January – On This Day

Boss Hog - CBGB, New York City, NY, US (8 January 1993)

January 1:

1987: Pussy Galore – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, US
w/ Big Black

2012: Joseph Arthur (w/ Russell Simins) – City Winery, New York City, NY, US
w/ Tift Merrit

2013: Joseph Arthur (w/ Russell Simins) – City Winery, New York City, NY, US

January 2:

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Wail [Promo] (CD, US) / Radio Promo Spots [Promo] (7″, US) – issued by Matador Records

2010: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, Australia
w/ The Middle East

2013: Joseph Arthur (w/ Russell Simins and Kraig Jarret Johnson) – On The Beach: A Sandy Relief Concert – Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ, US
w/ My Morning Jacket / Preservation Hall Jazz Band / Nicole Atkins / River City Extensions / Tangiers Blues Band

January 3:

1987: Pussy Galore – CBGB, Manhattan, New York, US
w/ Happy Flowers, Killdozer and Big Black

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Wehrschloss, Bremen, Germany

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Kennel Club, San Francisco, CA, US

January 4:

1986: Pussy Galore – Nightshade Cafe, Greensboro, NC, US
w/ Peach of Immortality
Image: Image: “…soundchecks from an obliterative gig in Greensboro, North Carolina during our inharmonious, unprecedented, absurdly chaotic January 1986 tour” – Tom Smith

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Kulturfabrik, Krefeld, Germany

1994: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Whisky A Go-Go, Hollywood, CA, US

“Songs don’t last more than a minute or two, rarely climaxing in choruses, and usually end with Spencer’s James Brown-like declaration “blues explosion.” The brew is powerful, though, taking traditional blues licks and stacking them up in the strangest order imaginable.”

“There’s nothing like this band anywhere, as they are the distillation of perhaps 20 years of New York new wave music.” – John Carmen / Variety (January 10, 1994)

January 5:

1986 (3pm): Pussy Galore – The Fallout Shelter, Raleigh, NC, US
w/ Peach of Immortality and Resist

1986 (10pm): Pussy Galore – The Fallout Shelter, Raleigh, NC, US
w/ Peach of Immortality and Resist

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

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany

2010: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide, Australia

January 6:

1986: Pussy Galore – Possible tour date with Peach of Immortality – UNCONFIRMED

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Line Club, Braunschweig, Germany

2007: Tiny Masters of Today (w/ Russell Simins) – Studio B, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, US
w/ Matt & Kim and BiG A little A

2010: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia

January 7:

1986: Pussy Galore – Possible tour date with Peach of Immortality – UNCONFIRMED

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Börse, Wuppertal, Germany

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Radio New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand

Live Session: Interview + Burn It Off / 2Kindsa Love / Blues X Man

Stream Here: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/2532850/jon-spencer-in-session

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Kings Arms, Auckland, New Zealand

January 8:

1988: Pussy Galore – CBGB, New York City, NY, US
w/ Dig Dat Hole, Killdozer and Gibson Bros.

“However, if you think r’n’r means rest ‘n’ relaxation, well then, this was a caterwauling descent into hell that served no purpose at all.”

“If rock ‘n’ roll is a journey, or even if it’s just about motion, then Pussy Galore can take you places you’ve never been before.” – Joe Levy, Cashbox

Poster Image: Jim Hayes
Venue Listing Image: Royal Trux Chronicles

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Schwimmbad, Heidelberg, Germany

1993: Boss Hog – CBGB, New York City, NY, US
w/ Unsane w/Clint Ruin, Juan Canary (Eric & Jason from Sebadoh), Azalia Snail, Supreme Dicks and Rodan

Poster Image: Skeleton Boy

2010: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Waves: Towradgi Beach Hotel, Wollongong, Australia

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bodega, Wellington, New Zealand

January 9:

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Sonneck, Kempten, Germany

2010: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Panthers, Newcastle, Australia

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Zirzamin, New York City, New York, US

w/ Dylan Maida and ‘Special Guests’

This was a secret show announced at very short-notice via facebook and twitter. “Live tonight in the island of Manhattan! (A Jack Martin Production.)”

