28 December 2007Plan K 2007
In addition Peter Hook has posted some photos (of himself) on his MySpace page and Cerysmatic will have some others up very soon.
Stop press: Section 25 MySpace blog
1. Animal Magic (album track) - Adrian Sherwood
2. The Arrival of the Fog - Gnac
3. Because of the Times - Kings of Leon
4. Goodbye - Ulrich Schnauss
5. Grinderman - Grinderman
6. Icky Thump - The White Stripes
7. Idiot Savants - The Durutti Column
8. In Our Nature - Jose Gonzalez
9. In Rainbows - Radiohead
10. Inside In / Inside Out - The Kooks
11. Lady's Bridge - Richard Hawley
12. Part-primitiv - Section 25
13. Proof Of Youth - The Go! Team
14. Soundboy Rock - Groove Armada
15. Uncle Dysfunktional - Happy Mondays
16. We Can Create - maps
p.s. thanks to moist for minding the shop whilst I was on holiday and thanks again for all your seasonal greetings.
22 December 2007Mersey: The River That Changed The World
"Mersey: the river that changed the world is a project that celebrates the River Mersey, and the people whose lives have been entwined with it."
'Westward Ho' by Tony Wilson is one of the specially commissioned essays - probably his last published work - contained therein.
Reviewing the book on Manchester Confidential, Phil Griffen states: "He’s described on the contributors’ page, in the shortest of shorthand, as ‘broadcast journalist and regeneration consultant’. For most of his mouthy career, on and off screen, in and out of Factory Records, Dry bar and the Hacienda, he didn’t know what he was doing. He didn’t know, until the last year or two, that he was a regeneration consultant. Actually, Tony Wilson, like the Mersey in flood, was an entire regenerative force of nature."
Mersey: the river that changed the world was published by, and is available from, Bluecoat Press. An exhibition of photography and audio material will be touring venues in the Northwest from December 2007.
In the broadcast, according to their website: "Paul Morley looks back at the life of the music mogul, impresario, North West institution and professional motormouth" and will feature an interview with AHW shortly before his untimely death.
FAC 501: Anthony H Wilson will be available online.
20 December 2007Haçienda tour #2
Urbis Creative Programmes Manager Andy Brydon says Urbis "are extremely excited about the possibility of touring the Haçienda exhibition."
FAC 491 Haçienda 25: The Exhibition runs at Urbis until 17th February 2008.
'There are plans to take the club nights on a world tour, including South America and Asia, next year. Things will kick off on December 29 at Sankey's in Manchester, when original Haçienda DJs will be leading the Christmas party'
Says the MEN: 'A worldwide merchandising deal has been signed to produce official Haçienda products like tee-shirts, CDs and posters for the first time. It also means no other club promoters or merchandisers can legally use the name'.
Of 'brand Haçienda' Hooky says: "Rob [Gretton] said it would be hot again one day and, just like he was with Joy Division, he was right. The Haçienda is very important to the people of Manchester and those who went there. I've come to realise what a huge part it played in a generation's life and also in Manchester's development. Now we're going to take the brand anywhere we can."
Be warned. Don't even point!
19 December 2007TA JD LA QA
Friday, December 21st from 7pm-8pm
Join US Manager of the Joy Division catalog, and New Order's US Manager for 18+ years, Tom Atencio, as he discusses Joy Division and shares excerpts from his upcoming Weinstein Company documentary release, JOY DIVISION.
14 December 2007Luxury redefined
Made in Derbyshire from organic, Fairtrade, extra-long staple Peruvian cotton with an exceptionally low water footprint – the Luxury Redefined concept takes sustainable design and communication to a new level. Supported by a product brochure and web site that tell the story through beautiful, evocative photography, the t-shirt combines the ultimate in luxury with the ultimate in sustainability.
Better Thinking Ltd – a sustainable strategy, design and communications consultancy – has considered every aspect of the t-shirt’s environmental and social impacts since initiating the project in October 2005.
