30 June 2008RePeter
Amongst the "unapologetically expressive" work of twenty different artists, Peter Saville's 'Joy' is a swirling 61x61cm inkjet print.
The exhibition runs from 4th July 2008 to 3rd August 2008.
"The world's only entirely participatory arts space", according to themselves, it sports 'Trees' by Ben Kelly: a techno-copse of eighteen 'interactive trees'.
Interactive = talk to? But will they listen?
28 June 2008ReOrdered
27 June 2008Hooky Threatens Us with Freebass, Again
He continues: "I said to Mani and Andy: 'It's coming out and I don't care how rough it is. Fuck it...'." So, what's been the delay? Hooky cites his "DJ-ing commitments". (Well, there you go...one must have priorities.)
A reminder that Freebass is comprised of Hook, Mani from the Stone Roses and Andy Rourke of The Smiths; with vocals [perhaps] from Liam Gallagher (Oasis), Ian Brown (The Stone Roses), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) and Pete Wylie (various Wah[s]). (Hooky has suggested all of them, but has confirmed only Burgess & Wylie, with strong hints about Brown.)
Additional Freebass info can be found in this recent Hooky Q&A.
"Not sure if you’ve noticed but I’ve finally relented and been taken over pod-like by the Youtube Myspace virus. Early days but I thought I’d give a release to some of the lesser known bits from Ikon and the stuff ikonand is doing now.
The next few weeks will see some more stuff such as Clash of the Titans: Sooty vs Malcolm; Broken Family Band; my Daylight Hacienda video etc"
Videos posted thus far include:
FACT 125 Bessy Talks Turkey: "FACT 125 was given away as a promotional VHS gift Xmas 1984. Hosted by Hacienda VJ and raconteur Claude Bessy aka Kick Boy Face, the original title was 'Factory Video Hype'".
TV Wipeout - Operating Instructions: "'Life ain't no seminar'. The great Claude Bessy filmed by Malcolm Whitehead below ground at the Hacienda Manchester 1983. Featured on DV4 TV Wipeout from Doublevision."
Dub Sex Swerve: "Video made by Malcolm Whitehead at Ikon, taken from unreleased Dubsex project."
Lunge: "Sound and visuals by Brian Nicholson from his unreleased Ikon project In the Cradle (1994)."
Moonlight on the Highway: "Ikon celebrate the melancholy tones of Al Bowlly with Lew Stone and his band. What else is worth dreaming of? Brian Nicholson has fun with dingbats but ends up falling in with 30s British Dance Band. Where will it end?"
Case Closed: "Cut up with sounds lovingly spliced by Chewy Benson and visuals arranged by Brian Nicholson - Life Support Technician from Ikonand."
Stretchheads - The Overrunning of the Orifice Region: "Ikon favourite from the early 90s. Many thanks to Paul at Blast First and the band for such an entertaining weekend. Made by Malcolm Whitehead and Brian Nicholson."
A vidtonic for the post-euro/pre-season depression.
26 June 2008H*E*Y
Release details tbc, but a taster can be found on the H*E*Y myspace page.
24 June 2008Shambolic enough to be useful
So it was that several hundred people gathered in a tent outside Manchester's Urbis on Saturday 21 June 2008 to talk at and to each other for twenty four hours in the name of Anthony H Wilson, the result of an urge of a number of his friends to provide an active, ongoing memorial.
The idea itself was first mooted by Peter Saville at a small gathering of Wilson's former collegues in the Autumn of 2007, and quickly gained momentum with the backing of Manchester City Council through its 'Marketing Manchester' initiative.
His inspiration came from attending the art critic Hans Ulrich Obrist's 24 Hour Interview Marathon, held at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 2006. The Saville interpretation: chuck some been-there-and-done-its in a big room for 24 hours with the wanna-be-there-and-do-its and see whether a happening could happen.
The Stephenson Bell designed techno-teepee that housed The Wilson Experience stood tall, despite being drenched by Saturday's continuous downpour and buffeted by Sunday's gales (it must be weather-cursed - its original incarnation as centrepiece of last year's Manchester International Festival was similarly accompanied by a whole week of Manchester rain).
