31 March 2007Section 25 live in Rome 30 June 2007
Saturday 30 June 2007
Circolo degli Artisti
Via Casilina Vecchia 42
Support comes from Echoes Of Silence.
Full line-up details and further info at manchesterinternationalfestival.com.
30 March 2007The Durutti Column live at Hard Rock Café, Manchester
Shepherd's Bush Empire
Mower kicked proceedings at this charity tribute gig. Only caught the end of the set but they were ok in a shouty, thrashy kinda way.
Subterraneans, for one night only renamed Goldilocks and the Five Bears, followed. They played one number on their own before Christine Beveridge took over on lead vocals.
Then Paul Haig was introduced by the singer. When asked where he had been, Haig said (just off-mic) 'time travelling' or something like that. He took a moment to tune up and admitted that he was 'a bit out of practice'.
Haig sang and played guitar on what he said was a favourite Josef K song of Billy's 'Kinda Funny'. Then they played 'Something Good', another favourite song. of Billy's. During this song Haig managed to inadvertently unplug his guitar. He recovered the situation by quipping "How cool was that!". He was in good voice and, seemingly, spirit but it was a shame he didn't play a bit longer.
Next up were ex-ZTT labelmates Andrew Poppy and Claudia Brücken (piano and voice). They covered 'Running Up That Hill' and 'In Dreams' with Poppy's beautiful piano arrangements complemented by Brücken's stunning voice.
There was then a short interlude when they screened a film about the Sound Seekers charity which helps deaf children in deprived countries.
The break turned out to also be an opportunity for Claudia to change her dress and to reappear with Onetwo alongside Paul Humphreys. After one unknown Onetwo song (an uptempo disco number) they covered Country Club by the Associates before ending with Propaganda's 'Duel'.
Electric Soft Parade (from Brighton, England) played a rather lengthier set. No further details available (Ed. "You're fired").
British Electric Foundation played their first ever gig, only a mere 25 years in their existence. With the help of guest female backing singer from Heaven 17 they did an incredible Mackenzie track called ‘Free’ that he sang on BEF's second album. Then they launched into H17's 'Let Me Go'. Lead singer Glenn Gregory still has a remarkably powerful voice and he introduced a reworked 'Temptation' (based on the orignal demo) with Claudia on vocals.
BEF finished with a stunning 'Party Fears Two' in a special slow version. Glenn Gregory said that they had wondered why no-one had chosen to do the song. And then they realised it was because "the arrangement was insane"! Hence the slowed down version which really worked well and got a huge cheer.
Apollo 440 were the last act to record with Billy Mackenzie. They hadn't played live in 7 years (had they split up during this time?) but they were a pretty tight unit. They did a cover of 'William It Was Really Nothing', the Smiths' song supposedly about Billy Mackenzie, unplugged style. They finished with the last song they worked on with Billy.
All in, a good night for a worthy cause. Happy Birthday Billy!
Big Cerysmatic shouts out to Iain, Bunny, John, Alan and Mark. Thanks to Paul for the corrections.
Tue 22 - Inverness Iron Works (0870 169 0100)
Wed 23 - Aberdeen Music Hall (0870 169 0100)
Fri 25 - Sheffield Leadmill (0870 010 4555)
Sat 26 - Middlesbrough Town Hall (01642 729 729)
Sun 27 - Hull University (0871 220 0260)
Tue 29 - Cambridge Junction (01223 511 511)
Wed 30 - Northampton Roadmender (01604 604 020)
Thu 31 - Preston 53 Degrees (0871 220 0260)
Fri 1 - Dudley JB's (0871 220 0260)
Sun 8 - Manchester Ritz (0161 832 1111)
Tickets on sale today at 09:30 BST
28 March 2007Haçienda polaroids by Pete Walsh
The photos should also appear as part of the Haçienda 25th anniversary celebrations being curated by Urbis.
British Electric Foundation (world first live appearance as B.E.F.)
Electric Soft Parade
OneTwo feat. Claudia Brucken and Paul Humphreys
Subterraneans - joined by Paul Haig for a one-off performance
SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE
WED 28 MARCH 2007 7:00PM
Tickets £19.75 from www.ticketweb.co.uk / 0870 771 2000
* See myspace.com/soundseekers for further details and up to date news on line-up
26 March 2007What those nice people at Versus say about Cerysmatic Factory
(from Versus magazine, Dossier: Madchester)
Tickets go on sale this Friday 30 March 2007 at 9am. Call the Box Office on 0870 060 1768 to book or buy online via usual outlets including Ticketmaster.
It will be on the Sanctuary Records label under the guidance of Howie B and Sammy Levine, preceded by a new single in June. Artwork will be by Central Station Design.
