30 November 2005... and they never played 'Blue Monday'
Thanks to Mike for spotting.
A second batch of 70 copies of new album 'Keep Breathing' has just gone on sale on eBay.
A single and album are scheduled for release in the New Year but in the meantime check out the official website at twentyfourhoursmusic.com for a free download of 'I Feel So Good'
Twenty Four Hours
11 Bloom St
Lancashire M3 6AN
Support: local beatbox sensation Folded Remediez
Admission: 5.00 GBP
28 November 2005Cerysmatic Factory scheduled downtime Tuesday 6 December 12:01am GMT
Thank you for your forebearance.
27 November 2005Special deal on Opium
26 November 2005New Order for Manchester v cancer charity gig at MEN Arena
Tickets on sale soon
... and in the worst is Waiting For The Sirens' Call by New Order (designed by Peter Saville) [Word comments: "Shall I buy this?" "No". The original sleeve (featuring yachts) was binned after the Tsunami but that doesn't excuse this wretched will-this-do stopgap]
25 November 2005Keep Breathing by The Durutti Column out today on eBay
2. Its Wonderful
6. Big Hole
7. Let me tell you something
11. Agnus Dei
Thanks to Phil Jones.
23 November 2005FAC 104 and Madonna in The Guardian
With Madonna's new album just released, Tim de Lisle in today's Guardian has today re-invented that same article, and opts to tell the truth of what happened. Featuring new interviews with Martin Moscrop, Greg Wilson and Norman Cook (who was in the audience), it's in the G2 Section.
21 November 2005New Order secret gig for Salford school kids
19 November 2005Peter Saville / Colorcalm poster competition - the result
"Peter Saville was the 'Best Graphic Designer Working Today' (Creative Review's Peer Poll, 2002 and 2003). Now he is the most comforting lounging apparatus for professionals cutting back on clubbing."
Thanks to everyone else who entered the competition.
The Colorcalm: by Design dvd features ambient works from three of the world's legendary designers Peter Saville, John Maeda and Irma Boom, set to music by New Order, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Michael Nyman and is still available to buy from The Conran Shop (New York, London, Tokyo & Paris), Amazon.com & Colorcalm.com.
The Festival is definitely happening on the weekend when Glastonbury usually does and will take place on a parkland site within Manchester's borders. The line-up now features [98 per cent certain] a heavyweight act who still have leftfield credibility and were one of the last few acts on at Live8 earlier this year.
XFM are coming on board - hopefully they will be the new station to give local bands and events a chance in North West music next year.
BBC 6 Music are on board with Craig Charles, Bruce Dickinson, Marc Riley and Phill Jupitus. Johnny Vegas is apparently also up for it.
Add to that hopefully Doves, Elbow, Badly Drawn Boy / Andy Rourke, Puressence, The Fall, Steve Hillage, Goldblade, The Durutti Column, 808 State, Silent Partners, Mark Burgess and the Sons of God, Ozric Tentacles, Tractor, and many more...
In the meantime the Deeply Vale people bring you a special concert. If you buy tickets for it we have more chance of getting Deeply Vale 2006 off the ground - so get to it.
To tie in with the Rockin Rochdale Exhibition - a major exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale which opened in October 2005 and runs for six months.
Rockin Rochdale - The Concert
Friday 2 December
The Gracie Fields Theatre
Hudsons Walk (off Sandy Lane)
(near to M62 Junction 20)
- featuring John Peel favourites originally from Rochdale - TRACTOR / THE WAY WE LIVE [Jim Milne and Steve Clayton]
- plus Deeply Vale legends reformed for the first time since the 1980's - WILFUL DAMAGE. Wilful Damage toured in 1978 after Deeply Vale aged 15 with The Fall, Graham Massey and Danny and the Dressmakers, Alternative TV and Here and Now. All of them in Here and Now's bus! And in 1978 Mark E Smith said they were one of the best bands around.
