31 Dec 2005
Anthony H Wilson's riposte to the Observer Music Monthly 
The Observer Music Monthly's November edition included a piece on crazy producers. Curiously they omitted Martin Hannett, a fact which did not escape Anthony H Wilson, who wrote in to complain. His entertaining letter in the December edition is well worth a read.

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The Martin Hannett Biography Project [Internet Archive accessible only]
29 Dec 2005
Hamish Muir designs the 8vo cover for Creative Review 
The new edition of Creative Review [January 2006] features a special 8vo' cover designed by Hamish Muir in the 8vo 'Interact' screen font and printed in four special fluorescent inks. The cover reads "8vo were treating typography as the image whereas before it was the bit that you put at the bottom of the poster after you had the idea. They exploited the fact that you could make the typography entertaining in itself".

The magazine contains an illustrated critique of the 8vo book 'On the outside'.

Creative Review
www.creativereview.co.uk
Jan 2006
5.50 GBP
A Centaur Publication

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Peter Saville's Estate in Grafik Magazine 
The new edition [#135] of Grafik Magazine includes a small piece on Peter Saville's Estate (the page on which has just been updated to include a photo gallery of the "Artalk" Saville gave there a few weeks ago). There will also be some new video clips very soon.

Thanks to C for new edition spotting.
28 Dec 2005
Kevin Hewick in MOJO's Music of Substance Awards 
Kevin Hewick has been nominated by Mojo Magazine in their Mojo/Bavaria Beer 'Music of Substance Awards' alongside the likes of Richard Thompson, Jack Johnson, David Gedge and Billy Bragg!

Kevin also won best solo artist of the year on Leicester music website Pineapster.

Well done Kevin!

Live dates for 2006:

6 January - The Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough [Ist + Paul Carden + Mr Plow]
28 January - Pineapster Malawi Charity Appeal Benefit @ Firefly, Leicester
2 February - The Bulls Head, Moseley, Birmingham

Kevin Hewick official site and on Wikipedia

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25 Dec 2005
CERYSMATICFACTORYXMAS2005 
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23 Dec 2005
Blurt: new dates and new album in the New Year 
News from Tino Wylson on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board:

Blurt are appearing live at The Boston Arms, Tufnell Park, London on 19 January at an Orchestra Pit event, Sax Addict. The bill also includes Terry Edwards and Lol Coxhill.

Blurt will also be appearing at The Freebutt in Brighton on 21 January 2006 and are currently putting together dates for a European tour in May.

The Best Of Blurt Volume Two: The Body That They Built to Fit The Car, is planned for release at the end of April 2006. Volume 1, The Fish Needs a Bike (released in 2003) will be available on PostEverything VERY soon.
22 Dec 2005
A Certain Ratio @ Manchester Apollo - photo gallery on acrmcr.com 
Those nice people at acrmcr.com, the official website of A Certain Ratio, have updated the site with a new photo gallery containing some excellent shots of the band playing live at Manchester Apollo on 14 November 2005, a gig where they supported New Order.

Now bring on the FAC 511 complete live show!

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21 Dec 2005
Factory namechecked in Warp Records book 
The new retrospective book on the Warp Records label by Rob Young (The Wire magazine). Factory Records is cited in the book a few times:

- in an essay on Warp's design aesthetic by Adrian Shaughnessy, a quote from Tony Wilson's '24 Hour Party People' (FAC 424) book is used.

- in a feature on Autechre's sleeve art, Ian Anderson, founder of The Designers Republic, mentions the cover for Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' (FACT 10) as being a good example of the cover art having the right relationship with the music.

- in an interview with former Warp employee and founder of off-shoot hip-hop label Lex Records (home of Danger Mouse and Boom Bip), Tom states "I want Lex to have a reputation for design like Factory."

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Title: Warp (labels unlimited)
Published: 22 November 2005
Publisher: Black Dog Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 1904772323

Available now from: amazon.co.uk and other good stores.

Thanks to Mike Stein for info.

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20 Dec 2005
FAC 471 A Celebration of the Hacienda - review and video clips 
Thanks to Jav for a full review (including 3G video clips) of events at FAC 471 A Celebration of the Hacienda which took place at the Manchester Academy earlier this month.

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19 Dec 2005
New Order to release new material as Joy Division for 'Control' movie 
According to BBC 6Music, New Order are set to record new material for the soundtrack to the movie 'Control' as ... Joy Division. Talking to the NME, Hooky has said that "We were asked to do the soundtrack to the film, which I thought was a fooking great idea - for Joy Division to do the music for a Joy Division film - because we've never really done a soundtrack before."

The film itself is still apparently on course, despite casting being repeatedly bumped backwards (now set for Spring 2006) and even director Anton Corbijn casting doubts over whether it will get made (in an interview with suicidegirls.com).

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17 Dec 2005
New Order 'Crystal' - the alternate video 
This is the alternate video by Michael Shamberg that is mentioned in the "A Collection" sleevenotes.

Miaow!

