30 Nov 2013
Kevin Hewick - The Heat of Molten Diamonds 
Kevin Hewick - The Heat of Molten Diamonds

Kevin Hewick's new album The Heat of Molten Diamonds is out via Pinkbox Records this week as a 6-track CD album. Recorded with Adam Ellis at Leicester's Deadline Studios throughout 2013 it features regular live favourites Americanta, Elegy for Jackie Leven plus four others. This is far from a mini-album though, as a couple of tracks clock in at a whopping thirteen minutes plus.

The Heat of Molten Diamonds is available to buy direct via kevinhewick.co.uk.

Tracklisting

Americanta
A Young Man's Dream of Revolution
Another Jerusalem
Elegy for Jackie Leven
Almost Unseen
Seeking a Religious Experience

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Kevin Hewick
The Heat of Molten Diamonds
Pinkbox Records
Pink 026

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26 Nov 2013
Hooky to debut Low-Life & Brotherhood live 
Peter Hook and The Light UK Tour 2014 Low-life and Brotherhood

Following on from successful tours playing albums by Joy Division and latterly Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order, Peter Hook & The Light have announced they will debut Low-Life and Brotherhood with two gigs in London and Manchester in September 2014.

Hooky and the boys will play The Ritz in Manchester on Thursday 25 September and then London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on the following Saturday.

The playlist is set to feature not only the full albums but also singles and B-sides from late 1983 to 1987 so expect to hear Confusion, Thieves Like Us, True Faith and many more (hopefully including personal fave Lonesome Tonight.

Both gigs will help support MIND & Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.

Tickets are on sale 9am Friday 29 November 2013 via Alt Tickets and Ticketweb.

September 2014

Thu 25 - The Ritz, Manchester [£23.50]
Sat 27 - Shepherds Bush Empire, London [£26.50, O2 Priority 27 November 2013]

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Happy Birthday LTM 
Many happy returns to those nice people over at LTM Recordings on the occasion of their 30th birthday.

Get over quickly to LTM Mailorder to take advantage of the last hours of an unprecedented special 2-for-1 offer on CD albums. Must end at 23:59 GMT today!

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25 Nov 2013
Go Ahead, Punk 45, Make Our Day 
Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1976-80

The often-reliable Soul Jazz Records label has recently issued another mahoosive tome dedicated to record sleeve imagery, in particular punk, new wave and U.S. garage-rock. Entitled 'Punk 45 - Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself!', the hefty volume weighs 2kg, comes dressed in an eye-catching orange cover and includes over 350 pages of punk-singles cover art from 1976-80, all edited and forwarded by Jon Savage and Stuart Baker.

Of interest to Factory fans are interviews with Peter Saville, A Certain Ratio's Martin Moscrop and Cabaret Voltaire's Richard H Kirk, plus actual-size facsimiles of classic Factory-related 45s such as 'Transmission' and 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division, plus ACR, Section 25 and a few Les Disques du Crépuscule favourites from the early days, as well as hundreds of other luminaries of snotty new-wave and gob-rock such as Slaughter and the Dogs, Metal Urbain, Buzzcocks, The Skids, Robert Rental, XTC and the wonderfully-named Those Naughty Lumps.

The RRP is £25 (£20 from the Sounds Of The Universe shop in Broadwick Street, London) and is supported by a CD of the same title, comprised of various underground punk singles from the States. It's suffixed with the magic words, 'Volume One' which suggests the second volume may include a few UK nuggets.

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Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1976-80
Edited by Jon Savage and Stuart Baker
Published by Soul Jazz Books
400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0957260009




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23 Nov 2013
Ike Yard Remix EP #3 [Desire Records] 
Ike Yard Remix EP #3 [Desire Records]

Desire Records will release Remix EP #3 by Ike Yard on December 16 announces Juno Download. This is the third and final edition in the series that began in the wake of Desire's 2012 re-release of the debut self-titled Factory America album.

