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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 Dead to… More »

By: brandon / June 16, 2011 - 4:05 pm

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 - 11:35 am

Download Smiths Demos

Someone made a Smiths vinyl bootleg called Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals. Someone else made a rip of the (pretty illuminating, great) 16-track collection that features, among other things, a couple of previously unreleased Johnny Marr instrumentals (one heavier than the other). Hardcore fans may note it also includes the version of “There Is A Light… More »

By: brandon / January 3, 2011 - 10:50 am

Tokyo Police Club – “Breakneck Speed (Andy Rourke Remix)”

Yes, it’s that Andy Rourke, bassist for the Smiths, who put together this remix. Rourke hosts a show called Jetlag on East Village Radio, and he (along with co-host Double Ole) worked this remix. We’re told Rourke simply liked “Breakneck Speed,” the first taste from the band’s newest album Champ, so much that he wanted… More »

By: jessica / June 18, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Meat Is Murder Turns 25

When I was in high school I had a Meat Is Murder t-shirt. The one with the lyrics to the album’s title track on the front: “It’s not natural, normal or kind / The flesh you so fancifully fry / The meat in your mouth / As you savor the flavor / Of murder,” etc. More »

By: brandon / February 9, 2010 - 8:38 am

Moz Apologizes For Swords, Hopes For A Steadier 2010

Morrissey has had a pretty tough year, no doubt. From collapsing onstage to getting pegged in the head with a bottle, and finally ejecting a heckler who yelled “fuck you” while he was trying to tell a joke, the live thing was a mess. It turns out Moz also wasn’t happy with how his label… More »

By: brandon / December 16, 2009 - 12:29 pm

Parenthetical Girls, Xiu Xiu Cover Morrissey

The bands split sides of a 7″ to pay tribute to Moz, with Xiu Xiu tackling “I Am Hated For Loving” and Parenthetical Girls on “Handsome Devil.” Hear the Girls’ take at MySpace. More info at Upset The Rhythm. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 23, 2009 - 2:18 pm

Bottled Moz Cuts Off UK Gig After One Song

A couple weeks ago Morrissey collapsed on stage during a performance of “This Charming Man” at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon. A couple days later he cheekily pantomimed the collapse at Albert Hall while doing the same song. Over the weekend Moz made it through “This Charming Man” without incident, but ended his show… More »

By: brandon / November 9, 2009 - 9:12 am

Morrissey Returns To The Stage

According to The Times Moz looked “unhealthy and uncomfortable” (and bloated) at Albert Hall on Tuesday when he retooled “How Soon Is Now” to include references to standing up and staged a Lazarus act that ended with a gong and a “Thank you, Swindon.”… More »

By: brandon / October 29, 2009 - 12:16 pm

She & Him Cover The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”

There’s a long history of “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” covers in movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Not Another Teen Movie, Sky High… OK, not that long. But you can add to the list (500) Days Of Summer, the Zooey Deschanel/Joseph Gordon-Levitt love story with the meaningful-core soundtrack (its trailer ope… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 25, 2009 - 3:37 pm

Zooey Deschanel’s (500) Days Of Summer Trailer, Soundtrack Info

The trailer for the Mark Webb-directed (500) Days Of Summer opens with Zooey Deschanel (as Summer) telling a guy listening to “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” loudly on his earphones that she, too, loves the Smiths. She sings a couple lines to prove it. The thing is, despite the setup, we’re told… More »

By: brandon / March 4, 2009 - 4:55 pm

Morrissey Announces US Label, 2009 US Tour Dates

We channeled high-school poetry class when analyzing Morrissey’s Years Of Refusal album art, but even with his weighty caterpillar tattoo and all that the child-is-the-father-to-the-man business, the man didn’t actually have a US label ready for the Jerry Finn-produced collection until now: Moz’s Ringleader of the Tormentors followup will be out on Attack/Lost Highway, a… More »

By: brandon / December 18, 2008 - 10:16 am

Scott Weiland Covers The Smiths

Scott misses Cleveland and, it seems, vintage Smiths. The Deluxe Edition of “Happy” In Galoshes includes a second disc housing this cover of “Reel Around The Fountain” from Morrissey & Co’s 1984 self-titled debut. Between this and that Bowie impression, it feels like Weiland’s trying to position himself amid legendary vocal company. Does it work? More »

By: brandon / December 15, 2008 - 10:12 am

New Welcome Wagon – “Half A Person”

The Welcome Wagon, the betrothed duo of Reverend Thomas Vito and Monique Aiuto, sound a lot like Sufjan Stevens, the guy who produced and helped to arrange their debut album, Welcome To The Welcome Wagon. Stevens has a particularly distinctive/singular approach to composition. He’s added his horn, string, piano, vocal, etc., patterns to Vito and… More »

By: brandon / October 30, 2008 - 12:19 pm

Will The Smiths Reunite At Coachella ’09?

The Sun thinks so. We think the sun will sooner shine out of our behinds. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 24, 2008 - 11:14 am

Johnny Marr Joins The Cribs

Last time we heard from the Jarmans they were on stage with Lee Ranaldo in Brooklyn. Now, according to this NME video interview with frontman Ryan J and Johnny Marr, the ex-Smith and current Modest Mouse is a full-time member of the band. Looking like there’ll be a single next year. No word on which… More »

By: brandon / August 26, 2008 - 3:49 pm

Tony Hawk Interviews Isaac Brock And Johnny Marr

On the new site ShredOrDie — a member of the OrDie Network — skating legend Tony Hawk (did he ever find Animal Chin, btw?) interviews Isaac Brock and Johnny Marr before the start of one of Modest Mouse’s shows. Yes, we’re serious … even about the site’s name. Hawk does a pretty good job, getting… More »

By: brandon / February 22, 2008 - 10:07 am

Arcade Fire Cover The Smiths

With Morrissey fresh on our minds and Arcade Fire never far away, we bring you some footage of the Butlers & Co. tackling the Smiths’ “Still Ill” in Manchester on Friday night. Guess they’re picking up on the home-territory-homage bit from the Boss (sans guest appearances, unfortunately). More »

By: Stereogum / October 29, 2007 - 3:21 pm

Morrissey Descends Upon Hammerstein Ballroom

Really wish we had legs that felt fully recovered from CMJ, but you know, these things take time. That hasn’t stopped fellow Moz-freaks from making the trip uptown (for us) to Hammerstein Ballroom (or as Morrissey’s been calling it, “Frankenstein Ballroom”). It’s a five night run, of which two are in the can. NY Post… More »

By: Stereogum / October 24, 2007 - 3:42 pm

New Freebass – “I Envy Us”

So looks like Freebass, the bass-y trio of New Order four-stringer Peter Hook, the Smith’s low-end man Andy Rourke, and ex-Stone Roses/current-Primal Scream thunder-sticker Gary “Mani” Mounfield are slapping ‘n’ picking their way closer to a debut. Hook recently told Billboard to possibly expect it before Christmas: Guess he has more time since New Order… More »

By: Stereogum / September 7, 2007 - 7:13 pm