30 Nov 2005
... and they never played 'Blue Monday' 
An interesting New Order reference in this 28 November Guardian article by Stuart Jeffries about what to do this Christmas.

Thanks to Mike for spotting.

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John Metcalfe to support The Durutti Column + more copies of 'Keep Breathing' 
John Metcalfe will be playing a short opening set before The Durutti Column's show at Ronnie Scott's in London on Sunday. He is then likely to reappear on stage with DC during their set.

A second batch of 70 copies of new album 'Keep Breathing' has just gone on sale on eBay.

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Twenty Four Hours live at Kings Arms, Salford, 11 December 2005 
Twenty Four Hours, which started out as the solo project of Jez Kerr from A Certain Ratio, will celebrate their new record deal with Heart and Soul Recordings with a special one-off Christmas gig at the Kings Arms in Salford on Sunday 11 December.

A single and album are scheduled for release in the New Year but in the meantime check out the official website at twentyfourhoursmusic.com for a free download of 'I Feel So Good'

Twenty Four Hours
Kings Arms
11 Bloom St
Salford
Lancashire M3 6AN
Map

Support: local beatbox sensation Folded Remediez
Doors: 7.30pm
Admission: 5.00 GBP

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28 Nov 2005
Cerysmatic Factory scheduled downtime Tuesday 6 December 12:01am GMT 
The site will be down on Tuesday 6 December at 12:01am GMT for approximately 30 minutes whilst the servers that hold the site are upgraded.

Thank you for your forebearance.
27 Nov 2005
Special deal on Opium 
No, it's not cut-price drugs, but instead a special opportunity for you to buy all three singles by Opium (the new band featuring Alexander 'Mac' Macpherson who used to be in The Wake) for just 5.00 GBP. Look for the user id opium23 on eBay.co.uk. Just quote 'Cerysmatic'.

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The Durutti Column live at Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh 
Check out Hey Asda's review of last night's show at Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh by The Durutti Column. Thanks to AM.

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26 Nov 2005
New Order for Manchester v cancer charity gig at MEN Arena 
New Order has confirmed that they are playing this special charity gig with Doves and Badly Drawn Boy at Manchester Arena on Saturday 28 January 2006.

Tickets on sale soon

http://www.manchestervcancer.co.uk

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Beautiful and Unsettling - Word's 20 Best (and Worst) record covers in history 
The December 2005 edition of Word magazine has an entirely subjective listing of the 20 Best and Worst record covers in history. Included in the best are FACT 10 Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division (designed by Peter Saville) and Black Grape's It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah! (designed by Central Station Design).

... and in the worst is Waiting For The Sirens' Call by New Order (designed by Peter Saville) [Word comments: "Shall I buy this?" "No". The original sleeve (featuring yachts) was binned after the Tsunami but that doesn't excuse this wretched will-this-do stopgap]

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25 Nov 2005
Keep Breathing by The Durutti Column out today on eBay 
'Keep Breathing', the new album by The Durutti Column, is out now on eBay priced at 11.99 GBP (a Buy It Now, 70 items available). Alternatively, search for 'The Durutti Column'.

Tracklisting

1. Nina
2. Its Wonderful
3. Maggie
4. Helen
5. Neil
6. Big Hole
7. Let me tell you something
8. Lunch
9. Gun
10. Tuesday
11. Agnus Dei
12. Waiting

Thanks to Phil Jones.

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23 Nov 2005
FAC 104 and Madonna in The Guardian 
As reported last year and detailed previously in a Manchester Evening News article, there has been something of a resurgence in interest in Madonna's appearance at FAC 104 The Tube from FAC 51 The Haçienda.

With Madonna's new album just released, Tim de Lisle in today's Guardian has today re-invented that same article, and opts to tell the truth of what happened. Featuring new interviews with Martin Moscrop, Greg Wilson and Norman Cook (who was in the audience), it's in the G2 Section.
21 Nov 2005
New Order secret gig for Salford school kids 
Polly Curtis in the Education Guardian reports on 18 November a secret New Order gig last week under the headline 'New Order help school celebrate success'.

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19 Nov 2005
Peter Saville / Colorcalm poster competition - the result 
The winner of the recent competition in association with Colorcalm is Sean Gogarty, whose complete saying is:

"Peter Saville was the 'Best Graphic Designer Working Today' (Creative Review's Peer Poll, 2002 and 2003). Now he is the most comforting lounging apparatus for professionals cutting back on clubbing."

Thanks to everyone else who entered the competition.

The Colorcalm: by Design dvd features ambient works from three of the world's legendary designers Peter Saville, John Maeda and Irma Boom, set to music by New Order, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Michael Nyman and is still available to buy from The Conran Shop (New York, London, Tokyo & Paris), Amazon.com & Colorcalm.com.

