30 August 2009
In Between 
Section 25 hit the West Coast of the USA in October including an appearance at the Part Time Punks Festival at The Echo in Los Angeles. Full details of all scheduled gigs follow.

September

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]

October

9 - Part Time Punks Mini-Fest, Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA [444 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA, info@mezzaninesf.com]
11 - Part Time Punks Festival, Los Angeles, The Echo [1822 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA]
24 - Musicdrome, Milan, Italy

November

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’]

December

12 - Plan K, Brussels, Belgium [further details tbc]

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29 August 2009
Sub Bass Ike Yard 
News in from Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright:

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."

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We paint and we draw and we’ve had an exhibition 
Thoughtful is creating a 'rough guide to the creative industries' for 14-19-year-olds interested in a creative career in the North West. As part of the project they've interviewed Pat Carroll of Central Station Design and both the transcript and the video are now available on the Thoughtful blog.

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25 August 2009
From Digital to The Ritz 
Bad Lieutenant play a trio of UK dates in October 2009:

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.

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19 August 2009
Factory: Manchester From Joy Division To Happy Mondays 

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17 August 2009
ACR Fireside Chat 
Check out this recent Fireside Chat interview with Martin Moscrop and Jez Kerr out of A Certain Ratio.

Meanwhile, ACR's upcoming gig at the Band On The Wall in Manchester on 26 September 2009 is now sold out.

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10 August 2009
I Don't Like Mondays 
Further to a recent thread on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board, Cerysmatic has had official confirmation that the 'I Heart Manchester' (which as Steve Ald so aptly says is "inspired" by the classic Central Station Happy Mondays logo) on sale at Urbis has nothing to do with Central Station Design.

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Hewick, Haynes & James 
Kevin Hewick will be one of the acts on the indoor stage at Leicester Summer Sundae Weekender at 1.00pm on Sunday 16 August 2009 with his new guitar-bass-drums punk art distortion power trio Hewick, Haynes & James.

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.

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City of Manchester 
Manchester: Looking For The Light Through The Pouring Rain, the new book by Kevin Cummins will be published by Faber and Faber on 17 September 2009, priced 30 GBP in hardback.

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.

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05 August 2009
Recycle: Gretton's Dream Box 
Normally Cerysmatic doesn't condone unofficial mp3 blogs (with the obvious exception of Irk The Purists) but this one was too good not to mention:

A project to correctly remaster the New Order Factory UK singles (and artwork!); A-sides, B-sides, and properly affiliated mixes. 

http://neworder-recycle.blogspot.com

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04 August 2009
Four Factory Records - Buy It Now with Paypal 
The new Four Factory Records 6CD box set by The Durutti Column is on sale now priced 37.50 GBP (including Worldwide p+p).

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.

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After FAC 47 
Cerysmatic was intrigued last week to receive a small jiffy bag containing a small silver badge and a business card saying "(Almost) a Factory Records product. The badge is based on the FAC 47 anvil (first used on FACT 45 Always Now) logo.

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.

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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

Factory Records Catalogue

The Durutti Column