Today marks 35 years since Joy Division's fantastic debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was released. Also on this day in 1986, The Smiths released The Queen Is Dead. Why not give these two great Manchester albums a listen and talk them up in the replies.
In a big move for late night TV, Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show last night. On the debut episode Will Smith was a guest and he was presented with one of Chris Farren's (Fake Problems) "The Smiths" shirts ... kinda amazing. Congrats Chris! If you want a shirt you can pick one up here.
There's a lot of speculation floating around the internet today so, best to take it all with a grain of salt at this point in time. Despite a claim that The Smiths were in talks with a "well-known" promoter about reuniting, the rumours have been denied by sources much closer to the band and a "highly placed source" in the UK live music industry. Let's just address that before some of us get too excited.
Update: Johnny Marr himself has confirmed the reports are not true...as expected.
Morrissey has announced a one-off show at the Manchester Arena on June 28th. Tickets go on sale this Friday and you can head to the replies to see him performing The Smiths' classic "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" from his Who Put The M In Manchester show, which was filmed at the same venue in 2004.
The Cribs are currently working on their first studio album as a three-piece since 2007's Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever and have a working title of In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull. The band has also been speaking about their last album, Ignore The Ignorant, which they recorded and toured with Johnny Marr (The Smiths) and how natural it feels to be a three-piece again.
American Laundromat Records will releasePlease, Please, Please: A Tribute to the Smiths on November 22nd. The compilation will feature covers by Class Actress, Greg Laswell, The Wedding Present, Williams Fitzsimmons, Trespassers William and more.
Head to the replies to watch a previously unseen documentary about The Smiths. The documentary was thought to have been "lost" since 1992 but has now been released by Rhino, who are also releasing the deluxe boxset.
The Smiths Complete - Deluxe Collectors Box Set is due to be released on October 4 and contains remastered versions of eight albums (on CD and vinyl), as well as reproduced versions of 25 7" singles and much much more. Head here to check out more details.
The Subways will release their new album in September. Money and Celebrity was produced by Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths) and you can download a track from the album titled, "It's A Party" here for free.
Balance and Composure's cover of The Smiths' "Big Mouth Strikes Again" is streaming here. It comes from the digital re-release of the band's debut EP, I Just Want To Be Pure, which can be purchased here.