30 June 2007Joy Division links
Joy Division Shadowplay, another fansite, is now www.joydiv.org/shadowplay.
A big Triple-E cheeers to Matt for spotting.
29 June 2007Tony Wilson: Manchester Legend
Most of the article is a potted history of AHW's FAC and post-FAC career.
23 June 2007The Fruit of the Original Sin
The album features one of Benoit Hennebert's finest cover designs and a facsimile of the original insert/booklet. International in scope, the music covers post-punk, avant garde, modern composition and solo piano, as well as guests from the Factory and Postcard label rosters. The spoken word component includes Marguerite Duras, William S. Burroughs and Winston Tong. 31 tracks (including 8 bonus cuts), 120 minutes of music, readings and conversation.
'Flashbacks' is out 23 July 2007.
20 June 2007NO more
The album is due out 2 July 2007.
18 June 2007Hooky on Beefy (no, not that one)
150mm x 115mm x 25mm
10.00 GBP + p&p (UK)
Buy it now
16 June 2007Magnetic Fields of Tomorrow
"The new Magnetic Fields album is now planned for release in early 2008. The exact release date and album title will be announced shortly, as well as information on other Stephin Merritt projects.
The Magnetic Fields look forward to playing some US shows following the release of the record.
Meanwhile, Stephin Merritt continues to work on developing several new projects in theater, including a stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's children's book, 'Coraline'."
"[It] avoids damp-eyed nostalgia, instead favouring a mix of eye-of-the-storm reportage and a commendably objective unravelling of Hannett's complexity".
The title of this post is what Hannett used to refer to Joy Division as.
'Who Killed Martin Hannett? The Story of Factory Records' Musical Magician'
GBP 12.99 rrp
15 June 2007FAC51-Y3 trainers
"Behold, the FAC51-Y3. No, it’s not a late addition to the musical catalogue of Mancunian record label Factory Records, clearly, but a highly limited trainer from Y-3 (the brand created by adidas and Yohji Yamamoto), devised especially to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of legendary Manchester nightclub The Haçienda. The shoe’s design is a collaboration between Peter Saville (the original Factory Records graphic designer), Ben Kelly (the architect who designed the original Haçienda interiors) and Joy Division/New Order bass player, Peter Hook."
11 June 2007Whatever happened to F4 Records...?
At the top of the same article, Pitchfork also confirms that Happy Mondays have cancelled their ITCoNY shows due to "temporary visa problems".
10 June 2007(another) review of Happy Mondays at The Astoria
"Death-wish hedonism behind them, the Happy Mondays are back, alive and kicking."
Oddly enough, one of the eminent members of the 'Today Generation', is New Order's Stephen Morris.
He spoke to reporter Polly Billington on the programme which went out last Tuesday 5 June. You can listen again until this coming Tuesday. As well as covering the Joy Division and New Order years he describes his early childhood.
Thanks to Neil for spotting.
The track has Kevin's blessing and is part of a full album that's available for free download in multiple formats.
09 June 2007Section 25 live
Friday 22 June 2007
No. 1 Club
next to the footie ground)
8pm - 12 midnight
Saturday 30 June 2007
Circolo Degli Artisti
Support from Echoes Of Silence and Netherworld
08 June 2007Swirling and brooding
Setlist included: Cuntry Disco, Loose Fit, Hallelujah, Jellybean, Kinky Afro, Step On, Rats With Wings, In The Blood and proceedings closed with a "seismic, juddering" Wrote For Luck.
07 June 2007Trevor Johnson takes new post
Eugene Kan at hypebeast.com explains the full story but Peter Saville is one of the designers drafted in for the initial wave which is set for launch in July.
There is a page in Japanese and English on the Imperial Records International website.
Thanks to Bruce L for spotting.
It's on 29 July 2007 at the Fuji Rock Festival, Fuji, Japan.
Otherwise it's all quiet, with no word of further UK gigs this year or even of the promised book of lyrics/photos.
05 June 2007New Order live in Glasgow dvd
27 - Nottingham Rock City (September 27)
28 - Glasgow Carling Academy (28)
1 - Sheffield Octagon
2 - Newcastle Carling Academy
3 - Bristol Carling Academy
5 - Oxford Zodiac
6 - London Brixton Carling Academy
8 - Norwich UEA
9 - Southampton Guildhall
10 - Leeds University
12 - Birmingham Carling Academy
13 - Liverpool Carling Academy
Tickets on sale on Friday 8 June 2007, 10:00 BST.
He says "I find it a bit cheesy. Those rings don't sit happily within that angular form and the typographic expression of London is a little insecure and apologetic. On the other hand, it's incredibly noticeable, brave and confrontational. Designs which are effective are abrasive on our sensibilities initially, that is how they work. It doesn’t have to be nice because they are familiar, while a great design forges a new aesthetic. It's real job is to be a catalyst for awareness of the Olympics and it's doing that already".
03 June 2007Bruised humanity
Sounds like a great gig but worthy of particular highlight is the description of "turn-of-the-millennium hit" 'Out of Control' (originally featuring Bernard Sumner on lead vocals" as "a menacing throb punctuated by hand-grenade samples".
And also that "They stray into New Order's Temptation, but in truth the Chemical Brothers lack that band's bruised humanity and vulnerability: these are robust sonic squiggles drawn by a great clunking fist."
02 June 2007Disorder: An Evening of Post-Punk with DJ Shred
Double Down Saloon
14 Avenue A @ Houston
New York City
Tel +1 212-982-0543
(F, V to 2nd Ave)
'No Love Lost' has also been a favourite encore for Section 25 on their live dates over the last year. There's a free download on section25.co.uk.
Thanks to Winston for spotting.
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