EP #3 brings Powell (Diagonal Records), Bandshell (Hessle Audio and Liberation Technologies), Vessel and The KVB to the remix party, following in the illustrious footsteps of Regis, Konrad Becker (#1), Camella Lobo and Black Strobe (#2).

Tracklisting

Half A God (Powell remix)
Cherish 8 (The KVB remix)
Cherish 8 (Vessel remix)
NCR (Bandshell remix)


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21 Nov 2013
John Cooper Clarke evidently back in town 
John Cooper Clarke has added a May 2014 date at the Palace Theatre in Manchester to his already busy ongoing schedule until early December and then resuming in the New Year. Several dates have already sold out. More details at johncooperclarke.com, Official JCC Twitter and Allgigs.

You can listen to JCC for free this Sunday from 16:00 GMT on BBC 6Music when he sits in for Jarvis Cocker.

Itinerary

2013

22 Nov - Swan Forum at the Town Hall, High Wycombe
24 Nov - The Wharf, Tavistock [SOLD OUT]
25 Nov - Arts Centre, Bridport [SOLD OUT]
27 Nov - Komedia, Bath
28 Nov - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
29 Nov - Forum, Tunbridge Wells [SOLD OUT]
30 Nov - Theatre Royal, Margate

3 Dec - Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London [SOLD OUT]

2014

8 Feb - Royal and Derngate, Northampton
9 Feb - The Engine Shed, Lincoln
10 Feb - Just the Tonic, Leicester
11 Feb - The Forum, Nottingham
12 Feb - New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme
22 Feb - Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth

1 Mar - Town Hall, Leeds
5 Mar - The Junction, Cambridge
7 Mar - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
5 Apr - Gala Theatre, Durham
9 Apr - Princess Pavilion, Falmouth

10 Apr - The Acorn, Penzance
11 Apr - Cheese and Grain, Frome
19 Apr - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

24 May - Palace Theatre, Manchester

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Octavo - More Madness Than Manifesto 
Octavo - More Madness Than Manifesto

Hamish Muir, one of the founding partners of 8vo, presents a talk about Octavo, the subscription-only design journal published from 1986 to 1992. This will take place at the JWT Building in London on Thursday 28 November from 7pm. For more details see the event page at Typocircle.com.

In the fully-illustrated talk, Hamish will cover the development, design, production and closure of the Octavo project. This will include a rarely seen reconstruction of part of the final CD-ROM issue from 1992.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite with prices ranging from 6.00 to 16.00 GBP.

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17 Nov 2013
Hacienda Xmas Party Huddersfield 
Hacienda Christmas Huddersfield

FAC 51 The Haçienda Xmas Party with Graeme Park, CJ Mackintosh, K-Klass, Jon Dasilva, Tom Wainwright, Elliot Eastwick, Tricky Disko

Tokyo, Huddersfield Huddersfield

Saturday 28 December 2013

Doors: 10:00pm - 5:00am (last entry 1:00am)

Tickets available via Skiddle from 12.00 GBP

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16 Nov 2013
Paul Haig - 'At Twilight' [TWI 1154 CD] 
Paul Haig - 'At Twilight' [TWI 1154 CD]

At Twilight is a new 2CD compilation of singles and album tracks recorded by Paul Haig for Les Disques du Crépuscule which were variously produced by Alan Rankine, Cabaret Voltaire, Bernard Sumner, Mantronik, Lil Louis, Alex Sadkin and Man Parrish and it's out via Crépuscule on 20 January 2014.

The second CD includes all nine tracks from the lost Alan Rankine-produced second studio album from 1984 which has never before been released in its complete form. Plus it also includes 'The Executioner', the unreleased collaboration between Cabaret Voltaire and Paul Haig which was originally planned for release on Factory Benelux (FBN 47/48).

It all comes packaged with a cover portrait by Charles Van Hoorick and the liner booklet includes archive images and track-by-track commentary by Paul Haig.

