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Morrissey / Blondie @ MSG 6/27/2015
Morrissey
Blondie

"It is a great privilege to be back here in the center of the world with you," Steven Patrick Morrissey said last night at Madison Square Garden as the stinging guitar line from "Suedehead" faded into the background. It was his first show at MSG in 25 years and his first show in New York City since 2012. Moz has been plagued by bad health and bad luck for the better part of the last three years, which has led to tour cancellations and hospital stays galore, but he was finally looking forward again after a particularly memorable week in America: "It's an historic week in the United States. Good times for a change," he said, teasing a classic Smiths song he wouldn't play on this night. - [Gothamist]
Morrissey's tour brought him to New York's Madison Square Garden on Saturday night (6/28) with very special guests Blondie as openers. That it was pouring down rain and was in the midst of Pride Week seemed very appropriate. In good spirits, Morrissey's set included a lot from last year's World Peace is None of Your Business and some classics from The Smiths and his early solo career. Setlist is below.

Blondie's 45-minute opening set was pretty much all-hits, including a cover of Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" and a closing "The Tide is High" featuring a 15-piece brass section. Setlist for their MSG set is also below.

Madison Square Garden was to have gone vegan for the occasion and did so for the general public, with many food stands being closed. However, as noted by Gothamist, folks watching from the corporate suites dined on sushi, sliders, chicken and other very non-vegan items.

More pics from Morrissey and Blondie at MSG, below...

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Morrissey on Fallon

Morrissey is currently in NYC, in good health and spirits, and stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night (6/25) to play "Kiss Me A Lot" from last year's World Peace is None of Your Business. You can watch that below.

On Saturday, Moz plays a vegan-for-the-night Madison Square Garden (6/27) with Blondie. Tickets are still available.

All tour dates are listed, along with the Tonight Show video, below...

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photos by Vladislav Grach & Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Morrissey / Modest Mouse / Run the Jewels / crowd
Firefly Festival
Firefly Festival
Run the Jewels
Firefly Festival

Back in 2012, the seemingly random location of Dover, Delaware got the new Firefly Music Festival, and it was instantly a success. This past weekend it wrapped up its fourth year, and this thing is more massive than ever. I mean for one, they got Paul McCartney to headline the Friday night (more on that here), and there may not be a bigger deal of a headliner on the planet than him. But Paul wasn't even the half of it. The grounds are huge, and they were packed all three days. To get an idea of the size, it sometimes took about 10-15 minutes to get from the Firefly Stage to the Lawn Stage -- the two that always seemed to have the biggest acts. Unfortunately this also meant it was often impossible to see a full set, the worst case for me being Morrissey straight into Modest Mouse straight into Paul on Friday. It meant I missed when Morrissey played "Meat Is Murder" with his graphic on-screen projections, and apparently sent a portion of the crowd away in disgust.

I'm not sure how many other people who missed that happen were bummed out though, because realistically, Morrissey isn't a main draw at a festival like this. The biggest and most hyped crowds I saw were for the EDM acts like White Panda and Zedd, or the current wave of festival-ready bands like Bastille and Walk the Moon. Those bands have this vaguely-alternative pop rock sound that's danceable, easy to digest, and full of a lot of whoa-ohs. It's pretty easy to see why that sort of thing does well on a major festival, but it's not too surprising that their fans don't want to hear angry songs about the meat industry.

Even if Morrissey didn't get the fists pumping though, he sounded great. When he and the band played "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," his voice sounded as rich as it does on Strangeways, Here We Come. And his stage presence isn't wild or anything, but he still managed to seem larger than life. Whether he was playing recent tunes like "World Peace Is None of Your Business" or classics like "Suedehead," his live show lived up to the expectations I had for someone as legendary as Moz.

Manchester Orchestra
Firefly Festival

Throughout the weekend, there were a few other artists avoiding the festival-pop trends too. Earlier on Friday on the same stage that Moz and Macca would play was Manchester Orchestra. I haven't loved a full album of theirs since the singer/songwriter-y indie rock of 2006's I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, but in the time since then they've basically transformed into a grunge band and they really pull it off live. In my opinion, the only thing holding back a song like "Top Notch" off last year's Cope is the production, but in a raw live setting those Headbanger's Ball-worthy jams live up to their full potential. And when M.O. do whip out the older ones like "I Can Barely Breathe" and "Where Have You Been?," they sound tighter than ever.

Modest Mouse were fantastic as always too. The only real conflict of the weekend for me was that they were up against Run the Jewels, but having seen RTJ five days earlier, I opted for the Mouse. We got a good amount of their new album, and they worked in old favorites towards the end, giving us a stretch of "Dramamine," "Doin' the Cockroach," "Float On," and "Dark Center of the Universe" all in a row.

Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

Saturday the highlights were fewer for me, the biggest being Zola Jesus' set. She played at The Forest Stage, which is this cool small stage that's a little out of the way in comparison to the others. It gets its name as it's surrounded by a thick wooded area, which also makes it a nice way to escape the sun. Zola played to less than 100 people (the masses were gathered at the main stage for Matt & Kim), but she and her band brought a much welcome darkness to this festival. It was appropriate to have her on the shady stage. Her band (three men in all black clothing) were all business as Zola belted her powerhouse vocals, lurched around the stage, and at one point came up to the crowd and walked along the barrier. She left the stage abruptly after closing song "Vessel," and had the small but loving crowd yelling for an encore (no such luck).

Sunday had the hardest-rocking afternoon band I saw since Manchester Orchestra, Benjamin Booker. I didn't fully realize from his self-titled 2014 debut how rocking he is, or how he could be opening for Social Distortion and playing the punk/metal stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest later this year. But after seeing him live, I get it. He might smile and laugh a lot on stage, but when he and his band locked in for a feedback-y jam and then Benjamin ripped a string-bending solo, they were no joke.

The only artist I was excited to see that ended up being a disappointment was Snoop Dogg. Even though the guy's got countless songs dating back over 20 years, he spent the majority of his set essentially doing karaoke to other people's songs. Sure, it was fun when he got the huge crowd singing "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Jump Around," but it could've been anyone up there doing it. And a lot of the Snoop songs we did get were cut short. Things should go over better when he plays Doggystyle in full at Riot Fest.

Right after his set, I ended my weekend at The Killers. You might argue they're no better than the Bastille/Walk the Moon-type stuff I was talking about earlier, and sure they have some cheese in their sound. What bothers me about those bands though isn't their poppiness, it's that they all sound so anonymous. But "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me," "Smile Like You Mean It" and later hits like "When You Were Young" and "Human" are all bangers, and hearing all those songs at Firefly was a blast. Even their more recent, less banging songs pretty much sound like mid-'80s Bruce Springsteen, which was a refreshing change from the interchangeable festival-pop bands.

The Killers also did the Firefly crowd a favor by covering two songs by Kings of Leon, whose Saturday night set was cancelled due to lightning. And any classic rock fans hanging around were treated to a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," which they pulled off surprisingly well. These guys are total rock stars and they clearly know it, but at least they do what they do really well. (Unlike Foster the People who I saw a day earlier with an open mind but just kept thinking ...what are they even doing?)

More Firefly pictures (including some from Thursday night, which I didn't attend) below. Paul McCartney wasn't allowing photos but we did get pics of him in Philly on Sunday.

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FYF

LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

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photo: Morrissey in Austin in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Morrissey

Earlier this year, it was reported that Morrissey cancelled an Iceland show because the venue serves meat. Our fingers are crossed that he doesn't find some reason to cancel his upcoming Madison Square Garden (6/27) show with Blondie, but we can at least be assured it won't be for that.

Consequence of Sound points out that in his recent open letter to Al Gore, he included the following:

Not only is it possible for venues to provide a 100 percent meat-free menu-as is done now at every concert venue in which I perform, including Madison Square Garden, where I have a show at the end of June-it's also a moral duty.
New York Post clarifies that there will also be no dairy products, making the venue 100% vegan for the show. MSG officials declined NY Post's request for comment, but Daily Burger owner Drew Nieporent (who also co-owns Nobu and other big NYC restaurants) told them, "This is the first time I'm hearing about it, but I love my man Morrissey. He's a wonderful artist, so I wouldn't mind. He can do whatever he wants."

photo: Morrissey in Austin, 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Morrissey

As you may know Morrissey is giving the North American tour another go and hopefully he'll remain in good health for the duration. Tickets for his June 27 Madison Square Garden show with special guests Blondie go on sale today at noon, but if you'd like to for free we're giving away a pair. Details below.

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Morrissey has made a video for his song "Kiss Me a Lot" which has just been released as a single. It's the only song that's "officially" available from World Peace is None of Your Business, at least digitally. (The album was pulled after Morrissey's falling out with EMI/Harvest.) The video, directed by Sam Esty Rayner, seems to have been filmed at soundcheck, apart from some strange shot of lip-synching lingerie models (really). Check it out below.

