28 Apr 2008
Scream City 4: update 
Scream City 4 is still on sale on eBay priced 2.00 GBP + p&p (PayPal only), but the initial 144 run of copies with the free cd by The Durutti Column containing the track 'Cup A Soup Romance' has now sold out.

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27 Apr 2008
Scream City 4 - last 18 copies with cd now on sale 
Scream City 4 has sold over 100 copies in just under 3 days. The final 18 copies to come with SC4.1, the free cd by The Durutti Column containing the track 'Cup A Soup Romance' from the forthcoming album 'Sunlight to Blue... Blue to Blackness', are now on sale on eBay for 2.00 GBP + p&p (PayPal only). Thereafter Scream City 4 will still be available but this is your last chance to get the free cd.

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Joy Division - the poster competition 
The official website for the Joy Division documentary which is released this Friday in the UK ran a competition a few weeks ago to pick the official promotional poster from two options.

Voting was clearly in favour of the "blue" version but it seems the "gold" or "Lord of the Rings" version was chosen. What can be happening? I think we should be told...

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24 Hour Arty People 
It's great when the Creative Review blog features Central Station Design, Yeah!

Packed with popular and rarely-seen images, this article by Gavin @ CR sets the scene nicely for the forthcoming Faç Off exhibition at the Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester which runs from 16 May - 21 June 2008.

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24 Apr 2008
Scream City 4 now on sale 
The first batch of 50 copies of Scream City (including free CD by The Durutti Column) is on eBay priced 2.00 GBP + p&p.

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23 Apr 2008
THE PIECE NEED NOT BE BUILT 
In 1968 Lawrence Weiner, one of the key figures of Conceptual art, formulated his famous Declaration of Intent:

1. The artist may construct the piece.
2. The piece may be fabricated.
3. The piece need not be built.

Each being equal and consistent with the intent of the artist the decision as to condition rests with the receiver upon the occasion of receivership.

On 2 February 2008 Lawrence Weiner discussed his work with art historian and critic John Slyce at Tate Modern in London to coincide with his recent retrospective AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and his 2008 exhibition at the Lisson Gallery in London which ran until March. The event is archived as a webcast at tate.org.

Perhaps not too much to interest the casual FAC follower only familiar with his record covers and posters for Factory Records but for those keen to find out more about Weiner or who simply have never seen him talk before this is a great opportunity.

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New Order live in Glasgow dvd out 2 June 2008 
The dvd mentioned by Hooky last year is finally coming out. It's a 2-disc set which features New Order live at the Glasgow Carling Academy. The full setlist is:

Crystal
Turn
True Faith
Regret
Ceremony
Who's Joe
These Days
Krafty
Waiting for the Sirens Call
Your Silent Face
Guilt is a Useless Emotion
Bizarre Love Triangle
Temptation
The Perfect Kiss
Blue Monday
Transmission
Shadowplay
Love Will Tear us Apart

The second disc features rare footage from the band's personal collections and additional gig footage from Glastonbury 1981, Rome 1982, Cork 1983, Rotterdam/Toronto 1985, Shoreline Amphitheater Mountain View 1989, and the Hyde Park Wireless Festival 2005.

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21 Apr 2008
Scream City 4 out Friday 25 April 2008 
It's finally gone to press and Scream City 4 will be on sale on eBay on Friday 25 April 2008 priced 2.00 GBP + postage and packing.

Scream City 4 contents

FAC-2 Special including:

Anthony H. Wilson by David Nolan
Peter Hook interview by Michael Eastwood
Vini Reilly interview by Phil Cleaver
The Design of FAC-2 by Matthew Robertson
Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) interview by Michael Eastwood
John Dowie interview by Ian McCartney
Plus much more.

Initial copies come with a free cd by The Durutti Column which contains the track 'Cup A Soup Romance' taken from the forthcoming Kooky Records album 'Sunlight To Blue... Blue To Blackness', which is released on 23 June 2008. The cd is limited to 144 copies.

