Meat And Bone is the first studio album by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in eight years. This is straight-up, Grade A Blues Explosion, produced and mixed by Mr. Spencer himself, with no special guests. Meat And Bone is 12 prime cuts of raw rock 'n' roll, recorded on Sly Stone's "Riot" Flickinger console at the legendary Key Club Recording Studio in Benton Harbor, MI, amd mixed in the jungles of New York City. Judah Bauer, Russell Simins and Jon Spencer continue to blow minds with their fusillade of energy and rhythm, and have once again proven that the Blues is #1!
The new album comes on the heels of the meticulous and loving 2010 reissues of the band’s Matador albums, including the classics 'Extra Width', 'Orange', and 'Now I Got Worry.' (And more recently, the re-release of the long out-of-print seminal Pussy Galore catalog.) It was amid this period of looking back, that Spencer, Simins and Bauer began the process of moving forward.
"We still have that psychic glue that allows us to create music together," Spencer states. "Over the course of a year touring and writing new songs and recording, we rediscovered our shared history as a band. We circled the wagons, and went back to our roots. In a way this is almost like another first album."
On stage and in the studio, Jon Spencer has destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such ferocity and wild abandon, that it's hard to believe there is anything left. It's been twenty years since The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion first pressed 'record', and twenty years since Spencer and his A-Team of sonic terrorists tore up the indie-rock landscape with fever and a visceral, untouchable vision of rock'n'roll that did for a new wave of blues-punk primitivists what Helen of Troy's face did for the armada.
But make no mistake: Jon Spencer was there first. He is the original. It was his sanctified outbursts and blues-bending riffs that began the new-fangled roots rock revolution and spawned countless imitators. With Pussy Galore, he gargled with the Stones and Stooges and wrestled with industrial noise and fuzzed-out fucked-up sixties garage crud…with Blues Explosion, he drove furiously into the future with incendiary spirit built from courage, audacity, and revolt. Nothing has been the same since.
Meat And Bone track listing:
1. Black Mold
2. Bag Of Bones
3. Boot Cut
4. Get Your Pants Off
5. Ice Cream Killer
6. Strange Baby
7. Bottle Baby
9. Black Thoughts
11. Bear Trap
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES (more forthcoming):
October 6: Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA
October 13: German American Music Hall - Pawtucket, RI
October 16: Higher Ground Lounge - South Burlington, VT
October 18: Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
October 19: Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
October 20: Earth House - Indianapolis, IN
October 21: Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
October 22: Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
October 23: Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI
October 24: The Basement - Columbus, OH
October 25: Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
November 3: Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
November 8: Casbah - San Diego, CA
November 9: El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
November 10: Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
November 12: Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
November 13: The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
November 14: Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, B.C.
Check out the first single, "Black Mold", via SoundCloud here.