31 March 2010Shadowplayers - The Factory Records Book
In the years since the collapse of Factory, the label has become both a legend and a cautionary tale, yet its definitive, authentic story has never been told - until now. Shadowplayers is the most complete, authoritative and thoroughly researched account of how a group of provincial anarchists and entrepreneurs saw off bankers, journalists and gun-toting gangsters to create the most influential, acclaimed and adored music of modern times.
The Shadowplayers book builds on the original feature length documentary Shadowplayers: Factory Records and Manchester Post-Punk 1978-81 released on DVD in 2006 by James Nice's LTM label but is extended in scope to cover the complete history of Factory Records.
To celebrate the publication of the book please come along to the official book launch at Rough Trade East on Thursday 20 May 2010 from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Original Factory band Blurt will be performing live and there will be DJ support from Tom Moderne.
East Dray Walk
Old Truman Brewery 91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
Nearest overground/Tube: Liverpool Street or Aldgate East
The Rise and Fall of Factory Records
Foreword by Jon Savage
Format: hardback book
Number of pages: 432
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
Publication date: 1 June 2010
26 March 2010Download Two Worlds Collide by Freebass
2. You Don't Know (This About Me) [Vocals By Tim Burgess]
3. The Milky Way Is Our Playground [Vocals By Pete Wylie]
4. Dark Starr [Vocals By Howard Marks]
5. Live Tomorrow You Go Down [Vocals By Peter Hook]
6. That's Life
Instrumental versions are also available at www.fac51thehacienda.com.
Tickets for the London date @ the 100 Club on Tue 1 June went on sale today as planned and are still available at the time of writing via TicketWeb, GigsAndTours and other outlets priced 12.50 GBP.
25 March 2010The History of Modern
24 March 2010Freebass live in London & Manchester
Tue 1 - 100 Club, London [tickets available via gigsandtours.com]
Wed 2 - The Factory, Manchester [tickets available via factorymanchester.com]
Freebass on Facebook
On 2 April 2010, The Whiskey Dregs in New York City will host a free discussion with Dave Haslam, called From Joy Division To New Order at Angels and Kings.
Using various media, Haslam will explain the transition from Joy Division to New Order as well as the city that birthed its bandmates, the scene that influenced their sound, and why it still matters.
Meanwhile, read the Dave Haslam interview @ The Whiskey Dregs.
From Joy Division to New Order: A Discussion With Dave Haslam
@ Angels and Kings
500 East 11th Street (Between Avenue A and B)
New York, NY
The JG Ballard Project features JGB-inspired music and spoken word pieces and further nights are planned in Oporto, Portugal and London, England for around November 2010. More info to follow.
Meanwhile Ike Yard is currently working on the remix of Vladislav Delay's cut (from around 2000) Sistol for Phthalo Records.
23 March 2010Hooky's Unknown Pleasures Tour Competition
Cerysmatic Factory is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to a show of their choice (not including Salford). The full prize includes a chance to meet Hooky and Howard before the gig, a signed copy of The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club and a Hacienda goodie bag.
To be in with a chance of being drawn from the Cerysmatic hat, just send your name and choice of date to us by email.
Competition closes 4 April 2010 and the winner will be notified by email shortly after. One entry per person please.
The Peter Hook Unknown Pleasures Tour with Compere Howard Marks - full itinerary:
Sun 11 - Birmingham, Glee Club [0871 472 0400]
Mon 12 - Bolton, Albert Hall [01204 334400]
Tue 13 - Worcester, Huntingdon Hall [01905 611 427]
Thu 15 - Milton Keynes, Stables [01908 280800]
Sun 18 - Middlesbrough, Town Hall [01642 729729]
Tue 20 - Gateshead, The Sage [0191 443 4661]
Wed 21 - Durham, Gala [0191 332 4041]
Thu 22 - Burnley, Mechanics [01282 664400]
Sun 25 - Cardiff, Glee Club [0871 472 0400]
Mon 26 - Oxford, Academy [0844 477 2000]
Tue 27 - Wakefield, Theatre Royal [01924 211 311]
Wed 28 - Gloucester, Guild Hall [01452 50 30 50]
Thu 29 - Derby, Assembly Rooms [01332 255800]
Fri 30 - Norwich, UEA [01603 508050]
Sat 1 - Salford, The Lowry [0843 208 6000]
Sun 2 - Hull, Truck Theatre [01482 323638]
21 March 2010DJ Shred presents New York Meets Manchester
NEW YORK MEETS MANCHESTER
Saturday 3 April 2010
9pm - Frank Sidebottom
10pm til midnite - The Sons & Heirs [Smiths/Morrissey tribute band]
Midnite til 4am - DJ Shred spins with DJ Dave Haslam featuring 80s and 70s post punk, 80s and 90s acid house, Hacienda hits, 90s Manchester indie hits and more
The Sons & Heirs
Event page on Facebook
20 March 2010Intro to Mat Cook's limited edition prints
He is also the designer of the sleeve for FAC 2.02 A Factory Sample Too, the Factory Too double 7-inch and CD single.
