29 Jul 2012
Doppelvision 
Wrangler featuring Stephen Mallinder (ex-Cabaret Voltaire) play the one-off Doppelvision event at Replugged in Vienna, Austria on 27 October 2012. The live line-up also includes Pete Hope's Exploding Mind and Eric Random.

Tickets priced 25 Euro and more information available from

klanggalerie.com

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Replugged
Lerchenfelder Strasse 23
1080 Vienna
Austria

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Unknown Pleasures in print and on tour 
Peter Hook's second book, 'Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division' is set for publication in the UK by Simon & Schuster on 1 October 2012. The band's bassist will tell the story of the band's friendships and fall-outs; their rehearsals and recording in the way that somewhere who was there can.

Speaking about the book, Hooky said "It's very strange. Over the years Joy Division has become a huge part of music culture. A lot of people think they know what happened. But they don't. Anyone who's ever written a book or made a film about Joy Division, unless they were sat in that van or car with us, they don't know anything about it. Me, Barney, Steve, Ian, Rob, Twinny, Terry and Dave. Only us lot know what really happened..."

The book's cover art is based on Peter Saville's original classic black and white album cover.

Title: Unknown Pleasures - Inside Joy Division
Author: Peter Hook
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 1 October, 2012
Cover price: 20.00 GBP
ISBN: 978-0-85720-215-4

Peter Hook and The Light go out on tour again in November during which they will play Unknown Pleasures in full.

November itinerary

Fri 16 - Kasbah, Coventry
Sat 17 – 53 Degrees, Preston
Sun 18 - Chimneys, Southend
Tue 20 – Phoenix Theatre, Exeter
Wed 21 – Waterfront, Norwich
Thu 22 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Sat 24 – Sugarmill, Stoke
Sun 25 – Guildhall, Gloucester
Mon 26 – 02 Academy, Leicester
Wed 28 – Concorde 2, Brighton
Thu 29 – Cockpit, Leeds
Fri 30 – Academy 2, Newcastle

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The end of the wait for The End of The Pier 
Occultation Records is now taking pre-orders for the long-awaited new album The End of the Pier by The Distractions.

The album is released on 180g vinyl and all copies ordered direct from Occultation come with free CD version for your extended listening pleasure and mp3 downloads to boot.

More details on the various permutations at Occultation.co.uk.

Meanwhile, don't forget that The Distractions play two dates at King's Arms in Salford in the form of their "End Of The Pier Shows" on 31 August and 1 September, alongside fellow Occultation acts Factory Star and The June Brides.

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Your Heart Out on A Certain Ratio's Sextet 
The new edition of Your Heart Out (YHO 36) is an extensive re-appraisal of ACR's Sextet album. The pdf is a free download and is fully illustrated.

The self-produced album which contains classics such as Knife Slits Water, Skipscada and Rialto was a marked departure from the previous output and rightly deserves such an in-depth critical examination.

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28 Jul 2012
Re-release of Ike Yard's Factory America LP 
The eponymous debut album originally released on Factory America by NYC band Ike Yard is set to be re-released via Desire in Autumn 2012 replete with remixes by Monoton, Raime and Black Strobe's Arnaud Rebotini.

Meanwhile the band has confirmed a new gig on 7 September at 285 Kent in Brooklyn, NYC. The line-up includes Black Ozlem DJ, Led Er Est, Dan Selzer (Acute Records) DJ, Ike Yard, Xeno & Oaklander.

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More info on Ike Yard Facebook.

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23 Jul 2012
X.O.Dus, Section 25 and Kevin Hewick live 
The list of gigs featuring the original Factory bands X.O.Dus, Section 25 and Kevin Hewick continues to expand with new shows confirmed in Preston in November and, slightly further ahead, Leicester in February.

Itinerary

12 Oct - Eric's, Liverpool (ticket details to follow)
25 Oct - Band On The Wall, Manchester - Buy tickets
24 Nov - New Continental, Preston
23 Feb 2013 - The Musician, Leicester

Meanwhile, don't forget that X.O.Dus continue their 'From Oblivion To Obscurity' comeback tour with an appearance at Rocking Against The Racists at The Tavern, Church St Blackpool on 4 Aug 2012 from 12 noon to 5pm

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16 Jul 2012
Oblivion to Obscurity - X.O.Dus Live 2012 
X.O.Dus continue their 'From Oblivion To Obscurity' comeback tour with an appearance at Rocking Against The Racists at The Tavern, Church St Blackpool on 4 Aug 2012 from 12 noon to 5pm.

Admission is £5 or £3 with Rebellion Wristband with all profits going to anti-racism groups.

Tickets available from www.toxicevents.net.

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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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