30 Nov 2009
Hacienda Christmas Classics Result 
Many thanks to all who entered our Christmas competition.

Well done to those of you who correctly identified the palette of Hacienda colours thus:

Pigeon Blue
RAF Blue
Aztec Gold
Salmon Red
Goose Grey
Signal Red

Congratulations to Alan McLeod + 1 who might peruse The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club by Peter Hook, whilst listening to Hacienda Acid House Classics (both signed by Peter Hook) on their way to the Hacienda Classics Christmas Party @ Sankeys on Friday 4 December 2009 whilst travelling from, er, the Shetland Isles.

Good luck Alan!

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29 Nov 2009
More live dates for Bad Lieutenant 
Bad Lieutenant will be supporting Pet Shop Boys at O2 World in Berlin on the 5 December 2009. Tickets can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.de.

They are also performing in Hamburg on Friday 4 December 2009 as part of the Becks Music Experience, at the Markthalle. To see the band perform you can get tickets from www.becks.de.

More info at badlieutenant.net.

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26 Nov 2009
Paperweight on their shoulders 
Alongside the promotional poster and the "leaf" promo brooch (in gold and in silver editions), Factory Records really went to town when it issued the ultra-rare commemorative New Order True Faith paperweight bearing the Factory Records catalogue number FAC 183.

Thanks to Mike Stein for imagery.

Lest we forget: the Twelve Inches of New Order promo ruler, the Touched By The Hand of God promo footballs, the World in Motion T-shirts, shorts and caps, the Little Louie for New Order and, most grandly of all, the Power, Corruption & Lies anvil sculpture (to commemorate 500,000 sales of the album).

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Hacienda Classics Christmas Competition 
There's still time to enter our latest competition and win a pair of tickets to the Hacienda Classics Christmas Party @ Sankeys on Friday 4 December 2009 plus copies of The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club by Peter Hook and Hacienda Acid House Classics both signed by Peter Hook in our new competition.

All you need to do is answer this question:

In respect of the original design of the Hacienda, to which colours (e.g. Black, White, etc) do the following relate?

i) Pigeon
ii) RAF
iii) Aztec
iv) Salmon
v) Goose
vi) Signal

Entries by email please. Competition closes 10pm GMT Sunday 29 November 2009. One entry per person. The winner will be picked at random out of the proverbial Cerysmatic hat.

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21 Nov 2009
The Other Two plus one free disc 
Further to the recent announcement of their remastered reissues, a full length free bonus CD by The Other Two featuring rare mixes and unreleased material is available only to LTM mail order customers who buy The Other Two & You and Super Highways together.

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19 Nov 2009
A Factory Night (And Then Again) again 
There are just over three weeks until A Factory Night (And Then Again) at Plan K in Brussels on Saturday 12 December 2009 and there's still time to bag your ticket for a (long) night of top notch Factory Records action including ACR, Section 25, Biting Tongues, The Wake and The Names.

Plus there are photographic exhibitions featuring the work of Kevin Cummins, Philippe Carly and Daniel Oeyen.

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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

Kevin Cummins - Manchester: Looking For The Light Through The Pouring Rain
Philippe CARLY (New Wave Photos - new book)
A Certain Ratio (Daniel Oeyen)

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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18 Nov 2009
LTM and The Other Two... & you 
LTM has announced full details of its reissues of the two albums released by The Other Two, the band formed by Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order in the Nineties.

The Other Two & You and Super Highways are both remastered with extra tracks, new artwork and detailed sleevenotes.

Both albums are released on 25 January 2010 and are available from usual stockists and LTM Mail Order.

Tracklisting

LTMCD 2551 The Other Two & You

Tasty Fish [3.47]
The Greatest Thing [3.39]
Selfish [4.09]
Movin' On [4.44]
Ninth Configuration [4.19]
Feel This Love [4.26]
Spirit Level [3.51]
Night Voice [2.05]
Innocence [5.46]
Loved It (The Other Track) [4.46]
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Tasty Fish (Pascal Mix 12") 5.20
Selfish (That Pop Mix) 5.28
The Greatest Thing (Pascal Mix) 3.30
Movin' On (Moby Mix) 5.50
Tasty Fish (Almond Slice Mix) 4.35
Selfish (Junior Style Dub) 9.02