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'Keep Breathing' by The Durutti Column now available on iTunes 
The new album by The Durutti Column, 'Keep Breathing' which is still available to pre-order on eBay is also available for download via both the US and UK Apple iTunes Music Stores. Here's the link to the UK version.

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14 Dec 2005
Plan K reproduction poster on sale at LTM 
LTM is offering for sale a full colour reproduction of the poster for the historic opening night of the Raffinerie Plan K venue in Brussels, Belgium, on 16 October 1979. This exceptional multimedia event featured readings from authors including William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, and music from Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire and Steve Lacy.

Poster designed by Marc Borgers
A2 format (60cm x 42cm)
170g art paper, litho print, matt finish
12.00 GBP

More info and how to buy at LTM

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13 Dec 2005
Young Offenders Institute Christmas Message 
From The Young Offenders Institute Newsletter:

The Young Offenders Institute are recording their new single this week, at Steelworks Studios in Sheffield with Jim Barber producing.

Also don't forget their biggest Manchester headlining gig to date - this Thursday December 15 at the Academy 3.

Thanks to everyone who's supported the band during 2005. Next year is going to be a big year for them.

youngoffendersinstitute.com

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12 Dec 2005
Peter Saville 'Estate' Artalk video clip 
Check out this exclusive 3 minute long video clip from the recent Peter Saville 'Artalk' at the Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst in Zurich, Switzerland as part of 'Estate'. Many thanks to Roland Metzger for the clip. Please note that the file is approx 60mb in size and will only be available for a limited number of downloads.

Peter Saville's Estate continues until 8 January 2006.
10 Dec 2005
Twenty Four Hours live at Kings Arms, Salford (in 24 hours) 
A reminder that tomorrow Twenty Four Hours play a special one-off gig at the Kings Arms in Salford.

Doors: 7.30pm
Admission: 5.00 GBP
www.twentyfourhoursmusic.com/
Deborah Curtis interview on Joy Division Central 
The first part of a series of interviews with Deborah Curtis is now online at Joy Division Central. Part one deals with the lyrics of Ian Curtis.

Thanks to OMMCR and JD Central.

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9 Dec 2005
Manchester v Cancer - tickets on sale 10am Sat 17 December 
Great Northern Productions is proud to announce that tickets for the Manchester versus Cancer Concert in association with Key 103, will be going on sale from 10am on Saturday 17 December via Ticketmaster.

Taking place at the Manchester Evening News Arena on 28 January 2006, the concert will see some of Manchester's very own legends appearing on stage together for the first time ever.

Give the music fanatic in your family a Christmas to remember this year - with the gift of tickets to the biggest ever charity fundraising gig to be staged in Manchester.

New Order, Andy Rourke, Badly Drawn Boy, Doves, Mani (Stone Roses and Primal Scream) and Stephen Fretwell are already signed up and even more huge names will be announced over the next few days and weeks. It could lead to some one-off, amazing collaborations on stage and is making people predict that this will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

The gig was the idea of ex-Smith, Andy Rourke, following news that his manager's sister and father had been diagnosed with cancer. Andy and friends decided to group together to raise 1 million pounds for alternatives to chemotherapy at Manchester's Christie Hospital, Europe's largest cancer treatment and research centre.

www.manchestervcancer.co.uk

Tickets go on sale 10.00am GMT, Saturday 17 December 2005
Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Tel: 0870 190 8000
Ticket prices start at 40.00 GBP

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8 Dec 2005
That unlikely Jason Donovan / Happy Mondays anecdote in full 
Alexis Petridis profiles Stock, Aitken and Waterman in Saturday's Guardian. Pete Waterman quips: "Jason Donovan 'literally started thinking he was the Happy Mondays'" (which, as Petridis says, "sounds less like a source of artistic disagreement than a disturbing psychiatric condition.") when reminiscing about the soap turned pop star.

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5 Dec 2005
You're listening to Peter Saville... in News Plantin 
typeradio.org has three Peter Saville podcasts available for free download.

1/3 - 20 'Yes or no' questions for Peter Saville
2/3 - fame, lectures, auto-repeat, music, typography and why somebody had to be Peter Saville.
3/3 - here and now and the old days and the weird idea of making typeradio.

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Thanks to C.
1 Dec 2005
FAC 471 A Celebration of the Hacienda - this Saturday @ Manchester Academy 
A reminder that this Saturday 3 December it's FAC 471 A Celebration of the Hacienda at Manchester Academy (which will be decked out inside to look as much like the Hac on Hot night as possible). The DJ line-up features Pickering and Park, 808 State (DJ set), Jon Da Silva and Peter Hook. Plus, watch out for special FAC/HAC guest appearances on the night.

Saturday 3 December 2005
Manchester Academy 1
Doors: 10pm - 3am
Tickets: 16.00 GBP (available from Student Union Box Office: 0161-275 2930, Piccadilly Box Office St. Ann's Sq (in the EasyInternet cafe): 0161-832 1111, Spin Inn: 0161-839 7719, Eastern Bloc: 0161-228 6432

www.hacienda-hot.com

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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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