January 10:

1986: Pussy Galore – Ca Labs, 812 S. Macomb St, Tallahassee, FL, US

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Jazzhaus, Freiburg, Germany

2010: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Days Like This 2010 – Moore Park, Moore Park, NSW, Australia

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Linear, Sydney, Australia – recording Black Betty

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Late Show with David Letterman, Ed Sullivan Theatre, New York City, NY, US
*Broadcast January 11, 2013 / Recorded January 10, 2013*

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, New York, US
w/ Daddy Long Legs, DJ Jonathan Toubin and DJ Phast Phreddie

January 11:

1988: Pussy Galore – Mean Fiddler, London, UK
Poster Image: Sam Knee / https://www.instagram.com/sceneinbetween/

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Rätschenmühle, Geisslingen, Germany

2008: Heavy Trash – Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY, US

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Late Show with David Letterman, Ed Sullivan Theatre, New York City, NY, US
*Broadcast January 11, 2013 / Recorded January 10, 2013*

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session / XPN, Philadelphia, PA, US

Photos: Katie Tapman

HITmakers show #37

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA, US

Poster Design: FugScreens Studios / https://www.facebook.com/fugscreens/

HITmakers show #38

January 12:

1986: Pussy Galore – 7:30 Club, Jacksonville, FL, US

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – European Tour / Unknown Location

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Club Quattro, Tokyo, Japan

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bohager’s, Baltimore, MD, US

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Becks Festival Bar, Sydney, Australia
w/ Super Wild Horses

Live Photo (Jon in Silhouette): Jayda Tham for News.com.au (flickr.com/photos/jaydedmedia/)
Live Photo (“Feature Gig”): Linda Heller-Salvador / Drum Media
Live Photos (All Others): Jamie Williams for Sydney Festival (flickr.com/photos/sydney_festival/)
Set Times / Ticket Image: Nick Peters

Drum Media Sydney Review:

“The twin guitars wound gracefully around Russell Simins’ powerful drumming, giving the set a shuddering, shamanic energy. The swampy, electric blues the band played was further set alight when Spencer turned around to drag an eerie wail out of the theremin set up behind him.

…there were obviously a lot of long-time fans in the crowd grateful for another chance to see such a charismatic performer.” – Danielle O’Donahue / Drum Media Sydney, Issue #1043 (January 17, 2011)

MusicFeeds.com.au Review:

“The Blues is Number One! Yes, indeed – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are Number One.

This was a killer performance; to break it down into details would dilute its magic grandeur – why go on about the blast of Wail, Fuck Shit Up and She Said? It would be too easy to fawn over Russell Simins’ intense prowess on the drums and the assaulting axe-work of Judah Bauer. Jon Spencer led the charge as always and demonstrated age shall not weary him…

What started out as a gig with the usual crowd reaction (you know, everyone up the front going berserk and those at the back nodding and stroking their chins “Yes, very impressive.”) gradually evolved into a total house party atmosphere as more and more of the crowd were infected by this rock n’ roll dynamite. By the end of this exciting show it was a bit of a free for all, and we all loved it – what more could you ask for from a rock band.” – Shane Arnold / MusicFeeds.com.au (January 18, 2011)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Black Cat, Washington, DC, US
w/ The Ar-Kaics
Live Photo: Rachel Lange (https://www.instagram.com/sneezyphd/)

HITmakers show #39

January 13:

1986: Pussy Galore – Wuxtry Records, Birmingham, AL, US

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, US

2010: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – The Esplanade, Singapore

“It was all bluesy soul, devoutly gospel-tinged, as she led her band, the Dirty Delta Blues, through a 90-minute set of sultry, triumphant covers and originals like Metal Heart.

…the artiste ended her show by handing out flowers (lisianthus blooms, to be exact) and copies of her set list to those in the front rows.” – Jill Alphonso / My Paper

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Rosemount Hotel, North Perth, WA, Australia
w/ Felicity Groom

“JSBX played a very lucid set, one hit after another blending together like a smoothie. It was filthy and delectable with profanities flying in every direction till the meaning was lost. Blues-rock fans gathered round the stage, some happily throwing around their heads and stamping their feet to anthems like Fuck Shit Up, I Wanna Make It Alright, Blues Explosion Attack, Sweat and Afro; while others took a more extreme approach to dancing as if to wake the dead (and put fear into the people around them).” – FasterLouder.com.au

“The man knows rock ‘n’ roll, and if you even want to pretend you do too, there’s only one place you need to be tonight…” – Drum Media Perth

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Bell House, Brooklyn, New York, US
w/ The Relatives, Dot Wiggin, Di Dionyso and DJ Jonathan Toubin

2017: S-E-R-V-I-C-E – Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN, US
w/ Brother O’ Brother
Poster: S-E-R-V-I-C-E
Live / Hand Written Board Photos: Melody Inn

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Richmond Music Hall (Capital Ale House), Richmond, VA, US
w/ The Ar-Kaics
Live Photo: Stephen Smith

HITmakers show #40

RVA Mag Show Preview:

“He’s been blowing the minds of rock n’ rollers around the world with his unique brand of down n’ dirty, booty-shaking rock n’ roll noise fuckery for going on 40 years now, and his currently on tour with a group he’s calling the HITmakers. They’re here to revel in the fact that, after four decades of trash-rock excellence, Spencer has finally released an album as a solo artist, cleverly entitled Spencer Sings The Hits!” – rvamag.com

Interview / Show Preview:

RM: After all these years, do you still enjoy touring?

