XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Morrissey’s new “Spent the Day In Bed”; watch Leonard Cohen’s posthumous music video

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Morrissey | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Morrissey is getting ready to debut his new album, Low in High School on November 17th, and in advance he’s just released its first single, “Spent the Day In Bed.” 

Low in High School was recorded at Ennio Morricone’s Studios in Rome, as well as studios in France Listen to the single below.

Morrissey is also preparing to release a novel called List of the Lost, and has announced a U.S. tour behind the new album. Though the exact dates and venues have yet to be announced, Morrissey has confirmed he’ll be stopping in New York and Philadelphia, among several other cities. In related news, The Smiths recently announced a deluxe reissue of the classic 1986 album The Queen is Dead, which arrives October 20th.

November 7, 2017 will mark the one year anniversary of Leonard Cohen‘s death. Today, his son Adam announced a tribute concert honoring the musical legacy of his father, set to take place in Montreal this fall; at the same time, the Polaris Music Awards premiered a brand new animated video for Leonard Cohen’s song “Leaving The Table” from his album You Want It Darker.

Director Christopher Mills told Billboard:

“The idea kinda came from the ‘lightness’ that I imagined Mr. Cohen would be feeling right about now. I really loved thinking about him celebrating this new journey by dancing around in the clouds, and visiting his old haunts, playing around with all the weird and cool stuff you could probably do, once you ‘cross over’ into another plane. It just kind of made me warm inside to take this song, which could be about passing on to another place, and figuring out what it could look like in a world of lightness, new adventures, and whatever great memory you could come up with.”

Watch video below.

The Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen will be held on November 6, 2017 at Montreal’s Bell Center. The lineup includes Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Feist, Philip Glass, k.d. lang, The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, Damien Rice, Sting, Patrick Watson, and Adam Cohen. More artists, as well as actors who will deliver spoken word performances, will be announced shortly.

Adam Cohen said in a statement:

“My father left me with a list of instructions before he passed: ‘Put me in a pine box next to my mother and father. Have a small memorial for close friends and family in Los Angeles…and if you want a public event, do it in Montreal.  I see this concert as a fulfillment of my duties to my father that we gather in Montreal to ring the bells that still can ring.”

 

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