27 April 2010
Ed Templeton - The Cemetery of Reason 
Latest Ed Templeton (ex-Factory Too designer) news from Iconoclast Editions:

"April sees the release of a free exhibition poster giveaway for Ed Templeton's museum survey The Cemetery of Reason. This is the official exhibition poster for Ed's first large scale solo museum retrospective. The Cemetery of Reason is conceived as a mid-career survey of the American artist Ed Templeton, assembling clusters of images of the photos, paintings and sculptures he has executed over the last fifteen years. The exhibition tells the story of a pro skateboarder, a photographer, a draftsman, a painter, etc. A story which, although it focuses on his own life and those of the people around him, transcends the autobiographical and exposes social and societal phenomena unhesitatingly but without pointing a finger."

The official poster is effectively being given away for the princely sum of 0.01 USD (plus p+p).

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Ed Templeton: The Cemetery of Reason, 2010
Offset printed poster
22 x 18 inches

Printed on the occasion of Ed Templeton's retrospective The Cemetery of Reason on view at S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium.
April 3—June 13, 2010

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24 April 2010
Download Freebass LP It's A Beautiful Life 
The debut album from Freebass, It's A Beautiful Life, is available to download now at fac51thehacienda.com.

Tracklisting

Not Too Late
The Only Ones Alone
Lady Violence
The World Won't Wait
Kill Switch Pt. 141
Stalingrad
Secrets and Lies
She Said
The God Machine
Plan B

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Another Factory closure 
It was recently announced that the historic Manchester upstairs/downstairs club combo Jilly's and Rockworld have closed for good, with John Bagnall - owner of the clubs since 1981 - going into liquidation.

The venue originally opened as a true 'chicken-in-a-basket' variety/music clubs Fagins (upstairs) and Rafters (downstairs) during the sixties and seventies.

With resident DJ Rob Gretton the sticky carpet venues ran late-seventies punk and new wave gigs, eventually hosting the Alan Wise-produced post-Russell, pre-Hacienda Factory Club during the early eighties.

Fond memories include Fad Gadget climbing the Rafters, the four comrades sat round a table in silence that suddenly alighted to the stage and became DAF, the Hook/Mason promoted IKON Video supported by Stockholm Monsters, The Birthday Party's first drunken gig, and who could forget the infamous Slim/Pete Murphy onstage stand-off!

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23 April 2010
Sum Ratios redistributed 
Jez Kerr, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell, collectively known as (at least for the time being) as Sum Ratios will play their debut gig at The Factory in Manchester on Wednesday 19 May 2010. Please note that this is a new date which replaces the one previously announced for 12 May.

The performance by Sum Ratios will form part of a multimedia experience featuring bands, poets, short films and DJ Graham Massey.

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22 April 2010
First Hacienda Limited Edition Bass ready 
The first of seven FAC 51 Hacienda Limited Edition Bass Guitars, as first announced here, has rolled off the production line at Brian Eastwood Guitars and will be used by Hooky when he and The Light (rumoured to feature Crispy Ambulance's Alan Hempsall on vocals) perform Unknown Pleasures at The Factory on 18 May 2010.

The photos (courtesy Chris Hewitt) show how the pieces of Hacienda dance floor have been integrated into the neck of the bass.

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Kevin Cummins - Manchester Poster Set 
Blanka, the online gallery and permanent visual archive, has produced a special Manchester Poster Set designed by Wallzo. The unique, dual-layer piece features Kevin Cummins's iconic photograph of Morrissey on the Rochdale Canal which adorns the front cover of his book Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain.

The A1-size poster is printed on 170gsm PhoeniXmotion stock and is overlaid with a top sheet featuring a quote by Chris Lethbridge, printed in blue and white ink on GF Smith Transclear semi-opaque stock. Each set is signed by Kevin Cummins.

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21 April 2010
A 10" Factory Sample 
Some of you may have been lucky enough to secure a copy of the recent 10" sampler issued by Warners on Record Store Day last Saturday. The 4-track vinyl sampler featured four tracks taken from last years 4CD Factory Records Communications 1978-1992 box set. 750 copies only exist.

