26 January 2009A Factory Quartet
Of course, every day is a Factory Records day on Cerysmatic Factory where you can discuss the various revelations, Robert de Niro 'n' all on the Message Board.
23 January 2009You're Entitled To An Opinion
You're Entitled To An Opinion - The Lives and Times of Tony Wilson (available to pre-order now on Amazon) features more than 40 interviewees, covers all aspects of Tony's life and career and was written with the co-operation of Tony's partner Yvette Livesey.
A donation will be made to The Christie Hospital for each copy sold.
The full schedule is:
Sat 31 - The Met, Bury [10.00 GBP adv, 12.00 GBP door]
Mon 16 - Baby Blue, Liverpool [12.00 GBP adv / 15.00 GBP door - Buy online]
Thu 19 - The Cluny, Newcastle [+ support from Chippewa Falls; Tickets 10.00 GBP adv, Buy online via from seetickets.com (+ booking fee / handling charge)]
Sat 21 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [+ support from The Declining Winter, Tickets 10.00 GBP adv]
Wed 25 - Komedia, Brighton [12.00 GBP adv]
Thu 26 - Thekla, Bristol [Doors 7pm Curfew 10pm; Tickets 12.00 GBP adv, Tickets available from seetickets.com (+ booking fee / handling charge)]
Fri 27 - Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor [10.00 GBP adv, 9.00 GBP conc / 8.00 GBP member]
Sun 8 - The Deaf Institute, Manchester [ticket details TBC]
Fri 20 - The Town Mill, Bridge Street, Mansfield, NG181AN [10.00 GBP adv, Tickets available from TicketWeb]
Meanwhile, a new album entitled Love in the Time of Recession is set for release on 2 March on the Fullfill label.
For all your regular Durutti Column news don't forget to check thedurutticolumn.com.
"Four hours of the music from Factory Records label you don't have to dance to. You'll also hear excerpts from Tony Wilson's book, interviews with band members & then-contemporary reviews & other sundry knowledge of the label, its bands, city & era. Not to mention some unreleased New Order & Joy Division tracks you won't hear anywhere else in the world (unless yer mates with Jon Savage). And even an excerpt from some of Ian's letters to Annik..."
22 January 2009After Twilight
More info [in German] at: kunstaspekte.de
21 January 2009ACR/ESG Barbican gig cancelled
"We would like to advise that this show has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. We will shortly be sending out an official notification to ticket holders and regret any inconvenience caused."
Thanks to Mark on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board for spotting.
19 January 2009New Haçienda book project: help wanted
With the working title FAC OFF, it will focus on the heydays of the Haçienda and the Madchester scene.
They need your contributions in the form of:
- People who could provide original pictures (from anything Haçienda and Madchester-related including bands, DJs, fans, nightlife and the like)
- People who could provide scans or hi-res pictures of flyers, posters and any kind of Haçienda, Factory, Dry Bar and Madchester memorabilia
- People who worked or were serious regulars at the Haçienda, or just people who lived through the whole thing and have any interesting story to tell, for interviews.
If you would like to participate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
15 January 2009All The Young Dudes
"Writer Paul Morley takes a journey back through time to revisit his own adventures and misadventures in fashion and meets the pop stars who he feels are responsible for the way he looks now.
"Morley uses pop music as a kind of time machine and his encounters with pop stars in this documentary act as portals into other worlds where people wear bovver boots and braces or sparkly capes and flower shaped hats.
"He seeks out the men who have influenced him and shaped fashion over the decades and finds a touch of himself in the glamour of Slade, the prog-rock playfulness of Jethro Tull, the androgyny of The Human League, the soberness and intellect of Joy Division, the darkness of Tricky and the geography teacher attire of Jarvis Cocker."
Thursday 15 January 2009
Or watch it later via iPlayer.
Of course, back in September 2007, The Guardian implicated Ian Curtis in its own fashion conspiracy.
13 January 2009Hot Chip vs Joy Division for Warchild
1. Beck (Bob Dylan: Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat)
2. Scissor Sisters (Roxy Music: Do The Strand)
3. Lily Allen (The Clash: Straight To Hell)
4. Duffy (Paul McCartney: Live And Let Die)
5. Elbow (U2: Running To Stand Still)
6. TV On The Radio (David Bowie: Heroes)
7. Hot Chip (Joy Division: Transmission)
8. The Kooks (The Kinks: Victoria)
9. Estelle (Stevie Wonder: Superstition)
10. Rufus Wainwright (Brian Wilson: Wonderful/ Song For Children)
11. Peaches (Iggy Pop: Search And Destroy)
12. The Hold Steady (Bruce Springsteen: Atlantic City)
13. The Like (Elvis Costello: You Belong To Me)
14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs (The Ramones: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker)
15. Franz Ferdinand (Blondie: Call Me)
War Child is an international charity, founded in 1993 which works in the world’s most dangerous war zones including Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
EMI is releasing the record through Parlophone and has made a substantial upfront payment to Warchild. Parlophone are donating all their profits to War Child's work to protect the most marginalised children in war zones, who would otherwise be overlooked: street children, child soldiers and children in prison.
Warchild on MySpace
The album is officially released on 16 February 2009.
12 January 2009Pop Noir Do The Du with DoJo
In the present day, Steve's sons have a band called Pop Noir and they've played a few times with Donald whenever he's been over in the States. Check out this video of them playing a great version of Do The Du in Steve's garage, recorded when Ratio played the Part-Time Punks festival in LA toward the end of last year.
With thanks to Rofey.
05 January 2009Yahoos
A further five points go to BiggT for spotting that the tune is, in fact, Yahoo, soon to be B-side of their genius 24 Hour Party People single.
The latest videos, dated 13th August 1987, feature A Certain Ratio in rehearsal at their Soundstation 1 studio in The Boardwalk, and feature (previously recorded) Only Together from Force, and (yet to be recorded) Coldest Days from Good Together.
Five points for recognising this as being recorded during the spell of endless showcase gigs and demo sessions in the run up to the ill-fated A&M deal.
Ten points for spotting that the track Coldest Days grew out of Donald Johnson's one-man-band live drum soundcheck.
01 January 2009Happy New Year
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