Entries tagged with: Morrissey
It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
Morrissey live in Portugal this week (via @fiofania)
We know that Morrissey has not been well, causing several tour postponements and cancelations. In a just-published interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo (via The Guardian), he reveals he has undergone treatment for cancer. Translated:
They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever. "If I die, then I die. And if I don't, then I don't. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that's what illness can do. I'm not going to worry about that, I'll rest when I'm dead.No follow-up questions are asked, but his morbid sense of humor runs through the short Q&A, saying he is well past the age of making music ("Many composers of classical music died at age 34. And I'm still here, and nobody knows what to do with me"), and hopes to have his first novel published in 2015. "With luck I will be able to stop singing forever, which would make many people happy!" Feel better, Morrissey, our thoughts are with you.
Meanwhile, Morrissey has resumed touring, and is in Europe currently. His band are currently sporting "Fuck Harvest" t-shirts at show (as you can kinda see in the photo above), clearly a reference to disputes with his most recent record label. In other t-shirt news, one of the items currently at his merch table is a shirt that says "Be kind to animals or I'll kill you."
Morrissey in Austin earlier this year (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been three whole days (or so) since we last posted about Morrissey and whatever drama he's seems to be drumming up for himself, so here's your latest update. Over the weekend, Morrissey's new album, World Peace is None of Your Business, disappeared off iTunes, Spotify and other digital services, much as Moz predicted it might. (He claims he never signed a contract and that Harvest "has no right to sell it.") Billboard reports that Harvest Records released a statement saying they pulled it at behest of the artist. In a note to TrueToYou.net, Morrissey says he's "urgently seeking a label" to rerelease the new album.
That last bit came at the end of a tour announcement -- European fall dates, to be specific. Hopefully for fans over there he won't cancel them. Those are listed below. And finally, Morrissey is an on-the-record fan of '70s New York punk (he wrote a book about New York Dolls before he started The Smiths) and was asked by Rhino Records to compile the tracklisting for their forthcoming Best of the Ramones. While the release date and actual tracklist are still TBA, Morrissey has shared the picture for the cover which he chose as well. It's more in the style of his Smiths sleeves than anything from his solo career. That cover art, along with those European tour dates, below...
Morrissey in Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Surely it will surprise no one -- at least those even somewhat following along -- that Morrissey has more to say on his beef with Harvest Records and their lack of promotion of his new album, World Peace is None of Your Business. (For those who aren't and don't want to follow along, time to check out.) A lot more. He just posted a lengthy missive, titled "PLEASE CLOSE THE DOOR BEHIND ME," to TrueToYou.net explaining where he thinks the label failed him...as well as his claims that he never official signed to the label. Here we go:
In response to 77 million questions I can only say this much on the subject of the Harvest drama. It is quite true that Harvest initially appeared like a saintly beacon of light, and they instantly packed us off to France where we recorded World peace is none of your business. The universe was back in balance, and we all considered this to be the very best Morrissey recording ever, and even the boo-hoo-suck-it-off elements of the press appeared to want to agree. At last I am born.The rest of Morrissey's latest missive, along with an unofficial fan-made video for the album's title track, below...
It all seemed too good to be true. It was. I believed that the rich soil of the album had several strong hit singles. Frayed tempers began when Harvest arranged the 'spoken word' films, none of which gave any clue as to what World peace is none of your business intended to be, or is. The films were OK, but they went nowhere and stayed there.
With every nerve alert, we pushed the label for a proper video for Istanbul to precede the album, not least of all because a single ahead of the album release might inch the album to a higher chart position. The label backed off, even though Istanbul received 55 radio plays in just seven days on a major US station. Instead, the label requested a fifth spoken-word film, which naturally had me fumbling around for an axe: no independent thought required. The UK label, meanwhile, created a quite fantastic television advertisement to transmit during the week ahead of the album release. I could taste excitement once again. The TV ad never appeared and my hackles bristled as my bristles heckled. The label responded with frosty aloofness, and I suddenly realized that we were not, after all, of the same species. I ploughed into them insisting upon "proper band videos, where the band play and I sing" - an evidently confusing concept that required seven weeks of explanation, detailed graphs and several drawn up maps.