Tracklisting

Joy Division - Transmission
New Order - Ceremony (Original Version)
The Durutti Column - Sketch For Summer
Happy Mondays - Hallelujah (Club Mix)

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19 April 2010
Sensoria presents Johnny YesNo 
from Showroom Workstation:

Peter Care's controversial short film, Johnny YesNo, was made in 1979. Its original soundtrack, recorded and produced by Cabaret Voltaire, was released as an album two years later [a VHS video was released on Of Factory New York video offshoot Doublevision as DV3].

This year, Mute will be releasing a box set, of film and music, comprising the original compilation , a re-imagining of the film, additional footage and bonus material, all featuring new remixes by Richard H. Kirk. This will also be a special presentation of some of the new work.

This Friday 23 April there is a special screening with introduction by Ken Hollings and a Q&A at the Showroom Workstation in Sheffield. Tickets priced £4 are still available from Showroom Workstation.

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Johnny YesNo at imdb.com

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The Beat Club - Paris [LTMCD 2559] 
LTM re-release the first album by Miami electro duo The Beat Club on remastered 15-track CD on 2 June 2010. The Beat Club are best known for their club smash Security released in 1989 on Robs Records and featuring vocals by New Order's Bernard Sumner.

Originally issued by Electrobeat in 1994, Paris includes the singles Security, Dreams Were Made to be Broken, X and Transamerica, on which Ony Rodriguez and Mireya Valls cover a variety of styles including electro, trance, Miami Bass and synth pop. The Robs Records connection is furthered with the inclusion of bonus remixes by Martin Moscrop of A Certain Ratio and Bernard Sumner.

The complete package includes 6 bonus tracks, new artwork, and a detailed biography.

Tracklisting

1. Paris
2. Dreams Were Made To Be Broken
3. Out of Touch
4. Security
5. Random Thoughts
6. X
7. Don't Break My Heart
8. Just Another Crazy Day
9. It's Over
10. Transamerica (Transcontinental)
11. Security (Bernard Sumner Remix)
12. Dreams Were Made To Be Broken (Martin Moscrop Remix)
13. Transamerica (American Remix)
14. Security (Bernard Sumner Dub)
15. Transamerica (Instrumental)

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17 April 2010
Stephin Merritt's Strange Powers 
From houseoftomorrow.com:

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, a documentary film by Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara, is making the rounds of the film festival circuit in the US and overseas.

After its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, the film has screened at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Florida Film Festival, and the Buenos Aires Festival of Independent Cinema.

The film will soon be screening at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto, the Independent Film Festival Boston, and at a special event at New York's Bell House. The Bell House screening, the official New York premiere, will be preceded by a live performance from the band's own Claudia Gonson.

For more information on these upcoming events please visit the following websites:

April 25 - Boston
8th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston @ The Brattle Theater
** Including Q&A with Claudia Gonson

6/7 May
Toronto
Hot Docs

10 May
New York
Brooklyn Arts Council @ The Bell House ** With special live performance by Claudia Gonson

For more info on the film available at the Official Website and on Facebook

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Bad Lieutenant cancel USA tour 
The continued grounding of all flights in and out of the UK has forced Bad Lieutenant to cancel their USA tour. A statement from the band reads:

"Bad Lieutenant, scheduled to kick off their U.S. concert debut tomorrow night at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, have been forced to cancel the date due to this morning’s volcanic eruption in Iceland that closed British airspace. The band members – Bernard Sumner, Phil Cunningham, Jake Evans, Stephen Morris and Tom Chapman – who all live in the UK, had been scheduled to travel today into San Francisco. When British airspace was closed this morning and all flights were cancelled, they were able to get last-minute bookings for tomorrow on a flight that would have put them into San Francisco late in the day; but just moments ago, American Airlines announced that that flight has also been cancelled.

"Bad Lieutenant is extremely disappointed in this bizarre turn of events as they had been very much looking forward to coming to the Bay Area. The band’s management is doing everything it can to make an alternative flight itinerary for the remaining dates.

"Refunds will be available for ticket holders at the point of purchase."

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16 April 2010
Kerr, Terrell & Topping live @ The Factory 
ACR members old and new, Jez Kerr, Pete Terrell and Simon Topping will play their first gig together in 27 years at The Factory in Manchester on 12 May 2010.

Their performance will be part of a much wider multimedia experience in association with those Noise Festival people featuring 3 bands, several poets, short films and DJ Graham Massey.

Stand by.

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15 April 2010
John Barnes has World in Motion again 
Classic England New Order song World in Motion is to be remade for Mars advert which will debut late May on television and, in a longer version, at marsbar.co.uk, reports Mark Sweney in The Guardian. The slightly amended lyrics include the line "Three Lions on our Mars".

According to the story, Mars is also launching a competition to give members of the public the chance to appear in the ad.

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06 April 2010
Fotoreportage23 - In Search of Ian Curtis 
German photographer Katja Ruge exhibits her photo project fotoreportage23 – in search of ian curtis on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the death of Ian Curtis at the kulturreich Galerie in Hamburg, Germany.

The exhibition is based on the book of the same title with 23 locations and 23 portraits of friends, companions, and contemporary bands such as Mark E. Smith, Annik Honoré, Terry Mason, Bloc Party, José González, and Tony Wilson paired with their handwritten stories and personal thoughts about Ian Curtis and Joy Division.

A full associated programme of events in cooperation with the kulturreich Galerie, the Hamburger Fotobuchtagen and Hamburg's club scene will accompany the exhibition.

Katja Ruge was born in Hamburg and is a freelance photographer. More info at www.katjaruge.de.

Exhibition dates at kulturreich Galerie Hamburg

18 May, 7pm: Exhibition launch party: music by DJ Benny Ruess, (revolverclub)
19 May – 6 June: fotoreportage23 – in search of ian curtis – photo project by Katja Ruge
6 June, 3pm: Book presentation – part of the Fotobuchtage, kulturreich Galerie
6 June, 5pm: Sarah Blackwood (Client) + Chris Wilkie (Dubstar) in concert, kulturreich Galerie, admission 5 euro

Additional events

21 May, 12am: Lovegang goes Hacienda – a loving tribute with special guest, Uebel & Gefährlich, Turmzimmer
22 May 2010: PartyNight: revolverclub meets Fotoreportage23, Uebel & Gefährlich

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kulturreich Galerie
Wexstraße 28
20355 Hamburg
Germany

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05 April 2010
Unknown Pleasures Competition Winner 
The Unknown Pleasures tour takes in theatres around the UK and features Peter Hook with Howard Marks in a spoken word, musical and Q&A based show that sees the duo open up about their rock and roll shenanigans and pasts. The tour starts on 11 April in Birmingham and runs until 2 May.

Congratulations to Nick A who is the lucky winner of our Unknown Pleasures Tour competition having been drawn first out of the Cerysmatic hat. Nick wins a pair of tickets to the show of his choice, a signed copy of The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club, a Hacienda goodie bag and will get to meet Hooky and Howard before the gig.

The Peter Hook Unknown Pleasures Tour with Compere Howard Marks - full itinerary:

April

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]

May

Sat 1 - Salford, The Lowry [0843 208 6000]
Sun 2 - Hull, Truck Theatre [01482 323638]

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Hacienda Top Ten Video revisited 
Back in the pre-YouTube world of 2004 we ran this piece on the Hacienda Top Ten Video Visions (in no order) as selected by The Video Dude (Claude Bessy) from Hacienda members' newsletter number 5.

Now we're in 2010, all of the clips have made their way onto YouTube with the exceptions of 25 Years in Space and the Psychic TV, so sit back and enjoy:

Scorpio Rising ("warped and funny as hell") - Kenneth Anger
Mad Max saga ("another manifesto of style")
Bugs & Daffy ("one of America's contributions to world mythology")
Daredevil Drivers (Japanese action film - "this orgy of deranged car stunts actually delivers again and again")
25 Years in Space (Television footage - "gravity free splendour")
Shogun Assassin ("poetic ultra-violence for that very special moment. Guaranteed to hypnotize random audience elements. In Japan this portable holocaust was released as a childrens' movie." As featured in Kill Bill Volume 2)
Chinese Gods ("Bruce Lee meets Rocket Robin Hood")
Nick The Stripper - Birthday Party ("tastier than 99% of what's around")
Haysi Fantayzee ("honest-to-god music company souped up promo slice of video")
Psychic T.V. ("this 23 minute VHS tape was a one-off for the Final Academy evening. Whatever ones makes of the contents this particular video has single handedly attracted more attention and reactions than all the other music cassettes put together.")