Morrissey will play Madison Square Garden on June 27 with special guests Blondie as part of his upcoming North American tour. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon with AmEx/MSG/Chase presales starting Wednesday (4/8) at noon, and a Bowery presale starting Thursday (4/9) at 10 AM. Poster for the MSG show is below.

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photo: Morrissey in Austin in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Morrissey

Morrissey announced a tour via True To You that will have him in the US from early June through late July. It includes a Madison Square Garden show on June 27 with Blondie. Tickets should be on sale soon. Let's hope this one doesn't get cancelled.

Meanwhile Blondie singer Deborah Harry is in the midst of a residency at Cafe Carlyle and drummer Clem Burke's other band The Split Squad recently announced a show.

UPDATE: Tickets for the MSG show go on sale Friday, April 10 at noon with AmEx/MSG/Chase presales starting 4/8 at noon, and a Bowery presale starting 4/9 at 10 AM.

All Morrissey dates are listed below...

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Mexrrissey: Mexico Loves Morrissey
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RadioLoveFest returns for a second year at BAM from May 5 - 10, reimagining some of your favorite radio programs as a live show. This year's highlights include science show Radiolab Live (5/5), "An Evening with Terry Gross" (5/6), "Don't Look Back: Stories from the Teenage Years" (5/6) which is hosted by Molly Ringwald, quiz show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" (5/7) with contestants Mike Birbiglia, Jessi Klein, and Peter Grosz, and the music of The Smiths and Morrissey interpreted by Mexican musicians for a show called "Mexrrissey" (5/10).

Plus: "Death, Sex & Money" (5/8) with host Anna Sale plus married couples W. Kamau Bell and Melissa Hudson Bell, Ph.D, and tastemaker Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler, plus music from Luscious Jackson; and "Bullseye Comedy Night" (5/9) with Aisha Tyler, Maria Bamford, Aparna Nancherla, Ali Wong and host Jesse Thorn.

There's also a film series (including The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Last Waltz and Naked Lunch), live music in the BAMcafé and more. Tickets are on sale now for BAM members and will go on sale to the general public on March 16. Full RadioLoveFest 2015 schedule is below.

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photo: Brian Bell w/ Weezer at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Dana (distorton) Yavin)
Brian Bell

First Weezer was announced for Burger Records' Burgerarma Four festival, and more recently it's been announced that Burger signed The Relationship, the band fronted by original (and current) Weezer guitarist Brian Bell. They've had a rotating lineup, but Brian's currently joined by drummer Anthony Burulcich (who was in The Bravery and briefly in Morrissey's live band), bassist John LaRue (who's also worked with Albert Hammond Jr), and guitarist Nate Shaw. Their new 7", "Oh Allen," will be out April 8 via Burger, and you can watch a video of them playing that song at last year's Weezer Cruise, below.

The Relationship are also on Burgerama Four, and right after that they'll head out on a lengthy US tour with support from Gringo Star. The tour hits NYC on April 29 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/6) at 1 PM. All dates are listed below.

Burger's '90s alternative game has been on point lately. To recap, in the past year they've also signed The Muffs and Superdrag spinoff The Lees of Memory.

And in other Weezer news, Detour, the upcoming FOX sitcom based on Rivers Cuomo's life, has found its Rivers. Deadline reports that British actor Ben Aldridge will star as Michael Sturges (the character based on Rivers), and that Joey Morgan will be cast in the pilot too. The pilot was written by Psych creator Steve Franks and directed by Jeremy Garelick.

The Relationship tour dates and video, below...

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photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Macca

You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.

General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.

McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.

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Firefly Music Festival

Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival comes back June 18-21 and the lineup's now been released. Kings of Leon, The Killers and a TBA third act rumored to be Paul McCartney (update: it's Paul) sit atop the list, with Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more joining them on the list of performers. Pre-sale passes are sold out, but more general admission and VIP passes will be available soon at the festival's website.

Firefly is Morrissey's first US date since canceling his dates last summer, and no other US dates are announced yet.

Check out Firefly's full lineup below...

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by Bill Pearis

moz vday

Morrissey was planning to play Reykjavik, Iceland at Harpa Concert Hall, but it is not to be because the venue's concessions served meat. "I love Iceland and I have waited a long time to return, but I shall leave the Harpa Concert Hall to their cannibalistic flesh-eating bloodlust," said Moz in a statement to True to You. Apparently, Moz couldn't find another suitable venue in Reykjavik so he's skipping the city altogether. The singer does have other European and UK dates coming up and those are listed below.