by Bill Pearis
Morrissey in Dallas in May (more by Tim Griffin)
If you've been following along with the Morrissey Vs Harvest Records cricket match, you will probably not be surprised to learn that Moz has more to say on the subject of whether he isn't or is still signed to the label. From official Morrissey mouthpiece True To You:
In response to Andrew Flanagan's incorrect report for Billboard online (15 August 2014), both Morrissey and Morrissey's lawyer are in possession of email correspondence from Steve Barnett (head of Capitol-Harvest Records), and also from Steve Barnett's personal assistant, both of whom confirm that Capitol-Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey. No recording Agreement with Capitol-Harvest was ever signed by Morrissey, and Morrissey retains full ownership of World Peace is None Of Your Business. Contrary to the assured Billboard report, Capitol-Harvest have very clearly stated that they would have no interest in licensing a second album by Morrissey. Russells (London), who represent Morrissey, are presently concluding Morrissey's relationship with Harvest Records.Further, Morrissey adds a more personal note in reference to fan-made videos (and Harvest's supposed unwillingness to make official vids):
Once again, Morrissey is in search of a new label.
"Thank you to everyone who has added new videos on You Tube to support World peace is none of your business. Of the newer batch, I am especially moved by The bullfighter dies by trentmorrison, and also by Oboe concerto by Sharon Jheeta. I am so glad that you understand.Having just read Tony Fletcher's 2012 Smiths biography, A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths, neither record label woes nor tour cancelations are new additions to Morrissey's MO.
I am so sorry that Harvest Records did not understand what they had. You have explained it to them, and I will always be in your debt".
17 August 2014
Morrissey in Dallas in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Remember how last week Morrissey said he was dropped by his label, Harvest Records? Well, apparently the label says that wasn't true. Billboard reports that "a source close to the situation" tells them Morrissey was not in fact dropped and he still owes them one more album to fulfill his contract. (Morrissey: "I Don't Owe You Anything.") Not a great year for Harvest Records.
In less confusing Smiths news, Johnny Marr has released the first single from his upcoming second solo album, Playland, which is due October 7 via Warner Bros. The song's called "Easy Money," and you can watch its video (dir. David Barnes), below.
Woe is he: Moz in Dallas (more by Tim Griffin)
Morrissey sure has had an up-and-down year. He started 2014 off with a best-selling Autobiography under his belt, a new label (Capital-owned Harvest) and a new album on the way (World Peace is None of Your Business). Then came a wobbly start to his tour, the cancellation of that tour, fingerpointing, lawsuits and allegations, and now... he's been dropped by Harvest less than a month after the release of his new album which debuted at #2 in the UK and #14 in the US. Word comes, as usual, via Moz mouthpiece True to You:
Three weeks after the release of Morrissey's World Peace Is None Of Your Business (#2 UK, #14 US), Capitol Records/Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey, as directed by label boss Steve Barnett.This comes just five days after a long, angry missive that Morrissey posted to True To You where he complained about Harvest being unwilling to make a video for the album's title track and the record industry in general:
Morrissey is once again in search of a record label.
We know that the number 1 position on the pop charts is "bought"; this is not 1955. Thank you to all of my friends in Israel, Chile, Sweden, Poland, Argentina, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Italy who bought World peace is none of your business. It is 30 years on since The Smiths album entered the UK chart at number 2 with zero airplay and zero promotion, and the struggle for the airwaves remains difficult. Yet, I am writing this to you now, and you are reading it.Anyone who's read Autobiography knows that, according to Morrissey, all chart failures are a result of record label mismanagement and not his fault, ever. Maybe its time to take Amanda Palmer up on her offer.
In answer to many people who have asked, I should like to finally make it clear that I have not received any television invitations - worldwide! - to either discuss World peace is none of your business, or even to sing any songs from the album.
