30 Jul 2011
Swing O.S.T. by Gillian & Stephen 
Released by Gillian and Stephen on their own label, a 12" vinyl previously only available at Art Institution FRAC Champagne-Ardenne along with an extended CD featuring 3 remixes by the fantastic Factory Floor, who've collaborated with Gillian and Stephen since first meeting in early 2010.

The music was originally conceived and written as a soundtrack to Anna Blessman & Peter Saville's exhibition “Swing Project 1” between October 2010 and January 2011 at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne in France.

Stephen Morris describes the concept thus: "The original idea for the music was that it should give the impression that some sort of European Techno party was going on in a nearby room. So that while wandering around the show you would be enticed by this non existent dance floor."

The artwork is designed by Saville Available as a Vinyl/CD package in a limited edition run of 1000

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More info at theothertwo.co.uk.

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29 Jul 2011
You're No Good 
Watch rare video of ESG live at the opening night of FAC 51 The Hacienda via fac51thehacienda.com

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24 Jul 2011
Rude and Reckless: Punk/Post Punk Graphics 
Check out Stupefaction's excellent review of the Rude and Reckless: Punk/Post Punk Graphics 1976-1982 exhibition currently on at the Kasher Gallery in New York City, NY.

The exhibition comprises a massive collection of posters, flyers and other post-punk ephemera including quite a few choice Factory Records items, notably a rare A Certain Ratio Rough Trade poster for FACUS 4 Do The Du.

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17 Jul 2011
Peter Walsh print competition winner 
Congratulations to Gordon Watt who is the winner of our recent Peter J Walsh Limited Edition Print Competition. An A3-sized exhibition inkjet print (regular price £100) of a Walsh original photo of the late Tony Wilson will be on the way very soon. Gordon (and everyone else who entered) correctly knew that the group of people from the Sixties who Tony was inspired by was The Situationists (or Les Situationnistes if you will).

Peter Walsh's online shop is open for the sale of exhibition quality inkjet prints of a selection of his work including Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, The Charlatans and many more. Prints are available in A5, A4 and A3 sizes in limited editions of 250 and prices start at 25 pounds.

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SXXV USA 
Section 25 confirm 2 US tour dates for November 2011 with more promised:

Sat 19 November
Secret Project Robot
210 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, New York

Sun 20 November
TTThe Bears
10 Brookline Street
Central Sq
Cambridge, Boston

Support on both dates comes from great US band Stereograph.

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13 Jul 2011
Section 25 live 
A couple of gigs by Section 25 have been lined up as follows:

Saturday 10 September
Stereo Cafe
22-28 Renfield Lane
Glasgow G2 5AR
Tel: 0141 222 2254

Sat 8 October
Fac 251 The Factory
112-118 Princess St
Manchester M1 7EN
Tel: 0161 272 7251

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10 Jul 2011
Jez Kerr live @ Static Gallery, Liverpool 
[CORRECTED] With debut solo album Numb Mouth Eat Waste due for release 12 September via Higuera Records, Jez Kerr plays a gig at the Static Gallery in Liverpool on Friday 16 September 2011. Doors open at 8pm and support comes from Tea Street Band, Dass Unser plus DJs. Tickets priced 7.00 GBP are available from via Seetickets.

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The Static Gallery
23 Roscoe Lane
Liverpool L1 9JD

More details on Facebook

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5 Jul 2011
The Wake live @ Seaport Music Festival NYC 
The Wake play a free show this Friday 8 July as part of the Seaport Music Festival in New York City, USA.  The show starts at 7pm.

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Pier 17
89 South Street
New York
NY 10038

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3 Jul 2011
Peter Walsh ltd edition print competition 
Peter J Walsh rose to prominence during the late Eighties by capturing many iconic images of the chief protagonists of the Madchester era including Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, The Charlatans and many more. He also became a regular at FAC 51 The Hacienda and documented the sights, sounds and smells of many a night at the legendary club.

Peter has just launched an online shop for the sale of exhibition quality inkjet prints of a selection of his work. Prints are available in A5, A4 and A3 sizes in limited editions of 250 and prices start at 25 pounds.

To celebrate the launch, Cerysmatic Factory is proud to present a competition to win an A3-sized exhibition inkjet print (regular price £100) of a Walsh original photo of the late Tony Wilson. Peter has set the question which is:

Which group of people from the Sixties was Tony inspired by?

Was it:

A. The Situation Room
B. The Situationists
C. The Stipulation

And now the small print: Answers by email please. One entry per person. Closing date Friday 15 July 22:00 BST. By entering you agree to be added to the email newsletter that Peter will send out at occasional intervals to notify interested parties about updates to his site. The winner will be selected at random out of the Cerysmatic hat soon after the closing date.

Good luck!

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2 Jul 2011
Shadowplayers paperback competition winner 
The winner of a copy of James Nice's Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records book in paperback is Sean Connors who, along with many others, correctly knew that Caesar out of The Wake was previously in Altered Images and was lucky enough to be first out of the Cerysmatic hat. Congratulations to Sean and thanks to everyone who entered.

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Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records
Format: paperback book
Number of pages: 560 pages
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
Publication date: 1 June 2011
ISBN-10: 1845136349
ISBN-13: 978-1845136345

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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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