31 October 2008
We are all Salfordians now 
First, the revelation that most Manchester music didn't originate in Manchester at all - it was copied from our Liverpudlian neighbours.

Now it would seem that most Mancunians didn't originate in Manchester at all - they are actually from our neighbour, Salford.

Confused?

All is explained as Manchester-from-Salford's very own ex-soap star Terry Duckworth follows David Nolan's Salford Music Map in this week's edition of BBC Inside Out North West (available to UK residents only for a limited time period).

Coming soon: the independent state of Chorltonia! If only...
Run 
Good luck to Tom Wainwright as he competes in this weekend's New York City Marathon dressed as a former-Haçienda DJ.

Tom's running in aid of the Derian House childrens hospice - with donations being accepted via Justgiving.
29 October 2008
Dystopian 
Cerysmatic catches up with Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright for another in our irregular series of updates on his many musical activities:

"Stormy, many things going on simultaneous - but sorting through... carefully.
Like sorting through global Wall Street bubble burst!

"Ike Yard is finishing the all new album and talking to a label in Denmark about a quick promo 7" and possibly releasing the album in the first half of 2009. There is also talk about a 12" single.

"Earlier this year, Ike Yard had 'Night After Night' on the LTM Crépuscule auteur labels re-release.

"Finally Stuart says "Fingers crossed, I should have first releases on my new label REC (Rapid Expansion Corporation) before the year's out: new Dominatrix E.P., Dystopians and The Voodooists re-release."

This week Stuart is preparing for a NYC show by his newish group Dystopians on Thursday. He says "They are a kind of harder edged industrial with guest guitarist Norman Westberg (ex-Swans). More info at Monkeytown."

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25 October 2008
The Sex Education of Stephen Morris 
News comes in that New Order drummer Stephen Morris has been collaborating with Liverpool up-and-comers Sex Education on their forthcoming debut LP, which is being produced by Roger Lyons (of the much-missed Lionrock).

Sex Education's Chris Ward explains to Cerysmatic: "When we first started recording a track called 'Regret It All' we wanted live drums on it but didn't have a drummer at the time (we do now!). Roger suggested Steve, who he knows from doing live sound and collaborations with New Order over the years. Steve has kindly done some awesome live drumming on the track, as well as a few extra loops and surprises."

Check Sex Education out here. The band also have live dates coming up including Night & Day in Manchester on 28 October, and a free show at Korova in Liverpool 3 November.

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24 October 2008
Some Of The Interesting Things You'll See... 
Peter Saville discusses Pop Artist Richard Hamilton in a recent, very good, and highly recommended Tate Britain video (for Issue 16 of the TateShots series), specifically Hamilton's still-ultra-modern "Toaster" (work details here). Saville ultimately comes to, as he puts it, the shocking conclusion that Hamilton (inadvertently) provided "... a blueprint for my own work [at Factory]."

The insightful video, entitled Work in Focus: Richard Hamilton, is also available for download, and in transcript form.

Be sure to also check out the fascinating full range of Hamilton works at the Tate here.

With thanks to Jared Schiller at the Tate for the heads up.
In Salford 
The house where the Ryder brothers grew up, the schools attended by Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Terry Mason and Tony Wilson and Morrissey's favourite club are just some of the locations on the first ever Salford Music Map which launches today.

The aim of the new map is to reclaim some legendary 'Manchester' music myths that rightly belong to its sister city, while helping promote Salford as a destination with a rich musical heritage.

The map, which is the brainchild of Salford City Council, and researched by music author, TV producer, Salford University lecturer, David Nolan, will be available for free from visitsalford.info and from a number of locations across the city including The Kings Arms in Bloom Street, The Lowry, Salford Lads Club, Islington Mill and Salford University.

Cerysmatic Factory was fortunate enough a couple of weeks ago to get a sneak preview of the map with a special tour of (mostly) FAC-related Salford sites with David Nolan. The results are documented in a short film which is available on Google Video.

A giant 3D version of the Map will also be on show at the Quiffs, Riffs and Tiffs exhibition at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

David Nolan said "The Map will bring Salford's music stories to life. Some stories you may know and some you may think you know... others you'll never have heard before. There's punk and folk there alongside heavy rock and pop. Now you'll be able to see exactly where all this great music came from, not only that it'll look great on your wall too."

