30 Aug 2008
RobnRolla 
Toby Kebbell, who impressed with his turn as Rob Gretton in Control will soon be on our cinema screens in RocknRolla, the new "gangsta" film by Guy Ritchie which is released in UK cinemas on Friday 5 September.

The other man to portray Rob on celluloid (in 24 Hour Party People) was Paddy Considine who was last seen this week in the TV version of David Hare's play My Zinc Bed, alongside Jonathan Pryce and Uma Thurman.
25 Aug 2008
Ikonand (then) again 
Cerysmatic readers unfortunate enough to miss out on the Summer edition of free London art and music magazine Art&Music, previously mentioned here and featuring Jamie Holman's superb piece detailing Ikon's contribution to the recent Joy Division documentary, fear not!

Jamie has generously agreed to his article being preserved for posterity on Cerysmatic itself.

From the End to the Beginning: The Joy Division Films features interviews with both Malcolm Whitehead and Jon Savage and is illustrated with previously unpublished stills from the actual vintage out-take footage used in the documentary.

Many thanks to all concerned.

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20 Aug 2008
A Darker Sunset 
John Metcalfe's new album 'A Darker Sunset' is out now on The Big Chill Recordings and will be launched with a gig at the 100 Club in London on 24 September 2008. Tickets priced 8.00 GBP available from wegottickets.com.

The full album tracklisting is:

Echo Valley
Shock Of Recognition
Felt Unseen
Copper Beech
Whole Day Nearer
Otama
Nothing More True
Parkstone
As She Fell
You Call My Name
Undertow
Higher Lighter
Constant Filter
Otama (Palm Skin Remix)
Whole Day Nearer (Sawhney Remix)

The album is available for the bargain price of 6.32 GBP on iTunes UK (in the superior iTunes Plus format).

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16 Aug 2008
Expect the unexpected 
Orlando's, a new 70-capacity venue in Chorlton, hosts spoken word evenings with both Bez and Peter Hook in September.

Wednesday 17 September 2008
An Evening with Bez
25 GBP (with food), 22 GBP (without food)

Wednesday 24 September 2008
An Evening with Peter Hook
27 GBP (with food), 22 GBP (without food)

Orlando's Bar
Both events 7-10pm
ALL drinks extra

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Orlando's
380 Barlow Moor Road
Chorlton
Manchester M21 8AZ
Tel: 0161 881 2230

With thanks to Robin for spotting.

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14 Aug 2008
Divisionary 
Joy Division, the excellent documentary film by director Grant Gee and writer Jon Savage, is released on dvd in the UK on 25 August 2008.

Thankfully the mid-price look cover of the US edition has been ditched in deference to a variant of the UK theatrical release poster.

The mid-pricing concept has not totally been ditched because Amazon.co.uk is offering it for a mere 7.98 GBP.

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21st Century Music 
Mark Reeder (ex-Shark Vegas) tells Cerysmatic has written a new track with Bernard Sumner. Mark says "It's too early days yet to see what will eventually happen with it and it doesn't even have lyrics or a title yet".

Mark has also produced the latest Fidelity Kastrow track '21st Century Girl' which can be heard on myspace.com/fidelitykastrowmusic. This was chosen to be the anthem of this year's Summer of Love festival in the Czech Republic (where she is also performing on 16 August 2008.

Finally, and perhaps most tantalisingly, there's the remix that Mark has just finished for the new Pet Shop Boys / Sam Taylor-Wood single 'I'm In Love With A German Filmstar' (a cover of the old 80s hit by The Passions). The single will be released on CD and MP3 on the German Kompakt label in October to coincide with Sam Taylor-Wood's new exhibition at the White Cube gallery in London which opens on 22 October 2008.

Thanks to Mark. Keep it cool over there in Berlin.

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6 Aug 2008
Back in Store 
The Warehouse Project returns to Manchester for the last twelve weeks of the year, climaxing with a Haçienda Happy Mondays gig:

Sunday 28th December
The Haçienda presents
Happy Mondays Live at The Warehouse Project
Mike Pickering
Peter Hook (New Order)
Jon Dasilva
20:30 02:30 // GBP 28.50 advance

"With their last appearance in the city taking place 12 months ago at the 10,000 capacity G - Mex, the Happy Mondays performance in the much smaller confines of Store Street looks set to be something very special indeed."

