30 October 2005Peter Hook DJ set in Aberdeen
Also on the bill for that evening is former Hacienda resident DJ Jon Dasilva.
Tickets are available now from One Up in Belmont Street, Aberdeen
28 October 2005Happy Mondays homecoming this Saturday
Happy Mondays play the MEN Arena, Manchester tomorrow. Tickets still available (seats only).
Rockin' Rochdale, an exhibition in the excellent new Touchstones Gallery in Rochdale's centre, highlights the variety of ways the Dale has itself contributed to Manchester's rich musical heritage - from the brass and big band eras through Gracie Fields and Deeply Vale to Tractor and Cargo Studios.
Several hundred guests, including members of Tractor, Wilful Damage and Fast Cars, an appearance by local producer / engineer John Brierley and guitar maker extraordinaire Brian Eastwood, attended the preview last week (20 October 2005) at which the Lord Mayor of Rochdale formally opened the exhibition - assisted by Milnrow resident rocker Clint Boon with a plea that the hallowed ground of nearby Cargo Studios (vacant for several years) be purchased by Rochdale Council as a permenant space. Well, somebody should.
The exhibition continues until 23 April 2006
Rochdale bands Tractor, Pie and Wilful Damage play a one-off celebration at the Gracie Fields Theatre on Friday 2 December 2005.
Thanks to OMMCR and Chris Hewitt.
25 October 2005Record label launch - Caroline True Records
Release number two is a limited edition live recording from 1978 by cult punkers The Prefects who were part of the Electric Circus scene in the heyday of the legendary Manchester venue.
The third release is a post-punk compilation album selected by the acclaimed writer and author Jon Savage and this will have Factory Records element to it.
The launch party for the record label is at C21 in Shrewsbury this Friday. If anyone feels like coming along please drop John a line at: email@example.com
Thanks to JK and good luck!
Thanks to C.
Anyone living in Malmo, Sweden, or in the vicinity, e.g. Copenhagen and Lund, should definitely check out the indie venue Panora on Saturday 19 November. The club is called Decades and they will try to capture the Manchester / Factory sound from the early 80s (and a couple of years in the late 70s), via the early 90s Madchester to present time with bands like Interpol, Editors and Kasabian.
Previous Manchester-themed nights have included Hallelujah.
Check out www.panora.nu for more info.
S:t Gertrudsgatan 4
211 25 Malmo
Thanks to Mattias.
24 October 2005A letter from Larry Cassidy of Section 25
Thanks to OMNY for spotting.
22 October 2005New Section 25 album?
"Ian (Butterworth) is currently working on new material for a new Section 25 album. Chris (Anderton) will be recording and producing the album."
21 October 2005John Dowie's Dogman - now available on CD
History (September 2005 update): "... Record DOGMAN CD with assistance of NEIL INNES (music and songs) and PHILL JUPITUS (narration). Released by Laughing Stock records, September 26, 2005. Decide that DOGMAN and JOSEPH aside, all show business aspirations have been met (see above). Off on cyling tour of Europe with a tent, some bags and a Dogman doll. Things going splendidly."
Dogman! a Comedy Musical Drama for Children
Release date: 3 October 2005
Tracklisting: 1. Dogman, 2. D.O.G.M.A.N, 3. All Alone, 4. Dogmanland
The Factory connection doesn't stop there either. Corinne sang on ACR's 'Bootsy' from 'Force', around the time when Swing Out was just starting. Percussionist Chris Manis and drummer Mikey Wilson were both in The Jazz Defektors. Derek Johnson (aka Juneroy), brother of Donald (ACR) and Barry (Sweet Sensation), plays bass and also, on one track drums and furthermore toasts like an old pro on another. A three-man brass section (Noel Langley - trumpet, Pete Beachill - trombone, Gary Plumley - saxophone), Dan Swana (keyboards), Tim Cansfield (guitar) and additional vocalists Sylvia Mason-James and Derek Green complete the live line-up.
The setlist combined material from their debut album 'It's Better To Travel' ('Surrender', 'Twilight World' and a gloriously slowed down version of 'Breakout' as the last encore) with selections from their many other studio albums. Several tracks become extended freeform jazz-funk workouts showing off the skills of what Corinne rightly calls her "badass band".
Swing Out Sister play The Jazz Cafe tonight and tomorrow and are then at venues around the UK.
20 October 2005Peter Saville interview on MoCoLoCo
17 October 2005New Happy Mondays single 'Playground Superstar' out now
The band also play three live dates at the end of October with support from The Farm and Stereo MCs.
