31 Mar 2007
Section 25 live in Rome 30 June 2007 
"In The Night Time" present:

Section 25

Saturday 30 June 2007

Circolo degli Artisti
Via Casilina Vecchia 42
Roma
Italy

Support comes from Echoes Of Silence.

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Manchester International Festival advertising 
Advertising hoardings/banners promoting this Summer's inaugural Manchester International Festival have sprung up all over the city centre promoting ticket sales for the recently announced main programme of the Festival.

Full line-up details and further info at manchesterinternationalfestival.com.
The A-M of Manchester 
Peter Saville's Manchester graphics adorn a new free pocket map of the city.
30 Mar 2007
The Durutti Column live at Hard Rock Café, Manchester 
There's a review of Thursday's gig in tonight's Manchester Evening News. It appears that a new guest vocalist, Poppy Roberts, made an appearance.

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A Tribute to Billy Mackenzie 
Wednesday 28 March
Shepherd's Bush Empire

Mower kicked proceedings at this charity tribute gig. Only caught the end of the set but they were ok in a shouty, thrashy kinda way.

Subterraneans, for one night only renamed Goldilocks and the Five Bears, followed. They played one number on their own before Christine Beveridge took over on lead vocals.

Then Paul Haig was introduced by the singer. When asked where he had been, Haig said (just off-mic) 'time travelling' or something like that. He took a moment to tune up and admitted that he was 'a bit out of practice'.

Haig sang and played guitar on what he said was a favourite Josef K song of Billy's 'Kinda Funny'. Then they played 'Something Good', another favourite song. of Billy's. During this song Haig managed to inadvertently unplug his guitar. He recovered the situation by quipping "How cool was that!". He was in good voice and, seemingly, spirit but it was a shame he didn't play a bit longer.

Next up were ex-ZTT labelmates Andrew Poppy and Claudia Brücken (piano and voice). They covered 'Running Up That Hill' and 'In Dreams' with Poppy's beautiful piano arrangements complemented by Brücken's stunning voice.

There was then a short interlude when they screened a film about the Sound Seekers charity which helps deaf children in deprived countries.

The break turned out to also be an opportunity for Claudia to change her dress and to reappear with Onetwo alongside Paul Humphreys. After one unknown Onetwo song (an uptempo disco number) they covered Country Club by the Associates before ending with Propaganda's 'Duel'.

Electric Soft Parade (from Brighton, England) played a rather lengthier set. No further details available (Ed. "You're fired").

British Electric Foundation played their first ever gig, only a mere 25 years in their existence. With the help of guest female backing singer from Heaven 17 they did an incredible Mackenzie track called ‘Free’ that he sang on BEF's second album. Then they launched into H17's 'Let Me Go'. Lead singer Glenn Gregory still has a remarkably powerful voice and he introduced a reworked 'Temptation' (based on the orignal demo) with Claudia on vocals.

BEF finished with a stunning 'Party Fears Two' in a special slow version. Glenn Gregory said that they had wondered why no-one had chosen to do the song. And then they realised it was because "the arrangement was insane"! Hence the slowed down version which really worked well and got a huge cheer.

Apollo 440 were the last act to record with Billy Mackenzie. They hadn't played live in 7 years (had they split up during this time?) but they were a pretty tight unit. They did a cover of 'William It Was Really Nothing', the Smiths' song supposedly about Billy Mackenzie, unplugged style. They finished with the last song they worked on with Billy.

All in, a good night for a worthy cause. Happy Birthday Billy!

