Tag: Morrissey

Release Radar 2/19/21 - HAIM vs Taylor Swift

Release Radar 2/19/21 - HAIM vs Taylor Swift
Could there be any way that Taylor Swift makes this HAIM remix of “Gasoline” better? Could she add anything new to it? Actually, yes, it took me by surprise but Taylor rises to the moment and crushes her verse, the second verse. She owns it with her falsetto, and the quick stop that follows, on... Read more »

Favorite Listens & Surprise Releases Of 2020

Favorite Listens & Surprise Releases Of 2020
It cannot be understated that 2020 was the year of surprises. “Surprise release” became the catchphrase of an unexpected record release. Because of the virus, it seemed, the marketing machine crashed. Soon some of our favorite bands, whom we hadn’t heard from in years, were dropping full-length bombs on us, without a word of warning.... Read more »

Release Radar 11/13/20: Aesop Rock vs Morrissey

Release Radar 11/13/20: Aesop Rock vs Morrissey
As the Christmas releases flutter out, the remixes ramp up and the greatest hits gift packages take root. I can’t remember the last time an important album came out in November or December, save for Donald Glover’s amazing Because The Internet, which was released on December 10th, 2013. It became my favorite album of 2014,... Read more »
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Moz's Exuberant Return To This Knockabout World

Moz's Exuberant Return To This Knockabout World
After one full listen to “I Am Not a Dog on a Chain,” I wondered what the writing process was for this record? More specifically, who were the writers behind this refreshing batch of songs, and did Moz work more openly with these authors than in the past? Usually, with Marr, Street, Nevin, White, Boorer, and... Read more »

Release Radar 3/20/20: Morrissey vs Alkaline Trio

Release Radar 3/20/20: Morrissey vs Alkaline Trio
Morrissey has returned this week with his finest work in 20 years. Some of the songs, on I Am Not A Dog On A Chain, harken back to The Smiths, and early Moz, pre-Viva Hate. It’s an album chock-full of great songs, with barely a weak one in the bunch. His California Son album was... Read more »

Release Radar 1/31/20: De Lux vs Gorillaz

Release Radar 1/31/20: De Lux vs Gorillaz
Guess who’s back? We got some new Gorillaz! Damen and Co return with a little punk rock and a lot of hip-hop. I’ve been a fan of De Lux since the amazing single, “LA Threshold,” so I always look forward to a little heat from the dance-rock outfit. “Everybody’s Alright” continues to edge towards that... Read more »
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Release Radar 1/10/20: Drake vs Morrissey

Release Radar 1/10/20: Drake vs Morrissey
The drop on Friday morning is usually hit or miss, but this week’s Release Radar it’s too legit to quit. Morrissey and Drake, are at the top, and then there’s Nada and Bowie. Remember Nirvana covering, “The Man Who Sold The World?” Bowie’s original version is spectacular and must be heard. Not sure why Drake... Read more »

Two Reasons To Play The Smiths' "Hatful of Hollow"

Two Reasons To Play The Smiths' "Hatful of Hollow"
Hatful of Hollow has two unique versions of ‘Smiths songs that beg to be played. “This Charming Man,” and “Still Ill,” both from a BBC Session recorded for John Peel, in the fall of 1983, specifically on the 21st of September. Also included in those amazing sessions were, “Back to the Old House,” and “This... Read more »

Morrissey Is In Good Spirits at Ravinia 9-14-19

Morrissey Is In Good Spirits at Ravinia 9-14-19
For Morrissey, the last six months have been mired in turmoil over a pin that he’s worn, attaching him to certain political groups and leanings. I’ve gone back and forth with his politics, and, while I don’t agree with all of his beliefs, I decided to see him play live at Ravinia. He was in... Read more »
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Morrissey, Generationals, Cover The Pretenders

Morrissey, Generationals, Cover The Pretenders
In the last couple of weeks, two unique artists have released tasteful covers of The Pretenders. Morrissey can be heard crooning over “Back On The Chain Gang,” where he plays a mean guitar, albeit pretend. IMO this was one of Chrissy Hynde’s greatest achievements, and Steven Patrick Morrissey does it justice. “I found a picture... Read more »