkey

Live Photo: Yusuf Sevincli (http://www.yusufsevincli.com)

2006: Heavy Trash – Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, NH, US

2007: The Pierces (feat. Russell Simins) – Fearless TV, New York, US
Broadcast date was May 13, 2007, filming date unknown.

2008: Mike Edison – I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World – published

2009: Boss Hog – The Manhattan Club @ Bowery Electric, New York, US
Book launch show for the paperback edition of I Have Fun Everywhere I Go… by Mike Edison.

Photo: Jackie Roman

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Black Box, Belfast, Northern Ireland
w/ David Holmes

Live Photo / Ticket: Megan Rose (https://www.instagram.com/megarlic/)

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Imperial, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Live Photo: Daniel W Young (http://www.viesmag.com/2015/05/15/hexcellent-openers/)

2019: Jon Spencer [interview]– Zündfunk, Bayern 2, Munich, Germany

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Kranhalle/Feierwerk, Munich, Germany
w/ Sloks

HITmakers show #96

“O concerto na pequena sala Kranhalle, que estava praticamente lotada, foi simplesmente intenso, forte… uma verdadeira explosão sonora a mostrar toda a genialidade dos músicos em palco, os Hitmakers… são bons, muito bons!”

Review / Live Photo: Helder Martins (https://helder.pb.photography/ / https://www.instagram.com/phodjo)

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May 12 – On This Day!

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - L'Astrolabe, Orleans, France (12 May 2013)1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Worcester Centrum, Worcester, MA, US
w/ Beastie Boys and The Roots

Poster Image: http://www.beastiemania.com/

2000: Boss Hog – Le Cabaret, Montreal, Canada
w/ Delta 72

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, US
w/ Cheater Slicks and Dub Narcotic Soundsystem

2005: Blues Explosion – Babylon, Istanbul, Turkey

Photo Credit: Yusuf Sevincli (http://www.yusufsevincli.com)

2006: Heavy Trash – Babylon, Ottawa, ON, Canada
w/ The Sadies

Live Photo: Andrew Carver (natcaprock.blogspot.com/)

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Locomotiv, Bologna, Italy

Images: Thanks to Daniele

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – L’Astrolabe, Orleans, France
w/ Magnetix

Photos: Dallas Kincaid (http://www.dallas-kincaid.com/)

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR, US
w/ We Are Hex

Live Photo: Kate (https://twitter.com/katetropa)

2016: Jon Spencer [DJ Set at Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds] – The Bell House, Brooklyn, New York. US

2017: Sunshine & The Rain – In the Darkness of My Night – released
This album was produced and mixed by Jon Spencer.

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany
w/ Sloks

HITmakers show #95

Live Photo (Colour): Holger Meins (https://www.instagram.com/meinsholger/)
Live Photo (b/w): Andy Schünemann (https://www.instagram.com/andy_schuememann/)

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Jon Spencer & The HITmakers: 2021 Shows!

October 8: The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, Cleveland, OH
October 9: Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
October 10: Ace of Cups, Columbus, OH
October 11: The Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY
October 12: The Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
October 13: The High Watt, Nashville, TN
October 14: The Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN
October 16: Martin’s, Jackson, MS
October 18: The EARL, Atlanta, GA
October 19: 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
October 20: New Brookland Tavern, Columbia, SC
October 22: Kings, Raleigh, NC
October 23: The Ottobar, Baltimore, MD

Check Shove Records Facebook for more details and links: https://www.facebook.com/JonSpencerHITmaker/posts/824020144889661

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May 11 – On This Day!

 Pussy Galore - Hung Jury Pub, Washington, DC, US (11 May 1986)1986: Pussy Galore – Hung Jury Pub, Washington, DC, US
w/ Government Issue, Scythian and Revelation

Poster Image (handprint): Thanks to James Riley.

