31 August 2006
Accentuated industrialism 
Anthony Wilson is selling his Manchester loft apartment which was designed by Ben Kelly.

The estate agent blurb describes it as "distributed over 3100 ft2. The epitome of Manchester's lofts: A true piece of urban heritage, defined as the original residential loft. Includes 2 x parking spaces. The epitome of Manchester's lofts. A true piece of urban heritage, defined as the original residential loft. This unique space has been created by legendary designer Ben Kelly, celebrated designer of the Haçienda night club and Dry Bar."

The asking price is GBP 950,000.

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Hooky Booky 
Hot on the heels of Cerysmatic contributor Moist's revalation of his work in progress 'The Haçienda: Must Be Guilt' in the latest issue of Scream City, it would appear that others are getting in on the act. Peter Hook has revealed his plans to write a Haç book, provisionally entitled 'How Not To Run A Club' in the Manchester Evening News.

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28 August 2006
Roughing It: the story of Rough Trade 
The biggest ever day in the distribution wing of Rough Trade was the day that Blue Monday came out. This and other snippets in a fine article about Rough Trade records in Saturday's Guardian by former employee Philip Hoare.

It's also an excellent trailer for the book 'Rough Trade: Labels Unlimited' by Rob Young.
27 August 2006
The Belly of an Architect 
Thanks to Frank for correctly pointing out that the reissue of The Belly of an Architect on LTM hasn't happened yet. We live in hope!
25 August 2006
Russell Brand on Shaun Ryder 
According to the review of his sell-out Edinburgh Festival show in the Guardian, Russell Brand does a comedy impersonation of Shaun Ryder ("Sean" Ryder in the article) in which he likens him to a didgeridoo. Oh my.
'Control' filming at Great Central Railway 
From The Loughborough Echo 25/8/06, headline 'Film crew visits GCR to shoot cult movie scenes' (GCR is the Great Central Railway from Loughborough to Leicester, recently voted number 12 in a list of the 50 great railway journeys of the world:

"Filming for a new cult movie, based on the life of a 1970s post-punk legend, was brought to Loughborough's Great Central Railway this week. 'Control' is a new, highly anticipated film based on the life of the late Ian Curtis - ex-frontman of the legendary band Joy Division... This week it was Loughborough's turn to take centre stage and film crews headed straight to the Great Central Railway. A spokesman for the railway said: "We agreed to let them do the filming here and, initially, it was just to take a shot of two people walking down the station's stairs. But once they were here and had had a look around, they decided they wanted to incorporate more into it. In the end they made use of other parts of the platform and the trains too!""

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Thanks to George for spotting.

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23 August 2006
Gabrielle's Wish live at The Castle, Manchester 
Gabrielle's Wish, who were once on Rob Gretton's Manchester Records (the successor to Rob's Records) play a gig at top Manchester boozer The Castle on Oldham Street this Saturday 26 August as part of a series of local dates.

The Castle Hotel
66 Oldham Street
Northern Quarter
Manchester M4 1LE

Tel: 0161 236 2945
New Wim Mertens album featuring 'The Belly of an Architect' 
From wimmertens.be:

'partes extra partes'

"Major release for Wim Mertens, 'partes extra partes', recorded with the Flemish Radio Orchestra and directed by Argentine conductor Dante Anzolini. Including some of his most famous compositions 'Struggle for pleasure', 'Close cover' and 'The Belly of an Architect' along with previously unreleased tracks 'In and for itself' and 'With all its might'."

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Martin Moscrop DJ Set + album launch 
Heart and Soul Recordings presents the new album by Kings Have Long Arms and to celebrate Martin Moscrop is hitting the road to spin his wheels of steel:

27 August 2006 @ 22:00 - Martin Moscrop DJ Set, El Diablo's Social Club Bank Holiday Special, Po Na Na, Manchester

1 September 2006 @ 21:00 - Martin Moscrop DJ set with Kings Have Long Arms album Launch Party, Bugged Out, Manchester

9 September 2006 @ 19:30 - Martin Moscrop DJ set with Kings Have Long Arms album launch party, Leadmill, Sheffield

Meanwhile, over in ACRland it seems the new album is to be titled 'Mind Made Up' but no release date has been confirmed.