LTMCD 2553 Super Highways

You Can Fly [4.55]
Super Highways [5.05]
The River [4.17]
One Last Kiss [5.05]
Voytek [4.57]
Unwanted [4.26]
New Horizons [4.07]
Cold Feet [4.34]
The Grave [6.49]
Hello [3.49]
Ripple [3.50]
Weird Woman [4.22]
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Super Highways (Votel Mix) [5.40]
You Can Fly (Cevin Fisher) [8.53]
Tasty Fish (K-Klass Mix) [6.48]

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17 Nov 2009
Magnetic Fields 2010 North American Tour 
The Magnetic Fields have announced a string of US and Canadian dates in Feb/March 2010 in support of their forthcoming album, Realism which will be released via Nonesuch Records on 26 January 2010.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 20 November but a limited number are available via MusicToday from, erm, today.

Check the official House of Tomorrow Calendar for full details of all dates, venues, and ticket pricing.

After their North American jaunt the band will be heading this side of the pond for European dates. Thus far only one has been announced (but stand by for more) and this is at the Barbican on Monday 22 November. Tickets are available on pre-sale now via ArtistTicket and other outlets.

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS - 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

February

4 (Thu) WASHINGTON, DC, Lisner Auditorium @ George Washington University
6 (Sat) MONTREAL, QC, Corona Theatre
8 (Mon) TORONTO, ON, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10-11 (Wed-Thu) BOSTON, MA, Wilbur Theatre
13 (Sat) BROOKLYN, NY, Howard Gilman Opera House @ BAM
21-22 (Sun-Mon) PORTLAND, OR, The Aladdin Theater
23-24 (Tue-Wed) SEATTLE, WA, Town Hall Seattle
27 (Sat) OAKLAND, CA, The Fox Theater

March

1 (Mon) SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Herbst Theatre
2 (Tue) LOS ANGELES, CA, Wilshire Ebell Theatre
4 (Thu) MILWAUKEE, WI, Pabst Theatre
5 (Fri) BLOOMINGTON, IN, Buskirk Chumley Theater
6 (Sat) ST. LOUIS, MO, The Pageant
7 (Sun) CHICAGO, IL Harris Theater @ Millenium Park
10-11 (Wed-Thu) NEW YORK, NY, Town Hall
22 (Mon) LONDON, UK, Barbican Centre

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Saville & Nice and Stephen Morris & Friends 
Two more names join Stephen Morris at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on Friday 27 November. James Nice of LTM and Peter Saville have joined Graeme Park, Ross Mackenzie and Andy Spinoza on the panel for the previously-announced debate at MOSI next week.

The debate starts at 7.30pm on Friday 27 November, doors and bar open 6.30pm.

Ticket prices £l5 in advance, £8 on the door, available at Ticketmaster or call 0844 847 2261 (24 hours).

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16 Nov 2009
Parklife 060 - the Factory Records issue 
The new issue of Parklife [060], a French language music magazine, is out now and features new interviews with Section 25, The Names, Jean Pierre Turmel (Sordide Sentimentale) and a Factory Records profile plus Genesis P Orridge, Antoine Bernardt, DJ Cheche, Sons des Disco, Eric T Luricka and a six-track CD by Manson's Child.

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Hacienda comes to The Ashley Brook 
From the Salford Star:

Special Salford Night For Hooky's New Book!

"The Hacienda's coming to Salford at last!" says Peter Hook, who together with friends in Langworthy has arranged a special night at the Ashley Brook pub on Liverpool Street as a benefit for the new Christie radiotherapy centre at Salford Royal Hospital.

"I'll be DJing with another Hacienda DJ and signing books" says Hooky "We did a signing in Manchester and my friend Twinny said we should do a Hacienda night in Salford which we're well overdue."

The Hacienda Comes To Salford Night will be at the Ashley Brook pub, 28th November, entrance by donation to Christies.

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14 Nov 2009
Hacienda Classics Christmas Competition 
Win a pair of tickets to the Hacienda Classics Christmas Party @ Sankeys on Friday 4 December 2009 plus copies of The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club by Peter Hook and Hacienda Acid House Classics both signed by Peter Hook in our new competition.

All you need to do in order to stand a chance of winning is answer this question:

In respect of the original design of the Hacienda, to which colours (e.g. Black, White, etc) do the following relate?

i) Pigeon
ii) RAF
iii) Aztec
iv) Salmon
v) Goose
vi) Signal

Entries by email please. Competition closes 10pm GMT Sunday 29 November 2009. One entry per person. The winner will be picked at random out of the proverbial Cerysmatic hat.

