Rolling Stone Premieres The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s
New Album Out March 24 Through Mom+Pop
Five Borough Freedom Tour March 23 – 28
North American Tour Begins April 8
THE BLUES IS #1 In NEW YORK CITY, and to celebrate the release of their new, long-playing record album, Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will be bringing their brand of high-octane street hassling back home, with an unprecedented Five Borough Freedom Tour!
The Blues Explosion will be leveling neighborhoods in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island the week of March 23 to 28, including free shows at dive bars, breweries and beyond!
And if those Five Fingers of Death weren’t enough to knock you out, the JSBX will also blast out a special set at WFMU’s new state-of-the-art recording and broadcasting facility, The Monty Hall, in the sixth borough; Jersey City, NJ!
FIVE BOROUGH FREEDOM TOUR:
Mon March 23 – Staten Island, Liedy’s Shore Inn
Tue March 24 – Manhattan, Cake Shop
Weds March 25 – Jersey City NJ, WFMU’s Monty Hall
Thurs March 26 – Brooklyn, Hank’s Saloon
Fri March 27 – The Bronx, The Point
Sat March 28 – Queens, Singlecut Brewery
New Yorkers – you can get a free pair of tickets to one of the above shows with the purchase of the record from Other Music,Turntable Lab, Vintage Vinyl, or Insound. For more details, head over to thejonspencerbluesexplosion.com
WATCH THE BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR ‘BETTY VS. THE NYPD’ ON NOISEY
There are eight million stories in the Naked City, but it took the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to rip the sheets off of the most lurid tale of law enforcement gone crazy ever told: Betty Vs. The NYPD. Working undercover, famed New York City Grunge photographer Michael Lavine got down and dirty on the still-filthy back lots of the Mortville section of Brooklyn to capture all of the sordid action. Starring comedic bombshell, the fearless Bridget Everett, this video is definitely NSFA – Not Safe For Anyone – but especially the mayor, the head of the Police Union, and the New York Post!
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:
April 8 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
April 9 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
April 10 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
April 11 – Black Cat – Washington DC
April 12 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
April 14 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
April 15 – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
April 16 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
April 17 – The Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
April 18 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
April 19 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
April 20 – Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN
April 21 – Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
April 22 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
April 23 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
April 24 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
April 25 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
May 6 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
May 7 – The Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
May 8 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
May 9 – The Ritz – San Jose, CA
May 11 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
May 12 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
May 13 – Imperial Theatre – Vancouver BC
May 14 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
May 15 – The Bartlett – Spokane, WA
May 16 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
May 17 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
May 19 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
May 21 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
May 22 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
May 23 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
May 27 – Abbey Bar – Harrisburg, PA
May 28 – Bowery Ballroom – NYC, NY
June 8 – Higher Ground – Burlngton, VT
June 9 – Fairmount Theatre – Montreal, QC
June 10 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
June 13 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
June 14 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
June 15 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
June 16 – Record Bar, Kansas City, MO
June 17 – Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
June 18 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
June 19 – Woodward Theater – Cincinnati, OH
June 20 – 123 Pleasant Street – Morgantown, WV
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 strong.
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!
Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015 is available to pre-order now from iTunes, and direct from the band with exclusive JSBX tote bag and slipmat. All pre-orders come with an immediate download of Do The Get Down.