1992: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – First Avenue & 7th St Entry, Minneapolis, MN, US
w/ Buffalo Tom (headlining) and Arcwelder

listed as “The Jon Spence Blues Experience”

1993: The Muffs – released in the US
Features Jon Spencer playing Theremin on I Need You.

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Flavor [Promo] – issued in the US

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, New York, US
w/ Beastie Boys and The Roots

Live Photo: Ebet Roberts

1998: Money Mark – Push The Button – released in the UK
Hand In Your Head features Russell Simins and Sean Lennon

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI, US

2005: Blues Explosion – Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia and Montengro

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Serendipity, Foligno, Italy
w/ Da Hand In The Middle and DJ A Boy Named Sue

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – La Carene, Brest, France

Live Photo: Phil LaClecK (https://www.flickr.com/photos/108731605@N06/)

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Whelans, Dublin, Ireland

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – W.O.W. Hall, Eugene, OR, US
w/ We Are Hex

Live Photos: W.O.W. Hall (https://www.flickr.com/photos/wowhall/)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Molotow, Nobistor 14, Hamburg, Germany
w/ Sloks

HITmakers show #94

Live Photo: Marius Kromvoll (https://www.instagram.com/mariuskromvoll/)
Set List Photo: Sha Rivari (https://www.instagram.com/sha_rivari/)

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May 10 – On This Day!

1993: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Extra Width [Test Pressing] – date of production

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA, US

1996: Boss Hog – The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA, US
w/ Supernova

Poster Artwork: Coop

1998: Speedball Baby – CBGB, New York City, NY, US
Features Judah Bauer on ‘Black Eyed Girl’ and ‘Five Dollar Priest’ and Bob Bert, Cristina Martinez and Hollis Queens on ‘Suicide Girl’, Hollis also played drums for another song in the set.

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Roseland Ballroom, New York City, NY, US

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bluebird, Bloomington, IN, US

2005: Blues Explosion – Tvornica, Zagreb, Croatia

Ticket / Poster featuring photo by Ashkan Sahihi.

2006: Heavy Trash – Starlight, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
w/ The Sadies and D-Rangers

Live Photos / Set List: Nicki (Full Set: http://prettybirdiesfly.blogspot.com/2006/05/heavy-trash.html)
Poster Artwork: Safety 47

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Tripod, Dublin, Ireland

2008: Heavy Trash – L’Autry Canal, Nancy, France

Live Photos: Laurent Baillet (https://www.tasteofindie.com/heavy-trash-autre-canal/)

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Oasi San Martino, Bari, Italy
w/ We Love You and Dirty Trainload

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – La 7eme Vague Festival, Bretignolles, France

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – She’s On It – Jack The Ripper (Live in Japan) – download posted online

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Gorilla, Manchester, UK
w/ PINS

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub, Sacramento, CA, US
w/ Brubaker

Live Photo: Darrell York (https://www.instagram.com/dyork81/)
US Freedom Tour ’15 poster by Malleus

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Forum, Bielefeld, Germany
w/ Slocks

HITmakers show #93

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May 9 – On This Day!

1991: Boss Hog – [unknown venue]

1996: Boss Hog – The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, US
w/ Supernova

Poster Artwork: John Howard

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Roseland Ballroom, New York City, NY, US

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Metro, Chicago, IL, US

2005: Blues Explosion – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Joy Eslava, Madrid, Spain
Live Photo: Luis Nuñez-Villaveirán (https://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2007/05/10/madrid/1178795856.html)

2008: Heavy Trash – Nuits Sonores Festival, Lyon, France

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Orange Peel, Ashville, NC, US

Photo: Kathy June

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Circolo Degli Artisti, Roma, Italy

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Koko, Camden, London, UK
w/ Abjects

Live Photo: Robin Little
Poster Artwork: Tobse Meyer, printed by Black Forest Industries

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Ritz, San Jose, CA, US
w/ We Are Hex

Photo: blakstatic
Tour Photo: Malleus

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
w/ The Glücks

HITmakers show #92

Live Photos: UT Connewitz (https://www.flickr.com/photos/utconnewitz/albums/72157708479248735)
Poster Design: Phillip Janta – Janta Island™️

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May 8 – On This Day!