Tracklisting

Disc 1

1. Running Away
2. Chance
3. Time
4. Justice
5. Adoration
6. Heaven Sent
7. The Only Truth (12" version)
8. Heaven Help You Now
9. Love Eternal
10. Torchomatic
11. Reach the Top
12. Swinging For You
13. I Believe In You
14. My Kind
15. Flight X

Disc 2

1. Shining Hour
2. Big Blue World
3. Love Eternal
4. One Lifetime Away
5. The Only Truth
6. Fear & Dancing
7. Trust
8. Love & War
9. All Our Love
10. Ghost Rider
11. Endless Song
12. Blue For You (Interference Mix)
13. The Executioner
14. Change Of Heart
15. The Only Truth (US Remix)

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Paul Haig
At Twilight
Les Disques du Crépuscule
TWI 1154 CD
2CD + Digital Download
20 January 2014

lesdisquesducrepuscule.com

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DJ Culture in the Mix 
DJ Culture in the Mix: Power, Technology, and Social Change in Electronic Dance Music

Quando Quango co-founder and Course Director, BA (Hons) Music & Sonic Media at South Bank University, Gonnie Rietveld has co-edited (with Bernardo Attias and Anna Gavanas) a new book entitled 'DJ Culture in the Mix: Power, Technology, and Social Change in Electronic Dance Music' which is published on 19 December 2013 by Bloomsbury Academic.

The collection of essays offers critical insights into the activities of DJs in a range of global dance music contexts, drawing on international collaboration and original research.

At 65.00 GBP recommended price for the hardback edition it is perhaps not for the casual reader but a more affordable Kindle edition is available.

Gonnie also contributed to 'Crossfade: A Big Chill Anthology' (Serpent's Tail), is the author of 'This Is Our House: House Music, Cultural Spaces and Technologies' (Ashgate, 1998) and has written several other papers.

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Hardcover: 336 pages
Published by Bloomsbury Academic on 19 December 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1623566906

Available via Amazon (hardback and Kindle editions)

More Factory Records-related books.

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15 Nov 2013
Still Breathing 
Anthony and Christoper Donnelly - Still Breathing

Last night saw the London launch of 'Still Breathing - The True Adventures of the Donnelly Brothers' by Anthony and Christopher Donnelly with Simon Spence and interviews by Becky Seward. A healthy troupe of southerners and northerners (including Kevin Cummins, Mike Garry - who performed Saint Anthony and a new poem to commemorate the book) braved the lusty decadent delights of imperial Hackney for a night of planned (and not-so-planned-but-nevertheless-entertaining) entertainment at Casa Negra to celebrate the publication of the book about the remarkable story of the two brothers (the self-styled "Smooth Sex Pistols of the fashion industry") who brought you Gio-Goi, Your Own and much more in between.

The Donnellys had close family ties to Factory Records - their sister Tracey worked for Factory Records as PR Manager (and now works her magic at Donnelly 24) and at the Hacienda/Swing. Her "interview" for the job is famously documented in FAC 229! The Music Week Factorial thus: "There was me and a few other girls on the shortlist, and when we met up at The Hacienda, Tony Wilson sat me down with the others and then told them that I'd got the job, and then proceeded to talk to them about their Hacienda jobs and not a word to me about my new job! They'd already decided. Tony bought me a drink after and then said, 'see you in the office on Monday'."

Oliver Wilson's Foreword explains quite succinctly the significance: "Along with my dad, you had perhaps two dozen other people who made Manchester, 'Madchester'. Chris and Anthony were in at the ground floor on everything...".

Other Factory-related entrants in the extensive Preface include Alan Erasmus ("It seemed like a good idea at the time."), Mike Pickering ("Still lovable scallywags, but they're clever in their business dealings"), Keith Allen ("My first words to Anthony were 'Can you untie me, please' We have been close friends ever since."), Bez ("You can come from nothing and build something important that's relevant to the rest of the world".), Shaun Ryder ("Why not have a go. You know what we like to wear."), Pat Carroll ("They were fucking hilarious and proper ambitious") and many more.