25 March 2007Dossier: Madchester in Versus magazine
23 March 2007Manchester International Festival - Peter Saville interview
Saville gets a whole article and Atkins is name-checked for bringing album cover design up to date in the Eighties.
The Ultimate Collectors Edition
The Greatest Album Covers Of All Time
Show: Time: 21:45
Cost: 12.00 GBP (General admission), 30.00 GBP (VIP)
Venue telephone: 0161 831 6700
All ticket monies going direct to the Nordoff-Robbins music therapy charity.
Meanwhile, thanks to Webbo who's posted a YouTube video clip of Pottsy and Hooky's gig at the same venue as part of the same concert series on Wednesday 21 March.
Bank Holiday Sunday: May 6th Allnighter
Music Box & Jillys, Manchester
10pm - 6am
A Certain Ratio (LIVE)
Ben Westbeech (LIVE)
Friends Of Music
Electric Chair's finest heroes and darkest villains come together to create five rooms and eight hours for The Riot. Manchester legends A Certain Ratio drop a rare live appearance, alongside legendary selector Don Letts, former resident at the seminal Roxy club where he introduced Punks to Dreads on the dancefloor. Joining him will be Greg Wilson playing a very special electro set, as Jillys becomes one big block party!
Richard Dorfmeister of K&D fame joins the dots with Gilles Peterson in the Music Box basement, with a late end of night set by the Unabombers. Soundclashes from local stables Aficionado, Eyes Down and Development drop into the pot, alongside live sets from Ben Westbeech and Elektrons.
Yes, dark, deviant and sweaty...theres a riot going on.
Richard Dorfmeister (G-Stone)
Jilly's Live Revue:
A Certain Ratio (Live)
Ben Westbeech (Live)
Don Letts (Ex-Roxy Club)
Greg Wilson (Electro Set)
Music Box The Shack:
Aficionado All Night Long!!
Moonboots & Jason Boardman
Jilly's Goldfish Bowl:
Kelvin Brown (Eyes Down)
Development DJ's: Tom Lynch and Chris Fienmann
Jilly's Chamber Social:
A fully seated boozer session, scuzzy & fuzzy, lo-slung & laid-back, converting & conversing hosted by...
Friends of Music [Danny Webb & Steve Perry]
Tickets: Earlybird 20: Then 23 Advance
Available from Piccadilly Records & Fat City
CC Bookings www.ticketweb.co.uk (0870 060 0100)
22 March 2007The Secret Public @ The ICA
Atlas, Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Brian Eno, Cerith Wyn Evans, Gilbert and George, Derek Jarman, Julian Opie, Mark E. Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, and many others.
"A disquieting, playful, and intensely urban exhibition rooted in the political landscape of the '80s, The Secret Public examines the dark flowering of creativity which took shape in the UK between 1978 and 1988. From Leigh Bowery's five-night performance, filmed through the one-way glass of a London gallery window, to Jon Savage's photographs of neglected corners of London and Richard Hamilton's Treatment Room (1982) in which Margaret Thatcher's televised image hangs ominously over an operating table, this exhibition offers a re-evaluation of Britain's recent political past, highlighting the subversive tendencies and lasting influence of a group of artists working across art, fashion, film, dance, performance, video and music."
The Secret Public
The Last Days of the British Underground 1978 - 1988
23 Mar - 6 May 2007
20 March 2007Manchester International Festival 2007
They report that "An important 'first' will be screenings of footage of The Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks at their historic Free Trade Hall gig on July 20, 1976, filmed by music legend Howard Devoto and a friend. The film has never been seen before and documents a show that helped to cement Manchester's place in musical history, influencing the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths, Simply Red and The Fall."
The live bands announced by festival director, Alex Poots (who was once associated with Factory Classical) include Happy Mondays and The Fall.
There's also a big Manchester at MIPIM (big Cannes property bash) brochure which heavily features Peter Saville's Manchester graphic identity paper version of tonight's paper, but nothing is available online.
You can find Stroon on 40 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1ER and also online at www.stroon.co.uk.
19 March 2007The Hood revealed
John Hood fills Cerysmatic in with a few other details:
"The Hood was first with Sire, then PVC/JEM, Crepuscule, Factory and Giant/Dutch East. The FAC stuff was all for Salvation, including a 12" and the soundtrack, all of which were produced by Arthur Baker. The non-FAC stuff (Cooler Than Thou LP & 12" & Tough Guys Don't Dance 12") was all produced by Ivan Ivan, with contributions from Roli Mosimann, and a remix by John Robie. Anna Domino, the dame responsible for the name, sings on and covers Stand Apart."