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium (8 May 2014)1990: Pussy Galore – Historia De La Musica Rock – released in the US

Fotografias de Michael Lavine

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Omni, Toledo, OH, US
w/ Beastie Boys and The Roots

1997: R.L. Burnside – Mr Wizard – released in Japan
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion perform on Alice Mae and Highway 7

2000: Ween – White Pepper – released in the UK
Features Russell Simins on the song Stroker Ace.

2001: Khan – No Comprendo – released in the US
Features Jon Spencer on Monster and Fishies Fuck.

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Modjeska Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, US
w/ Dub Narcotic Soundsystem

“Spencer performed with the aplomb of a revivalist preacher, fervently spouting the gospel of the Blues Explosion…”

“Guitarist Judah Bauer (a Wisconsin native) laid down guitar riffs that migrated straight from the crossroads of Mississippi, while drummer Russell Simins filled in with shake-that-groove-thang rhythms.” – Sarah Filzen

Review: Sarah Filzen (https://www.instagram.com/sfilzen/)
Preview: Rex Rutkoski

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Piper, Rome, Italy

2008: Heavy Trash – Fantastic Film Festival @ Kafe Antzokia, Bilbo, Spain
w/ The Gore Gore Girls

Live Photo: Dena Flows (https://www.flickr.com/photos/denaflows/albums/72157608454427322)
Set List Photo: J.A. Areta Goñi
Poster: Thanks to Luis

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN, US
w/ Jack O and the Tenessee Tearjerkers

Poster Artwork: Miguelito Equis (http://www.miguelitoequis.com/)

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Spazio 211, Torino, Italy

Show Poster Artwork: Andrea Pagano
Tour Poster Artwork: Malleus

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium

Live Photos: François Berland (https://www.facebook.com/FBERphoto)
Ticket Image: Thomas Deponent

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Independent, San Francisco, CA, US
w/ We Are Hex

US Freedom Tour ’15 Poster: Malleus

2016: Heavy Trash – MJC Calonne, Sedan, France
w/ Baptizein & Secret Yolk, The Jungle Shakers and Mighty Tsar

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Beatpol, Dresden, Germany

HITmakers show #91

Set List Photo: Alexander

2020: Blackup – Club Dorothee – released
Featuring Jon Spencer on Panther’s Kiss.

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May 7 – On This Day!

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA, US
w/ Beastie Boys and The Roots

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

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Controversial Negro – released in the US

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, US
Ticket Image: Joe

2004: 20 Miles – The Garage, London, UK
w/ North Mississippi Allstars

2005: Blues Explosion – Rhythm & Blues Night, Groningen, Netherlands
Live Photos: Harold (https://www.flickr.com/photos/herbnl/)

2007: Little Barrie – Pay To Join / Can of Worms– released in the UK
Both tracks feature Russell Simins and Dan The Automator

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Estragon, Bologna, Italy

2008: Heavy Trash – Expocoruna, Coruna, Spain

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Teatro Ecci, Bogotá, Columbia
w/ Two Way Analog

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – House of Blues, Dallas, TX, US

2014: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – What’s In My Bag? @ Amoeba Music, Los Angeles, CA, US

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2vmN0Zdsoc

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA, US
w/ We Are Hex and DJ Brian Waters

Live Photo: Angelo Palazzo (https://instagram.com/angelopalazzo/)

2016: Heavy Trash – Cosmic Trip Festival, Bourges, France

Live Photo: Stéphanie Para (https://www.leberry.fr/cher/actualite/2016/05/08/le-cosmic-trip-a-monte-le-son-et-l-ambiance-pour-ses-20-ans_11904454.html)
Reverend Beat-Man / King Khan / Reverend Beat-Man Photo: via https://www.instagram.com/reverend_beat_man/

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany

HITmakers show #90

Live Photo: Eliza Day (https://www.instagram.com/eliza_day/)

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May 6 – On This Day!