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The Tony WIlson Experience goes live 
The Tony Wilson Experience: The 24 hour live conversation is now live at tonywilsonexperience.com. Check out videos featuring Peter Hook, Steve Coogan and John Robb amongst others and submit your application to be part of the Experience for the 24 hours starting on 21 June 2008 at midday.

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20 Apr 2008
Second Summer of Love 
Mike Pickering, Jon Da Silva, Dave Haslam, Graham Massey, John McCready and many more explain the impact of acid house in 1988 in a Luke Bainbridge Observer article entitled "The Second Summer of Love".

Warning: includes graphic descriptions of DJ booth nudity and old dears being swept down the street in flash flooding.

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17 Apr 2008
Tutti Frutti Peter 
Peter Saville was among the judges of the "Design Your Own Home" Tutti Frutti Awards as announced by The Daily Telegraphy today.
Massey's Massonix live in NYC 
OMNY, our correspondent in NYC, tells us that Graham Massey's Massonix put on a stonking set at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, blowing the doors off headliners Autechre.

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Bez bankrupt (again) 
The BBC and other sources are reporting that Bez has been declared bankrupt again. The 2005 Celebrity Big Brother winner had said winning the 50,000 GBP prize money would help him with his financial problems - having first been declared bankrupt in August 2004.
14 Apr 2008
When it all comes down 
A restored Miaow E.P. is in the pipeline according to Cath Carroll's MySpace. You can preview the tracks on MiaowSpace before they turn up as digital downloads via Lilypad Records "in the near future".

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13 Apr 2008
Bass (How Low Can You Go?) 
On the inside back page of Saturday's Guardian guide (only in the print edition it would seem), Peter Hook tells it how it is (and how it was):

On New Order's money - "If Tony Wilson had fucked off to Brazil and spent it on cocaine and hookers I could have understood that but the fact that he frittered it away was a bit challenging really."

On playing the bass - "My advice is: wear it low, play it high. Although, as my chiropractor keeps telling me, judging by my cracked discs and nerve trouble, I shouldn't have."

On his DJing: "I've never claimed to be a DJ, I'm a celebrity."

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Take me back to dear old Blighty! 
A new dvd entitled The Queen Is Dead: A Classic Album Under Review released on 10 June 2008 in the UK will re-examine The Smiths' classic album 'The Queen Is Dead'. Alongside band interviews and much more besides, a highlight will be Tony Wilson talking about The Smiths and Factory Records and how the two didn't quite come together.

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12 Apr 2008
James 'Hey Ma' Deluxe Edition on iTunes 
From the news desk at wearejames.com:

"Buy Hey Ma from iTunes before 20th April, and you'll receive a unique password for a chance to purchase tickets for the December tour in the pre-sale at ticketmaster.co.uk BEFORE they go on sale to the general public, giving you the best shot at securing tickets to your concert(s) of choice. The iTunes deluxe version of the album also includes a bonus song and track-by-track commentary."

Download 'Hey Ma' on iTunes UK.

Meanwhile, relive the old Factory days with this vintage live review from 1985.

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11 Apr 2008
FAC OFF! 
FAC OFF the Central Station Design Retrospective at the Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester will now start two weeks later than previously advertised and run from 16 May to 21 June 2008.

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10 Apr 2008
The Magnetic Fields Summer European Tour 
From the House of Tomorrow Newsletter:

The Magnetic Fields, back from nearly a four-year hiatus from touring, are traveling once again to Europe. They are pleased to announce that they are preparing a short string of European dates kicking off this June. Confirmed markets so far include Spain, England, Sweden, and Portugal, with more to come shortly. Regular updates - including information on additional tour stops - will be posted to houseoftomorrow.com.

