30 Sep 2009
Cummins competition closed 
The Kevin Cummins competition is now closed and the result will be announced soon.

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Back To The Wall 
Congratulations to the Band On The Wall on the occasion of the series of events to celebrate the reopening of their splendid venue. A Certain Ratio graced proceedings last Saturday and apparently a good time was had by all.

Check out the photo gallery and setlist courtesy Alex (full gallery on Facebook) and Tim.

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Wythenshawe 
A new exhibition opens at the Museum of Science and Industry (MoSI) in Manchester on 3 October. Entitled 'Wythenshawe' it features objects from the Museum's collections alongside community-produced work.

There several themes in the exhibition, one of which is Creativity. As some of you will be aware, a few Factory acts hailed from Wythenshawe (as well as Rob Gretton) and there are Factory artefacts on display in the gallery. In addition, where possible MoSI has used the display material to work with young people in Wythenshawe to create work based on similar ideas. In particular MoSI worked with a Youth Panel to produce icons based on the four themes, to include on text panels and publicity, with clear links to Peter Saville's icons for Factory.

The exhibition is on display from the 3 October 2009 to 28 February 2010.

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Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road
Manchester M3

Tel: +44 161 832 2244

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Four Factory Records - Buy It Now (Again) With Paypal 
The Four Factory Records 6CD box set by The Durutti Column is on sale again direct from Kooky Records, priced 37.50 GBP (including Worldwide p+p).

The set, which was first sold at the recent A Paean To Wilson gigs at the Manchester International Festival, features the first four releases for Factory Records plus two bonus discs with studio/demo and live material from the relevant early period of The Durutti Column's history.

Full Durutti discographical details at thedurutticolumn.com.

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28 Sep 2009
Blurring the edges 
Beyond The Loop is 4 nights of modern classical and contemporary music brought to you by John Metcalfe and running from Wed-Sat 7-10 October at swanky Kings Place in London.

"British mould-breakers blurring the edges of electronic and contemporary music"

Featuring: The Durutti Column | The Bays | Simon Hale | The Heritage Orchestra | The Duke Quartet | Plaid | Red Snapper | Ensemble Bash | Jon Hopkins feat. Davide Rossi | The John Metcalfe Band

Full line-up as follows:

Wednesday 7 October

Ensemble Bash 7.30pm
Red Snapper 9pm

Thursday 8 October

The John Metcalfe Band 7.30pm
Jon Hopkins (with visuals by Myogenic) 9pm

Friday 9 October

The Duke Quartet 7.30pm
The Durutti Column 9pm

Saturday 10 October

Plaid 7.30pm
The Bays / Simon Hale / John Metcalfe / The Heritage Orchestra 9pm

All concerts in Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

To book tickets priced from £6.50 ring 020 7520 1490 or visit kingsplace.co.uk

Meanwhile check out the newly-updated/created John Metcalfe website and Facebook group.

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26 Sep 2009
ACR Band on the Wall - limited extra ticket release 
A very limited amount of A Certain Ratio tickets for tonight's gig have just gone on sale via bandonthewall.org priced 14.50 GBP + booking fee.

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22 Sep 2009
Route M62 
A reminder that tomorrow sees the unveiling of Blue Plaques in the Borough of Rochdale to commemorate and recognise two uniquely important recording venues/music buildings that influenced rock and pop music locally, nationally and internationally.

From 1974-1990 some of the most influential and celebrated recording artists of the era recorded or bought equipment at Kenion St in Rochdale (Tractor Music/Cargo Studios, then later Suite 16) and Tractor Sound Studios in Heywood.

The unveilings are the appetizer for a series of events throughout the day, culminating in a gig with Peter Hook and Section 25.

There will be a feature on Route M62 by Oli Wilson on BBC Radio Manchester in the morning but you can catch a sneak preview on soundcloud.com. Oli will also be doing a live interview with Hooky at 8.30am. With thanks to Oli on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.

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21 Sep 2009
Kevin Cummins Competition 
Win Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain plus a set of posters.

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Cerysmatic Factory in association with those nice people at Faber book publishers is offering you a chance to win a copy of Kevin Cummins's new book Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain together with a set of limited edition posters featuring Morrissey, Ian Curtis, New Order and Oasis.

The posters are 500 x 700mm, printed with black and silver ink, and designed by Wallzo who also designed the book.

We are much obliged to Kevin Cummins who has kindly set the competition questions:

1. One of the following was the manager of The Drones for a short while. Who?

a. Richard Boon
b. Paul Morley
c. Kevin Cummins

2. Why is the predominant colour in Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain, light blue?

3. Kevin Cummins shot almost 200 NME covers. Who did he photograph for his first one?

Answers please by email [to "info" at "the domain name of this site"] with the subject "Kevin Cummins Competition". The closing date for entries is 22:00 BST on 30 September 2009. The winner will be notified by email.