Wed 26 - Newcastle (Carling Academy)
Thurs 27 - Birmingham (Carling Academy)
Sat 29 - Manchester (Manchester Evening News Arena)
15 October 2005'Keep Breathing' - the new album by The Durutti Column
The album features 12 brand new tracks, recorded and written by Vini Reilly and arranged by Ben Roberts.
Reilly famously, has criticised his previous recordings, claiming, "It's all rubbish". This album though has received his own critical acclaim. "It's a great album", he says "For the first time in 25 years, I'm pleased with my own album, I want it to succeed, and feel its good enough to do that".
Whilst 'Keep Breathing' will be released on a major label, The Durutti Column also release their own material on Kooky Discs. Most recently the classic Amigos Em Portugal Live album, was re-released on CD for the first time. The 2004 album Tempus Fugit has sold out its initial pressing of 2,500, Both albums and more Durutti Column rarities are available through the band's own website www.thedurutticolumn.com.
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]
Thanks to Phil Jones.
14 October 2005New Order: Q Legends
Q's Exchange of the Day was as follows:
Peter Hook: "I remember Paul Weller saying to us one time: 'Are you the support band?' And we said, 'No we're Joy Division'."
Steve Morris: "That's very abstract, Hooky. True, but abstract."
Hooky: "Bernard would be here, but he thinks Q are a bunch of two-faced cunts who have always given us bad reviews."
Later in the week, New Order played a highly-charged 6-song set at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank as part of a special gig to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of John Peel. The setlist included Joy Division's 'Warsaw'.
Thanks to Alexandre.
13 October 2005News from Heart & Soul Recordings
Adrian Flanegan, better known as Kings Have Long Arms, is known to the righteous few through a series of brilliant singles, such as 'Pigeons Carry My News' and 'Rock & Roll Is Dead'
The KHLA live show is a whole other beast - an electro-pop carnival, which could well feature a Mexican wrestler in a gimp mask, Sherlock Holmes on the stylophone, a lion playing keyboards, and a massive all-in Adrian Flanegan, a man with a plan conga dance to the outrageous new single 'All Hail Satan'.
Seeing is still not quite believing...
On tour in October
13 - London, Madame Jojo's, Brewer Street, Soho. On Stage 11pm.
14 - Manchester, Bierkeller, Piccadilly, Manchester.
15 - Kings Have Long Arms Soundsystem, Leeds, Joseph Well, Johnny Gogogo event. Doors 8pm.
17 - Kings Have Long Arms Soundsystem, playing records as specially invited guest to Ladytron at their Sheffield Show at Plug. Doors 8pm.
The new single, 'All Hail Satan' gets its official release on 17 October 2005. Out on CD and 7" the EP includes the tracks 'All Hail Satan' (produced by Ross Orton M.I.A / Fat Truckers), 'Redneck in a Loop' (produced by Joe Robinson - Badly Drawn Boy, I Am Kloot, Chicks on Speed), and 'Crackermatic' (Another Ross Orton production - actually 2 tracks - 'Assomatic' and 'Who Stole My Crackerjack Pencil' - skillfully joined together to avoid the 'only 3 tracks qualify as a single' rule!)
This single is Electro fun pop music, but not as you know it, this is Northern Electro at its finest, now ALL HAIL THE KING WITH THE LONG ARMS.
12 October 2005Peter Saville graphics and New Order music on new Colorcalm dvd
Copies will also be available from colorcalm.com and Amazon.
10 October 2005Electrospective - Greg Wilson
Greg takes up the story: "I only realised I'd actually been given a Factory catalogue number, when somebody mentioned it to me last year - I think they'd come across it as a Factory trivia question. It was for a mix that I was going to do of stuff that had come out on the label. For one reason or another it never happened - most of the stuff I'd been given to work from was definitely not suitable for the type of mixes I was doing (I was a black music specialist), so, from my perspective it would have been trying to fit square pegs into round holes (only New Order, Quando Quango and 52nd Street had released dance singles on the label). Nowadays, with the assistance of computer programs, I'd have taken a completely different approach and could have put together something pretty interesting, but back then it was to have been a more straightforward one track into the next type mix."
Greg stopped DJing in 1984 but recently has been back on the decks, most notably when he supported A Certain Ratio at their Cargo gig back in August. Also, check out the new album 'No Sell Out', a Legend / Wigan Pier Electro Retrospective (May '82 - Dec '83) mixed by Greg Wilson for A Guy Called Gerald / Samurai FM. An mp3 is now available to download: www.samurai.fm/electrofunkroots
More info at: electrofunkroots.co.uk. Many thanks to Greg.
It's good to be back.
02 October 2005FAC 471 - A Celebration of the Hacienda
Saturday 3 December
10pm - 3am
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography