Posted in music on May 20, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Bruce Lee watches Morrissey in Lincoln, NE last night (via @jmbiersmith)
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You may have already heard the title track to Morrissey's upcoming World Peace is None of Your Business and now you've got a second song to listen to till you get your mitts on the whole LP. "Istanbul" is a funky groover -- or as close as he gets to that -- and you can stream it via Spotify and watch the accompanying "spoken word" promo video (part of a series) below.

Judging from these two songs, Joe Chiccarelli's production seems a little more in sync with Morrissey's style than the blunt rock sound Jerry Finn brought to 2009's Years of Refusal. (Finn did better, or at least the material was better, on 2004's You Are the Quarry.) The sitars in "Istanbul" seem a little too on-the-nose given the lyrical content but otherwise there's some welcome space in the mix.

In other news, after all the excitement last week of "Morrissey is Tweeting" and the disappointment that "It wasn't actually Morrissey tweeting," Morrissey's verified Twitter account has now been deleted.

And in other news, Morrissey turns 55 on Thursday (5/22) and what better birthday present could there be than Miley Cyrus covering The Smiths' "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" live in Dublin, Ireland? (Maybe you remember this tweet?) Video of that is below if you want to watch.

As mentioned more than a few times, Morrissey's tour will be in NYC for a big show at Barclays Center on June 21 with Sir Cliff Richard and Kristeen Young (still tickets available).

Streams and videos below...

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Morrissey - Istanbul (studio version)

Morrissey - Istanbul (spoken word)

Morrissey - "World Peace is None of Your Business"

Miley Cyrus - 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' clip (Odyssey Arena, Belfast - May 2014)

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Comments (18)

#MikeJoyceForTheWin

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 4:49 PM

This just in ... yes, our correspondent has confirmed that Morrissey has just left the restroom. That's right folks, Morrissey himself has just existed from the restroom and is right now walking back to his table.

We'll be bringing you more breaking Morrissey news as it happens here at BV

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 4:53 PM

Bruce Lee said screw this crap

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 4:56 PM

with all of the hype BV is making for the Morrissey Barclays show you would think they are getting a big kickback.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 5:10 PM

Shut your whore mouth about Morrissey! He's willing to bring one of the Sun City Girls with him to the Brooklyn Show - Sir Richard Bishop - and that's fine by ... wait, what's that? Sir Cliff Richard? Oh hell with that. I'm going to sit at home and listen to my Mike Joyce records.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 5:11 PM

Barclay's show is even less worth it when you look at the setlists from this tour. Only 3 Smiths songs, ignoring the best songs in his solo catalogue, etc. Not even remotely worth what he's charging.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 5:23 PM

Barclays show, $20 floors day of.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 5:24 PM

Miley's version much better

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 7:48 PM

true, the setlists from this tour are so bad I might have to go see Tom Petty & Steve Winwood instead

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 7:58 PM

Morrissey is 68 years old and he's cool with people tearing his shirt off onstage. Greg Dulli still leaves his shirt on when he goes swimming.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 8:15 PM

Best setlists ever

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 8:34 PM

Song's not actually half bad.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 8:36 PM

Morrissey turns 55 this week, it's written in the post above, I think there's some sort of bday party for him at bell house

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 11:20 PM

If Bruce Lee was chilling anywhere, it would obviously be Lincoln, NE.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 12:32 AM

523 You speak the truth. I'd pay $20 if I had nothing else goin' on that night. That's about it. He's been phoning it in for years now.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 2:22 AM

Greg Dulli still leaves his shirt on when he goes swimming.

Posted by Launch X431 v | May 21, 2014 3:50 AM

is there an afterparty at bell house? i heard there's a record release/book release party also.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 7:11 AM

yeah his birthday is Thursday. the birthday celebration at the Bell House is a tribute show by The Sons and Heirs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 12:56 PM

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