Inside the participants were kept warm by the heat of the lights and cameras, occasional hot air from the speakers, and debate that became so heated, at times, that some attendees felt the need to douse each other down!
The happening appeared unlikely during the (Satur)day with some slots retreading ground already trodden in previous events, often reverting to the 'intimate conversation/five minute Q&A' format.
But following the evening's light entertainment - whereby Ratio did Rialto, Hewick did Hooky, Dasilva did as Dasilva does - something did happen: an event that gave reason to the initial urge, and hinted at the way forward.
An open-mic session between 5 and 7 am with a largely cobbled-together stage full of various Manchester hard workers - including, at times, Oli Wilson, Martin Moscrop, John Pennington, Mark Kennedy and MC'd by Johnny Jay - developed into a full-on, no-holes-barred, two-way conversation full of honest, genuine advice from equally honest, genuine people.
Elsewhere, from participant to organiser it was clear that the ultimate success of the event lay in the conversations that continued outside of the forum itself, with many of the 'Experienced' (it said so on their passes) making themselves fully available to the 'Talented' (it said so on their passes): in person, tangible and approachable.
The twenty four hours were completed with a plea by Peter Saville to the attending Manchester City Council leader Richard Leese for further support of the event, followed by a rousing rendition of the poem St. Anthony by Mike Garry.
Full review to follow.
23 June 2008The Wilson Initiative
Introduced by RTSNW chair Helen Bullough, Swansea-born Davies spoke passionately about the welcome, freedom of expression, space and support given to him by the Mancunian television fraternity, amongst whom he developed his craft during the eighties and nineties, contrasting this experience with both London and his current base of Cardiff.
The talk was interspersed with clips of a rugby-shirted and braced AHW introducing the Granada arts programme The Other Side Of Midnight as well as other Manchester-produced dramas Queer As Folk, Bob & Rose and The Second Coming.
Describing AHW as a "maverick that popped up on TV...a northern light...an ambassador for the region", Davies confessed that AHW would be "spinning in his grave" to know that the lecture was being given by "a Welshman whose own musical taste stopped with Baccara and 'Yes Sir, I Can Boogie'".
He ended with a stark warning on the "devastating" effect of financial cutbacks on BBC childrens television as the whole production is moved to Manchester, and called on the - mainly television - audience to establish an 'Anthony H Wilson initiative': "Tell London to piss off! Demand that one in every ten meetings with Londoners should happen in Manchester and show them what an extraordinary place this is...and how lucky you are!".
Many thanks to Graham Allister at BBC NW for the invitation.
21 June 2008Last Chance Central Station Design
Word has it that although this is the official closing of the show, the work may stay up in the gallery for another week.
The prints will stay be available via the Richard Goodall Gallery online.
20 June 2008Celebrate Originality
19 June 2008FAC 51 Pure Evil
Prices are 100 GBP for the paper edition and 500 GBP for the aluminium edition. The colours on each edition are different. There are 2 wooden strips on the back for easy mounting.
Some of the prints will be on display at the Tony Wilson Experience in Manchester this weekend.
Pure Evil Gallery
108 Leonard Street
London EC2A 4RH
Tel: 07805 420771
Gallery Hours: 10am - 6pm daily or by appointment.