Heavy Trash - Le Noumatrouff, Mulhouse, France (6 May 2016)1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Summit, Houston, Texas, US
w/ Beastie Boys and The Roots

Poster Artwork: Uncle Charlie

1996: Boss Hog – Moe, Seattle, WA, US
w/ Supernova and Bottle of Smoke

Poster Artwork (red/yellow): Justin Hampton
Poster Artwork (silver/blue): Art Chantry

2004: 20 Miles – The Garage, London, UK
w/ Mclusky and Robert Randolph

2005: Blues Explosion – Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands

2006: Heavy Trash – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON, Canada

“The sound kinks never fazed Spencer, though, who emphatically clutched the mic in one hand and pointed to the heavens with the other, belting songs like rockabilly strutter Lovers Street and the revved up Americana stomp Justine Alright.” – NowToronto.com

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Magazzini, Milan, Italy

2008: Heavy Trash – Sala La Vaca, Ponferrada, Spain

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Daytrotter Session, Big Orange Studios, Austin, TX, US

Artwork: Johnnie Cluney

“They are the sketches of songs that change often, that assume new blasts and new firepower every time they’re performed. They will pin you up against the wall in the back of the room and they will bruise you, singe off all of your hair. You will cheer this. You’ll take the closest plastic cup of draft beer and you’ll dump it over your own head.” – Sean Moeller

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Mohawk, Austin, Texas, US
w/ Boosy Cray

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Kaserne, Basle, Switzerland

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA, US
w/ Vial and DJ Brian Waters

US Freedom Tour ’15 poster: Malleus

2015: Jon Spencer [Interview] – Take Two, 89.3 KPCC, California, US via NPR Studios, Manhattan, New York.
Interview broadcast on 6 May 2015, recording date unknown.

2016: Heavy Trash – Le Noumatrouff, Mulhouse, France
w/ Dan Sartain

Live Photo: Dallas Kincaid (https://www.facebook.com/risin.outlaw/media_set?set=a.1080628611998361.1073741833.100001536982583&type=3)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany

HITmakers show #89

All Photos: Sha Rivari (https://www.instagram.com/sha_rivari/)

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May 5 – On This Day!

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Mississippi Nights, St Louis, MO, US

2005: Blues Explosion – Bevrijdingspop, Haarlem, Netherlands

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Studio @ Warehouse Live, Houston, TX, US

Live Photo: Jerry Milton
Poster Design: Flynn Prejean

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Boa, Luzern, Switzerland

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Lunario, Mexico City, Mexico

2008: Heavy Trash – Rock Palace, Madrid, Spain

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – L’Usine, Geneve, Switzerland

Tour Poster Artwork: Malleus

2016: Heavy Trash – La Tannerie, Bourg En Bresse, France
w/ The Legendary Shack Shakers

Live Photo: Gaëtan Morel (https://www.instagram.com/gaetman666/)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

HITmakers show #85

Live Photo: Susana Martins (https://www.instagram.com/suzeebluezee/)

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May 4 – On This Day!

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Fairplex Coliseum, Dallas, TX, US
w/ Beastie Boys and The Roots

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS, US

2005: Blues Explosion – Zeche Carl, Essen, Germany

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg, Germany

2008: Heavy Trash – FNAC Norte Shopping, Matosinhos, Portugal

2008: Heavy Trash – O Meu Mercedes é Maior Que o Teu / Mercedes Bar, Ribeira, Porto, Portugal
w/ Powersolo

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA, US
w/ JEFF the Brotherhood

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – E-Werk, Erlangen, Germany
Tour Poster: Malleus

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – I’ll Be Your Mirror, Alexandra Palace, London, UK
w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Anika, Big Freedia, King Khan, Dirty Beaches, Jah Shaka, Mick Harvey, JG Thirlwell Manorexia, K Holes, Prince Rama, The Field, Black Lips and The Locust.

