- April 7, 2015
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion just ran through the better part of their home city as part of their whirlwind Five Borough Freedom Tour. Filmmaker Don Fierro was along for the ride, documenting the craziness, and you can watch a fun recap video, which makes its premiere in this Brooklyn Vegan link below. Check it.
- March 30, 2015
Parasitic aliens anyone? Yes please! Jon Spencer meets John Carpenter in the brand new video for JSBX’s “Tales Of Old New York: The Rock Box”, premiered over at Nerdist today. Don’t miss this one, below:
Check out also the US tour dates below:
04-08 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
04-09 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
04-10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
04-11 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
04-12 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
04-15 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
04-16 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
04-17 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
04-18 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
04-19 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
04-20 – Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
04-21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
04-23 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
04-24 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
04-25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
- March 24, 2015
Seasick Steve’s new album ‘Sonic Soul Surfer’ is released today in the USA on There’s A Dead Skunk Records in association with Bronze Rat Records.
available on all formats except Edison Cylinder, cassette and floppy disc.
- March 23, 2015
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s brand new album is OUT TODAY!
And whilst you are at it, check out a juicy Quietus exclusive interview with Jon Spencer reflecting on a life of devotion to his full throttle areas he turns 50, here: http://thequietus.com/articles/17346-jon-spencer-blues-explosion-heavy-trash-interview
- March 12, 2015
Check out the titillating, dramatic new video for The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s “Betty vs the NYPD” starring Bridget Everett (and premiered over at Noisey this week) here: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/jon-spencer-blues-explosion-bette-vs-the-nypd
- March 4, 2015
Last week we released the Zarelli album “Soft Rains”, an epic musical interpretation of the recording of Leonard Nimoy’s narration of a Ray Bradbury story. Five days later, Mr . Nimoy sadly passed away. We decided to go ahead and release the video (by Mark Warrington) which was slated to premiere on Mojo and Vevo today, as we think it is a fitting tribute to the inimitable presence of the great man. We hope you agree.
Head over to Mojo to see it , and read more: http://www.mojo4music.com/19252/watch-cosmic-tribute-star-treks-leonard-nimoy/
- February 23, 2015
Happy release day Zarelli!
“an unsettlingly candy-coated trip into electronic unreality” **** MOJO.
“Unlikely, unsettling and engaging in equal measures” – 8/10 UNCUT.
“A genuinely affecting work” – **** SHINDIG!
Featuring the wondrous voice of Leonard Nimoy narrating Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicle ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’, this is an epic and brilliant musical interpretation by Zarelli (aka Carwyn Ellis, the man behind the score for the Edwyn Collins film ‘The Possibilities Are Endless’, and the main vein in Colorama). The apocalypse has never sounded so good.
- February 14, 2015
The video for the new Miraculous Mule single “Blues Uzi” is premiered over at Fused Magazine. Home-cooked, self-styled and angry. Check it out here: http://www.fusedmagazine.co.uk/mircacolous-mule-blues-uzi/
- February 11, 2015
Bronze Rat has teamed up with Seasick Steve’s own There’s A Dead Skunk Records to release his rollicking new record “Sonic Soul Surfer” in the U.S.A., out on March 24th.
Check out his new surf-tastic video for single Summertime Boy, premiered over at Vevo today.
- January 20, 2015
Ladies and Gentlemen, Bronze Rat Records are excited to announce the new JSBX album, out March 23rd. Pre-order your copies HERE on HOT Green Vinyl, or normal black, or CD, or digital. Bundles with slip mats and totes, and an instant track of the new song Do The Get Down, which is also premiered today with a visualizer* over at our favourite place of learning – THE QUIETUS. (*this is what they are calling a montage video these days apparently, and who are we to argue)
Read on for more info on this nasty New Yorker album below!!
New York City is a big place. A loud place. Some of that noise is music. And some of the music is noise. Sucking it all in and turning it loose with prejudice, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion takes a ferocious bite out of the Big Apple with their new long-player, Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015, the first record of the new era that demands to be stopped and frisked!
Like the best sides that percolated up from the Bronx, the Lower East Side, and Greenwich Village across the 1970s and ‘80s – Freedom Tower is more than a high-octane dance party record, it is a document of New York City, a chronicle of grit and terror and love!
It’s all here: The Hustler and The Trust Fund Baby, the Mosh Pit Casualty, the Celebrity Chef, the Crooked Cop, the Struggling Artist, the Sucker MC, the forgotten Sex Workers and Last-Chance Cinderellas. Within these grooves are cold-water tenements, blue-chip galleries, dingy Avenue B studios, and the last real warrior poet whose dark magick brings garage rock ghosts back from the grave!
Freedom Tower is a radical portrait of New York City set to the savage funkacide of the Blues Explosion, locked and loaded with the most deadly, predatory guitar riffs that primitive magnetic tape can handle…. From start to finish, Freedom Tower is overmodulated, cooked with dirt, and finished in acid rain! Freedom Tower is packed with the kind of beats and rhymes that will make even the most reserved Walter Mitty jump back and say “damn!”
For nearly a quarter-century the Blues Explosion have been sweating, freezing, eating, drinking, fucking, fighting, winning, and losing in New York City, perpetrating some of the most timeless moments of musical mayhem in the history of Manhattan and beyond. As ever, Jon Spencer tells the tales, Judah Bauer plays the blues, and Russell Simins smashes things to bits… And as always Blues Explosion stomp on the faux underground oasis peddled by bourgeois hipsters and marketing jocks to deliver the real deal — rock’n’roll that is unapologetically nasty and.
Rehearsed and polished in a string of secret gigs and unannounced opening slots in theaters, hotel bars, and dives (often under assumed names), and then recorded at the legendary Daptone House Of Soul in Bushwick and mixed with hip-hop cult legend Alap Momin at the cutting edge of Harlem, Freedom Tower is the most provocative statement of urban pathos and panache ever recorded.
Play this record at all-night rent parties, picnics, discotheques, and protests! There are eight million stories in the Naked City — but there is only one Blues Explosion!
Freedom Tower - dig it now, while you still can!