Mat has now produced a series on limited edition screen prints which have been shaped and influenced by his times and 'experiences'. The prints are available to order now from matcook.info.
The exhibition covers the links between recording studios in Heywood and Rochdale recording studios, Joy Division and John Peel is back in the foyer of Heywood Library foyer by popular demand. It was originally opened by Peter Hook and Chris Hewitt on 23 September 2009 on the day of the unveiling of two new music blue plaques. The exhibition could only run until early November owing to prior commitments by the library display area.
But now it is back for another six weeks and includes exhibits about the musical heritage of Heywood and Rochdale, links to John Peel and Joy Division (including equipment used by them and Martin Hannett), the history of the Seven Stars as a music venue, other local rock groups, Wigwam Acoustics, the Imaginary record label, Deeply Vale Festivals and much more.
16 March 2010Wake up Paris and New York
The Wake + Young Michelin (Live in Paris)
Saturday 8 May 2010
200 Quai de Valmy
Bulle Sonore Records 5th Birthday Party at Point Ephémère Paris
Live: The Wake (Factory, Sarah, LTM) + Young Michelin
DJs: Tod Brownies (Bulle Sonore) + Cosensation (La Forme Lente) + guests
Ticket details to follow.
The Wake (NYC Popfest 2010)
My Teenage Stride
Very Truly Yours
Saturday 22 May 2010
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Tickets: $15 advance / $18 day of show
13 March 2010Union and Rhythm in Work
"In the impressive, imposing Catholic church of St John the Evangelist, Poulton-le-Fylde, Larry Cassidy was given a suitably lively send off that was deeply moving yet very funny and surreal too.
People either laughed or gasped as the hearse drew up with a stunning Soviet flag resplendent with hammer and sickle in flowers in pride of place.
Brother Vin's lovely red guitar wreath also stood out."
Others who attended the funeral alongside the extended Cassidy family included Ian Butterworth, Roger Wikeley, Steve Stringer, Peter Hook, Alan Erasmus, Jez Kerr, John Robb and James Nice.
Read Kevin's full account of the funeral in Kevin's Blog at www.kevinhewick.co.uk.
Easter Bank Holiday Sunday
4 April 2010 at The Factory, Manchester
SWR: The Very Best of Shaun Ryder
Full Live Show
Shaun Ryder and a full live band performing the hits of Happy Mondays, Black Grape and the World Premiere of his new solo work!
Followed by a Club Event from 11pm-4am
Hacienda: Past, Present & Future
Room 1 – 808 State (DJ set) and Jon Dasilva
Room 2 – Justin Robertson / Jon Carter
Room 3 – Murkage Cartel vs Jay 'Backchat' Fontaine
£26.50 - SWR Live Show plus Club Event (8pm-4am)
£15.00 - Club Event only (valid from 11pm only)
24 hr ticket hotline: 08444 771000
Tickets available from factorymanchester.com on sale midday Friday 19 March 2010.
11 March 2010Bad Lieutenant UK support slots confirmed
Bad Lieutenant have confirmed that the support acts on the UK leg of their upcoming tour later this month will be as follows:
Sheffield and Glasgow - Gabrielle’s Wish
Preston and Liverpool - Honestly Express Yourself (H.E.Y.) [new band featuring Denise Johnson]
London - Factory Floor
Tickets are still available for all dates:
15 - Leadmill, Sheffield
16 - Garage, Glasgow
18 - Electric Ballroom, London
20 - 53 Degrees, Preston
21 - Masque, Liverpool
Twist of Fate, the second single off the album Never Cry Another Tear is released 22 March in the UK (23 in the US).
10 March 2010Hacienda Peter Hook Ltd Edition Bass Guitar
The design ideas have been put together by Peter Hook and Chris Hewitt and are being turned into reality by custom guitar builder Brian Eastwood.