Big Cerysmatic shouts out to Iain, Bunny, John, Alan and Mark. Thanks to Paul for the corrections.
Happy Mondays Live 
SJM Concerts by arrangement with WMA presents Happy Mondays

May

Tue 22 - Inverness Iron Works (0870 169 0100)
Wed 23 - Aberdeen Music Hall (0870 169 0100)
Fri 25 - Sheffield Leadmill (0870 010 4555)
Sat 26 - Middlesbrough Town Hall (01642 729 729)
Sun 27 - Hull University (0871 220 0260)
Tue 29 - Cambridge Junction (01223 511 511)
Wed 30 - Northampton Roadmender (01604 604 020)
Thu 31 - Preston 53 Degrees (0871 220 0260)

Jun

Fri 1 - Dudley JB's (0871 220 0260)
Sun 8 - Manchester Ritz (0161 832 1111)

Tickets on sale today at 09:30 BST

www.gigsandtours.com

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28 Mar 2007
Haçienda polaroids by Pete Walsh 
Check Pete Walsh's site for a veritable rogues gallery of Haçienda staff and associates (and the odd Cerysmatic Factory contributor) caught by the wonders of Pete's Polaroid photography.

The photos should also appear as part of the Haçienda 25th anniversary celebrations being curated by Urbis.
Billy Mackenzie Tribute gig tonight @ Shepherd's Bush Empire 
Tickets are still available for 'A Tribute to Billy Mackenzie' in aid of Sound Seekers at the Shepherd's Bush Empire tonight. Billy would have been 50 today - read more at irkthepurists.com - and tonight will be a fitting tribute to him.

Line-up includes:

Paul Haig
British Electric Foundation (world first live appearance as B.E.F.)
Electric Soft Parade
OneTwo feat. Claudia Brucken and Paul Humphreys
Subterraneans - joined by Paul Haig for a one-off performance

SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE
WED 28 MARCH 2007 7:00PM

Tickets £19.75 from www.ticketweb.co.uk / 0870 771 2000

* See myspace.com/soundseekers for further details and up to date news on line-up
26 Mar 2007
What those nice people at Versus say about Cerysmatic Factory 
"It's the ultimate reference about Factory Records. All (absolutely all) questions you have about Factory Records will find a answer at Cerysmatic or in the thousands of links. The site is a incredible information source."

(from Versus magazine, Dossier: Madchester)

Thanks guys!

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Happy Mondays @ The Ritz, Manchester, 8 July 2007 
Happy Mondays play The Ritz in Manchester on Sunday 8 July 2007 as part of the Manchester International Festival.

Tickets go on sale this Friday 30 March 2007 at 9am. Call the Box Office on 0870 060 1768 to book or buy online via usual outlets including Ticketmaster.

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New Happy Mondays album for Summer 2007 
Shaun Ryder tells the MEN all about the forthcoming album from Happy Mondays.

It will be on the Sanctuary Records label under the guidance of Howie B and Sammy Levine, preceded by a new single in June. Artwork will be by Central Station Design.

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25 Mar 2007
Dossier: Madchester in Versus magazine 
French magazine Versus has a 6-page article on the history of Factory Records and, in particular, Madchester.

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23 Mar 2007
Manchester International Festival - Peter Saville interview 
BBC Manchester talks to Peter Saville about the Manchester International Festival 2007 and in particular 'Il Tempo Del Postino – A Group Show' a group show in which he is directly involved.
Mojo's Greatest Album Covers Special Edition 
Peter Saville and Martyn Atkins are Factory Records designers honoured in the comprehensive, genre-by-genre, Greatest Album Covers Of All Time special one-off magazine by those Mojo people.

Saville gets a whole article and Atkins is name-checked for bringing album cover design up to date in the Eighties.

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Mojo Classic
The Ultimate Collectors Edition
The Greatest Album Covers Of All Time
5.99 GBP

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The Durutti Column March on Stage, 29 March 2007 
As part of its March On Stage season in aid of Nordoff-Robbins music therapy, The Durutti Column will play a special gig at the Hard Rock Café, Manchester on Thursday 29 March 2007.

Doors: 19:00
Show: Time: 21:45
Cost: 12.00 GBP (General admission), 30.00 GBP (VIP)
Venue telephone: 0161 831 6700
All ticket monies going direct to the Nordoff-Robbins music therapy charity.

Meanwhile, thanks to Webbo who's posted a YouTube video clip of Pottsy and Hooky's gig at the same venue as part of the same concert series on Wednesday 21 March.

