26 Feb 2005
Gabrielles Wish new EP 
Gabrielles Wish release their new E.P. Here From The Neck Down, on Monday 28 February. The E.P. will be available at gigs and at Piccadilly Records in Manchester and online at www.piccadilly.com

New live dates:

Friday 4 March - The Bierkeller, Manchester (77 Piccadilly)
Friday 18 March - The Castle, Oldham (38 Union Street)

Another date is yet to be confirmed, 11 March at Red's Bar in Newcastle.

For more details, updates and extensive band history, discography, etc, visit www.gabrielleswish.com

Thanks to MickANewOrderFan for info.

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Silent Partners' News of the World Tour 
Silent Partners' News of the World Tour 2005 ends this Sunday 27 February at the Brixton Telegraph in London. The final date is an all day event also featuring The History, The Seen, The Dukes, The High Times, Marver Brown, and The View.

Brixton Telegrah
London
Tel 0871 223 5145 for more details

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25 Feb 2005
Moss Side Story 
Today's Friday Review in the Guardian has an excellent interview with Doves (complete with wrongly-captioned photo) whose album 'Some Cities' has just been released.

The tour begins, rather appropriately, at a location significant in Doves history: "near the remnants of the studio where they once recorded as successful early 1990s dance act Sub Sub, before it burnt down along with all their equipment. This led them to regroup, using guitars, as Doves. Now the place is a burned out shell." Sub Sub were one of the most successful acts on the late Rob Gretton's Rob's Records.

The modern day Doves find out that "There's nothing left to signify Doves were ever here at all, but they leave a present for local dogs by urinating on the building. Peeing on their legacy is a typically mischievous act at odds with Doves' media image (they're mostly described with the words "miserable", "Mancunian" or "dour")."

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22 Feb 2005
New Order, New Wave, new interviews 
There are New Order interviews aplenty in the Observer Music Monthly (Paul Abbott, the writer of Channel 4's Shameless, Q&As Bernard Sumner) and in The Independent (an extensive, career-spanning, anecdote-laden one with the whole band).

Also, Hooky is DJing at the next Get Loaded @ Turnmills alongside regulars Shaun Ryder 'n' Bez on Thursday 3 March.

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19 Feb 2005
Tony Wilson interview in the NME 
There's a highly informative and amusing interview with Tony Wilson in the NME of 12 February. He explains how 30 grand is enough to break a band (10 for recording, 10 for marketing and 10 for manufacturing) and that if you spend 300 grand on a Space Monkeys video directed by David LaChappelle it's gonna end in tears whereas both RAW-T vids cost 800 quid. Tony also elaborates on his 13-year-cycle theory and why it didn't quite deliver in 2002. Oh, and yes, he has a dog too.

Thanks to OMNY.

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New Order win NME "God-Like Genius" award 
New Order won the God-like Genius award (sort of a Lifetime Achievement thing) and played four songs (Crystal, Krafty, Love Will Tear Us Apart and Blue Monday) at the annual NME awards this last week, as the NME reports. The awards were shown in the UK on Channel 4 last night (Cerysmatic's on a road trip and is playing catch-up).

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16 Feb 2005
The Durutti Column live webcast 
Don't forget that tonight at 22:00 GMT there is a webcast of The Durutti Column live from The North Star, Lerwick, Shetland. In a slight change of plan, the webcast will feature the first hour of the show. The broadcast is available in Windows Media format only in broadband and lo-band.

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10 Feb 2005
Live webcast of The Durutti Column 
Cerysmatic Factory is proud to present an exclusive webcast of The Durutti Column's first live show of 2005 from The North Star, Lerwick, Shetland on Wednesday 16 February. This is to celebrate the launch of The Durutti Column brand new download only deal with Tony Wilson's new label F4 Records. The webcast will feature the last hour of the show and starts at 22:00 GMT.

The broadcast will be available in Windows Media format only in a choice of 56K and 256K streams.

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9 Feb 2005
Final Fraternal Greetings... 
... from the Factory Shareholder's Analysis End of Year '80

And then there's...

FACTORY BENELUX

FAC BN 1 A Certain Ratio; "Shack Up" 7" 45rpm. August ’80

FAC BN 2 The Durutti Column; "Lips that would kiss": 12" 45rpm October ’80

FAC BN 3 Section 25: "Charnel Ground"; 7" 45rpm. November '80. According to our New Zealand correspondent if you turn the sleeve upside down the sand dunes look like a woman's armpit. Coffee table chick my arse.

FAC BN 4 Manhattan Project or Nicky ; single ind demo form at moment and singer writer may or may not be in London or NYC. Release uncertain.

FAC BN 5 Crispy Ambulance; single recorded late this month, Jan.

FACtBN 6 Blurt; "Live in Berlin" 10" 33rpm 8-tracker..if they can find the Tapes...the last time they saw them...........

