Morrissey Announces U.S. Tour Dates

morrisseyLast month we brought you the news that Morrissey had signed a new record deal with Harvest Records, and would be announcing tour dates shortly. After a month of suspense, the former Smiths frontman has revealed via True-To-You a string of U.S. dates. Support on the May 10th and June 21st dates will come from Kristeen Young, along with support from Tom Jones on the former and Sir Cliff Richard on the latter. Check out the full routing below. (more…)

Morrissey Signs With Harvest/Capitol For New LP

morrisseyLooks like Morrissey did not take the advice of former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, whose open letter to the ex-Smiths frontman implored him to crowd-fund his next album. (I like to imagine him fulfilling the “Have dinner with Moz” level reward, or playing a suburban house party, or perhaps having backers in the studio to sing harmony on his record.)

No, Morrissey took the traditional route and got a label to pay for his record. In this case, it’s Harvest Records, distributed by Capitol. Joe Chiccarelli (the White Stripes, Beck, The Strokes) will be at the controls when the record is recorded this month in France. Tour dates will follow, and then probably be cancelled, but then rescheduled.

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Morrissey Working On New Novel & Album

Morrissey123It looks like Morrissey has caught a bit of the ol’ writing bug. After releasing his autobiography last year, Morrissey is already hard at work on his first novel, and getting ready to record a new album. In many ways, he says, writing is more satisfying than the  music industry.

“It’s all, now, solely a question of marketing,” Morrissey answered in a Q&A with True To You earlier this month, “All success stories are safe and dreary, and you will never be taken by surprise by a hit song that sounds out of place. This is not just my view but the view of everyone I know.”

When asked about the new album, Morrissey noted that he’s already named one track after his favorite city, Istanbul. He even hinted at a David Bowie collaboration that sadly, may never be.

“A producer (Tony Visconti), who is a very close friend of David Bowie, tried to get both Bowie and I together to do our version of ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,’ with David doing the deep Bill Medley parts, and me doing the Bobby Hatfield shrieks,” he said. “I loved this idea, but David wouldn’t budge. I know I’ve criticized David in the past, but it’s all been snot-nosed junior high ribbing on my part. I think he knows that.”

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The Best Music Books of 2013

4474421855_5630cc2cfb_oOh baby, it is literally so damn cold outside. I have no interest in walking in a winter wonderland because the weather outside is actually frightful and I’m terrified that if I try to go anywhere I’ll get lost in a blizzard and never make it back home. It’s that cold. If Beyonce was like, “Hey girl, you can have backstage passes to my show this weekend if you just stand in the snow for ten minutes,” I’d be like, “Sorry, lady, but my heat is on and I’m not coming out for anything.” [Of course, it became bizarrely warm here in New England on the day this went to press. -ED.]
I guess there is one nice thing about these frigid climes “ they offer up a great excuse to blow off plans and cuddle up inside with a new book. And with all of the excellent music-related titles that came out in 2013, I’ve had plenty to choose from. So if you’re a total wimp about the cold like me, grab one of these bad boys, pour yourself a half a drink more (at least), and get your read on.
I’m not the world’s biggest Morrissey fan, but the review that convinced me to pick up Autobiography was this one from Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield, who writes, “Practically every paragraph has a line or two that demands to be read aloud to the mirror, tattooed on foreheads, carved on tombstones. High praise, coming from a guy who also writes for a living. But it turns out he was right: this book is bitingly funny, endlessly entertaining, and stocked with crazy personal anecdotes. Morrissey’s writing is “ no surprise, given his songwriting abilities “ electric. While I won’t be getting anything from this book permanently inked on my forehead, I might consider it on some less valuable real estate like an arm or a foot.
Mo Meta Blues
Drummer for The Roots, bandleader on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, producer, DJ, and all-around rad human being AhmirQuestloveThompson is one of the busiest and most accomplished artists working today. His memoir, Mo Meta Blues, is one of the coolest and most interesting pieces of literature to hit shelves in 2013. This book will teach you a lot, make you smile a bunch, and give you the lowdown on a whole list of records that you may not have known about and absolutely must check out. Is Questlove the coolest guy in music? Yes. Is he the coolest guy in the entire world? Probably also yes. Mo Meta Blues is proof.
9781555537296_p0_v1_s260x420Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN
Carter Alan
I get the feeling that Carter Alan‘s Radio Free Boston wasn’t too widely read or reviewed outside of the New England area, and that’s a real shame. The book details the history of Boston’s WBCN radio, a station founded in the late ’60s when its DJs could essentially say and play whatever they wanted. Author Carter Alan, a former music director and DJ at the station, manages to stay mostly objective as he recounts its history, but it’s charming how his love for WBCN shines through nonetheless. This tale may not have a happy ending “ WBCN played its last notes in 2009 “ but the book kind of makes you wish radio stations today were as cool as this one was in its prime.
How Music Works
David Byrne
Okay, yes, technically Byrne’s How Music Works was released at the tail end of 2012. But the paperback edition, which came out earlier this year, is completely revised and updated and includes the same beautiful, full-color pictures that were found in the hardcover version. So I’m counting it. While the text is exhaustively researched and incredibly thorough (some might say dense), the book manages to be fun and engaging throughout. And while the Talking Heads frontman does discuss how music works in a technical sense, the book really shines when he writes about how and why we relate to music the way we do. Part memoir, part textbook, and all celebration of music, it’s the kind of book that you can come back to year after year.