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A Certain Ratio live in Manchester, 6 May 
Electric Chair: The Riot
Execution 142
Bank Holiday Sunday: May 6th Allnighter
Music Box & Jillys, Manchester
10pm - 6am

A Certain Ratio (LIVE)
Richard Dorfmeister
Gilles Peterson
Ben Westbeech (LIVE)
Don Letts
Elektrons (LIVE)
Greg Wilson
Unabombers
Aficionado
Development
Kelvin Brown
Friends Of Music

Electric Chair's finest heroes and darkest villains come together to create five rooms and eight hours for The Riot. Manchester legends A Certain Ratio drop a rare live appearance, alongside legendary selector Don Letts, former resident at the seminal Roxy club where he introduced Punks to Dreads on the dancefloor. Joining him will be Greg Wilson playing a very special electro set, as Jillys becomes one big block party!

Richard Dorfmeister of K&D fame joins the dots with Gilles Peterson in the Music Box basement, with a late end of night set by the Unabombers. Soundclashes from local stables Aficionado, Eyes Down and Development drop into the pot, alongside live sets from Ben Westbeech and Elektrons.

Yes, dark, deviant and sweaty...theres a riot going on.

Music Box:

Richard Dorfmeister (G-Stone)
Gilles Peterson
Unabombers

Jilly's Live Revue:

A Certain Ratio (Live)
Ben Westbeech (Live)
Elektrons (Live)
Don Letts (Ex-Roxy Club)
Greg Wilson (Electro Set)

Music Box The Shack:

Aficionado All Night Long!!
Moonboots & Jason Boardman

Jilly's Goldfish Bowl:

Kelvin Brown (Eyes Down)
Development DJ's: Tom Lynch and Chris Fienmann

Jilly's Chamber Social:

A fully seated boozer session, scuzzy & fuzzy, lo-slung & laid-back, converting & conversing hosted by...
Friends of Music [Danny Webb & Steve Perry]

Tickets: Earlybird 20: Then 23 Advance

Available from Piccadilly Records & Fat City

CC Bookings www.ticketweb.co.uk (0870 060 0100)
www.electriks.co.uk
www.myspace.com/electriksmusic
www.myspace.com/elektrons

www.myspace.com/unabomberspace

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22 Mar 2007
The Secret Public @ The ICA 
The Secret Public: The Last Days of the British Underground 1978 - 1988 opens tomorrow at the ICA in The Mall, London. This is a new exhibition featuring FAC-types Peter Saville, Linder, Jon Savage plus Charles
Atlas, Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Brian Eno, Cerith Wyn Evans, Gilbert and George, Derek Jarman, Julian Opie, Mark E. Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, and many others.

"A disquieting, playful, and intensely urban exhibition rooted in the political landscape of the '80s, The Secret Public examines the dark flowering of creativity which took shape in the UK between 1978 and 1988. From Leigh Bowery's five-night performance, filmed through the one-way glass of a London gallery window, to Jon Savage's photographs of neglected corners of London and Richard Hamilton's Treatment Room (1982) in which Margaret Thatcher's televised image hangs ominously over an operating table, this exhibition offers a re-evaluation of Britain's recent political past, highlighting the subversive tendencies and lasting influence of a group of artists working across art, fashion, film, dance, performance, video and music."

The Secret Public
The Last Days of the British Underground 1978 - 1988
23 Mar - 6 May 2007
http://ica.org.uk/The+Secret+Public+13096.twl

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20 Mar 2007
Manchester International Festival 2007 
It's all gearing up for the inaugural Manchester International Festival as a big announcement is made in the MEN regarding the headliners for the event.

They report that "An important 'first' will be screenings of footage of The Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks at their historic Free Trade Hall gig on July 20, 1976, filmed by music legend Howard Devoto and a friend. The film has never been seen before and documents a show that helped to cement Manchester's place in musical history, influencing the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths, Simply Red and The Fall."

The live bands announced by festival director, Alex Poots (who was once associated with Factory Classical) include Happy Mondays and The Fall.

There's also a big Manchester at MIPIM (big Cannes property bash) brochure which heavily features Peter Saville's Manchester graphic identity paper version of tonight's paper, but nothing is available online.