Thanks and good luck.

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20 Sep 2009
Cabaret Voltaire Archive (Live 1982-1986) 
Archive is a 4LP "box set" is out now exclusively via iTunes featuring classic Cabaret Voltaire recorded at the following venues:

The Venue, London 8 June 1982
The Leadmill, Sheffield 30 November 1984
Town & Country Club, London 11-12 February 1986 (both nights)

Highlights include Yashar, Sensoria, I Want You and Just Fascination. The full tracklisting is available at discogs.com and it's available to buy from iTunes UK priced 17.99 GBP.

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Kevin Cummins @ Salts Mill, Saltaire 
The Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester are kindly lending Salts Mill in Saltaire the Kevin Cummins exhibition to go with the publication of Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain so that the white and red roses can be united and Yorkshire folk can gaze in awe at Manc musicians in the beautiful roof space at Salts Mill. We will have iPods with specially created play lists for people to listen to as they walk round the exhibition and the austerity of the photos will sit beautifully against the cavernous, poetically delicate space. Admission is free and the gallery is open daily from 11am to 4.30pm from Wednesday 30 September to Friday 16 October.

On Sunday 11 October 2009 there will be special event where Kevin Cummins will be in conversation with Kevin Sampson (Stars are Stars / Awaydays / Powder) about photography, music and the North. This is a ticketed event (£5/£3) and begins with a film about Kevin's work with a specially commissioned soundtrack by Graham Massey (Biting Tongues / 808 State) and ends with a book signing. Tickets are available by calling 01274 587377.

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Salts Mill
Shipley
Saltaire
West Yorkshire
BD18 3LA

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A Factory Night (And Then Again) 
Anthêsis, Charleroi Danses and LTM Recordings present A Factory Night (And Then Again)

Concerts

A Certain Ratio
Section 25
Biting Tongues
The Wake
The Names (with strings)

Exhibitions and Projections

TBA

Afterparty & DJ sets

Graham Massey (808 State/Biting Tongues)
Tom Moderne (LTM/Crépuscule)
Re:Order (A Tribute To New Order)
Gore (Cruise [CTRL]), Muffin (Code(s)), X-Pulsiv (Pilgrimage)

Venue

Plan K / La Raffinerie, Brussels Rue de Manchesterstraat
21-1080 Brussels
Belgium

Time

Saturday 12 December 2009 18:00 to Sunday 13 December 2009 05:00

Price

25 / 30 Euro

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More info at lefantastique.net/factory and on Facebook

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16 Sep 2009
Kevin Cummins @ The Roundhouse 
There's a new addition to the list of events accompanying the launch of the new Kevin Cummins book Manchester: Looking For The Light Through The Pouring Rain.

The event takes place at the Roundhouse in London on 9 November 2009 and will feature a screening of a 20-minute film of the photos in the book edited to a specially-composed soundtrack by Graham Massey. This will be followed a talk about Manchester with Paul Morley, Kevin Cummins, Mike Pickering and another guest. All this, plus a Q&A session and a book signing.

Ticket details are still to be confirmed but we will announce them as soon as we have them.

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Colin Sharp 
We are sad to announce the death, following a short illness and a brain haemorrhage, of Colin Sharp, former singer with the early incarnation of The Durutti Column and author of the excellent Who Killed Martin Hannett? The Story of Factory Records' Musical Magician.

Colin was a regular contributor to the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board both in his own name and under various aliases including the much-loved Vera and Edna as in this choice exchange:

edna [ 2nd Feb 2006: 21:58 ] "Peter Saville has never worn a pair of trainers in his life! And I should know chuckie. Edna"

vera [ 14th Feb 2006: 17:36 ] "I saw our Pete in a pair of Reeboks a few years back. Right fetching he looked to. Vera"

Our thoughts are with Colin's family at this difficult time.

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His spirit lives on 
From thedurutticolumn.com:

The full tracklisting for the recently-announced Kooky Records album A Paean To Wilson (Kookydisc 29/1 & 29/2) which will first go on sale at the imminent Beyond The Loop concert (9 October @ King's Place) is:

Movement

I Or Are You Just A Technician
II Chant
III Quatro
IV Requiem
V Stuki
VI Along Came Poppy
VII Brother
VIII Duet With Piano
IX Darkness Here
X Catos Revisited
XI The Truth
XII How Unbelievable

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15 Sep 2009
The Haçienda must be rebuilt! 
FAC 51 The Haçienda architect Ben Kelly and the design team of Ben Cox and Bill Holding at Morph have collaborated with the full approval and support of original owner Peter Hook to produce two separate, limited edition art prints of the original FAC 51 The Haçienda which are to be launched at Buy Art Fair at Urbis, Manchester from the 24-27 September 2009. The first night preview is on Thursday 24 September from 5-9pm and Ben Kelly, Morph and Peter Hook will be in attendance on the night.

