29 November 2006
Hacienda New Year's Eve party @ Manchester Academy 1 
Haçienda New Year's Eve
AEG Live in association with Key 103
Manchester Academy One
31 December 2006

Graeme Park
Jon Da Silva
808 State DJs
K-Klass P.A.

"Welcome in New Year with classic hands in the air piano house anthems and original acid house masterpieces brought to you by the legendary Haçienda residents Graeme Park & Jon Da Silva, as well as celebrated Madchester Acid House pioneers 808 State. Performing on the night will also be K-Klass with their hits 'Rhythm is a Mystery' and 'Let Me Show You' – classic dance anthems taking you right back to where it all began. Expect smoke and strobe lights, uplifting anthems and whistles and horns all night long – there is only one party to be at in Manchester this New Year's Eve."

9pm - 5am
Broadcast live on Key 103 from midnight until 2am
Ticket hotline: 0871 230 4422
Buy online at www.aeglive.co.uk
or in person from Piccadilly Box Office, Easy Internet Cafe, St Ann's Square. Student or from University Box Office, Eastern Bloc, Spin Inn Records or from Piccadilly Records, Oldham St

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28 November 2006
FAC 461 in the USA 
Pitchfork reports the imminent publication of FAC 461: Factory Records - The Complete Graphic Album in the United States of America.

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27 November 2006
Manchester District Music Online Archive 
New website now online with new artefacts database.

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24 November 2006
The Return of Monteverdi 
In a bumper week for fans of Monteverdi there are three different releases featuring the work of the composer. I Fagiolini, the one-time Factory Classical artists under director Robert Hollingsworth, bring us 'Flaming Heart' (Chandos) which gets four stars and a favourable review by Andrew Clements in the Guardian. Irked purists might argue that this is not "their first Monteverdi disc" as this title belongs to Facd 316 'The Art of Monteverdi'.

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Pottsy's The Greatest 
David 'Pottsy' Potts (ex-Monaco) has a new E.P. modestly titled 'I'm The Greatest' with an album 'Coming Up For Air' to follow next year. He spoke to BBC Manchester about his new work which will come out on his own label.

[check out another Pottsy article in the Manchester Evening News.]

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The Factory Flickr 
The Factory Records-loving community extends to Flickr, the photo-sharing site, with The Factory Records Pool which features some nice photographs of members' artefacts.

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22 November 2006
OMD European Tour 2007 
Details of a short European tour by OMD in 2007 have emerged (thanks to omd.uk.com). It kicks off in Dublin on 13 May, then Glasgow, Liverpool and London before moving on to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. The shows will feature the original "classic" line-up of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys with Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes playing Architecture and Morality in its entirety along with other material.

May 2007 tour dates

13 - Dublin, Olympia, www.ticketmaster.ie
15 - Glasgow [venue tbc]
16 - Liverpool [venue tbc]
18 - London [venue tbc]
21 - Stuttgart,Theaterhaus, www.eventim.de
22 - Brussels, Ancienne Belgique, www.abconcerts.be
23 - Hamburg, Grossefreiheit, www.eventim.de
25 - Paris, Olympia, www.fnac.com
26 - Cologne, Ewerk, www.eventim.de
27 - Utrecht, MCV, www.ticketmaster.nl

Andy McCluskey, talking to Scream City (3rd issue soon come), earlier in the year, said "it would be nice to kind of remind people where we came from: 'Architecture and Morality', the Arts, The Factory, and Peter Saville" That's where we started. That's our history. We did some pretty radical, yet successful stuff. Also, this Autumn is twenty-five years since 'Architecture and Morality' was released."

On that last note, a special reissue of 'Architecture and Morality' is also planned for release.
20 November 2006
Stitched Up By The Acid Man out today 
From The Young Offenders Institute Newsletter:

The single finally came out today. It's called Stitched Up By The Acid Man and you can buy it from Amazon or HMV.co.uk or iTunes. You should be able to get it in branches of HMV and Virgin too, particularly in the North West - let us know if you can.

Thanks to everyone who came to the recent run of dates.
18 November 2006
The Duke Quartet and Rolf Hind - 'Eye of the Fire' 
From dukequartet.net:

Tickets are on sale for Eye of Fire, where the Duke Quartet will be peforming with SPNM artistic director Rolf Hind Schnittke's Piano Quintet, Rolf Hind's own Eye of the Fire and music by some of the UK's best up-and-coming composers.

Performances are as follows:

Tuesday 5 December at Wigmore Hall London
Wednesday 6 December at Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Thursday 7 December at The Gate, Cardiff
17 November 2006
New Section 25 website - section25.co.uk 
Section 25 has launched a new website at www.section25.co.uk.

According to drummer Vin Cassidy "it's not meant as a replacement for the section25.com one, just a subsite to run alongside it. It gives us a chance to post concert stuff, live mp3 downloads, news, general tittle tattle, etc, which may not find its way on to the main site."

