21 August 2012
Unknown Pleasures - Inside Joy Division 
Peter Hook has announced a nationwide book signing and event tour to accompany the publication of his second book 'Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division' on 1 October 2012. The tour (with some dates featuring talks/Q&A) includes Manchester, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin.

In the book, Hooky will tell the story of Joy Division's friendships and fall-outs; their rehearsals and recording in the way that somewhere who was there can.



October book tour

Mon 1 - HMV, Manchester (Signing), 90/100 Market St, Manchester, M1 1PD (6pm)
Tue 2 - Foyles, Charing Cross (Talk, Q&A & Signing), 1st Floor café, 113-119 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0EB (6:30pm)
Wed 3 - Fopp, Bristol (Signing), 27-29 College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TD (6pm)
Thu 4 - WH Smith, Birmingham (Signing), 29 Union St, Birmingham, B2 4LR (12:30pm)
Thu 4 - Waterstones, Liverpool (Talk, Signing & Q&A), 65-67 Bold St Liverpool L1 4EZ (7pm)
Fri 5 - Ilkley Literature Festival (Talk, Q&A & Signing), Kings Hall, Station Rd, Ilkley LS29 8HB (7:30pm)
Sat 6 - Morley Literature Festival (Talk, Q&A & Signing), Morley Town Hall, Queen St, Leeds, LS27 9BD (7:30pm)
Mon 8 - Easons, Dublin (Talk Q&A and Signing), 40 Lower O'Connell St, 1 Dublin, Ireland (7pm)
Tue 9 - Waterstones Glasgow (Signing), 153-157 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow (12:30pm)
Tue 9 - Waterstones Edinburgh (Talk Q&A & Signing), 128 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4AD (6:30pm)
Tue 16 - Off The Shelf Literature Festival, Sheffield (Talk, Q&A & Signing), University of Sheffield Student’s Union, Western Bank, Sheffield (7:30pm)
Wed 24 - Chester Literary Festival (Talk, Q&A & Signing), The Laugh Inn Station Rd, Chester CH1 3DR (7:30pm)

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Title: Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
Author: Peter Hook
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 1 October 2012

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Happy Mondays live @ the Roundhouse 
Those Mondays boys are back in London town for two dates at the Roundhouse in Camden on 19 & 20 December 2012.

Tickets priced £32.50 (all standing) are available to buy now.

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20 August 2012
John Dowie - An Arc Of Hives 
Influential early alternative comedian, writer and humorist John Dowie has his debut compilation album influential writer and humorist John Dowie out via the LTM Boutique label on 8 October. Dowie was a personal favourite of Tony Wilson and featured on FAC-2 A Factory Sample, FAC 19 'It's Hard To Be An Egg' and FACT 89 the 'Dowie' live video.

This remastered compilation CD includes pulls together those early singles plus unreleased demos recorded with the Smirks, Albertos and Fabulous Poodles, plus live material recorded in 1985. The cover art is by Ralph Steadman of FACT 89 fame.



Tracklisting

1. Acne
2. Idiot
3. Hitler's Liver
4. It's Hard To Be An Egg
5. Mime Sketch
6. British Tourist
7. Jim Callaghan
8. Naked Noolies In The Moonlight
9. I Don't Want To Be Your Amputee
10. Mew Wave
11. Time Warp
12. Snail Tamer
13. Irritation
14. Beer
15. Grounded In Reality
16. Angry Old Men
17. Love You (Like Hell)
18. I'm Here To Entertain You
19. Miserable Childhood
20. Nietzsche
21. No More Fucking

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Cat No: BOUCD 6630
Formats: CD + download
Released: 8 October 2012

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Black Monday 
The last day of the Factory Records' office at One Charles Street in Manchester is documented in a new dvd entitled 'Black Monday' (as the fateful day became to be known).

The first part of the dvd is a rough but compelling film by Tosh Ryan shot on hand-held video outside the Factory Records office on 23 November 1992 following a tip-off that something was afoot. We see all the comings and goings, including the Factory workers, managers (Phil Saxe, ex-Happy Mondays manager) and the directors (Rob Gretton, Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus). As the day progresses, it becomes clearer that something is going down...

In part two we see inside the newly-vacated offices. Be amazed (but perhaps not surprised) to see loads of now-priceless posters and artefacts strewn over the floor and the FAC 331 Temporary Contemporary Table is in the boardroom in a very broken state.

Black Monday

The extras comprise a piece on the subsequent conversion of the building many years later into the FAC 251 The Factory club plus an excellent short film showing the making of the cast iron FAC 73 anvil (to commemorate 500,000 sales of Blue Monday).

Tom Hewitt and Chris Hewitt put the whole 'Black Monday' project together in conjunction with Peter Hook and with thanks to Tosh Ryan, Aaron Mellor and Tighe Grainger. A donation has been made already from the future sales proceeds of the film to Peter Hook's favoured charity NSPCC.

The 'Black Monday' dvd is available as a pre-release version by mail order only. Paypal GBP 12.00 + 2.00 postage and packing to hawkethos@which.net or telephone +44 (0)1565 734066 to make an order by card.

Total running time: 2 hour 40 minutes
Format: DVD NTSC Region 0

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Ike Yard - Regis/Monoton Versions ltd 12" 
Blackest Ever Black and Desire Records present a limited edition (700 copies worldwide) as a taster for the forthcoming re-release of Ike Yard's eponymous debut album originally released on Factory America.

The tracklisting is:

A - 'Loss' (Regis Version)
B - 'NCR' (Monoton Dub)

Ike Yard - Regis/Monoton Versions ltd 12-inch

Blackest Ever Black describe the remixes thus: "Regis returns to B.E.B. with a brooding, immaculately swung version of Ike Yard's 'Loss'. This is no 21st century techno makeover; Ike Yard's music requires no such updating. It sounds more like Regis sneaked into the The Ranch in '82, thrashing out a mix on the desk there and then."

Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright told Cerysmatic Factory "It was refreshing to hear Regis say this, as we were reminded how fresh the tracks were when we got the digi transfer back. And Monoton did a great job, his club, dub and KB remixes were all great, specific sections taken into focus and the beats just run and run free. Was reminded of hearing Basic Channel for the first time... that kind of shock of recognition."

Meanwhile, a reminder that Ike Yard has a gig on 7 September at 285 Kent in Brooklyn, NYC. The line-up includes Black Ozlem DJ, Led Er Est, Dan Selzer (Acute Records) DJ, Ike Yard, Xeno & Oaklander.

Plus, don't forget that they play London on 29 September at Hackney's Power Lunches night show and Manchester on 21 September The Factory,

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More info at Blackest Ever Black and Ike Yard Facebook.

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06 August 2012
A Cerysmatic Factory Complication 
Please note that posting on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board is temporarily suspended.

The Message Board archives are still open to view.

Thank you for your forebearance.

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05 August 2012
John Foxx & The Maths plus Wrangler @ Cargo 
Stephen Mallinder (Ex-Cabaret Voltaire) and Phil Winter's Wrangler DJ duo join electronic music pioneer John Foxx and his band The Maths for a special live date at Cargo in London on Wednesday 5 September 2012.

Doors are at 7pm and tickets priced £20 in advance are available from cargo-london.com / Quay Tickets.

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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".

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