- plus PIE featuring guitar maker and guitarist Brian Eastwood, guitarist Boo and legendary drummer Joe.
- plus ROQ, a new young Rochdale band featuring Nick Milne and friends [Nick is nephew of Jim Milne]
Compere - BBC GMR'S Michelle Mullane (Michelle Around Midnight)
Friday 2 December
Advance tickets 8.00 GBP from Touchstones Centre or telephone 01565 734066 / 01565 734577 / 07970 219701
www.deeplyvale.com for more info
17 November 2005December dates for Blurt in London and Berlin
2 - Plastic People, 147-149 Curtain Road, Old Street, LONDON EC2 presented by Our Disco
6 - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Skalitzerstr. 130, BERLIN presented by amSTARt
More Blurt at www.tedmilton.com.
With thanks to "Lauch" on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.
Friday 18 November - supporting Puressence at 53 Degrees, Preston's new venue.
Entrance: 12.00 GBP
www.skiddle.com for more info and tickets.
Saturday 19 November - Lindley Working Men's Club in Huddersfield, supported by Rev Porl and The Voice Of God.
Lindley Working Men's Club
39 Brian Street
Tel: 01484 651118
For info contact Alan on 07780 707 086
Then next week on Wednesday 23 November the band will be in London playing at The Musos, at KOKO in Camden (formerly The Camden Palace), hosted by Xfm. There are a limited number of tickets available for the public.
14 November 2005The Durutti Column's new album 'Keep Breathing' out 28 Nov on Artful via eBay
Thanks to Phil Jones and Mike Mitchell.
Cost: 5.00 GBP
09 November 2005John Metcalfe - Scorching Bay Live Tour
The live line-up is: Louisa Fuller (violin), Andy Gangadeen (drums), Ali Friend (bass), John Metcalfe (viola, guitar) and Chris Worsey (cello, keyboards).
Download an exclusive live session [Apple Quicktime]
SCORCHING BAY LIVE TOUR
Presented by Sarah Allen Promotions
23 November 2005, 8pm
Lakeside Arts Centre
Nottingham NG7 2RD
Box Office: 0115 846 7777
Tickets: 10.00 GBP (7.00 GBP)
2 December 2005, 8pm
Midland Arts Centre
Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham B12 9QH
Box Office: 0121 440 3838
Tickets: 11.50 GBP (8.00 GBP)
17 December 2005, 7.45pm
'Cool Yule Festival' Purcell Room
South Bank Centre
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
Box Office: 08703 800 400
Tickets: 12.50 GBP, concessions 50% off - limited availability (booking fee applies)
18 January 2006, 8pm
Norwich Arts Centre
St Benedicts Street
Norwich NR2 4PG
Box Office: 01603 660352
Tickets: 10.00 GBP (8.00 GBP)
25 January 2006
44 Gardner Street
Brighton BN1 1UN
Box Office: 01273 647 100
Tickets: 11.00 GBP (8.00 GBP)
Scorching Bay Live is funded by the Arts Council of England and the PRS Foundation.
12 Bar Club
London WC2H 8NL (UK)
Admission: 5.00 GBP
Kevin follows that date with a support slot for folk legend Martin Carthy, MBE at St. Andrews Church, Aylestone, Leicester on Saturday 19 November 9th. The beautiful setting is one of Leicester's oldest parish churches. The line-up also includes Nick Race on piano.
Doors at 7.30pm. The evening includes Nick Race and Kevin Hewick for the first half then an interval and Martin Carthy in the second half. Tickets 9.00 GBP including wine.
08 November 2005Kid Robot's MUNNY auction featuring Ed Templeton
One of the designers is Ed Templeton of Factory Too. There's just over 3 days to run on his auction and the price was at just over 100 USD at the time of posting.
Ed designed the sleeves for Hopper and the FAC 2.24 1996 Factory Too Christmas Card.
Thanks to Mike for spotting.
