21 Nov 2014
Jez Kerr new band, single and gig 
Jez Kerr - Control Myself

Jez Kerr is back with a new band, new single and a new gig in Glasgow. The A Certain Ratio lead singer's new single is Control Myself and it's out on 1 December 2014 via Higuera Records.

The new band's first gig is at The Broadcast, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on 6 December 2014.

More info at Facebook and jezkerr.com

Jez Kerr - jezkerr.com

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Stockholm Monsters 'All At Once' out now 
Stockholm Monsters 'All At Once' Captured Tracks

It's been slowly coming for for what seems like an eternal age but the Stockholm Monsters compilation set 'All At Once' is out now on double 12" vinyl LP with a bonus 7" single priced 35.00 USD via Captured Tracks [CT-201].

Tracklisting

1. Terror
2. Where I Belong
3. Decalogue
4. Winter
5. Five O’Clock
6. All At Once
7. Life’s Two Faces
8. Your Uniform
9. E.W.
10. To Look At Her
11. Something’s Got To Give
12. National Pastime
13. Happy Ever After
14. Soft Babies
15. Miss Moonlight
16. The Longing
17. Lafayette
18. Militia
19. Partyline
20. How Corrupt Is RT?
21. Kan Kill!
22. Dumbstruck

7" single

Fairy Tales
Death Is Slowly Coming

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9 Nov 2014
Michael H. Shamberg 
Cerysmatic Factory, along with everyone in the Factory Records community were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Michael H. Shamberg, the innovative music video producer who worked most famously with New Order. Michael also ran Factory's New York operations - Of Factory New York, Factory US and Factory America, and with the last of these was notably associated with Ike Yard on their debut album. Michael also produced films and videos outwith the Factory family via kinoteca.net.

New Order paid tribute to Michael their website saying they "will miss him dearly and send our condolences to all his family and friends."

In the Manchester Evening News Peter Hook, said "Michael was a lovely man. His work on our videos, so important at the time, defined our image and an era. He was a true revolutionary. One of a very small band of of truly gifted individuals! He will be missed.”

James Nice, of Factory Benelux said "We issued the Of Factory New York compilation album earlier this year to raise money for his ongoing treatment, and were able to transfer funds before he passed. More important, Michael received copies of the album and was delighted with it. He will be missed by many people inside the industry and out, and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Miranda and his family."

Ike Yard's statement on their Facebook page echoed these sentiments: "Ike Yard would like to celebrate the life of Michael Shamberg, a friend and colleague who managed Factory America / Factory NY and produced many seminal videos for Factory artists. He also designed the cover for Ike Yard's "A Fact A Second" 1982 album. Michael passed away after a long illness last Saturday. We honor his indomitable creative spirit."

Finally, the director of New Order's True Faith, Philippe Découflé gave a short but heartfelt message at the Shamberg-associated Turtle Salon site - "Tristesse immense. Adieu Michael, mon ami...".

Rest in peace Michael.

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5 Nov 2014
Deconstruct and Reconstruct 
Check out Cerysmatic Factory's video of a special 16-minute Minny Pops performance of Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement live at The Others, London N16 on Sunday 2 November 2014.



Meanwhile, don't forget that Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement is available in a new 2CD version via Factory Benelux.

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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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