30 August 2009In Between
23 - Back Door Music Project, Rochdale [More info; Smith St, Rochdale; An evening of Rochdale, Manchester, Hacienda and Factory Music; Peter Hook and Section 25 live together in concert; DJ sets from Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets and Martin Coogan of Mock Turtles and John Robb of Goldblade. Also live on stage Safety Pins, Tin Griffin and Rhythms of Rochdale]
9 - Part Time Punks Mini-Fest, Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA [444 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org]
11 - Part Time Punks Festival, Los Angeles, The Echo [1822 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA]
24 - Musicdrome, Milan, Italy
21 - Fes Fest, West Coast Rock Cafe, Blackpool, UK [Admission: £5, Age restrictions: No minors; 3-5 Abingdon St, Blackpool, FY1 1DG; Fes Fest is a concert in tribute to Eddie Smith, local music legend and ‘creative’ who sadly died earlier this year. With Support from Ramleh and The Ceramic Hobs; Admission includes free copy of Eddie's Album ‘Side Room’]
12 - Plan K, Brussels, Belgium [further details tbc]
29 August 2009Sub Bass Ike Yard
The new Ike Yard 10" (Oshima Cassette / Citiesglit + remixes) and the new album (Nord) are going into mastering @ Berlin's famous Dubplates & Mastering, the home of Basic Channel, Studio of Moritz Von Oswald, Ernestus (B C team).
Stuart says "Moritz was on cover of The Wire the other month, and of course Basic Channel did revo techno didn't they... Can feel some Sub Bass Ike Yard coming down the pipeline."
25 August 2009From Digital to The Ritz
20 - Digital, Brighton @ 19:30 Tickets £18.50 [187-193 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB, yourfutureisdigital.com]
21 - Heaven, London @ 19:30 Tickets £21.50 [Under The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG, heaven-london.com]
22 - The Ritz, Manchester @ 19:30 Ticket price tbc [Ritz Manchester, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NQ, www.ritznightclub.co.uk]
Tickets are on sale from 09:00 BST Wednesday 26 August 2009 via seetickets.com and other usual outlets.
19 August 2009Factory: Manchester From Joy Division To Happy Mondays
17 August 2009ACR Fireside Chat
Meanwhile, ACR's upcoming gig at the Band On The Wall in Manchester on 26 September 2009 is now sold out.
10 August 2009I Don't Like Mondays
Kevin says "We are making a serious bid to be the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world - how timely that we have arrived just at the moment when rock seemed dead..."
The band will make their London debut at Alan McGee's Death Disco night at Notting Hill Arts Centre on Wednesday 14 October 2009.
Billed as the definitive photographic history of Manchester pop from 1976 to today, the book features some of the most iconic music photographs of all time including Joy Division, The Fall, Buzzcocks, New Order, The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and Oasis.
The photographs are accompanied by four texts from Paul Morley, Stuart Maconie, Gavin Martin and John Harris.
There's also a lot going on besides the book...
An exhibition to accompany the book opens on 4 September 2009 at the Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester. Advance copies of the book will be available at the gallery. It also hoped that there will be an event with Kevin Cummins at the gallery during the run of the show.
Kevin is also doing a signing at the Buy Art Fair at Urbis in conjunction with The Paul Stolper Gallery on 25 September 2009. There should also be some signing sessions at selected Waterstone's book stores around the country.
Furthermore, The Polite Company is producing a boxed set of cards to accompany the book and the show. These will be available on their website and from the Richard Goodall Gallery, Paul Stolper Gallery, Saatchi Gallery and hopefully Urbis and various gallery stores nationwide.
05 August 2009Recycle: Gretton's Dream Box
A project to correctly remaster the New Order Factory UK singles (and artwork!); A-sides, B-sides, and properly affiliated mixes.
04 August 2009Four Factory Records - Buy It Now with Paypal
The set, which was first sold at the recent Paean for Wilson gigs at the Manchester International Festival, features the first four releases for Factory Records (damn, that's a clever title!) plus two bonus discs with studio/demo and live material from the relevant early period of The Durutti Column's history.
But, hang on, I hear you say there WAS no FAC 47 badge. Quite right. Hence the "Almost" designation. This is in fact a limited edition of 47 badges created as an affectionate tribute. Some of you may have been lucky enough to buy one on eBay recently.
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