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13 Nov 2009
The Movement of 24th January 
New Paean To Wilson gigs for The Durutti Column in Salford and London in January 2010

Phil Jones and The Movement of 24th January presents
The Durutti Column

24 January 2010 - The Lowry, Salford Quays (Box Office: 0870 787 5790) [via Ticketline on sale Monday 16 November 2009]

31 January 2010, The Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7B (Box Office: 0844 847 2475) [via Ticketline on sale Monday 16 November 2009]

Tickets via Ticketline also available by calling their 0161 832 1111 (24hr credit card hotline).

NB the price in London will be £2 more on the door. both venues sell tickets at their own box offices with no bf if paying in person in cash

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Bad Lieutenant cancel US tour 
Bad Lieutenant's US tour has been cancelled due to visa problems reports Pitchfork / Brooklyn Vegan.

In the band's statement, Bernard Sumner said, "We were all so very excited about coming to the States to play our new music for our American fans and are extremely disappointed that on this occasion, we won't have the opportunity to do so. We plan to reschedule the Chicago and New York shows along with some additional U.S. dates in Spring 2010."

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11 Nov 2009
Realism 
The Magnetic Fields have a new album entitled Realism out on 26 January 2010.

Tracklisting

1. You Must Be Out of Your Mind
2. Interlude
3. We Are Having a Hootenanny
4. I Don't Know What to Say
5. The Dolls' Tea Party
6. Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree
7. Walk a Lonely Road
8. Always Already Gone
9. Seduced and Abandoned
10. Better Things
11. Painted Flower
12. The Dada Polka
13. From a Sinking Boat

More info including cover imagery from Nonesuch

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Beyond The Realm of the Senses 
Öst, the new E.P. by Ike Yard is out today on iTunes.

The digital release features 2 new cuts, written in Tokyo and NYC, plus 2 chilly North European remixes. All of which represents the first new Ike Yard release since 1982.

And, according to Stuart Argabright, it's hot!!!

Tracklisting

1. Oshima Cassette
2. Oshima Cassette (Wäldchengarten Rmx)
3. Citiesglit
4. Citiesglit (Hinsidan Rmx)

Download link for UK users: iTunes UK

The vinyl version is still in production and we will revert when we have more news.

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Contra-indications 
As previously announced, the Message Board is back up and running. However, some users may experience delays accessing the pages and find it all generally a bit slower. We are working on a fix for this. In the meantime we'll keep the Board link up unless it becomes apparent that it really isn't working at all.

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Manchester Music @ MOSI 
Stephen Morris (recently seen discussing Manchester music with Kevin Cummins and Paul Morley) is to lead a debate about the Manchester music scene past, present and future at MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry), Liverpool Road, Manchester, on Friday 27 November 2009 at 7.30pm.

In the Stephen Morris and friends Manchester music debate, he will talk to ex-Hacienda DJ Graeme Park about their own experiences, the Factory days and what that Manchester music scene might look like in years to come. Morris and Park will be joined by founder of City Life and MD of SKV Communications, Andy Spinoza, and club entrepreneur Ross MacKenzie (owner of One Central Street, Purple Pussycat and Black Dog Ballroom).

The audience will then be invited to ask questions, with Park compering the debate.

The debate starts at 7.30pm and the doors and bar open at 6.30pm.

Ticket prices £5 in advance, £8 on the door, available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or call 0844 847 2261 (24 hours)

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Get The Message 
A big welcome back to the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board. Thanks to Mike @ 34sp.com.

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10 Nov 2009
Wake up 
The line-up for the return of The Wake at A Factory Night (And then again) will be:

Caesar: (guitar/vocals)
Carolyn Allen (keyboard)
Ronnie Borland (bass)
Chris Quinn (drums)

Chris & Ronnie have been borrowed from The Orchids.

The Wake will be playing Factory Records-era songs only.

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Photographing the unphotographed 
The Roundhouse in London was the perfect venue for last night's audio-visual book event for Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain by Kevin Cummins. There was a notable absentee in the form of a certain Mr Noel Gallagher but there was a notable substitute in the form of Stephen Morris. Paul Morley, having originally thought he was going to get out of hosting duties was called on to resume this familiar role.

The evening began with a 20-minute presentation of Kevin Cummins's photos set to original music by Graham Massey (Biting Tongues, 808 State) which set the evening off on the right note.

