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Morrissey at BAM in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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:

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.

Untwitterably yours,
MORRISSEY
Salt Lake City
15 May 2014.

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"

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.

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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...

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Morrissey's World Peace is None of Your Business will be out July 15 via Harvest. That's the cover art above and the album is now up for pre-order in a variety of packages (including one with an autographed copy of Autobiography). If you pre-order via iTunes you get an instant download of the title track (which you can also buy separately now). The video for the song is the first in a series of spoken word performances filmed at Capitol Studios and Nancy Sinatra (who has covered Moz) makes a cameo. You can watch it below.

Morrissey's tour, which got off to a rocky start, hits NYC at Barclays Center on June 21 with Sir Cliff Richard and Kristeen Young (still tickets available).

Video below...

Continue reading "Morrissey sets release date for 'World Peace is None of Your Business,' releases title track and spoken-word video (watch)"

Morrissey @ The Observatory 5/8/2014 (via @reezy_jay)
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We haven't heard from Morrissey himself regarding the whole rigamarole over Thursday night's show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (5/8) where the We Are Scientists / PAWS show at the adjacent The Constellation Room was nearly canceled but then pushed till after Moz's show ended. (We've heard plenty from PAWS and WAS.) Morrissey, via a publicist, however, has written in to Pitchfork, simply saying:

Morrissey had nothing to do with this. As long as there was no sound bleed, Morrissey was completely fine with another show going on inside the same complex."
As for Moz's show last night, it went off without any him being mauled by fans (too much). For this tour he's switched up some of his older songs, putting The Smiths' "Hand in Glove" back in rotation for the first time in 10 years, and he's also doing "Yes I Am Blind" (originally the b-side to "Ouija Board, Ouija Board"). You can check out his Observatory setlist below.

Morrissey comes to NYC at Barclays Center on June 21 with Sir Cliff Richard and Kristeen Young (still tickets available) and his new album, World Peace is None of Your Business, is out in July.

Video of "Hand in Glove" at The Observatory (and the setlist from that show and "Yes I Am Blind" in San Jose, CA) below...

Continue reading "Morrissey representative says he had nothing to do with PAWS show drama ++ Observatory setlist & video"

Morrissey @ The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA last night (via @crowdflicks)
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As we posted last night when Morrissey's tour hit The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (5/8), the show happening in the space's smaller, adjacent venue The Constellation Room -- Brooklyn's We Are Scientists and Scottish band PAWS -- was nearly canceled, as Morrissey didn't want the show's sound bleeding into his. PAWS wrote an angry missive on their Facebook, which got picked up by this site and others. Things ended up working out, with the WAS/PAWS show starting after Morrissey's ended.

But there 's more to the story. Since then, PAWS have posted a much longer, detailed account of everything that happened, including what happened right before they were to take the stage:

However, after we got here, ten minutes before we were about to go onstage, with the show seemingly in full swing and in good health, Phillip and Josh were confronted by Morrissey's tour manager in our own dressing room. After thinking that everything was FINALLY sorted, this man started screaming at them both, practically squaring up to them and trying his hardest to tear us apart for how big this story was getting, doling out blood-curdling screams to the effect of "I AM THE BOSS OF YOU!" Frankly, beyond being insulting, unreasonable, and to be honest a little hilarious, we simply couldn't believe that this situation had escalated to this point. Far from a reasonable conversation or settling of differences, this seemed like a 'telling off' and to be honest put pretty much everything in context. To feel like you're being demeaned, disrespected and almost bullied by ANYONE feels terrible but to feel like this is happening and that are hands are tied purely because of the perceived stature of a celebrity, seems utterly ridiculous and frankly, unacceptable.

Pissed off and fired up, we jumped out and did our best to kill it for the 30 mins we had in the lights. We burst ourselves trying to bring it, and after ALL that, we came off beaten, sweaty but elated. In our minds, this is over. Fuck this shit.

You can read the entirety of PAWS' account below. Meanwhile, We Are Scientists took in the Morrissey show and offered a review on their Twitter:

When their dates with WAS end, PAWS' tour will hit NYC for a show at Shea Stadium on May 24 with Alex G, The Dirty Nil and Ma.

PAWS full Facebook post below...