The book covers the whole story from the Donnelly family first coming over from Ireland, setting up home and being scallywags in Wythenshawe, the rise and fall (and rise again in 2005) of Gio-Goi and now the advent of Your Own, all told in words of the main protagonists. The book is a veritable Who's Who of Manchester and it's a right rollicking read.

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Still Breathing - The True Adventures of the Donnelly Brothers
Black and White Publishing
Hardcover
288 pages

Available from Amazon

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13 Nov 2013
Haçienda New Year's Eve @ Albert Hall, MCR 
Haçienda – New Year's Eve at Albert Hall, Manchester

FAC 51 The Haçienda returns to Manchester for a special New Year's Eve party at the newly-renovated Albert Hall. A top line-up is headlined by DJs Frankie Knuckles, Todd Terry and Marshall Jefferson and they are backed by regular Haçienda favourites including Graeme Park, Herbie Saccani, Allister Whitehead, Tom Wainwright and 808 State DJs.

Main Room

Frankie Knuckles
Todd Terry
Marshall Jefferson
Graeme Park
Herbie Saccani
Rowetta (Live PA)
Bez (Vibe Provider To Bring In The New Year)

Downstairs

Hacienda Classics with Allister Whitehead, Tom Wainwright,808 State Djs, Tricky Disko & Chris Crooks on Percussion

Tickets priced 25.00 GBP are available now via See Tickets, Skiddle and Ticket Text.

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The Albert Hall
27 Peter Street
Manchester
M2 5QR

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The Names - 'In Time' [FBN 112] 
More new album news in from Factory Benelux and this time it's The Names with a new album entitled 'In Time'.

FBN 112 will be released in February 2014 and more details as soon as we have them.

More info at factorybenelux.com

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John Metcalfe plays with The National 
John Metcalfe (The Durutti Column) moves back into the live fold as he plays as a temporary member of The Smith Quartet with The National at sold out shows tonight and tomorrow at Alexandra Palace in London.

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12 Nov 2013
The Executioner's Theme 
Paul Haig

'The Executioner', the unreleased collaboration between Cabaret Voltaire and Paul Haig which was originally planned for release on Factory Benelux (FBN 47/48) will finally be released via Les Disques du Crépuscule as part of the forthcoming Paul Haig compilation 'At Twilight' (TWI 1154 CD).

The FBN 47/48 (one was the 7", the other the 12") tracks have previously surfaced elsewhere. One mix can be found on Paul Haig's 'European Sun' compilation LP/CD (TWI 829) on Crépuscule or Interphon CD (IPCD 2018-36 1988). Another mix can be found on the cassette version of 'The Quick Neat Job' Crépuscule compilation (TWIC 643).

The 2CD album slated for Winter/Spring 2013/14 will also include Haig's lost 1984 Island album in its entirety.

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11 Nov 2013
Manchester's All Time Top Tunes 
Terry Christian is running a poll of Manchester's All Time Top Tunes. There's hundreds of songs to choose from over eight parts with plenty of pickings for FAC fans. Rules are it's 200 votes each and Terry will compile the Top 200.

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10 Nov 2013
Haçienda Preston 
Haçienda Preston

Influential original resident DJ at FAC 51 The Hacienda, Greg Wilson headlines a pre-Christmas party at Rumes in Preston on Saturday 7 December. K-Klass, whose 'Rhythm is a Mystery' is included on the unreleased Hacienda Classics playlist, Herbie Saccani and Jaegerossa complete the line-up.

Admission prices start at only 8 quid and the doors open at 10pm.

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HAÇIENDA PRESTON

Greg Wilson
K-Klass
Herbie Saccani
Jaegerossa

7 December 2013

22:00 to 05:00

Admission from 8.00 GBP

Rumes
Church Street
Preston PR1 3BT

Buy tickets

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9 Nov 2013
Bigmouth Strikes Again 
Bigmouth Strikes Again - Blogs, Books and the Digital Revolution

Bigmouth Strikes Again - Blogs, Books and the Digital Revolution
The Palace Hotel, Manchester
Sunday 17 November 2013
10.45am

Manchester District Music Archive and Louder Than Words Festival present a Sunday morning discussion on music writing in the Internet Age.

Big Mouths:

Tony Fletcher (A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths)
Phill Young (Tru Luv)
Shell Zenner (Amazing Radio, Louder Than War)
Abigail Ward (Manchester District Music Archive)
John McCready (NME, The Face, ID, Mojo)
Charlotte Davies (Hooting And Howling')

Chair:

Luke Bainbridge (Observer Music Monthly, The Guardian)

Buy tickets [9.00 GBP]

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8 Nov 2013
The band without future lives forever 
Joy Division - Die Band ohne Zukunft lebt für immer - The band without future lives forever

The new December edition of noted German music mag 'Musik Express' (no relation to the NME) features cover star Ian Curtis in classic pose as captured by photographer Kevin Cummins and a headline article (in German) about Joy Division's enduring legacy.

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7 Nov 2013
Ian Curtis's kitchen table on eBay 
One of the more unusual FAC-related items to have ever come up for sale is up for sale again on eBay.

It's the original kitchen table which belonged to Debbie and Ian Curtis when they lived in Barton Street, Macclesfield.

There are just under 6 days left to bid on this unique item and the current bid is 2,550 GBP.

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FBN 114 - From deboss to die-cut 
FBN 114 The Return of the Durutti Column

The packaging for the previously announced Factory Benelux sandpaper sleeve edition of The Return of The Durutti Column has changed slightly. Instead of a square deboss there is now a die-cut of the early Factory Records logo that first appeared on FAC 13.

The album will be available direct from Factory Benelux mailorder from the beginning of December, priced at 25.00 GBP including UK postage. EU please add 4.00 GBP for airmail post. Rest of the World add 6.00 GBP for airmail post. The album will be dispatched in strong cruciform mailer. All enquiries about the album release, postage, etc direct to Factory Benelux please!

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6 Nov 2013
A History of Facs in the Attic Parts 1-3 
A History of Facs in the Attic Parts 1-3

If you're wondering how much your Factory Records collection is worth or you're looking to fill in a few gaps you could should check out our ongoing Facs in the Attic series conceived and curated by Cerysmatic's guest star Paul Pledger.

Part 1 and Part 2 deal with Factory Records / Factory Communications Limited and then there's Part 3 which takes a trip to our friends in the Low Countries in the form of Factory Benelux and a bit of Les Disques du Crépuscule.

Watch out for further instalments...

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Official Happy Mondays Afterparty @ South 
Official Happy Mondays Afterparty @ South - Saturday 23 November 2013

South Nightclub hosts the Official Happy Mondays Afterparty following the sold out 'Bummed 25th Anniversary' gig at The Ritz on Saturday 23 November 2013 with DJs Clint Boon, Bez, Vince Vega and special guests.

More info at southnightclub.com and Facebook

The Bummed 25th Anniversary Tour starts Thursday 21 November in Herne Bay and the full itinerary is as follows:

November

Thu 21 - Herne Bay, Kings Hall, Beacon Hill [Tel: 01227 374 188] SOLD OUT
Fri 22 - London, The Forum, 9–17 Highgate Road, Kentish Town [Tel: 020 7428 4099] Buy tickets
Mon 25 - Norwich, The Nick Rayns Lcr, University of East Anglia - Buy tickets
Thu 28 - Leicester, O2 Academy, Percy Gee Building, University Rd [Tel: 0844 477 2000] - Buy tickets
Fri 29 - Newcastle, O2 Academy, Westgate Road [Tel: 0844 477 2000] - Buy tickets
Sat 30 - Leeds, O2 Academy, 55 Cookridge St Leeds, LS2 3AW [Tel: 0113 389 1555] - Buy tickets