Spencer: The main thing is the performance. It’s almost like a religious experience that I have with the audience. It’s still important and something that I want to keep doing. It’s why I wanted to make this record, because I want to keep trying to create those moments. It’s nice to travel around through rock ‘n’ roll and play in bands. I get to see different places and meet all kinds of interesting, different people. It’s really a wonderful thing. Everybody should try it.” – Don Harrison / RichmondMagazine.com

January 14:

1986: Pussy Galore – Jed’s, New Orleans, LA, US

1988: Pussy Galore – Vera Club, Groningen, Netherlands

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Arena, Wien, Austria

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC, US

1999: Andre Williams & The Countdowns – Local 506 Bar, Chapel Hill, NC, US
Photos: Todd Carey (Posted by Brian Waters)

2008: Heavy Trash – Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan

2010: Heavy Trash – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Poster Artwork: Tijsco

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
w/ Beaches and Frowning Clouds

Live Photo: Mary Boukouvalas
Show Preview / Interview: Danielle O’Donahue / Inpress Magazine (Issue 1156 / 12 January 2011)

“I respected JSBX before this gig, but my initial respect trebled during the night, and by the end of the gig I realised that I had witnessed one of the best shows I’ve seen, performed by three humble guys who have more talent than most of us could ever hope for.” – Sharon Brookes / The AU Review

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA, US
w/ Shockwave Riderz

Live Photo: Jack Looney

2017: S-E-R-V-I-C-E – Comet Bar, Cincinnati, OH, US

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Motorco Music Hall, Durham, NC, US
Live Photo: Dan Kulpa (flickr.com/photos/clashdan/)

HITmakers show #41

January 15:

1986: Pussy Galore show in Tuscaloosa, AL, US – CANCELLED due to problems with the bands van.

1988: Pussy Galore – Possible European Tour Date (any ideas? there’s a few gaps in the PG listings for 12 – 24 January 1988)

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Salzburg, Austria

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Shinsaibashi Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, NC, US
w/ Andre Williams
Ticket Photo: Daniel Niece (https://www.instagram.com/nieced123/)

2005: Blues Explosion – The Cherry Blossom Clinic (WFMU-FM), Jersey City, NJ, US
Blues Explosion Man from this session was released on the Crunchy CD single.

2007: Little Barrie – Love You – released in the UK
Russell Simins and Dan The Automator play on the B-Sides ‘Yeah We Know’ and ‘If I Don’t Have To Answer’.

2007: The Child Ballads – Cheekbone Hollows (Pop. 1/2 Life) EP – released in the UK
Judah Bauer plays on ‘Cheekbone Hollows (Pop. 1/2 Life)’ and ‘Blackbird Trax’.

2008: Heavy Trash – Shibuya Duo Music Exchange, Tokyo, Japan

2010: Heavy Trash – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Photo: Kmeron (flickr.com/photos/frf_kmeron/)

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, Australia

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Pilot Light, Knoxville, TN, US
w/ Shockwave Riderz

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC, US
w/ Uncle Kurtis

HITmakers show #42

January 16:

1986: Pussy Galore – “W.C. Don’s”, Jackson, MS, US
*The band played in someone’s house because the person booking the show couldn’t find a venue.*

1988: Pussy Galore – Possible European Tour Date (any ideas? there’s a few gaps in the PG listings for 12 – 24 January 1988)

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Bern, Switzerland

1996: Cibo Matto – Viva! La Woman – released in Japan
Features Russell Simins on ‘Sugar Water Remix’ and ‘Aguas De Marco’.

1998: 20 Miles – The Corner, Melbourne, Australia
w/ Doo Rag

2010: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Big Cat, Osaka, Japan

2011: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Mona Foma Festival, Hobart, Australia

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC, US
w/ Dex Romweber Duo and Shockwave Riderz

Live Photo: Agatha Donkar (via flickr.com).