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Musicians United for Cohesion Live 
The Durutti Column, Elbow, Badly Drawn Boy and I Am Kloot are among the Manchester bands set to play Cohesion Live at Platt Fields Park in Manchester on Saturday 23 September. The Manchester Evening News reports today on the the progress with the organisation of the event and why everyone is so keen to raise money for Manchester Aid to Kosovo.

Cohesion Live
Platt Fields Park
Manchester
23 September 2006

Tickets are GBP 19.50 plus booking fee.

For further details visit www.cohesionlive.com or call the box office on 0870 225 6677

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Manchester - the football and music connection 
From mdmarchive.co.uk:

The Manchester District Music Archive is working with Manchester City FC on a proposed exhibition that will explore the relationship between the city's two major loves: football and music. The exhibition will open late September and will feature a range of exciting artefacts including Stone Roses and Oasis rarities, alongside footage of City greats talking about their favourite music.

We would love to hear from anyone who has any relevant stories or artefacts. Perhaps you've seen a gig at Maine Road or watched games with a well-known Manchester musician...

Email info@mdmarchive.co.uk with your stories, scans and photos.

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Get The Message - The Best of Electronic 
The long-awaited Electronic compilation (6 years on from 'Twisted Tenderness') 'Get The Message - The Best of Electronic' is released on 18 September in the UK. It's a single cd with a limited edition dvd containing selected videos. The full tracklisting is:

CD:

Forbidden City
Getting Away With It
Get The Message
Feel Every Beat
Disappointed
Vivid
Second Nature
All That I Need
Prodigal Son
For You
Imitation Of Life
Out Of My League
Like No Other
Twisted Tenderness
Late At Night

Limited edition dvd:

Getting Away With It
Get The Message
Feel Every Beat
Disappointed (Original Mix)
Forbidden City
For You (Radio Edit)
Vivid (Radio Edit)
19 August 2006
A Blast from the Past 
Many thanks to CP Lee for spotting this curiousity on YouTube. Those who can be seen doing an "interesting" version of Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues include Bernard and Gillian from New Order, Andy Robinson, Brix Smith and, erm, Tom Watt (Eastenders' Lofty and BBC London sport mainstay).

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17 August 2006
Arctic Circle Electro featuring John Metcalfe @ The ICA 
Arctic Circle presents a mixed-genre club night of "terminals, laptops, technicians and singers" on Wednesday 6 September 2006 at the ICA in London.

"Ex-Durutti Columnist John Metcalfe presents live strings with the blistering beats of legendary drummer Andy Gangadeen (The Bays) whilst Pedro takes the musical journey in a slightly wilder direction with pastoral hip-hop melodies. Shortwave Set bring their own unique version of pop, lovingly assembled from broken instruments, charity shop records and electronic samplers."

Institute of Contemporary Arts (bar / theatre)
The Mall
London

Doors open 20:00

Tickets available priced GBP 10.50 / 9.50 (concs) / 8.50 (members)

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14 August 2006
A pure fluke of history 

Anthony (H) Wilson recalls the rise of independent record labels including Factory Records in the Eighties in the new edition of The Word (September 2006, #43, p90).

His re-telling of Rob Gretton's reasoning for establishing Factory is somewhat sanitised (either by AHW or The Word) this time round.

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John Metcalfe's official website relaunched 
Check out john-metcalfe.co.uk which has been relaunched with a fresh new look and new content including streaming audio clips, some from the as-yet-unreleased new album 'A Darker Sunset' which is due out later this year.

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12 August 2006
Please stop telling Shaun that he's OK 
Paul Ryder responds to Tony Wilson in the Manchester Evening News postbag.

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08 August 2006
New Section 25 mp3s on DirtyPatches.com 
Dirty Patches is a new independent mp3 music and film label. Section 25 are among their new releases which also include among others The Music Liberation Front, VED, S.Oden, Phooey, Anton Lennartsson, Carina Portin, Soiled and more.