Continue reading "PAWS Vs. MOZ Pt. 2"

Morrissey up close with a fan at San Jose last night (via @that fan's instagram)
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Morrissey's tour kicked off last night (5/7) in San Jose, CA. If you've ever been to a Morrissey concert, you know it is a never-ending stream of fans trying to rush the stage, hug him, rip off his shirt, whatever contact they can make. Unfortunately last night, the stage rush got out of control and the show was cut just a little short, notes Stereogum. TMZ, who has video of the incident says Moz was "attacked by a fan" and "knocked to the ground" though the footage doesn't really seem to bare that out. Nonetheless, stage security did seem to have a little more trouble keeping fans offstage than usual. You can watch the video below.

Before the violent hugging happened, Morrissey did play a few new songs that will be on his new album, Word Peace is None of Your Business, including the live debut of the title track, "The Bullfighter Dies," and "Earth is the Loneliest Planet." Setlist and video of those three new songs plus video of the stage rushing incident, below.

Meanwhile, tonight's show (5/8) at Santa Ana's The Observatory has its own problems, as the venue's smaller room, The Constellation Room, is supposed to host We Are Scientists and PAWS. But, according to PAWS, Morrissey doesn't want their show to happen and refuses to play until that show is canceled. From PAWS' Facebook:

Morrissey is currently trying to have our slot at tonights show in Santa Ana, California cancelled because he is playing in another room in the same venue and wishes for their to be no other artists performing in his vicinity.

This is an unbelievable act of complete and utter selfishness that should not be tolerated. This rich, has-been, ego maniac acting like a baby throwing toys from a pram. To satisfy his little power hungry brain. A complete disregard for others and a baffling lack of support/respect for young, hard working musicians.

People like this, with attitudes like this displays a classic example of why the music industry is still awash with disgusting garbage that should by now have been snuffed out. Pedestals, self righteous entitlement, disrespect and "competition". Geez. It's not like we've come all the way from Scotland to play for nothin'...

I'm just going to leave this photo and sentiment with you and we'll report back with developments. We won't go out without a fight!

What do you all think?

We say let 'em play, Morrissey!

UPDATE: Both shows are happening, through compromise, says We Are Scientists via Twitter:

ANTA ANA! So everyone can play a full set, tonight's show will start after Moz's bedtime:

9 doors
10 @wehavepaws
11 us

#everybodywins

Morrissey's tour hits NYC at Barclays Center on June 21 with Sir Cliff Richard and Kristeen Young (still tickets available).

PAWS play Shea Stadium in Brooklyn later this month when the WaS tour is finished.

Continue reading "Morrissey tour off to rocky start: fan mobbing in San Jose; reported beef w/ adjacent PAWS show in Santa Ana tonight"

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If you're of a certain age, Zach Braff's Garden State, and most specifically its soundtrack which features Coldplay, The Shins, Iron Wine covering The Postal Service, and more, is probably a little generation-defining (love it or hate it). Ten years later, he's going for it again with Wish I Was Here, the first film he'll be directing since Garden State. Zach tells Entertainment Weekly that the very Zach Braff-sounding soundtrack will feature a song by Cat Power (written by Coldplay's Chris Martin), plus original music from Bon Iver, The Shins and more. Will this be be the new sappy soundtrack to a generation of indie-discovering teens?

The film hits theaters on July 18 in NYC and LA, and July 25 everywhere else. You can check out the Kickstarter video for Wish I Was Here below.

Speaking of Garden State being generation-defining, it's one of the things namedropped in former SPIN editor (and NY Times writer) Mark Spitz's new book Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film. The description reads:

Marc Spitz explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that's embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee's roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.

Vampire Weekend, Garden State, Miranda July, Belle and Sebastian, Wes Anderson, Mumblecore, McSweeney's, Morrissey, beards, artisanal pickles, food trucks, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kittens and Zooey Deschanel--all are examples of a cultural aesthetic of calculated precocity known as Twee.

In Twee, journalist and cultural observer Marc Spitz surveys the rising Twee movement in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics and examines the cross-pollinated generation that embodies it--from aging hipsters to nerd girls, indie snobs to idealistic industrialists. Spitz outlines the history of twee--the first strong, diverse, and wildly influential youth movement since Punk in the '70s and Hip Hop in the '80s--showing how awkward glamour and fierce independence has become part of the zeitgeist.

That book will be out on June 3.

Wish I Was Here trailer below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver, The Shins, Cat Power & more on soundtrack for new Zach Braff film; 'Twee' book being released"

Kristeen Young at BAM, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Kristeen Young is best-known as being Morrissey's tour opener for the last few years, including the upcoming one that will bring them to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 21 with Cliff Richard (still tickets available).  Around the time of the start of the tour - specifically May 4 --  Young will release her new album, The Knife Shift, which was produced by Tony Visconti and features appearances from Morrissey guitarist Boz Boorer and Dave Grohl. No music has been released from the album yet.