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Ian Tilton @ Stroon, MCR 
Stroon, in Manchester's Northern Quarter is the only outlet for Ian Tilton's legendary prints of Manchester bands like The Stone Roses and of FAC 51 The Haçienda. They also sell good old fashioned vinyl.

You can find Stroon on 40 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1ER and also online at www.stroon.co.uk.
19 Mar 2007
The Hood revealed 
Not much is known about The Hood. They recorded material for the Salvation! movie soundtrack which appeared on the Factory Australasia-only FACT 182 album and also on the FAC 182 12" single. Both were released in 1987. The 12" single was also available as part of a 4x12" white label promo set in a custom-printed clear plastic sleeve (includes FAC 169, FAC 182, FAC 196 & FAC 197), and it was also available as a single white label test pressing.

John Hood fills Cerysmatic in with a few other details:

"The Hood was first with Sire, then PVC/JEM, Crepuscule, Factory and Giant/Dutch East. The FAC stuff was all for Salvation, including a 12" and the soundtrack, all of which were produced by Arthur Baker. The non-FAC stuff (Cooler Than Thou LP & 12" & Tough Guys Don't Dance 12") was all produced by Ivan Ivan, with contributions from Roli Mosimann, and a remix by John Robie. Anna Domino, the dame responsible for the name, sings on and covers Stand Apart."

Check out what The Hood is up to now with the following URLs:

thugsinatra.com
therealjohnhood.com
theviewfromherenow.blogspot.com
17 Mar 2007
Brett Anderson website 
It is, of course, brettanderson.co.uk and not .com.
Who Killed Martin Hannett? 
Colin Sharp's long-awaited book about Martin Hannett is now available for pre-order through Amazon and will be published on 25 May 2007.

From the synopsis: "Hannett shaped and delivered the sound that propelled the whole movement to prominence and still can be clearly heard in the records of Interpol, Snow Patrol, the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, the Kaiser Chiefs, Radiohead, Oasis. Yet, despite the extraordinary influence his production work and personality had on the seminal bands of the time little is really known about the complex man behind the myth."

Who Killed Martin Hannett: Into the Tortured Soul of Post-punk's Sonic Genius
Published by Aurum Press Ltd
Paperback (320pp)
ISBN: 978-1845131746

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Cerysmatic on MySpace 
www.myspace.com/cerysmatic
16 Mar 2007
Brett Anderson / Wolfgang Tillmans / Peter Saville 
Brett Anderson's new album's features a photograph by Wolfgang Tillmans and is art-directed by Peter Saville. Check brettanderson.com > photographs > 07 > artwork for more details (the site is in Flash so a precise url can't be given).
15 Mar 2007
Hooky + Pottsy = Money for Charity 
Adam Moss in the MEN reports that Monaco are reuniting for a gig in aid of Nordoff-Robbins on 21 March 2007.

The gig is the Hard Rock Café 'March on Stage' event in Manchester on Wednesday to raise cash for the music therapy charity.

When pressed on the likelihood of a permanent reformation Hooky quipped "Very unlikely, I thought I'd got rid of Pottsy and he thought he'd got rid of me but a one-off like this for Nordoff-Robbins is worth doing".

Pottsy added "We'll let you know if it was a good idea afterwards!"

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14 Mar 2007
Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Radio Show 
An interview that Matthew Robertson did with Tim Ritchie on The Book Show on Australia's ABC National Radio all about FAC 461 Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album will be broadcast tomorrow, Thursday 15 March 2007 at 23:00 GMT.

Those lucky enough to be in Australia can catch The Book Show at 10:00 AEDT on the following frequencies: 621 AM in Melbourne, 576 AM in Sydney and 90.1 FM on the Gold Coast.

Or listen online at abc.net.au. For those who miss it or want to listen again, the show should also appear later as a podcast at the same address.

