28 January 2013Vini Reilly Close Up with Dave Haslam
Manchester Town Hall
Sunday 3 March
Tickets on sale Thursday 31 January. Details to follow.
27 January 2013The boys are back in Brighton
Featuring the classic line-up of X, Horse, Cow, P.D., Gaz, Bez and Rowetta that has been touring the World (and other places), the Mondays are guaranteed to twist your melon.
Tickets priced £32.50 are available now via theticketsellers.co.uk and other outlets.
Two church visits in one day! One a funeral, one a celebration - both chances to remember old friends.
Unlike The Light's earlier Joy Division Reduxes, this one was never going to be easy - charting the transition between the first two New Order albums: Movement to PC&L, Curtis to Sumner, live to 'sequence'.
But Hooky's band manage to pull it off again with a vocal strength that belies the obvious range difference twixt Sumner and Hook, a stunning guitar prowess that was never there in the original live event, a subtle interplay between the duelling basses (funny - I seem to remember nowt but complaints from Hooky the producer/engineer when faced with two bass players!) and the overall confidence of a well-toured, bedded-in backline.
Perhaps it was time, place and occasion (or old age) but I found myself revisiting not the studio recordings of these classic albums but all those live occasions related to them: gigs attended - Squat, Comanche, Ritz, Brum; tapes collected - Tiffany's, Utrecht (or was it Amsterdam); videos watched - Glastonbury 81, BBC 84; Sessions heard - Peel 81 & 2.
Then I realised what was missing then and is present in abundance now: Enthusiasm. From everyone. Finally.
19 January 2013Deciphered: Peter Saville upon paper
The online publication accompanies the "colour" issue of UPON PAPER magazine; a collectable XXL-format visual arts magazine. Saville has created new works using the colour code in the magazine. Inside the magazine there is no text, which is keeping with the enigmatic style of th.
Watch out at the Upon Paper Facebook page for some giveaway signed copies nearer to the 30th anniversary of the release of Blue Monday.
More on Peter Saville's colour code at factoryrecords.org.
Over to Pylon Records for the full details:
On December 4th, 2012, Pylon Records will release, The Abecedarians Eureka album in its entirety for the first time on vinyl and CD. The band fronted by Chris Manecke, John Blake & Kevin Dolan, have roots in both post-punk and atmospheric 4AD pop, much like the Joy Division/New Order axis. They are also one of only two American bands to have a single on the legendary Factory Records.
This release collects all the songs from the Eureka era, including the demos, which were mixed down in the early 90s. Eureka will be a double vinyl, in a beautiful card stock gatefold jacket with a UV varnish of the memorable artwork, which has been restored, full lyric sheet and unseen photos of the band.
The first 300 copies of the Eureka album will be on blue colored vinyl, which will also come with a bonus CD, that will include rest of the Eureka era tracks. This will be only available from the Pylon website, the bonus cd will not be available with the commercial CD or the regular black vinyl version.
There will also be a very limited edition custom made Italian leather IPAD sleeves designed by our friends at Andrea Mercado and handmade in Los Angeles. Don't Sleep on this!!!
Lastly, no Abecedarian release can be complete without the legendary logo on beautiful dark blue and tan T-shirt, take your pick.
Beneath The City Of The Hedonistic Bohemians
Mice & Coconut Tree
Misery Of Cities
Other Side Of The Fence
They Said Tomorrow
Eureka is available from the Pylon Store and other outlets.
All tracks are credited to Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Phil Cunningham. Production is shared by Stephen Street, Stuart Price, Mac Quayle, Jim Spencer and Tore Johansson. Art direction is by Studio Parris Wakefield.
The album is out now on CD, LP and Digital Download via Rhino.
1. I'll Stay with You
4. Californian Grass
6. Shake it Up
7. I've Got A Feeling
8. I Told You So (Crazy World Mix)
12 January 2013Snakefarm feat. Anna Domino live in London
Advance tickets are available priced 10.00 GBP advance from We Got Tickets.
London NW1 7AN
07 January 2013Vini Reilly update
04 January 2013Helping Vini Reilly
Matt Reilly posted the following message on Facebook yesterday, expressing Vini heartfelt thanks and explaining that donations are no longer required:
"Firstly, a huge thank you once again to all of those who sent kind messages, ideas, and donations for Vini.
"I've just spoken to Vini and told him how much has been donated by fans and music lovers worldwide – he's ecstatic. He's said that enough has now been donated to ensure that he can pay off all of the backlog of rent that he owed, and he's asked me to pass on his huge gratitude to you all and let you know that no further donations are needed.
"He's explained that going forward he should be able to afford to pay his rent, but the debt relates to the period after he had his three strokes but before he was assessed for disability allowance.
"It has been a stressful time for Vini, with the constant worry of knowing that he couldn't afford to pay his debts and that could mean being evicted from the place he rents. But he says he now feels like you've lifted the weight of the world off his shoulders.
"He has asked me to send his love to all of you... You've given him the best start to his new year that anyone could have asked for. And he's determined to fight his way back to fitness and rebuild the power in his hands so he can play guitar again.
"It's going to be a hard road ahead for him, but you've all made his life a lot brighter. Thank you all so much for helping my uncle. All the best to you all for 2013.
We would like to add our own personal thanks to everyone who helped and wish Vini all the very best.
Taken from the new album Dark Light, My Outrage was produced by the band and remixed by collaborator Derek Miller of Outernationale.
"The song is a comment on the small pleasures of the everyday," says vocalist Beth Cassidy, "and when they run parallel to/mirror with the purely outrageous. One is just as important as the other. Outrage is the Yin to Sunday morning's Yang."
B-side Hinterland is an exclusive track and will not appear elsewhere.
The cover image by Peter Saville is an extension of the Dark Light cover and was designed by Matt Robertson at Peter Saville Studio.
Side A: My Outrage
Side B: Hinterland
Artist: Section 25
Title: My Outrage
Format: 7-inch single
Catalogue number: 7 FBN 62
Release date: 20 April 2013
This is a strict limited of 500 copies and is released to mark Record Store Day, the annual celebration of everything vinyl, which falls on Saturday 20 April 2013.
2. If the Ravens Leave
4. The Back of Beyond
5. Starry Day
7. A Light Far Out
8. The Sands
Artist: The Wake
Title: A Light Far Out
Catalogue number: FBN 64 (Factory Benelux)
Format: Vinyl LP [500 copies only]
Release date: 20 April 2013
Recorded in 2012, the album is their first collection of new material since the tragic death of founder Larry Cassidy in 2010, and marks a return to the smooth electro and synth-pop textures first explored on their seminal 1984 album From the Hip (FACT 90). These echoes are amplified by the presence of co-vocalists Beth and Jo Cassidy, and a sublime cover image by artist/designer Peter Saville.
Much of Dark Light was produced in collaboration with remixer Derek Miller (aka Outernationale), and includes new versions of recent single tracks Colour Movement Sex & Violence and Inner Drive. It also includes My Outrage, which will also be made available as a limited edition 7" single (7 FBN 62) to mark World Record Store Day in April 2013.
1. World's End
2. My Outrage
3. Pitch Black Box
4. Love Cuts
5. Colour Movement Sex & Violence
6. Inner Drive
8. Letter to America
10. Early Exit
11. CMSV Dub Mix
12. Program For Light (Outernationale)
The Forum has been given a facelift so that it works within the structure of the new site launched last month. However, the underpinning technology remains resolutely manually moderated.
03 January 2013FBN 145 Dark Light artwork
The album will be released on 25 February 2013.
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