18 June 2008Tony Wilson Experience Running Order
12:00 - Steve Coogan, Peter Saville, Alex Poots
13:00 - Mark Radcliffe Stuart Maconie
14:00 - Stuart Maconie, Steve Coogan
15:00 - Liam Spencer, Phil Griffin
16:00 - Frank Sidebottom
16:15 - Ben Kelly, Tom Bloxham (Emma Murphy host)
17:00 - Jayne Casey, James Barton, Peter Hooton (host Elliot Rashman)
18:00 - 'So It Goes' screening, Sex Pistols episode
18:30 - Clint Boon, Bob Dickinson in 'So It Goes' discussion
19:00 - Sue Woodward, Ray Gosling, Mike Spencer (Jim Hancock host)
20:00 - Matt Greenhalgh, Grant Gee, Peter Hook (John Robb host)
21:00 - Irvine Welsh, Paul Morley
22:00 - Kevin Cummins, Ian Tilton, Karen McBride (Emma Murphy host)
23:00 - Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Caroline Elleray (John Robb host)
00:00 - John Cooper Clarke, Stella Grundy, Alan Wise
01:00 - ACR live set on stage at Urbis
02:00 - Fashion slot (guests speakers tbc)
03:00 - Musicians slot (guest speakers tbc)
04:00 - Elliot Rashman, Steve Connor on Situationism
05:00-07:00 - Open mic session featuring some of the participants chosen for the event and the wider pool of experienced creatives attending
07:00 - Business Breakfast with the entrepreneurs - David Derbyshire, Gary McLarnan, Sarah Pearson, Elliot Rashman (Rose Marley host)
08:00 - Sir Richard Leese, Iain Bennett (Jim Hancock host)
09:00 - Simon Armitage, Steve Martland (Bob Dickinson host)
10:00 - Alan McGee, Tim Burgess, Belowsky
11:00 - Professor Brian Cox, Peter Saville, Stephen Morris (Bob Dickinson host)
12:00 - Mike Garry, performance poet reads St Anthony poem
12.05 - Finish
More info and links at the MEN.
17 June 2008A Factory Night donation In Memory Tony Wilson
As announced, the proceeds have been donated last week to the "Fondation Contre le Cancer" with the dedication "In memory of Tony Wilson".
Designer, John Rooney explains the background and influences: "We have created graphic work for this exhibition based on what remains following the demise of the Haçienda. The language is taken from situationist texts and the visuals represent the colorways of the bollards in the Haç, the shapes represent rain (a constant in this city). Both myself and my colleague Pam Shaw have a long history regarding the Haçienda. Pam worked closely with Factory Records for many years, and I am course leader in MA Typography at University of Salford so this project was extremely important to us."
Some of John's work is still visible in the window of the Green Room in Whitworth Street (and not the John Dalton Building at MMU as previously stated) for the next few days.
16 June 2008Flip you melonfarmer!
Art Vinyl has now started taking reservations from their website as of last week. The site has been updated to show images of exactly what the finished pack looks like.
The album was recorded late 2007 and mixed early 2008. They featured on Fac 2.02 A Factory Sample Too.
There's a taster gig at Darwen Library Theatre Friday 27 June 2008, with Peel favourites Calvin Party. More details on Ticketmaster. A follow-up gig at the Green Room in Manchester is also in the pipeline.
Living In Sin
Slaves Make My Baby's Shoes
Kenny and the Snake
For streaming tracks see www.myspace.com/thisistheorch
Ratio - 1am, Sunday 22 June 2008
More details to come shortly
"Top band, top tune... from those opening lines you know your getting something special with this song!
Lets push for this group to get f*cking massive in the hope that word will spread - on the week commencing 30th June 2008 we need to get as many people to download this song from iTunes and get it into the UK #1 slot!!
Lets face it, in an era when such crap as Duffy, Estelle and Basshunter have been able to claim the #1 slot, we should be able to get this one in there somewhere... just imagine how proud you'll all be putting this classic back up where it belongs and dislodging some of the current chart/pop guff in the process. all for the tidy price of 79p!
Go to it kids, the destiny of this top, top tune is in your hands, dont waste it!"
Good luck lads!
Northside on MySpace
Quicktime Player is required.
14 June 2008One feather at a time
Similarly, David Nolan's article about Tony Wilson's day job is also now on David's MySpace site.
For the rest of the Dowie interview and all the other great stuff in Scream City 4 (Peter Hook, Stephen Mallinder, Vini Reilly, Sample Minds: Before and After A Factory Sample and more) you can still buy it on eBay for 2.00 GBP + p&p (Paypal only).
Artist: Paul Haig
Title: Go Out Tonight
Label: Rhythm of Life
Catalogue number: ROL 019
Tracklisting: Trouble Maker, Stay Mine, Shut Down, Believe, Hippy Dippy (Pharmaceutically Trippy), Fantasize, Acidic Snowdrop, Data Retro, Scene, Gone in a Moment
13 June 2008Autodidactic
11 June 2008Inaugural Tony Wilson Memorial Lecture
10 June 2008His Master's Shoes
On his appointment, he said "Tony Wilson fitted into the finest pair of dancing shoes this side of anything. Rock, Bop or bother. Tony was a passionate leader extraordinaire. I am honoured that Yvette and the ITC team are lending me a pair of his master's shoes and inviting me to dance at this year's event."