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Fish Centre Live, Atlanta, GA, US

HITmakers show #43

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Earl, Atlanta, GA, US
w/ Subsonics
Photo: Hillery Terenzi (https://www.instagram.com/hillymonster/)

HITmakers show #44

January 17:

1986: Pussy Galore – Cabaret Voltaire, Houston, TX, US
Live Photos: photographer unknown / full band photo posted online by Tom Smith
Posters: Thanks to Royal Trux Chronicles

“This was the penultimate gig of the Peach of Immortality / PG Fuck Sky Bear tour. I took acid in New Orleans three shows earlier, stayed up most of the night, caught a cold, and was pretty wiped out when we hit Texas. (I was the only member of the road company pulling double duty – as soon as Pussy Galore would finish, Peach would clamber on stage and ramp up the static. You can hear Julie berating me for being out of it on one of the live cuts from the Corpse Love compilation.)” – Tom Smith

1988: Pussy Galore – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands
w/ AC Temple and Swingen

Poster measures 60cm x 42cm

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Circus, Gammelsdorf, Germany

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Echo Lounge, Atlanta, GA, US
w/ Andre Williams and the Countdowns

Poster Artwork: Methane Studios, measures 18 1/4″ x 24″ in a numbered edition of 40 copies.

2003: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, US
w/ Reigning Sound

Poster Photo: dubdvl (https://www.instagram.com/dubdvl/)

2010: Heavy Trash – Melkweg Oude Zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ticket: Thanks to Arne

2010: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – O-East, Shibuya, Toyko, Japan

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC, US
w/ JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Saturn, Birmingham, AL, US
w/ Dan Sartain

HITmakers show #45

Quote from a preview for this show:

“Why was now the time to release your first “solo” record?

I wanted to get back on the road. I wanted to get back to work. I didn’t have a band of my own anymore; both Blues Explosion and Heavy Trash had kind of run their course. I was working with Boss Hog, and we made what I think was a really great record; the album Brood X, which came out a couple of years ago. And we did some touring, but I missed having a band of my own. Rather than search around for players and put something together and start practicing, I thought I’d make the record first and then start playing.

So, yeah, I wanted to get back to work. And it’s not like this is a huge shift. The reason I used my name is because it was a shortcut; the quickest and easiest way to tell people what to expect when they put the needle to the record.” – Jefferson County Journal

January 18:

1986: Pussy Galore – Bone Club, San Antonio, Texas, US
w/ Peach of Immortality, Raging Woodies and Uvula
Poster Image: Thanks to Shane

1988: Pussy Galore – Possible European Tour Date (any ideas? there’s a few gaps in the PG listings for 12 – 24 January 1988)

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – KFZ, Marburg, Germany
Poster: Thanks to Sha Rivari (https://www.instagram.com/sha_rivari/)

2003: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Little Brothers, Columbus, Ohio, US
Poster Artwork: Mike Martin / Engine House

2008: Heavy Trash – Hebel Theater, Gerlin, Germany

2010: Heavy Trash – Mousonturm (Theatersaal), Frankfurt, Germany

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The EARL, Atlanta, GA, US
w/ JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers

“Jon Spencer is older and wiser, but still a bad ass.”

“…Judah Bauer, the bassist, was who people were referring to. I recently saw a meme that read, “You’re not a fan if you don’t know the bassist’s name.” – Target Magazine

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA, US
w/ Chicken Snake
Live Photo / Set List Photo: Brian Jones (https://www.instagram.com/mrteagarden/)

HITmakers show #46

January 19:

1986: Pussy Galore – The Beach, Austin, TX, US
w/ Texas Instruments, Peach of Immortality and Jaguars
nb. Last show of the PG/Peach of Immortality “Fuck Sky Bear” trek.

During the Peach Of Immortality days, you ended up sharing a DC space with Pussy Galore and briefly became a member in the band. How did that transpire?

TS: I found some cassettes in a trash can at an apartment. One was Pussy Galore, which sounded like Jesus And Mary Chain meets Test Department. Amazing. Good sleeve. Jon Spencer wrote everything in this horror font. He was a good illustrator. There was a number on the tape, I called, and they invited me over to their space. They needed a drummer, which I wasn’t but I could count to four. I went to visit them at their massive house in Georgetown. I went down the stairs into the basement, and there was Jon and Julia Cafritz. That’s how I got in Pussy Galore. I contributed a few ideas, but Jon pretty much wrote everything. And then we toured with both Pussy Galore and Peach Of Immortality, which was bizarre. After the tour I got kicked out of Pussy Galore because Jon and Julia thought I was trying to be their own Malcolm McLaren. Which was probably true to an extent.” – Tom Smith interview from thequietus.com

1988: Pussy Galore – Possible European Tour Date (any ideas? there’s a few gaps in the PG listings for 12 – 24 January 1988)

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Negativ, Frankfurt, Germany

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Club at Firestone, Orlando, FL, US

2003: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Showplace Theatre Buffalo, New York, US

2008: Heavy Trash – Werkstatt, Köln, Germany

2010: Heavy Trash – Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany
Set List Photo: Tobias Sauer

2012: Joseph Arthur (with Russell Simins) – Travel as Equals live on the Late Show with David Letterman, Ed Sullivan Theatre, New York City, NY, US