07 November 2005Peter Saville 'Estate' @ Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, 12 November 2005 - 8 January 2006
From www.migrosmuseum.ch: "The legendary cover of the New Order single Blue Monday (1983) and, for example, the cover of the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures (1979), were to bring the Manchester graphic designer Peter Saville (born 1955) worldwide renown. In this solo exhibition at the migros museum fur gegenwartskunst, his archive is being fully opened to the public for the first time to reveal three decades of work. Using a reduced, Modernist style Peter Saville has made key innovations in the field of visual communications, and in recent times he has had a profound effect on the interplay between art, design and advertising."
Opening: Friday 11 November 2005, 6pm
Then from 12 November 2005 - 8 January 2006
Art Talk in English with Peter Saville on 17 November, 7pm. In collaboration with the British Council.
Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst
Tel: +41 44 277 20 50
Fax: +41 44 277 62 86
06 November 2005Stephin Merritt's Showtunes out mid-February 2006
Nonesuch Records will release 'Showtunes', a selection of original theater music by Stephin Merritt (The Sixths, The Magnetic Fields, et al) composed for director Chen Shi-Zheng's 'The Orphan of Zhao' (2003), 'Peach Blossom Fan' (2004), and 'My Life as a Fairy Tale' (2005). The projected release date is mid-February, 2006.
The complete catalog of songs from all three shows will also be made available by digital download. More information about the downloadable songs will be available shortly.
The House of Tomorrow
Thursday 15 December - The Young Offenders Institute vs Hanky Park, Manchester Academy 3
05 November 2005John Metcalfe presents Scorching Bay live at the Purcell Room, London, 17 December
"Five outstanding musicians collaborate for a blistering performance of John Metcalfe's 'Scorching Bay'."
Louisa Fuller (violin), Andy Gangadeen (drums), Ali Friend (bass), John Metcalfe (viola, guitar), Chris Worsey (cello, keyboards)
Saturday 17 December 2005
Tickets: 12.50 GBP (limited concessions)
04 November 2005New website for Heart & Soul Recordings
More info on the official website: www.heartandsoulrecordings.com
"The book was launched at the LCC (LCP) in London last Friday, 28th October, and will be in the shops soon...
'8vo: On the outside' by Mark Holt and Hamish Muir. Lars Muller Publishers. 536 pages, hardcover, 16 x 12 cm, 395 colour illustrations. 32.50 GBP, ISBN 3-03778-019-3 www.lars-muller-publishers.com
Includes in-depth accounts of working for Factory (Durutti Column / Wilson/ Hacienda) and a stage by stage documentation of the design of the Hacienda Four poster and the 'Guitar and Other Machines' album sleeve."
Meanwhile, ACR's long-awaited FAC 511 show from last year will be released on iTunes soon.
Thanks to Martin.
02 November 2005Win a limited edition Peter Saville / Colorcalm poster
The dvd itself is available from The Conran Shop (New York, London, Tokyo & Paris), Amazon.com & Colorcalm.com.
Thanks to those nice people at Colorcalm, Cerysmatic Factory has a limited edition A1 size poster made for the DVD release to give away. The posters were designed by Peter Saville and are basically the same as the DVD cover.
All you have to do is complete the following in 25 words or fewer: "Peter Saville was the 'Best Graphic Designer Working Today' (Creative Review's Peer Poll, 2002 and 2003). Now he is...".
Submit your entry. The best one wins. Closing date Thursday 10 November at 10.00pm GMT.
SJM Concerts by arrangement with 13 Artists present
plus guests Domino Bones
Saturday 03 December
Manchester Evening News Arena
0870 190 8000 / 0161 832 1111
01 November 2005The Designer and the Grid and the New Alphabet
Thanks to C.
The exhibition runs from 19 October - 23 November 2005.
Opening times: Monday-Friday 10.00am - 6.00pm, Saturday 11.00am - 5.00pm
29 Bell Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7724 2739
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