31 May 2010D'oh Jo!
This rather unfortunate misnomer has already been repeated in the mainstream media.
30 May 2010Whispering in the Leaves - Dawn
The ex-Cabaret Voltaire man made a brief introduction to the assembled crowd about the concept behind the recordings (officially a "sound installation that immerses visitors to Kew Gardens’ Palm House in the dawn and dusk choruses of the Central and South American rainforests"). Basically the 3 hours round dawn and, similarly, round dusk, are condensed into two twenty minute pieces. He explained that the volume was intended to be as if you were there in the rainforest. So the quiet bits were quiet and the thunderclaps really loud.
He encouraged everyone to walk as he did the first performance (of Dusk) live rather than watch him twiddle the knobs. This is highly recommended as it is all multi-channel with various different effects emanating from the 80 different speakers. It was very good and in the general steaminess of the Palm House it was very atmospheric.
Future performances will presumably be played from tape and the companion piece Dawn will play in the morning on the hour.
29 May – 5 September 2010
29 May 2010Freebass Live
Mon 31st May - York - The Duchess
Tue 1st June - London - 100 Club (Sold Out)
Wed 2nd June - Manchester - The Factory
Thu 3rd June - Glasgow - King Tut's
Fri 4th June - Carlisle - The Brickyard
Sun 6th June - Middlesborough - Town Hall
featuring Gary Briggs (vox), Mani/Hooky/Rourke (basses), Nat Watson (guitars), Phil Murphy (keys) and Bo Walsh (perc).
Listen to tunes at the new Freebass website, purchase them from www.fac51thehacienda.com.
See you there!
24 May 2010Unknown Pleasures photo gallery Part 2
Joining Ian Brown, Mike Pickering, UNKLE and Mr Scruff on the bill, The Hacienda's second stage brings together a line up of classic Hacienda names including Peter Hook, Graeme Park, Justin Robertson and Jon Dasilva with A Certain Ratio and Detroit Social Club live.
Hacienda Facebook Event Page
The Warehouse Project
in association with 13 Artists presents:
Ian Brown [live]
plus special guests:
Bad Lieutenant [live]
A Certain Ratio [live]
Now Wave DJs
Friday 11 June 2010
Platt Fields Park
Tickets on sale from 25.00 GBP from Thursday 4 March (with presale for Ian Brown fan club members on now) via Ticketline, SeeTickets and TicketMaster.
More info on ianbrown.co.uk, Facebook and The Warehouse Project.
23 May 2010Joy Division - Opener.
Setlist [19 May 2010]
Do the Du
Venus In Furs
Is that loud enough?
All Night Party
From the evidence of the residence, The Light poured and Hooky found his voice - and what a voice!
The set was (almost) chronological: At A Later Date ("He's bound to do that - it's one of his!" - Terry Mason), Ideal For Living, Factory Sample, Unknown Pleasures, Transmission, LWTUA.
Bang bang bang: the band were tight, immense and clearly well rehearsed. The set was punched out with very little space in between. Every tune benefitted from a slight re-work - intros shortened, superfluous bars dropped, drop-downs and build-ups accentuated, grunge applied wherever possible. Rowetta did her bit on Insight, Simon Topping even joined in the air punching on Transmission. But, unlike the free-n-easy set on the reopening night of The Factory, this was serious.
The star of the show, though, was the voice. Belting out from start to finish - no mean feat over two consecutive nights - H's vocal strength and depth was remarkable, recalling Ian Curtis's own vocal development at the hands of Hannett (I checked with Di: no harmoniser).
Rumour has it this show is about to be taken to the road. Given that this set represents the first half of Joy Division's finite output - will there be a Closer?
Setlist [18 + 19 May 2010]
At A Later Date
No Love Lost
Leaders Of Men
Day Of The Lords
New Dawn Fades
She's Lost Control
I Remember Nothing
Love Will Tear Us Apart
21 May 2010Tony Panas
Cerysmatic reader John Rooney offers his personal thoughts on Tony:
"I was fortunate to know Tony for several years. During this time he always very modest about the fantastic design work he produced for Factory Records, 808 State, Geese, Electronic, etc as I was a fan of this work before I met him. The design community has lost rare talent, everyone who knew him have lost a friend."
Rest in peace Tony.
19 May 2010Free screening of Control on MCR big screen
All are welcome and you can even hire deckchairs. Film starts at 8.30pm.
17 May 2010Ian Curtis Exhibition Factory photo gallery
Pressed on 180 gram vinyl and featuring a special reconstruction of the original Peter Saville die-cut sleeve design by Drastic Plastic this looks like an essential purchase.