Leading up to the LP release and Morrissey tour, Kristeen Young will do a residency at Bowery Electric the last four Wednesdays in April (9, 16, 23, 30). No word on advance tickets yet, but you can check the venue's Ticketweb page. Flyer for the residency below...

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Morrissey's new album is titled World Peace Is None of Your Business, reports Moz mouthpiece True to You, and the record is set for a summer release via his new label home, Harvest Records. As mentioned, Morrissey made the 12-track album in France with producer Joe Chiccarelli. Hopefully that puts the album out in time for his big Barclays Center show on June 21 with Sir Cliff Richard opening. Tickets are still available.

by Bill Pearis

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Morrissey is currently in France recording his tenth album, which should be out later this year. It's his first in five years and his first for EMI imprint Harvest. Hopefully it will be out in time for his upcoming North American tour that includes big shows in LA with Tom Jones (at the LA Sports Arena which is sold out) and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 21 with Cliff Richard (still tickets available).

Billboard just talked with the Moz about the new record and tour and other topics and, surprisingly, he's got some strong opinions. Asked about The Beatles 50th Anniversary, he quips:

I thought four of their songs were magnificent, and if a band can give you four magnificent songs then that's good enough for me. But was I ever influenced by the Beatles? No.
Billboard did not follow up and ask which four Beatles songs he found magnificent. And on the possibility of a Smiths reunion (it's the 30th anniversary of their first album), he says:
I don't know a single person who wants a Smiths reunion! But, no, there aren't any bands I like to see again because your memory of them is how they were in their prime or at their best or at their most desperate, and you look to them to be someone that they no longer are.
You can read the whole thing over at Billboard.

by Bill Pearis

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CLIFF RICHARD: I said, "My initial answer is yes but can you check it's not a joke? Is there an ulterior motive?" He got hold of Morrissey's management and he said: "No, Morrissey's a fan and he'd like you to be there."

So I said: "Yes, please." The chances of me singing for 15,000 people in New York are pretty well nil for me at the moment anyway. So I thought it would be great.

I checked on the internet and saw a couple of shots of him live, and his audiences look really - I don't know how to say this - they look really nice. They were swaying in the crowd and mouthing lyrics and I was thinking: "Oh, my audiences do that." So maybe his audience will be kind to me.

BBC: How aware of his music have you been over the years?

CLIFF RICHARD: I knew of him, even when he was lead singer of The J... The Smiths. I can't say that I've followed his musical career but I've followed the success. I've Googled him a couple of times now and I'm thinking, I could be a fan. - [BBC]

When Morrissey announced he'd be playing arena shows in NYC and LA on his upcoming tour, part of the surprise was the UK pop vets who'd be opening: Tom Jones at Los Angeles Sports Arena and Cliff Richard at Barclays Center.

While most Americans are plenty familiar with Tom Jones, that is probably not the case with Cliff Richard. He's actually the third-top-selling singles artist in the United Kingdom's history, and managed to score a #1 record in every decade from the '50s through the '90s. (He would've done it in the '00s too but "21st Century Christmas" [with Brian May] stalled at #2.) Bill Nighy's rockstar character in Love Actually is loosely based on Cliff Richard.

He has had hits in America during the disco era -- "Devil Woman" and "We Don't Talk Anymore" were both Top 10. You might also know "Suddenly," his duet with Olivia Newton John from Xanadu. But in America, that's about it. His 1987 UK #1, "Living Doll," was with cult punk Britcom The Young Ones which is probably about as close to "cool" as he ever got. (The Young Ones theme was actually a cover of an old Cliff Richard #1.) He was knighted in 1995, the first rock start to receive such an honor. Few people would call him cool (a British friend pointed me to this), but his UK chart presence is undeniable. You can check out a few videos below.

The rest of the country -- and NYC and LA too -- get frequent Moz opener Kristeen Young. Meanwhile, tickets to Morrissey's Barclays show on June 21 go on sale Friday, February 21 at noon, with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/19) at noon.

Relive a cavalcade of Cliff Richard hits in video form below...

Continue reading "Cliff Richard (who, you ask?) is opening for Morrissey at Barclays Center (tickets on sale next week)"

Morrissey @ BAM, Jan. 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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We already posted that Morrissey was playing big shows in NYC and LA, but now Moz has announced a full North American tour, that comes to a close (currently) with the Brooklyn Barclays Center show on June 21 with septugenarian UK pop legend Cliff Richard opening. Still no word on when tickets go on sale.