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16 November 2006
Manicured Noise: Northern Stories - 1978/80 
Caroline True Records are back with a great new release from Manicured Noise and their website - www.carolinetruerecords.co.uk - has been revamped.

The Northern Stories - 1978/80 gathers together for the first time almost all of Manicured Noise's recordings including their two singles for Pre/Charisma Records, a BBC session and a wealth of unreleased material.

This enigmatic act formed in Manchester in 1978, the very early days of the band remain a mystery.

Inspired by New York, Television, Ornette Coleman, Talking Heads, August Darnells' Machine, French Soundtracks and Disco Chic-along with a nod to Northern Soul and Moroder, the band cut a singular groove. Early hours inspiration from 70's cop and Kung-Fu soundtracks were incorporated, a good 10 years or more before Massive Attack and Portishead did the same. In doing so, Manicured Noise created a sound that's still difficult to pin down.

"Factory have expressed an interest in the Distractions, the Negatives and current musicians' favourites, Manicured Noise. (Ask Vic Goddard, the Banshees; Wire what they think of M Noise. Politely of course". (Paul Morley NME Dec 1978)

Northern Stories 1978/80 comes with rare memorabilia and sleevenotes by Steven Walsh of Manicured Noise in a deluxe 8-page digi-pack.

Also, free with the initial 100 copies is a limited edition numbered poster with original artwork from the album and original archive pics of Manchester 1977/78 by England's Dreaming author Jon Savage.

Artist: Manicured Noise
Title: Northern Stories - 1978/80
Catalogue number: CTRUE3
Availability: Out now
Price: 10.50 GBP inc P+P CD + Poster

"Difficult fun, ahead of its time and rather good". (Record Collector November 2006)

My Space links:
www.myspace.comcarolinetruemusic
www.myspace.com/manicurednoise

Still Available (in limited quantities):
The Nightingales - In The Good Old Country Way (CTRUE1)
The Prefects - Live 1978 At The Co-Op Birmingham (CTRUE2)

Both the above albums for 12.00 GBP inc UK P+P (offer valid in November only)

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13 November 2006
SXXVNW1: update 
Revised setlist and more photos from Saturday night's Section 25 gig at the Underworld now online with thanks to Heb, Juan and Vin.

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The Lyricist's Voice with Stephin Merritt 
from houseoftomorrow.com:

A Special Event at New York's 92nd Street Y
Stephin Merritt with Rick Moody

Quoted from 92y.org:

Touted as a "contrarian pop genius" by The New York Times, Stephin Merritt has recorded seven albums with his band, The Magnetic Fields, including '69 Love Songs'. Recently, Mr. Merritt turned to theater, collaborating with director Chen Zhi-Zheng at the 2003 and 2005 Lincoln Center Festivals. He is joined in conversation with novelist (and part-time musician) Rick Moody. Mr. Moody's novels include 'The Ice Storm' and 'The Diviners'.

Note: As part of its Young Literary Salon series, the 92nd Street Y is offering a limited number of tickets for sale at 10.00 USD to visitors 35 years old or younger. Visit the event page above for more details.

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12 November 2006
SXXVNW1 
Full story and pics. Hi to David Cooper (no relation), Kath, Nick, Jeremy, Iain, Bunny and Olan.
11 November 2006
Furthest Branches from the Trunk 
The Timbreland Records compilation 'Furthest Branches from the Trunk' was released on 6 November 2006 with tracks from Autopilot (Ben Evans and Graeme Brooker - ex-Italian Love Party) and Josephine Oniyama among others.
10 November 2006
At 51, the difficult thing is feeling you're running out of time 
Peter Saville is the subject of the 5-Minute Interview in today's Independent.
09 November 2006
The Manchester Connection: A Certain Ratio 
Check out Jude Calvert-Toulmin's blog for an excellent article on A Certain Ratio including some rare photos.

Hopefully this is finally the correct link!

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07 November 2006
A Very Kooky Birthday: Epilogue 
Read the full illustrated report from Friday's KOOKY 10 celebrations in Northampton. Hi to everyone who made it there including Bryan, Olan, Kevin, Eric, Bruno, Iain, James and many others. And a big thank you to Phil and Alex for making it all happen.
03 November 2006
A Kooky Birthday 
Congratulations to Phil and Alex Kooky (no, them neither) on the occasion of the 10th Birthday of Kooky Records which is being celebrated in style in Northampton tonite at the Soundhaus. The Retro Spankees, Gnac and The Durutti Column provide the entertainment.

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02 November 2006
Monomania @ Image Now, Dublin 
Peter Saville contributes a poster to 'An Exhibition in Mono' which runs from 3-17 November 2006 Image Now's gallery space in Dublin, Ireland. The strict brief for the exhibition was to design an A1 poster, in portrait format, using black and white only. Read the full story in the Irish Independent [free registration required].

Image Now Gallery
17a New Bride St
Dublin 8
Republic of Ireland

Monday to Friday
12:00 - 17:30

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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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