FACT BN 7 Crawling Chaos; for afficionados of FAC 17...like me and Claud Bessy, an album of driving music from the North East. To be recorded, March.

FACTORY U.S.

FACTUS 1 Joy Division; "Unknown Pleasures"; released Summer 80

FACUS 2 Joy Division; "She's lost control/Atmosphere" not to be confused with

FACUS 2 UK (which we forgot to mention above) which is "Atmosphere/She's lost control" has a uk at the bottom of the sleeve and is 25p hheaper in UK, though of course not in US,,,,rambling again

FACUS 4 A Certain Ratio: "Do theDu(casse)" 12 45rpm 4 tracks. Released from Berkely this month, selling in England with special sticker which explains that it repeats certain tracks from elsewehere and hopefully stops all those stupid bloody complaining letters like the ones about the blasted flexi discs. Recorded at Cargo and Graveyard 4 track.

FACUS 5 "Manchester to New York direct" 75" U-Matic 525 line video tape made June 1980 for use in Hurrah's /danceteria/Mudd/Rock Lounge etc. and now showing in Australian record shops. Features some material which will be found on 625 lines on FACT 36 and 37 later this year.

FACTUS 6 Joy Division: "Closer". American release set for Late March 81.

FACTUS 7 Billboard for Factus 6.

OTHER PROJECTS

RECORDS Vini/D.C. to do single forJeanne Pierre Turmel/Sordide Sentimental and licensing deals continuing in farflung territories like N?Z., Finland..Italy….where there are a lot of bootlegs etc.

BOOKS Publishing plans await the pricing of a specially sized book to subvert the literary cartels. Conversations underway with Manchester print co-operative, Reid, Morrissey and others. Summer.

VIDEO Factory video unit virtually in action. So far a JVC KY 2000E plus a U)Matic portapac. Two machine editing to be installed as sson as someone works out the exact tidal structure of our cash flow in order to press enough "Ceremonies" and have the monies for a time base corrector and a desk to put it on.

AMERICA Apparently a returns policy is more important than beauty. It is being studied.

GIGS Up to the individual band. ACR only do two a month causethey have fragile personalities, New Order..I’m not sure cause I'm the last person to find out about their gigs. Blurt play for money,Vini for love. Some approaches can be made via R.Trade gigs…though as ever nothing is definite.

THE REVOLUTION: Get your hands on the means of production…the bleeding tools etc…..small investment in MVS, Chris and Nick, pressers of independent records to the cream now have own plant….ours is the plastic etc.

BACKLASH as in the games people play..does your heart good…ex-catholic grammar school..yes....hooligans..yes…elitists……yes. But coffee table…..well really.

OUT OF STOCK PROBLEMS : or the stock problem. Records do sometimes sell out. The only way to avoid that is to print loads, displaying a) terminal pride in that you're so confident, or b) a wilful disregard of the role of capital. When they sell out it takes time to get them out. There’s always too many or too few, never enough. For Christ's sake it's just like life. In the end everything happens. Perhaps we should start a religious sect. Great marketing possibilities.

Fraternal greetings to all interested enough to write, play or listen to the stuff. Fact 30 by the way is great, so don’t believe a word the bastards say.

Par inadvertance.

FACTORY

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And so endeth the Shareholder's Analysis for End of Year '80. Many thanks again to Sebfact for diligently transcribing the whole thing, typos 'n' all. Time to check out that SXXV sleeve...

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8 Feb 2005
Nosebleeds film tickets on sale 
Tickets for the Manchester District Music Archive's Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds film night, 'Ain't Seen This Before' on Friday 4 March are on sale now priced £5 each and are available at Vinyl Exchange in Manchester. All proceeds will go to DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal. There will also be holding a fund-raising raffle on the night, which will feature some exciting Nosebleeds memorabilia. Check out www.mdmarchive.com for more info.

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Ed Templeton in the New York Times 
Ed Templeton, whose solo exhibition 'The Judas Goat' continues at Modern Art in Hackney is the subject of an article [free registration required] by Rob Walker in the latest New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Whilst it doesn't mention the London exhibition it does heavily feature the Toy Machine Bloodsucking Skateboard Company, which he set up in 1993 ("planning ahead for the day he got too old to skate professionally").

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Blurt Winter/Spring 2005 tour dates 
Blurt have announced European tour dates in places as diverse as Mostar and Brighton. Details below. More Blurt on www.tedmilton.com.

February

25 - artacts '05, Festival für Jazz und Improvisierte Musik, Alte Gerberei - St. Johann in Tirol
26 - M&KC, Koper

March

1 - tba, Mostar
3 - Dom Omladine, Belgrade
4 - Kset, Zagreb
5 - Podlaga, Sezana
13 - The Freebutt, Brighton, Presented by Tatty Seaside Town

April

2 - Mains D'oeuvres, Paris

May

11 - The Bloomsbury Theatre, London (with Jah Wobble)
7 Feb 2005
Rip and Burn readers question New Order 
The latest, March 2005, of new downloads 'n' stuff magazine 'Rip and Burn' features an interview with New Order where the readers have texted in their questions. There's plenty of questions about Factory (was it a mistake to sign with them, would you work with Tony Wilson again, etc) and loads more. Elsewhere in the mag you can read about, erm, the "100 Greatest Shagging Tracks".