Morrissey is currently working on his new solo album which will come out on Harvest Records. All dates (via P4k) are with frequent tourmate Kristeen Young and are listed below.

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Via True to You, Morrissey has announced two big shows on either coast: May 10 at Los Angeles Sports Arena and June 21 at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center. Both shows are with Kristeen Young, and each get a UK pop legend as an opener: LA gets Tom Jones and Barclays gets Cliff Richard (!). Advance tickets are not on sale yet. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: full tour announced.

Morrissey is currently working on his first solo album for new label home Harvest Records. FACT reports that the entire Smiths catalog is being remastered specifically for iTunes.

Poster for the LA Sports Arena show below.

Continue reading "Morrissey announces big shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and Los Angeles Sports arena."

by Bill Pearis

Morrissey @ BAM, Jan. 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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Morrissey has been without a label for years. Amanda Palmer suggested he go the crowdsourcing route, but he's an old school kind of guy. Moz announced today that he's signed a two-record deal with Capitol imprint Harvest (home to together PANGEA and Death Grips). He'll decamp to France next month to begin recording his new album with veteran producer/engineer Joe Chiccarelli, who's worked with everyone from Elton John and Bon Jovi to Oingo Boingo and Beck. This will be his first album since 2008's Year's of Refusal.

Meanwhile, Morrissey's Autobiography has been a substantial hit, his single, a live version of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love," is out now (streamable below) and the reissue of Your Arsenal is out in February.

Continue reading "Morrissey signs two-album deal with Harvest, starts work on new album in February"

by Bill Pearis

Throw your arms around Paris in this lovely sweater...
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Hanukkah is behind us, and Christmas is two weeks away and we know what you're thinking -- "my shopping is done except for my Morrissey-obsessed friend/coworker/child/parent." If there's something you'd like to try buy, we're here to help. We've scoured the internet for 14 cool gifts that even the most fickle Moz fan would want, from records to books to clothing and more. There is probably a "shoplifters of the world" joke to make here, but there's probably enough Smiths lyrics quotes in the guide already, which you can peruse below.

Morrissey also just played that Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway, performing "People Are The Same Everywhere," "Irish Blood, English Heart," and his cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite Of Love." Video of that is below as well...

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Sorry Morrissey fans. The NYC book signing that was announced for this Thursday (12/12) at Barnes & Noble Union Square is not happening. Don't blame Moz, though. Says B&N:

There was a miscommunication solely on the part of the store and Morrissey was not scheduled to make an appearance here on 12/12/13 as we had announced in error. We hope to see him in the future, but there is NO scheduled signing for Morrissey at this time. We greatly apologize to his fans and our customers for any inconvenience this has caused.
Well that's a bummer.

In other Morrissey news, February 24 sees a reissue of his 1992 album Your Arsenal on heavyweight gatefold vinyl or a CD that comes with a DVD of Morrissey's October 1991 concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

by Bill Pearis

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Morrissey's Autobiography was released this week in North America in hardback -- and the UK got a hardback version this week too (the original was a Penguin Classics paperback). That's the US and UK hardback covers above, respectively.

Morrissey will be in NYC this week for a book signing at Barnes & Noble Union Square this Thursday (12/12) at 7 PM. According to B&N, there's no reading or performance, just a straight signing, and "Your receipt for book = ticket!" This should be an interesting scene.

UPDATE (12/8): Turns out this isn't happening. Bummer.

In related news, there have been unsubstantiated reports that the US and UK versions differ, and that some details about Moz's '90s relationship with Jake Owen Walters have been edited out. I bought the import a while back and that section is definitely one of Autobiography's most interesting, a rare glimpse inside a personal life Morrissey has successfully managed to keep personal until now. The first third of the book, detailing his life growing up a very poor Manchester, is probably the best part.

The latter half, though, spends a lot of time complaining about Rough Trade boss Geoff Travis and refuting -- line-by-line -- the ruling against Morrissey and Marr in the royalties lawsuit that Smiths drummer Mike Joyce won. There's also a lot of stuff like this:

Michael Stipe appears at Caroline Place, and we have tea in the back garden as the dunghill wafts of Queensway restaurants foul the air.

'I don't like this area,' I tell Michael.

'Then why do you live here?' he asks.

'I have no idea,' I reply.

'When I first heard Everyday is like Sunday I felt very jealous,' he goes on, and he explains how he, too, would like to go solo.

