15 Jul 2010
The Magnetic Fields Tour T-Shirts On Sale 
From The House of Tomorrow newsletter:

M + E, the design duo behind the merchandise booth of the last Magnetic Fields' tours, have launched a mini-store from their own website to sell a selection of t-shirts from the "Realism" tour.

The t-shirts, available in several designs and a range of sizes, can be ordered directly from m-plus-e.com.

In other news, Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields continues its festival run at Outfest, the 28th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Tickets for the Saturday, July 17 showing at the DGA Theater are still available from outfest.org.

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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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