Their previous single focused on carnal comfort as a balm for existential crisis, while this new one suggests the pointlessness of getting wasted. Fair enough, but hey, whatever gets you through the night.
Every night the same routine
Going out just to be seen
The C.I.A. is Denée Segall on vocals, her husband Ty on bass, Emmett Kelly on another bass, and R.E. Carlos on drums. No guitar. And no nonsense. These guys aren’t messing around.
Directed by Denée & Ty Segall. From their self titled debut, due in December on In The Red.
Who needs guitars when you have two basses? Not the C.I.A., a new group featuring Ty Segall on one bass, his wife Denée on vocals, Emmett Kelly on another bass, and R.E. Carlos on drums.
Nothing much left in this world to live for
I think I know how we could waste some time…
Denée writes, “In a world filled with so much anger and chaos we must find a way to escape, at least every once and a while, to an alternate reality where only pleasure exists. This realm is different for everyone and can be conjured in many ways. It can be found by walking the dog, indulging in a decadent meal with friends, or stepping out into the void and sitting in silence under the moon. I endorse and participate in all of these methods. However, there is one technique that soars above the rest. Pleasure Seeker speaks of the ultimate release. The one which is absolutely essential to life itself. Love -- in any and all of the forms it inhabits. Tender or eccentric, self or shared. Each one of us seeks a pure kind of intimacy. Carnal comfort binds us all. Seek, and you shall find.”
Directed by Alex Italics. From Spencer Sings the Hits, due November 2 on In The Red Records.
I love bands with a little attitude. I mean, this is rock and roll, man! There is NO room for pussy footin’. One of the things that first drew me to Jon Spencer was that he called his band the Blues Explosion and commanded you to “take a whiff of my pant leg, baby.” That’s ludicrous and audacious and just the thing we need!
As Spencer says in the video, “I got it all, baby!” But hits are not among them, not if we think of them in terms of record sales and cultural impact. No, guys like Ed Sheeran have hits, and God bless him for them. But Jon Spencer doesn’t give a shit about that. He’ll look you dead in the eye and tell you he’s got the hits! And by God, you better believe him or you’ll be taking more than a whiff of his pant leg!
From Spencer Sings the Hits due this fall on Shove Records/In the Red.
Jon Spencer recorded his first solo album at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan with Sam Coomes from Quasi and drummer Mike Sord from Kalamazoo.
Spencer told Rolling Stone, “Sam is someone with whom I have crossed paths many times over the years, I have always been a fan of his wild keyboard style and twisted tunesmith-ery. In fact we kicked around the idea of a collaboration way back in the early Aughts. I got to know Sord from many projects done at the Key Club (Andre Williams, JSBX, & Boss Hog), he was the handyman and assistant engineer that turned out to be a great drummer.”
“Do The Trash Can” has everything you’d want in a Jon Spencer song: snarled vocals, caveman drums, Stoogey guitar riffs, and incitement to get down and dance. You can also hear them banging on old car parts.
“Nothing like digging the gas tank from an old Chevy out of a Michigan junkyard snow bank in January. Junkyard owner kept asking me if the metal was for a school project, but as a bluegrass player he could understand the possible use for a recording session.”
From Brood X, out now on In the Red, although Amazon says April 21. Not sure what’s up with that, but coordinating release dates is tricky.
Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer are the coolest married couple ever. Watch them creep around a haunted mansion, and if you haven’t read the recent New York Times profile you really should. It’s an illuminating look into their domestic life where Martinez has a day job at Bon Appétit magazine and Spencer bakes chocolate-chip cookies.
Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer are bringing back their New York art/punk/scuzz band Boss Hog just when we needed them. We hadn’t heard from them since 2000’s Whiteout until they released a four-song EP in July. Along with veterans Jens Jurgensen on bass and Hollis Queens on drums, and newcomer Mickey Finn on keys, they’re releasing the full-length Brood X on March 24 on In The Red. Follow them on Facebook for all the latest revolutionary insurrection.
I’ve always thought Boss Hog was cool. I still have my turntable mat from their eponymous 1995 album even though I got rid of the record years ago. I’m happy to hear they’re still making a ruckus.