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Spring tour for John Metcalfe and The Bays 
Confirmed dates are:

March

31 - The Zodiac, Oxford

April

1 - KOKO, London
3 - Junction, Cambridge
4 - Trinity, Bristol
5 - Phoenix, Exeter
6 - The Sage , Gateshead
7 - Sankeys Soap , Manchester
8 - Audio , Brighton

John Metcalfe, on john-metcalfe.co.uk, explains the format for the gigs:

"During the week performances will take place in seated venues and will feature performances from me, Digitonal and The Bays. It will also include the DJ talents of Big Chill resident AJ. The weekend gigs will have much more of a club atmosphere.

There will be two classic all dayers on Sunday April 1st at London’s KOKO and on the 8th in Brighton at Audio. These two Sundays will come closest to evoking the spirit of the Bay's Bestival tent, including several floors of live and DJ based music running throughout the day.

Among the many live acts confirmed for these two special shows are Tom Middleton’s live project AMBA, Max Richter, Jon Hopkins and Digitonal. DJs confirmed so far include Mixmaster Morris, Plaid, AJ, Nick Luscombe, Ben Eshmade and Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence. As the hosts and organisers the Bays will also be playing live, as well as providing turntable sets from their own deck maestros Jimpster and Palmskin."

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13 Mar 2007
Blurt / Ted Milton 'Odes' tour + book/cd 
from tedmilton.com:

A Limited Edition of 250 signed and numbered handmade books containing the lyrics will accompany a 13 track CD and be released on April 1st.

It features collaborations (outside of Blurt) spanning the last 20 years, between Ted Milton and many other people.

A tour to promote the CD and the new performances is currently being put together and we are looking for dates throughout Europe and beyond in April

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ACR live in Dublin 
Setlist for ACR's Dublin show (thanks to Cooperman on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board):

Choir
Waterline
Do The Du
And Then Again
Flight
Rialto
Way To Escape
Mind Made Up
Feel Lite
Everything Is Good
Wonder Y
Wild Party
Be What U Wanna Be
Shack Up
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Down Down Down
Si Firmi O Grido

Excellent photoset on flickr plus there is apparently a recording of the show on Dimeadozen already.

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11 Mar 2007
Biting Tongues on Soul Jazz's 'DIY' 
from the bitingtongues.com Message Board:

Soul Jazz Records have licenced the Biting Tongues track 'You Can Choke Like That' (originally on the first Biting Tongues album 'Don't Heal' for a compilation entitled 'DIY: The Rise of the Music Industry After Punk'

The album also includes 'The Fish Needs A Bike' by Blurt plus tracks by Buzzcocks, The Frantic Elevators, Throbbing Gristle and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry.

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Various Artists
DIY: The Rise of the Music Industry After Punk
Format: 2xLP/CD
Available to buy at Soul Jazz Records

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Sam Riley 'Control' photoshoot by Hedi Slimane 
The Hedi Slimane pics of Sam Riley from the set of Control that were published in the Spring / Summer 2007 issue of Pop magazine are also on the official Hedi Slimane website, www.hedislimane.com.

Latest Control news (from the IMDb.com Message Board, free registration required) seems to be that a September release is likely. A planned album of Joy Division covers has apparently been scrapped in deference to re-releases of original Joy Division albums.

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10 Mar 2007
Manchester v Cancer 
Latest news on Versus Cancer which takes place at the MEN Arena on 30 March 2007:

Extra tickets were be released on 8 March including 400 sought-after standing tickets.

The line-up for the gig itself is almost complete:

Noel Gallagher (semi-acoustic set), Paul Weller, Ian Brown, The Charlatans, Echo and the Bunnymen, Andy Rourke, Peter Hook, Mani, Steve White, Bernard Butler, David McAlmont, Denise Johnson and The Electric Milk Band.

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Freebass for the Festivals? 
MEN reports that Hooky's Freebass are about to go in the studio, want to do an album by end of 2007 and then plan to hit the festivals next year (now that they've lost and found their singer that is!).