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Deeply Vale 2006 update plus Special Gig announcement 
An update on the Deeply Vale Festival 2006 and news of a special gig.

The Festival is definitely happening on the weekend when Glastonbury usually does and will take place on a parkland site within Manchester's borders. The line-up now features [98 per cent certain] a heavyweight act who still have leftfield credibility and were one of the last few acts on at Live8 earlier this year.

XFM are coming on board - hopefully they will be the new station to give local bands and events a chance in North West music next year.

BBC 6 Music are on board with Craig Charles, Bruce Dickinson, Marc Riley and Phill Jupitus. Johnny Vegas is apparently also up for it.

Add to that hopefully Doves, Elbow, Badly Drawn Boy / Andy Rourke, Puressence, The Fall, Steve Hillage, Goldblade, The Durutti Column, 808 State, Silent Partners, Mark Burgess and the Sons of God, Ozric Tentacles, Tractor, and many more...

In the meantime the Deeply Vale people bring you a special concert. If you buy tickets for it we have more chance of getting Deeply Vale 2006 off the ground - so get to it.

To tie in with the Rockin Rochdale Exhibition - a major exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale which opened in October 2005 and runs for six months.

Rockin Rochdale - The Concert
Friday 2 December
The Gracie Fields Theatre
Hudsons Walk (off Sandy Lane)
Rochdale
(near to M62 Junction 20)

- featuring John Peel favourites originally from Rochdale - TRACTOR / THE WAY WE LIVE [Jim Milne and Steve Clayton]

- plus Deeply Vale legends reformed for the first time since the 1980's - WILFUL DAMAGE. Wilful Damage toured in 1978 after Deeply Vale aged 15 with The Fall, Graham Massey and Danny and the Dressmakers, Alternative TV and Here and Now. All of them in Here and Now's bus! And in 1978 Mark E Smith said they were one of the best bands around.

- plus PIE featuring guitar maker and guitarist Brian Eastwood, guitarist Boo and legendary drummer Joe.

- plus ROQ, a new young Rochdale band featuring Nick Milne and friends [Nick is nephew of Jim Milne]

Compere - BBC GMR'S Michelle Mullane (Michelle Around Midnight)

Friday 2 December
Doors: 7.30pm
Advance tickets 8.00 GBP from Touchstones Centre or telephone 01565 734066 / 01565 734577 / 07970 219701

www.deeplyvale.com for more info

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17 Nov 2005
December dates for Blurt in London and Berlin 
Two new Blurt dates just announced:

December

2 - Plastic People, 147-149 Curtain Road, Old Street, LONDON EC2 presented by Our Disco

6 - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Skalitzerstr. 130, BERLIN presented by amSTARt

More Blurt at www.tedmilton.com.

With thanks to "Lauch" on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.
Young Offenders Institute - double live weekend 
From The Young Offenders Institute newsletter:

Friday 18 November - supporting Puressence at 53 Degrees, Preston's new venue.

Doors: 7.30pm
Close: 2am.
Entrance: 12.00 GBP
www.skiddle.com for more info and tickets.

Saturday 19 November - Lindley Working Men's Club in Huddersfield, supported by Rev Porl and The Voice Of God.

Lindley Working Men's Club
39 Brian Street
Huddersfield
HD3 3JQ
Tel: 01484 651118
For info contact Alan on 07780 707 086

Then next week on Wednesday 23 November the band will be in London playing at The Musos, at KOKO in Camden (formerly The Camden Palace), hosted by Xfm. There are a limited number of tickets available for the public.

ends.

www.youngoffendersinstitute.com
14 Nov 2005
The Durutti Column's new album 'Keep Breathing' out 28 Nov on Artful via eBay 
The Durutti Column's new album 'Keep Breathing' will be officially released on Artful/ FullFill on 6 February 2006. However, it will be available via eBay from 28 November (shipping worldwide from 13 December).

Thanks to Phil Jones and Mike Mitchell.

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New Order live webcast from the Manchester Apollo tonight 
If you're not lucky enough to be going to New Order's gig at the Manchester Apollo tonight (with support from ACR), console yourself with a live webcast courtesy livegigsonline.com.

Cost: 5.00 GBP

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9 Nov 2005
John Metcalfe - Scorching Bay Live Tour 
"Five outstanding musicians collaborate for five blistering performances of Ex-Durutti Columnist John Metcalfe's latest CD 'Scorching Bay' (Black Box BBM1082). Scorching Bay Live is about to blitz the cities of Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Norwich and Brighton, with a mix of contemporary classical, avant-garde pop, dance rhythms and electronica music."

The live line-up is: Louisa Fuller (violin), Andy Gangadeen (drums), Ali Friend (bass), John Metcalfe (viola, guitar) and Chris Worsey (cello, keyboards).

