29 August 2010It's A Beautiful Life available to pre-order
24 August 2010Those clever bastards from Blackpool
SXXV's Vin Cassidy said "We have completely overhauled it with a new forum for user interaction, opportunity for people to vote on different stuff if they want and new pictures and generally we hope it's easier and better to use."
Discuss this book on the Message Board.
23 August 2010The Distractions - Black Velvet EP
Check out the Occultation Recordings website for details of how to order, and keep an eye on The Distractions official site for news of the forthcoming 12" EP due in Oct/Nov and CD album due in 2011 (and featuring both sides of FAC 12).
With thanks to Dan on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board for info.
18 August 2010Wim Mertens live at Kings Place 4 Nov 2010
Tickets are available from the venue priced GBP 9.50 and upwards.
Thursday 4 November 2010
16 August 2010Unknown Pleasures @ Vintage live album
1. It's Not Too Late
2. The Only Ones Alone
3. Lady Violence
4. World Won't Wait
5. Kill Switch pt 141
7. Secrets and Lies
8. She said
9. The God Machine
10. Plan B
- plus additional unreleased tracks -
11. Bury Me Standing
12. Sister Surrender
Instrumental versions of all tracks listed above
01 August 2010Remade, remodelled and Retrofitted
Looking From a Hilltop
Girls Don't Count
Another Hilltop (Stephen Morris mix)
The Hacienda EP was recorded by Peter Hook and Phil Murphy in 2010 and will be released on 4 October 2010 as part of the boxed set which will include a signed & numbered book, 10" vinyl record in custom die cut sleeve and a signed art print. It's a limited edition of only 400 Standard copies and 100 Deluxe copies.
2. Later Than You Think
3. The Joyful One
4. The Vikings
It was a shame because the rarely-seen Plan K footage was highly gripping in all its fuzzy, raw, primitive glory. With both nights at the Manchester Apollo also on the programme it was just getting going when after about 35 minutes everything drew suddenly to a stop.
We decamped to the cafe downstairs and then to the Joy Division exhibition upstairs. Mark Reeder's stark black and white portrait of Ian Curtis was blown up to gigantic proportions on the far wall, various posters adorned the walls and display cases contained all manner of artefacts including contracts, setlists, invoices, press cuttings, photos, records, tapes, books, artwork and miscellaneous personal items (the best of which was a postcard from Steve Morris to Gillian sent whilst on a European tour which said how bad it was but how he thought it would only get worse!).
The one item which has probably generated the most interest is a handwritten letter from Ian Curtis to Rob Gretton about the release of Closer which reads:
"Judged purely on my own terms, and not to be interpreted as an opinion or reflection of mass media or public taste but a criticism of my own esoteric and elitist mind of which the mysteries of life are very few and beside which the grace of God has deemed to indicate in a vision the true nature of all things, plus the fact that everyone else are a sneaky, japing load of tossers, decree that this LP is a disaster. IK Curtis."
Every item tells a story and a lot of detail is crammed into a relatively small exhibition space and it's all well worth the two pounds entry fee. The exhibition continues at the Heritage Centre in Macclesfield until Sunday 8 August 2010.
Spotlight - Wim Mertens
Wim Mertens (born 14 May 1953) is a Belgian minimalist and contemporary-classical composer and instrumentalist.
His earlier work on Les Disques du Crepuscule was recorded under the name Soft Verdict, with key material that includes For Amusement Only (composed using pinball and arcade machines), Vergessen and Struggle For Pleasure, both of which contain several tracks used on the Belly Of An Architect soundtrack
Mertens's later material has typically been a mixture of solo-piano, vocal/piano and string/woodwind-ensemble recordings, some of which have included works comprised of multiple CDs and intricate repetitive cycles.
His key works, most of it initially released on Crepuscule then later licensed to EMI Benelux, include A Man Of No Fortune And With A Name To Come, Educes Me and Jeremiades.
Biography by Paul Pledger - with thanks.
Wim Mertens - Selected Discography