31 May 2013
The North (and almost everything in it) 
The North (and almost everything in it)

To mark the publication of his new book The North (And Almost Everything In It), Paul Morley will be reading from the work, discussing his ideas, life, and career with Dave Haslam, taking audience questions, and signing copies at Gorilla in Manchester on Friday 14 June at 7.30pm.

Plus, there's an afterparty in the bar with DJs Jason Boardman (Aficionado), Abigail Ward (MDMArchive) and Chris Hawkins (6Music).

Tickets priced 7.00 GBP available via Quay Tickets.

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25 May 2013
FAC 318 Classics in Motion T-Shirt 
FAC 318 Classics in Motion T-Shirt

FAC 318 was allocated to the "Classics in Motion" Classical showcase event (featuring I Fagiolini, Rolf Hind, Graham Fitkin, Red Byrd, Steve Martland and The Durutti Column) to launch the second wave of Factory Classical CD releases (FACT 316, 326, 336, 346 and 356) at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on 29-31 October 1990.

FAC 318 was also issued to a 'Classics in Motion' T-shirt (in grey with black/yellow graphics), a poster and a leaflet; all with related graphics and "FAC 318" on them.

However, in typical Factory fashion, FAC 318 was ALSO later issued to the FAC 318 Flying Start exhibition stand...

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In The Year of The Snake 
Giant Star is the new band featuring Richard McNevin-Duff (ex-Space Monkeys) on vocals plus John Whittaker (Guitars and Electronics) and James Ritchie (Keyboards, Beats) and vocal contributions from Denise Johnson (A Certain Ratio, Primal Scream) and others.

Their debut album, The Year of the Snake is due out this summer. Meanwhile more info is available on Facebook and Twitter and you can check out their Soundcloud streams...

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NewOrderWeb.net First Birthday 
NewOrderWeb.net First Birthday badge

Belated congratulations to NewOrderWeb.net, a New Order fansite featuring discographies, timelines, forums and more, on the occasion of their first birthday (an occasion that has been marked by the creation of a special commemorative badge).

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The Other Two T-Shirt 
The Other Two T-Shirt

Official Other Two T-Shirt in orange-on-navy blue featuring Peter Saville-designed "O2" wireframe logo.

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An Experiment in Human Nature 
Check out a "Data Visualization" project (via behance.net) which maps the entire Factory Records catalogue, spanning 1978 through 2007 in a colour-coded "wagon wheel".

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Unknown Pleasures 3D 
Joy Division's FACT 10 Unknown Pleasures cover designed by Peter Saville has been rendered on a 3D printer with the plans for how to do it published alongside (via BoingBoing [->]).

However, although the age of the 3D printer is only a few years young, this isn't the first time the classic cover has been modelled in 3D. Morph did it in 2006 in moulded latex in a series of exclusive (and pricey) one-off editions.

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22 May 2013
Carol Morley - The Alcohol Years 
Adelle Stripe hosts a talk following a Hebden Bridge Arts Festival screening of Carol Morley's documentary film 'The Alcohol Years' on 29 June 2013. Joining Adelle on stage will be Carol Morley, Alan Wise, Dave Haslam and others.

Tickets are available priced 10.00 via WeGotTickets.

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The Crepuscule and Factory Pages 
Frank Brinkhuis's excellent site telling the labyrinthine history of Factory Records and Les Disques du Crépuscule has moved slightly.

The Crepuscule and Factory Pages [http://home.kpn.nl/frankbri/]

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18 May 2013
Polite Postcards and Badges Competition Result 
Factory Records Enamel Badges 2013

The winner of the Polite Postcards & Badges sets competition is Adam Tate who correctly answered that the typeface used on the boxes used for the original Factory "hessian" cassette box series and the new Polite sets is Bembo.

He wins a Factory Records Postcard Set1978-82 contains 25 postcards documenting the early era of the label and the Factory Records Enamel Badges 2013 set which contains both black and red versions of a FAC 120 reproduction plus a new badge based on the FAC 47 anvil logo courtesy of Polite Cards and Factory Editions.

Both boxed sets are available now for 25.00 GBP each via Polite.

Well done to Adam (Polite will be in touch to arrange delivery) and thanks to everyone who entered the competition.