Further details here.

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4 Aug 2008
Pay now 
For that authentic viewing experience, why not watch a few adverts in between the Ikon videos posted below.

First discussed on Cerysmatic last year, the New Order-soundtracked Indesit (Hey Now) and Mars (Blue Monday) UK television adverts have been posted on the tellyAds website.

What's more, they're free!

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2 Aug 2008
Video is like the death of peoples' imagination 
Stealing a march, it would appear Ikonand have supplanted a new strain of the Ikon virus into the belly of the beast.

Everybody - wave at the screen!

Clash of the Titans - Sooty Vs Malcolm
Hacienda Christmas Eve Message 1983 with Sooty, Matthew and Malcolm Whitehead, filmed at Ikon HQ - The Bunker (Tony Wilson's cellar).

Kevin Hewick - Morphia
Short clip of Kevin filmed by Tony Wilson. Featured as part of the unreleased compilation video MANCHESTER TO NEW YORK DIRECT.

FACTUS 5 - What the Papers Say
Tony gives Granada's newspaper review show the Factory treatment, featuring the voices of Tony, Jon Savage, Claude Bessy, Rob Gretton and an unidentified other. Chapter 10 of Factus 5(183): From Manchester to New York Direct.
"God Save Television"

Iceberg Penguins
Taken from Ikon 21 Show Me What You Look Like by Brian Nicholson. This segment documents the installation and floatation of artist John Wilcock's Iceberg Penguin Sculpture at Rhyl, North Wales 1986. Music track is Amigos em Portugal by Durutti Column.

Slab - People Pie
Ikon's favourite loud band. From their 1988 single on Ink Records.Another video from Ikon Head Boy Malcolm Whitehead with some video treatments from Brian Nicholson. Part of a longer unreleased Slab! project.

Inspiral Carpets - Move
Shot after hours in Dry Bar 1989 with other footage taken from unreleased live Haçienda gig. Lights by Bruce Mitchell, camera Brian Nicholson, edited and directed by Malcolm Whitehead.

The Mekons - Makes No Difference
The Mekon's release on Blast First 1990. Camera Brian Nicholson. Edit and Direction Malcolm Whitehead.

The Joys of Smoking (1985)
"I'd forgotten what I am"
"Forgotten what Faces to adopt whist pulling on an oily rag. Graham Duff (writer of "Ideal", "Dr Terrible" etc) grimaces to the tones of Powell, Pressbuger and Long (Janice). Taken from Show Me What You Look Like (1987) by Brian Nicholson. Edit by Malcolm Whitehead.

The Broken Family Band - You're Like a Woman
2006 video for the wonderful Track & Field Organisation. Shot by ikonand irregulars Messers Holman and Huxley with an edit by Brian Nicholson.

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1 Aug 2008
The Doors 
A new exhibition 'The Making of MOSI' celebrating 25 years of Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry includes the original loading bay doors from The Haçienda.

The 10 ft high doors, "through which countless roadies lugged gear", according to cerysmatic friend and MOSI Senior Archivist Jan Hargreaves, "were donated by Mike Caulfield as a result of the Haçienda 25th birthday event we had at Dry Bar. Mike had been storing them at his business premises and was preparing to move, so needed to find a home for them. They officially became part of the collections in May this year and were moved to the Museum last week for installation in the exhibition."

Little known fact: the Haçienda All-Star Humping Crew, who usually operated said doors, included at various times: a New Order bass player; a New Order (eventual) manager; a professor of psychology; an archeologist; a lab technician; the front of house engineer for Stone Roses & Happy Mondays; a metallurgist; an IT manager (yours truly) and, of course, a Slim.

Items also on display include posters, album sleeves, Fac51b flexidisk, flyers, artwork, membership cards and application forms and a Fac86r model of the Haçienda (the 1991 reprint of the original FAC86).

Entry to the exhibition is free. MOSI is open Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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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