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Bottletree, Birmingham, AL, US
w/ Cheap Time

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Skyline Sessions / Houston Public Media, Houston, TX, US

HITmakers show #47

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – House of Blues, Houston, TX, US
Set List / Ticket / Live Photo: Greg Rabel (https://www.facebook.com/greg.rabel/)

HITmakers show #48

January 20:

1988: Pussy Galore – Possible European Tour Date (any ideas? there’s a few gaps in the PG listings for 12 – 24 January 1988)

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Rockfabrik, Übach-Palenberg, Germany

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Akasaka Blitz, Tokyo, Japan

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Rubb, Tampa, Florida, US
w/ Andre Williams and the Countdowns
Live Photo: Kick Start Myart (https://www.instagram.com/kickstartmyart/)

2007: Tiny Masters of Today (w/ Russell Simins) – Union Hall, Brooklyn, New York
w/ Kimya Dawson, Hayes Peebles

2008: Heavy Trash – Cafe Atlantik, Freiburg, Germany

2010: Heavy Trash – Spazio 211, Torino, Italy
w/ Bloodshot Bill
Poster Artwork: Scrape Labs

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA, US
w/ Cheap Time
Live Photo: Timothy Paris

2017: V/A feat. Boss Hog – Battle Hymns – released in the US
Includes ‘Save Our Soul’ featuring Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – 3TEN ACL, Austin, TX, US
w/ Hey Jellie

HITmakers show #49

January 21:

1988: Pussy Galore – Possible European Tour Date (any ideas? there’s a few gaps in the PG listings for 12 – 24 January 1988)

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Paris, France

1995: Boss Hog – Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ, US
w/ Ex-Vegas

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Akasaka Blitz, Tokyo, Japan
Part of the set was broadcast on MTV.

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Cow Haus, Tallahassee, FL, US

2005: Blues Explosion – Big Day Out, Auckland, New Zealand

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Bataclan, Paris, France

2008: Cat Power – Jukebox – released in the UK

2008: Heavy Trash – Cactus Club, Brugge, Belgium
w/ Powersolo
Live Photo: Thomas (https://www.flickr.com/photos/motorpunk/)

2010: Heavy Trash – Init, Roma, Italy

2011: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Forum, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX, US
w/ Weird Party
Live Photo: Jim Bricker

“At some point, I overheard someone say that this was their kid’s first club show. The JSBX as your first “show” puts you on a different plain than your friends at school, I would imagine. It shows that your parents are cool, they had a fun time in their twenties, and that you will always be a little let down from here on out by static, snoozer indie bands.

I wish I was this kid.” – Craig Hlavaty / HoustonPress.com

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Paper Tiger, San Antonio, TX, US
w/ Rocket 808

HITmakers show #50

Set List Photo: chelleighbelly (https://www.instagram.com/chelleighbelly/)

January 22:

1988: Pussy Galore – Limelight, Kortrijk, Belgium
w/ AC Temple

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – [unknown venue], France

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Brownies, New York City, NY, US

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Shinjyuku Liquid Room, Tokyo, Japan

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA, US
w/ Andre Williams & The Countdowns
Poster: Willie D Design
Photo: Thanks to Todd Carey (https://www.instagram.com/tacolarry/)

2008: Cat Power – Jukebox – released in the US

2010: Heavy Trash – Unwound, Padova, Italy
w/ Bloodshot Bill
Live Photos / Thanks to Ana / http://www.terapija.net/koncert.asp?ID=7953

2011: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Theatre Royal, 30 Hargreaves St, VIC 3450, Australia

“Despite a long tease, there was no encore. But one wasn’t necessary after absorbing the cool, cathartic songs that should form the bulk of the next Cat Power record.” – Doug Wallen / The Vine (Theatre Royal, review)

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Red 7, Austin, TX, US
w/ Flesh Lights

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Club Dada, Dallas, TX, US
w/ Mind Spiders

“Jon expressed his concerns with the way the world is today. “Is it gonna be ok?” Like Cave he also asked a couple of audience members to put down their phones. While covering a friend’s phone with his hand he said, in a broken-hearted lover pleading to be taken back voice, “Why are looking at that box? I’m right here. I’m right here, baby.””

Live Photo: Jeffery Martin (https://www.instagram.com/jefferymojo2780/)
Review Text: https://mojoworkout.blog/2019/01/26/jon-spencer-is-still-1/

HITmakers show #51

“Jon expressed his concerns with the way the world is today. “Is it gonna be ok?” Like Cave he also asked a couple of audience members to put down their phones. While covering a friend’s phone with his hand he said, in a broken-hearted lover pleading to be taken back voice, “Why are looking at that box? I’m right here. I’m right here, baby.””

