26 April 2011
Those Beaux Labels FAC tracks in full 
The tracklisting for the previously-announced Les Inrockutiples / Fnac Beaux Labels Volume 1 compilation 5CD box set featuring Factory Records (and Warp, Domino, Bella Union and Sub Pop) is now confirmed as follows:

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Section 25 - Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix)
Stockholm Monsters - Happy Ever After
The Durutti Column - All That Love And Maths Can Do
The Wake - Talk About The Past
Crispy Ambulance - Deaf
The Names - Calcutta
New Order - Blue Monday
Quando Quango - Love Tempo (Remix)
Happy Mondays - Hallelujah

Full detailed tracklisting including credits and timings at Discogs.com.

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Hacienda Records online label launch 
A new digital download site containing all Man Ray and Freebass releases to date (including lesser known remixes by Arthur Baker and others) has launched at www.fac51thehacienda.com.

To celebrate, Man Ray's new EP, Tokyo Joe (HAC 006) is released today exclusively on the site. A version of this track was originally recorded for the opening of The Factory in February 2010 but this new version has been reworked with vocals and a selection of remixes completing the package.

The digital-only release schedule continues with The Light's debut EP, 1102/2011 on Monday 9 May. The tracks Atmosphere (with Rowetta on vocals) and the unreleased Joy Division track Pictures In My Mind will be given their first ever radio plays on Friday 29 April on BBC 6 Music's Radcliffe And Maconie Show.

Following 1102/2011 Hacienda Records will issue new material by new and established artists on the first Monday of each month starting with the This Tiny Universe EP by Humanizer on Monday 6 June and the Baum... / Titten EP by Richie G on Monday 4 July.

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That Hacienda Records Discography so far in full:

HAC 001 - Man Ray - Summer 88 EP (Jan 2010)
HAC 002 - Freebass - Two Worlds Collide EP (Apr 2010)
HAC 003 - Freebass - It's A Beautiful Life Album (Sep 2010)
HAC 004 - Freebass - You Don't Know This About Me (Arthur Baker Remixes) (Nov 2010)
HAC 005 - Freebass - Fritz Von Runte Reconstructed EP (Dec 2010)
HAC 006 - Man Ray - Tokyo Joe EP (Apr 2011)
HAC 007 - The Light - 1102/2011 EP (May 2011)
HAC 008 - Humanizer - This Tiny Universe EP (Jun 2011)
HAC 009 - Richie G - Baum.../Titten EP (Jul 2011)

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Venetian Book Of The Dead live in Leicester 
Kevin Hewick (ex-FAC legend) and Allessandro Monti (Unfolk) play a special afternoon concert at The Criterion in Leicester on Saturday 14 May.

There will be a solo Hewick set after which Kevin will be joined by his special guest from Italy, Alessandro Monti for a semi-acoustic set featuring songs from the Unfolk album The Venetian Book Of The Dead.  This will be the first UK performance of songs from this album following the Italian premiere in Mestre in 2010.

It is hoped that there will be a further show later in 2011 featuring a full electric band.

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The Criterion
44 Millstone Lane
Leicester  LE1 5JN

Tel: 0116 262 5418

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22 April 2011
The Durutti Column Presents Chronicle 
The Durutti Column's new autobiographical album Chronicle (Kooky Records, Kookydisc 34) will first go on sale as a special pre-release CD to those with tickets to the Bridgewater Hall show in Manchester on Saturday 30 April 2011.

More details to follow.

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20 April 2011
Les Beaux Labels Vol 1 feat Factory Records 
French magazine Les inRocKuptibles and retailer Fnac have teamed up to produce a 50-track 5-CD box set celebrating five great independent record labels including Factory Records.

The featured Factory artists are Joy Division, Section 25, The Stockholm Monsters, The Durutti Column, The Wake, Crispy Ambulance, The Names, New Order, Quando Quango and Happy Mondays.

The other four labels in the collection (and selected highlights) are Sub Pop (Nirvana, Mudhoney), Warp (Aphex Twin, LFO, Autechre, Brian Eno), Domino (Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, The Kills) and Bella Union (Midlake, Fleet Foxes).

Cheers to Metzgi for spotting.

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19 April 2011
Working With Wim 
Former 8vo partners Mark Holt and Hamish Muir join Adrian Shaughnessy and Ben Bos on Monday 9 May at the Design Museum in London for a two-part conversation with Tony Brook, the curator of the current Graphic Odyssey exhibition of the work of highly influential graphic designer/typographer Wim Crouwel.

In the first part of the evening which is themed around the experiences of those who have worked with Crouwel, Brook will interview Shaughnessy and Bos and this will be followed by Brook plus the two ex-8vo-ers Holt and Muir.

Tickets are priced at 15 GBP (non-members) and the price includes admission to Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey.

MuirMcNeil has also designed a rather good poster for the exhibition which is available from the Design Museum Shop.

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11 April 2011
Paradise - The New Order Fanzine 
Selling 1200 units nationally and internationally, Paradise was a New Order fanzine for a new era of fans brought to you by David Smith and Oliver Cain.

Cerysmatic Factory has had issue four on display for quite a while now but is proud to bring you the full illustrated history of Paradise, replete with archive material and rare limited edition covers.

Many thanks to David Smith, without this would have been impossible.

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09 April 2011
EX-FAC Record Store Day reissues 
Joy Division, New Order and The Wake are all celebrating this year's Record Store Day with special vinyl re-releases:

1. New Order / Joy Division

Ceremony / In A Lonely Place

New Order:

a: Ceremony (Original Version)
b: In A Lonely Place (12" Version)

Joy Division:

a: Ceremony (Previously released Heart & Soul rehearsal version)
b: In A Lonely Place (Unreleased take from a recording of a Joy Division rehearsal session)

All tracks remastered by Stephen Morris and Frank Arkwright 2011. Design by Studio Parris Wakefield after the original design by Peter Saville. Limited edition of 500 copies via Rhino.

2. The Wake

Special Pack

THREE RECORDS IN ONE OVERSIZED PACKAGE! 100 available. The singles are:

CT-103 The Wake On Our Honeymoon 7" Reissue

a: On Our Honeymoon
b: Give Up

CT-104 The Wake Crush The Flowers 7" Reissue

a: Crush The Flowers
b: Carbrain

CT-105 Gruesome Flowers: A Tribute To The Wake 7"

a: Beach Fossils - Plastic Flowers
b: Wild Nothing - Gruesome Castle

via Captured Tracks

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A Tribute to Tony Wilson (Part 2) 
Paul Morley continues his tribute to Tony Wilson at the Purcell Rooms in London on Thursday 16 June as part of Meltdown 2011. He will be talking to some of those who knew and worked with Tony Wilson in a similar vein to the event held last October 2010. As well as featuring live music and poet Mike Garry, the evening also includes unreleased footage by Carol Morley, who filmed Anthony H Wilson in Manchester in 2005. At time of going to press the exact nature of the live music element this time round is still to be confirmed.

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A Tribute To Tony Wilson
with Paul Morley and Mike Garry
Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London
Thursday 16 June 2011

The film contains some strong language, and parental guidance is recommended.

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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

Factory Records Catalogue

The Durutti Column