27 February 2006Reviews for Keep Breathing by The Durutti Column
Manchester Evening News [4*]
Record Collector [4*]
The Guardian [5*]
The session recorded a few weeks ago for Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music is being aired this week on Tom's Evening Sequence (Mon-Thu 19:00-21:30 GMT). On tonight's show he also announced that Vini Reilly will be popping in on Wednesday for a chat.
With thanks to Phil Jones and the Yahoo DC List.
Manchester Academy 3 - 13 May 2006
Glee Club, Birmingham - 14 May 2006
Dingwalls (aka Lock 17), London - 17 May 2006
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 18 May 2006
Arts Centre, Norwich, 2 June 2006
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Saturday 3 June 2006
Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon, Saturday 10 June 2006
Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, 16 September 2006
World Guitars Festival, St Georges, Bristol, Thursday 2 November 2006
From now until 31 May 2006 you can submit your work for the Noise media showcase in October 2006.
Peter Hook - DJ Set
Friday 17 March
The Music Box
Oxford Road - Manchester
Thanks to OMMCR.
25 February 2006The rarest New Order song of them all...?
Thanks to C.
24 February 2006Five stars for The Durutti Column in The Guardian
Also, in the same section, Peter Hook ruminates on the genesis of Blue Monday.
And whilst we're at it, Hooky also names his Top Ten tunes of the moment including New Order's Waiting For The Sirens' Call Wally Gagel Remix (which was released a long time ago as a one-sided 10" white label) in this week's NME.
Thanks to AJ for spotting.
23 February 2006Laurent Garnier's Electrochoc
1987. Manchester: in an old warehouse converted into a club, music is about to live its last big revolution. Fifteen years later, techno has become a worldwide phenomenon. Its artists sell their albums by the million, and the "techno aesthetic" is ever-present in our cultural landscape. From the black ghettos - American until the worldwide explosion on the threshold of 2000 - Laurent Garnier recounts, through his experience and memories, the electronic saga: his key moments, leading players, secret stories, excess and issues. An essential player and privileged witness of the electronic adventure, he unveils for the first time the backstage goings on of the last odyssey of the century.
A DJ, musician and producer very involved in the middle of techno music since more than fifteen years recounts, through his memories and experiences, the evolution of this type of music and of the culture which surrounds it."
THE PREFECTS "LIVE 1978 - THE CO-OP SUITE BIRMINGHAM"
Ltd CD: Released Monday 27 February on Caroline True Records (CTRUE2)
"I will always remember that show: it's as Punk Rock as Nirvana at New York's Roseland ballroom in July 1993, when Kurt Cobain refused to play 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and, to the roars of a hostile crowd, brought on a cello player and played Leadbelly songs." (Jon Savage on the Prefects live experience - sleeve notes 2005)
"Their music is as bleak, cynical and loveless as their personalities, with a perverse humour." (The NME Book Of Modern Music 1978)
The Prefects occupy a very special place in the rich heritage of UK punk and Post-Punk music. Guesting on the incendiary white-riot tour of 1977 with the Clash and the Subway Sect - the band were famously called "amateur wankers" by Clash manager Bernie Rhodes. Vocalist Robert Lloyd was asked to join Joy Division by Ian Curtis as a drummer! Indeed the Prefects were well respected by JD.
Their music was a melange of Krautrock, Beefheart, glam and the Pistols. All the things that PIL were to be later - the Prefects were there first - groundbreaking and unconsciously rewriting the rules.
Carpark records 2004 "Amateur Wankers" release collected together the 2 Peel sessions and some live odds and ends - to go with the posthumous Rough Trade 7" that was released after the split.
Now, February 2006 sees the long awaited release of a recently uncovered 1978 live set from the Co-Op Suite in Birmingham. Featuring all the classic Prefects moments, Faults, Barbarellas and Escort Girls, along with the addition of a live cover - Disco Stomp. A great live document, it's like being back there.
Exclusive liner notes by England's Dreaming / Time Travel / MOJO writer Jon Savage are included inside a special package. As he suggests: "Who'd have guessed that, in the 21st century, the Prefex would find their time."
Album available from: www.carolinetruerecords.co.uk
20 February 2006Rowetta on new Cornershop single 'Wop The Groove'
The single is out now on Rough Trade with the promise of a new album eventually.
With thanks to JD Central.
Maybe this is why he doesn't buy them anymore - he just gets them for free!
- Ian Butterworth is working with Section 25 on their new album.
- Chris Anderton was producing / engineering the new Section 25 album but this is no longer the case.
- Chris and Tony Ashworth are now working under the name of FORM.
- Matthew Ashworth is recording as Calpol Child as well as promoting gigs out of Manchester and also playing as one half of a duo Lion Kiosk.
17 February 2006Scream City update
16 February 2006'Keep Breathing' by The Durutti Column out 27 Feb 2006
Written and played almost entirely by Vini Reilly, the album is built out of ideas generated over the last year and was inspired by African hip hop, traditional Jewish music (Klezmer) and 1930's piano music by Art Tatum.
The 12 tracks were created over 3 months in a room "not much bigger than a broom cupboard" using only one microphone and whatever time and equipment Reilly and the album's programmer Ben Roberts had spare. This inventiveness adds to the richness of Reilly's amazing "honey wrapped in sandpaper" guitar playing.
