10 March 2014Martin Hannett dvd documentary review
We have been privy to a sneak preview of the previously-announced Martin Hannett featuring contributions from Tony Wilson, Vini Reilly, Bruce Mitchell, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Tosh Ryan, Steve Hopkins (Invisible Girls), Mark Radcliffe, Dave Formula, Reni and Andy Couzens (Stone Roses) plus many othera.
This is no flash expensive BBC documentary, it's a gritty warts 'n' all tale of experimentation, laid bare with the minimum of trickery and a host of wide-eyed observers, interviewed from the '90s onwards - it's rather like witnessing a chat down the pub in some cases (this is no bad thing). There is a soundtrack of sorts, mainly confined to studio tape offcuts and a few videos of Hannett rubbing Wilson up the wrong way or, rather upsettingly, being wheeled around in a shopping trolley for a music video like an overfed turkey. Death was slowly coming by the time that infamous New FADS video hit the channels.
When all is said and done, Martin Hannett really wasn't just the fifth member of Joy Division, or the fourth in The Names or the third in Durutti Column - he was a pioneer in the mould of Joe Meek and Phil Spector, a one-off, a maverick and the like of whom we're unlikely to see, or hear, again. So, until someone at the Beeb gets off their arse and makes a high-end film about the man called Zero, this no-frills DVD will suffice.
Read the full 4* review by Cerysmatic's Paul Pledger via his Flipside Reviews.
Martin Hannett: He Wasn't Just The Fifth Member of Joy Division launches on 10 April from 7pm at Gorilla in Manchester.
For more details on pre-ordering please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
05 March 2014I Am Your Autopilot live @ The Castle, MCR
I Am Your Autopilot (who feature Graeme Brooker, one time of Factory Too band Italian Love Party, among their number) play The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester on Wednesday 23 April.
Tickets are available now via Shedhead Records, SeeTickets and WeGotTickets priced 5.00 GBP.
The Les Disques du Crépuscule postcards set (TWI 1150) is out now via Polite Cards. Produced in association with James Nice of the current label the hand-finished box set is a unique look at the design, graphics, photography and documents of the label from its launch to the present day.
There are 25 colour / black & white postcards featuring Crépuscule acts including The Durutti Column, Section 25, A Certain Ratio, Anna Domino, Cabaret Voltaire, posters, badges and more from across the years.
The set is 25.00 GBP and is available direct from Polite.
Peter Hook & The Light will return to North America in November 2014 for a 14 date tour performing New Order's albums Low Life and Brotherhood live and uncut. As with Hooky's earlier tours, these shows will also feature relevant singles and other cuts from the same period.
As a special bonus, Peter Hook & The Light will be supporting themselves at all dates, as they will play special sets of Joy Division material before each main set.
November 2014 itinerary
4 – The Mohawk Austin, TX
6 – The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
7 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY
8 – Royale, Boston, MA
10 – Théâtre Télus, Montreal, QC
11 – The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
13 – The Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI
14 – Metro Chicago, IL
15 – Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
17 – VENUE, Vancouver, BC
18 – Neumos Seattle, WA
20 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
21 – MEZZANINE, San Francisco, CA
22 – Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Ticketing information will follow.
More Hooky and the Light info including other tour news via Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and peterhook.co.uk.
FAC 51 The Haçienda returns to the resurrected Sankeys on Good Friday with a line-up featuring many of the original DJs that shaped the club including headliners Pickering & Park and Greg Wilson, Hewan Clarke and Jon Dasilva.
Graeme Park and Mike Pickering will play both individually and together as they present their finest records of then and now. Hewan Clarke's set of will feature early Eighties cuts whilst original resident Greg Wilson brings his sublime selection of remixes and edits to the event, with both looking to highlight the musical history of the Haçienda in their sets.
Acid house and Balearic supremos, Jon Dasilva and Justin Robertson, who shaped the independent, open minded, soundtrack to the Haçienda and Manchester in the last Eighties and early Nineties with Hot, Most Excellent, Spacefunk and more, also drop by to provide their great tunes selection and upfront choices to the event.
Finishing up the extensive bill, Manchester Underground’s Russ rocks up with his vinyl while Herbie Saccani delivers one of his much praised warm up sets to kickstart what is set to be another great event for FAC 51 in its Manchester hometown.
Tickets available now priced from 10.00 GBP Earlybird via Sankeys, Skiddle, Ticket Arena
More info at the Facebook Event.
Haçienda Good Friday 2014 @ Sankeys
Friday 18 April 2014 / 10pm to 5am
Mike Pickering and Graeme Park
Chris Watson has been announced by Paul Stolper Gallery in London as the sixth artist in the ongoing series 'The Silence Between' which is a joint venture with composer Adrian Corker.
Chris is noted for his field recordings of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world and, in a previous life, was a member of Cabaret Voltaire.
