Black Tape (2005)
Brash fast-paced punk from new Boston outfit the Explosion, which, while falling short of being absolutely essential,often proves to be compelling
Sarah Maybank finds Jon Spencer to be in aggressive mood when she speaks to him about Heavy Trash's new album, 'Midnight Soul Mood', and how he divides his time between it and his other band, the Blues Explosion
Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood
Adrian Janes examines Domenic Priore's book 'Riot on Sunset Strip', which tells the story of the creative explosion in the Los Angeles clubs during the 1960s which nurtured the Byrds, Doors, Love and many others and the greed and politics which shut them down.
Andrew Carver is impressed by five day festival the Ottawa Explosion which, spread across ten venues, saw performances from over a hundred rock, punk and garage acts
Andrew Carver enjoys the Ottawa Explosion, a DIY three day punk festival which took place in a variety of Ottawa's homes, record stores, nightclubs, practice spaces and even a laundrette
Babylon, Ottawa, 12/5/2006
Heavy Trash is the new band of Pussy Galore and the Blues Explosion's much acclaimed Jon Spencer. At a Heavy Trash show in Ottawa, Andrew Carver, however, feels a weary sense of predictability and deja vu at Spencer's Elvis-inspired stage mannerisms
All Tomorrow's Parties
Camber Sands Holiday Centre, 22/4/2005-24/4/2005
The latest All Tomorrow's Parties weekend was hosted by controversial film director Vincent Gallo.Anthony Dhanendran both enjoys and endures sets from The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Buck 65, PJ Harvey and Yoko Ono among others
Ten Songs That Made Me Love...
Nicky Crewe in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes of her early teens being brought up in the middle of a Northern pop explosion and some of her favourite 60's soul songs