29 Sept 2005
Young Offenders Institute @ The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham tonight 
A rather last minute gig update from youngoffendersinstitute.com:

If you can get to Birmingham tonight, come and see Young Offenders Institute at the Actress & Bishop, Ludgate Hill in the Jewelry Quarter. Doors at 8pm, gig ends "110.30pm", venue open until 2am, and it's only 4.00 GBP on the door with Neon Twang and Destroy Cowboy supporting.

Also, final call for 2.00 GBP guestlist for either of our gigs in Manchester this Sunday:

4.30pm, Stylish Riots at M2

midnight, Drybar

for guestlist, email names to info@nuxx.com


28 Sept 2005
Martin Moscrop DJ set @ Universal, Glasgow 
From acrmcr.com:

Martin Moscrop plays Emergency, Saturday 8 October

The Universal
57-59 Sauchiehall Lane

11pm - 3am
Admission: 5.00 GBP


And then there's the 'And You Forgotten' live set by A Certain Ratio, on which subject acrmcr.com says "Trust us people - this is going to happen soon!".


27 Sept 2005
Revolving World - A Tribute to New Order 
The long awaited project directed by Popswirl of a cd tribute to New Order called 'Revolving World - A Tribute to New Order' is now available. The modern musical point of view of 15 bands from 5 different countries on a major band of the 20 past years; a large project built on thinking, sharing and exchanging musical experiences, running from Lyons to Sydney, Boston to Brussels, Buenos Aires to Gavle.

More info at popswirl.com


23 Sept 2005
Young Offenders Institute to support Happy Mondays 
From the Young Offenders Institute newsletter:

"Thanks to everyone who came to see the band at Reading or Leeds. Especially Leeds - better atmosphere.

The band are playing two gigs in a day at In The City in Manchester.

The day is Sunday, October 2 and the gigs are:

Stylish Riots at M2, Manchester, 4.30pm
Glasswerk/Vman Events night at Dry Bar, Manchester, 11.45pm

email info@nuxx.com for 2.00 GBP guestlist to either or both gigs

Also, great news - YOI will also be supporting the Happy Mondays on their Birmingham and Newcastle dates in late October."


22 Sept 2005
The Adventure Babies - new website online 

Listen to mp3 clips, buy the new album 'Once Upon A Time The End' and much more.


21 Sept 2005
In The City Unsigned 2005 - out now on iTunes 
"New bands from the world's premier new music event; at no 21 in the iTunes chart even."

In the City Unsigned 2005 [Various Artists]

Release Date: 20 Sep 2005
Genre: Rock
Total songs: 54
(P) 2005 In The City
20 Sept 2005
Hooky on the Hacienda 
Peter Hook explains why he loves the Hacienda and DJing in general in an interview with the Manchester Evening News.

Meanwhile, New Order headline a special John Peel tribute gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank on 12 October. Also on the bill are The Fall and Super Furry Animals plus many others. However, there was very little advance notice of the gig and tickets have already sold out.

The next few weeks will be very busy for New Order. The new single 'Waiting for the Sirens' Call' is out in the UK this coming Monday and is swiftly followed by the retrospective dvd 'Item' and the compilation album 'Singles'. Not only that but 'Blue Monday' has also been reissued in the USA on 12" vinyl with a slightly-cheaper-than-original sleeve.

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Rachel from Hopper needs new drummer 
Rachel from Hopper is forming new band and needs a drummer to complete the line up. Must be into Death Cab For Cutie, Ambulance Ltd, Patti Smith, Sons and Daughters, Pixies etc. Contact Cerysmatic Factory for more information.

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19 Sept 2005
Samantha Morton slated to play Deborah Curtis in Ian Curtis biopic 
According to Joy Division Central the British actress Samantha Morton is to play the role of Deborah Curtis in the forthcoming movie about the life of Ian Curtis which goes under the working title 'Control' and is being directed by Anton Corbijn.


