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New Jon Spencer video: Beetle Boots

Video: Jon Spencer – “Beetle Boots”

Jon Spencer - Beetle Boots

Directed by Andrew Hooper. From Spencer Sings The Hits, out now on In the Red.

Jon Spencer will not tolerate any phony rock and rollers. He doesn’t have time for you posers.

You think it’s easy being in a band?
Wrong priorities
Misguided intentions
Ironic distance just reinforces convention

Come on!

Stop playing with a butter knife!

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New Jon Spencer video: I Got The Hits

Video: Jon Spencer – “I Got The Hits”

Jon Spencer - I Got The Hits

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!

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New Jon Spencer video: Do The Trash Can

Video: Jon Spencer – “Do The Trash Can”

Jon Spencer - Do The Trash Can

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.”

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New Danger Mouse video: Chase Me ft. Run the Jewels and Big Boi

Video: Danger Mouse – “Chase Me” (ft. Run the Jewels and Big Boi)

Chase Me – Danger Mouse ft. Run The Jewels & Big Boi (Baby Driver Official Video)

From the Baby Driver soundtrack, out now on 30th Century/Columbia.

Danger Mouse samples the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s 1994 classic “Bellbottoms.” Annoying that there’s not a higher resolution video on YouTube, but that’s 90s music for you. It exists in the ephemeral pre-digital ether where people taped “120 Minutes” on VCRs; it all eventually gets upped to the internet but it looks and sounds like crap. Oh well. Orange is still a great album and I’m happy I bought it on vinyl back in the day (and that it survived my great vinyl purge of 2005.

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New Boss Hog video: Shh Shh Shh

Video: Boss Hog – “Shh Shh Shh”

BOSS HOG - Shh Shh Shh (Official)

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.

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Listen to Frontier Justice 2/19/17

The Thousand Points Of Light Memorial Waterfall lies dry at the center of the Super 7 Mega Mall food court tetrahedron, and everybody’s got an opinion as to why. Hair triggers, we have them. In this new reality of hot takes and burning questions, it’s fun to clamber onto a roof and shout “BELL BOTTOMS” over and over into the night sky. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion strut their way outta “Frontier Justice” in its college radio days and into this new consciousness, the latest FJ delivery system being Spotify. And speaking of that new consciousness, on this set JSBX drops into the void between Danny Brown‘s stuttering, claustrophobic “Ain’t It Funny” on one side and Lady Gaga‘s “Diamond Heart” on the other. Young, wild Americans, both.

Spotify: Frontier Justice 2/19/17 (35 songs, 2 hr 3 min)

At the top of the set, Norway’s Sigrid makes her debut with “Don’t Kill My Vibe” and M.I.A. returns with the typically martial “P.O.W.A.” Minor Threat and Agent Orange remind us that the establishment was riling up the youth in the early moments of the Me Decade, Patti Smith remains royalty, and “Said It Already” is new, incisive and grooving from young Londoner Ama Lou. Elsewhere, Tommy Genesis oozes volatility and effortless after-hours club cool on “Art,” and Dai Burger wants to be your class president. Did you know Michelle Branch is back? Hopeless Romantic is her first full-length in 13 years; it was written and co-produced with Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, and sounds like it. Angel Olsen released one of 2016’s best records in My Woman — The engrossing, cinematic “Sister” is a highlight — and digging deep into the Spotify Sound Vaults reveals classic material in a new light: Elvis Presley brings both vulnerability and bluesy swing to an alternate take of “Heartbreak Hotel,” and The Supremes are full of funky soul on “Bad Weather,” the 1973 nugget produced and written by Stevie Wonder.

There’s some Ratt along the way, because after all, what goes around comes around (and they’ll tell you why), L.A. Witch is back with cool new stuff for Suicide Squeeze, RTJ remind us to stay hungry and pissed, and Eminem is no less than unhinged on “No Favors,” one of the many standouts on Big Sean‘s terrific new record I Decided.

Making playlists isn’t protest. It’s not political action. But it can be a soundtrack for both dancing and dissent, and do its best to uphold the art of discourse, which in these polarizing times is increasingly under attack. And if you want to completely check out, there’s always room on Goat‘s delightfully weird magic carpet. Here, “Try My Robe.”

JTL

You can also try an Apple Music playlist. Let me know if this works. -ed.

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New Boss Hog album coming soon: Brood X

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.

And you can stream a couple of songs below…

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New Blues Explosion video, man!

Video: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Do The Get Down”

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Do The Get Down (Official Audio)

From their upcoming album Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015, due on March 24 on Mom+Pop Music. Cool video with lots of crazy clips from NYC public access channels.

I’ve already got my tickets to see these monkeys at the Pyramid Scheme in April. Take a whiff of my pantleg, baby!

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New Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Super Bowl Ad: Black Betty

Video: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Black Betty” (VW ad)

Volkswagen Beetle 2011 Super Bowl XLV television commercial

It all comes back to the intersection of art and commerce… Or rather: cars and rock and roll. Over the past ten years we’ve spent a lot of time discussing what it means when a band puts its music in a commercial. From the Clash to Sting, Nick Drake to the Mooney Suzuki, Iggy Pop to Of Montreal, Led Zeppelin to Wilco. As Mac said so eloquently in 2005, we’re all Sometimes Reluctant Hookers.

Ten years on, the concept of “selling out” doesn’t even exist anymore. Which is probably fine, since neither does the concept of “buying music.”

So congratulations to Jon Spencer for getting his band on a Volkswagen ad. A Super Bowl ad, no less! Soon to be iconic, I’m sure.

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Jon Spencer: Fuck these squares!

Jon SpencerJon Spencer rules. Eye Weekly recently asked the Blues Explosion man if he regrets wearing “rubber pants” in the 100-degree Chicago heat at the Pitchfork Festival. His response his classic Spencer:

No! I don’t know what the fuck is up with these squares today. I’m in a rock ‘n’ roll band and I was there to play rock ‘n’ roll. I didn’t go there to work on my tan or play hacky-sack. Jesus Christ, what’s this world coming to? Everybody gets so upset about me trying to look good! I’m getting to be an old man, but I’ve got a job, and I’m going to do it the best I can. Fuck these squares.

Awesome. Spencer also points ramps up his feud with Chicago critic Jim DeRogatis (“this fucking asshole”), and I gotta say: I tend to get a kick out of DeRo’s vitriol but in this case the dude is way off. To simply dismiss the Blues Explosion as “blackface parody” and “making fun of black music” is to virtually ignore the entire history of rock and roll. Spencer’s oversized self-aggrandizement has certainly always been tongue-in-cheek, but to question his sincere love for the foundation of this music is preposterous and shameful.

Jon Spencer fucking is rock and roll, man! How can you fail to see that? Dang!

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Photo by Jolie. See AMP’s JSBX photos, too.