Right now all their mp3s are just 50 Euro cent each plus, if you buy the full release they are packed with extras and even cheaper.

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05 August 2006
Section 25 live @ Summer Daze Festival, Blackpool 
Section 25 are playing the Summer Daze Festival in Stanley Park, Blackpool on Sunday 27 August (Bank Holiday weekend). It'll be a short 20 minute set and they'll be on stage at approx 3pm.

The festival is to promote the 2nd Ugly Truth About Blackpool CD that S25 are featured on. The track used is a version of Dirty Disco recorded live in Paris (June 2006). The CD is available at Music Zone/Action Records/Picadilly,cheers Vin

Summer Daze Festival (free entry)
Stanley Park
Blackpool
Lancs
Sunday 27 Aug 2006

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Don't forget there's still time to enter the competition to win tickets for Section 25's gig at the King's Arms, Salford on Friday 11 August.

Finally, the tickets for the S25 London gig at The Underworld, Camden on 11 November have just gone on sale on Ticketweb.

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04 August 2006
Tony Wilson responds to Paul Ryder 
Anthony Wilson stands up for Shaun Ryder in this letter in the Manchester Evening News in response to the recent article on Paul Ryder and Big Arm.

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03 August 2006
Designing Pornotopia: Travels in Visual Culture by Rick Poynor 
Rick Poynor, the expert commentator on graphic design who recently chaired the Factory book discussion at the Cochrane Theatre in London has a new book coming out.

Read this extract from the Amazon.co.uk Synopsis:

In this collection of essays about visual culture, Rick Poynor directs a critical eye at brands, billboards, magazines, architecture, tattoos and trends in cosmetic surgery. A key target is the pervasiveness of sexual imagery in the market place and the media's symbiotic relationship with porn. He revisits the early, 'new wave' work of Peter Saville and Malcolm Garrett and tracks the unstoppable rise of Stefan Sagmeister. 'Designing Pornotopia' challenges the climate of mediocrity that dominates much of our commercial environment, highlights alternatives and considers the way forward.

Published by Laurence King Publishing (Aug 2006)
ISBN: 1856694895

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Peter Saville "remodels" the MTV Logo at the ICA 
darylstudio.com carries a report on the new exhibition at the ICA in London which features the efforts of eminent designers to remodel the famous MTV logo.

Peter Saville's "entry" consists of the original 'M' in its packaging, signed by Saville and returned with a note which says "I was as excited as everyone else by the advent of a fully-fledged music channel twenty-five years ago. My initial optimism faded though as the culture of pop began it's (sic) descent into pure entertainment. Corporately controlled karaoke is not very interesting to me, but then I guess that nothing sells like teen spirit. I would rather it had stayed in the box.."
01 August 2006
Sam Riley on set as Ian Curtis (MOJO FAC #1) 
There's a striking photo of Sam Riley on set in Nottingham during filming of Control, the Ian Curtis biopic during July in the new issue of Mojo (September 2006, "Mondo MOJO", page 16).
Section 25 Competition - win Salford gig tickets 
Section 25 play The King's Arms, Salford on Friday 11 August 2006. Support comes from Kevin Hewick and there will also be a screening of special excerpts of the LTM documentary Shadowplayers (post-punk Manchester 78-82). It's all brought to you by those lovely people at RedRec Promotions.

Cerysmatic Factory is giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the gig. All you have to do is answer one question, which is:

"What studio was Section 25's first single recorded at?"

Answers via the Contact form (with subject "SXXV Comp") by 22:00 BST Saturday 5 August 2006. The lucky winner will be notified by email.

Advance tickets available now from www.ticketweb.co.uk and tickets are priced GBP 7.00 advance / 9.00 on the door. There is also a 24 hour credit card phone line for ticket sales which is 08700 600 100.

Kings Arms
11 Bloom St
Salford
M3 6AN

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The Names

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

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The Durutti Column