Hooky, Mani (Primal Scream) and Andy Rourke (ex-The Smiths) apparently plan on working together again next week with unknown singer Rich Lawson.
Cerysmatic Factory SmartFeed 
Thanks to those nice people at FeedBurner, Cerysmatic Factory's news feeds (of the RSS and Atom kind) have undergone some technogeekery and been consolidated into one shiny SmartFeed. Enhanced features now available include "Email this" links, Save to del.icio.us, Digg This, plus content-embedding capabilities, quick links for saving in almost any web-based news reader plus lots more (probably).
The Band On The Wall 
The Band On The Wall in Manchester may reopen according to the Manchester Evening News. The small, but influential venue which was the (rather wet) venue for A Certain Ratio's 25th Anniversary show, has struggled for cash in recent years but now it seems a deal to transform it may be about to be struck.

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9 Mar 2007
Living like an Outlaw 
Sean Harris and Lennie James, who played Ian Curtis and Alan Erasmus in 24 Hour Party People, form part of the supporting cast (to Sean Bean's lead) in the new Nick Love film 'Outlaw'.

Jim White, in The Word, picks out Harris for special commendation and says that he is "in danger of cornering the market in unhinged movie loonies".

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Rock Shrines: Ian Curtis 
Under the front page headlines 'Dancing on the graves', John Harris goes in search of Britain's rock shrines in today's Guardian.

Harris set out to investigate "the strange fixation that rock fans have with their idols' last resting places". His "ultimate UK rock-grave odyssey" began at in Macclesfield where a small stone inscribed with the words 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' marks the passing of Ian Curtis.

Other rock stars featured on the oddly macabre tour include John Bonham, Marc Bolan, Nick Drake and Brian Jones.

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8 Mar 2007
Joy Division geography 
Check out a stylish new Joy Division t-shirt by 6876 on Oi Polloi. Supposedly it includes every JD gig on the reverse. These are then abstractly mapped on the front.

Thanks to Winston.

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Northside tour dates for Spring 2007 
Northside tour the UK and beyond:

24 Mar 2007 10:00P - Nottingham + (DJ Dermo) @ Marcus Garvey Ballroom
6 Apr 2007 11:00P - London + (DJ Bez) @ Brixton Jamm
8 Apr 2007 11:00P - Barnsley + (DJ Dermo) @ The Lucorum
28 Apr 2007 10:00P - Huddersfield + (DJ Dermo) @ Bar 1 Twenty
3 May 2007 10:00P - Manchester + (Domino Bones + DJ Dermo) @ The Ritz
24 May 2007 10:00P - Stockholm + (DJ Dake) @ Mosebacke Etablissment, Sweden

Mar 28 2007 11:00P DJ Dermo - At \'Instrumental\' - Manchester @ One Central St

More dates to be confirmed soon.

www.myspace.com/northsidesilentpartners

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7 Mar 2007
The Five or Six Amigos 
Phil Kooky Cleaver (no, him neither) would like you to know that as of last Monday there were only 5 or 6 copies left of the cd reissue of The Durutti Column's Amigos em Portugal.

If you would like one you can buy direct via the Kooky website (but best to check first with Kooky that there is still one left).

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Section 25 - new album and dvd on LTM 
Section 25 release a new album entitled 'Part-Primitiv' and a live dvd, 'Communicants' on the LTM label in April/May 2007.

Part-Primitiv was produced by the band at West Orange Studio, Preston, in 2007. Stand-out tracks include Can't Let Go, Dream, Carbon and You Never Make Your Mind Up. As the title suggests, the new album combines raw post-punk power with retro-futurist electronics, including two tracks written and sung by Jenny.

Communicants offers a professional multi-camera shoot of their triumphant homecoming show at Blackpool Empress Ballroom in October 2006 (as guests of New Order), as well as bonus performances from Brussels, Dublin, Athens, Paris, London and Poulton-le-Fylde. The 70 minute DVD also features interview material with Larry and Vin, and footage shot on the road. As well as SXXV classics Dirty Disco, Friendly Fires, New Horizon and Looking From A Hilltop, new songs Gene and Can't Let Go are also featured.

Section 25 will be promoting Part-Primitiv and Communicants with further live shows, including an American tour in May 2007. They will also be featured in upcoming documentaries on Factory (BBC4) and Joy Division.

