Jon Spencer Speaks As Blues Explosion Brings New Material To The Stage

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion served up a steaming plate of new material when the band hit the stage at New York's Bowery Ballroom Saturday night for a one-off gig before launching a tour later this month.

JSBX hit the stage Saturday armed with most of the tunes on "Acme" (the band's next effort, due October 20) and only a few classics like "Afro," "2 Kindsa Love," and "Flava."

With so few old favorites among the setlist, the evening turned into a coming out party of sorts for new songs like "Magical Colors," "Attack," "Do You Wanna Get Heavy?," "Torture," and ""Talk About The Blues," the first single from "Acme."

But while the songs might have been new to many of the JSBX fans gathered at the New York venue, they're old hat to the Blues Explosion by now.

"A lot of the songs we've been playing out were written long before we recorded the record, so a lot of the stuff we've already played out in front of an audience,"

Blues Explosion frontman Jon Spencer told MTV Saturday before taking the stage. "I think a lot of people get hung up on a record, and... I don't think a band should try and do the same thing live. That's the fun of playing a show. A live show is one thing, and a record's another thing. They're both a hell of a lot of fun." [28.8 RealVideo]

Both brands of the Blues Explosion's fun will resurface in a couple of weeks as the band's new album, "Acme," arrives on October 20, and the band then launches a tour that same day in Las Vegas. If you want to catch them in action, here's where to look:

  • 10/20 - Las Vegas, NV @ To Be Announced
  • 10/21 - San Diego, CA @ 4th & B
  • 10/23 - Hollywood, CA @ Palace
  • 10/24 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
  • 10/26 - Portland, OR @ La Luna
  • 10/27 - Vancouver, BC @ Rage
  • 10/28 - Seattle, WA @ Show Box
  • 10/29 - Seattle, WA @ RKCNDY
  • 10/30 - Salt Lake City, UT @

    Wasatch Event Center

  • 10/31 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre