15 April 2015
New Order - Kevin Cummins @ Proud Camden 
New Order - Kevin Cummins @ Proud Camden

Following on from the March 2015 publication via Rizzoli of Kevin Cummins's 'New Order' book, he has an exhibition of New Order photographs at Proud Galleries in Camden which runs from 23 April to 7 June.

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Minny Pops live transmissions 2015 Pt 2 
Minny Pops live transmissions 2015 Pt 2

Minny Pops leader Wally van Middendorp confides:

"I went away: it was neither a holiday nor a vacation. I waited for delayed trains, leaving my station late. I wanted to visit my parents and ended up stranded in the town where I was born. I reconnected with some old friends; I did not remember their names or the names of their wives and children. I got lost but managed to return and arrived seven days ago at Liverpool Street Station. At 6.48am, to be precise.

I did not quite know what to do. I have been thinking, thinking, thinking about my next steps. Move sideways, forwards but never backwards. I am still struggling with the concept of time, but I have managed to get a better grip on it since I started wearing a watch. And I no longer want to waste any precious time, time.

I am looking at my diary and see that I need to get ready; ready to get on to a stage, ready to perform, ready to enjoy myself. I will go out there to entertain you; I will go out there to embrace you."

Live adventures to come in 2015 include:

20 May 2015
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Minny Pops will be onstage at 8.28pm, supporting Agent Side Grinder.
Tickets are 7.00 GBP
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Minny Pops live transmissions 2015 Pt 2

23 May 2015
Gothic Pogo Festival X
Werk II, Leipzig, Germany
In their first-ever live performance in Deutschland, Minny Pops will headline the Saturday night of this four-day festival.
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7 June 2015
Tuesdays Post
The Others, 6 & 8 Manor Rd, London N16 5SA
Pay on the door

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Perfect Motion from Caroline True Records 
Perfect Motion - Jon Savage's Secret History of Second-Wave Psychedelia 1988-93

Caroline True Records presents "Perfect Motion: Jon Savage's Secret History of Second-Wave Psychedelia 1988-93" in a special limited edition double 12" vinyl gatefold sleeve deluxe package with full inner sleeves and liner notes. There's also a digital download code. Plus there's a free Baggy Mystery Mix CD with first 100 copies bought direct from the CTR Webstore. The complete package is priced 18.99 GBP.

The featured artists (including a heavy contingent from Factory and Madchester/Baggy camps) include Electronic, Northside, 808 State, The Stone Roses, Shack, Pet Shop Boys, Primal Scream, Sabres of Paradise, Joi, DHS, Sly & Lovechild and Deee-Lite.

The full tracklisting is:

Side one

Shack - I Know You Well (Extended 12" Mix) 5' 35"
The High - Box Set Go 3' 54"
Primal Scream - Slip inside This House 5' 17"
Northside - Take 5 (12" Mix) 4' 10"

Side two

PSB - The Sound of the Atom Splitting 5' 13"
Deee-Lite - What is Love? (Holographic Goatee Mix) 4' 08"
Electronic - Get the Message (DNA Groove Mix) 5' 27"
Sly & Lovechild - The World According To Sly & Lovechild (Soul of Europe Mix) 8' 20"

Side three

Joi - A Desert Storm 6' 28"
808 State - Let Yourself Go (D50 Mix) 4' 52"
DHS- Number 9 Bad Acid 4' 28"
St Etienne Featuring Q-Tee - Filthy 5' 32"

Side four

The Stone Roses - Full Fathom Five (CD Version) 3' 18"
Sabres of Paradise - Clock Factory 14' 44"

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23 March 2015
John Metcalfe - The Appearance of Colour 
John Metcalfe - The Appearance of Colour

Ex-Factory Classicist and occasional Durutti Columnist, John Metcalfe's new album 'The Appearance of Colour' is out on 8 June 2015 via Real World on LP, CD and Digital Download.

"This is my most rigorous album to date. It's music of big contrasts but sonically unified with the intention to create a complete album with an intense emotional arc." - John Metcalfe 

A taster track 'Gold, Green' is available now via Soundcloud and when you pre-order the album via iTunes.



More info at john-metcalfe.co.uk and Real World.

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20 March 2015
Northside live in 2015 
Northside live in 2015

The original line-up of Northside go back out on the road in 2015:

16 May - The Scala, London, Shiiine Weekender Launch Party with Stereo MCs [Buy tickets 20.00 GBP + bf]
30 Jul - Kendal Calling, Cumbria [Sold out]
7 Nov - Shiiine Weekender, Butlins Arena, Minehead [Buy tickets - hurry, going fast]
14 Nov - Manchester Academy, Manchester [Buy tickets 15.00 GBP + bf]

More dates to be added.

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The Names - Stranger Than You [FBN 119 + FBN 119 CD] 


Stranger Than You, the fourth studio album by The Names is out on 18 May 2015 via Factory Benelux on CD and double vinyl LP (with free download code).

Recorded in 2014, Stranger Than You marks a conscious return to the sounds and styles explored on their debut album Swimming in 1982. "There's a strong element of reconnection," explains singer/songwriter (and bassist) Michel Sordinia. "Yet at the same time it's also about developing your own legitimate strangeness, just as the great Surrealist poet Rene Char invited his readers to do. A new mystery singing in your bones."

Michel and guitarist Marc Deprez are joined by new members Laurent Loddewyckx (drums) and Christophe Boulenger (keyboards and piano). Stand-out tracks include the dynamic title track, Kids On Fire and quickfire Boy With A Gun, as well as more contemplative, elegiac numbers such as Lights and My Angel of Death.

The cover art is an original painting by long term Names associate Benoit Hennebert, celebrated for his work as design director for Les Disques du Crépuscule, with portrait photography by Peter Staessens. The double vinyl edition is housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve and includes a free digital download code.

Tracklisting (CD and vinyl)

1. Stranger Than You
2. Nowherarians
3. Lights
4. Life Again
5. My Angel of Death
6. Kids On Fire
7. What She Knows About the Night
8. Hands Off Love
9. Boy With a Gun
10. Fear
11. Baby You're Scary
12. The Passengers
13. The Days
14. The State I'm In
15. Dare
16. Die Mauer Is No More

Stranger Than You is available to pre-order now via Factory Benelux mailorder.

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28 February 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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The Names

Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.

Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".

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