30 October 2010The Distractions Come Home on Occultation
A limited number of CD promos will also be available for purchase and a special 12" + CD promo set will also be available.
More info at Distractions Nothing
29 October 2010A Polite Joy Division postcards competition
Understandably, half of the cards feature Ian Curtis and the most iconic shots we know and love are all present and correct (Ian dancing on stage at the Leigh Rock Festival, Ian seated and smoking a cigarette, Ian close-up smoking a cigarette and looking into the lens) but we also get several less familiar shots, both in performance and rehearsal.
The other half of the collection includes various group shots of Joy Division in rehearsal at TJ Davidson's and several of the classic shots from the famous snowbound Hulme 'Joy Division footbridge' shoot.
However, perhaps the most interesting is of a relaxed looking Joy Division sitting together and looking relaxed (and decidedly normal) at Art & Furniture in Manchester in January 1979. This was on the same day as the Hulme shoot but after the snow, as Kevin Cummins explained to Cerysmatic Factory:
"It was after the snow. I wanted to be safe and get some indoor shots in case they [the NME] wouldn't use the snow pics. It was a shop in town. Art & Furniture was owned by Jonathan Silver who owned a couple of, er, boutiques in Manchester. I'd bought a suit off him and Ian bought his wedding suit. It was all very-anti rock 'n' roll - that shot looks like it's shot in a gentleman's club or something...."
If you didn't have the cash to splash out on one (or all) of Kevin's large prints from his Arca exhibition or the Juvenes coffee table art book, then this box set is a highly recommended medium budget option.
We have one copy of Joy Division by Kevin Cummins courtesy of those lovely people at Polite Cards. All you have to do is answer this simple question, which in time-honoured tradition is set by none other than Kevin Cummins:
Which of the four members of Joy Division was the last to join the band?
Answers please by email to reach us no later than 22:00 GMT on Sunday 14 November 2010. Usual Cerysmatic Factory competition rules apply - only one entry per person and the winner will be pulled out the Cerysmatic hat shortly after the closing deadline. Good luck!
Joy Division by Kevin Cummins is available to buy now online from the Polite Cards Shop for delivery from 1 November 2010.
Postcard Box Set Special Boxed Edition
148 x 105 mm / A6
Hand Made Box
Printed in England
27 October 2010The Factory Girl and the book signing
Lindsay's new book details her relationship with the late Factory Records boss Tony Wilson in searingly honest detail and is a highly recommended read.
26 October 2010Joy Div/New Order vintage equipment on show
The evening will feature:
- An exclusive display of Joy Division and New Order vintage equipment
- A short LIVE performance from Peter Hook
- Q&A session about Joy Division etc with Peter Hook, hosted by John Robb
- A chance to look inside the Ronnie Lane Mobile Studio used to record amongst other Physical Graffiti and Quadophenia
- Plus an exhibition of Brian Eastwood guitars
Tickets priced 10.00 GBP are strictly limited to 251 places and available in-store at PMT Manchester
0161 877 6262
Venue details: Red Rose Centre, Regent Road, Salford M5 3GR
Meanwhile we have three signed copies of the It's A Beautiful Life album by Freebass to give away. The first three people to contact us will each receive a copy.
Kevin Cummins will be present to sign copies of his extraordinary new book Joy Division which features an introduction by Jay McInerney and a conversation with Bernard Sumner.
The book will be available for purchase on the night, price $45.00. White Column's Matthew Higgs will provide a Factory Records soundtrack and there will be drinks and refreshments.
All are welcome
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24 October 2010Paul Morley: The Tony Wilson Interviews
The interviews were interspersed with previously unseen footage shot by Paul's sister Carol of Tony Wilson (c. 2005) in preparation for a film about a Joy Division tribute band from China. Undoubted star of the show was William the dog (recently the winning answer of a Cerysmatic competition) who shows great enthusiasm for barking and less for getting back into the car!
Check out the full review at thedurutticolumn.com.
15 October 2010Nothing
Meanwhile, the band are about to release their first new material in three decades, following last month's digital release of some mid-90s material, the Black Velvet EP (and a track on Scream City SC5.1). Recorded in Liverpool this summer with original Distractions, Steve Perrin and Mike Finney, the Come Home EP will be released on 12" vinyl and digitally with a limited number of CD promos also available.
Official release date is expected to be mid-late November, but vinyl/CD orders will receive free mp3s immediately.
More info at www.thedistractions.co.uk and www.occultation.co.uk.
With thanks to Dan on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.
14 October 2010Nord
Check out the rave reviews in Bleep and FACT.
Full release details at discogs.com
If taster track Without a Trace is anything to go by it will have been well worth the long wait since the Factory Sample Too.
More info plus video clips and other stuff at myspace.com/thisistheorch
Tickets are also on sale now for the Los Angeles screenings, which start 5 November 5 at Laemmle's Sunset 5. Stephin and the filmmakers will be making guest appearances at the Friday and Saturday evening shows:
The film's current run includes stops in Austin, San Francisco, Dallas, and Seattle. Screenings and special events related to the film are being added regularly by the filmmakers.
More info including film showtimes, news of a Magnetic Fields exhibition and a film series curated by Stephin Merritt on Facebook and the Official Website.
Meanwhile, Cerysmatic, gets a UK preview of Strange Powers tomorrow as it debuts at the London Film Festival 2010.
It's good to be back!
04 October 2010S25 postponed
Details of a rearranged show will be made available as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the band look forward to the FAC251 gig on Sat Nov 20th.
03 October 2010Book launch
"This heartfelt and searingly honest memoir details the relationship between legendary music impresario Tony Wilson and his first wife, Lindsay Reade.
In 2007 Manchester figurehead and music-industry veteran Tony Wilson passed away at the age of fifty-seven, following a battle with cancer. Thirty years earlier, he married his first wife Lindsay Reade, and the couple’s passionate, volatile but indelible bond was to endure until the very end, played out against the ever-shifting backdrop of a city whose musical legacy defined generations.
Here, for the first time, Lindsay tells the full story of her and Tony’s marriage, divorce, and subsequent lifelong connection, giving a candid and moving account of two lives lived in the midst of a musical and cultural revolution; of two people who went their separate ways but never truly separated.
Through a frank examination of her own memories and those of the people with whom she shared the experience, Reade details pivotal moments in Manchester’s history, from the birth of the seventies punk scene to the founding of Factory Records, from the recording of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures to her role in the discovery of the Stone Roses, from the opening of the Hacienda and the subsequent emergence of the ‘Madchester’ scene to the making of 24 Hour Party People.
A poignant chronicle of love and loss, Mr Manchester and the Factory Girl also presents an incisive portrait of the unique individuals and often fraught relationships that shaped the life of a modern legend."
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