31 May 2013The North (and almost everything in it)
To mark the publication of his new book The North (And Almost Everything In It), Paul Morley will be reading from the work, discussing his ideas, life, and career with Dave Haslam, taking audience questions, and signing copies at Gorilla in Manchester on Friday 14 June at 7.30pm.
Plus, there's an afterparty in the bar with DJs Jason Boardman (Aficionado), Abigail Ward (MDMArchive) and Chris Hawkins (6Music).
Tickets priced 7.00 GBP available via Quay Tickets.
25 May 2013FAC 318 Classics in Motion T-Shirt
FAC 318 was allocated to the "Classics in Motion" Classical showcase event (featuring I Fagiolini, Rolf Hind, Graham Fitkin, Red Byrd, Steve Martland and The Durutti Column) to launch the second wave of Factory Classical CD releases (FACT 316, 326, 336, 346 and 356) at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on 29-31 October 1990.
FAC 318 was also issued to a 'Classics in Motion' T-shirt (in grey with black/yellow graphics), a poster and a leaflet; all with related graphics and "FAC 318" on them.
However, in typical Factory fashion, FAC 318 was ALSO later issued to the FAC 318 Flying Start exhibition stand...
Their debut album, The Year of the Snake is due out this summer. Meanwhile more info is available on Facebook and Twitter and you can check out their Soundcloud streams...
Belated congratulations to NewOrderWeb.net, a New Order fansite featuring discographies, timelines, forums and more, on the occasion of their first birthday (an occasion that has been marked by the creation of a special commemorative badge).
Official Other Two T-Shirt in orange-on-navy blue featuring Peter Saville-designed "O2" wireframe logo.
However, although the age of the 3D printer is only a few years young, this isn't the first time the classic cover has been modelled in 3D. Morph did it in 2006 in moulded latex in a series of exclusive (and pricey) one-off editions.
22 May 2013Carol Morley - The Alcohol Years
Tickets are available priced 10.00 via WeGotTickets.
The Crepuscule and Factory Pages [http://home.kpn.nl/frankbri/]
18 May 2013Polite Postcards and Badges Competition Result
The winner of the Polite Postcards & Badges sets competition is Adam Tate who correctly answered that the typeface used on the boxes used for the original Factory "hessian" cassette box series and the new Polite sets is Bembo.
He wins a Factory Records Postcard Set1978-82 contains 25 postcards documenting the early era of the label and the Factory Records Enamel Badges 2013 set which contains both black and red versions of a FAC 120 reproduction plus a new badge based on the FAC 47 anvil logo courtesy of Polite Cards and Factory Editions.
Both boxed sets are available now for 25.00 GBP each via Polite.
Well done to Adam (Polite will be in touch to arrange delivery) and thanks to everyone who entered the competition.
07 May 2013Steve Martland
Please see BBC News for full details.
04 May 2013True Faith @ Nelson's, Hebden Bridge 8 June
"Turn it up! Bin the headphones for a night and share the music, and love. We're going to play all those great songs from back when we had daft sticky-up hair and acted all moody in great-coats, even in mid-summer. You know - The Smiths, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, New Order, the whole lot of 'em.
"We're starting off at Nelson's, a cool underground bar in Hebden Bridge, on Saturday 8 June, from 9pm. Come along with your pals and lose yourself to the soundtrack of your old self when all was hopeful and dreamy and lovely with the world.
"We'll be playing some new stuff, of course, because hopes and dreams and loveliness and great music is eternal what ever the age, the hairstyle and where ever you're now at, man. Have faith, True Faith."
FAC 51 The Hacienda makes a welcome return to London with a packed line-up of bands and DJs. Peter Hook and the Light will perform a New Order live highlights set drawing on the best from their series of dates. 808 State and Hacienda Records' Super White Assassin complete the live bill.
Headlining the DJs are classic Hacienda pairing Pickering and Park. They are most ably supported by a large roster including Danny Rampling, Jon Dasilva, Justin Robertson, Peter Hook and Allister Whitehead.
With doors at 8pm and running until 4am this promises to be a great night.
Hacienda London @ The Coronet
Friday 21 June 2013
8pm to 4am
28 New Kent Rd
London SE1 6TJ
Advance Tickets: GBP 20.00 via AGMP, See Tickets, Ticketweb, Eventim, Gigantic, Stargreen.com or phone 0844 249 1000
Live - Peter Hook & The Light "New Order Electronic Set", 808 State, Super White Assassin
DJs: Mike Pickering, Graeme Park, Danny Rampling, Jon Dasilva, Justin Robertson, Allister Whitehead, K Klass, Hooky (DJ Set), Bobby Langley
More info via www.fac51thehacienda.com
A quick reminder about some time Durutti Column member John Metcalfe's Monomedia trio of events at Kings Place in London from 9-11 May 2013.
Composer, musician and arranger Metcalfe has brought together Matthew Herbert's New Radiophonic Workshop, Thomas Dolby, Goldfrapp's Will Gregory with Moog Ensemble, featuring Portishead's Adrian Utley. To finish it all off on Saturday night, The John Metcalfe Band will play - in the dark for heightened auditory perception.
The full line-up is:
Thomas Dolby: The Invisible Lighthouse
Thu 9 May 2013 - 7:30pm / