18 May 2013Polite Postcards and Badges Competition Result
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.
07 May 2013Steve Martland
Please see BBC News for full details.
04 May 2013True 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."
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
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
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
03 May 2013Les Disques du Crepuscule 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.
02 May 2013FAC 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.
01 May 2013Extraordinary Renditions
Spotlight - Wim Mertens
Wim Mertens (born 14 May 1953) is a Belgian minimalist and contemporary-classical composer and instrumentalist.
His earlier work on Les Disques du Crepuscule was recorded under the name Soft Verdict, with key material that includes For Amusement Only (composed using pinball and arcade machines), Vergessen and Struggle For Pleasure, both of which contain several tracks used on the Belly Of An Architect soundtrack
Mertens's later material has typically been a mixture of solo-piano, vocal/piano and string/woodwind-ensemble recordings, some of which have included works comprised of multiple CDs and intricate repetitive cycles.
His key works, most of it initially released on Crepuscule then later licensed to EMI Benelux, include A Man Of No Fortune And With A Name To Come, Educes Me and Jeremiades.
Biography by Paul Pledger - with thanks.
Wim Mertens - Selected Discography