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Plus footage of an in-store in Grand Rapids, MI(!????!!!)

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Sounds beautiful but the tunes are totally unfocused. It’s like he basically made Malajusted all over again, only without something as catchy as “Alma Maters”. The mighty Mozzer does this every few albums. He puts out a few great records and then runs out of ideas before flailing around a bit and regaining his ground. Strangeways Here We Come and Viva Hate led to Kill Uncle, Your Arsenal and Vauxhall & I (my two favorite Moz records) led to Southpaw Grammar (which I hated at the time but quite like now) and Malajusted. I very well might like this album after I spend some time with it, but right now it sounds like a lush album utterly devoid of hooks. I can’t hum you any of the tunes on this record after one listen.
Maybe there are some killer b-sides that were left off the album? For all the hoopla surrounding his comeback album You Are The Quarry, I felt his best work from that period were the three b-sides from the Irish Blood… single.

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Be sure to check out this NPR interview with Steve Lillywhite about the making of Vauxhall & I, probably my second favorite Morrissey record. I’ve always wondered about the drums and the chainsaw in “Speedway.”

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Via P4k, it looks like the Mighty Mozzer is going to be a busy man this year. Early buzz on the new album is kind of meh, hopefully it’s better than that wretched album cover.
02-28 Boca Raton, FL – Mizner Park
03-01 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
03-03 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theater
03-04 St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
03-06 Myrtle Beach SC – House of Blues
03-07 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
03-09 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
03-11 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
03-13 Richmond, VA – The National
03-14 Washington, DC – Warner Theater
03-16 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
03-17 Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall
03-19 Buffalo, NY – University of Buffalo Center for the Arts
03-21 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03-22 Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music
03-25 New York, NY – Webster Hall
03-26 New York, NY – Carnegie Hall
03-28 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods
03-29 Boston, MA – House of Blues
03-31 Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
04-01 Columbus, OH – Palace Theater
04-03 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
04-04 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
04-06 Minneapolis, MN – State Theater
04-07 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater
04-08 St Louis, MO – Pageant Theater
04-10 Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
04-11 Houston, TX – Jesse H Jones Hall
04-12 Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
04-14 El Paso, TX – Chavez Theater
04-15 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Europe dates after the jump.

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US dates will now precede the projected tours of New Zealand and Australia for 2009. Years of Refusal now has a release date of February 23rd, which will also see the start of a lengthy US tour.

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Rumor has it that Morrissey and Marr (along with Joyce and Rourke) very well might be there next year. If a Smiths Reunion actually happens, of course I will go, but honestly I hope they don’t do it. Morrissey’s never been above doing this strictly for the money, but even this seems like a stretch for him. Besides, everyone holds them up on such a high pedestal, it should be a shame if that all came crashing down.
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Plus, I might spontaneously combust if I can’t get a photo pass for that gig.
**UPDATE** Yay! Not happening. I honestly think it will be a cold day in hell before Morrissey does anything that helps Mike Joyce out financially in any way other than the occasional reissue, repackage job. Thanks to reader Guitar for the linkage.

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No, I haven’t been sleeping on the goings-on of my favorite bands, I’ve just been hella busy at work. But there’s been a ton of new activity lately! Let’s recap:
The Verve (better than Keane, you know) release a “new” song that is actually a hold-over from 1994. Still, new/old Verve is better than no Verve (or solo Richard Ashcroft). Depending on who you listen to, their new album will either be called Four or Forth (Fourth, maybe?)and it will be out in mid-August. Can we get a US tour por favor?
An off-key Jay-Z mocks Oasis at Glasto (Grambo: “He should have done ‘Common People!'”). Bloodied but unbowed, Gallaghers Incorporated sign on for three more albums for Sony and then reveal the details of their new album, entitled Dig Out Your Soul. Noel says the first single was recorded real fast and “sounds instant and compelling.” This is encouraging news because much of (What’s the Story) Morning Glory was recorded in the first few takes. But then again, Noel could do no wrong back in 1996.
Also, The Mighty Mozzer has revealed the details of his new album. Years of Refusal is recorded and in the can and will be released in September. Jerry Finn was back behind the boards for this one. Hmmmmmm…
Completely unrelated, yet no less awesome: Ra Ra Riot is touring later this year! Their debut album will also be released later this year on Barsuk.

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The Mighty Mozzer is 49 today. Say hey!

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Isle of Wight Festival offered Morrissey Phil Collins as stand in drummer in 2005.
Remember when Moz canceled his appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2005? Apparently he told the organizers he couldn’t play because he didn’t have a drummer. So the festival offered to get Phil Collins to play drums for him. That would have been all kinds of awesome. Sadly, it never happened and Travis filled in for the mighty Mozzer, which in a way in ironic considering they were out of commission for a time after their drummer was almost paralyzed in a 2002 diving accident.
Fran took a small shot at Moz when they played the 9:30 Club last year. You can hear it at the end of the show if you want to give it a listen.

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