31 January 2008James warm up for spring tour
The tour proper starts in Derby on 10 April and ends in Aberdeen on 25 April. Full details at wearejames.com. The new James album is released on 7 April.
Thanks to George on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.
30 January 2008Our heroes
Thom Yorke of Radiohead was one of the special guests and the topic of conversation turned to In Rainbows and the manner of its release on the internet as an official pay-as-much-or-as-little-as-you-like download. Ross said how much he liked the disc box version (the 40 pound-odd all-formats version with full packaging) and remarked how it reminded him of "the good old days of Factory Records who always used to come up with loads of extra bits and pieces". To which Thom Yorke replied "They're our heroes, Factory, and Warp Records".
29 January 2008A Factory Documentary (Once Again)
He says "Clare had a few drinks and bid against Shaun Ryder at the opening of the Haçienda exhibition last year for these prototype Haçienda trainers. If Tony Wilson and the Haçienda hadn't happened, there wouldn't have been a scene for someone like me to emerge into."
27 January 2008John Metcalfe live at Ginglik - 9 February
"We have an outing at Ginglik on the 9th February. Described by Time Out as "An ace bunker bar chokker full of warmth and character", it's in Shepherd's Bush, London. Should be on around 9.30 and it's only a fiver. Hope to see you there."
24 January 2008Joy Division film festival dates
1 February - 24 April - Ambulate Gira de Documentales [Mexico]
14 February - 3 March - !f Istanbul [Turkey]
16 & 27 February - Film Comments Selects at Lincoln Center [New York, NY]
25 February - 2 March - ZagrebDox [Zagreb, Croatia]
28 February - 2 March - True|False Film Fest [Columbia, MO]
7-15 March - SXSW [Austin, TX]
26 March - 2 April - Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival [Slovenia]
8-20 April - Buenos Aires Film Festival [Argentina]
23-29 April - Independent Film Festival of Boston [Boston, MA]
1-9 May - Jeonju International Film Festival
The trailer is also available to view on YouTube.
The UK cinema outing looks set for early May, at least at the Odeon Covent Garden.
With extra special thanks to OMNY.
22 January 2008The Improvement of the 24th of January
The site will be unavailable between 22:00 and 00:00 GMT on Wednesday 23 January 2008 to allow for the site roll-out.
Thank you for your forebearance.
17 January 2008Smoker in a trenchcoat
16 January 2008Music Muziek Musique
"rewind to the future"
Cath Carroll recollects the early days of meeting Morrissey (aka The Gooch) in the Hacienda in 1982, going round for tea (with fanzine co-writer Liz Naylor) to meet Mozzer and Linder right through to their emotional denouement in the Hacienda (again) in November 1983.
We learn that Merritt calls his dog Irving Berlin ("big ears, big nose, cute, not very big" with the proviso "he doesn't write musicals") and that he thinks Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain is "the last significant production in modern music".
Meanwhile, in the reviews section the 'Distortion' album is likened, favourably, to "a Phil Spector Christmas record remade by Galaxie 500". The London Metro free paper also made it their album of the week.
The main proposal was for a cultural summer school for young people in Manchester to be created in Wilson's honour. Steve Coogan, who played AHW in 24 Hour Party People, said "What we can't do is institutionalise this project, because if anything Tony was anti-institutional."
Peter Hook said "There was a fantastic array of people there. It was a great compliment to Tony to get so many influential people together. Things are still in the planning stage but I think we all agree we've got to do something."
Others in attendance in Happy Mondays' manager Elliot Rashman, Paul Morley and Peter Saville.
14 January 2008The sound of killing flies with a hand sander
The Live Life Right T-Shirt takes its name from the title of a track by The Durutti Column.
13 January 2008Streaming Distortion
10 January 2008Versus Cancer 2008
"Manchester Meets New York: Factory Nostalgia Night"
DJ Shred, DJ Mojo and Martin Moscrop of ACR spin post-punk, funk, Factory favorites and more.
Friday 1 February 2008
Sound Fix Records
110 Bedford Ave
Bands: Deleted Scenes (8pm), Frank Pollis (9pm), Great Lakes (10pm)
More info on 718-388-8090
An evening of post-punk, funk and more at Club Midway
Saturday 2 February 2008
10pm - 4am
No cover charge
25 Avenue B & East 3rd Street
[F V train to 2nd Ave]
DJ Shred and Martin Moscrop of A Certain Ratio spin Factory Records nostalgia, dance music and more. No cover. Bands downstairs: $10 cover.
More info: 212-253-2595
09 January 2008Martin Hannett RIP
"I was visiting Tony’s grave in Southern Cemetery yesterday and decided to call in on Martin and Rob (especially since they were part of the reason Tony chose to be buried there).
I had to get help from the office for location but found them both – and was horrified to discover that Martin Hannett – this genius and legend of our time – is lying in a totally unmarked grave (actually there was an empty plastic bottle of lemonade on it which I removed).
It is well known that Martin had no money when he died, neither did his wife and he had waived his royalty rights when he settled his legal case with Factory.
I cannot let this state of affairs remain. So much money has been made thanks to him!!
I would like to start a fund and wondered if you could help through your website? (I think engraved headstones probably cost in the region of GBP 1000).
There must be some quite wealthy fans out there who might want to contribute?
Best wishes Lindsay Reade"
Further details to follow.
04 January 2008The Element of Danger
The improvised music played by The Bays will be fed into a computer and analysed by a program called Sibelius. Metcalfe and Hale will then write orchestral parts as the piece progresses. John Metcalfe says "There's an element of danger, that's for sure. It's scary, but I'm looking forward to it. I think what we do will affect how the Bays play - they will have to make fewer changes, and perhaps evolve the music more gradually; otherwise we might get left behind. One composer will do woodwind and brass, the other strings. Halfway through, we'll swap."
Bays drummer Andy Gangadeen (who also plays in Metcalfe's live band) says "It's a bit like the TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm. There is a huge amount of improvisation in there, but I didn't realise it at first. After knowing that, somehow it makes it more special."
It all sounds pretty good. Pret-ty pret-ty pret-ty good.
Colin says, "Matt and Jake from the band are currently working with Bernard and Steve on the Bad Lieutenant project and they gave me a sneak preview the other week. Sounds interesting. Not as much Electronic as I thought and a lot less New Order without the bass."
Bernard has also agreed to feature on the second Rambo and Leroy release which will be released around May/June time. The releases come out under the Vinyl Revival label name, with the first single being released on 25 February 2008.
Rambo and Leroy MySpace
Download 'Last One Standing' (iTunes)
See you there.
03 January 2008I Fagiolini gig
The Renaissance and contemporary solo-voice ensemble, described by RNCM as "early music megastars", will perform their latest programme of 16/17th Century music by Claudio Monteverdi entitled Flaming Heart.
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