28 January 2010The Durutti Column on The Review Show
Vini and Poppy will rejoin the rest of The Durutti Column in London on Sunday for the gig at the Leicester Square Theatre (check with the venue for any remaining tickets).
Replete with lesser-seen photos and new interviews with all remaining key players including Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Michael Johnson, Kevin Hewick, Alan Hempsall and Vini Reilly it tells the story of the months and weeks before and after Ian Curtis's suicide and the eventual release of the album.
27 January 2010FAC 251 ticket details announced
Friday 5 February 2010 featuring Peter Hook’s The Light
A one-off performance by Peter Hook’s The Light, a Manchester supergroup put together specially for the occasion featuring Mani (Stone Roses), Rowetta (Happy Mondays), Howard Marks and other special guests, performing rare Joy Division and New Order tracks, and a hits retrospective from Hooky's previous bands Monaco, Revenge, New Order, Joy Division and the first ever debut of his new material with Freebass.
22.50 GBP (very limited tickets) for gig 7–11pm
8.50 GBP for Club Afterparty (Entry after 11pm ONLY)
Tickets on sale at FAC 251 The Factory at 12:00 midday on Friday 29 January 2010.
Saturday 6 February 2010 featuring Stonelove / Hacienda Presents Launch Party + special guest live act
Register at FAC 251 The Factory for details and tickets.
More info and details of gigs the weekend after (including White Lies and Twisted Wheel) available at the newly-fully-launched official website.
26 January 2010It All Looks Good On You
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"Realism [Nonesuch] is out! Thank you to everyone who dropped by New York's Beauty Bar last night to celebrate its release.
The Magnetic Fields will soon be starting their tour in support of the new CD. The band is happy to announce that they have added shows at New York's Town Hall and Chicago's Harris Theater / Millennium Park to round off their 2010 US tour schedule.
Tickets for the new Monday 8 March show at the Harris Theater are now on sale at the theater's box office:
The third Town Hall show is scheduled for Friday 12 March. Ticketmaster pre-sales for American Express cardholders begin Wednesday, January 27, with general sales starting this Friday 29 January.
The March 12 show caps a three-night run in New York, after which the band will head to Europe.
Please visit the House of Tomorrow Calendar for the band's full 2010 tour schedule and further details regarding ticket pricing and availability:
In other news, a new recording of The Book of Love by Peter Gabriel will appear on his upcoming project, Scratch My Back. The combined CD / vinyl / iTunes LP release - a companion to a series of live orchestral performances and videos - will be out on 13 March, Peter's 60th birthday. In addition, a series of special download-only "Double A Side" singles will be released over the course of 2010 on iTunes. The first singles, out on January 30, will feature The Book of Love backed by the Magnetic Fields' version of Not One Of Us from Peter Gabriel's third album. Peter will continue to release a pair of singles on the full moon of each month throughout the year."
Meanwhile, reviews of Realism have been quite good, amongst the highlights this one by Alexis Petridis in The Guardian.
21 January 2010Music, not bars
"Rob (Gretton) and Tony (Wilson) always used to say that we had to give back something into music. As a music lover, I couldn't say no. I want to give Manchester musicians a place to play."
Alongside Hooky in (what was once) the top floor boardroom, his partner in the (ad)venture, Aaron Mellor, revealed a bizarre twist of fate wherein a similar dramatic fall in property values that caused the loss of the building originally, has provided both the opportunity for the building to be redeployed - the previous owners having abandoned their plans for redevelopment of the site due to the current recession - and the availability of designer-in-chief Ben Kelly to 're-explore' the original design - Urban Splash having put 'on hold' their Kelly-to-be-designed Stubbs Mill apartment project (ring any bells?).
On running a club second time around Hook said: "I was always amazed that Factory had more accountants than bands. Whenever the Hacienda ran out of money, New Order would record another album. Even Aaron will have a problem making that happen! This time round I have 15 nightclubs to ruin!"
When asked if there were any plans to repurchase Dry Bar, Hook declined. "My interest is in live music, not bars."
