Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Rocks Tammany Hall

Posted on: December 14th, 2010 at 10:44 am by

Tammany Hall (not Backstage Bar) launched with a bang last night at 152 Orchard Street, thanks to alternative noise rockers Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The private event was a pin-up calendar release party for Sailor Jerry rum, which celebrates its centennial next year.

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In front of a bundled up, and somewhat inanimate crowd of scenesters, the NYC-based trio christened the venue with plenty of stamina, sweat, and saliva.  Indeed, for ninety minutes, a leather-panted Jon Spencer led his band – Judah Bauer (guitar), Russell Simins (skins) – through two aggressive sets of tinnitus-inducing riff rock.  It was all crunch – just straight-up piercing guitar and heavy drumwork – and totally worth the snowy excursion. Standouts included “Bellbottoms,” “Fuck Shit Up,” and the closing mess of distorted sonic masturbation.

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With an updated layout that improves upon its Annex predecessor, Tammany Hall is definitely gunning to become a player in the Lower East Side music scene.  The stage is conducive to intimate crowd participation, and huge lights are in tow for the bigger performances.  Sound isn’t too bad, either.

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