"Everything I do, I mean sincerely, but there is a little joke within this one. In every critique of Twin Shadow, there is a dropping of Morrissey’s name, which I always thought was funny because I have never really been a huge fan of Morrissey or the Smiths. [Laughs] So it’s a nod to people calling me 'the Dominican Morrissey'. I think part of it is just that the trend in underground music the last 20 years has been to sing in a high, sort of whiny voice—coming from that MGMT, John Lennon place. I have a gloomy, low-ish voice, so I think people attach that to Morrissey." —Twin [...]
"We won't be reforming this week. Maybe if the government stepped down. If this government stepped down, I'll reform the band. How's that? That's a fair trade, isn't it? I think the country would be better off, don't you? I'll do it if the coalition steps down." —Johnny Marr has issued his ultimatum on a Smiths reunion. Here's hoping British Prime Minister David Cameron is as big a fan of the band as he claims to be.
Apart from being terrifying and horrific, serial killers are oddly fascinating. Why do we find ourselves so obsessed over them? Is it just the fear and revulsion, or is something else at play? And it's not just us. Songwriters are often inspired by serial killers. Here are thirteen songs with extremely sinister origins.
In a move that is probably due to the Large Hadron Collider making everyone in the world insane because of neutrinos and what not, Coheed and Cambria, the prog-rock band that mostly writes about spaceships and evil alien empires, covered The Smiths-they did a cover of "A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours," off The Smiths' last album Strangeways, Here We Come. The cover isn't terrible, but it does have that nagging "fantasy rock" sound that seems to accompany a lot of the band's music lately. But if you can get past the goblins and trolls vibe, it's pretty neat. And if you haven't heard [...]
"In business as in personal relationships, there can be such a thing as a beautiful exit, one that 'avoids, as much as possible, hurting the disengager, the other party, and the connected network.' Being good at relationships means knowing how to end it in a constructive rather than a destructive way. The experience of the Smiths points to the importance of exiting a relationship gracefully."
On this day in 1987 The Smiths released their last—and best—album. Yes, I know that statement will be HUGELY CONTROVERSIAL THROUGHOUT THE INTERNETS, particularly with people who claim to have bought the "Hand In Glove" single on import when it came out even though they were actually only 10 at the time, but also with those who feel like The Queen Is Dead is the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band of the self-pitying set. I get it. The Queen Is Dead is a really good record. Strangeways is better. From the bouncy opening of "A Rush And A Push" (their best song; again, apologies, but it is) to the [...]
You have perhaps heard of the Internet sensation that is the PS22 Chorus? Quick primer: The PS22 Chorus is an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York). It is composed of 60-70 fifth-graders, and is directed by Gregg Breinberg. Students are assigned to the chorus after an annual auditioning process at the beginning of each school year. PS22 is the largest elementary school in Staten Island which draws students from a wide cross section of ethnic groups and socio-economic levels. The chorus meets twice a week during school hours to practice, and performs throughout the year at school functions, local events, and [...]
"Children still enjoy playing traditional games like skipping and clapping in the playground despite the lure of mobile phones, computer games, and television, a study published on Tuesday found. Playground games are 'alive and well … they happily co-exist with media-based play, the two informing each other,' it said." —Children like to go outside! Expect New York mag to weigh in shortly.
Have you ever wondered why The Cure is used to soundtrack so many romantic comedies? Have you ever stopped to think about what that implies, that this British deep-goth turned pop-rock band hits a particular sweet spot, like the meet-cute, for this dying movie genre? A few months ago, I went to go see About Time, a middling romcom by the same writer and director of Love Actually, and when I heard "Friday I’m in Love," something in me snapped.
I couldn’t enjoy the montage. It was Rachel McAdams and a surprisingly alluring ginger man (Domhnall Gleeson) running around, changing from chic outfit to chic outfit, falling [...]
Would you like to hear a dub remix of The Smiths' "This Charming Man"? It's here! I mean, you might not, that's fine too. Do whatever you want, I don't judge.
"I accept that if I turned up I probably wouldn’t get This Charming Man and if I went with the Foreign Secretary [William Hague] it would probably be William It Was Really Nothing." —British Prime Minister David Cameron responds to a question in Parliament about members of a popular '80s band expressing displeasure with his claims to be a fan of the group. Opposition MP Kerry McCarty asked Cameron the following: "As someone who claims to be an avid fan of The Smiths, the Prime Minister will no doubt be rather upset this week that both Morrissey and Johnny Marr have banned him from liking them. The [...]