Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I will skip work and sell my first-born child to be there. Trust me on this one...

Once again, news concerning my one and only man-crush, courtesty of Pitchfork Media.

Morrissey Unveils LP Art, Confirms SXSW Appearances

Matthew Solarski reports:
Truly, what could be more bad-arse than a Tommy gun? How about a bloomin' violin? Fuck yeah.

On the newly-revealed cover for his forthcoming album Ringleader of the Tormentors, viewable in all its low-res glory to your left, Morrissey has cast himself as an impassioned concertmaster, yin to You Are the Quarry's gangster yang. Debonair, I dare say.

Our violin-savvy correspondents tell us Morrissey's bow technique could use some tweaking, and Paganini is probably rolling over in his grave, but Moz is Moz, kids. Question him not. Ringleader arrives April 3 in the UK and the next day here in the states.

And that tiny, illegible Italian inscription beneath the album's title? It reads "Registrato e Mescolato a Roma Estate", which our trusty Google translator says means "recorded and stirred to Rome summer". Yes we like fanciful new Morrissey music sound now! Yes!

In other Moz news, the man was recently confirmed to appear not once but twice at this year's SXSW. On March 16, he'll be interviewed by Rolling Stone bobblehead David Fricke during the day, and will perform at Austin Music Hall later that night. And all of the other bands who have to play at the same time will cry into their lapels.

Morrissey has also padded out his previously-reported UK tour with an extra London performance, tacked on a couple international dates, and announced support in the form of Scottish high-steppers Sons and Daughters and Cali psychobillies Tiger Army (wtf?). Get Mozzy:

04-04 Helsinki, Finland - Cable Hall
04-10 Amsterdam, Holland - Heineken Music Hall
04-13 Killarney, Ireland - INEC
04-15 Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
04-18 Salford, England - Lowry *
04-19 Llandudno, Wales - North Wales Theatre *
04-20 Leeds, England - Town Hall *
04-22 Aberdeen, Scotland - Music Hall *
04-23 Stirling, Scotland - Albert Halls *
04-25 Dundee, Scotland - Caird Hall *
04-26 Greenock, Scotland - Town Hall *
04-27 Glasgow, Scotland - Academy *
04-29 Whitehaven, England - Civic *
04-30 Gateshead, England - Sage *
05-01 London, England - Alexandra Palace *
05-03 Sheffield, England - City Hall *
05-04 Grimsby, England - Auditorium *
05-06 Manchester, England - Apollo *
05-07 Manchester, England - Opera House *
05-08 Manchester, England - Bridgewater Hall *
05-10 Halifax, England - Victoria Hall *
05-11 Blackburn, England - King Georges Hall *
05-12 Liverpool, England - Philharmonic *
05-14 London, England - Palladium *
05-15 Cardiff, Wales - St David's Hall *
05-17 Reading, England - Hexagon *
05-19 Portsmouth, England - Guildhall *
05-20 Birmingham, England - Symphony Hall *
05-21 London, England - Palladium *
05-23 Truro, England - Hall For Cornwall *
05-24 Cheltenham, England - Town Hall *
05-25 Oxford, England - New Theatre *
05-27 Kings Lynn, England - Corn Exchange *
05-28 London, England - Palladium *

* with Sons and Daughters, Tiger Army


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