December

Sun 1 - Glasgow, O2 Academy, 121 Eglinton Street Glasgow G5 9NT [Tel: 0141 418 3000] - Buy tickets
Wed 4 - Hertfordshire, The Forum, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane [Tel: 01707 285000] - Buy tickets
Thu 5 - Bournemouth, O2 Academy, 570 Christchurch Rd Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4BH [Tel: 01202 399922] - Buy tickets
Fri 6 - Birmingham, O2 Academy, 16-18 Horsefair, Bristol Street Birmingham B1 1DB [Tel: 0121 622 8250] - Buy tickets
Sat 7 - Liverpool, O2 Academy, 11-13 Hotham Street [Tel: 0844 477 2000] - Buy tickets
Thu 12 - Sheffield, O2 Academy, 37-43 Arundel Gate [Tel: 0114 253 7777] - Buy tickets
Fri 13 - Oxford, O2 Academy, 190 Cowley Road [Tel: 0844 477 2000] - Buy tickets
Sat 14 - Bristol, O2 Academy, Frogmore Street, BS1 5NA - Buy tickets

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ESG live @ Brudenell Social Club 
ESG live at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 18 January 2014

ESG has added a night in Leeds immediately after their previously-announced KOKO shows. The Moody no-wavers are celebrating 34 years in the music biz (the same number as their FAC 34 single) with a gig at the Brudenell Social Club, a venue favoured by fellow Facsters ACR and The Durutti Column.

If you can't wait til then, ESG's new album 'Closure' and single Watching are available now via ESG Records thru the CDBaby.com store.

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ESG
The Brudenell Social Club
Leeds

Saturday 18 January 2014
7:45pm
20.00 GBP + booking fee

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5 Nov 2013
Section 25 - From The Hip [FBN 33 CD] 
Section 25 - From The Hip [FBN 33 CD]

As trailed the other month, we now have fuller details direct from Factory Benelux about the forthcoming-in-2014 deluxe edition of From The Hip by Section 25.

This 30th anniversary edition will be comprised of 2 CDs in a deluxe 6-panel digi-pack. The first disc will contain the original album and the second will feature several original album demos from 1983 as well as their 1984 David 'Kid' Jensen BBC radio session plus remixes and a new track, Reflection (which will also be released as a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day 2014).

Add to that the original Fact 90 artwork by Peter Saville, Trevor Key's mountain photography and a 12-page booklet you have a very nice package indeed.

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More details at factorybenelux.com

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Escape From Planet Rock 
Escape From Planet Rock is ex-Cabaret Voltaire man Stephen Mallinder's insights in two parts into "the music scene in northern England in the 1970's-80's, particularly Sheffield".

Part One is out now with Two to follow in the next issue of Indie Music Monthly.

Meanwhile, Mal's 2011 PhD thesis, Movement: Journey of the Beat, is also available for a more involved discussion of " the trajectory and transition of popular culture through the modality of rhythm".

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4 Nov 2013
Soul Music for Searchers 
M24 Events presents Rick McNevin-Duff (Space Monkeys)

M24 Events presents Rick McNevin-Duff (Space Monkeys)

Space Monkeys Acoustic Set Plus Soul Music For Searchers

Castle Hotel
Oldham Street, Manchester

Saturday 9 November 2013
4.00 GBP on the door

with support from Shaun Gilroy and Courty

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Haçienda Classics 
Hacienda Classics original tape

The full story of how the original Haçienda Classics compilation for the tenth birthday of FAC 51 The Haçienda never came to be was told in Scream City 2 by moist back in the mists of 2006. With the recent discovery of those compact cassette tapes (see untreated photo above of cassette one side one) we thought it an opportune moment to bring the original tracklisting into the digital age via Spotify. Various tracks (approximately one third - indicated [x]) are not available for whatever reason but our 'Haçienda Classics selection' playlist is presented for your pleasure. Comments on sourcing any missing tracks gratefully received!