Cllr Barry Warner, Salford City Council's lead member for culture and sport said "We have a wealth of musical heritage and the Salford Music Map is about bringing it all together and showcasing Salford as the musical and creative city it is, making it easy for residents to explore alongside music fans from across the UK and even abroad.

"There are iconic landmarks such as Salford Lads Club that The Smiths made famous and lesser known creative hubs like Islington Mill which helped launch the Ting Tings. We've attempted to capture as many of these as we can.

"We've no doubt that this map will help promote Salford as a destination with a musical history and an exciting future, building on the success of music events such as Proms in the Park and Sounds from the Other City, which brings Chapel Street to life each May with live music."

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Salford Music Map on MySpace
Salford Music Map on Facebook
David Nolan on MySpace

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23 October 2008
1 Top Class Launch Event 
The official book launch party for 1 Top Class Manager will be held at One Central Street in Manchester on Tuesday 4 November 2008. Admission is free.

The full running order is:

7pm: Doors
8pm: Jon Savage talks about Rob and the book
8.30pm - late: Dave Rofe, John McCready and Benedict Gretton play records from Rob's own collection

The book 1 Top Class Manager will be available to buy on the night and Lesley Gilbert, Abigail Ward and the rest of the team behind the book will be available to answer any questions.

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One Central Street
1 Central Street
Manchester M2 5WR

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18 October 2008
Rictus grin 
Sculptor Michele Rashman, wife of ex-Simply Red and Happy Mondays manager Elliot, is "relieved" that her sculpture of Shaun Ryder as 'talented dog' failed to attract a buyer at last weekend's inaugural Buy Art Fair held at Urbis in Manchester.

"I'm glad it didn't sell because I'd like to tour it round the country a bit first".

But why didn't the work of art, entitled 'Hey Shawarma', realise its modest GBP 20,000 price tag?

Cerysmatic viewers debate amongst yourselves after a sneak preview in the Manchester Evening News.

Michelangelo's David or Hancock's Aphrodite?

You decide.

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17 October 2008
Improving With Age 
Jeremy Deller's basket of flowers is rotting nicely...
Mondo Mancunia is Go 
Having been cancelled in its original 1-4 October slot, Graham Massey's Mondo Mancunia has been rescheduled for 19-22 November at the Shunt Vault in London.

More info at MasseySpace.

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16 October 2008
Greg Wilson @ Prime Time, NYC, 25 October 
25 Oct 2008
Doors @ 11PM
$tbd
downstairs

CMJ: Prime Time w/ Eamon Harkin + James F!@$%^ Friedman + special guest GREG WILSON

The infamous Prime Time party comes to Santos!

Greg Wilson has a pedigree stretching back to the original disco era. He first came to national prominence in the early 1980s as the first to champion New York's emerging Electro-Funk sound and he was the first DJ to mix records on national TV and in 1983, Greg became the first dance music DJ to become resident at Manchester's legendary Haçienda, then very much an indie and 'alternative' music venue.

Fast forward to 2008 and Greg is back with full force, turning in remixes for DFA, Rong Music as well as a sublime mix CD for 20:20 vision and the latest podcast for the influential Resident Advisor.

Armed with a laptop, turntables and, of course, his trusty Revox B77 reel-to-reel, Greg brings his alchemical mixing and customized re-edits to NYC to play Prime Time at Santos Party House on Saturday October 25th

Santos Party House
100 Lafayette St
Manhattan, NY 10013 USA
24 Hour Hotline
+1 212 714-4646
Haçienda Blanka y Negro 
The always fastidious people over at Blanka are currently working on a lovely reprint of designer Mark Farrow's classic 15th Anniversary Haçienda poster, shipping on 11 November. Each print is numbered and signed in a limited edition of 251.

Farrow explains: "We designed this poster to celebrate the 15th birthday of the Hacienda. We had no idea at the time that it would be the club's last. The code 51 15 25 05 97 (Fac 51 is 15 on 25 05 97) was printed in a reflective ink onto a grey background which rendered it almost invisible in daylight. The poster only came to life at night under the glare of car headlights. Our reasoning being that the message was only important to people who were out after dark."

Pre-Orders are being taken now. Go here for more details and photos. An additional set of full-size photos are here on Flickr.

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Part Time Punks 
Kevin at buzzbands.la reports that A Certain Ratio are to headline the Part Time Punks Festival on Sunday 16 November 2008 at The Echo in Los Angeles.

Furthermore the new album release date is mentioned as being Spring 2009.

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14 October 2008
Regrets, I've Had A Few 
Tim Booth reveals that James never should have left Factory Records in a revealing interview in Filter: "Back then we thought they were the big record company. It wasn’t till we got to Sire that we realized what a big record company actually is." (Recent James album Hey Ma is dedicated to the late Tony Wilson.)

Booth and bandmate Jim Glennie describe the working relationship with Brian Eno ("We’re the luckiest band in the world"), namecheck some personal favorite James tracks, and travel down memory lane for past (and not so past) music connections.

There are even hints at U.S. tour dates for later this year.

Full article here.

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11 October 2008
FAC 51 The Syndicate 
The FAC 51 The Haçienda Tour 2008 rolls on, hitting Blackpool on the last Saturday of October 2008. This street poster seen in Manchester:

FAC 51 Tour 2008

The Syndicate
FAC 51 The Haçienda

Saturday 25 October 2008

Mike Pickering
Graeme Park
Peter Hook
Bez

Tickets priced 8.00 GBP + booking fee available from thesyndicate.com

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It all looks like art to me now 
The private view for Peter Saville's exhibition of other people's creations being exhibited on his new flat-pack plinths, Accessories to an artwork took place on Thursday 9 October at the new Paul Stolper Gallery (itself resplendent with its new Peter Saville-designed street sign).

Peter Saville was there to launch the initial prototype edition of 200 plinths. They are, according to Saville being snapped up quickly not only by individuals with fifty quid to spare and nowhere to put their telephones but also by museums and galleries. A mass-produced run seems inevitable.

Plinths aside the exhibited works range from the esoteric to the conceptual via outrageously funny. Jeremy Deller's homage to Fantin-Latour's bowl of flowers and hence the cover of Power, Corruption and Lies is matched by Todd Eberle's more obvious placing of the record itself. Robert Longo, artist and director of the video for Bizarre Love Triangle, offers us mini-mushroom cloud. Brian Eno's light flowers are just Eno being Eno. Jarvis Cocker's cut out trees are oddly beautiful. Another plinth is left empty and the burnt ashes of part of another are tastefully sprinkled atop it. An unfeasibly large sexual toy is eye-wateringly amusing. However, the best is saved til last though with Sarah Morris and Liam Gillick's "plinth on plinth", a loving homage to Rachel Whiteread.

Amongst those enjoying also the show were Ben Kelly, Kevin Cummins and the actress Tamsin Greig (Green Wing). Hi to Iain & Bunny, Andy and Mark.

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The Durutti Column - Ruby Lounge 7 October 2008 
The Durutti Column's first UK gig since the 29 March 2007 Benefit for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy at the Hard Rock Café, Manchester (thanks Mike!), (the only intervening show anywhere being Primavera Sound 2007) took place at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester on 7 October as part of In The City.

A late start time allowed the Cerysmatic team a pleasurable meal in nearby Trof (with thanks to Ashiya for the recommendation). The Ruby Lounge, on the fringe of the Northern Quarter, is a plush but cosy club-cum-venue.

Around 10ish Vini shuffled on stage alone and unannounced. He thanked the audience for coming to listen and warned us, oh yes, that it would start quiet and get louder. In traditional fashion he began with a solo guitar instrumental, 'Gun' (or a variant thereof).

Vini then brought Poppy Morgan on stage to play the Rhodes piano. In his introduction Vini explained how great it was for him to be able to play guitar to Poppy's piano and "hijack" her tunes. They played 3 pieces including Ananda from this year's Sunlight to Blue... Blue To Blackness (Kooky). This was the clear highlight of the evening.

Thereafter with Poppy leaving the stage to great applause the gig continued in more conventional style. There were some entertaining extended workouts of old favourites but there were few surprises and there was no encore (despite it being the 30th Anniversary show and Alex the Red's manful efforts at the end to get them back on stage).

Spotted at one time or another: Oli Wilson, Kevin Cummins & Nat Curtis (in the DC moshpit), Jane Lemon, Stuart "Jammer" James, Pete Garner (ex-Stone Roses).

Special Cerysmatic mentions for Steve Aldcroft, Bryan from the DC list and Phil Kooky (NHN) + Emma.

