24 Feb 2013
John Metcalfe - Monomedia at Kings Place 
John Metcalfe curates genre-busting week at Kings Place, London on 9-11 May 2013.

John Metcalfe - Monomedia at Kings Place

The ex-Factory Classicist and ex-Durutti Columnist musician and arranger John Metcalfe presents a radical listening experience with his new Monomedia curated week. He'll perform in the dark, joined by Matthew Herbert's New Radiophonic Workshop, Thomas Dolby, Goldfrapp's Will Gregory with Moog Ensemble, featuring Portishead's Adrian Utley.

Thomas Dolby: The Invisible Lighthouse
Thu 9 May 2013 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Thomas Dolby - The Invisible Lighthouse - Kings Place, London, 9 May 2013

Will Gregory's Moog Ensemble
Fri 10 May 2013 - 7:30pm / Hall One

John Metcalfe Band & special guests + The New Radiophonic Workshop
Sat 11 May 2013 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Tickets are available now from Kings Place direct priced GBP 9.50-24.50.

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City Fun - Manchester's Post-Punk Fanzines 
This one slipped through the Cerysmatic net a while ago but it's still not too late to check out the excellent online exhibition over at Manchester District Music Archive (Happy 10th Birthday btw!) on City Fun and a selection of other post-punk Manchester fanzines. The exhibition is curated by Abigail Ward and Dave Haslam.

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Cabaret Voltaire Live in London dvd 
The Store For Music presents a dvd of Cabaret Voltaire performing live at the Town and Country Club in London in 1992. Many of the tracks performed are given unique twists and the disc also features excerpts of snippets of Steve Lamacq interviewing both Richard H. Kirk and Stephen Mallinder. 'Live from London' is available to buy now priced GBP 10.99.

Cabaret Voltaire Live in London DVD

Tracklisting

1. Taxi Mutant
2. Night Rider (Version)
3. The Message (Version)
4. Low Cool
5. Plasticity 6 (Version)
6. Invisible Generation (Version)

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Title: Live From London
Format: DVD
Label: The Store For Music Ltd
Catalogue number: SFMDVD129

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Vini Reilly Close Update 
Dave Haslam has confirmed that in addition to him interviewing Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column onstage at Manchester Town Hall on Sunday 3 March, Vini will be playing at least one song. Another confirmed addition to the bill is John Bramwell of I Am Kloot who will perform a special set of unplugged songs.

Tickets are still available priced GBP 7.00 from Quay Tickets.

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14 Feb 2013
Linder - 2013 exhibitions 
Musé d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
until 21 April

The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield
16 February - 12 May

Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany
7 June - 4 August

Tate, St Ives
18 May - 29 September

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Pickering and Park play 
Easter Good Friday 29 March 2013 sees the legendary DJ duo of Mike Pickering and Graeme Park DJing together in Manchester for the first time in over five years at Hacienda Good Friday at Sankeys on 29 March 2013.

Hacienda Good Friday at Sankeys
Friday 29 March 2013 / 10pm to 5am
Sankeys, Radium St, Manchester M4 6JG
Tickets £12 Earlybird / £15 Advance
www.sankeys.info / www.fac51thehacienda.com

Advance tickets available online now from Sankeys, Skiddle, Ticketline, Resident Advisor.

Physical tickets available from Eastern Bloc / Gaffs / Piccadilly Records / Vinyl Exchange.

Hacienda Good Friday at Sankeys

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Snakefarm featuring Anna Domino live 
The Snakefarm / Anna Domino live tour, like the Universe, is expanding. There is a full complement of dates in the USA, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In the UK they play the Green Note in Camden on 6 March, the Farmer's Arms in Penzance, Cornwall on 8 March and Gold Mark, Uppingham on 19 March.

There will be sets of both Anna Domino and Snakefarm material at all the dates.

March

1 - Galeria Lunar, Hannover, Germany
2 - Syker Vorwerk, Syke, Germany, 8pm
6 - Green Note, London [WeGotTickets]
8 - Farmers Arms, 38 Causeway Head, Penzance TR18 2ST
14 - Archiduc, Brussels, Belgium, 6pm
19 - Gold Mark, Uppingham, Rutland, 8pm [£25.00 60 seats only!]
21 - Archiduc, Brussels, Belgium, 9pm
27 v Lese, Prague, Czech Republic

More info at annadomino.com

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Electronic (Special Edition) 
8 April sees re-release of a "2013 Remaster" Special Edition of the debut album by Electronic originally released on Factory Records. This features the original album plus a selection of bonus tracks.

Disc 1

1. Idiot Country
2. Reality
3. Tighten Up
4. The Patience of a Saint
5. Getting Away With It
6. Gangster
7. Soviet
8. Get the Message
9. Try All You Want
10. Some Distant Memory
11. Feel Every Beat

Disc 2

1. Disappointed (Stephen Hague 7" Version)
2. Second to None (2013 Edit)
3. Lean to the Inside (2013 Edit)
4. Twisted Tenderness (Guitar / Vocal Mix)
5. Idiot Country Two (12" Version - Edit)
6. Free Will (Edit)
7. Until the End of Time (Edit)
8. Feel Every Beat (2013 Edit)
9. Getting Away With It (Instrumental)
10. Turning Point (Edit)
11. Visit Me (Edit)
12. Twisted Tenderness (Instrumental)

Those who can't wait may wish to check out the still-available "Electronic (Special Edition)" branded "1994 Digital Remaster" currently available on iTunes UK. This version features a slightly different line-up of extras including Lucky Bag, Free Will and other delights.

1994 Digital Remaster extras

Lucky Bag
Free Will (7" Edit)
Feel Every Beat (7" Remix)
Lean To The Inside
Second To None
Disappointed (Original Mix)
Disappointed (7" Mix)
Feel Every Beat (DNA Remix)
Disappointed (12" Remix)
Lucky Bag (Miami Edit)
Idiot Country Two (Ultimatum Mix)
Gangster (FBI Mix)

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Section 25 Dark Light tour 
Section 25 have added a Manchester date to their UK mini-tour to coincide with the release of their new album out on Factory Benelux, Dark Light [FBN 145 CD]. The new date is at Gullivers on Oldham Street in Manchester 11 May.

Support in Leicester and Bury comes from X.O.Dus and Kevin Hewick (more Kevin Hewick gigs at kevinhewick.co.uk.

Full itinerary

Sat 23 Feb - The Musician, 42 Crafton St West, Leicester LE1 2DE [tickets £8.00 adv, £10.00 on the door or via www.wegottickets.com]
Sat 9 Mar - MET Arts Centre, Derby Hall, Market St, Bury BL9 0BW
Sat 23 Mar - London, Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Rd, Kings Cross, London WC1X 8BZ [£6.00, www.symptomaticpresents.com, WeGotTickets.com]
Sat 11 May - Manchester, Gullivers, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M41 1LW

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It's quiet 
Sorry for lack of activity round these parts in recent times. I've been working on another project and it kinda took over things for a while. Hoping to catch up over the next few days. Thanks for your forebearance.

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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)

The Durutti Column