January 23:

1988: Pussy Galore – Possible European Tour Date (any ideas? there’s a few gaps in the PG listings for 12 – 24 January 1988)

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – [unknown venue], Bilbao, Spain
*Live photo is from a Honeymoon Killers show between 23 and 25 January 1992*

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Zydeco, Birmingham, AL, US

2005: Blues Explosion – Big Day Out, Gold Coast, Australia

2007: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Chanel Haute Couture, Paris, France
Karl Lagerfeld Photo: ‘Vorhees’ (https://www.instagram.com/vorheesmusic/)

2007: Tiny Masters of Today (w/ Russell Simins) – Bowery Ballroom, New York City, New York, US
w/ Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Kmya Dawson
Fred Schneider (of B-52s) sang ‘Disco Bomb’ with Tiny Masters of Today. Ivan and Ada sang ‘Loose Lips’ with Kimya Dawson.

“Clap Your Hands Say Yeah may have been the headliners, but pint-sized punks Tiny Masters of Today stole the show. With hair disheveled beyond their years, they vented pre-teen angst through their three-chord rants, bringing Fred Schneider of the B-52s and Kimya Dawson onstage as guests.

The event brought out more than just the typical Bowery crowd, as parents, teachers, and high rollers came to invest in Rock Camp’s future Nicos and Regina Spektors by buying autographed Beastie Boys action figures and Marc Jacobs handbags, and sticking around to enjoy the noise.” – Lavinia Wright / spin.com

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Black Sessions @ Studio 105 for ‘France Inter’, Paris, France

2008: Heavy Trash (Behind) Closed Doors, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008: Heavy Trash – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2010: Heavy Trash – Auditorium Flog, Firenze, Italy

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Trees, Dallas, TX, US

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Stickyz, Little Rock, AR, US
w/ The P-47s

HITmakers show #52

January 24:

1988: Pussy Galore – Possible European Tour Date (any ideas? there’s a few gaps in the PG listings for 12 – 24 January 1988)

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – [unknown venue] Madrid or Burgos, Spain

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, US
Image: posted by Rich Carlson

1998: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville, TN, US
w/ Andre Williams and The Countdowns
Image: Johanna Claudette

1999: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Roxy Theatre, Atlanta, GA, US

2001: Russell Simins – [unknown venue]
w/ Photon Torpedoes and Medea Connection

2008: Heavy Trash – 100 Club, London, UK
w/ The Sadies and (DJ) PJ

“Ghosts of Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison’s melodies coming out the wonderful Verta-Ray vintage Gibson guitar filled the venue, with Jon Spencer on the counterpart to design angular rhythms and harmonies disbanding them. I love when music builds on one side and tear down on the other, it creates the imperfect balance that rock needs to avoid being redundant.” – Valerio Berdini (liveon35mm.wordpress.com)

Live Photos: Valerio Berdini (https://liveon35mm.wordpress.com/2008/02/02/heavy-trash/)

2010: Heavy Trash – Locomotiv, Bologna, Italy

2011: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Quarry Amphitheatre, Perth, WA, Australia

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Rev Room, Little Rock, AR, US
w/ Rob K. & Uncle Butcher: The Jam Messengers
Photo: Travis McElroy (https://www.instagram.com/thicksyrup_records/)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Ditty TV, Memphis, TN, US

HITmakers show #53

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN, US
w/ NOTS
Live Photo / Set List: Chris Johnson

HITmakers show #54

January 25:

1988: Pussy Galore – Kir, Hamburg, Germany

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – [unknown venue], Madrid, Spain

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Big Day Out, Melbourne, Australia

2003: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bowery Ballroom, New York City, NY, US
w/ Speedball Baby and Elliott Smith
Photo: eatsdirt (https://www.flickr.com/photos/eatsdirt/)

2006: Coldcut – Sound Mirrors – released in Japan
Everything is Under Control features Jon Spencer on vocals / guitar

2008: Heavy Trash – Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium

2011: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Quarry Amphitheatre, Perth, WA, Australia

2011: Heavy Trash – Le Carene, Brest, France

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN, US
w/ Rob K. & Uncle Butcher: The Jam Messengers
Live Photo: Bully Rock (BullyRook.com)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Exit/In, Nashville, TN, US
w/ NOTS

HITmakers show #55

January 26:

1988: Pussy Galore – Rose Club, Köln, Germany
Live Photo: Dietz Güldner
Ticket Image: Tickettalk

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Jimmy, Bordeaux, France

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Manning Bar, Sydney, Australia
w/ Quasar (Beastie Boys)

2002: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York City, NY, US
w/ Ike Turner
Photo: Ron Galell

