31 Aug 2011
Johnny YesNo Redux 
A special 2CD + 2DVD version of Cabaret Voltaire's Johnny YesNo will soon be released by Mute [Amazon says October, Mute says November] after it was mooted last year reports Brainwashed.com.

Peter Care's controversial short film was made in 1979. Its original Cabs soundtrack was released as an album two years later [a VHS video was released on Of Factory New York video offshoot Doublevision as DV3].

The re-release comprises the original compilation , a re-imagining of the film, additional footage and bonus material, all featuring new remixes by Richard H. Kirk. This will also be a special presentation of some of the new work.

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More details at imdb.com

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29 Aug 2011
The Light's USA, Canada & Mexico Tour 2011 
Peter Hook and the Light embark upon an extensive North American and Mexican tour this September (and October), playing a mixture of Unknown Pleasures and Closer shows.

The full itinerary is:

September

Tue 13 - Irving Plaza, New York [*]
Wed 14 - The Music Box, Los Angeles, California [*]
Fri 16 - El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, California [~]
Sat 17 - Mezzanine, San Francisco, California [*]
Mon 19 - Bluebird Theatre, Denver, Colorado [~]
Tue 20 - Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Massachusetts [*]
Wed 21 - 9:30 Club, Washington DC, Washington [*]
Fri 23 - Metro, Chicago, Illinois [*]
Sat 24 - Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Ontario [~]
Sun 25 - Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec [~]
Wed 28 - Black Box, Tijuana, Mexico [~]
Thu 29 - The Warehouse, Guadalajara, Mexico [~]

October

Sat 1 - Venue TBA, Mexico City, Mexico [~]

Key to performances

[~] - Unknown Pleasures
[*] - Closer

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Stephin Merritt's Obscurities out now 
Obscurities, a collection of Stephin Merritt's hard-to-find recordings dating back to (and before) his time on Merge Records (1994-99) is out now. Find the new release at your local reseller or purchase it directly from the Merge Records Store, which offers free shipping on all US orders. The $17.98 vinyl edition includes a coupon redeemable for all tracks as downloadable 320kbps MP3 files.

via the House of Tomorrow Newsletter

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28 Aug 2011
A Certain Ratio 33 1/3 live in MCR 
We've been taking something of a summer break so apologies for the radio silence round these parts. We'll be catching up on a few things we've missed so please bear with us if it's old news to some of you.

ACR celebrate their 33 and a third birthday with a special gig at the Band on the Wall in Manchester on Friday 11 November 2011. The band will perform 2 sets featuring 4 decades of their music plus there's Q&A session and very special guests joining them live on stage. Tickets priced 17.50 are on sale now from Band on the Wall.

Ahead of then, the band play Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle on Saturday 24 September. Tickets, also priced at 17.50 GBP, are available from Skiddle.

More ACR on Facebook.

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1 Aug 2011
Vini Reilly's Juan Montero guitar for sale 
Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column is selling his 1969 Juan Montero flamenco guitar.

"His flamenco guitars not only have the workmanship and beauty one expects in a quality handmade instrument, but also in tone richness, depth and balanced sound." - description of Juan Montero's famous Spanish guitars, less than one thousand of which have ever been made.

Serious offers only to Phil Kooky Cleaver - kookydiscs@btinternet.com

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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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