Morrissey Rips Into Thanksgiving, Blames President Obama

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a little activism from everyone’s favorite vegetarian musician, Morrissey. Describing the holiday as “Thankskilling,” the Smiths vocalist wrote in a recent fan zine blog, “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.”

The post goes on to describe the meat industry, greenhouse-gas emission, and the effect of the industry on the environment. But, we don’t want to spoil too much for you. Check it out for yourself right here.

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Theatrical Screening Locations Announced For “Morrissey: 25 Live”™

Just weeks aft the original teaser surfaced online, theatrical screening locations have been revealed for Morissey: 25 Live.

Scheduled for an August 29 release, 25 Live is a celebration of Morrissey‘s 25 years as a solo artist. The film captures the singer’s March 2 performance at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, and serves as the first official concert film for Moz since 2005’s Who Put The M In Manchester?

Eagle Rock Entertainment is planning an eventual home video release for 25 Live, but no details are available yet. You can view the full list of theaters, as well as the full trailer, at the end of post.

Between recent postponements and cancelations in the U.S. and abroad, this may be your best shot at seeing Morrissey in 2013.


Morrissey Cancels Remaining Dates Of U.S. Tour

Bad news, Smiths fans. Due to illness, it has been announced Morrissey is cancelling all remaining US tour dates. You can view every date at the end of this post.

Though this is the biggest development as of yet, Morrissey has been having health problems throughout 2013. A bleeding ulcer already forced the former Smiths frontman to postpone three shows, while double pneumonia led him to reschedule his San Francisco concert.

Despite his best efforts to try to continue touring, Morrissey has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour, a statement says.

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Afternoon Ephemera: Morrissey, Roadrunner, Green Day, Emily White

Morrissey Watch ’13: Moz is back on the road. The serial canceller (he has a cold, his mom is sick, his dog ate his discography, he can’t get his shirt off, he’s feeling upbeat) has announced 25 new dates for the U.S. of A. Check them out at Spin.

Battle of the bands heats up: For a while there, it seemed like an easy win to get Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers named as the official rock song of Massachusetts. The paean to Rt. 128 livin’ name checks the Stop n Shop and openly declares love for the state, and hails the power of Massachusetts. But now, the campaign (initiated by Boston-based politco/musico/publicisto Joyce Linehan, who enlisted Rep. Marty Walsh to introduce the bill) has found challengers in the form of not-really-music-fans who are offended at the idea of a state rock song being something other than the classic rock songs they can hear while dining at Applebees. Hey Aerosmith is from Boston, these two local representatives presumably said to themselves, so let’s make it Dream On, even though that song has nothing to do with the state. How about Freeze Frame, dumbasses? Or My Best Friend’s Girl? Step-by-Step?

I’m not looking at you David Lowrey: Emily White, the same NPR Music intern whose blog post I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With sparked an Internet firestorm has finally delivered a measured and though-provoking follow-up. We wouldn’t call it a response to her critics, since she wisely does not engage them or discuss the nature of the debate itself, as many did in the aftermath. Worth the read here at Billboard.

Billy Joe Armstrong is off the junk or whatever it was, exhaustion or something, I dunno: Spin reports that Armstrong and his Green Day cohorts will hit SXSW in Austin this March before launching a 33-date U.S. tour. They will perform at the festival, and host screenings of American Idiot (the lunchbox the film) and their album documentary ¡Quatro!

Morrissey Cancels Tour Dates Due To Hospitalization

Following his hospitalization in Royal Oak, Michigan last week, Morrissey has been diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer, which will force him to cancel six dates of his current tour, to be rescheduled. He is expected to make a full recovery within two weeks’ time, and will soon announce the rescheduled dates of his cancelled appearances in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. The tour is scheduled to resume on February 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contrary to his lyrics, Morrissey apparently never starts something he can’t finish.

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On the eve of resuming his previously postponed tour dates, Morrissey made a quick stop on the Late Show With David Letterman to perform a new song called “Action Is My Middle Name.” While it’s a far cry from the days of The Smiths, Morrissey has built a new and powerful persona over the years, reinventing himself as a different kind of torch singer, without relinquishing his unique and beautiful brand of pathos. His performance here is nothing short of alluring, as he belts his way through three and a half revitalized minutes of top-shelf melody, songcraft, and showmanship. You can view the video after the jump.