05 December 2013Not just the 5th member of Joy Division...
Martin Hannett was Factory Records' genius in-house producer, musician and sonic experimenter. A new 4-hour reportage-style documentary filmed over many years and to be released next year will explore his life in interviews with an extensive cast including Tony Wilson, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Bruce Mitchell, CP Lee, Tosh Ryan, Lindsay Reade, George Borowski, Kevin Hewick, Mick Middles, Victor Brox, Bob Dickinson, Julia Adamson, Reni, Andy Spearpoint (New FADS), Wendy Hannett, Vini Reilly, Tina Simmons, Bono (audio only) and Mark Radcliffe.
The project was conceived by Anthony Ryan Carter and initiated in the 90s with interviews carried out by Jon Ronson and Tosh Ryan. It was then shelved until being resurrected by Chris Hewitt and Tom Hewitt with new interviews carried out from 2009 to 2013 and is set for release on dvd in the spring.
Giant Star are ending the Year Of The Snake with a bang with a Christmas party with special guests at Carson's Bar in Middleton, Manchester on Sunday December 22nd from 8pm til late. Ex-Space Monkey man Richard McNevin-Duff will also play a solo acoustic set.
38-42 Townley Street
04 December 2013A Certain Ratio live @ Under The Bridge
ACR have announced a one-off London gig at Under The Bridge in Fulham on Friday 21 February. The night's Special Guests are still to be announced but tickets are on sale now and there's an Early Bird deal via the promoters AGMP.
A Certain Ratio + Special Guests
Under The Bridge, Fulham
Friday 21 February 2014
Tickets available priced 15.00 GBP (Early Bird) and 20.00 GBP (Full Price) are on sale now via AGMP Events.
Under The Bridge
London SW6 1HS
02 December 2013Crispy Ambulance live on two 2014 nights
The Names, the Belgian new wave group best known for their classic recordings with Factory Records, Factory Benelux and Les Disques du Crépuscule release a new collection of studio material entitled 'In Time' via Factory Benelux on 10 February 2014.
In Time comprises selected tracks from two previous studio albums released in 1997 and 2009. Replete with striking cover art and typography by the master himself, Benoît Hennebert, the music is conceptually split into into contrasting 'day' and 'night' 'sides' with both dynamic modern rock songs and longer, more contemplative tracks.
Highlights include Halloween In June featuring Isabelle Antena on guest vocals and Zeroes which is the band's tribute to their late, original producer Martin Hannett.
In Time will available to buy via Factory Benelux mailorder.
Halloween In June
I Am the Rain
This Teflon Skin
The Tether Ends Here
Artist: The Names
Title: In Time
Label: Factory Benelux
Catalogue number: FBN112CD
Released: 10 February 2014
ESG play Factory 251 in Manchester on Sunday 19 January 2014 as part of their last ever UK tour which features dates at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, London's Koko and Think Tank in Newcastle.
Support comes from Stonelove DJs plus further bands to be announced. This date also forms part of 251's 4th birthday celebrations.
Tickets are on sale now via TicketWeb and Piccadilly Records.
Full January 2014 itinerary
Fri 17 - Koko, London [Buy tickets]
Sat 18 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [Buy tickets]
Sun 19 - Factory 251, Manchester [Buy tickets]
Mon 20 - Think Tank, Times Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne [Buy tickets]
More info at ESG's official website and Facebook.
01 December 2013Madchester - Fashion, Music, Style
madchester.com is the new venture by those Donnelly Brothers, Anthony and Christopher. Just launched, it promises to deliver "... all the iconic music, fashion and moments from then through to now ... curated by you, the fans".
It's early days yet but a full site is promised soon and there is a mailing list to sign up to for updates.
30 November 2013Kevin Hewick - The Heat of Molten Diamonds
Kevin Hewick's new album The Heat of Molten Diamonds is out via Pinkbox Records this week as a 6-track CD album. Recorded with Adam Ellis at Leicester's Deadline Studios throughout 2013 it features regular live favourites Americanta, Elegy for Jackie Leven plus four others. This is far from a mini-album though, as a couple of tracks clock in at a whopping thirteen minutes plus.
The Heat of Molten Diamonds is available to buy direct via kevinhewick.co.uk.
A Young Man's Dream of Revolution
Elegy for Jackie Leven
Seeking a Religious Experience
The Heat of Molten Diamonds
The Wake formed in Glasgow (Scotland) in April 1981, after singer/guitarist Caesar joined forces with drummer Steven Allen and a bassist, Joe Donnelly. Caesar had previously played with Altered Images and wrote their first single Dead Pop Stars, but elected to leave shortly before the band crashed into the UK charts.
- extract from the LTM biography by James Nice