2005: Blues Explosion – Big Day Out, Sydney, Australia

2008: Heavy Trash – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France
Photo: şparadrap (https://www.flickr.com/photos/sparadrap/)

2011: Heavy Trash – “live from the kitchen” for ‘Astro Unplugged’ @ L’Astrolabe, Orleans, France

2011: Heavy Trash – L’Astrolabe, Orleans, France
w/ Jean Pop 2 and King of the Lose

2013: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Exit/In, Nashville, TN, US
w/ Cheap Time and Rob K. & Uncle Butcher: The Jam Messengers

2015: Diabologum – #3 – reissued on vinyl and CD
*This album features samples of Boss Hog and Pussy Galore*

2018: Rob Kennedy & Marco Butcher: The Jam Messengers (w/ Jon Spencer) – Redhook Bait and Tackle, Brooklyn, New York, US
w/ Jack, Dee & Jude Trio, Jack Martin, Dee Pop, Jude Weber, Sharkey & the Count, Peter Zaremba, Mike Edison, Josh Styles and Murat Akturk & Brian Hurd.

Photos: Sean Berger (https://www.facebook.com/seanbarger/posts/10155474801280735)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Pilot Light, Knoxville, TN, US
w/ NOTS
Poster Design: Brian Methe (https://www.instagram.com/b_methe/)

HITmen show #1
HITmakers show #56

January 27:

1988: Pussy Galore – Musiktheater Bad, Hannover, Germany

1996: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Music Farm, Charleston, SC, US

1997: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Big Day Out @ Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia (27 January 1997)
Map / Shirt: Shayne Hutch

2000: 20 Miles – [unknown venue], US

2001: Russell Simins – The North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA, US
w/ The Numbers and Ty Cobb

2006: Heavy Trash – Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ, US
w/ Edison Rocket Train

2008: Heavy Trash & The Sadies – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
w/ The Sadies

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
Live Photos: Tom Oxley

“Songs are turned inside out and melodies unbuckled and stirred with the sounds of the Delta. Her voice is heartfelt and epic, more haunting and less polished than on the record. She makes stormy work of The Highwaymen’s ‘Silver Stallion’ with its ghostly slide guitar, while George Jackson’s ‘Aretha, Sing One For Me’ kicks up more of a soulful vibe complete with explosive organ. Patsy Cline’s ‘She’s Got You’ is delicate yet raw, and makes you wonder why it’s not on the album.”* – Tessa Harris / NME (9 February 2008)

*’She’s Got You’ is on the deluxe edition of Jukebox.

2010: Heavy Trash – Flex, Vienna, Austria

“Live bestätigte er seine Reputation als 110-Prozent-Erscheinung eindrucksvoll. Zwar brauchte die Band etwas, um auf Betriebsgeschwindigkeit zu kommen. Dann wurde die Show aber zur Weihestunde, die einen Querschnitt durch das Heavy-Trash-Werk bot: Songs wie The Loveless, Gee, I Really Love You oder I Want Oblivion transportierten eine rare Intensität und Dringlichkeit. Kunstvoll über ihre Spannkraft strapazierte Silben ließen Spencer japsen und kieksen und verliehen der Show jenen Irrsinn, wie man ihn von eingangs genannten Ausnahmekünstlern kennt.”

Live Photo: Christian Fischer
Review: Karl Fluch / DerStandard.at

2011: Heavy Trash – La Rodia, Besancon, France

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Side Stage at the Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC, US
w/ Dex Romweber Duo
Ticket Image: Shayne Hutch

HITmakers show #57

January 28:

1988: Pussy Galore – Loft, Berlin, Germany

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – Live Music Hall, Köln, Germany

1997: Cibo Matto – Super Relax – released in the US
*Russell Simins appears on Sugar Water (Remix) and Águas de Março*

2006: Heavy Trash – Kingston, NY, US

2008: Heavy Trash – Le Romandie, Lausanne, Switzerland

2008: Heavy Trash – Blue Vinyl reissue – released by Crunchy Frog

2010: Heavy Trash – Orpheum, Graz, Austria

2011: Heavy Trash – Festival Mo’Fo, Les Mains d’Oeuvre, Saint-Ouen, France
w/ Cheveu, Eldia, Crane Angels, The Fishermen 3, Yaya Tona and Oh! Tiger Mountain
Set List: Dallas Kincaid
Live Photo: Flore-Anne Roth (www.floreanneroth.com)
Review: Pierre Andrieu (concertandco.com)

2011: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Powerhouse Theatre, QLD, Australia

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Bunker Brewpub & Cadence Hall, Virginia Beach, VA, US
w/ Des Demonas

HITmakers Show #58

January 29:

