28 Feb 2015
Minny Pops live @ Scaledown #106 
Minny Pops played Scaledown #106 in that London and a great time was had by all.

The prologue featuring a manual typewriter is captured in Part One for posterity.

The full 9 minutes and nine seconds gig is in Part Two.





Alternate black & white intro footage.

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New DURUTTI online store now open 
New DURUTTI online store now open

The new DURUTTI online store (from those lovely people who brought you Kooky Records) is now open at www.durutti.co.uk for the sale of official Durutti Column t-shirts, mugs and bags initially and eventually music releases and more.

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Peter Hook & The Light live @ Manchester Academy 
Unknown Pleasures & Closer live @ MCR Academy

Peter Hook and The Light will return to Manchester on 30 October 2015 for a special live performance of Unknown Pleasures and Closer as part of the Academy's 25th birthday celebrations.

Both classic Joy Division albums will be performed in their entirety but expect a few extra JD/Warsaw bonuses and a special New Order opening set.

Manchester Academy One
Friday 30 October 2015
Tickets priced 23.00 GBP in advance plus booking fee are available now.

Meanwhile, The Hebden Bridge Tapes which showcase a sold out series of three gigs recorded at the Trades Club in December 2014 are available now via abbeyroad.com/live. Each gig is presented as a double cd / digital download and there's also very special bundle featuring an extra live CD of Peter Hook & The Light performing Unknown Pleasures featuring Rowetta, orchestra and choir as well as an exclusive signed certificate.

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Space Monkeys Summer of Love 2015 
Space Monkeys Summer of Love 2015

Space Monkeys will kick off the summer in style with their 'One Day Pop Up Music Festival' at The Hopwood Arms in Middleton on Saturday 4 July 2015.

There'll be a main outdoor stage, special guests, live DJs, food, late bar and much more.

The Hopwood Arms
Middleton
Manchester M24 2RA

Strictly limited availability tickets priced 10.00 GBP (6.00 U16) plus booking fee are available now via Skiddle.

More info via Space Monkeys Facebook (Official)

"Sunshine and love. It's gonna be a good day for the dreamers."

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25 Feb 2015
The Wake - Here Comes Everybody [FBN 35 CD] 
The Wake - Here Comes Everybody [FBN 35 CD]

'Here Comes Everybody', the 1985 album by acclaimed Factory band The Wake, will be re-released in a special remastered double disc 30th anniversary CD edition by Factory Benelux on 4 May 2015. Comprising the entire original album plus time-appropriate singles Talk About The Past and Of The Matter, radio session tracks, the Something That No-One Else Could Bring E.P. and seven (count 'em) unreleased demos from 1988-90 this is indeed a very special package.

And that's not all pop-pickers...

Captured Tracks, the specialist boutique vinyl re-releasers, will be putting out a double vinyl edition very soon and the Sarah Records back catalogue is also set for long-overdue re-release later in the year.

Enjoy!

Here Comes Everybody 2CD [FBN 35 CD] Tracklisting

CD1

1. O Pamela
2. Send Them Away
3. Sail Through
4. Melancholy Man
5. World Of Her Own
6. Torn Calendar
7. All I Asked You To Do
8. Here Comes Everybody
9. Talk About the Past (7" version)
10. Of the Matter
11. Talk About the Past (radio session)
12. Rise and Shine (radio session)
13. Make You Understand (radio session)

14. The Calendar (radio session)

15. Torn Calendar (dub version)
16. Everybody Works So Hard (7" version)

CD2

1. Gruesome Castle
2. Pale Spectre
3. Furious Sea
4. Plastic Flowers
5. Hated Forsaken (demo)
6. English Rain (demo)
7. The Plastic Flowers (demo)
8. Bob's Empty Head (demo)
9. Are They Chaste? (demo)
10. Crush the Flowers (demo)
11. Carbrain (demo)
12. Pale Spectre (7" edit)
13. Talk About the Past (12" version)

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20 Feb 2015
The Wake - Clouds Disco [FBN 94] 
The Wake - Clouds Disco [FBN 94]

The brand new single by The Wake is Clouds Disco b/w The Sun Is a Star which will come in a special limited edition of 500 vinyl 7" on Record Store Day 2015 (18 April) via Factory Benelux.

