29 April 2009Monsters Next Door
27 April 2009Manchester, England
In a sister segment, Ian Simpson, the architect of the Beetham Tower (of which Haslam is an admirer) discusses his creation.
26 April 2009Making Your Mind Made Up
25 April 2009X-O-Dus
X-O-Dus are also working on new material which they hope to have out pre-Christmas, also on Ozit.
Thanks to Mart Dunlop for info.
The Crucial 3-0 - Post Punk Liverpool by Kevin Cummins at The Hard Day's Night Hotel Gallery, Liverpool from 22 May to 22 June 2009
The Beat Goes On at Liverpool SoundCity 09
"The Crucial 3-0 is a brand new exhibition of images captured and curated by the prodigious British photographer Kevin Cummins. The collection documents the hugely influential careers of a selection of Liverpool's finest bands spanning the past thirty years."
Meanwhile, check out Kmeron's Flickr photo gallery of the Brussels AB gig on 10 April.
18 April 2009ACR EUR
24 May - 19:30 The Deaf Institute, Manchester
28 May - 20:00 Ninkasi, Lyon
29 May - 20:00 Primavera, Barcelona
30 May - 0:00 Fundação de Serralves, Porto
15 Jun - 19:30 The Beat Happening Sessions @ Dingwalls, London
4 Jul - 20:00 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
6 Sep - 20:00 Offset Festival, Chigwell
3 Oct - 20:00 Le Plan - Factory Festival, Paris
For the avoidance of doubt, the Factory Festival in October would not appear to be a festival of Factory Records related artists but rather a festival that has run since 1999 using the Factory title.
PADCAST #10: RECORD STORE DAY - A Lilypad Sampler With Cath Carroll Part 1
Lilypad's Atomic Theory of the Record Store
"Join us as we listen to a variety of songs from Lilypad's friends and family, and Cath rambles on about counter terror at old record shops of the North. We establish Lilypad's Atomic Theory of The Record Store (with thanks to Flann O’Brien), in order to justify why an online indie label is gate crashing this bricks & mortar event. We are Record Store. The Padcast intro features 'Dag Juhlin Symphony Extravaganza', a tribute to the Man of a Thousand Bands, performed by the UK's Monty."
15 April 2009In Spirit
The school which is celebrating its 25th anniversary will honour AHW by launching the scholarship for a range of music-related courses. Wilson encouraged Spirit Studios owner John Breakell to set up the School of Sound Recording back in 1984. The studios became a regular fixture on the Manchester music scene and Factory funksters Happy Mondays were among the many bands to record and rehearse there.
09 April 2009New Order in New Zealand
08 April 2009Haçienda 27 Party @ Sankey's
Congratulations Michael, the Haçienda party people will be in touch with you soon.
05 April 2009Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain
"In Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain, Kevin Cummins brings us THE definitive photographic history of Manchester music from the 1970s onwards. With accompanying essays from Kevin's former colleagues Paul Morley, Stuart Maconie and John Harris, and Gavin Martin's interviews with Johnny Marr, Peter Hook and Mark E Smith, the book is a remarkable record of a city which changed the course of popular culture.
"From the punk explosion of Buzzcocks and Slaughter and The Dogs, through The Smiths, Joy Division and the birth of Factory Records and the resulting Madchester years of The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays to the Britpop swagger of Oasis, Kevin Cummins was uniquely placed to witness the anarchic energy of the Manchester pop moment and capture the images which would define these bands and shape generations of teenagers and music fans.
"This is a fascinating portrait of a city and its individuals who, through sheer bloodymindedness, put Manchester onto the world stage, providing us with a soundtrack to our lives. Often humorous, at times touching, only Cummins' photographs are able to take us on this incredible journey over four decades. As Morrissey so memorably sang, 'Oh Manchester... so much to answer for.'"
- back cover blurb.
Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain
Faber & Faber
The song, Desiree Won't Come Down, is a dreamy, atmospheric ballad available exclusively from Lilypad Records.
01 April 2009Two Top Class Competitions
A reminder that a pair of tickets to the Hacienda 27th Birthday Party @ Sankey's are currently up for grabs. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 6 April to be in with a chance of winning.
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