Download an exclusive live session [Apple Quicktime]

SCORCHING BAY LIVE TOUR
Presented by Sarah Allen Promotions

Nottingham
23 November 2005, 8pm
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD
Box Office: 0115 846 7777
Tickets: 10.00 GBP (7.00 GBP)
www.lakesidearts.org.uk

Birmingham
2 December 2005, 8pm
Midland Arts Centre
Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham B12 9QH
Box Office: 0121 440 3838
Tickets: 11.50 GBP (8.00 GBP)
www.macarts.co.uk

London
17 December 2005, 7.45pm
'Cool Yule Festival' Purcell Room
South Bank Centre
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
Box Office: 08703 800 400
Tickets: 12.50 GBP, concessions 50% off - limited availability (booking fee applies)
www.rfh.org.uk

Norwich
18 January 2006, 8pm
Norwich Arts Centre
St Benedicts Street
Norwich NR2 4PG
Box Office: 01603 660352
Tickets: 10.00 GBP (8.00 GBP)
www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

Brighton
25 January 2006
Komedia
44 Gardner Street
Brighton BN1 1UN
Box Office: 01273 647 100
Tickets: 11.00 GBP (8.00 GBP)
www.komedia.co.uk

Scorching Bay Live is funded by the Arts Council of England and the PRS Foundation.

www.john-metcalfe.co.uk

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Kevin Hewick live in London tonight at the 12 Bar Club 
Kevin Hewick will be onstage tonight at the 12 Bar Denmark Street at 9.15pm as part of the Blang! club night. Much, much better than FACT 24, FAC 48, and FAC5whateveritwas making a quiet return to the London live scene after nearly 6 years away, bigger, balder and better than ever.

12 Bar Club
Denmark Street
London WC2H 8NL (UK)

Doors: 7.30pm
Admission: 5.00 GBP

Kevin follows that date with a support slot for folk legend Martin Carthy, MBE at St. Andrews Church, Aylestone, Leicester on Saturday 19 November 9th. The beautiful setting is one of Leicester's oldest parish churches. The line-up also includes Nick Race on piano.

Doors at 7.30pm. The evening includes Nick Race and Kevin Hewick for the first half then an interval and Martin Carthy in the second half. Tickets 9.00 GBP including wine.

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8 Nov 2005
Kid Robot's MUNNY auction featuring Ed Templeton 
Kid Robot (urban action figure toy store in Greenwich Village and San Francisco) has a charity auction going on right now with their in-house MUNNY figure being customized by various designers and celebrities (Designers Republic, Pharell, Nick Rhodes, etc).

One of the designers is Ed Templeton of Factory Too. There's just over 3 days to run on his auction and the price was at just over 100 USD at the time of posting.

Ed designed the sleeves for Hopper and the FAC 2.24 1996 Factory Too Christmas Card.

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Thanks to Mike for spotting.

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7 Nov 2005
Peter Saville 'Estate' @ Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, 12 November 2005 - 8 January 2006 
As trailed as long ago as 2003, when The Peter Saville Show first made its debut, the follow-up exhibition, 'Estate', premieres in Zurich from this Friday. Saville is also doing a talk on the exhibition on Thursday 17 November.

From www.migrosmuseum.ch: "The legendary cover of the New Order single Blue Monday (1983) and, for example, the cover of the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures (1979), were to bring the Manchester graphic designer Peter Saville (born 1955) worldwide renown. In this solo exhibition at the migros museum fur gegenwartskunst, his archive is being fully opened to the public for the first time to reveal three decades of work. Using a reduced, Modernist style Peter Saville has made key innovations in the field of visual communications, and in recent times he has had a profound effect on the interplay between art, design and advertising."

Opening: Friday 11 November 2005, 6pm
Then from 12 November 2005 - 8 January 2006

Art Talk in English with Peter Saville on 17 November, 7pm. In collaboration with the British Council.

Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst
Limmatstrasse 270
8005 Zurich
Tel: +41 44 277 20 50
Fax: +41 44 277 62 86

Map

www.migrosmuseum.ch

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6 Nov 2005
Stephin Merritt's Showtunes out mid-February 2006 
From The House of Tomorrow Newsletter:

Nonesuch Records will release 'Showtunes', a selection of original theater music by Stephin Merritt (The Sixths, The Magnetic Fields, et al) composed for director Chen Shi-Zheng's 'The Orphan of Zhao' (2003), 'Peach Blossom Fan' (2004), and 'My Life as a Fairy Tale' (2005). The projected release date is mid-February, 2006.

The complete catalog of songs from all three shows will also be made available by digital download. More information about the downloadable songs will be available shortly.

