31 August 2005Live dates for Blurt in September
15 - Bull and Gate, Kentish Town, London
17 - Marr's Bar, Worcester
30 - Cube Cinema, Bristol (presented by Noise Annoys)
Thanks to Tino on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.
30 August 2005Happy Mondays live @ Get Loaded In The Park, Clapham Common
In this brief extract Kevin explains how he met Ian: "The first time I met Ian Curtis was in 1977 when Joy Division were supporting the Buzzcocks at the Electric Circus in Manchester. My first impression of him was that he was a bit odd because he used to turn up with a carrier bag full of notes on sheets of paper. He would have this greyish-green overcoat on and be carrying that carrier bag everywhere he went. But he was just a typical lad really: he would talk to you about football, music, drinking and women. We both supported Manchester City and liked the Stooges, so we got on."
27 August 2005Silent Partners - new exclusive download now available
25 August 2005Repeat Offenders: a Carling Weekend update
3.30pm on the Carling Stage - that's the Young Offenders Institute's stage time at Reading Festival this Sunday - earlier than previously adverised
They're still on 3.15pm tomorrow at Leeds, again on the Carling Stage
24 August 2005Evolution present's Hooky's Hacienda Classics,
Friday 16 September
The Music Box
10pm - 4am
Dress: Smart casual (so not like the Hac in that respect)
10 GBP NUS, 12 GBP other
For anyone going to Leeds and Reading festivals, The Young Offenders Institute are playing both, on the Carling stage.
At Leeds they're on this Friday August 26 at 3.15pm prompt.
At Reading they're on on Sunday August 28 at 3.45pm prompt.
22 August 2005Shaun Ryder on why Teletubbies is bad for your mental health
18 August 2005Peter Hook DJ set @ The North Star, Shetland, Saturday 3 September 2005
Hooky, who has played the North Star before, is the 3rd act with Factory connections to play the North Star this year following The Durutti Column [photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5] and ex-Northside lead singer Dermo's new band Silent Partners.
www.thenorthstar.co.uk [website design borrowed from a familiar poster]
16 August 2005Summer Season - 7 obscure Fac Facts
2. John Rhodes, who replaced Lita Hira in Stockholm Monsters, was originally in a band called Delhi Polo Club.
3. The late Ritchie Close wrote the theme music for the seminal Seventies music show 'So It Goes' which was presented by Tony Wilson. Close also played piano for Mike Pickering and Simon Topping's T-Coy.
4. 50 Newton Street, the current home of the highly recommended Hatters Hostel in Manchester, was once the home of 'City Fun' fanzine and the Buzzcocks' 'New Hormones' record label.
5. Alec Sidebottom, one of the drummers in The Distractions, used to be in Sixties band The Purple Gang.
6. Rumour has it that most of the individually signed, 6 foot long, guitar cut-outs designed by Peter Saville and randomly left around town have been, erm, destroyed by over-zealous bin men!
7. In 1992, The Adventure Babies played on France's Inter-Radio on a show called The Black Sessions. Little did they know that the radio station released a CD of the live performance. This included the previously unrecorded tracks 'Sunday Girl' (yes, a Blondie cover!) and 'Time'.
Also, the recently announced gig by The Durutti Column at the Forum Des Images in Paris forms part of the L'Etrange Festival.
10 August 2005The Durutti Column - new 2005 tour dates
3 Sep - Forum Des Images - Paris, France
22 Oct - Metro Arts, Bury [0161 761 2216, www.themet.biz]
26 Nov - Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh [0131 220 6176, www.thecabaretvoltaire.com]
27 Nov - Arches, Glasgow [+ support, 8pm, 13.50/9.00 GBP, 0870 240 7528, www.thearches.co.uk]
28 Nov - Lemon Tree, Aberdeen [01224 642230, www.lemontree.org]
02 Dec - Cluny, Newcastle [0191 230 4474, www.theheadofsteam.co.uk]
04 Dec - Ronnie Scotts, London [08700 600100, www.ticketweb.co.uk]
05 Dec - Komedia, Brighton [01273 647100, www.komedia.co.uk]
09 August 2005A Certain Ratio live at the Big Chill
Do The Du
Si Fir Mi
Here's looking forward to Cargo and Moorfest.
Thanks to Martin.
08 August 2005Miserable, hypocritical, whingeing losers
05 August 2005Bez talks Domino Bones to Manchester Evening News
And here's that Domino Bones line-up in full:
Monica Ward (lead vocals)
Domino Bones headline the main stage at DPercussion 05 at Castlefield, Manchester, tomorrow. On stage 10pm.
04 August 2005Stage times for Dpercussion @ Castlefield, Manchester, 6 August
13.35 Rob Bright (Bugged Out, Heart and Soul)
15.35 Nine Black Alps
17.15 The Durutti Column
18.50 Stephen Fretwell
22.00 Domino Bones
02 August 2005Sounds of the Seventies on BBC Four this Friday
Friday 5 August
20:30 - 21:00 BST
This is doubtless a repeat, but well worth enjoying again nevertheless.
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