The initial idea came from discussions between Hooky and Chris Hewitt about how pieces of the original Hacienda maple dance floor they were sorting for another project were about the right width to make a maple fretboard for guitar necks. And so the idea of a Hacienda Peter Hook Bass Guitar was born.
A lot of the innovative features of the Hacienda internal design / architecture will be incorporated into various parts of the guitar, the first of which will be ready and in use when Hooky performs at The Factory in Manchester on 18 May 2010.
The funeral is to be held at midday on Friday 12 March at:
St John The Evangelist R.C. Church
Lancashire FY6 7HT
Flowers may be sent or donations if so desired to St Vincent House or Trinity Hospice c/o C.T. Hull Funeral Directors, 2 Birchway Poulton-le Fylde, FY6 7SF.
09 March 2010You Spin Me Round & Round
- New Order Technique review
- Barbara Kruger interview
- Happy Mondays
- Morrissey / Viva Hate
- New Order May 1988
- Cabaret Voltaire
- James / The Nightingales Oct 85
- New Order Sep 1985
Plus, loads of unbelievable vintage ads for cigarettes and this incredible Casio digital guitar.
With thanks to Marcus for spotting.
08 March 2010ACR live @ The Sunday Social
Transformer kicked off live proceedings with an energetic set packed with catchy hits and accompanied by an impressive light show.
The audience started swelling ahead of ACR's headline live set and the excellent bass-crunching soundsystem was showcased in the immediately preceding DJ set.
The full 6-strong ACR (with Denise back after she had to miss Brussels) took to the stage shortly after 9pm. They kicked off with the classic Do The Du before launching straight into Wild Party. This indicated that this would be a fairly unusual setlist. Don't get me wrong, all the cool tunes were, it's just they were in a different order! Later highlights included a crunching Wonder Y where the bass was bone-crunching and the old-but-new fave Waterline. In between, the Mind Made Up album was showcased - watch out for that being re-released via LTM later in the year. Full setlist to follow.
Sadly we had to dash after Ratio in order to catch the last train and so had to miss Justin Robertson's and Danny Rampling's DJ sets. Well done to Ash for putting on a great show - and Happy Birthday.
Thanks to James Nice for giving Paul, Emita and I back to the station in the freezing cold.
06 March 2010The past is now part of my future...
"Everyone's talking about what they're going to do and I think i'm going to be playing some Joy Division songs to celebrate Ian's life on May 18. I mean, we're never going to do it together again, but it just seems right. Especially to do it at The Factory, there's a definite need to celebrate one of the most momentous days of your life."
Potential patrons should contact the Silk Heritage Trust.
05 March 2010The New Cerysmatic Factory
This, the main front page, remains as it is, albeit with a slimmed down look. Links to the most recent news items are below or you can select News on the left to see all the news. All the other 1500+ regular pages remain unaffected by the changes to the blog. The old blogposts are still there too if you really wanna look. You'll work it out.
We are only human, and regretfully every year have to turn down at least one prospective work experience applicant, so if anything goes awry during this launch period please bear with us and we will endeavour to fix it as soon as possible. Please let us know if you have any comments too.
03 March 2010Bad Lieut, Hooky & ACR join Ian Brown live
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.
Horse Shoes, comprising one guy out of The Drums, a guitarist and a backing tape were the third band on and the first one we caught. The tunes were catchy enough and they had a certain stage presence but what was going on with those guitar solos!?
The Wake headlined the afternoon session and came on stage to a dreamy backing tape. The performance was as tight as it had been in Brussels contained something Factory- and Sarah-era Wakeheads alike. Thanks to David Cooper for making a good first stab at the setlist.
Afterwards, Caesar revealed that more dates are in the pipeline with Paris and NYC in May being first up. More details when we have them.
It was good to see Paul, Emita, Mark, Iain and David. Let's do it again next weekend in Brighton for ACR.
Talk About The Past
Here Comes Everybody
Photo gallery on Facebook (no Facebook account required).
01 March 2010Inside Out NW - Rave on?
This programme is available for the next week on iPlayer. Sadly this is not available to non-UK users.
Belated congratulations to Oli who's moved from BBC Manchester to become Entertainments Reporter for Newsbeat on Radio One. Well done Oli!
"It is with great regret we have to report that Larry Cassidy founder of Section 25 passed away on the 27th of February. Obituary and full funeral details to follow."
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