The House of Tomorrow
Nonesuch Records
Chen Shi-Zheng

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New Young Offenders Institute gigs 
Saturday 26 November - Freaky Dancing, Doncaster
Thursday 15 December - The Young Offenders Institute vs Hanky Park, Manchester Academy 3

www.youngoffendersinstitute.com
5 Nov 2005
John Metcalfe presents Scorching Bay live at the Purcell Room, London, 17 December 
From www.rfh.org.uk:

"Five outstanding musicians collaborate for a blistering performance of John Metcalfe's 'Scorching Bay'."

Louisa Fuller (violin), Andy Gangadeen (drums), Ali Friend (bass), John Metcalfe (viola, guitar), Chris Worsey (cello, keyboards)

Saturday 17 December 2005
7:45 pm
Purcell Room
Tickets: 12.50 GBP (limited concessions)

www.john-metcalfe.co.uk

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4 Nov 2005
New website for Heart & Soul Recordings 
Following the success of the first release by Kings Have Long Arms on his new label, Heart and Soul Recordings, Martin Moscrop has recently been in the studio to master the next release which will be by 0898Dave.

More info on the official website: www.heartandsoulrecordings.com

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8vo: On The Outside book launched 
Thanks to Hamish Muir on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board for the following info about the book 8vo: On The Outside:

"The book was launched at the LCC (LCP) in London last Friday, 28th October, and will be in the shops soon...

'8vo: On the outside' by Mark Holt and Hamish Muir. Lars Muller Publishers. 536 pages, hardcover, 16 x 12 cm, 395 colour illustrations. 32.50 GBP, ISBN 3-03778-019-3 www.lars-muller-publishers.com

Includes in-depth accounts of working for Factory (Durutti Column / Wilson/ Hacienda) and a stage by stage documentation of the design of the Hacienda Four poster and the 'Guitar and Other Machines' album sleeve."

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A Certain Ratio to support New Order at Manchester Apollo, 14 November 
It has just been confirmed that New Order's special guests at their sold out show at the Carling Apollo Manchester on Monday 14 November will be A Certain Ratio.

Meanwhile, ACR's long-awaited FAC 511 show from last year will be released on iTunes soon.

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Thanks to Martin.

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2 Nov 2005
Win a limited edition Peter Saville / Colorcalm poster 
The Colorcalm: by Design dvd which was recently released features ambient works from three of the world's legendary designers Peter Saville, John Maeda and Irma Boom, set to music by New Order, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Michael Nyman.

The dvd itself is available from The Conran Shop (New York, London, Tokyo & Paris), Amazon.com & Colorcalm.com.

Thanks to those nice people at Colorcalm, Cerysmatic Factory has a limited edition A1 size poster made for the DVD release to give away. The posters were designed by Peter Saville and are basically the same as the DVD cover.

All you have to do is complete the following in 25 words or fewer: "Peter Saville was the 'Best Graphic Designer Working Today' (Creative Review's Peer Poll, 2002 and 2003). Now he is...".

Submit your entry. The best one wins. Closing date Thursday 10 November at 10.00pm GMT.

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Ian Brown + Domino Bones @ MEN Arena, Saturday 3 December 
Bez's band Domino Bones are the special guests of Ian Brown at his forthcoming Manchester show.

SJM Concerts by arrangement with 13 Artists present
Ian Brown
plus guests Domino Bones
Saturday 03 December
Manchester Evening News Arena
0870 190 8000 / 0161 832 1111

www.ianbrown.co.uk
1 Nov 2005
The Designer and the Grid and the New Alphabet 
The Designer and the Grid by Lucien Roberts and Julia Thrift is a design book that has been around for a while but has recently been republished. Interestingly for FAC fans, this variant of the cover design is set in Wim Crouwels "The New Alphabet" (the same type as the FAC 213 Joy Division 'Atmosphere' sleeve). Furthermore, the book features a good 3 or 4 pages dedicated to Hamish Muir and the use of Grids by 8vo. Meanwhile, 8vo's monograph 'On The Outside' is supposed to be out this week.

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Thanks to C.

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Lawrence Weiner - Within A Realm of Relative Form @ The Lisson Gallery, London 
From the official Lisson Gallery website: "Lisson Gallery is delighted to announce its first solo exhibition with Lawrence Weiner. Lawrence Weiner is one of the most significant and iconic artists of our generation. Throughout his practice he has pursued inquiries into language a radical redefinition of the artist/viewer relationship. Translating his investigations into linguistic structures and visual systems across varied formats and manifestations, he has produced books, films, videos, performances and audio works. The belief at the core of Lawrence Weiner's work is that art is a material reality between human beings and objects and between sets of objects in relation to human beings. Weiner considers language to be a sculptural material and believes that a construction in language can function as sculpture as adequately as a fabricated object."

The exhibition runs from 19 October - 23 November 2005.

Lisson Gallery
Opening times: Monday-Friday 10.00am - 6.00pm, Saturday 11.00am - 5.00pm
29 Bell Street
London
NW1 5BY

Tel: +44 (0)20 7724 2739
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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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