31 May 2006Punk at Manchester Central Library, Friday 9 June 2006
Thirty years ago, The Sex Pistols, fronted by Johnny Rotten played at the Lesser Free Trade Hall on Peter Street to an audience of about 50. Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto (Buzzcocks), were the promoters. Members of the audience went on eventually to form Joy Division, Buzzcocks, The Fall, Simply Red, The Smiths, Slaughter and the Dogs, The Drones, Ludus and Factory Records.
The Henry Watson Music Library, in Manchester's Central Library has invited writers and commentators to talk about the Manchester music scene and read from their recently published books on Punk.
They include John Robb, Clinton Heylin, Mick Middles
Councillor Mark Hackett, executive member for culture and leisure at Manchester City Council said: "Manchester is known for its pioneering spirit, its creativity, its industrial heritage and, of course, its music. Central Library holds the booking diaries for the Free Trade Hall and they are valuable social documents. I am sure that this event will be enjoyable and transport people back to that pivotal moment in Manchester where popular music changed forever."
This free event will take place on Friday June 9 in the Committee Room at Central Library, starting at 7.30pm and ending about 11pm.
To place your order please visit the Cornerhouse online store.
Featuring artworks by international media artists Susan Collins (UK); Paul DeMarinis (USA); Ken Goldberg (USA); Paul Sermon (UK); Alexei Shulgin/Electroboutique (Russia); Cornelia Sollfrank (Germany); Tan Teck Weng (Malaysia/Australia); Andrea Zapp (Germany/UK).
Surreal, fascinating and thought-provoking installation environments that invite to explore the ways we now communicate with each other and with technology. This DVD contains a 35 min film that captures the unique atmosphere of the event and its audience involvement while reflecting the installations through interviews with the creators. Directed by video artists Dave Griffiths and Nick Jordan.
Special features include: Interactive access to artists' chapters; a 30 min downloadable installation soundtrack by Vini Reilly; two new short films by the directors, created in response to the exhibition theme of networked storytelling; and an illustrated essay booklet.
The winners of the Factory Revival E.P. competition were Andrew Geraghty and Alan McLeod. Question one asked who has done a cover version of She's Lost Control and correct answers included Grace Jones, Agent Provocateur featuring Siobhan Fahey and Girls Against Boys. The answer to the other question, who sang backing vocals on 'Hallelujah' by Happy Mondays, was Kirsty MacColl (credited as "Vocal support from Kirsty MacColl").
The Factory Revival E.P. is out now and can be ordered online from Boomkat and Juno and other good retailers.
More info at:
Many thanks to Neil Landstrumm.
Tne winners of The Durutti Column live competition were Alan Payne and Steve Pope who correctly answered that Ben Roberts produced the last album 'Keep Breathing'.
The Durutti Column's 2006 tour continues this weekend with dates at the Norwich Arts Centre on Friday 2 June and the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 3 June.
Many thanks to Phil Jones @ CMP Live.
Kevin follows this up on Wednesday 7 June with a slot at Alan McGee's infamous Death Disco at the Notting Hill Arts Centre in London. Manchester band Movement and The Sessions also play.
Then, following two off-the-wall dates in his native Leicester (Druidic Britskiffle with Mr. Plow at The Attik on 21 June and his usual full 3-hour plus set of 30+ original songs and much audience interplay at The Twisted Toucan on 5 July 5), Kevin will be delighted to welcome Section 25 into the Leicestershire midst at The Attik on Friday 7 July. Kevin will be playing a set and the decks will be manned by members of the Falling Leaves Sound System.
Kevin says "If it's anything like the fantastic night we had at Poulton-le-Fylde on 19 May we shall be well pleased. Hopefully there will also be a couple more Section 25/Hewick shows in the near future."
Kevin Hewick Official
29 May 2006Section 25 live at Skinny Wolves CLub, Dublin, 27 July
Thursday 27 July
Skinny Wolves Club @ The Hub
23/24 Eustace St
www.kinoteca.net [Michael Shambery official site]
27 May 2006Tony Wilson at the Big Chip Awards
This year there was a new award for original, modern design - 'The Manchester Digital Original Modern Award' and this was judged by Peter Saville, Manchester City Council's Creative Director.
Big Chip Awards
Manchester Digital Development Agency
Work on the official Manchester v Cancer DVD from this year's show (featuring New Order and a galaxy of other Manchester stars) is about halfway complete and it's all looking "rather spectacular".
24 May 2006The Factory Revival E.P. Competition
This record is Scandinavia's first release through Kompakt from Cologne, Germany. The 'Factory Revival' E.P. is a re-working of two tracks by two of Factory's most famous and influential bands, Joy Division and the Happy Mondays.
Drawn from his experience of the rave sound and bleep culture that grew outwards from the Haçienda through the late eighties acid house explosion, this 12" looks to get back in touch with those emotions and resurrect them. The bleep remix of the Mondays' 'Hallelujah' has already been well received, taking the original and blending it with a take on the LFO-style subsonic bass and bleep sound.