'I didn't ever want to go solo,' I say, 'I thought the Smiths would run for at least thirty albums.'

We walk through Hyde Park and then slowly across to Hammersmith. We enter the Hammersmith Odeon through the stage door, and six minutes later Michael walks onstage with REM. He is wearing the same clothes that he has worn all day, and he hasn't brushed his teeth.

Have you read it yet?

Morrissey and friend...
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It's Thanksgiving time which also means it's time for the annual Presidential Turkey Pardon. Well-known vegetarian, animal activist and PETA stamp star Morrissey, however, feels otherwise. He sent a missive, titled "Thankskilling," to his public conduit True to You:

Please ignore the abysmal example set by President Obama who, in the name of Thanksgiving, supports torture as 45 million birds are horrifically abused; dragged through electrified stun baths, and then have their throats slit. And President Obama laughs. Haha, so funny!
As Ingrid Newkirk from PETA points out, turkey 'meat' is one of "our nation's top killers", causing heart-attacks and strokes in humans due to saturated animal fats and cholesterol. And President Obama laughs.

Further, the meat industry is responsible for 51% of human-caused greenhouse-gas emission, therefore the embarrassingly stupid White House 'turkey pardon' is open support for a viciously cruel and environmentally irresponsible industry.

And President Obama laughs.

In other Morrissey news, the singer will appear at a Nobel Peace Prize concert at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway on December 11. He'll sing three songs and other performers for the concert include Omar Souleyman, Mary J. Blige, James Blunt, and Jake Bugg.

You can read more about Morrissey's vegetarianism and other things in his new Autobiography which comes out in America December 3.

by Wyatt Marshall

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PETA just released a new set of limited edition stamps featuring famous vegetarians, and a bevy of musicians and music industry folks are included on the sheet amongst the likes of Bob Barker and Joaquin Phoenix (though the list two years ago was a bit more interesting with Leonardo da Vinci, Johnny Appleseed who I wasn't aware he was actually a person and Gandhi). Paul McCartney, Ricky Martin, Russell Simmons, Joan Jett, Sarah Silverman, Vivienne Westwood, Mayim Bialik, Edie Falco, Belinda Carlisle and, of course, Morrissey made the cut. Would Grimes use these stamps? (she probably won't be featured on one)

As Morrisey says,

I think animals look to humans for protection, and of course humans lead them into slaughterhouses, which to me is just like an image of leading children into a slaughterhouse. There's no difference.
And some words of wisdom from Sir Paul McCartney:
If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That's the single most important thing you could do. It's staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.
You can order the stamps over at PETA, and be sure to use the Joan Jett ones for all your letters to South Dakota.

Speaking of Morrissey, a new book aiming to catalogue Smiths tattoos is in the work, and they're looking for anyone with a Smiths or Morrissey tattoo to be a part of it. Here are deets on that:

"To Me You Are A Work of Art" is a photo project in search of anyone with tattoo(s) related to, or inspired by, Morrissey and/or The Smiths. The photographs will profile fans and all their tattoos from various cities across the country over the course of the next few months. All photos will be taken by Toronto based photographer Patrick Moore.
The New York City date is this upcoming Sunday, November 24th and will be held at the Rocks Off offices in the Lower East Side (195 Chrystie St #401B) between 2pm and 4pm.
For any additional information - email YouWorkOfArt@gmail.com"
In Ricky Martin news, RM just listed his East Village condo in that really cool turquoise building on Bond Street for $6.8 million, and he just had his first book published, a children's book called "Santiago the Dreamer in 'Land Among the Stars.'" It's good to be Ricky Martin.

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Soon you'll be able to put a book of Smiths tattoos next to Morrissey's autobiography and Johnny Marr's autobiography on your shelf...

"To Me You Are A Work of Art" is a photo project in search of anyone with tattoo(s) related to, or inspired by, Morrissey and/or The Smiths. The photographs will profile fans and all their tattoos from various cities across the country over the course of the next few months. All photos will be taken by Toronto based photographer Patrick Moore.

The New York City date is this upcoming Sunday, November 24th and will be held at the Rocks Off offices in the Lower East Side (195 Chrystie St #401B) between 2pm and 4pm.
For any additional information - email YouWorkOfArt@gmail.com"

Someone tell Chris Gethard! More info in the flyer below...