Live Photos: Anthony Batista (https://www.toniomodio.com)

“…watching from the side of the stage is Jon Spencer. His Blues Explosion are kindred spirits and tonight their bass-free, blues-punk primitivism underlines just how far ahead of that curve they were, 22 years ago. Spencer is a master of the proselytising yelp and the single knee-drop, both of which get vigorous workouts via “Flavor” and a brilliantly absurd “Bellbottoms”, proving that the band’s showbiz swagger counts for as much as their incendiary songs. There could hardly be a more striking contrast to JSBE’s theatricality than the measured Gallic pop of former Bad Seed Mick Harvey…” – Sharon O’Connell / Uncut

2016: Heavy Trash – L’Atelier, Cluses, France
w/ The Legendary Shack Shakers

All Photos: Denis Charmot (https://www.facebook.com/denis.charmot/posts/10206536419466244)

2016: Jon Spencer & the HITmakers – Muziekodroom, Hasselt, Belgium
w/ Blackup

Live Photo: Marc Timmers

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May 3 – On This Day!

Heavy Trash - L'Aéronef, Lille, France (3 May 2016) - Live1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO, US
w/ Beastie Boys and The Roots

2000: Boss Hog – [unknown venue], Bruxelles, Belguim

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Will Rogers Theater, klahoma City, OK, US

2005: Blues Explosion – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark

2005: Edison Rocket Train – Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! – released

2008: Heavy Trash – Plano B, Porto, Portugal
w/ Powersolo

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bottle Tree, Birmingham, AL, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Zack, Dusseldorf, Germany

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Trix, Antwerpen, Belgium
w/ Tav Falco and DJ Chauppage

2016: Heavy Trash – L’Aéronef, Lille, France
w/ Bob Log III

Live Photo: nicokiite (https://www.instagram.com/nicokiite/)
Set List: alternativteken (https://twitter.com/alternativteken)

2019: Jon Spencer & the HITmakers – Rotondes, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
w/ Blackup

HITmakers show #86

Live Photo: https://www.instagram.com/deadly.sexy.carl/

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May 2 – On This Day!

2000: Ween ‎– White Pepper – released in the US
Features Russell Simins on the song Stroker Ace.

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Gypsy Tea Rooms, Deep Ellum, TX, US
w/ Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Sons of Sound, The Faceless Werewolves and The Signals

Mural: Frank Campagna
Poster Design: Aden Holt

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues Band – Royal Circus, Brussels, Belguim

2008: Heavy Trash – Teatro Academico Gil Vicente, Coimbra, Portugal
w/ The Legendary Tiger Man and Powersolo

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
w/ Brat Farrar

Live Photo / Show Poster: Hajo Of (https://www.ka-news.de/fotos/bilddetail/cme508406,868707)

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany
w/ Gemma Ray

2019: Jon Spencer & the HITmakers – Cactus Muziekcentrum, Brugge, Belgium
w/ The Courettes

HITmakers show #87

Set List Photo: Sha Rivari (https://www.instagram.com/sha_rivari/)
Kit Photo / Review: Sam De Rijcke / musiczine.net

“Twee hamers fungeerden als drumsticks om ritme uit het gevaarte te krijgen, en het klonk nog goed ook.

Naast de al eerder vermelde schroothandelaar bestond die band verder nog uit een driftige keyboardspeler en een drummer die het moest doen met een naar goede Spencer-gewoonte sober drumstelletje, zijnde drie trommels en een velletje…

…vooral de songs uit het voortreffelijke nieuwe album ‘Spencer Sings The Hits!’ aan bod. En dat bleken stuk voor stuk springerige duiveltjes te zijn die barstten van withete energie.” – Sam De Rijcke / musiczine.net

Review: http://www.musiczine.net/nl/concertreviews/item/74231-jon-spencer-the-hitmakers-do-the-trash-can

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Disturbios: Forthcoming Release

Disturbios – forthcoming album by Matt and Rocío Verta-Ray, released by Midnight Cruiser Records on May 21, 2021.