The prints will subsequently be exhibited at the Zoo Art Fair in London from 16-19 October 2009 which takes place the same week as the Frieze Art Fair. At both exhibitions, the prints are exclusive to the Paul Stolper stand.

As FAC 51 The Haçienda has been beset by a number of unofficial and bootleg artworks which consistently fail to match the design standards set by the club, it was decided in early 2009 to produce this set of two art prints marking both East and West views of the original venue. This is the first and only time to date that FAC 51 The Haçienda has published any fine art prints of the club and marks an opportunity for art collectors to purchase exclusive and limited edition screen prints, officially endorsed by FAC 51 The Haçienda.

The project initially came about when Ben Cox and Bill Holding from Morph approached Ben Kelly in February 2007 about rebuilding The Haçienda as a digital model, requiring the original specifications from Ben who was happy to oblige.

Morph explain how the digital model came about: "The Haçienda must be rebuilt! On the 25th anniversary of the Haçienda's opening, we decided to begin work recreating it in a way that wasn't possible at the time of its original conception, as a highly detailed three-dimensional computer model. Working closely with Ben Kelly, using all the original architectural drawings and specifications, we faithfully reconstructed one of Manchester's lost landmarks enabling us to explore the space in new ways and bring the venue back to life."

Ben Kelly, who was delighted to help out, said "When Ben and Bill from Morph approached me and proposed that they wanted to digitally rebuild The Haçienda, I fully supported the idea. I had previously seen the incredible work Morph had executed - digitally recreating Unknown Pleasures for Peter Saville.

"From the outset, I felt that there was potential to combine views taken from the digital model using advanced software packages with the more traditional medium of silk screen printing. I imagined an almost painterly end product layered on top of the technological digital rebuild. I see the end product as a hybrid collaboration. Lurid colours on columns supporting a monochromatic container - - a ghost in the machine."

It was then decided to produce two fine art prints from the digital installation, namely an eastside and a westside view of the club across the dancefloor, showing the heroic scale and cathedral like quality of FAC 51's interior which has served to make the club so legendary and long lasting in the memories of those who were lucky enough to attend.

These high quality silkscreen prints have been produced to the highest specifications by Coriander Studio, Fine Art Printmakers and Publishers, one of the world's leading art print manufacturers whose client roster also includes Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake.

All prints will be signed by Ben Kelly and Morph whilst an additional signed provenance on the artwork will come from Peter Hook who was becoming increasingly frustrated with unofficial Haçienda products.

Hooky explains why: "The thing that appealed to me about the idea, in the first place, was that I was totally sick of the bootlegs and things not being done properly. It was a lovely idea to do and to have it done it right and by the right people, both artistically and morally, makes the entire project worthwhile.

"When I first saw the images, I was shocked. It was beautiful and I was really taken aback. It looked like you could have just fucking dived into it! I was over the moon! The Morph boys have done a great job, ably led, aided and abetted by our mate Ben Kelly. I am absolutely delighted that these prints highlight the beauty and individuality of The Haçienda and give credit to Ben, who more than deserves his credit, as to why The Haçienda worked (or didn't work) and why it was so astounding."

Each print is part of a limited run of only 150, making a full run of 300 across both prints and is printed on 410 gsm Somerset Tub paper. The image sizes are 615mm x 765mm on a paper size of 742 x 905 mm.

The prints are to be represented exclusively by the Paul Stolper Gallery.

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14 Sep 2009
Recession-busting Durutti Column release 
The Durutti Column have a new limited edition 6CD box set coming out on Artful/Fullfill on 3 November comprising all their recorded output for the label (from Rebellion to Love In The Time of Recession) together with a bonus disc of extra material. A set of art prints of the individual album covers completes the package.

Details are scarce at the moment but the box is attractively priced at £13.99 (via Townsend Records) and so clearly set to become a stocking filler at Christmas.

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How Not To Run A Club and other stories 
Peter Hook tells the unbelievable yet true story of the music, madness and the meltdown that accompanied the rise and fall of FAC 51 The Haçienda in his long-awaited, uncompromisingly honest and forthright account of the original superclub in The Haçienda - How Not To Run A Club which is published by Simon & Schuster on 5 Oct 2009 priced £18.99.

Copies of the book purchased at Fopp / HMV also come with a free half hour DVD documentary entitled Inside The Haçienda, presented by Miranda Sawyer and featuring interviews with Peter Hook, Ben Kelly, Mike Pickering, Jon Dasilva & Fiona Allen. Check out the trailer on Facebook (login not required).

