31 Oct 2009
The Venetian Book of the Dead 
New tracks form the Unfolk / Monti / Kevin Hewick project The Venetian Book Of The Dead are up now on the Unfolk MySpace.

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27 Oct 2009
Bad Lieutenant for PSB Pandemonium 
From the Bad Lieutenant newsletter:

On the back of the news that Bad Lieutenant will be playing two dates with The Pixies in the US, it has just been announced that the band will also be performing as very special guests of Pet Shop Boys on the forthcoming UK leg of their "Pandemonium" tour.

The UK dates are:

December

17 - Glasgow SECC
18 - Birmingham NIA
20 - Manchester Evening News Arena
21 - London O2 Arena

Tickets are priced £30 from www.livenation.co.uk (all tickets subject to booking fee)

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25 Oct 2009
Hacienda Classics Christmas Party @ Sankey's 
FAC 51 The Hacienda proudly present

The Hacienda Classics Christmas Party

Marshall Jefferson, Graeme Park, Jon Dasilva, Tom Wainwright, Greg Wilson, Kwasi Asante (MC)

Friday 4 December 2009
10pm to 5am
Sankeys, Radium Street, Ancoats, Manchester

Tickets: Limited Number of Earlybird Tickets at £10.00
Then £12 Advance / £15 Door

Tickets available online from www.Fac51TheHacienda.com
Tickets available in person from Piccadilly Records, Eastern Bloc Records, & Gaffs (Fallowfield).

Earlybird tickets for the event are available at £10 from the ticket link at www.fac51thehacienda.com.

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21 Oct 2009
Outpost presents The Atrocity Exhibition 
This Saturday 24 October at Monkeytown, NYC there will be one night of JG Ballard's Atrocity Exhibition form 10:30pm.

Exclusive versions of JG Ballard's Atrocity Exhibition Chapter 1 read by David Silver with music by Outpost and video by Adrienne Altenhaus, Stuart Argabright, Robert Longo [who directed the FAC 173 Bizarre Love Triangle video], Patrick Quick, Andrew Moszynski, Vivian Wong and Stephanie Wuertz.

Time, Memory and Inner Space Read by Judy Nylon, video by P Quick + Ice Planet and Serial Angels + psych post rock soundscapes from Outpost featuring Mark C, Kent H from Holy Ghost and Stuart Argabright (Ike Yard).

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20 Oct 2009
Bad Lieutenant in Brighton 
Thanks to our roving reporter (cheers Neil) we can report that, alongside the new material featured on their Never Cry Another Tear album, Bad Lieutenant played both Temptation and Transmission at their debut gig in Brighton tonight.

The UK mini-tour continues tomorrow at Heaven in London and concludes on Thursday at the Ritz in Manchester.

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18 Oct 2009
Bad Lieutenant in The Hub 
Listen to a live Hub session for Cerys Matthews on BBC 6Music as a warm-up to this week's debut gigs by Bad Lieutenant in Brighton, London and Manchester.

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12 Oct 2009
The Durutti Column via mail order 
Thanks to our friends at Kooky Records for making an announcement about the availability of the latest album releases by The Durutti Column.

We can also confirm that the new box set of albums on Artful/Fullfill, The Durutti Column 2001-2009, is definitely a 5-CD set and that there is no bonus disc. The extra tracks are on the individual album discs themselves.

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Wythenshawe 
The previously announced Wythenshawe Community exhibition at MoSI in Manchester features a number of Factory artefacts as follows:

FAC 263R New Order Round & round (12", 1989)
FBN 36 The Durutti Column Circuses and Bread (LP, 1985)
FAC 128 A Certain Ratio Wild Party (12", 1985)
FACUS 2 Joy Division She's Lost Control (12", 1980)
FAC 73 New Order Blue Monday (12", 1983)
FAC 257 Electronic Getting Away With It (12", 1989)
Hacienda traffic post
Seagull Chair from FAC 331, "The Temporary Contemporary Table"
FAC 2 A Factory Sample
FACDR 2.41 The Durutti Column Time Was Gigantic / Reissued Experiments
New Order tour badges, US tour 1989

Wythenshawe runs until 28 February 2010 and admission is free.

Thanks to Dave @ MoSI for confirming the details.