Also in attendance, Freebass co-conspirator Mani likened FAC251 to the spirit of the original Factory nights at the Russell/PSV club rather than the Hacienda. "Although there will be a cheeky wink to the past, this will be more about the future. We want to give a chance to the next generation and say 'go take it'".
"Let's get to work."
20 January 2010FAC 251 The Factory opening
The new venue is a joint venture between Peter Hook and established club operators Tokyo Industries (14 venues across the UK including the award-winning Digital in Newcastle and Brighton and the Tokyo Mansion Party venues). Tokyo Industries Managing Director Aaron Mellor is a long time Factory Records afficionado, having began his club career on the Hacienda dance floor and later DJing at Stonelove at the Hacienda in the mid-Nineties.
Original Factory architect has completely recast the building to suit its new purpose as a venue which draws on the legacy of the past but updates the original Factory ethos for contemporary bands, promoters, DJs and of course the people.
The Opening Weekend – Friday 5th / Saturday 6th February
Friday 5 February 2010 – Peter Hook’s The Light
"A one-off performance by Peter Hook’s The Light, a Manchester supergroup put together specially for the occasion featuring Mani (Stone Roses), Rowetta (Happy Mondays), Howard Marks and other special guests, performing rare Joy Division and New Order tracks, and a hits retrospective featuring songs by Hooky's previous bands Monaco, Revenge, New Order, Joy Division plus and the debut of his new material with Freebass."
Saturday 6 February 2010 – Stonelove / Hacienda Presents
"A club event allowing Manchester’s clubbing cognoscenti an opportunity to check out the three separate arenas. Original Haçienda indie club Stonelove returns to Manchester to begin its weekly residency downstairs, whilst Room 2 hosts a soundtrack of 70s New York City Funk & 80s Electro Pop. The Boardroom is handed back to the original Rockstars as FAC 51 The Hacienda begins its Saturday night residency Hacienda Presents at The Factory with a selection of Mancunian rock legends supervised by Hooky and pals alongside a roster of new DJ talents."
A full roster for future events at The Factory will be announced over the coming weeks.
18 January 2010FAC 501. The last catalogue number. So it goes.
"Tony Wilson was buried in Southern Cemetery - to the left as Rob is to the right (correct in religio-football terms). The coffin was numbered. FAC 501. The last catalogue number. So it goes." - Moist, Cerysmatic Factory
Rock 'n' Roll Tantrum
Answers on a Postcard
Everybody Quits The Band
Ophelia's Drinking Song
Billion Pebble Beach
Cheers Kevin and the 12 Bar for a great night and hi to Jude out of Subterraneans (who played the Billy Mackenzie Tribute gig in 2007), Lee and David Q.
Kevin Hewick's "Rambling Schoolboy Blog"
Facebook photo gallery [available to non-FB members]
14 January 2010FAC 251 The Factory opening now Fri 5 Feb
13 January 2010FAC 251 Factory Manchester opens 29 Jan
Selected news coverage
06 January 2010Kevin Hewick @ 12 Bar Club, London 11 Jan
Kevin is the 2nd act on at 9.15pm after Jeeps and will be followed by Sergeant Buzfuz and Tim Berry.
The rate at the gate is six of your British Pounds.
"We knew we wanted to start a band together and we really had the idea of completely ripping The Wake off, which proved to be impossible and in turn we ended up falling short of that, but kinda finding our own sound," explained the singer.
"People are just saying the outcome is sort of like Factory Records around 30 years before us. That's just how it turned out, this accident. We had these ideas and the way it all fell together was very organic. I know that Jacob and I are, or were, big synthesizer groupies. Jacob built modular systems and stuff like that, so we try to geek out on that. There’s a song called "Make You Mine" and a song "Down By the Water" where we literally set out to write a straight up 1950s song, but I think because we were such synth geeks and we couldn’t pull away. That's where it magically turned into this Factory Records thing because it still had that sort of new wave thing to it that we are fighting so hard against that we can't get away from. The Factory Records thing isn't intentional, but the '50s thing is intentional."
Oh, and Happy 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