- 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!
- December 16, 2014
After a long break Heavy Trash return to Europe as part of France’s Les Nuits De L’Alligator Festival in February 2015. Dates below. Watch out for a special slab of Ltd vinyl to coincide, details TBA!
Feb 17th: ANNECY, Brise Glace
Feb 18th: STRASBOURG, La Laiterie
Feb 19th: NANCY, L’Autre Canal
Feb 20th: CAEN, BBc
Feb 21st: ANGERS, Chabada
Feb 22nd: BREST, Vauban
Feb 24th: VANNES, Echonova
Feb 25th: CLERMONT FERRAND, Coop De Mai
Feb 26th: ROUEN, Le 106
Feb 27th: PARIS, Moroquinerie
Feb 28th: MACON, La Cave
- November 27, 2014
After a long period of incubation, we can at last proudly announce the next very special instalment for Seriés Aphōnos , released on January 26th, 2015. Thank you, patient ones. 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. Sneak listens coming very soon. Pre-order HERE (limited to 500).
- November 11, 2014
Watch Gemma perform a solo version of “The Right Thing Did Me Wrong” , filmed at Lowlands Bar, Brooklyn by BreakThruRadio’s Hear And Now Sessions. Click HERE
- September 22, 2014Jon Spencer & Matt Verta-Ray Get Ready To Celebrate 10 Years of Trash ‘n’ Roll!Announce Select Dates In USA & Canada Beginning October 8thWith Special Guest Star Bloodshot Bill!Rock ‘n’ roll revolutionaries, Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray, aka Heavy Trash, make a welcome return to the road next month, with a run of shows kicking off October 8th.An amazing blend of rockabilly, country, doo-wop, punk, and rock ‘n’ roll, Heavy Trash will be playing songs from their three full-length records, as well as material from their forthcoming new long-player.This marks the tenth anniversary for Gotham’s finest, so the boys are pulling out all the stops! Joining Heavy Trash on stage, both as support act and as the newest HT member, will be Canadian rockabilly wild man Bloodshot Bill. This is sure to be the roots rock event of the decade, don’t miss out!Dates are as follows:October 8th – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt (www.thehaunt.com)October 9th – Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki (www.helsinkihudson.com)October 10th – Montreal, QC – Le Cabaret du Mile End (www.lemileend.org)October 11th – Quebec, QC – Le Cerde (www.le-cercle.ca)October 12th – St-Prime, QC – The Old Barn (www.coupdegrace.mu)October 14th – Portland, ME – Space (www.space538.org)October 15th – Winooski, VT – Monkey House (www.monkeyhousevt.com)October 16th – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall (www.waterstreetmusic.com)October 17th – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern (www.horseshoetavern.com)October 18th – London, ON – Call The Office (www.calltheoffice.com)October 19th – Hamlton, ON – Casbah (www.casbahlounge.ca)For Heavy Trash press inquiries, please contact Jo Murray
- August 18, 2014
Gemma’s forthcoming album gets an exclusive full album stream preview, in its, erm, weekly Album Of The Week feature. Have a listen and read all about it below:
- August 7, 2014
That’s right, check out the link below to see the lava-loving video for Gemma’s song “Shake Baby Shake”.
- July 29, 2014
St Vincent’s track “Psychopath” has been given a remix treatment by Solex.
Read all about it and listen at The Wire, where it has been exclusively previewed.
- July 23, 2014
As well as the previously announced new Gemma Ray album, we are excited to be bestowing upon thee :
NED COLLETTE & WIREWALKER – Networking In Purgatory, on August 15th. The Melbourne-bred Berliner delivers fitting moods for these fucked-up times . Listen to the Eno-esque “Bird” HERE!
- June 11, 2014
That is correct. More info coming soon, but in the meantime check it out here: http://www.mojo4music.com/14999/gemma-ray-new-song-shake-baby-shake/