31 December 2005Anthony H Wilson's riposte to the Observer Music Monthly
The Martin Hannett Biography Project [Internet Archive accessible only]
29 December 2005Hamish Muir designs the 8vo cover for Creative Review
The magazine contains an illustrated critique of the 8vo book 'On the outside'.
A Centaur Publication
Thanks to C for new edition spotting.
28 December 2005Kevin Hewick in MOJO's Music of Substance Awards
Kevin also won best solo artist of the year on Leicester music website Pineapster.
Well done Kevin!
Live dates for 2006:
6 January - The Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough [Ist + Paul Carden + Mr Plow]
28 January - Pineapster Malawi Charity Appeal Benefit @ Firefly, Leicester
2 February - The Bulls Head, Moseley, Birmingham
Kevin Hewick official site and on Wikipedia
25 December 2005CERYSMATICFACTORYXMAS2005
23 December 2005Blurt: new dates and new album in the New Year
Blurt are appearing live at The Boston Arms, Tufnell Park, London on 19 January at an Orchestra Pit event, Sax Addict. The bill also includes Terry Edwards and Lol Coxhill.
Blurt will also be appearing at The Freebutt in Brighton on 21 January 2006 and are currently putting together dates for a European tour in May.
The Best Of Blurt Volume Two: The Body That They Built to Fit The Car, is planned for release at the end of April 2006. Volume 1, The Fish Needs a Bike (released in 2003) will be available on PostEverything VERY soon.
22 December 2005A Certain Ratio @ Manchester Apollo - photo gallery on acrmcr.com
Now bring on the FAC 511 complete live show!
21 December 2005Factory namechecked in Warp Records book
- in an essay on Warp's design aesthetic by Adrian Shaughnessy, a quote from Tony Wilson's '24 Hour Party People' (FAC 424) book is used.
- in a feature on Autechre's sleeve art, Ian Anderson, founder of The Designers Republic, mentions the cover for Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' (FACT 10) as being a good example of the cover art having the right relationship with the music.
- in an interview with former Warp employee and founder of off-shoot hip-hop label Lex Records (home of Danger Mouse and Boom Bip), Tom states "I want Lex to have a reputation for design like Factory."
Title: Warp (labels unlimited)
Published: 22 November 2005
Publisher: Black Dog Publishing
Available now from: amazon.co.uk and other good stores.
Thanks to Mike Stein for info.
20 December 2005FAC 471 A Celebration of the Hacienda - review and video clips
19 December 2005New Order to release new material as Joy Division for 'Control' movie
The film itself is still apparently on course, despite casting being repeatedly bumped backwards (now set for Spring 2006) and even director Anton Corbijn casting doubts over whether it will get made (in an interview with suicidegirls.com).
17 December 2005New Order 'Crystal' - the alternate video
14 December 2005Plan K reproduction poster on sale at LTM
Poster designed by Marc Borgers
A2 format (60cm x 42cm)
170g art paper, litho print, matt finish
More info and how to buy at LTM
13 December 2005Young Offenders Institute Christmas Message
The Young Offenders Institute are recording their new single this week, at Steelworks Studios in Sheffield with Jim Barber producing.
Also don't forget their biggest Manchester headlining gig to date - this Thursday December 15 at the Academy 3.
Thanks to everyone who's supported the band during 2005. Next year is going to be a big year for them.
12 December 2005Peter Saville 'Estate' Artalk video clip
Peter Saville's Estate continues until 8 January 2006.
10 December 2005Twenty Four Hours live at Kings Arms, Salford (in 24 hours)
Admission: 5.00 GBP
Thanks to OMMCR and JD Central.
09 December 2005Manchester v Cancer - tickets on sale 10am Sat 17 December
Taking place at the Manchester Evening News Arena on 28 January 2006, the concert will see some of Manchester's very own legends appearing on stage together for the first time ever.
Give the music fanatic in your family a Christmas to remember this year - with the gift of tickets to the biggest ever charity fundraising gig to be staged in Manchester.
New Order, Andy Rourke, Badly Drawn Boy, Doves, Mani (Stone Roses and Primal Scream) and Stephen Fretwell are already signed up and even more huge names will be announced over the next few days and weeks. It could lead to some one-off, amazing collaborations on stage and is making people predict that this will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.
The gig was the idea of ex-Smith, Andy Rourke, following news that his manager's sister and father had been diagnosed with cancer. Andy and friends decided to group together to raise 1 million pounds for alternatives to chemotherapy at Manchester's Christie Hospital, Europe's largest cancer treatment and research centre.
Tickets go on sale 10.00am GMT, Saturday 17 December 2005
Tel: 0870 190 8000
Ticket prices start at 40.00 GBP
08 December 2005That unlikely Jason Donovan / Happy Mondays anecdote in full
05 December 2005You're listening to Peter Saville... in News Plantin
1/3 - 20 'Yes or no' questions for Peter Saville
2/3 - fame, lectures, auto-repeat, music, typography and why somebody had to be Peter Saville.
3/3 - here and now and the old days and the weird idea of making typeradio.
Thanks to C.
01 December 2005FAC 471 A Celebration of the Hacienda - this Saturday @ Manchester Academy
Saturday 3 December 2005
Manchester Academy 1
Doors: 10pm - 3am
Tickets: 16.00 GBP (available from Student Union Box Office: 0161-275 2930, Piccadilly Box Office St. Ann's Sq (in the EasyInternet cafe): 0161-832 1111, Spin Inn: 0161-839 7719, Eastern Bloc: 0161-228 6432
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