1988: Pussy Galore – Odeon, Münster, Germany
“Hardcore-Anarchos metzeln sich durch die Hirne”

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – [unknown venue], Germany

2003: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Dublin Tivoli, Dublin, Ireland

2005: Blues Explosion – Metro, Sydney, Australia
w/ Salmon

2007: Little Barrie – Stand Your Ground – released in the UK
*features Russell Simins and Dan The Automator*

2008: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Later with Jools Holland, BBC Television Centre, London, UK

2008: Heavy Trash – Music Drome, Milano, Italy

2010: Heavy Trash – L’Usine, Genève, Switzerland

2011: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Coolangatta Hotel, QLD, Australia

2011: Heavy Trash – Angoulême Festival, Angoulême, France

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – The Golden Pony, Harrisonburg, VA, US
w/ Des Demonas

HITmakers Show #59

January 30:

1988: Pussy Galore – Forum, Enger, Germany

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – XTC, Berlin, Germany

2003: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Nottingham Rock City, Nottingham, UK

2005: Blues Explosion – Big Day Out, Melbourne, Australia (30 January 2005)
Live Photos: Mary Boukouvalas (via http://whatsmyscene.com/)

2006: Coldcut – Sound Mirrors – released in the UK

2008: Heavy Trash – B-Side Live Music Pub, Rende Cosenza, Italy
w/ The Sadies

2010: Heavy Trash – Gaswerk Kulturzentrum, Winterthur, Switzerland
w/ Bloodshot Bill

2011: Heavy Trash – Le Rockstore, Montpellier, France

2011: Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA, US
w/ Des Demonas

HITmakers Show #60

January 31:

1987: Pussy Galore – Maxwell’s, Hoboken, New Jersey, US
w/ Leaving Trains

Live Photos: David McKenzie
Maxwell’s Ad: The McKenzie Tapes

1992: Boss Hog – Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ, US
w/ Bikini Kill and Kitten (later to be known as ‘Free Kitten’)

1992: Honeymoon Killers (w/ Judah Bauer) – [unknown venue], Netherlands

1997: Butter 08 – Japan Grand Royal Night, Shinjuku Liquid Room, Tokyo, Japan
w/ Buffalo Daughter, Ben Lee and Quasar (Beastie Boys)

2003: Solomon Burke Meets The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
Live Photos: Brian Rasic
Ticket Image: Martin

“A true entertainer, Burke engaged the audience throughout the performance by telling stories and even handing out roses. Things really heated up when he invited the JSBE onstage to join him, and people were dancing in the aisles, much to the staff’s dismay. The collective roared through a few more numbers before being joined by British music impresario Jools Holland on piano.” – Rob Bolton / exclaim.ca

2008: Heavy Trash – Teatro Miela, Trieste, Italy
w/ The Sadies
Photo / Set List: Ana

“Dok ga gledate na pozornici jasno vam je da uživa u svakom trenutko toga što radi, da nema ‘odrađivanja’ koncerta, sviranja preko volje i općenito zamora time čime se bavi. Od početka do kraja je davao sve od sebe, bacao se na koljena, skakao po pozornici i bio na rubu silaska u publiku s kojom je cijelo vrijeme komunicirao.”

2010: Heavy Trash – Ampere, München, Germany

2011: Heavy Trash – Mediator, Perpignan, France

2015: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Mortville an evening inspired by John Waters” @ Black Bear Bar, Brooklyn, New York, US
Photo Credits:
“The John Waters Blues Explosion. L-R: John Waters (guitar), John Waters (drums), John Waters (guitar) by Hardeep Phull (http://instagram.com/hardeepphull/)
“busted in the photobooth! jon spencer Blues explosion!” by Jonathan Toubin (http://instagram.com/jonathantoubin/)

2019: Jon Spencer & The HITmakers – Rough Trade NYC, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, US
w/ Bodega

Live Photos: Vivian Wang / blurredculture.com (https://www.instagram.com/lithophyte/)

HITmakers show #61

“Jon Spencer and the Hit Makers played a storming show at Rough Trade to celebrate his new album. He even dusted off some Pussy Galore chestnuts. This guy knows how to perform.” – JG Thirlwell

“When you watch him perform, it’s hard to imagine Mr. Spencer is past the half-century mark — he’s rock-star lean with a thick shock of dark hair (the obsidian gleam is sweat — the man runs on all eight cylinders). Deep into a muscular set, he’s still all angular kinetics, head thrown back, climbing on top of the amps before leaping off, dropping to his knees to howl out some verses. I was reminded of Jack Kerouac’s classic line about the people who are like fireworks–burning and burning, a roman candle exploding like golden spiders across the stars.” – Vivian Wang (blurredculture.com)

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