Recorded at N.Y. HED Studio and features Jon Spencer (baritone guitar on Jesus I Was Evil), Bloodshot Bill (Big Boss Man), Sam Baker (Little Bird Got Swallowed and Summer Loves) and more.

PRE-ORDER on black or pink vinyl here: https://midnightcruiserrecords.bandcamp.com/album/disturbios

Disturbios – Starr stream here: https://li.sten.to/VPLPUKT

Single Premier: https://bigtakeover.com/news/VideoPremiereStarrbyDisturbios

“Rocio’s keys are pristinely Lennon-esque and Phil Gionfriddo’s vocal aesthetic feels exquisitely earnest and cool and, for some odd and wonderful reason, I flashed on a crashing together of Stephen Malkmus (Pavement) and Harry Nilsson, two luminaries who you might now utter in the same breath. Maybe it is the vocal aesthetic that roller coasters in such artful ways, with rushes and steps back, that surprise. Totally having a crush on the Disturbios sound…
…So rad. So beautiful.” – Robb Donker Curtis / American Pancake

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May 1 – On This Day!

1989: Boss Hog – Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, US

1995: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, US
w/ Beastie Boys and The Roots

1996: Cibo Matto (w/ Russell Simins & Sean Lennon) – Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON, Canada

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Portland, Washington, US

2000: Boss Hog – [unknown venue], Strasbourg, France

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Stubb’s BBQ, Austin, TX, US
w/ Quintron & Miss Pussycat

Photos: thaddday (https://www.instagram.com/thaddday/)

Poster Artwork: Jared Connor

nb. date on poster is incorrect

2005: Blues Explosion – Rockefella, Oslo, Norway

2007: Cat Power with Dirty Delta Blues Band – The Forum, London, UK
w/ The Childballads

“…she has an impressive backing band in tow. Affectionately nicknamed, Dirty Delta Blues, it comprises of Dirty Three’s Jim White, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s Judah Bauer and the Delta 72’s Gregg Foreman.

The sound they make together is a tight, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll. Marshall’s stunning, honey voice cuts the grade for this maturation, as well it did the stripped down, folky style she first made her name for. ‘Greatest’ feels warmer and more comforting than ever. Their version of ‘New York, New York’, which will feature on her second record of covers, is a revelation.” – Talia / https://londonist.com/2007/05/londonist_live_40

Live Photos / Ticket: John Gleeson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/johngleeson/albums/72157600169511535)

2007: Tiny Masters of Today (w/ Russell Simins) – Public School 29, 425 Henry St., Brooklyn, New York, US
w/ Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and Toxic Muffin.

2008: Heavy Trash – Musicbox, Lisbon, Portugal

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Earl, Atlanta, GA, US

2012: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Roots & Roses Festival, Lessines, Belgium

Tour Poster Artwork: Malleus

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin, Germany

2016: Boss Hog – Drinkin’, Lechin’ & Lyin’ – reissued by Amphetamine Reptile on vinyl and CD

2016: Heavy Trash – Roots & Roses Festival, Lessines, Belgium

Live Photo: Michel Dans (http://concerts-review.over-blog.com/2016/05/roots-and-roses-festival-2016-ancien-chemin-d-ollignies-lessines-le-1-mai-2016-part-two.html)

2019: Jon Spencer & the HITmakers – Roots & Roses Festival 2019, Lessines, Belgium

HITmakers show #88

Live Photos: Walter Wouters (https://www.facebook.com/walter.wouters.549/media_set?set=a.1250881571742067&type=3 )

2020: S-E-R-V-I-C-E – Healer, Indianapolis, IN, US – cancelled due to Coronavirus

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