Morrissey in Austin this year (more by Tim Griffin)
As reported earlier today, Morrissey is being sued by former bodyguard Bradley Steyn who claims he was asked to hurt David Tseng who runs fan site Morrissey-Solo.com. Morrissey has responded to these allegations, on Moz conduit True to You, calling them "vexatious lies." (You can totally hear him saying that, can't you?) Here's an excerpt:
The very idea that I would ask a complete stranger (Bradley Steyn) to physically attack David Tseng surely cannot register with any sane person as being likely. As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with.You can read Morrissey's entire statement below...
The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money from what he terms "the Morrissey tour", and he has failed. He is now desperate, and this story is his latest escapade to gain someone's attention. What he is telling the world is that, as a music venue security officer, anyone who works with him in the future should expect the same harassment and persecution as he is now - mysteriously - wielding my way. It is beyond belief, and it is shocking that someone who makes claims of professionalism would lower himself to this level.
Morrissey in Austin this year (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been an up-and-down week (and year) for Morrissey. On the plus side, the singer's new album, World Peace is None of Your Business, entered the Billboard Album Chart at #14. On the minus side, TMZ reports that Moz is being sued by former bodygaurd Bradley Steyn, who claims he was fired after refusing to "hurt" the operator, known as DavidT, of fan site Morrissey-Solo.com. The site has been a thorn in Morrissey's side for some time. Stereogum notes Moz's lawyers issued a cease-and-decist letter after Morrissey-Solo.com posted a report that his band and crew hadn't been paid for a 2002 tour.
Steyn claims he was hired after the singer's San Jose show -- the one where he was "attacked" by stage-rushing fans -- and was then approached by Morrissey's manager who asked him if a fan "could get hurt" or "gotten rid of" with talk of finding the person's home address. Steyn says he refused and was fired the next day. TMZ says Morrissey did not return their request for comment.
Those charming men: Phil Anselmo & Dave Hill enjoying breakfast...
To quote Housecore Records' YouTube posting, "After screening their Metal Grasshopper project at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, this happened..." WATCH BELOW...
by Bill Pearis
We're still a week out from Morrissey's new album, World Peace is None of Your Business, but NPR has the album up now for streaming. As is typical of Moz these days, there's still some of his classic wit evident, though "beefaroni" is a word I never wanted to hear him sing (It's on "I'm Not a Man"). Some good tunes too, and at least one nod to his old band ("Smiler with Knife" owes more than a little to "Please Please Please..."). Judge for yourself over at NPR.
In other news, no official word on Morrissey's health after canceling his North American tour. Cliff Richard, who was supposed to open the NYC show, said at his Gramercy Theatre show that Morrissey was still in the hospital at the time. You can send Morrissey well-wishes, or any correspondence you feel like writing, via a website called Letters To Morrissey that his label has set up. And if you want to read more, NME dedicated a special issue to him. That's the cover above.
by Bill Pearis
Morrissey in Austin last month (more by Tim Griffin)
For those sore about Morrissey canceling his tour, here's a consolation: a new track from World Peace is None of Your Business (out 7/15). The "spoken word" version of "The Bullfighter Dies" was a released a while back but here's the studio recording. Though he is still capable of subtle beauty this is Moz in hilariously blunt mode, turning "dies" and "cries" into eight-syllable words. And if you didn't already get his point (bullfighting is cruel inhumane sport), he ends with "because we all want the bull to survive." (We get it, we get it.) Musically, he song is a bit more restrained (he pairs flamenco with other lyrics elsewhere on the album).
Due to the tour cancellation, Morrissey won't be at NYC's Barclays Center this weekend, but Cliff Richard, who was scheduled to open, is still playing NYC. Listen to "The Bullfighter Dies" below...
Morrissey in Austin, one of his non-canceled 2014 shows (more by Tim Griffin)
After Morrissey canceled the remainder of his 2014 North American tour after falling ill in Miami -- including his big NYC show at Barclays Center -- a statement was posted to official Moz mouthpiece True to You, basically pinning his illness on opener Kristeen Young:
Difficulties had arisen on May 31st following Kristeen Young's opening set at the Miami Knight Concert Hall, after which Kristeen confessed to "a horrendous cold", the symptoms of which were passed on to Morrissey resulting in the cancellation of the next show in Atlanta.Kristeen Young responded to that on her Facebook:
For the good of all, Kristeen was asked to step down from the immediate upcoming shows, but instead she decided to leave the tour entirely. Morrissey and the band wish her well and hope she is now in good health.
