27 November 2003Pirelli Peter
The photographer Nick Knight selected illustrated his photos of each of the models featured in the calendar with a quote from the following women from the worlds of art, fashion, literature, music and film. The star-studded line-up comprises Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, Tracey Emin, Marianne Faithful, Heidi Fleiss, Emma Forrest, Courtney Love, Stella McCartney, Catherine Millet, Aimee Mullins, Isabella Rossellini, Emmanuelle Seigner, Liv Tyler and Elizabeth Wurtzel.
Peter Saville is credited as Art Director for the project. According to Peter, "The Pirelli Calendar has become an institution of the 21st century, so we decided that the women should decide how they would be represented in the 2004 calendar".
26 November 2003Get Loaded with Shaun Ryder
Get yourselves down to Turnmills tonight [Wednesday 26 November 2003] for a trip down memory lane with the Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder!! All of the Turnmills crew will be down for this Madchester session as we join Shaun and his band of reprobates at the decks from 9pm.
Come and Get Loaded at the bar with us early doors before twisting your melons on the dance floor to everything from Indie, Breaks and Rock to Northern Soul, Funk and Drum & Bass. It's cheap drinks a-go-go at the bar with 2-4-1's all night and a happy hour from 9-10pm!! Shaun hits the decks at 11pm with a Live DJ and MC set plus DJ support from Akaweave's Cutz, Kav, Bass Chimp and Poss.
The first 100 people through the door will receive an exclusive FREE limited edition CD.
Doors open at 9pm.
Admission is only £4 for NUS cardholders and £5 guests.
For more information, please call us on 020 7250 3409 or email: email@example.com
See you tonight!
Turnmills HQ x
25 November 2003The Durutti Column vs The Fall
The exhibition comprises photographs of The Durutti Column by the late Mark Warner (his favourite band was The Durutti Column) plus a complementary set of The Fall by Michael Pollard (his favourite band is The Fall). The exhibition is on until 31 December 2003. Thanks to Ellie Taylor for the tip off.
23 November 2003On closer inspection
Even more of a surprise omission is the classic eponymous The Stone Roses album (Silvertone) from 1989. It isn't even in the Top 500 whereas it regularly features in the Top Five in polls originating in the UK.
22 November 2003And then again
Simply write down your all time top ten Factory artefacts, records, events, concepts, mishaps, highs and lows. The most entertaining entry wins a Cerysmatic Factory mousemat. Closing date for entries 30 November 2003.
20 November 2003Quietly confident
19 November 2003The Guitar and Other (Rare) Machines
Only 250 of these were ever made at the Gibson Custom Factory. Vini will also include a CDR of specially recorded, previously unreleased tracks in the deal. Serious offers in the region of 7,000 GBP (including Worldwide delivery) can by made by emailing Phil at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
18 November 2003Douches bags
The black box contains 3 live cds (Preston, Les Bains Douches and Paradiso), a reproduction poster and a t-shirt and would have sold for around 40 GBP. The first two discs are previously-released live recordings of classic gigs packaged in Peter Saville artwork.
However, it seems that the third disc, which actually includes three tracks included as bonuses on the Les Bains Douches ('Passover', 'New Dawn Fades' and 'Atrocity Exhibition'), has not been officially licensed for release, doesn't have Saville artwork and is already available as a bootleg that most hardcore Joy Division fans will have anyway.
A note on catalogue numbers. The first two discs were allocated official Factory Too catalogue numbers (Facd 2.60 and Facd 2.61) despite being unofficial releases on the NMC label. The new third disc has been allocated the number Facd 2.63. Confusingly, on Amazon.co.uk where the box set is listed for sale, the label credit for all these live albums is listed as 'Factory'(!) The obvious number to have allocated to the box set would be Facd 2.62 as this remains vacant. Facd 2.63 was previously used for the Space Monkeys' March of the Scarecrows cd single.
That's not to say that Factory never allocated duplicate catalogue numbers in the good old days. Indeed it happened many a time but that's another story.
16 November 2003Careful how you name your album
Now it seems that the album's title also is not the only one of its kind. The second disc in the forthcoming double cd by Revenge's One True Passion V2.0 is subtitled 'Be Careful What You Wish For' which is almost the title of the Texas album (just take away the 'Be'). Don't know who had the idea for the title first mind you.
'New York Heroes' is a cd compiled by Moby (apparently his first ever) and came free with the November 2003 edition of Mixmag. It's 12 tracks are all in some way connected with NYC. It contains a preview of the new Voodoo Child album which is the dance alter ego of Moby. The first Voodoo Child album 'The End Of Everything" was great, especially 'Dog Heaven'.
12 November 2003Get your Revenge
The double compact disc features the whole of the sole Factory album, One True Passion (Fact 230), the Gun World Porn EP (Facd 327) plus rarities and previously unreleased material.
It's a full 2 and a half hours long! There's a chance that mail order business will commence slightly before the official release date but this isn't confirmed yet. More news as it breaks.
The transfer comes after its trip to Tokyo which came after the inaugural run at the Design Museum in London.
10 November 2003New 'Untitled' Durutti Column album for 2004
Rob also says that "there may be a single on another label. London is due to release a "definitive collection" in March, a double CD compilation with no new tracks. (This may also be the point at which the Once reissues are withdrawn as previously suggested.)"
All this plus a planned US tour too!
05 November 2003Unsighted and Serene
03 November 2003Weiner-ama
On the poster itself, the corner cut-outs are reminscent of the one on the cover of Thick Pigeon's 'Too Crazy Cowboys' and indeed this too was designed by Lawrence Weiner.
02 November 2003It doesn't exist
Back in 1984, the Hacienda celebrated its Second Birthday. The poster has been somewhat elusive but I grabbed a photo of the one hanging on the wall of Vinyl Revival, Colin White's excellent record shop in Hilton Street, Manchester.
The new Factory record shop was also open, but thanks to being delayed on the M6 on the way up and having to get to Edgeley Park for the Stockport County v QPR game (a 2-1 QPR win) I was unable to check it out.
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