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Doing a list of the best albums “of all time” is bound to be a disaster — EW tried it this past summer and not surprisingly the thing was a shitshow. But ranking the Top 500 Albums Of All Time is exactly the type of feature NME runs out there every few years, and they’ve… More »

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 »

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 »

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New Sufjan Stevens, Morrissey, Built To Spill

Leaking, leaking, leaked.

Sufjan Stevens – “Opie’s Funeral Song” (MP3 Link Expired)
 From Mews Too: An Asthmatic Kitty Compilation
Morrissey – “I Will See You In Far Off Places” (MP3 Link Expired)
 From Ringleader Of The TormentorsMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 2, 2006 - 10:22 pm

Heaven Knows He’s Still Miserable Now

CMJ tracked down the tracklist for the upcoming Morrissey CD Ringleader Of The Tormentors.01. I Will See You In Far-Off Places
02. Dear God Please Help Me
03. You Have Killed Me
04. The Youngest Was The Most Loved
05. In The Future When All’s Well
06. The Father Who Must Be Killed
07. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 6, 2006 - 4:18 pm

Ringleader Of The Tormentors

Morrissey’s new album has a title (see above) and release date (around 3/21). There’s a just-updated studio diary on producer Tony Visconti’s site. Photos too.

“Irish Blood English Heart” popped up on the iPod the other day. Sounds especially fantastic when you haven’t listened to it in a year.

Favorite Morrissey… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 3, 2005 - 12:19 pm

Morrissey Hearts Jon Stewart

First, the post from, then the story behind his shirt…“With all my heart I urge people to vote against George Bush. Jon Stewart would be ideal, but John Kerry is the logical and sane move. It does not need to be said yet again, but Bush has single-handedly turned the United States into the… More »

By: Stereogum / October 28, 2004 - 9:20 pm

Morrissey Tours The States

9/29 Washington, D.C. Constitution Hall
10/1 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
10/2 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
10/7 Asbury Park, NJ Paramount Theatre
10/9 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
10/10 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
10/12 Toronto, ON Hummingbird Theatre
10/15 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
10/16 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
10/24 Miami, FL… More »

By: Stereogum / August 20, 2004 - 11:07 am

Random Notes And I Won’t Mention Britney

I saw two of my friends’ bands play this week and they didn’t suck at all. My Teenage Stride were at Pianos Tuesday night and Jed played that song about the Happy Mondays that I like. And last night Cara and I were really impressed by The Morning After’s gig at Trash Bar. We didn’t… More »

By: Stereogum / July 1, 2004 - 12:31 pm

Hairdresser On Fire

If you’re a Smiths fan you should pick up this book. The main character is named Johnny Marr and he tries to kill a guy named Morrissey. It was written in 1948. (Link via MarcEye.)… More »

By: Stereogum / June 28, 2004 - 5:01 pm

Morrissey On Britney

MORRISSEY: Music lovers are absolutely sick to death of the way it’s manipulated and the way people who have nothing to offer are pushed forward.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Like who? Are you thinking of stuff like American Idol?
MORRISSEY: Idol is an easy target as [the contestants] are really just very simple children who are manipulated… More »

By: Stereogum / May 17, 2004 - 9:28 am

More Stephin Merrit Rock Reviews

“Rock That?s Oh So Stupid Yet Oh So Intelligent”
The New York Times 5/16/04

DELAYS You can’t tell a word Greg Gilbert is saying on this English band’s debut album, “Faded Seaside Glamour” (Rough Trade), and you won’t care; his soaring falsetto is that beautiful. The first single, “Nearer Than Heaven,”… More »

By: Stereogum / May 16, 2004 - 5:26 pm

Stream The New Morrissey, Gomez, Alanis CDs

These albums won’t hit stores for another week:

Morrissey: You Are The Quarry – (Attack/Sanctuary
Long-awaited return combines lyrical scorn with classic guitar anthems. This album is fucking awesome. Really. I’m not just saying that ’cause it’s Morrissey.

Gomez: Split The Difference – (Virgin Records)
Brainy Brits hone their rootsy vibe and rock… More »

By: Stereogum / May 11, 2004 - 10:00 am

Irish Blood, English Ringtone

More proof that great singles often make horrible ringtones. Listen, Laugh.

One of these days I’m gonna post an extensive review of all the ringtones I’ve bought for my Ericsson T610. I think it’s fun that you can’t preview the ringtone before you pay 99 cents. It’s like gambling! (Man, I need to get… More »

By: Stereogum / May 10, 2004 - 6:46 pm

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Joey

“You know the difference between Friends and the John Kerry campaign? Friends has a theme.”

And I’ll be so happy not to hear that stupid theme song anymore (clap! clap! clap!). Sorry Phil Solem. At least you made a ton of dough. Although I wonder, does anybody else remember “Johnny Have You Seen Her”? More »

By: Stereogum / May 7, 2004 - 9:53 am

Hold On To Your Friends

What should I do tonight: Watch the last Friends or see Morrissey at the Apollo … third row center!?

Hmmm … tough decision.

Could I be any more sarcastic?

FYI: NY Times weighed in today: “Tuesday’s concert was delightful and slightly disappointing.”… More »

By: Stereogum / May 6, 2004 - 5:33 pm

Morrissey Watercooler

So, how was that show? What was the set list? Whose camera got confiscated? More »

By: Stereogum / May 4, 2004 - 9:47 am

DJ Mixes Usually Suck, But…

Leave it to Erlend Øye of Kings Of Convenience (Norway’s answer to Simon & Garfunkel) to reinvent the genre.

1. Jurgen Paape – So Weit Wie Noch Nie
2. Erlend Oye – Sheltered Life (Remix)/Fine Night (Acapella)
3. Cornelius – Drop (Kings of Convenience Remix)
4. Phoenix – If I Ever… More »

By: Stereogum / April 30, 2004 - 4:53 pm

Lollapalooza Update

PJ Harvey and Le Tigre join the Lollapalooza 2004 line-up, which already includes Morrissey, Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, String Cheese Incident, Modest Mouse, the Polyphonic Spree, Gomez and the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. More »

By: Stereogum / April 20, 2004 - 9:50 am

Robert Smith Vs. Morrissey

“[Moz] was constantly saying horrible things about The Cure,” Smith tells Entertainment Weekly. “In the end, I kind of snapped and started retaliating. And it turned into some kind of petty feud. I’ve never liked anything he’s done musically, but I don’t have any kind of strong feelings of animosity towards him as a perso… More »

By: Stereogum / April 8, 2004 - 10:25 am

More Lollapalooza 2004 Buzz

In addition to Morrissey, Flaming Lips, and Sonic Youth…

String Cheese Incident, Polyphonic Spree, and Modest Mouse have signed on. More »

By: Stereogum / March 30, 2004 - 9:58 am