Ladies and gentleman: this Friday night AD presents The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at The El Rey Theatre. For those of you in Los Angeles, we’re giving away five pairs of tickets. To land a pair, leave a comment stating how you first discovered the band, along with your name and a valid email we can hit you back at. Winners notified by Thursday; tickets held at will-call. Turn the stereo up. Quasi supports.

MP3: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion :: My War (Black Flag)

17 Responses to “AD Presents :: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ The El Rey”

  1. was working at a record store in Ventura in 1999 when i first heard JSBX. was blown away by “Orange” disc!

  2. I’m a big fan of The Soledad Brothers, and saw them open for JSBE in 2004. Then I bought their collaborative record with R.L Burnside, and discovered there is such a thing as Punk Blues. It’s been since ’04 since I’ve seen them, would love to hear them live again.

    Thanks!
    Allison

  3. My older sister and I went to visit her college boyfriend at NAU when I was in middle school. He was bumping Orange (followed by Mary’s Danish, eeeee) and I fell in love right then and there. JSBX was pivotal in my youth and I’m sure they can still sex it up on stage.

  4. It was the guy from Pussy Galore, opening for the Lyres at the upstairs Knitting Factory – hell yeah that sounded worth checking out. Great show-went on to see them many more more times the next few years – been a while though.

  5. Working retail in 1999 over the holidays, on my break went to Tower records, my manager gave me cash and told me to see if they had x-tra Acme, NOT Acme. I had no idea who they were, so i was completely confused. Asked the clerk, who pulled it from behind the counter and seemed stoked someone asked for it. (i just played it cool, like it was for me). Listened to that album for the rest of the night, went back the next day and bought Orange.

  6. I was sitting in my friend Larry Hardy’s apartment and he put on a brand new copy of that Crypt Style vinyl… It was one of the best things I ever heard in my life…

  7. Living in a college dorm back in ’94. My roommate was playing Orange which he borrowed from a friend and it caught my ear. Bought a copy for myself and ended up listening to it almost nonstop for about a year. That album ended up defining my musical taste ever since. A life changer, if you will.

  8. About five years ago, I was listening to Pandora at work when a song from Acme popped up. I’d never heard anything like that before – it was incredible! I immediately bought Acme, followed by all the rest including the recent reissues. There is no band that I know of that combines the raw fury and passion of these three guys…

  9. I first heard of them when Beck and Mike D talked about the Flavor video on Squirt TV. I got really into Orange after that.

  10. My wife is still traumatized from seeing them with The Jesus Lizard 20 years ago.

  11. A post-high school girlfriend with – aside from digging these guys – had awful taste in music. This was the only good thing to come out of that failed relationship.

  12. I got a flyer inside a Billy Childish record i ordered from Crypt Records and saw the cover of Crypt Style and thought “well that’s it then,this i am gonna need” so i ordered that and it’s been a slippery slope ever since.

  13. I’m not sure if I first heard them on a Matador sampler or if it was because of Beck’s verses on Flavor. At that time, I was trying to digest everything Beck had released, scouring eBay for rarities, so that’s a definite possibility. I think that’s what it was, through Beck, and actually JSBX linked me into Matador and Teenage Fanclub and Pizzicato Five and probably even Pavement. I was in high school and listening to 30 second song samples on Amazon in my parent’s basement. Damn those were good times.

  14. I first discovered the sweat in 1994 while in college in Southern Virginia. My roommate and I drove up 2 1/2 hours for a weeknight show at the old 9:30 club in DC where the stage was 22″ high off the ground. The place was shaking something fierce. Caught the show at the Troubadour earlier this year. Great to see the groove back again live. Would love to win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s show . . .

  15. i was working at a record store L.A. in the late nineties when one of my coworkers came up to me with a cd and said “you need this.” it was the JSBX, a bootleg called Don’t Cramp My Style. i listened to it and was instantly blow away. I quickly turned all my friends on to them I kicked myself for a long time for them play the Troubadour on the Orange tour because i had to work.

  16. One of the most disappointing shows I’ve ever seen in 25+ years of concerts was Alex Chilton opening for JSBX in Philly. I had never seen either band live, heard a few BX songs. Alex had released “Cliches”, a pointless album. They played like a bored casino lounge act. JSBX came on, did a high engery set devoid of melody, marred by constant cursing. The crowd loved it, I didn’t stay for the second set. Possibly the most self-hyped band ever.

  17. I first heard JSBX when my brother passed me a cassette tape of songs, I still listened to my Walkman a lot then and I pretty much ruined the tape by rewinding it constantly to listen to the tracks from Acme.

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