Setlist

Gun
"Duet I"
"Duet II"
Ananda
Otis [enter Bruce Mitchell and Keir Stewart]
Woman
Jacqueline
The Missing Boy
The Beggar
Requiem for Mother

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10 October 2008
Stumbling Down the Catwalk 
In Comfort And Joy, Artforum's Michael Wilson tracks a steady gaze on Peter Saville's NYC Estate 1-127 launch party at Burberry, his later interview at White Columns, and those Saville-designed flat-pack museum plinths; all the while struggling not to call it bullshit.
07 October 2008
Radio Activity 
Following up on last week's "Nearly New Order" series of interviews (Day 1: Bernard Sumner, Day 2: Stephen Morris & Gillian Gilbert, Day 3: Peter Hook) that aired on Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconie's BBC 2 radio show, what did we learn?

Bernard Sumner & Stephen Morris's post-New Order "Bad Lieutenant" (or perhaps "The Unknown") project continues apace with Sumner currently writing lyrics.

Stephen Morris is selling his tank.

Peter Hook is on the 2nd draft of his forthcoming (Spring 2009) history of the Haçienda book. (Co-written with Ang Matthews.)

Peter Hook's long-awaited Freebass project (with Mani [Stone Roses/Primal Scream] and Andy Rourke [The Smiths]) continues to slowly evolve amidst recording & mixing (in between Hook's DJing gigs), with Hook previewing an excerpt of a work-in-progress Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) lead vocal track, and stating that Gary Briggs from MCR's Haven is now handling (many of?, some of?, a few of?) the Freebass vocals.

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06 October 2008
Dig Out Your Gratuitous Factory Records References 
As Dig Out Your Soul hits the physical and digital racks of the nation's record shops what better time to check out #2 in the 20 Greatest Oasis Tracks as chosen by Peter Hook as told to Q Magazine (#267, October 2008):

"Roll With It is rocky, and it plays down the Beatles influence. A lot of Oasis's overtly Beatles-influenced songs piss me off because they're just a rip-off. Roll With It is a balls-in-your-hands, cock-in-the-air song. It's what I thought could have been their true sound if they'd ever got past their Beatles fixation. Oasis actually played an early gig with Revenge at a place called the Middleton Hippodrome in Manchester. It was their first gig they had with Noel on guitar under the name Oasis, because they were called Rain before that. What did I think of them? I thought they were a bunch of cunts. It wasn't an amazing triumph, but I quite like having it on my CV."

Meanwhile check out Hooky's latest playlist as told to the Guardian.

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03 October 2008
The Ministry of Silly Works 
Peter Saville's at it again, and this time you create ("curate") the artwork. As hinted at earlier in the year, Saville has indeed created the "Flat-Pack Plinth". 10 October 2008 sees the opening of "Accessories to an artwork" at the Paul Stolper gallery in London, running until 22 November. From the press release (you just can't make these things up): "Peter’s ‘flat-pack’ plinth recognizes the public’s own ability, and transfers to them the power of curatorial decision, allowing anyone now to pass judgment on what is worth looking at. It acknowledges a changing audience, and their will to consume art. The flat-pack plinth is their DIY accessory in a time when culture has briefly stopped to let millions of people on board. The flat-pack plinth has a direct correspondence with Peter’s observation that ‘it all looks like art to me now’."

Made of white centred display board, and in a prototype edition of 200, the plinth measures 96cmx35cmx35cm and replicates those conventionally made from wood. He has invited 22 others to place anything of their choice on a plinth. (Including Peter Blake, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Robert Longo, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Gavin Turk.)

The first 100 will be sold at a price of £50 (+vat). (Limit 5 to a customer.)

Perfect for the artistic bronze frog lover in your life.

Get your cardboard boxes here. (Includes a lovely picture of said plinth.)
24 Hour Busky People 
As part of a tribute on Sunday 5 October to In The City founder and Factory Records head Tony Wilson, singer/songwriter Karl Eland and new Preston band, Stephen Buckley and the Feverdreamers join 22 other artists at the 24 Busk for Tony outside M19 Bar, Stockport Road, Levenshulme.

More In The City info can be found here and there.

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As It Was When It Was 
'1 Top Class Manager', the collection of Rob Gretton's working notebooks kept during his time as Joy Division's manager, has its release date pushed back one week (er, back to its original date) to October 14, 2008, due to "a machinery failure at the printers."

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The Names

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

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