16 May 2010Ian Curtis Macclesfield exhibition back on
13 May 2010Wake Up New York
To whet your appetite download O Pamela and check out the PopNews.com review of the recent Paris gig.
NYC Popfest runs from Thursday 20-23 May.
My Teenage Stride
Very Truly Yours
Saturday 22 May 2010
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Tickets: $15 advance / $18 day of show
12 May 2010Whispering in the Leaves
"Chris Watson’s Whispering in the Leaves is an extraordinary sound installation that immerses visitors to Kew Gardens’ Palm House in the dawn and dusk choruses of the Central and South American rainforests. Alongside the installation, part of the Summer Festival at Kew Gardens, a programme of special performances, workshops, guided tours and talks gives you the chance to find out more about sound, the environment and biodiversity."
- from whisperingintheleaves.org
29 May – 5 September 2010
09 May 2010The Wake live in Paris
07 May 2010Mondays on Saturday @ Wychwood Festival
More info at wychwoodfestival.com.
11 June - Manchester, Platt Fields Park Festival, 11 June 2010 (with Ian Brown, Peter Hook, Bad Lieutenant)
9 July - Fano, Moonlight Festival, Rimini, Italy (with The Names)
17 July - The Factory, Manchester
25 September - Marseilles, Friche Belle de Mai, France
New Order - True Faith
A Certain Ratio – Bootsy (Racic Remix)
Happy Mondays – 24 Hour Party People
Quando Quango – Bad Blood
Biting Tongues – Compressor
The Durutti Column – Catos Con Guantes
Fadela – N'Sel Fik
Arthur Baker – Come On
The Hood – Salvation! (Nitro Dub)
Pleasure Crew – So Good
Meat Mouth – Meat Mouth Is Murder
Miaow – When It All Comes Down
The Wake – Furious Sea
Section 25 – Bad News Week (The Cough Mix)
Title: Auteur Labels - Factory Records 1987
Catalogue number: LTMCD 2555
Release date: 12 July 2010
Also available: Auteur Labels - Factory Records 1984.
Available from LTM Mail Order.
05 May 2010Kevin Hewick's Joy Diversion
Kevin says "I've resisted the idea of trying to do a full set of Joy Division for years. I did 'Transmission' guesting with a band called The Freed Unit once in the 90s but I always felt like I'd get panned for it if I did any JD songs on a serious basis. I'd seen stuff people had said about me doing 'Haystack' with New Order and it was like I'd killed a puppy or something."
Kevin is also now supporting Peter Hook and The Light for their Unknown Pleasures gig at The Factory in Manchester on 18 May.
04 May 2010Gabrielle's Wish Rob Gretton Tribute night
The evening is being held at the old 'HQ' of Robs Records (and top notch boozer), the Briton's Protection public house in Manchester.
Tickets are priced at £5 and are available from Butterfly Records, or on request from the Gabrielle's Wish MySpace. More info at the Facebook group for this event.
03 May 2010Peter Hook & The Light plus Sum Ratios
Furthermore, Hooky revealed last night on his spoken word tour that Simon Topping is replacing Crispy Ambulance's Alan Hempsall on vocals and that he will also be joined by Rowetta (who sang with The Light at the opening night of The Factory).
Meanwhile, check out the new Sum Ratios page on Facebook.
In the light of the recent cancellation of the Ian Curtis exhibition in Macclesfield due to a funding shortfall, further details have emerged of the exhibition of Joy Division artefacts which will run in the boardroom of The Factory on and around 18/19 May. There will be at least six display cases of Joy Division artefacts. Scenes of Joy Division in rehearsal and in the recording studio will be recreated using original equipment including original items belonging to the late Martin Hannett.
Update: The exhibition will run from 12 noon on Sunday 16 May until 6pm on Wednesday 19 May.
02 May 2010Twist of Fate Reeder Remixes
There are four Mark Reeder remixes in all:
No Fate Remix ["more like the original but with a DJ-friendly 4/4 beat"]
No Fate Remix Radio Version
Led's Twist Again Remix
Synth of Fate Remix ["a synthpop DJ version similar in style to the Sink or Swim Waterwing Remix']
You can listen now to the last of these on Mark Reeder's MySpace and expect a digital release along the lines of the Sink or Swim Remix Bundle at some point.
Support comes from upcoming Manchester band Humanizer and the ticket price includes admission to the Stonelove / Hacienda Presents afterparty until 4am.
The Factory Presents
Sisters Of Transistors & Humanizer
Saturday 8 May – 8pm to 10.30pm
Tickets: £7 from www.factorymanchester.com
More info from The Factory on Facebook
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