27 February 2007Happy Mondays and James for V Festival 2007
18-19 August 2007
Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Weston Park, Staffordshire
Tickets on sale: 9am, Thursday 1 March 2007
More details at vfestival.com.
Thanks to OMMCRD for spotting.
26 February 2007New John Macklin website
You can also check out his designs for Haçienda 11 and 12.
25 February 2007Kooky Records website relaunch
The site features the full Kooky Catalogue with full Paypal- and snail mail-driven shop facilities. If it's still available, you'll be able to buy it there. Check out the highly competitive prices.
Kooky has three main bands: The Durutti Column, The Retro Spankees (who've just finished a national tour) and The National Parks. Full details, including news on eBay sales and new albums are available along with streaming mp3 audio.
Fans of The Durutti Column can find out about how to sign up to The Durutti Column Subscription Group.
Plus, there is an exclusive new track by The National Parks called 'I'll Never Stop Coming Home To You', mixed at Phil Cleaver Home of Sound, available to stream.
Congratulations to Alex and Phil. It was a pleasure.
Official sites for Kooky Bands:
24 February 2007Northside Live at The Ritz, Manchester, 3 May 2007
Buy tickets priced 12.50 GBP (+ booking fee) at ticketline.co.uk
21 February 2007Cath Carroll on MySpace
Her new site offers news on digital re-releases and Cath's production duties for a Chicago-area band called Hollus.
Thanks to Mike for spotting.
20 February 2007Durutti Column track on new mix cd
A must-buy, by the sounds of it...
17 February 2007Buy Sporadic Three direct from Kooky on eBay
Check items for sale by Kooky on eBay.
16 February 2007You Hurt Me... but now your profile is up on MySpace
15 February 2007Tony Wilson video interview
There are 12 pages of messages of goodwill on the MEN message board.
There's also a video interview with Wilson himself.
There were plans to hold a revival of the Deeply Vale Festival last year but these fell through. Undaunted, the organisers hatched a plan to jointly revive Bickershaw (which was first held in 1972) with Deeply Vale (started in 1976).
Whilst the event is subject to licence, the organisers are confident that it will go ahead and that artists such as The Fall, The Durutti Column, Doves, Elbow and others will play.
In addition, the podcasts will provide a platform for introducing some of Manchester's new, up and coming music talent', as well as highlighting some of the most inspiring tourism attractions and developments in the city region.
Bring on Frank Sidebottom!
14 February 2007Tony Wilson's cancer battle
Tony has also written a tribute to the National Health Service including all the doctors and nurses who have cared for him.
Best wishes Tony and get well soon.
Aalto's contribution to the world of everything Factory Records was small but notable. Cerysmatic can do no better than to point you to what Andrew James wrote about the Aalto connection in an excellent article for Scream City 2 last year:
"In Scandinavia, Alvar Aalto worked in native woods rather than the chrome, glass and steel of Germany, but displayed a similar design sensibility to his Bauhaus counterparts. This aesthetic caught the eye of Haçienda designer Ben Kelly some 50 years later, when he opted to employ Aalto's signature three-legged stools in the basement bar of the club.
"Factory boss Tony Wilson claimed that the Haç was an altrusistic act of enlightenment for Manchester's benighted youth, as much as it was a post-modern gin palace. "We're giving Alvar Aalto to the kids," he proclaimed, magnanimously. Whether the kids actually wanted Alvar Aalto is open to debate; the stools were variously trashed, stolen and used as ashtrays."
Alvar Aalto: Through the Eyes of Shigeru Ban
22 February 2007 - 13 May 2007
Barbican Art Gallery
Tickets: Tickets online 6.00 GBP
8.00 GBP on the door
Open daily 11am - 8pm, excluding Tue & Thu 11am - 6pm.
Thanks to (the other) JC for spotting.