The exhibition runs from 26-31 March 2014 at Paul Stolper, Museum St, London.
Extending over 2,000 km down the Atlantic coast of West and South Africa the Namib desert is an ancient and unique landscape; a vast and mobile ocean of sand where humans mostly fear to tread.
'Namib' is a multi channel composition created from location recordings made over the last eight years from the Skelton coast to remote interior dunes.The piece reflects a timescale beyond our reckoning as it aims to compress 50 million years of evolution into a 20 minute surround soundscape.
'Namib' will trace the sound shift created by a dense Atlantic fog bank as it swirls inland before sunrise and transforms the acoustics around the huge sandstone outcrops along the bone dry banks of the Kuiseb river. This event brings moisture and life to the flora and fauna whilst the reduced visibility allows the listener to tune into one of the few spaces left on our planet not smeared with noise pollution.
The Namib is a place to listen back in time, above and below the surface. The piece reveals the deep rhythms and sound of an evolving sand dune, from individual grains to moving mountain as it creeps in advance of the prevailing winds. After dark, the dunes, cliffs and valleys are patrolled by an emerging alien empire. Insects vibrate and sing into the night air - a vital and dangerous practice as advertising for a mate also sends signals to the acute auditory senses of predators, large and small, that stalk amongst the stillness of the sands.
'Namib' is on display from 25 to 30 March at Paul Stolper Gallery, Monday to Saturday 10-6pm.
More info at chriswatson.net and Chris Watson's Twitter.
27 February 2014The Return of The Durutti Column FBN 114 CD
Hot on the heels of the highly popular and critically acclaimed vinyl version, Factory Benelux will soon release a 19-track CD edition of the classic debut album The Return of The Durutti Column by The Durutti Column. This new version includes all 9 tracks from the first Factory Records pressing (the sandpaper sleeve) plus the six tracks which formed side two of the rare second pressing. Add in the Martin Hannett 'Test Card' tracks from the original flexi and Madeleine and Lips That Would Kiss from the original Factory Benelux 12-inch single and you have quite a package.
The cover art is black Dufy version and the CD booklet includes photography by Daniel Meadows, and the extensive liner notes feature words by Vini Reilly, Martin Hannett, Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Daniel Meadows, John Brierley, Bruce Mitchell and members of Joy Division (who famously help glue together the original sandpaper sleeved album).
FBN 114 CD 'The Return of The Durutti Column' is out on 5 May 2014. For more information (including on how to order) please visit factorybenelux.com.
1. Sketch for Summer
2. Requiem for a Father
7. Sketch for Winter
9. In 'D'
10. Lips That Would Kiss
12. The First Aspect of the Same Thing
13. The Second Aspect of the Same Thing
16. Sketch for Winter
19. In 'D'
Factory Benelux has lined up a new album of remixes by Mark Reeder, the ex-Shark Vegas Berlin-based musician and producer. Featuring his work for a varied selection of artists including Blank & Jones, Bad Lieutenant, Westbam, Koishii & Hush, Marnie, Sam Taylor Wood / Pet Shop Boys and Crépuscule act Marsheaux, the aptly-titled Collaborator is out on CD on 19 May 2014.
Several tracks reflect Reeder's early influence on the electronic/dance direction taken by New Order after 1981 given that they feature his friend Bernard Sumner. There's two Bad Lieutenant singles Sink Or Swim and Twist of Fate, plus tracks by Westbam, Blank & Jones and Corvin Dalek (this last one intriguingly being an early version of Crystal). Completing the connection, Sumner also produced You Hurt Me by Shark Vegas which appears here in its Radio Edit version. The FAC number for that single, 111, provides the FBN number for this album.
Completing the overall package there's great cover photography is by Katja Ruge.
More info and how to order via factorybenelux.com.
1. Bad Lieutenant - Sink Or Swim (Rettungsring Radio Remix)
2. Marsheaux - So Far (So Close Remix)
3. Corvin Dalek w. Bernard Sumner - Crystal (Original Demo Mix)
4. Koishii & Hush w. John Taylor - C'est Tout Est Noir (Black Night Remix)
5. Blank & Jones w. Bernard Sumner - Miracle Cure (Genussmittel Remix)
6. Blank & Jones w. Anne Clark - The Hardest Heart (Hardest Soul Remix)
7. Marnie - Sugarland (Sweet & Sticky Remix)
8. Queen of Hearts - Neon (Electrically Excited Remix)
9. Sam Taylor Wood w. Pet Shop Boys - I'm In Love With A German Film Star (Stuck in the 80s Remix)
10. Westbam - w. Bernard Sumner She Wants (Old School Remix)
11. Die Unbekannten - Radio War (Re-tuned)
12. Bad Lieutenant - Twist Of Fate (Synth of Fate Remix)
13. Shark Vegas - You Hurt Me (Radio Edit)
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