Clouds Disco is taken from last year's Testament 'best of' and was produced by the group with Ian Catt (St Etienne, Field Mice).

"These recordings were made during sessions for the A Light Far Out album," says singer/guitarist Caesar. "Clouds Disco is about the burgeoning Glasgow music scene of the early 1980s and our perceived place within it. The idea was to capture a little bit of the atmosphere of the time for the present day, rather than be nostalgic. Clouds Disco was an actual venue, later renamed Satellite City, which in turn became the title of an early Orange Juice song."

B-Side The Sun Is a Star is exclusive to this 7" single, and will not be made available elsewhere.

The cover art for FBN 94 is based on an original design by Peter Saville for an unreleased Factory cassette box edition of Here Comes Everybody.

Tracklisting

1. Clouds Disco
2. The Sun is a Star

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17 Feb 2015
Section 25 / Crispy Ambulance live @ Deaf Institute 
Section 25 live at Deaf Institute / Record Store Day 2015

Vinyl Revival Presents Record Store Day at The Deaf Institute, Manchester on Saturday 18 April 2015 from 6.30pm.

The line-up is Section 25, Crispy Ambulance and B-Movie.

Tickets priced £10.00 plus booking fee are available now via SeeTickets, ENTS24 and The Deaf Institute.

Please note that this event is for over-14s only. No refunds will be issued for under-14s.

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11 Feb 2015
New Order - Kevin Cummins [Rizzoli, 2015] 
New Order - Kevin Cummins [Rizzoli, 2015]

New Order by Kevin Cummins is published on 17 March by Rizzoli New York.

"A definitive collection of photographs of the legendary and influential band New Order. New Order remains one of the most popular bands of the last half century."

It features brand new interviews with the original band plus an introduction by Douglas Coupland and is the companion to Cummins's Joy Division.

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More FAC-related books

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7 Feb 2015
Section 25 - Mirror [FBN 73] 
Section 25 - Mirror [FBN 73]

Mirror b/w You Leave Me No Choice is the brand new single by Section 25 which will be released by Factory Benelux in a limited edition of 500 copies for this year's Record Store Day on Saturday 18 April 2015.

The 7-inch vinyl single (FBN 73) features brand new recordings of two songs originally performed live by Section 25 in 1980/81, but which were not recorded in the studio. Vocal duties are performed by special guest Simon Topping (A Certain Ratio, Quando Quango and T-Coy).

The artwork is based on Peter Saville's original cover design with the colour scheme now reversed.

Section 25 are Vin Cassidy, Beth Cassidy, Steve Stringer, Jo Cassidy and Simon Topping.

Tracklisting

A: Mirror
B: You Leave Me No Choice

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Section 25 - Always Now [FBN 3-045 CD] 
Section 25 - Always Now [FBN 3-045 CD]

On 6 April 2015 Factory Benelux releases a deluxe 34-track 2CD edition of Always Now, the debut album by Section 25, produced by legendary sonic architect Martin Hannett in 1981.

Recorded as a trio at Pink Floyd's Britannia Row studio in London, Always Now combined austere post-punk rhythms with elements of Can, Krautrock and modern psychedelia.

The second disc features loads of bonus material includeing a John Peel session from January 1981, a complete live show from Groningen in October 1980, plus various remastered alternate versions of several album tracks.

This new Factory Benelux 2CD edition is housed in a miniature version of the folding pochette wallet designed by Peter Saville - famously one of the most expensive sleeves produced by Factory.