Ok. Regarding the recent True-to-you statement from Morrissey: I did not "confess to a horrendous cold". On Monday, June 2nd, I had an allergy attack that was over within 16 hours. I went to a doctor (on Monday, June 2nd), an allergy specialist, who gave me drugs for allergies...and they worked. I explained this (early on Tuesday, June 3rd) and offered this doctor's phone number to Morrissey personally, via email, and the tour manager, Donnie Knutson (for proof....since they seemed to doubt me). But, they NEVER followed up with me or said doctor. Also....it is incorrect that I "decided to leave the tour completely". I was asked to leave. Was called (in the presence of my band as witnesses) by Morrissey's booking agent, Dave Tamaroff, and told that there would be a new support band in Boston. I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well. But I will not tolerate these lies....particularly about my health. This is really too much and bizarre.Then, apparently producer Tony Visconti (who produced Young's new album and Morrissey's Your Aresenal) took Young's side on Facebook, which then prompted Morrissey guitarist Jesse Tobias to fire back. Here's a portion:
I was told after the show in Miami by Crew and Security that there was some concern because Kristeen was obviously unwell.You can read the whole thing, with lots of Capitalized Words, over at True to You.Though the circumstances are a little unusual this time, Morrissey is no stranger to canceled tour dates. Much of his 2013 tour was canceled or postponed due to illness. Babel Music broke down the stats over the last 12 years:
Our crew then tried to keep her at a reasonable distance but being in such close quarters for months these things sometimes happen.
I am Upset that in this situation Kristeen could not take the tour as a whole into consideration and just comply with the postponement announcement.
One could only assume it was necessary for her to justify herself and ultimately receive some promotion out of the matter.
This combined with Tony Visconti's Parrot Like affirmation on "Facebook" that "she is better off, is Morrissey Capable of being handled?" is Repulsive.
2002: 5 CancellationsBabel also started a White House petition to stop him from canceling any more tours, which was pretty much immediately removed as a violation of their Terms of Participation.
2003: No Tour
2004: 10 Cancellations
2005: No Tour
2006: 5 Cancellations
2007: 7 Cancellations, 2 Postponed
2008: 2 Cancellations
2009: 9 Cancellations, 11 Postponed
2010: No Tour
2011: 3 Cancellations, 1 Postponed
2012: 3 Cancellations, 24 Postponed
2013: 42 Cancellations, 18 Postponed
2014: 10 Cancellations, 3 Postponed
In happier news, though the Morrissey Barclays show on June 21 was canceled with the rest of the tour, opener Sir Cliff Richard says he's still going to play -- somewhere -- in NYC that day with "Full details of an intimate event" to be announced very soon. That's the Carry On attitude of a true British pro. Stay tuned!
Morrissey in Austin last month (more by Tim Griffin)
"It is with great sadness that the remainder of the US Tour has been cancelled. The respiratory infection Morrissey contracted in Miami has worsened, and in the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted. Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates. "
Morrissey in Austin last month (more by Tim Griffin)
The malady lingers on. Morrissey is still not over the virus that caused the onetime Smiths singer to cancel his Atlanta show and postpone the Atlantic City date last week on his current tour. He did play his Boston date on Saturday (6/7) but has now postponed two more shows that were to have happened this week: tonight's Baltimore show (6/10) and Wednesday's in DC (6/11). Both of those already have makeup dates, however, tacked onto the end of the tour. Rest up Moz!
Morrissey is scheduled to play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 21 (tickets). Updated tour dates are listed below...
Morrissey in Austin last weekend (more by Tim Griffin)
Here we go again. Due to a reported virus, Morrissey has postponed a few dates on his current North American tour. His Atlanta date from last night (6/4) this week was the first to go, and Friday's (6/6) show at Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City has been rescheduled for June 22, the day after his Barclays Center show in Brooklyn. From Moz's Facebook, "The tour will resume as originally scheduled, without question, at the Boston Opera House on Saturday, June 7."