The gorgeous song 'Maggie' samples a school choir he heard on the BBC 14 years ago, while other tracks such as the defiant 7 minute long love song, 'Let Me Tell You Something' are just as powerful and reflective, showing the positive frame of mind Vini was in when making the record.
The new album is more polished and less haphazard than his previous efforts and Durutti Column have also committed to touring it extensively in 2006, with a live band consisting of Keir Stewart, Bruce Mitchell on drums and John Metcalfe on viola.
Thanks to Phil Jones.
40 local Manchester artists also painted iconic images which were signed by artist and will appear in the basement of Hedonist Hair Salon on Tib St by the start of next week.
Great Northern Productions are preparing for the DVD release of the Manchester v Cancer concert, all the proceeds of which will go to the Gene Therapy Unit at the Christie Hospital. There is not a set date for release yet.
Thanks to Tom @ Great Northern.
15 February 2006Peter Saville brings CMYK to St Luke's Garden, Clerkenwell
This new direction comes from the man who once proclaimed that "Art is the new gardening".
14 February 2006Scream City - the new Manchester / Factory Records fanzine - out now!
Many thanks to those who have already bought it already. It is also available in the Rough Trade shop, Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London but Mancunians should not worry because it will soon be available in a number of places in Manchester itself (such are the vagaries of printing a Manchester fanzine in London!). Details to follow.
Scream City covers Manchester music, art(s), books and popular culture and features a number of guest writing contributions. It includes an assessment of record collecting in the post-eBay world and old school alternatives, Tony Wilson on various Factory artefacts, exclusive new artwork by Matt Carroll (Central Station Design), a new version of my biography of The Durutti Column, a review of the career of noted Mancunian Jeff Noon who was once in Manicured Noise and an interview with Kevin Cummins to coincide with his new exhibition 'Arca' which continues at Paul Stolper until 11 March.
10 February 2006Educational slides of FAC 51 The Hacienda now available
Gonnie brought these images together for the 1992 and 1993 exhibitions that she curated for the Manchester Institute of Popular Culture to celebrate '10 Years of The Hacienda'. She did this in conjunction with the image and background research that she conducted for the book 'FAC 351 The Hacienda Must Be Built', co-edited by Jon Savage.
09 February 2006Kevin Cummins 'Arca'
Talking exclusively to Cerysmatic Factory, Kevin Cummins said, whilst joking that he was standing in front of his picture of East Germany (in reality, Princess Parkway, Hulme, 1979 in the snow), "Paul Stolper asked me about 18 months ago if I'd like to do some Joy Division pictures with him. We sorted it out over quite some time and eventually whittled it down to a selection of eleven pictures. So it was a really tight edit."
Read the rest of this interview along with a full feature review and much more in my new fanzine 'Scream City' which is launching very soon. Watch this space for further details.
Thanks to Kevin Cummins and Paul Stolper.
Thanks to Chrissmari on Livejournal and the IMDb Message Board for Control [free registration required] for info.
07 February 2006Beautiful Losers moves to Milan, Italy from 16 February 2006
We are pleased to announce the European opening of Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture from 16 February until 19 March 2006. The exhibition follows in the footsteps of the American version and features the work of many artists including Ed Templeton.
as part of the Triennale di Milano
Viale Alemagna 6
Opening hours: 10.30am until 8.30pm (closed on Mondays)
06 February 2006This train is for Radiohead. Please alight here for New Order. The next stop is Kraftwerk.
The map, produced in association with the Mayor of London and Transport for London is available to buy from the London Transport Museum shop. You can also download the map for free as a pdf.
In the article 'The making of Manchester', architectural editor Martin Spring talks to AHW about his new role as a "regeneration adviser" and his plans for Manchester. The official Factory catalogue number FAC 481 has been assigned to the issue of the magazine. Further articles on how Manchester is evolving are entitled '24 Hour Construction City', 'Greater Expectations' and 'How It Used To Be'.
Read the full article on building.co.uk [free registration required]
Thanks to Martin Spring and to Blue's Blog for originally spotting.
03 February 2006Peter Saville nominated in the BBC Culture Show Design Quest
Thanks to Matthew.
02 February 2006The Durutti Column on Tom Robinson - correction
Thanks to Phil Jones.
23. New Order: Technique
44. Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures
77. Joy Division: Closer
82. Happy Mondays: Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches
For comparison, the June 2000 issue of Q had a 100 Greatest British Albums Ever list with #19 Unknown Pleasures, #31 Pills 'n' Thrills and #97 'Low-life' by New Order. This was followed in the July 2004 issue of Q had a 50 Best British Albums Ever list with Closer at 22 and Pills 'n' Thrills at 24.
In 1993, NME writers placed Closer at 20, Technique at 42, Unknown Pleasures at 43 and at #100, and voted by NME readers, it was Bummed by Happy Mondays.
Thanks to OMNY.
01 February 2006Peter Saville talks Manchester on 'You and Yours'
"I think I've taken it more seriously than that. We don't believe advertising in the way we used to believe advertising. We don't believe slogans. If I see something that has to make such a claim for itself, then plainly it's not really achieved it. And also we're not talking about hair shampoo or breakfast cereal. I mean cities and communities are much more complex than that."
Available via the Listen Again feature for a limited time.
Liz Kershaw, also on 6 Music, gave the album a big plug on Sunday when she played a medley of four tracks including 'Nina'.
Catch both shows for one week from the transmission date via the Listen Again feature on the 6 Music website.
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