09 June 2008Miracle Cure Mark Reeder Remixes
'Miracle Cure' is taken from the album 'Logic of Pleasure'.
Those Miracle Cure remixes in full:
Radio Mix (3:56)
Radient Radio Remix by Mark Reeder(3:49)
OneTwo Remix (4:39)
Lulu Rouge Remix (5:32)
G. Morrison & B. Wong Remix (8:03)
Wundermittel Remix by Mark Reeder (6:50)
Extended Mix (06:55)
Digitally remastered, LTMCD 2526 The Factory Recordings combines all tracks from A Factory Quartet and In Berlin, including Blurt favourites My Mother Was a Friend of an Enemy of the People, Ubu, Puppeteers of the World Unite and Cherry Blossom Polish.
Microsoft's launch blurb states: "A limited-edition Zune digital media player designed by Peter Saville will be made available to commemorate the DVD release of Joy Division, the critically acclaimed documentary. The film will come pre-loaded on a custom black Zune 80 player that is etched with an adaptation of Saville's iconic artwork from Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album. Five hundred limited edition players will be available for purchase June 17 for USD 399.99 through Zune Originals. In addition, Zune Marketplace will feature exclusive outtakes from the DVD.
Auteur Labels: New Hormones 1977-1982 (LTMCD 2492)
New Hormones was founded in 1977 by Buzzcocks and their manager Richard Boon to release the epochal Spiral Scratch ep. The label released approximately 25 records, the catalogue combining post-punk, pop and avant-garde by Ludus, Diagram Brothers, Biting Tongues, Dislocation Dance and Eric Random.
Auteur Labels: Les Disques Du Crepuscule 1980-1985 (LTMCD 2517)
Profile of Crepuscule's 1st phase. The label was founded by Michel Duval and Annik Honoré with the release the epochal cassette From Brussels With Love (TWI 007). The chic, cosmopolitan label went on to assemble an extensive cross-genre catalogue, much of it dressed by celebrated designer Benoit Hennebert.
Auteur Labels: Factory Benelux 1980-1985 (LTMCD 2521)
Factory Benelux was a collaboration between Factory Records and Les Disques du Crepuscule. Early releases were 'spare' recordings by A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column and Section 25, after which Factory Benelux released a mixture of all-new recordings by Factory artists and licensed repertoire.
All formally released on 7 July 2008 or available now direct from LTM Mail Order.
In Part One he tells us more about Mutant Disco with August Darnell aka Kid Creole and in Part Two it's Anne Pigalle who was on the ZTT sampler.
05 June 2008Haçienda Party @ Sankeys, 20 June 2008
Jon Da Silva
15.00 GBP advance
03 June 2008Kevin Hewick confirmed for Section 25/Hooky shows
The Ancienne Belgique
The CD will feature previously unheard material, rare live recordings and come with photos and other archive material, etc.
All copies will be free, signed by the band and it will be limited to a run of ONLY 30 copies. It will be available ONLY on the night of the gig on a first come, first served basis.
01 June 2008Gig in Japan
Martin also celebrates 30 years as a photographer with a new book, a summer exhibition of photographs taken around Eccles in 1977 and a slideshow.
'Don't Miss This' will shortly be available from London's The Photographers Gallery, Manchester's Cornerhouse or from Martin himself.
The exhibition will be shown at Eccles Library, date tbc.
"I'm not a working-class Tory. I just think what Thatcher did had to be done for the good of the country".
The Guardian, 31 May 2008.
"If you were based in Manchester in the 1960s and growing up there, you looked enviously at Liverpool and Merseybeat. Ever since, there’s been a real inferiority complex coming from that end of the M62. Everything Liverpool has tended to do, Manchester has tended to copy."
Liverpool Daily Post, 30th May 2008.
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