Since mid-2005, Mark Holt (founding partner of 8vo) has been a founding partner of Better thinking. To coincide with the launch, Better Thinking is holding a competition for to design a graphic, slogan or logo (around the theme of sustainability) to be printed on a limited edition of 10 of the t-shirts.
The deadline for submissions is 12pm, Friday 15th February 2008.
The winning submission will receive an original 8vo Hacienda Nine poster from 1991, screenprinted in two colours (and also a luxury redefined t-shirt carrying your design). The remainder of the t-shirts will be auctioned globally with all proceeds going to a Peruvian education programme (helping to support the t-shirt cotton farmers).
The Luxury Redefined t-shirt will be available online and from John Smedley stockists in Spring 2008.
10 - Derby Assembly Rooms
11 - Lincoln Engine Shed
12 - Liverpool University
14 - Newcastle Academy
15 - Sheffield Academy
16 - London Shepherds Bush Empire
18 - Norwich UEA
21 - Bristol Colston Hall
22 - Blackpool Empress Ballroom
24 - Edinburgh Corn Exchange
25 - Aberdeen AECC
Tickets for the tour are on sale on today Friday 14 December and selling out fast. More info at www.wearejames.com and www.oneofthethree.co.uk.
"Almost 20 years on, Bummed sounds extraordinary, but wildly abstruse."
13 December 2007You're going home in a Crispy Ambulance
All the best to Crispy Ambulance when they continue the comeback at A Factory Night (Once Again) in Brussels this coming Saturday 15 December 2007.
Happy Mondays Official Aftershow @ Relish
Bez and Gaz Whelan DJ Set
+ DJ Dermo
+ Very Special Guests
300 tickets available
Entry price (public/members/NUS): 7.00 GBP adv from Skiddle
Doors open: 10pm til 4am
Information line: 0844 884 2920
* - Happy Mondays play Manchester Central on Friday 14 December 2007. The Twang, The Sunshine Underground support. Clint Boon DJs. Tickets are GBP 28.50 and are still on sale. Call the Box Office on 0870 060 1768 to book or click here.
Meanwhile, don't forget that expanded editions of classic Happy Mondays albums are now available to buy.
07 December 2007Ghost Hunting with Shaun and Bez
Critic Xan Brooks said "The first half of Control played like a kitchen-sink Play for Today, while the second offered a tender deconstruction of the myth of the tortured artist."
In the interests of rigorous investigative journalism, Cerysmatic has sampled one of said pies and can indeed verify their excellence!
06 December 2007eX-FACTORy
"I think Peter Hook has a different agenda to Simon Cowell," said music curriculum leader Mark Acton.
05 December 2007A Big Crispy TVMR Weekend
Big Arm support Ian Brown at Manchester Central (formerly G-MEX) on Friday 7 December.
Crispy Ambulance reunite at The Grindhouse on Saturday afternoon.
And then in Leeds on Saturday evening, Jon Dasilva's new band TVMR play at Trash.
Thursday 24 January features Mike Pickering and Laurent Garnier with support from Krysko and Danny Mac. 10 GBP adv / 12 GBP on the door
Friday 25 January - 'In Session' Hospital Records' High Contrast and Logistics playing the best in Liquid D'n'B. Upstairs in the loft room Dubstep takes over in the shape of Kode 9 and Skream. Also playing on the night will be Ape resident Rich Reason and Ken Evil from Bass Camp.
Saturday 26 January - Steve Angello and Paul Woolford with support from Krysko, Andro and Greg Lord. 12 GBP adv / 15 GBP on the door
Tickets available from usual outlets, 0161 832 1111 or ticketline.co.uk
Doors open 9pm on Thursday 24 January 2007.
The Club aka The Paradise Factory
112-116 Princess Street
04 December 2007ICONS DON'T DO NOBODY NO GOOD
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