Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

We Are Hex, Shockwave Riderz, Guest DJ JG Thirlwell (Foetus), Psychedelic light show by Liquid Light Lab

Thu, July 18, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$18 advance / $20 day of show

This event is 18 and over

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
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 biteout 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!
We Are Hex
We Are Hex
We Are Hex, from Indianapolis, have their eyes focused both forward and backward. Borrowing the classic sounds of new wave and goth and mixing them with the skronk of modern noise, We Are Hex are making music that's very contemporary. With everything old being new again and rediscovered by newer acts, this band sounds both fresh and classic at the same time. Recorded in the middle of one of Indianapolis' nastiest neighbourhoods, the foursome are hard to pin down as a sound. Each song has its own distinct flavour. Some brood along the edges of classic, sythn-laden goth ("Bottom of My Belly") and Gary Numan-esque new wave ("Easy Vision", "Tired of White Nights"), some recall the shoegazer styles of My Bloody Valentine ("Serious Sedatives") , some remind the listener of Sonic Youth or Liars ("No FM/No AM"). Songs also range from the spacy and orchestral to the short and brutal. This is a young band clearly still trying to find their sound, but what they've made so far in their exploration is remarkable. Recommended.
Guest DJ JG Thirlwell (Foetus)
Foetus, Manorexia, Steroid Maximus, Venture Bros
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211