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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Returns: "We Cherish The Work A Lot More"

It's been something like eight years since the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion gave us a full-length musical offering. More than worth the wait, their new release, Meat and Bone, is as dynamic and explosive as any of the trio's previous recordings. Whether they're ratcheting up the notch on the tension or letting it out in a furious explosion, you can't help but find your ass shaking and your soul shaken.

This new one features 12 songs that deliver their blend of rock and 
roll, blues, punk, sass, sex, and trash, and each one is an infectious little nugget on which to gnash and gnaw. Taking a little time off from touring, as well as recording, the Blues Explosion - Jon Spencer, Judah Bauer and Russell Simins - are ready to hit the road. We were able to make some time with Jon before they packed up.   Up on the Sun: So, it's been awhile since your last full-length recording. Jon Spencer: We did take a break this last decade. Our last studio album was Damage in 2004. We did a lot of touring with that release - about a year and a half.

After that, I was working on another project, a group called Heavy Trash, and I wanted to focus on that. There was no full stop with Blue Explosion, or a decision to quit, or anything like that--just a break.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is scheduled to perform Sunday, June 16, at Crescent Ballroom.

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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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