Check out what The Hood is up to now with the following URLs:
17 March 2007Brett Anderson website
From the synopsis: "Hannett shaped and delivered the sound that propelled the whole movement to prominence and still can be clearly heard in the records of Interpol, Snow Patrol, the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, the Kaiser Chiefs, Radiohead, Oasis. Yet, despite the extraordinary influence his production work and personality had on the seminal bands of the time little is really known about the complex man behind the myth."
Who Killed Martin Hannett: Into the Tortured Soul of Post-punk's Sonic Genius
Published by Aurum Press Ltd
16 March 2007Brett Anderson / Wolfgang Tillmans / Peter Saville
15 March 2007Hooky + Pottsy = Money for Charity
The gig is the Hard Rock Café 'March on Stage' event in Manchester on Wednesday to raise cash for the music therapy charity.
When pressed on the likelihood of a permanent reformation Hooky quipped "Very unlikely, I thought I'd got rid of Pottsy and he thought he'd got rid of me but a one-off like this for Nordoff-Robbins is worth doing".
Pottsy added "We'll let you know if it was a good idea afterwards!"
14 March 2007Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Radio Show
Those lucky enough to be in Australia can catch The Book Show at 10:00 AEDT on the following frequencies: 621 AM in Melbourne, 576 AM in Sydney and 90.1 FM on the Gold Coast.
Or listen online at abc.net.au. For those who miss it or want to listen again, the show should also appear later as a podcast at the same address.
31 - The Zodiac, Oxford
1 - KOKO, London
3 - Junction, Cambridge
4 - Trinity, Bristol
5 - Phoenix, Exeter
6 - The Sage , Gateshead
7 - Sankeys Soap , Manchester
8 - Audio , Brighton
John Metcalfe, on john-metcalfe.co.uk, explains the format for the gigs:
"During the week performances will take place in seated venues and will feature performances from me, Digitonal and The Bays. It will also include the DJ talents of Big Chill resident AJ. The weekend gigs will have much more of a club atmosphere.
There will be two classic all dayers on Sunday April 1st at London’s KOKO and on the 8th in Brighton at Audio. These two Sundays will come closest to evoking the spirit of the Bay's Bestival tent, including several floors of live and DJ based music running throughout the day.
Among the many live acts confirmed for these two special shows are Tom Middleton’s live project AMBA, Max Richter, Jon Hopkins and Digitonal. DJs confirmed so far include Mixmaster Morris, Plaid, AJ, Nick Luscombe, Ben Eshmade and Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence. As the hosts and organisers the Bays will also be playing live, as well as providing turntable sets from their own deck maestros Jimpster and Palmskin."
13 March 2007Blurt / Ted Milton 'Odes' tour + book/cd
A Limited Edition of 250 signed and numbered handmade books containing the lyrics will accompany a 13 track CD and be released on April 1st.
It features collaborations (outside of Blurt) spanning the last 20 years, between Ted Milton and many other people.
A tour to promote the CD and the new performances is currently being put together and we are looking for dates throughout Europe and beyond in April
Do The Du
And Then Again
Way To Escape
Mind Made Up
Everything Is Good
Be What U Wanna Be
Down Down Down
Si Firmi O Grido
Excellent photoset on flickr plus there is apparently a recording of the show on Dimeadozen already.
11 March 2007Biting Tongues on Soul Jazz's 'DIY'
Soul Jazz Records have licenced the Biting Tongues track 'You Can Choke Like That' (originally on the first Biting Tongues album 'Don't Heal' for a compilation entitled 'DIY: The Rise of the Music Industry After Punk'
The album also includes 'The Fish Needs A Bike' by Blurt plus tracks by Buzzcocks, The Frantic Elevators, Throbbing Gristle and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry.
DIY: The Rise of the Music Industry After Punk
Available to buy at Soul Jazz Records
Latest Control news (from the IMDb.com Message Board, free registration required) seems to be that a September release is likely. A planned album of Joy Division covers has apparently been scrapped in deference to re-releases of original Joy Division albums.
10 March 2007Manchester v Cancer
Extra tickets were be released on 8 March including 400 sought-after standing tickets.
The line-up for the gig itself is almost complete:
Noel Gallagher (semi-acoustic set), Paul Weller, Ian Brown, The Charlatans, Echo and the Bunnymen, Andy Rourke, Peter Hook, Mani, Steve White, Bernard Butler, David McAlmont, Denise Johnson and The Electric Milk Band.
Hooky, Mani (Primal Scream) and Andy Rourke (ex-The Smiths) apparently plan on working together again next week with unknown singer Rich Lawson.