Continue reading "Pictures of Smiths & Morrissey tattoos needed for new book; photo shoot in NYC Sunday"

Morrissey @ BAM, Jan. 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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Morrissey will release a live cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" as a single in December via Parlophone Records. Recorded at the Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on 25 November 2011, the single comes out digitally on 12/2 and then in January on 7" and 12" picture discs with additional live songs on the flip. Morrissey gave his thoughts on Lou, who died October 27, earlier this month.

Morrissey's Autobiography gets a stateside release the same week as the single, and will be released on audiobook -- read by actor David Morrissey -- in January.

Stream a live version of Moz's "Satellite of Love" below...

Continue reading "Morrissey releasing live version of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" as new single "

by Bill Pearis

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A couple Morrissey tidbits for your Monday. In a somewhat cryptic note on Moz mouthpiece site True to You, they note that the former Smiths singer was "discharged from Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles following treatment for concussion, whiplash and an arm injury." No information about how he sustained these injuries, but "Morrissey would like to thank the medical staff at Cedars-Sinai for their 'outstanding level of care and attention'." Feel better, Moz.

In other news, Penguin Classics UK has announced that the audiobook version of Morrissey's Autobiography will, sadly, not be read by the man himself. They have gotten, however, another Morrissey to read it: actor David Morrissey who you may know as "The Governor" on The Walking Dead or from the BBC series State of Play. He will certainly bring a gravitas to the proceedings the soft-spoken singer probably wouldn't have. We shall hear -- the audio version is out December 5 in the UK.

The US version of Autobiography is coming out through Penguin imprint G.P. Putnam's Sons and hits shelves in hardback (the UK version is a paperback-only) on December 3.

by Bill Pearis

Moz & Lou (via Morrissey-Solo)
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It should come as no surprise that Morrissey was a big Lou Reed fan. He was one of the many musicians to eulogize Reed, who died on Sunday, offering up some nice words via Moz mouthpiece True to You, quoting Irish poet Patrick McGill:

'Oh Lou / why did you leave us this way?'

No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed. He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself.

We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty.

'7 glasses used to be
called for six good mates and me
now we only call for three'

-Patrick MacGill

In other news, you may be aware that Morrissey's Autobiography came out a couple weeks ago in the UK via Penguin Classics, and became the fastest-selling artist memoir since online sales records began in 1998, besting Keith Richards' Life which was the previous record-holder. Autobiography has now secured US distribution through G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Sorry, Moz, you may have written the lyrics to the "Greatest Album of All Time" but you're not a "classic" in America. No release date has been set yet for the American release.

Reviews for Autobiography have been mixed. Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley (a former music journalist) reviewed the book for Faber Social:

"Anything is forgiven of anyone who makes us laugh" says Morrissey, quite aware of his own, often well-deployed, comic talent. Yet Autobiography feels as if it were written in two, or possibly three, different sittings, and the laughs come hard the longer it goes on. It's hard to believe that the man who sees the giddy daftness of accidentally starting an LA riot by singing You're the One For Me Fatty - "hardly an Altamont rallying cry to the social underbelly" - would expend any energy on trying to take down "little pinched Irish madam" Henry Kelly. Yes, that Henry Kelly, the one from Going For Gold and Classic FM. The schizophrenic nature of the book prevents it from being the classic he presumably thinks it is. - [Faber Social]
Someone once said "it takes strength to be gentle and kind." I picked up an import copy of the book but haven't had time to read it yet. Have you?

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Not only is the book real, it's selling really well:

Morrissey's memoir has outsold the latest Bridget Jones novel to top the best seller charts in its first week.

The paperback, called Autobiography and published by Penguin Classics, sold just short of 35,000 copies according to sales figures in trade magazine The Bookseller after its release on Thursday.

Helen Fielding's new Bridget Jones novel, Mad About the Boy, sold around 32,000 copies. [Belfast Telegraph]

Content in the book (not to mention all the lyrics on the first Smiths album) has left some wondering if Morrissey is homosexual. Morrissey, master of coy semantics, has since clarified via a statement that reads: "Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course ... not many".

Is Morrissey's autobiography any good? Amy Lamé, Tim Lott and Jon Snow try to decide in the video below...

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The biggest literary mystery of the year -- Who, If Anyone, Is Publishing Morrissey's Memoirs and When? -- has been solved, according to Moz mouthpiece True to You. Whether he actually had a deal with them before or not, the site reports that Morrissey's Autobiography will be released in the UK via Penguin Classics on October 17.

UPDATE (10/5): It's real. It's on Penguin's site and there is an Amazon UK preorder page now, too. That may or may not be is the actual artwork above. No word on a North American release.