Paul Morley then steered a lively panel and audience discussion session which touched on influences, Manchester, architecture and fantasy bands.

Stephen Morris observed that Kevin Cummins had single-handedly romanticised Manchester the way it's never been romanticised before. That, and he made Joy Division look like they came from Eastern Europe...

On those famous "snow photos" Kevin reminisced that he feared that by setting the band so far away in the shot with the Manchester landscape in the background he feared that the best the shots would get in the NME would be that the Top 50 singles would be listed over the foreground. Fortunately the shots were used unfettered at first and it wasn't until Christmas that the Top 50 singles were added.

Afterwards Messrs Cummins, Morris and Morley signed copies of the book which was being sold in the foyer.

The Kevin Cummins tour continues on 21 November in Den Haag, 22 November in Antwerp (both with Paul Morley), comes back to London on 1 December at the Cochrane Theatre, London (with Paul Morley, Mike Pickering and Bez) before the year's events finish at A Factory Night (And then again) at Plan K, Brussels on 12 December.

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6 Nov 2009
(Don't) Get The Message 
Due to unforeseen technical reasons associated with today's site upgrade, the Message Board is down until further notice.

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Happy Mondays Versus Cancer 
Back by popular demand and fresh from their US tour, Happy Mondays are the latest addition to the line-up for Versus Cancer on Saturday 12 December 2009 which already includes Snow Patrol, James' Tim Booth, Jim Glennie, and Larry Gott, Andy Rourke, Peter Hook and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. More acts are to be announced.

Money raised will go towards helping cancer patients in the region.

Tickets for the concert are priced from £32.50 and are available from Ticketmaster, See Tickets and Ticketline.

More info at:

VersusCancer.org
Facebook
Twitter: @VersusCancer

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The Energy Suite live on DVD 
A DVD featuring OMD in concert with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performing The Energy Suite and all the hits and more is released next month reports Leigh Marles in the Wirral Globe.

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Credit To The Edit Vol 2 
Whilst Credit To The Edit Volume 1, bar a couple of exceptions, focused solely on tracks originally released in the 70's and 80's, with Credit To The Edit Vol 2, Greg Wilson brings things right up to date, with two thirds of the album made up of recordings from recent years, all of which have done the business for todays clubs. Volume 1 connected the past to the present, Volume 2 provides a perfect illustration of how the present is being shaped by the past, with artists from both sides of the Atlantic taking their inspiration from the type of music highlighted in the first volume, neatly serving to bring the project full circle in the process.

Tracklisting

1. Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug (6.02)
2. 40 Thieves (Feat Qzen) - Don't Turn It Off (6.26)
3. A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray (9.00)
4. Sugardaddy - Love Honey (7.53)
5. 1gnition - Secret Sunday Lover (5.56)
6. Crazy P - Lady T (5.22)
7. Gary Davis - One Life Time To Live (6.22)
8. Escort - Starlight (6.44)
9. Nick Chacona & Anthony Mansfield - Oh Snap! (6.37)
10. Klein & MBO - Dirty Talk (6.40)
11. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Messages (5.56)
12. The Third Degree - Mercy (6.02)

Title: Credit To The Edit Vol 2 (Compiled and edited by Greg Wilson)
Label: Tirk Recordings
Release date: 7 December 2009 [though it's already out on Amazon.co.uk]
Format: CD & Download
Catalogue number: TIRK054
Joy Division artefacts for Macc Museum 
From Manchester District Music Archive:

Macclesfield Museum is currently searching for interesting Joy Division artefacts for a proposed exhibition due to take place in May 2010. The Curator of the exhibition is Jon Savage.

The museum would like to hear from anyone who may be interested in loaning unseen photos, live recordings or footage, flyers, posters or general rare memorabilia.

If you think you may be able to contribute, please email MDMA at info@mdmarchive.co.uk.

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A Factory Outage 
Apologies for the downtime earlier this morning which was due to planned maintenance at our hosting provider as they switched the site to a new IP address.

Thank you for your forebearance.

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1 Nov 2009
A Paean To Wilson - Buy It Now 
The new album by The Durutti Column is now on limited internet presale for 15.00 GBP (inc Worldwide p+p) via Kooky Records.

A Paean To Wilson is the album Vini Reilly wrote for his friend Tony Wilson which has been played live at the Manchester International Festival in July and most recently at the Beyond The Loop concert series in London in October.

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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

The Durutti Column