28 September 2014
Shimmering Sonic Depths 
The recent Atonal festival in Berlin featured a rare live performance by Cabaret Voltaire and, on the Contort night, Ike Yard. The Quietus and Secret Thirteen reviews nicely sums it all up.

In other Ike Yard news, Stuart Argabright tells us that Dior designer Raf Simons wanted to use the Regis remix of 'Loss' in their Spring-Summer 2015 Ready-To-Wear show video(s) and a suitable license was done.

Finally, there's a long-awaited Gretchen Bender retrospective featuring her legendary video installation Total Recall at Tate Liverpool from 7 November to 8 February 2015.

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27 September 2014
The Haçienda Has Been Rebuilt 
FAC 51 The Hacienda has been rebuilt

Artist Nick Hardy built a 1:50 scale model of the Haçienda which was used to mark the 30th birthday party celebrations [->].

The good news if you missed that is that that the model is back on show at Manchester Central Library, Lower Ground floor and will be there for the next 6 months.

To mark the occasion there is a box set of postcard images of the model with the full backing of FAC51 The Haçienda. On the back of each postcard there is going to be a quote from people who ran, DJ'd there, worked there and went as customers.

Cerysmatic readers are invited to contribute to the project by way of a story or anecdote about their favourite memory of going to the Haç, best band you saw, favorite night, people you met, how the club influenced you creatively, or anything else.

Either contact Nick via the Hacienda has been rebuilt Facebook page or email Nick direct.

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16 September 2014
Minny Pops - Collective Manifestations 
Minny Pops - Collective Manifestations

Following on from their excellent low-key return to live action at The Forge in Camden in August, the Minny Pops collective will play two dates in October and November 2014:

MUS_IIC Festival 01 @ Red Gallery, London with Wrangler and Gazelle Twin on Saturday 18 October 2014 [Buy tickets priced 15.00 GBP via SeeTickets.com]

Tuesdays Post @ The Others, London N16 - with Darkroom, Michael Peters, Georgina Brett and David Cooper Orton - 5.00 GBP entry - more info at tuesdayspost.com

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13 September 2014
The Daddy Of Them All - now on iTunes UK 
The Daddy Of Them All - now on iTunes UK

The classic debut album by Space Monkeys, originally released on Factory Too and featuring Acid House Killed Rock and Roll, Blowing Down the Stylus and Sugarcane plus 8 special bonus tracks, is finally available to download via iTunes UK.

Tracklisting

Acid House Killed Rock and Roll
Blowing Down the Stylus
Sugarcane
Inside Your Soul
Ready For the Rampage
Dear Dhinus
Cream Judge and the Clown
Smile America
Let It Shine
We Are the Supercool
Sweetest Dream
March of the Scarecrow
Awaiting Mr Crow
Keep On Tripping On
Sitting On A Cloud
Cream Judge & The Clown
King Monkey
Fantasy Island
Crash and Burn
Pin Up Boy
Obeying the Master

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Kevin Hewick - All Was Numbered 
Kevin Hewick - All Was Numbered

Kevin Hewick's Factory Records-inspired mini-album All Was Numbered is finally available to buy on CD via Hacienda Records following the download-only version of 2012.

The album, which is Kevin's 'singing book' to the history and legacy of Factory Records and which includes elegies to Tony Wilson and Larry Cassidy, was recorded at Deadline Studios in Leicester in December/January 2011/12.

The CD features liner notes by Paul Morley.

Tracklisting

1. Now Is Then
2. FAC 501
3. Overshadowplaying
4. Memory Stone
5. Out Of Order
6. Larry
7. French Jazz Station
8. Then Is Now
9. Now Is Then (2014 Edit)

Read more about All Was Numbered at kevinhewick.co.uk.

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Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home Fundraiser @ Sound Control 
After the horrific recent fire at the Manchester & Cheshire Dogs' Home, there's a special all-day fundraiser, with every penny going straight to the home.

All artists, DJs, staff, security and more have given their time for free.

Tickets are just £5 in advance via Sound Control

Tickets on the door will be £10 with all proceeds going to Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home.

The line-up is developing all the time but for starters there's:

Playing live The Red Paintings, The Backhanders, Northern Uproar, Danny Mahon, Lucy & The Caterpillar, The Morning Pilgrims, Jordan Allen, Ryan Jarvis, Tom Hingley, Dirty North, plus many more!

AND a VERY VERY Special guest. Plus a personal appearance by Rowetta from Happy Mondays.

DJs: Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets/XFM), Gareth Brooks (XFM), Dermo (Northside), Bassface, Howling Rhythm, Kryder, Reach Out DJs plus more!

30 minutes before we open doors, there'll be a FREE Northern Soul Dance Class

All this and then there's a raffle for a multitude of prizes.

If you can't make the show, but would still like to donate, please head to JustGiving.

All the full details are on the Facebook Event.

More on the dogs home, and the incredible work they do are at www.dogshome.net.
27 August 2014
Northside Live - Autumn 2014 Tour Dates 
Northside Live

Northside get back on the road with one last summer (?) date this Saturday at The Social in Doncaster followed by selected autumn gigs up and down the country. The full itinerary is:

30 Aug - The Social, Doncaster
18 Oct - Waterside Arts Centre, Sale
7 Nov - The Duchess, York
8 Nov - Lomax, Liverpool
28 Nov - The Admiral, Glasgow
6 Dec - The Live Lounge, Blackburn
12 Dec - The Garage, Swansea

More info including ticket details available via Twitter and Facebook.

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A Certain Ratio - Sextet [FBN 11 / FBN 11 CD] 
A Certain Ratio - Sextet [FBN 11 / FBN 11 CD]

Factory Benelux releases a special new edition of A Certain Ratio's classic 1982 Factory Records album Sextet on double vinyl and compact disc on 3 November 2014.

The latin, samba and jazz-tinged album features (and was produced by) the then core quintet of Donald Johnson, Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined on vocals by Martha Tilson.

"It all came together for us on Sextet really," confirms bassist (and latterly vocalist) Jez Kerr. "We were all working together - more involved in the recording, and what went down onto tape. It's definitely got something that the other albums haven't."

The newly-remastered set comes replete with bonus tracks on both the CD and vinyl formats including non-album single Waterline plus alter ego excursion Abracadubra and the June 1981 Peel Session. The 2CD version adds further bonus content includes the November 1982 Peel Session, 12" mixes of Knife Slits Water, and an early demo of now-traditional live set closer Si Firmir O Grido.

All this packaged with original cover painting by Denis King and Ben Kelly design.

Sextet (FBN 11 / FBN 11 CD) is available to pre-order now via Factory Benelux mail order.

2LP tracklisting (FBN 11)

-LP1-

Lucinda
Crystal
Gum
Knife Slits Water

Skipscada
Day One
Rub Down
Rialto
Below the Canal

-LP2-

Waterline
Funaezekea
Sommadub

Skipscada (Peel Session)
Day One (Peel Session)
Knife Slits Water (Peel Session)
Abracadubra

2CD tracklisting (FBN 11 CD)

-CD1-

Lucinda
Crystal
Gum
Knife Slits Water
Skipscada
Day One
Rub Down
Rialto
Below the Canal
Waterline
Funaezekea
Abracadubra
Sommadub

-CD2-

Skipscada (Peel 1981)
Day One (Peel 1981)
Knife Slits Water (Peel 1981)
Who's To Say? (Peel 1982)
Piu Lento (Peel 1982)
Touch (Peel 1982)
Si Firmir O Grido (Touch version)
Knife Slits Water (12")
Kether Hot Knives (12")

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