21 Jul 2015

Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015 by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

From The Sampler, 7:30 pm on 21 July 2015

Jim Pinckney undertakes a heartfelt, hip shaking tribute to New York City from The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion FreedomTowerWith a firm grounding in punk, funk, blues and dirty old rock’n’roll The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have been terrifying tweeters and worrying woofers at venues the world over, for the past 24 years. Remarkably the band is exactly the same power trio that recorded their first single, an 86 second  long salvo of Cramps style rocking hootenany,  Shirt Jac in 1992.

The title  Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015, is somewhat of a misonomer, because if there is any sign of No Wave - the loose name given to the eruption of New York bands in the mid-late 70’s mixing elasticated funk, jazz, rock and electronic influences, it’s very well hidden. It certainly does sound good though, with none of the showy, attention grabbing, stressed dynamics that colour so many modern rock records, and more clout in the bottom end for an album than you might reasonably expect for a record without any bass guitar.

Songs Played:  Funeral, White Jesus, Wax Dummy, Cooking For Television, Do The Get Down, Down And Out, Tales Of Old New York: The Rock Box, Crossroad Hop

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