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Hewick, Haynes and James @ Death Disco 
Kevin Hewick's new 'power trio', Hewick Haynes and James, make their London debut at Death Disco at the Notting Hill Arts Club on Wednesday 14 October 2009.

The line-up also features Dufour and the wonderfully-named Slut Cunts plus resident DJs Alan McGee and Danny Watson. Doors open at 7pm and it's free entry.

Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3JQ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7460 4459

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Synth Britannia 
New BBC4 documentary about British synthpop features New Order, OMD and Cabaret Voltaire

"In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Voltaire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard and dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain. The crossover moment came in 1979 when Gary Numan's appearance on Top of the Pops with Tubeway Army's Are "Friends" Electric? heralded the arrival of synthpop. Four lads from Basildon known as Depeche Mode would come to own the new sound whilst post-punk bands like Ultravox, Soft Cell, OMD and Yazoo took the synth out of the pages of the NME and onto the front page of Smash Hits. By 1983, acts like Pet Shop Boys and New Order were showing that the future of electronic music would lie in dance music."

Synth Britannia screens on Friday 16 October 2009 on BBC4 and includes contributions from Philip Oakey, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Bernard Sumner, Gary Numan and Neil Tennant.

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11 Oct 2009
ACR @ Plan K & Concorde 2 
There are two A Certain Ratio gigs coming up - one old and one new:

On Saturday 12 December they return to Plan K after 30 years to headline A Factory Night (And then again) at Plan K in Brussels. This unique night also features Section 25, Biting Tongues, The Wake and The Names plus much more at one of Brussels' most historic venues.

Plan K / La Raffinerie
Rue De Manchester
Brussels
Belgium

12 December 2009 from 18.00
EUR 25

And then ACR play alongside the godfather of UK Acid house, Danny Rampling & Justin Robertson, Transformer and many more at the Concorde 2 in Brighton on 7 March 2010.

Concorde 2
Maderia Shelter Hall
Maderia Drive
Brighton

Doors: 17.00
£15

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Workshy Fopp 
There was good turnout for Hooky's book signing session to promote The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club at the resurrected Fopp on Earlham Street on Friday evening. With the man himself (accompanied by Kevin Cummins and a few Hacienda art prints) being fashionably late there were approaching 100 people in the top-floor queue by the time he arrived. And by the time he left the evening had been so successful that there were no copies of the book left!

The following morning Hooky made an appearance on Soccer AM which he regaled with several FAC/football anecdotes including the one about the aborted World In Motion 2002.

Then it was off further westwards to Bristol for another signing session. And this Thursday he may be found at the Off The Shelf festival in Sheffield for a Q&A and DJ set.

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3 Oct 2009
Support the starving artist 
Cerysmatic attended the London book launch for Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain by Kevin Cummins on Thursday 1 October 2009 at the Amuti Gallery near Russell Square in London.

A good crowd including Mike Pickering, Mark Farrow, Paul Morley, Richard Boon, Pete Shelley, Noel Gallagher and Gonnie Rietveld celebrated the culmination of five years hard work in style.

Thanks to Kevin Cummins, Richard Boon, Paul Morley and Pete Shelley for collectively making the draw for the winner of the recent Kevin Cummins competition (commemorative pic included).

Congratulations to Richard Shepherd who wins a copy of the book together with a set of posters. Thanks for all your many entries. The answers were: 1. b. Paul Morley, 2. The author is of course a fan of Manchester City FC and 3. Buzzcocks (Nov 77).

Meanwhile, a new event has been added to Kevin's busy promotional schedule, this time as part of In The City 2009 in Manchester.

DJ Dave Haslam and Live Images by Kevin Cummins
ITC Official Fringe Event

Sunday 18 October 2009
10.15-11pm Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN
FREE entry

Presented By FMS Promotions

Part of Shouting from the Sidelines
3 nights of Independent Music
18-20 October 2009
Free Entry

This aftershow event - which follows an evening of local Manchester bands (5.30-10pm) combines iconic music from DJ Dave Haslam with an AV live mix of the iconic images of Kevin Cummins. Two great legends of the Manchester music scene join together for one of the must see after show parties of this years ITC music festival.

More info on Facebook.

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2 Oct 2009
A Certain Ratio Paris cancelled 
The ACR gig at Le Plan in Paris on 3 October 2009 has been cancelled.

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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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