Johnny Marr stops into Amoeba Hollywood and does "What's In My Bag?" (2011)
Influential British guitarist Johnny Marr, who originally came to fame as the backbone of The Smiths sound and songwriting partner to Morrissey, will be releasing his first ever solo album in the new year. To be titled The Messenger, the 12-song, self-produced album will be released by Sire/ADA in late February, 2013. The long-awaited solo release will follow years of Marr recording with such other artists, besides The Smiths, as The The, Talking Heads, Electronic, Pet Shop Boys, The Cribs, and as a member of the 2007 Modest Mouse line-up for the number one Billboard Top 200 hit We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. Marr recently announced that he would join Dinosaur Jr. onstage at Terminal 5 when they play that NYC venue in early December for the 25th anniversary of You're Living All Over Me.
Recorded in both Manchester and Berlin earlier this year, Marr's label promises that his anticipated new album The Messenger, on which he sings and plays guitar as well as handling all production duties, will include "elements of angular art rock and rock n' roll." Stay tuned to the Amoeblog for updates and in the meantime check out the above video clip of the down-to-earth guitarist, who has been living in Portland OR for the past seven years, in the What's In My Bag? clip from last year when he stopped into Amoeba Hollywood to pick up some soundtracks and other cool music digs.