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Death From Above 
According to the cover story in (The) WIRE magazine, the DFA label acronym stands for 'Death from Above' from Crispy Ambulance no less. DFA are from NYC, are the producers of The Rapture and are credited with kickstarting the whole neo punk-funk revival. DFA are James Murphy & Tim Goldsworthy. Murphy's side project is LCD Soundsystem (whom the article in question is largely about) whilst Goldsworthy used to be in UNKLE. Unfortunately the Crispies reference is not available online but you can read the full unexpurgated interview text. 'Death From Above' is a track on the album The Plateau Phase (FBN 12) originally released in March 1982.

Thanks to OMNY and the Crispy Ambulance Discography.

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New Order and Doves for Coachella 2005 
A strong line-up for the Coachella Festival 2005 includes New Order, Doves, Bloc Party and Kasabian. Day 1 headliners are Coldplay whilst on day 2 it's Nine Inch Nails. Coachella has been an annual event for Indio, California since 1999 and this years takes place on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May. For more info check out the official website at www.coachella.com



Meanwhile, following on from Friday's Guardian interview with Hooky and Bloc Party it seems that they have lined up a similar event with Doves and Bernard Sumner for this Friday.

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4 Feb 2005
F4 Records profile on BBC News website 
With the headline 'Mogul Wilson backing UK rap band', BBC News profiles the fourth incarnation of Factory, F4 Records.



Tony Wilson explains that Factory Too and Factory Records Limited, the two previous incarnations, were "despondent and dismal experiences" and that "Of all the things I do in my life the most exciting thing I've ever done, and the thing I have most loved, is being part of a record company."



Meanwhile, F4 has taken delivery of some shiny new badges, more details of which expected shortly.

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He's Lost Control Again 
UNCUT magazine reports on January's press conference to launch the Ian Curtis biopic with the working title 'Control' in the March 2005 issue. In this brief extract Deborah Curtis comments on why it is finally happening now: "There was a time when I thought it would be better to just drop the whole idea and move on, but I'm confident I've found the right people to tell Ian's story. Joy Division still sound astonishingly relevant and I'm hopeful this will be the document that introduces more people to Ian and his life."

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New Order's Cash for Questions in Q Magazine 
As promised, the March 2005 issue (#224) contains Cash for Questions with New Order or "Dance rock's godfathers on getting electrocuted, helicopter gunships and why Nancy Dell'Olio should rap on a World In Motion remake..." as writer Ben Mitchell would have it. Questions include "Are you still drinking Pernod and Asti Spumante?", "Peter, how the fuck do you get that bass sound?" (Answer: "I'm not telling you. Fuck off."), "Stephen, you own several tanks. What's your favourite piece of military hardware?" (Answer: "the sighting system on the Apache Longbow helicopter") and "with hindsight, was changing your name to New Order a bit dodgy?" (Brief answer: "Yes").

Rob Hodges asks "Would you consider working with Factory boss Tony Wilson again? If so, on what terms?"

Bernard: "The problem that we had with Factory is that they didn't pay us the money."
Hooky: "Or account to us. We never knew how many records we sold. We still don't. No idea."
Bernard: "On a personal level and a creative level, they were great."
Hooky: "In Tony's defence, it's not like he fucked off with the money. If anyone knows who's got it, could they write in?"

Q Magazine
March 2005, issue #224
£3.40
Available in all good newsagents and some rubbish ones too

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Bez-arre Love Triangle 
Closer magazine (UK celeb mag) has a 3-page article on Bez and his life pre- and post-Celebrity Big Brother which rejoices in the headline "Bez-arre Love Triangle".
Hooky shares pearls of wisdom with Bloc Party 
The ever-reliable Friday Review in the Guardian newspaper has an "interview" with Hooky out of New Order and Bloc Party. Hooky rejoices in telling them that sooner or later they'll all hate each other and that Green Day are "the American Alarm"!

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3 Feb 2005
New Order for V Festival 2005 
According to a story in the Daily Star, as reported on New Order Online, New Order is confirmed to play the V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford & Weston Park, Staffordshire on Sat/Sun 20/21 August 2005. Tickets are not on sale yet and no details are available but this festival always sells out.



The Festival line-up also includes Oasis and The Darkness.



Thanks to C and NOOL.

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1 Feb 2005
You Won't Feel Out Of Place (update) 
Further to the previous announcement, the Cerysmatic Factory server upgrades will now be taking place on Tuesday 8 February at 10:00am GMT. This will cause approximately 60 minutes downtime for the site. Thank you for your forebearance.


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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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