13 February 2007As fresh as a daisy
Tour April 2007
24hr cc hotline
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or buy online:
Saturday 21 April
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Monday 23 April
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Tuesday 24 April
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Friday 27 April
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Saturday 28 April
Plus Special Guests
... and then the March 2007 edition of The Word carries a highly entertaining and not-so-scientific assessment by Stuart Maconie of The North v The South in music. The pen pics of Joy Division ("combining Ingmar Bergman-esque fascination with the essential emptiness of life with a Bernard Manning-esque desire to tell dirty jokes and get pissed a lot") and Happy Mondays ("Going to the game, mister? Bad area round here, you know. Nice car. Go on, mind yer car for a quid, mister") are worth the price of admission alone whilst a cartoon of the former fills out some space.
In the same issue, John Simm talks to Andrew Harrison about, amongst other things, playing Bernard Sumner in 24 Hour Party People. Simm recalls that his main memory of the movie is being "wasted all the time". He says "If you weren't wasted on set, someone would come and sort you out. It was very real, shall we say, especially for the lads who were playing Happy Mondays. I don't know why they're not dead. It was just an amazing laugh".
10 February 2007Les Disques du Crepuscule
09 February 2007Kevin Hewick update
- 'Morphia' performed live at Leeds University May 6 1980 (not the version on FACT 24 A Factory Quartet although other tracks from that album were from this gig).
- 'Quarterhearted' an unreleased demo from 2004.
- 'An Object She's Left Behind' from the still-unreleased 'Doomcloud' album.
Kevin's new thoughts on supporting Joy Division, ACR and Section 25 on 7 Feb 1980, the CD reissue of 'From Brussels With Love' and the recording of 'Haystack' with New Order.
New lists of the major gigs / supports Kevin has been involved with over the years plus details of upcoming gigs including some of Kevin's legendary 2/3 hour specials.
Spot any missing gigs? It's forum-based so feel free to contribute.
08 February 2007For Sale: Vini Reilly's Gibson Les Paul Jimmy Page Signature Model guitar
Its colour is 'Pageburst' which is a beautiful subtle caramel sunburst, with 'burstbucker' pick-ups specially designed by Gibson in conjunction with Jimmy Page himself.
All hardware is gold-plated as standard and the guitar comes with a scratchplate signed by Jimmy Page as well as a certificate and the original hard case.
Its condition is immaculate with only minimal signs of use as Vini is pretty meticulous with his instruments and it is supplied with the original Gibson hard case. This guitar has been used on the last three albums by The Durutti Column as well as live work and sessions for various Radio commitments.
New, these guitars list at GBP 5000 and they were not a mass-produced Les Paul model. Vini will consider any offers around GBP 3,750. Additionally he will meet the buyer in person for lunch in Manchester when collecting.
For any further enquiries contact Phil Cleaver at email@example.com
06 February 2007In The City of New York
A further incarnation of In The City, In The City AAA (Australia Australasia Asia) has been postponed until next year.
05 February 2007Architecture and Morality: re-release details
- DVD will be out on 30 April 2007 and will feature a special, long version of OMD's original Drury Lane Theatre concert with the inclusion of a previously unseen performance of Motion And Heart.
- the DVD, which will be available in PAL and NTSC versions, will also include the promo videos for Souvenir and Maid Of Orleans as well as a Top Of The Pops performance of Joan Of Arc.
02 February 2007Biting Tongues live @ Islington Mill
The line-up for the gig will be Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Graham Massey, Colin Seddon and Eddie Sherwood.
"The Surprise Return of Biting Tongues. The 1979/83 team. New Hormones / Factory Records artists. Manchester's missing link in Post Punk Funk Noir. Effortless ferocity, exhilarating and urgent as ever (The Wire). Playing music from Don't Heal, Live It, Libreville."
Space Heads (Richard Harrison and Andy Diagram - Electric trumpet and drum duo)
Triclops (Tabletop Audio Laboratory)
DJs: Graham Massey and Paddy Steer
Biting Tongues are now also on Myspace.
01 February 2007Ian Brown to collaborate with Paul Ryder and Andy Rourke?
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