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Stream Johnny Marr The Messenger

Smiths guitar wizard Johnny Marr has put in decades of work with a generous fistful of post-Smiths projects, but he's somehow never released a proper solo album until now. The Messenger, that solo debut, drops next week, and we've heard the title track, "The Right Right Thing," and "Upstarts." And now, feel… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 19, 2013

Watch Johnny Marr Play “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” For The 1st Time In 25 Years

Well, we got the My Bloody Valentine album, so a Smiths reunion must be at least a thing that could happen, someday, right? Wrong? Still, for a couple of dudes who have turned down millions of dollars and messiah-level adoration in exchange for the continued satisfaction of a good grudge, Moz and Marr… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 14, 2013

The Smiths Albums From Worst To Best

For a band that lasted only five years and released only four official full-length albums, the Smiths' catalog is a nightmare to untangle. The 70 or so songs the band eventually issued were consistently brilliant -- an idiosyncratic amalgam of character studies, political insight, and life-changing anthems for the eternal outsider. In Britain, they were… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / January 7, 2013

Q&A: Johnny Marr On The Messenger, The Smiths, And Why He Can’t Stop Joining Other People’s Bands

Johnny Marr is, without question, one of the nicest guys in rock and roll. He's also, without question, one of the most talented guitar players of all time. As a founding member of the Smiths, Marr helped change the face of English rock music forever and created a signature guitar style that would influence a… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / December 27, 2012

Johnny Marr – “The Right Right Thing”

Smiths guitar-god Johnny Marr will release his first-ever full-fledged solo LP The Messenger in a couple of months, and we've already seen his moody video for the title track. And now we get to hear second single "The Right Right Thing," which turns out to be a surprisingly charged-up anthem with a hook that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 4, 2012

The Weeknd – “Enemy”

First of all, this new Weeknd song appropriates the Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" in lyric and in sample. And at the very least we can all agree that, of all the Moz-isms for Abel to cite in his seedy vignettes, this one is a pretty snug fit. "Enemy"… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 26, 2012

Moz Publicist: The Smiths Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together

Yesterday, we told you about how Coachella offered to go vegetarian in exchange for a Smiths reunion at the festival, and then we mentioned a report citing "credible sources" claiming a Smiths reunion was indeed imminent. Not so, say other credible sources, i.e., Morrissey's publicist. "The Smiths are never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 2, 2012

Strangeways, Here We Come Turns 25

The Smiths commenced recording their fourth (and ultimately final) full-length knowing the title of the album and little else. Still, the band possessed such a strong sense of self -- with a variegated cosmology that made room for cult film stars and Wilde worship, the Brill Building and monarchic brickbats -- that Strangeways, Here WeMore »

By: Brad Shoup / September 28, 2012

Let’s Stay Not Together: The 10 Best Quotes About Bands Never Reuniting

Most of us go to work every day at jobs we find redundant, collaborating with people we don't like. And, generally speaking, the pay is terrible, and the benefits are worse. Yet, we plod on. But for some estranged bandmates, not even the lure of millions in collective earnings and/or reflective hosannas from the pre… More »

By: Kenny Herzog / June 25, 2012

Watch Quicksand Reunite At Revelation Records 25th Anniversary

After Gorilla Biscuits broke up and before he formed Rival Schools, Walter Schreifels led the great New York post-hardcore band Quicksand. Quicksand mastered an emotive but muscular form of seesawing judder -- more moshed-out than Fugazi, but rhythmically trickier and more open-hearted than their New York Hardcore peers. They're also the band who headlined the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 11, 2012

The 2012 Smiths/Morrissey Convention @ Avalon, Hollywood 4/29/12

Yesterday fans of the Smiths and Morrissey united at the Avalon in Hollywood to celebrate all things Moz. Plenty of pompadours and horn-rimmed glasses filled the venue as people danced their hearts out to songs from the Smiths and Morrissey for most of the evening. Two cover bands, Maladjusted and These Charming Men also played… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / April 30, 2012

Watch Johnny Marr On Portlandia

Johnny Marr is the latest figure from the rock world to drop into this season of Portlandia, joining the ranks of Isaac Brock, Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent and Eddie Vedder (so far). In this sketch, Johnny experiences some customer service issues with Carrie and Fred's latest harebrained business, a bike valet. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 5, 2012

Morrissey Easter Egg Found In Google Earth

Well, somebody's being cute. As the Verge reports, enterprising landscape architect Ste Allan has inserted a pixelated image of Morrissey, in classic Smiths-era recline, on Google Earth's "your world in 3D" feature. In SketchUp, Allan created a 3D model of the Salford Lads Club, a Manchester landmark featured in the "Stop Me If You've… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2012

Katy Goodman Covers The Smiths (Stereogum Premiere)

Katy Goodman is a red-haired human being who, as Kickball Katy, plays bass in the Vivian Girls, and who, as La Sera, also makes solo music. Recording under her own name for once, Goodman has contributed a cover of "What She Said" to a new tribute compilation called Please Please Please: A Tribute To TheMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 15, 2011

Moz Licenses Smiths Tune To UK Dept Store Ad

Morrissey is either getting even more into the Christmas spirit than everyone else, or he's cold getting paid. The man recently licensed a cover version of the Smiths' song "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" to the British department store John Lewis for a holiday-themed ad, and we've got that ad below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2011

Best Coast & Johnny Marr – “In Your Sleep”

Betheny Cosentino's in that rarified place where she's both on elder rock champions radar and also in their Fave Five. (We're still making "Fave Five" jokes, right? Great.) Rivers Cuomo nabbed her for duet and joined her Weezer cover, Mark Hoppus had her on his TV show, and now this: Smiths icon Johnny… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 19, 2011

The 10 Best Indie Rock Songs Under 2 Minutes

Time is a valuable thing, and the musicians who can make a quick point in a short amount of time deserve their props. We've put together a quick list of ten excellent songs from indie's past (and from a few associated genres), all of which end in 120 seconds or less. These tracks throw their… More »

By: Stereogum / October 17, 2011

Watch Moz Cover Lou Reed, Play New Tunes In Perth

Yesterday we celebrated The Queen Is Dead's 25th Anniversary. Today we celebrate the live version of new Morrissey song, "The Kid's A Looker," which Moz performed on BBC Radio 2 a few days ago along with “People Are The Same Everywhere" and “Action Is My Middle Name." He did those other tracks,… More »

By: brandon / June 17, 2011

The Queen Is Dead Turns 25

Last year when Meat Is Murder celebrated its 25th anniversary, we asked musicians like Zach Condon, Drew Daniel, Frankie Rose, Jamie Stewart, the No Age dudes, and Pictureplane for their memories of, and attachments to, the record. It's a year later and time for the especially beloved/regarded third Smiths album The Queen Is DeadMore »

By: brandon / June 16, 2011

Download Ben Gibbard & Death Cab For Cutie’s Best Cover Songs

Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with "You Are A Tourist," the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it's not channeling "Float On." That's fitting given how Ben Gibbard's got five… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2011