The Magnetic Fields' London stop features shows on the evenings of July 9 and 10 at Cadogan Hall, home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A special, limited presale allocation of Front Stall reserved seats will be available for purchase exclusively from ArtistTicket.com starting Friday April 11 at 9:00AM. Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting 9am on Saturday 12 April 2008. Tickets are GBP 22.50, handling fees not included.

Visit The Magnetic Fields on ArtistTicket.com.

The Magnetic Fields are readying the re-release of their catalog on full-length 12" vinyl albums. Merge Records will start the run with 'The Charm of the Highway Strip', out on 6 May 2008 in the US. Nonesuch Records will follow this summer with a pressing of 'Distortion', the band's January 2008 release. This fall, Merge Records will release the vinyl edition of 'Get Lost'.

Small quantities of the latest 'Distortion' tour t-shirts are still available for sale to House of Tomorrow newsletter subscribers.

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8 Apr 2008
Salford Central 
The new issue of the Salford Star is out now replete with Central Station Design ("Salford's greatest living artists") and Happy Mondays / Joy Division competitions.

The Salford Star is freely available available from selected outlets in the Salford area or via mail order priced GBP 3.50.

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6 Apr 2008
FAC 51 T-Shirt competition results 
We asked you "What were the four ingredients of a 'Zero Hour' cocktail, as served in the Gay Traitor Bar?"

The answer (which smart FAC 51 fans would have found on the Gay Traitor page sandwiched between a Killer Zombie and Death in the Afternoon) is Brandy, Apricot Brandy, Creme de Menthe and Pernod.

And the envelope please...

The winner (who will receive a complete set of brand new limited edition FAC 51 The Haçienda official t-shirts in the size of their choice) is Dave Stephenson. Congratulations to Dave. We'll be in touch. Thanks too to everyone who entered the competition.

Official, limited and available FAC 51 T-Shirts are also available to buy from Slipstream Stores' online Hacienda shop. They're better than a meat pie.

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Live Architecture and Morality and More 
OMD release a live cd and dvd record of last year's Architecture and Morality tour. The album, entitled 'Live Architecture and Morality and More' is released tomorrow 7 April 2008.

The tracklisting is:

1. Architecture And Morality
2. Sealand
3. New Stone Age
4. Georgia
5. She's Leaving
6. Souvenir
7. Joan Of Arc
8. Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans)
9. Beginning And The End
10. If You Leave
11. Forever (Live And Die)
12. Pandora's Box
13. Locomotion
14. Sailing On The Seven Seas
15. Enola Gay
16. Electricity
17. Romance Of The Telescope

Meanwhile the live dvd is released on 28 April and runs for 147 minutes.
Sauron's city-centre offices 
Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North is the latest book by Stuart Maconie in which he goes in search of the North of England. It came out last year but has just been reprinted in a new cover. Maconie's first book 'Cider With Roadies' contained some choice words about Factory Records and so does this one.

For example, on the New Factory HQ he says: "I've lost many an afternoon lounging in its weirdly uncomfortable chairs or around the boardroom table not interviewing Happy Mondays, getting lost on my way to the toilets through a stone warren of corridors and high forbidding doors straight out of Mordor. If Sauron had a city-centre office, it would have looked like this."

The cover also features a nice illustration with some factories on it.

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New James live dates 
James are due to shortly confirm some new dates for December 2008 at the Leeds Academy, Glasgow SECC, Birmingham NIA, London Brixton and Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex).

The band has also been lined up to play on the new series of Later with Jools Holland on BBC TV at the end of April.

With thanks to George on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.

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1 Apr 2008
Hey Ma 
The new James album 'Hey Ma' will be in stores on 7 April 2008. The tracklisting is:

1. Bubbles
2. Hey Ma
3. Waterfall
4. Oh My Heart
5. Boom Boom
6. Semaphore
7. Upside
8. Whiteboy
9. 72
10. Monsters and Heroes and Men
11. I Wanna Go Home

Whiteboy is on the James audio player on MySpace.

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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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