18 Sept 2005
A Certain Ratio live @ This Sound label launch, Liverpool Carling Academy 2, 24 Oct 2005 
A Certain Ratio will be headlining the launch night of north west independent label This Sound. The event takes place at the Liverpool Carling Academy 2 on Monday 24 October.

The billing is:

A Certain Ratio
Death By Decibels
plus DJ's Pirate Radio

Doors: 7pm
Tickets: 7.00 GBP

More information at www.this-sound.com

Meanwhile check out some new photos of ACR's appearance at Moorfest back in August. Thanks to Andy.


16 Sept 2005
Factory Undone: Tiller Boys v The Factory Editions 
More in an occasional series on the FAC numbers that didn't make it. In these two cases, as far as can be determined at this stage, a FAC number was not, even notionally, allocated to the items.

i) TILLER BOYS: Big Noise from the Jungle (single)

A single intended/recorded (in January 1979) for Factory Records, later released on New Hormones in March 1980. More from the liner notes to the recent Eric Random release ('Subliminal') on LTM:

"...a teenage Random first recorded as part of The Tiller Boys, an experimental trio formed with Buzzcock Pete Shelley and drummer Francis Cookson. Often referenced, yet seldom heard, the group reflected shared Krautrock / Fripp and Eno avant-rock preferences and were a regular feature on Manc-centric post-punk bills in 1978/79, making their live debut supporting Joy Division at the Factory (Russell) Club on 9 June 1978, a gig immortalised on Peter Saville's iconic Fac 1 poster.

The Tiller Boys also supported Joy Division and Cabaret Voltaire at the Factory on 20 October, Gang of Four in York, and cut a single intended for Factory Records at Arrow Studio in January 1979, although these tracks - three slices of pounding percussion and Neu! - like guitar clangour - were destined not to appear on the new Manchester indie ..... New Hormones proved a bold and eclectic label. Its second vinyl release (ORG 3) came courtesy of The Tiller Boys, whose posthumous Factory extended play 7" (now titled Big Noise from the Jungle) was released in March 1980."


This was to have been a "set of three books" as mentioned the NME 18 October 1980, which lists Factory's "autumn worksheet", including a number of the "usual suspects" (Joy Division 'Atmosphere' 12", A Certain Ratio 'Flight' 12", Crispy Ambulance 'Deaf' 10", 'A Factory Quartet', plus releases by John Dowie, The Names, Minny Pops, Section 25, JD 'Transmission' 12", New Order 'untitled single', ESG single [Factory press description: "PiL meets Motown on the wrong side of the Triborough Bridge!"] and the first Factory video) and then, tucked away at the very end of the very last line...

"... and a series of three books, the 'FACTORY EDITIONS'."


Thanks to OMNY. Discuss this topic on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.

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14 Sept 2005
Rochdale Rocks @ Touchstones Centre, Rochdale from 22 October 
From the Manchester District Music Archive, mdmarchive.com:

An exhibition entitled 'Rochdale Rocks - a history of popular music in Rochdale from Middleton to Milnrow' opens at the Touchstones Centre, Rochdale on 22 October 2005. Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets, who went to Art College in Rochdale, will open the exhibition.

The exhibition will encompass: The Deeply Vale festivals of the 1970s, Rochdale recording studios including Cargo, Suite Sixteen and John Peel's Dandelion studios and much more.

Bands and artists that came to Rochdale to record such as The Fall, Joy Division, The Teardrop Explodes, The Durutti Column, Section 25, New Order et al.

The exhibition will feature record sleeves, photos, and written anecdotes about the legendary Rochdale scene.


Touchstones Centre
The Esplanade
OL16 1AQ
Tel: 01706 864986

Admission: Free

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13 Sept 2005
Manchester bands photo galleries now online at Music in Manchester 
The excellent website Music in Manchester features loads of photos of Manchester bands including some taken at recent festival performances including Dpercussion 2005 [The Durutti Column, RAW-T and The Young Offenders Institute] and Moorfest [A Certain Ratio].