Side One

Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force: Planet Rock
Klein & MBO: Dirty Talk
NYC Peech Boys: Don't Make Me Wait
Hashim: Al Naafiysh (The Soul)
New Order: Blue Monday
Man Parrish: Boogie Down
Bronx Maze: Twilight [x]

Side Two

Marshall Jefferson: House Music Anthem
Farley Jack Master Funk: Love Can't Turn Around
Fingers Inc: Can You Feel It [x]
T-Coy: Carino
Arnold Jarvis: Take Some Time Out
Sterling Void: It's Alright
Richie Rich: Salsa House [x]
Young MC: Know How

Side Three

Nicole: Rock Da House [x]
Beat Club: Security [x]
Turntable Orchestra: You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
Deee-Lite: Wild Times (Mayday Mix) [x]
Company Of One: Real Life [x]
Think Tank: Hack One [x]
Trevor Fung: The Shaker Song [x]

Side Four

Extortion: How Do You See Me Now?
Clive Griffen: I'll Be Waiting [x]
K-Klass: Rhythm Is A Mystery
Degrees Of Motion: Do You Want It Right Now?
Eleanor Mills: Mr Right

Hacienda Classics original tape

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3 Nov 2013
Facing The Other Way 
Facing The Other Way

'Facing The Other Way: The Story of 4AD' is the new definitive history of the 4AD record label by Martin Aston. Established in the early Eighties, 4AD, under the visionary tutelage of Ivo Watts-Russell held many similar ideals to Factory Records. This fact is not lost on the author and indeed the Introduction begins with the following paragraph:

"True, the story of 4AD doesn't feature a TV presenter-cum-entrepreneur who starts a record label whose most iconic frontman commits suicide and initiates a Che Guevara-style cult; nor does it involve the decision to invest heavily in a nightclub that goes on to become an epicentre of the biggest dance music boom in UK history, rejuvenating both youth and drug culture, the combined legacy of which soon enough bankrupts said label."

The extremely detailed and lovingly assembled book is a great and contains many more Factory Records references. Fans of both labels are in for a treat.

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Facing The Other Way: The Story of 4AD
Martin Aston
ISBN: 978-0007489619
650 pages
Hardcover

See also: 'visceral pleasures'.

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A bit of the old Ultraviolence 


Check out some excellent video footage of Peter Hook and The Light's recent gig at the Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent, 1 November 2013. The band played New Order's albums 'Movement' and 'Power, Corruption & Lies' (plus a few extras) in full during a nearly-3-hours-long set.

More from this and other gigs via Polewka123 on YouTube.

Hooky's UK tour continues through November - see details.

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1 Nov 2013
Music for Cities 
Music for Cities

This year's Music For Cities event on Thursday 21 November 2013 features Peter Hook & The Light and A Certain Ratio performing alongside young classical musicians and special guests and will be the first gig ever to take place at Halle St Peters in Ancoats, Manchester.

Just 150 tickets at 40.00 GBP each will available from 9am Monday 4 November 2013 via TicketWeb UK and Ticketline [fully detailed ticket links to follow].

All proceeds and profits go to assist Manchester youth charities which in the past have included a boxing club and a recording studio in Wythenshawe.

The first edition of Music for Cities in 2012 saw Tim Burgess and Puressence performing at a sold out Manchester Cathedral.

More info:

Music For Cities
Peter Hook

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Peter Hook HMV MCR Q&A postponed 
Please note the previously-announced Peter Hook signing and Q&A event on Monday 4 November at HMV 90 Market Street has been postponed.

It is hoped a new date will be arranged soon. 

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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

Factory Records

The Durutti Column