The AA side, 'She's Lost Control' by Joy Division has been covered direct from the original with a simple electronic rhythm and bass track combined with vocals by Tommy Stuart from The Magnificents. He extracts a facsimile of the Ian Curtis original and blends it with Edinburgh feeling and his own signature vocal style. A cross-over record with support from both the indie and dance camps and deserves to be broken and played in clubs worldwide.
Two lucky people can win a copy and all for answering two simple questions:
1. Who else has recorded a cover version of Joy Division's 'Shes' Lost Control'?
2. Who sang backing vocals on the original version of 'Hallelujah' by Happy Mondays?
Please submit your answers to both questions via the Contact form and the first two out of the hat on the closing date of 22:00 BST Monday 29 May will win a 12" each. Please put "Factory Revival Competition" in the subject field.
The Factory Revival E.P. is out now and can be ordered online from Boomkat and Juno and other good retailers.
More info at:
To win tickets for Norwich Arts Centre on 2 June answer the following question: "Who produced the new album 'Keep Breathing'?"
And to win tickets for Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on 3 June here is your question: "Who is the new female singer with The Durutti Column on the current tour?"
Submit your entries via the Contact form. Please only one entry per person so pick the date that's most convenient for you should you be so lucky as to win. Please put "Durutti Live Competition" in the subject field. All winners will be notified by email. Competition closes 22:00 BST Monday 27 May.
22 May 2006More Section 25 live dates added
Sunday 25 June
On the Warf
Quai Francois Mauriac
Thursday 27 July
23/24 Eustace St
The band also play dates in Blackpool, Brussels and Leicester before then, as previously announced.
Earlier, Kevin Hewick played an amazing set on solo acoustic guitar and regaled us of his time in the Swedish Territorial Army.
Full report and pics to follow.
A big shout out to the Poulton Massive including Andrew, Kirstin, James, Luke, Elliott, Mr & Mrs James, Alex, Robert, Kevin, Larry and Vin.
Nolan and CP Lee will be there talking about the Lesser Free Trade Hall. The event started as a thing for academics for Manchester University but has now got bigger and is now open to the general public too.
Tickets are available from Urbis.
An exhibition about the book will start on 5 June in the ground floor gallery at Urbis and is free.
David Nolan is also a guest on Tony Wilson's 'Talk of The Town' show on BBC Radio Manchester on Saturday 3 June at 11am.
21 May 2006A Northern Soul - Paul Morley and Manchester in The Observer
There's also a competition to win a special edition of the album.
For one night only, works by Turner Prize winners Chris Ofili & Keith Tyson, contemporary pieces by Kevin Cummins & Peter Saville, sculpture by Leo Fitzmaurice and paintings by The Singh Twins will be on show, along with the best new talent from the region.
6 June 2006
5pm - 8pm
For further information, please telephone 0781 789 4023.
18 May 2006FAC 461 Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album
16 May 2006Young Offenders Institute - new tracks on MySpace
"The band have just finished the fourth and final date of their mini tour, in Stoke. All four dates went really well apart from getting stranded on the way back from Bristol and JP having to walk home from Bolton. Look out for more dates in July.
Next comes the single. We've put two tracks from it up on www.myspace.com/youngoffendersinstitute - 'Skin Up For The Acid Man' and 'Mancunian Psycho'. Let us know what you think in the new YOI Forum at which is just getting started.
15 May 2006Your Durutti Column diary for the week ahead
They play London Dingwalls on Wednesday 17 May in support of new LP 'Keep Breathing' out now on Artful and will then continue touring the UK and Europe.
The band are currently making a dvd for future release. The concert at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham this Thursday 18 May will be recorded for inclusion in the dvd.
Then, rounding off a busy week quite nicely, Vini Reilly will perform solo guitar on Stuart Maconie's, the Freak Zone on 6 Music next Sunday 21 May.
And if all that wasn't enough, the Durutti Column Sub-Group Newsletter has been published and is on the streets. Honest! It includes plenty of cool stuff including Phil's Sonar Diary and a Q&A with Vini Reilly.
14 May 2006Silent Partners Word of Mouth Tour 2006
Saturday 10 June - The Vine, 13 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 6PU (+ DJ Dermo + after party @ The Mixing Tin, advance tickets only: ring Jack on 0798 444 9361)
Saturday 17 June - Old No. 7 'Cherry Bomb Disco' Market Hill, Barnsley S70 2PX (for ticket info ring Leo on 07869 257 652)
Friday 30 June - The Attic, 29 Warner St, Accrington, BB5 1EA (advance tickets only: ring Paul on 0787 057 3678)
Friday 7 July - The Bierkeller, 77 Piccadilly, Manchester City Centre M1 2BU
More dates to be added soon. www.silent-partners.info
Cream and Haçienda
Main Room - Ferry Corsten, Marco V, Mark Norman, Cor Fijneman, Gareth Wyn
Courtyard - Haçienda + Cream Classics, Peter Hook (New Order DJ Set), Graeme Park, Jon Da Silva, Dave Haslam, Tom Wainwright
Annexe - Hosted by Type, Seb Fontaine, Richard Dinsdale, Lee Ellis, Anthony Probyn
15.00 GBP / 12.50 GBP (NUS) + booking fee. More on the door (Last entry 1am) 10pm – 6am (6am Bar licence)
Tel: 020 8969 4477
12 May 2006The Best of Blurt Volume 2: The Body They Built To Fit The Car
Aboule Ton Fric
The Body That They Built To Fit The Car
Too Bombed Too Soon
Shoot And Shout
Forget About Whom The Last Bell Tolls
The A2 Through Thong
What's Happening To You, Milton?
Bright Red White And Blue
Amour De Ma Vie
On The Stage
Eat Up Your House
11 May 2006Torn Apart book signing in Manchester tomorrow
10 May 2006The Wendys on MySpace
Don't forget to check out Art Plastic, the new band featuring Ian White and Jonathan Renton from The Wendys, also on MySpace.
Thanks to Aleks in Belgrade, Serbia for info.
09 May 2006From Italian Love Party to Music For Media
Andrew says that he's going to try to get some of his own stuff up on MySpace soon. That's if he "ever finishes the ironing and the sun stays in"!
FAC 471 Hallelujah @ Manchester Academy 1, Saturday 13 May: Tom Shaw (Answer: 1988)
Durutti Manchester Academy 3 Saturday 13 May: Paul Blanshard (Answer: Litmus)
Durutti Birmingham Glee Club Sunday 14 May: Chris Butler (Answer: Cardiff)
Durutti London Dingwalls Wednesday 17 May: Kevin McGuinness (Answer: The Venue)
Thanks to everyone who entered. All winners will be contacted by email with further information. Whilst the preferences of multiple entrants on the Durutti Column tickets were noted, it wasn't possible to ensure that everyone got their first choice of venue so apologies for that.
Tickets are still available for all events. Check out the individual pages above for more details.
Thanks to Wilson House and Phil Jones / CMP Live for making the competitions possible.
03 May 2006Win tickets to see The Durutti Column live
Manchester Academy 3 - Saturday 13 May 2006
Glee Club, Birmingham - Sunday 14 May 2006
Dingwalls (aka Lock 17), London - Wednesday 17 May 2006
There is one pair of tickets available for each gig and there are three different questions to answer. Feel free to enter each separate competition but each winner can only win one pair of tickets so please indicate your gigs in order of preference in your entries.
Question M for Manchester) Who supported The Durutti Column at their Manchester Academy 3 show on 13 December 2003?
Question B for Birmingham) At the Glee Club in which city were The Durutti Column scheduled to play in 2004 but never did?
Question L for London) Which London venue played host to a gig on 6 April 1982 which was later released as a live album (recently reissued on CD by Kooky Records)?
Please send in your entries via the Cerysmatic Contact page putting "Durutti Competition" as the subject. Please include your name, a valid email address and the answer to the question(s). Remember, you're welcome to submit answers to each question but there is a maximum of 1 pair of tickets per winner so please state your preferred gig.
Closing date 22:00 BST Monday 8 May.
Also on view is Ugly Winners at agnes b. galerie du jour [www.galeriedujour.com] in Paris this month. The idea for Ugly Winners was to have a satellite show at a gallery to support the main exhibition in Lille. The work in Ugly Winners is available and includes many of the Beautiful Losers artists as well as other artists including: Ryan McGinley, Thomas Campbell, Neckface, Ryan McGinness, Harmony Korine, Barry McGee, Raymond Pettibon, KAWS, Ed Templeton, Mike Mills, Jo Jackson, KR, Todd James, Cynthia Connolly, Chris Johanson, Terry Richardson, Evan Hecox, Henry Chalfant, Cheryl Dunn, Ari Marcopoulos, Glen E. Friedman, Andy Jenkins, Steve Powers, Geoff McFetridge, Craig R. Stecyk III, Shepard Fairey, Rostarr, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Futura, Tobin Yelland, and Brian Degraw.
With thanks to the Iconoclast Mailing List.
Cerysmatic Factory in association with Wilson House is running a competition for free tickets / backstage passes and the question is: "What year did A Guy Called Gerald first release 'Voodoo Ray' as a single?"
First prize: a pair of tickets and a pair of backstage passes
Second prize: a pair of tickets
Send your entries via the Cerysmatic Contact form with the email subject "Hallelujah Competition" and don't forget to include your name, a valid email address and the answer to the question.
The winning names will be pulled out of hat and then notified by email soon after the closing date which is Monday 8 May @ 22:00 BST.
FAC 471 Hallelujah: A Celebration of Madchester
Saturday 13 May 2006
10pm till 3.30am
Madchester Academy 1
Tickets 17.50 GBP
Student Union Box Office - 0161 275 2930
Piccadilly Box Office St Ann's Square - 0161 832 1111
Eastern Bloc - 0161 228 6432
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