Factory Records Postcard Set 1978-82

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7 May 2013
Steve Martland 
It is with sadness that we report the death of Steve Martland, the composer and instrumentalist who recorded for Factory Classical.

Please see BBC News for full details.

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4 May 2013
True Faith @ Nelson's, Hebden Bridge 8 June 
True Faith @ Nelson's, Hebden Bridge 8 June

"Turn it up! Bin the headphones for a night and share the music, and love. We're going to play all those great songs from back when we had daft sticky-up hair and acted all moody in great-coats, even in mid-summer. You know - The Smiths, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, New Order, the whole lot of 'em.

"We're starting off at Nelson's, a cool underground bar in Hebden Bridge, on Saturday 8 June, from 9pm. Come along with your pals and lose yourself to the soundtrack of your old self when all was hopeful and dreamy and lovely with the world.

"We'll be playing some new stuff, of course, because hopes and dreams and loveliness and great music is eternal what ever the age, the hairstyle and where ever you're now at, man. Have faith, True Faith."

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Haçienda London @ The Coronet 
Haçienda London @ The Coronet

FAC 51 The Hacienda makes a welcome return to London with a packed line-up of bands and DJs. Peter Hook and the Light will perform a New Order live highlights set drawing on the best from their series of dates. 808 State and Hacienda Records' Super White Assassin complete the live bill.

Headlining the DJs are classic Hacienda pairing Pickering and Park. They are most ably supported by a large roster including Danny Rampling, Jon Dasilva, Justin Robertson, Peter Hook and Allister Whitehead.

With doors at 8pm and running until 4am this promises to be a great night.

Hacienda London @ The Coronet
Friday 21 June 2013
8pm to 4am

The Coronet
28 New Kent Rd
London SE1 6TJ

Advance Tickets: GBP 20.00 via AGMP, See Tickets, Ticketweb, Eventim, Gigantic, Stargreen.com or phone 0844 249 1000

Live - Peter Hook & The Light "New Order Electronic Set", 808 State, Super White Assassin

DJs: Mike Pickering, Graeme Park, Danny Rampling, Jon Dasilva, Justin Robertson, Allister Whitehead, K Klass, Hooky (DJ Set), Bobby Langley

More info via www.fac51thehacienda.com

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John Metcalfe's Monomedia @ Kings Place 
John Metcalfe - Monomedia at Kings Place

A quick reminder about some time Durutti Column member John Metcalfe's Monomedia trio of events at Kings Place in London from 9-11 May 2013.

Composer, musician and arranger Metcalfe has brought together Matthew Herbert's New Radiophonic Workshop, Thomas Dolby, Goldfrapp's Will Gregory with Moog Ensemble, featuring Portishead's Adrian Utley. To finish it all off on Saturday night, The John Metcalfe Band will play - in the dark for heightened auditory perception.

The full line-up is:

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

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.

More info at the official John Metcalfe Facebook page

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3 May 2013
Les Disques du Crepuscule T-Shirt 
Les Disques du Crépuscule T-Shirt

More T-Shirt action, this time a new one from Les Disques du Crépuscule. The T-Shirt, which has the catalogue number TWI 1153, is available in blue with the classic Crépuscule logo in white and credit text down the spine.

The shirt comes in sizes S, M, L, XL and is priced at £15.00 via LTM Mailorder.

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2 May 2013
FAC 288 'Twistin My Melon' T-Shirt 
FAC 288 'Twistin My Melon' T-Shirt

A companion T-shirt to the FAC 288 'Call The Cops / Shaun On One' T-shirt has been brought to our attention (thanks Andy W!). Featuring gaudily treated photos from the same Kevin Cummins photo shoot on a hotel roof it has Shaun and Bez (both probably on one) with the text 'HAPPY MONDAYS' and 'TWISTIN MY MELON' above and below. The small print reads: "FACTORY MERCHANDISE 1990 ©FAC 288".

As with Shaun On One, the provenance of these items as official Factory Merchandise is somewhat in doubt. However, I am assured that both were bought from FAC 281 The Area, the late lamented Factory merch boutique shop in Affleck's Palace.

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1 May 2013
Extraordinary Renditions 
Check out the new solo musical project of none other than Cerysmatic's own occasional contributor moist. 5 tracks are available to stream right now with an E.P. due this summer via Hacienda Records.

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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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