In related news, in what's becoming a tradition, on February 14 at The Bell House will once again host "Unloveable: A Smiths & Morrissey Valentines Day" featuring tribute act The Sons & Heirs, a special appearance by Doug Gillard, and the night's hosted by Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield. Also on the bill: The Steve McQueens which is a Prefab Sprout tribute band. Who knew such a thing existed? Has someone told Roman A Clef? Tickets for this night of wistful unrequited love are on sale now. Flyer below.

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knitted moz

Morrissey may seem like a sourpuss a lot of the time these days, but he does have his sweet and tender side too. He recently declined an offer to rail against The Queen of England on live national television, and has now given PAPER magazine a list of Top 10 things that make him happy:

1. Hospital staff saying "You're free to go."

2. Friendships without financial gain.

3. The mental exercise of laughter.

4. Television reporters who do NOT bounce their hands around in order to emphasize their words.

5. People who offer more honesty than most are willing to give.

6. Those who listen instead of merely waiting for a gap to butt in.

7. Showing kindness to animals -- it saves the world.

8. Succeeding after your record label has deliberately dumped you in a ditch.

9. When the day ahead is yours to waste as you wish.

10. Feeling content to just be there.

OK, maybe a couple of those fall under schadenfreude. (Remember someone once said, "It takes strength to be gentle and kind.") In other news, if you have Morrissey fans in your facebook feed, you have probably seen the dolls like the one above that are made by Knitted Moz. Unsurprisingly, the site is all sold out at the moment. They are kinda cool.

Morrissey in Austin earlier this year (more by Tim Griffin)
Morrissey

Morrissey has had quite the rollercoaster of a year: signing to a label, finally releasing a new album, saying he was never actually signed to that label, pulling his record from shops, canceled tours and some serious health problems. But, according to an interview given to a Serbian radio station B92 (he plays Serbia and Croatia this week), he's already got a new album's worth of songs written and hopes to record early in the new year. (Via Stereogum.) Releasing that album, well we'll see.

In other news, apparently UK network Channel 4 asked Morrissey to give an "alternative Christmas speech" that would be broadcast at the same time The Queen gives her annual one. Moz, who has quite a number of songs about his feelings towards The Queen, tells True to You that he declined the offer in the spirit of the season:

My view that the monarchy should be quietly dismantled for the good of England is reasonably well-known, but I don't think Christmas Day is quite the time to be trading slaps. The Queen should be allowed the impassioned trance of her annual address to the British people, if only to once again prove that, in her frozen posture, she has nothing to offer and nothing to say, and she has no place in modern Britain except as a figure of repression; no independent thought required. The Queen very well might be the most powerful woman in England, but she lacks the power to make herself loved, and the phony inflation of her family attacks all rational intellect.

All over the world highly civilized peoples exist without the automatic condescension of a 'royal' family. England can do the same, and will find more respect for doing so.

Happy holidays, Morrissey.

In double-related news, his old Smiths songwriting partner, Johnny Marr, had to cancel the remainder of his current North American tour (which hit NYC a couple weeks back) due to "serious close family illness." He added:

I'm really disappointed to not be able to play the shows. The touring has been so enjoyable for me and the band and the audiences have been great everywhere. If it was about just me being unwell I would've found a way to continue as I did when I broke my hand earlier in the year, but to not be there for one of my family is not right. Thank you to everyone for the kind messages. See you soon.
All canceled dates are listed below.

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NME

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...

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Uncut

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...

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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...

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Q Mag

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...

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Morrissey live in Portugal this week (via @fiofania)
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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)
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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...

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Morrissey in Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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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.

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.

The rest of Morrissey's latest missive, along with an unofficial fan-made video for the album's title track, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Morrissey in Dallas in May (more by Tim Griffin)
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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.

Once again, Morrissey is in search of a new label.

Further, Morrissey adds a more personal note in reference to fan-made videos (and Harvest's supposed unwillingness to make official vids):
"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.

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".

MORRISSEY
17 August 2014

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.

Morrissey in Dallas in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Morrissey

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.

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Woe is he: Moz in Dallas (more by Tim Griffin)
Morrissey

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.

Morrissey is once again in search of a record label.

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:
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.

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.

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.

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