4 Feb 2012
Thirty One 
'Thirty One' is a compilation of Manchester-made music which is released on Factory Foundation Records 13 February 2012 featuring rare and exclusive songs by Elbow, Everything Everything, Delphic, Jez Kerr, The Whip, I Am Kloot, D/R/U/G/S, Murkage, Bad Lieutenant, Mr Scruff, Lonelady, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Curated and compiled by DJ/writer Dave Haslam and with art direction by Peter Saville all proceeds from the sale of downloads, CD's and limited edition vinyl will go to CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably).

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 35 in the UK and CALM is a registered UK charity which aims to reduce this and provide support for those suffering from mental illness or depression. Currently the CALM helpline is open 5pm-midnight on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, every week of the year, but, with by donating £7 from every £10 album sold, it is hoped that it can be opened nationwide all 7 nights a week, every day of the year.

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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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