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'Communicants'
LTMDVD 2496 (NTSC Region 0 DVD)
30 April 2007

'Part-Primitiv'
LTMCD 2500
14 May 2007

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Bowdon Vale photo exhibition @ Piccadilly Records, Manchester 
Martin O'Neill's legendary photos from the equally legendary Joy Division at Bowdon Vale go on display at Piccadilly Records, Manchester, from 15 March 2007.

The opening night is Wednesday 14 March which by some fiendish combination of coincidence and planning is the exact same day and date of the gig back in 1979.

The photos were originally exhibited at Hale Library, in 2005.

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Constructing Manchester in Song 
Stylus Magazine gives us their 20-song guide to Manchester including tracks from Joy Division, Happy Mondays, New Order, Quando Quango and more.

Thanks to Mike for spotting.

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6 Mar 2007
Kevin Hewick on new Kevin Coyne tribute album 
Kevin Hewick covers 'Raindrops On The Window' on a new 22-track Kevin Coyne tribute album 'Whispers From The Offing' that also includes contributions from Jackie Leven, Alternative TV, Nikki Sudden, Jowe Head, Frank Bangay, Leo O'Kelly and ex-Passion Barbara Gogan's new duo Goldfish.

The CD is a fundraiser for Life and Living who work on music, creative writing and visual arts projects with psychiatric service users at London's Maudsley Hospital. L&L also run a radio station too.

More info and buy online from:

www.lifeandliving.net

Or for 10.00 inc P+P from:

Life and Living
15 Graham Road
London W4 5DR

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"New" New Order videos on kinoteca.net 
Michael Shamberg has uploaded two more "new" New Order videos to his Kinoteca website.

We get a 4th (count 'em) version of 'Turn' (Napoli this time).

However, the gem of the two is the new video for Everything's Gone Green which uses disturbing found footage (a la Cabaret Voltaire).

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5 Mar 2007
Ben Kelly in Blueprint 
Eminent architect and designer Ben Kelly's work for Gymbox is featured in the Blueprint magazine #252.

Thanks to C.

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Graeme Park @ Loaf, Manchester 
Transcript of flyer:

Fridays in March
Graeme Park
(Exclusive 4-hour DJ set)
Loaf
Deansgate Locks, Recently Refurbished

Every Friday in Manchester the legendary Haçienda DJ makes a rare appearance at Loaf Deansgate Locks.

From bringing House Music to Manchester to becoming the original globe-trotting DJ, he has seen it all! So please welcome Graeme Park!

Free entry all night
Cocktails £3 House Wine £5.95
Guestlist: 07958 955190

www.loaf-manchester.co.uk
Slimline Shaun 
Shaun Ryder's return to fitness and the comeback of Happy Mondays continues. According to today's MEN, their new manager Elliot Rashman (ex-manager Simply Red) turned them down the first time but no he's glad he said yes and that "Shaun has been a dream to work with".

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Enter Shikari: As recommended by Tony Wilson 
The Manchester Evening News highlights the rise of new band Enter Shikari who are an unsigned band championed by Tony Wilson and only the second unsigned band ever to sell out the Astoria in London.

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4 Mar 2007
Vini Reilly: "Guitar to stay in Didsbury" 
Hot from KookyBlog:

"Vini has reconsidered parting company with his Gibson Les Paul and has decided not to sell it.

He has however asked us to pass on his thanks to those of you who showed interest in it!"
1 Mar 2007
So, farewell then The North Star 
The North Star venue in the Shetland Islands, which has played host to a number of Factory-related acts over the years is to close in April.

The 94-year-old venue has attracted names like Peter Hook, Bez, Silent Partners featuring Dermo from Northside and The Durutti Column, whose gig was webcast by Cerysmatic Factory for Tony Wilson's F4 project, as well as Haçienda DJs Jon Dasilva and Graeme Park to the UK's most northerly set of islands.

In a cruel twist of fate the venue has been bought over by a housing association and will be turned into flats!!

Venue manager Alan McLeod would like to thank all the acts who have made the trek north over the years.

The last gig will take place on 7 April 2007 and will feature Manchester's Puressence.

www.thenorthstar.co.uk

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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

Factory Records

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