Hooky has also compiled and mixed Haçienda – Acid House Classics, a double CD album of many of the greatest Haçienda acid classics from seminal artists such as A Guy Called Gerald, Fast Eddie, Phuture, Adonis, and New Order. The album is released on New State Music the same day as the book.

To celebrate the dual release of the book and CD, Hooky is touring the UK doing signing sessions, DJ sets and more. In addition, he appears at Sheffield's Off The Shelf literary festival on Thursday 15 October 2009.

The "tour dates" are as follows:

October

Sat 3 - HMV, 100 Market Street, Manchester [signing from 5pm, Facebook]
Mon 5 - HMV, 56 Northumberland St, Newcastle [signing from 5pm, Facebook]
Tue 6 - Waterstones @ The Arches, Glasgow [signing and Q&A from 7.30pm, Facebook]
Wed 7 - Borders, Magdalen St, Oxford [signing & Q&A from 6pm, Facebook]
Fri 9 - Fopp, 1 Earlham St, London [signing from 6pm, Facebook, then DJ Set @ Wax Jambu, 144 Upper St, London from 8.30pm, Facebook]
Sat 10 - Borders, Queen's Rd, Bristol [signing from 6pm, Facebook]
Thu 15 - Off The Shelf Festival, Sheffield [Q&A and DJ set from 7.30pm]

More info at:

www.fac51thehacienda.com
Haçienda Facebook
Haçienda Myspace

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8 Sep 2009
Never Cry Another Tear 
From the badlieutenant.net mailing list:

The debut album from Bad Lieutenant, "Never Cry Another Tear" is now available to order exclusively at the Bad Lieutenant online store.

A limited edition, Deluxe Box Set is available to pre-order. This includes the "Never Cry Another Tear" CD album including two bonus tracks, double vinyl album, exclusive 7", a deluxe booklet and a numbered Art Print. The band have also designed a Limited Edition T-Shirt that can only be ordered with the Super Deluxe Box Set.

"Never Cry Another Tear" is also available on Limited Edition Digipack CD (featuring Two Bonus Tracks), Vinyl LP, standard CD, and Digital Download.

For more info go to Townsend Records.

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A Paean To Wilson: The Album 
From kookydisc.co.uk:

Kooky Records is proud to announce the next album release by The Durutti Column will be the studio version of A Paean To Wilson which was premiered live at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009. This stunning instrumental suite was specially commissioned for the MIF and represents Vini Reilly's special personal tribute to Tony Wilson who died in August 2007.

As with the live line-up featured during those shows, The Durutti Column is again augmented by John Metcalfe and Tim Kellett on this full-length studio album.

This CD-only release will first go on sale at the King's Place concert on 9 October 2009 at which the band will again be playing A Paean To Wilson live. A general release will follow but the date for this has not yet been confirmed. Watch this space for more information. Tickets are still available for this gig via kingsplace.co.uk (including Saver Seats for a bargain £9.50).

The album package will include a bonus disc featuring the Heaven Sent (It Was Called Digital. It Was Heaven Sent) mini-album previously available as a digital download via Tony Wilson's F4 Records.

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7 Sep 2009
Come inside 
Thanks to Simon Webbon for his review from last Thursday's apparently quite exclusive preview of the new Kevin Cummins book Manchester: Looking For The Light Through The Pouring Rain on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.

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Reordered and remixed 
The Blank and Jones / Mark Reeder remix album is available to pre-order now in the UK via Amazon.co.uk.

Meanwhile, Mark has also remixed the new Bad Lieutenant single 'Sink or Swim'. The splendidly-titled Reeder's Rettungsring Remix will be available 21 September 2009.

The Bad Lieutenant debut album 'Never Cry Another Tear' is released worldwide on 5 October 2009 via Triple Echo Records.

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Atrocity Exhibition 
Stuart Argabright out-of-Ike Yard's new group Outpost presented a special tribute to JG Ballard tributes last Saturday on US radio station WFMU. The archive audio is up there already and you can check out the initial, ahem, Outposts:

- Atrocity Exhibition Chapter 1 excerpts (sections 1-14, read by David Silver, soundtrack by Outpost

- Drowned World Soundscape by Mark Fisher aka K-Punk

- Ice Planet, Serial Angels live in Studio.

Coming up in this ongoing series: 10/24 Expanded edition @ Monkeytown, Brooklyn. Plus, Atrocity Exhibition Chapter 1, Time, Memory and Inner Space read by Judy Nylon. Drowned World + Ice Planet , Serial Angels + video & music mix.

Other venues are set to come online soon, including Resonance FM.

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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)

The Durutti Column