27 Jan 2012
Download Ike Yard's new Virtual 7-inch 
Check out Ike Yard's new Virtual 7" with 2 new tracks from their upcoming album online at Everything Is Chemical. We hope you will enjoy.

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23 Jan 2012
The Factory Records Catalogue 
After something of a hiatus (yep, I think 3 years counts), work has resumed on The Factory Records Catalogue, a project to present the catalogues of Factory Communications Ltd and all subsidiaries in a definitive, fully cross-referenced format has well and truly resumed. The UK (Factory Records) section is nearly finished and after that we will deal with Factory Too, Once, F4, Factory Benelux, Factory US, Factory America, Factory Australasia and last but not least, Ikon.

It's taken 3 years to get this far so it won't be completed overnight (and there are no images at all yet) but it should be worth waiting for.
16 Jan 2012
Minny Pops Standstill to Motion competition 
To coincide with celebrated ex-FAC band Minny Pops playing their first UK dates in 30 years we are proud to launch a competition to win a copy of the LTM live retrospective album, Standstill To Motion: Live at the Melkweg 19.03.1981. This is a deluxe package including a 16-track bonus DVD, Live in Amsterdam and New York, featuring highlights drawn from performances at Amsterdam's Oktopus club and Film Akademie between 1979 and 1982, as well as legendary New York clubs Hurrah and the Peppermint Lounge. The CD album set has been newly mixed and mastered by Reinier Rietveld (ex-Quando Quango).

In order to get your hands on one of these album all you have to do is answer the following question. What was the first 7" single release on the LTM label in 1984?

Normal Cerysmatic competition rules apply: one entry per person by email with the winner being picked at random out of the Cerysmatic hat. Closing date for entries is Friday 27 January 2012.

Don't forget that the UK tour starts this Thursday 19 January in Sheffield, continuing to Leeds, Manchester and London. There are also a couple of other dates in March and April in Amsterdam. The full itinerary is:

January

19 - Sheffield, The Plug (only six quid + £1 booking fee)
20 - Leeds, The Brudenell Social Club (only six quid + £1 booking fee)
21 - Manchester, Gulliver's
23 - London, Upstairs at the Garage / DJ set by Tim Burgess; very special guest Viv Albertine

Buy tickets at MusicGlue.net

Beyond

11 Mar - Amsterdam, Dansmakers / suite performance of Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement
7 Apr - Amsterdam, Melkweg / ULTRA2012-EINDE: Minny Pops, The Tapes, Truus de Groot & Liesbeth Esselink (Plus Instruments) and Toon Bressers (ex-Nasmak). Buy tickets

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Section 25 ‘Secret Gig’ competition winners 
After a brilliant response to the recent Section 25 competition for secret gig tickets and signed CDs/DVDs, the band are happy to announce the following 6 winners to the competition:

Kieran Byrne
George Overton
James Williams

... were the first 3 with correct answers.

Sean Connors
Anthony Kay
Andy Scarlett

... had their correct answers picked from a lucky draw on 15/01/2012. One of Vin's old Premier Tom Toms used to record the original songs was used for the draw. The prizes will be posted out next week. Thanks to all those who entered.

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13 Jan 2012
Section 25 live Wroclaw Industrial Festival 
Section 25 will play the Wroclaw Industrial Festival in Poland on the weekend of 8-11 November 2012. According to Vin Cassiday this represents the furthest east the band have penetrated (the previous record being held by the then West Berlin) so this is very welcome 'pastures new'.

More info: Facebook Group / Event | Last.fm Poland

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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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