In other news, Morrisseysolo.com is reporting that Kristeen Young, who has been his opener for the last few tours, has dropped off this current trek that she has been apart of so far. No official word on that, however.
Updated tour dates listed below...
by Bill Pearis
We've got a new Morrissey song from his forthcoming World Peace is None of Your Business. "Earth is the Loneliest Planet" finds Moz dabbling in flamenco for the first time since, oh probably, "Little Man, What Now?" that was on his solo debut, Viva Hate. The style and lush production, complete with harp sweeps, suits him and the song. You can stream the song via Spotify below.
New song and video below...
by Tim Griffin
Morrissey @ Austin Music Hall - 5/24/2014
After almost three years, with postponements and cancellations abound, Morrissey triumphantly returned to Austin to a sold-out Music Hall supporting his upcoming album World peace Is None Of Your Business. Two days earlier he celebrated his 55th birthday, spending it in Dallas at The Majestic Theatre.
Morrissey seemed quite pleased as he took to the stage in his now-regular tour uniform (zip neck shirt with the collar turned under, PETA 'Animals Don't Smoke' stickers, and Stevenson Overall Co. denim), with his long standing band (Boorer, the brothers Walker, Tobias and Manzur) wearing matching 'FANCY MAN' t-shirts. They dove right in to Years Of Refusal's 'One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell' and didn't look back.
Morrissey's voice was as refined and strong as ever, and as was his way the setlist was shuffled a bit from previous shows . They broke the seal on the newly released single 'Istanbul', the first time it had been played live on the tour (video of that below). Setlist and pictures from Austin are in this post.
Kristeen Young is along for the ride again this tour and blasted off with a firecracker set drawing much from her 2014 release The Knife Shift (which features Moz producer Tony Visconti, Dave Grohl Lou Rossi and Morrissey's Boz Boorer). The tour continues in Memphis tonight and goes through the end of June with a special performance with Cliff Richard at Barclay's Center on 6/21 in New York. (Tickets.) Pics from his birthday show in Dallas are up on BrooklynVegan Austin. See more pictures and the "Istanbul" live video from the Austin show, the setlist, and a list of remaining tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Bruce Lee watches Morrissey in Lincoln, NE last night (via @jmbiersmith)
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.
Streams and videos below...
Morrissey has released the second of his "spoken word" videos for tracks off his upcoming World Peace is None of Your Business. Following the one for the title track, we now get "The Bullfighter Dies." Like the whole series, it was directed Natalie Johns, shot at famed Capital Studios, with Moz in a tux, and this one -- and its animal rights lyrical agenda -- gets the "Almost Blue" beatnik treatment.
World Peace is None of Your Business will be out July 15 via Harvest, and he'll be in NYC before that when his tour hits Barclays Center on June 21 with Sir Cliff Richard and Kristeen Young (still tickets available). Watch "The Bullfighter Dies" below.
Morrissey at BAM in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Earlier this week, Morrissey posted his first tweet... or so we thought. His representatives did confirm it was actually him tweeting, but in a new statement posted to True to You, Morrissey claims otherwise:
Now we'll never see things like "Waiting in line at @ChaseBank. Why do I give valuable time. To people who don't care if I live or die? #lunchhour"
16 May 2014
I would like to stress that I do not have either a Twitter or a Facebook account. I gather that a Twitter account has been opened in my name - as 'It's Morrissey' - but it is NOT Morrissey. I do not know who has opened this recent Twitter account, but please be aware that it is bogus. That's, of course, if you should remotely care.
Salt Lake City
15 May 2014.
Whoever is manning Moz's accounts, heed his own advice: If you must write prose or poems, the words you use should be your own. Don't plagiarize or take on loan.
A slow starter to social media, Morrissey joined Twitter this afternoon (5/14) and already has 88K followers. It's really him manning the account (so say his reps) and that's his first tweet above. Let's see how this goes.
In other news, you can stream the title track to Morrissey's World Peace is None of Your Business below...