09 March 2007Living like an Outlaw
Jim White, in The Word, picks out Harris for special commendation and says that he is "in danger of cornering the market in unhinged movie loonies".
Harris set out to investigate "the strange fixation that rock fans have with their idols' last resting places". His "ultimate UK rock-grave odyssey" began at in Macclesfield where a small stone inscribed with the words 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' marks the passing of Ian Curtis.
Other rock stars featured on the oddly macabre tour include John Bonham, Marc Bolan, Nick Drake and Brian Jones.
08 March 2007Joy Division geography
Thanks to Winston.
24 Mar 2007 10:00P - Nottingham + (DJ Dermo) @ Marcus Garvey Ballroom
6 Apr 2007 11:00P - London + (DJ Bez) @ Brixton Jamm
8 Apr 2007 11:00P - Barnsley + (DJ Dermo) @ The Lucorum
28 Apr 2007 10:00P - Huddersfield + (DJ Dermo) @ Bar 1 Twenty
3 May 2007 10:00P - Manchester + (Domino Bones + DJ Dermo) @ The Ritz
24 May 2007 10:00P - Stockholm + (DJ Dake) @ Mosebacke Etablissment, Sweden
Mar 28 2007 11:00P DJ Dermo - At \'Instrumental\' - Manchester @ One Central St
More dates to be confirmed soon.
07 March 2007The Five or Six Amigos
If you would like one you can buy direct via the Kooky website (but best to check first with Kooky that there is still one left).
Part-Primitiv was produced by the band at West Orange Studio, Preston, in 2007. Stand-out tracks include Can't Let Go, Dream, Carbon and You Never Make Your Mind Up. As the title suggests, the new album combines raw post-punk power with retro-futurist electronics, including two tracks written and sung by Jenny.
Communicants offers a professional multi-camera shoot of their triumphant homecoming show at Blackpool Empress Ballroom in October 2006 (as guests of New Order), as well as bonus performances from Brussels, Dublin, Athens, Paris, London and Poulton-le-Fylde. The 70 minute DVD also features interview material with Larry and Vin, and footage shot on the road. As well as SXXV classics Dirty Disco, Friendly Fires, New Horizon and Looking From A Hilltop, new songs Gene and Can't Let Go are also featured.
Section 25 will be promoting Part-Primitiv and Communicants with further live shows, including an American tour in May 2007. They will also be featured in upcoming documentaries on Factory (BBC4) and Joy Division.
LTMDVD 2496 (NTSC Region 0 DVD)
30 April 2007
14 May 2007
The opening night is Wednesday 14 March which by some fiendish combination of coincidence and planning is the exact same day and date of the gig back in 1979.
The photos were originally exhibited at Hale Library, in 2005.
Thanks to Mike for spotting.
06 March 2007Kevin Hewick on new Kevin Coyne tribute album
The CD is a fundraiser for Life and Living who work on music, creative writing and visual arts projects with psychiatric service users at London's Maudsley Hospital. L&L also run a radio station too.
More info and buy online from:
Or for 10.00 inc P+P from:
Life and Living
15 Graham Road
London W4 5DR
We get a 4th (count 'em) version of 'Turn' (Napoli this time).
However, the gem of the two is the new video for Everything's Gone Green which uses disturbing found footage (a la Cabaret Voltaire).
05 March 2007Ben Kelly in Blueprint
Thanks to C.
Fridays in March
(Exclusive 4-hour DJ set)
Deansgate Locks, Recently Refurbished
Every Friday in Manchester the legendary Haçienda DJ makes a rare appearance at Loaf Deansgate Locks.
From bringing House Music to Manchester to becoming the original globe-trotting DJ, he has seen it all! So please welcome Graeme Park!
Free entry all night
Cocktails £3 House Wine £5.95
Guestlist: 07958 955190
04 March 2007Vini Reilly: "Guitar to stay in Didsbury"
"Vini has reconsidered parting company with his Gibson Les Paul and has decided not to sell it.
He has however asked us to pass on his thanks to those of you who showed interest in it!"
01 March 2007So, farewell then The North Star
The 94-year-old venue has attracted names like Peter Hook, Bez, Silent Partners featuring Dermo from Northside and The Durutti Column, whose gig was webcast by Cerysmatic Factory for Tony Wilson's F4 project, as well as Haçienda DJs Jon Dasilva and Graeme Park to the UK's most northerly set of islands.
In a cruel twist of fate the venue has been bought over by a housing association and will be turned into flats!!
Venue manager Alan McLeod would like to thank all the acts who have made the trek north over the years.
The last gig will take place on 7 April 2007 and will feature Manchester's Puressence.
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