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04 April 2010
Retouching From a Distance 
Film4 screens Anton Corbijn's film Control on Tuesday at 9pm as part of its British Connection season.

And there's more... Immediately afterwards on the same channel, Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People is given a welcome repeat screening.

Film4 is available in the UK via Freeview and satellite / cable providers.

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IMDb.com links: Control | 24 Hour Party People

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03 April 2010
Full Live Shows at The Factory 
A full line-up of Factoryesque live shows has been confirmed at The Factory over the coming months, starting tomorrow with Shaun Ryder's Full Live Show (please note that the running time for this is now 10pm to 4am):

Sun 4 April - Shaun Ryder Full Live Show [featuring Happy Mondays / Black Grape / SWR]
Tue 18 May - Unknown Pleasures live with Hooky and Friends [on the 30th Anniversary of Ian Curtis's death, Hooky and Friends play Unknown Pleasures in its entirety]
Wed 2 June - Freebass [the Manchester debut of Hooky's new supergroup]
Sat 3 July - A Certain Ratio
Sat 1 Oct - Northside

Tickets available via factorymanchester.com.

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02 April 2010
Auteur Labels - Independent Project Records 
The latest instalment in LTM's compilation series Auteur Labels featuring cult American post-punk imprint Independent Project Records is released on 3 May 2010.

Founded by Bruce Licher of renowned experimental group Savage Republic in Los Angeles in 1980, IPR has released a raft of diverse records by groups as diverse as Camper Van Beethoven, For Against and Savage Republic themselves.

The Factory connection on this release comes from the inclusion of Benway's Carnival by Abecedarians which was the B-side of the debut 12" release FAC 117 Smiling Monarchs (which itself can be found on LTMCD 2534 Auteur Labels: Factory Records 1984.

The 78 minute remastered CD features 23 tracks, detailed label history and archive images.

LTMCD 2544 Auteur Labels: Independent Project Records

1. Savage Republic - The Ivory Coast
2. Human Hands - Dilemmas
3. Party Boys - Jim Jones
4. Ten Foot Faces - Don't Want Love
5. Camper Van Beethoven - Take The Skinheads Bowling
6. For Against - Shine
7. Deception Bay - Fence and Flag
8. Abecedarians - Benway's Carnival
9. Savage Republic - O Andonis
10. Woo - Down Town Suburbia
11. Indian Bingo - Separation Days
12. Red Temple Spirits - New Land
13. Autumnfair - So Far From God
14. Fourwaycross - Halloween
15. Half String - Eclipse
16. Tone - The Power of Introspection
17. Alison's Halo - Dozen
18. Scenic - Sage
19. Jeffrey Clark - Exploded View
20. Springhouse - Moving Van
21. Bruce Licher - Life Begets A Reprise
22. Project 197 - Nine
23. Bridge - Underground, Part 4 + Bridge

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01 April 2010
Stonelove Spring Line-up @ The Factory 
The April/May Stonelove Saturday line-up at The Factory in Manchester features a few familiar FAC faces:

April

3 - Allister Whitehead
10 - Arthur Baker
17 - Martin Moscrop
24 - Greg Wilson

May

1 - Peter Hook
8 - DJ Homeboy
15 - Danny Mac
22 - Elliott Eastwick
29 - Peter Hook

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Stonelove
Every Saturday @ The Factory
10pm - 4am

Room 1 - 101% Rock'n'Roll Attitude
Room 2 - 80's Electro Pop Hip Hop
Room 3 - Hacienda Presents Hooky & Friends

More info at factorymanchester.com

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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

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