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Dr X: A Version Of Events download 
The Dr X promotional film (5 mins) is now available to view in Windows Media, Real Player and QuickTime formats at bitingtongues.com, the official Biting Tongues website. The film is by Ken Hollings, Graham Massey and Howard Walmsley. Dr X was previously a performance for text, electronic sound and digital images that made its debut at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in 2004 and was later followed by a show at The Green Room in Manchester.

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Twenty Four Hours support Pere Ubu @ Manchester Academy 3, 22 Sept 
Pere Ubu are doing a mini-tour of Europe including the UK and Ireland which comes to Manchester on Thursday 22 September. Special guest support comes from none other than Twenty Four Hours, the "solo" project of Jez Kerr out of A Certain Ratio. This follows on from the debut 24 Hrs gig at the Kings Arms in Salford earlier in the year.

Pere Ubu tour dates from ubuprojex.net [note: 24 Hours only playing in Manchester]

Tue 13 Berlin, Quasimodo
Wed 14 Leipzig, Nato Live Free or Diet Program
Thu 15 Brussels, Palace
Fri 16 Haarlem (NL), Patronaat
Sat 17 Brighton, Concorde 2
Sun 18 London, Islington Bar Academy
Mon 19 Leeds, City Varieties
Tue 20 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Wed 21 Dublin, The Village
Thu 22 Manchester, Academy 3


9 Sept 2005
The Durutti Column in Paris - PopNews.com illustrated review 
Check out a review (in French only) of The Durutti Column's Paris gig from last weekend which includes photos. The preamble to the review explains how PopNews.com was supposed to have been granted an interview with Vini Reilly but, following the interview with Liberation, this was called off.

Also remember there's always Alexandre's review (in English) if French translation is not your bag.

Many thanks to Guillaume @ PopNews.com.


Confessions of an Art Director - Peter Saville in Grafik #132 
The latest issue of Grafik magazine (#132, Fashion Special) features a new interview with Peter Saville that concentrates on his time working for the fashion industry (Yohji Yamamoto, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, et al). Saville proclaims that he no longer "does" fashion or buys white Levi's jeans (they don't make 'em like they used to so he buys Helmut Lang's at 100 quid a pop). Speaking on his other day job as Creative Director for Manchester City Council he says "I don't really like sitting in a room full of councillors. For a couple of days each week it's interesting, but I certainly couldn't do it all the time."
8 Sept 2005
Shaun 'n' Bez & Max and Paddy 
When Patrick McGuinness appeared on Soccer AM (alongside Manchester heroes Elbow) last Saturday morning he revealed that commentary on one episode featured on the forthcoming dvd releases of 'Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere' is provided by none other than Shaun Ryder and Bez out of Happy Mondays. He promised that it will be entertaining!


6 Sept 2005
The Missing Song - The Durutti Column live in Paris 
Thanks to Alexandre Boutet for his excellent review of Saturday night's gig in Paris by The Durutti Column. Having explained to French newspaper Liberation that they always play 'The Missing Boy' the song was, ironically, left off the setlist.


3 Sept 2005
Les limbes de Durutti Column - interview in French newspaper Liberation 
Ahead of The Durutti Column's gig tonight at the Forum des Images in Paris read this article in the French newspaper Liberation. The print version features a nice pic of Vini Reilly but sadly this doesn't appear online.

Thanks to Alexandre.


1 Sept 2005
Hello Goodbye: The story of Black Grape and Shaun Ryder in MOJO 
The tailpiece of the September 2005 edition of MOJO magazine is a concise and amusing history of Black Grape by Shaun Ryder (as told to Ben Machell). Among the delights, Shaun explains how Black Grape got started: "[February 1993] After the Mondays split, I told everyone I was leaving the music business. The rest of the band was saying anything to get into the music papers. Me and Bez just kept our mouths shut, and within a day of the Mondays finishing, we got together with Kermit and a couple of others round my house in Didsbury and started jamming in my living room."


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