Heavy Trash—garage luminary Jon Spencer's four-year-old project with ex–Speedball Baby/Madder Rose guitarist Matt Verta-Ray—are misleadingly named: These guys are hoarders, not discarders. Sitting in their studio, a nicely renovated basement space on the Lower East Side, we're surrounded by vintage tape recorders, amplifiers, Wurlitzers, you name it. Verta-Ray collects this stuff, voraciously. He shows off an old Studer A80 1/2-inch tape machine with huge square buttons, the likes of which you might see in '60s sci-fi films. "I got it from a guy in Puerto Rico," he tells me. "I just keep my ears open to when this stuff comes up for sale. This thing originally cost $12,000 to $13,000. I... More >>>