28 April 2012X-O-Dus set for summer live dates
A warm-up gig at Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton, Wirral, on 6 July 2012 is confirmed and will be the band's first gig for 30 years. More dates will hopefully follow and we will let you know as soon as we have details.
27 April 2012FBN 36 Short Stories for Pauline
The album was originally recorded by Vini Reilly in Brussels in 1983 but was never released. The 14 tracks include College, Take Some Time Out and Duet. The latter was recorded with Blaine L. Reininger (Tuxedomoon viola player) but at Tony Wilson's insistence was pulled from the album and developed into what became FACT 84 Without Mercy and Short Stories… fell by the wayside.
Of course certain tracks have surfaced on official compilations including Crépuscule's Hommage à Marguerite Duras, this limited edition vinyl release will be the first time the original FBN 36 album has appeared in its entirety. New artwork has been prepared with the help of Crépuscule designer Benoit Hennebert and one of the 1000 copies of the vinyl album will entitle the purchaser to a free digital download version.
At First Sight
Destroy, She Said
Journeys by Vespa
Take Some Time Out
A Room In Southport
26 April 2012Martin Moscrop's Manchester 10K
Martin says: "By sponsoring me for the Manchester run you will be directly helping Manchester people who have a learning disability to take part in meaningful, creative opportunities which otherwise they would be unable to do.
"Many have already donated generously to this very worthy cause. Any amount, no matter how small, will help me reach my target. Please help me raise money for this excellent cause by going to my fundraising page."
22 April 2012The Distractions live @ King's Arms Salford
12 April 2012New Order/Happy Mondays @ Titanic Lockdown
More info at titanic-lockdown.com
A limited edition t-shirt designed by Trevor Johnson will be on sale at the FACTVM exhibition. This reworking of the original exhibition which Colin put on at the Ducie Bridge last year is back again (now with added Piers Adams - the missing item having been donated by no less than Piers himself).
The exhibition features a complete collection of all music releases on the Factory Communications Ltd label, in their original form, as issued at the time, including rarities, promos, test pressings and variations on cassette, CD and more.
Trevor Johnson has created the FACTVM identity for the exhibition, as well as limited edition merchandise to raise additional funds for the charity.
Colin comments: "I love Manchester, and I love Factory. We met massive enthusiasm for the small exhibition we did last year, and now my collection is complete I wanted to share it with others that share my passion, and by doing do raise money for Forever Manchester, a charity that supports the people that live here. It’s been a long journey to get here, with a huge amount of support along the way, and I cant wait to welcome people through the door to see this amazing collection."
Nick Massey from Forever Manchester added: "Forever Manchester is the Charity for people who have a passion for Manchester and Colin's passion for Manchester is obvious, the effort that he and his team of supporters have put into this exhibition to raise money for us is immense and for that we are extremely grateful. Manchester has a history of doing it our way, and Forever Manchester is about doing things the Mancunian way, and the FACTVM exhibition is a prime example of this."
The FACTVM exhibition will run from 11am to 6pm on Sat 5 and Sun 6 May and 11am to 4pm on Monday 7 May
The Ice Plant
Manchester M4 6AJ
More info at factvm.com
04 April 2012All Was Numbered
1. Now Is Then
2. FAC 501
4. Memory Stone
5. Out Of Order
7. French Jazz Station
8. Then Is Now
Kevin plays a selection of live dates in Spring 2012:
6 & 8 - 12 Bar Club, London
13 - The Criterion, Leicester
14 - Arts Centre, Kettering
13 - The Red Tent, Leicester
18-19 The Factory, Manchester (supporting Peter Hook and The Light performing 'Still')
31 - The Musician, Leicester, supporting Terry Reid
Out on the birthday of the bard himself - 23 April - these musical pieces were written during the time of Elizabeth I and re-imagined for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee year of Elizabeth II. Shakespeare: The Sonnets was recorded in London over the last 6 months.
The album is played on replicas of period instruments by some of the most highly talented and specialised musicians in the world. The harpsichords, virginals, lutes, harps and theorbos (no, me neither) can be yours for £10-20K (hey, it's cheaper than a Damien Hirst plastic skull!).
Watch a short YouTube video about the making of Shakespeare: The Sonnets.
1. Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore (Sonnet 60)
2. Against that time - If ever that time come (Sonnet 49)
3. Who will believe my verse in time to come (Sonnet 17)
4. How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st (Sonnet 128)
5. O, never say that I was false of heart (Sonnet 109)
6. Love is too young to know what conscience is (Sonnet 151)
7. No longer mourn for me when I am dead (Sonnet 71)
8. Thou blind fool love (Sonnet 137)
9. Those lines that I before have writ do lie (Sonnet 115)
10. When I do count the clock that tells the time (Sonnet 12)
11. Shall I compare thee to summers day? (Sonnet 18)
More info at ifagiolini.com
01 April 2012Happy Mondays in MOJO
MOJO is out now priced £4.50.
For all of you going to watch New Order in Scotland, enjoy the support band a little bit more by hearing a few tracks off Jez's current album Numb Mouth Eat Waste at jezkerr.com.
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