Tracklisting

CD1

1. Friendly Fires
2. Dirty Disco
3. C.P.
4. Loose Talk (Costs Lives)
5. Inside Out
6. Melt Close
7. Hit
8. Babies in the Bardo
9. Be Brave
10. New Horizon
11. Haunted
12. Charnel Ground
13. Human Puppets
14. Knew Noise
15. Up To You
16. Girls Don't Count
17. Oyo Achel Ada
18. After Image
19. Red Voice

CD2

1. One True Path (Peel Session)
2. Babies in the Bardo (Peel Session)
3. Hit (Peel Session)
4. Je Veux Ton Amour (7")
5. Loose Talk (Costs Lives) (live)
6. Human Puppets (live)
7. Knew Noise (live)
8. Friendly Fires (live)
9. Girls Don't Count (live)
10. New Horizon (live)
11. Haunted (live)
12. You're On Your Own (live)
13. Floating (demo)
14. Friendly Fires (outtake)
15. One True Path (outtake)

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Minny Pops live two zero one five 
Minny Pops, the rejuvenated artpop collective steered by Wally van Middendorp, return to live action in 2015 with two confirmed dates (and the promise of more to follow):

27 February 2015
9.09pm
Scaledown
The King & Queen
London W1W 6DL

Facebook event

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3 April 2015
Fat Bastard Cock Fest All-dayer
Islington Mill
Salford
Manchester

Minny Pops on stage around 10.00pm, 10.30pm latest.

Also featuring Joyce D'Vision!

Facebook Page

Tickets available now priced GBP 6.00 + £1 booking fee from fatout.co.uk

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3 Feb 2015
Jez Kerr's Post Office drawings for C.A.L.M. 
Jez Kerr's Post Office drawings for C.A.L.M.

Jez Kerr (A Certain Ratio) is raising money for C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

Jez says "Whilst working at the Post Office I produced 100's of drawings at a time when I was unwell. Now recovering I would like to use these drawings to help raise funds for C.A.L.M. I have previously helped them with their 31 Songs album which helped to set up a full time help line."

There are approximately 500 hand drawn pictures which can be viewed on Jez's Facebook page.

Make a donation now via Jez Kerr's Just Giving page. Then send a stamped addressed envelope to Jez via the address on that page. It's as simple as that and you will have made a valuable donation to a great cause and will also become the owner of a unique piece of art.

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1 Feb 2015
Crispy Ambulance - Compulsion [FBN 54] 
Crispy Ambulance - Compulsion [FBN 54]

Factory Benelux will release a new studio album by Crispy Ambulance on 18 April, Record Store Day 2015. 'Compulsion' (FBN 54) will be a limited edition of 500 vinyl copies and there'll be a free digital download version with each copy.

In many respects Compulsion is the second album Crispy Ambulance might have recorded in 1982 after the release of The Plateau Phase, with six of the eight tracks written and performed live at that time. To these are now added Rain Without Clouds, an outtake from The Plateau Phase newly restored from the original multitrack masters, and WMTP.2 with added synth lines by producer-cum fifth member Graham Massey, of 808 State and Biting Tongues.

Almost uniquely, Crispy Ambulance has retained the same line-up since the group was originally founded in 1978: Alan Hempsall (vocals, keyboards), Gary Madeley (drums), Robert Davenport (guitars), Keith Darbyshire (bass).

"There's a sense of feeling compelled by irresistible forces," explains Alan Hempsall. "Compulsion is an apt way to describe our constant urge to go back and make music with people we've known since childhood. While the world may have changed, our music continues to be the product of the same influences - the passing of time, the changing of the seasons, the content of our sleeping dreams, and the existence of space."

Cover art by Peter Staessens. The package also features a free digital download of the album.

Tracklisting

A1. Rainforest Ritual
A2. Say Shake
A3. Nightfall Ends the Ceasefire
A4. At the Sounding of the Klaxon

B1. WMTP.2
B2. Rain Without Clouds
B3. Lucifer Rising
B4. Open, Gates of Fire

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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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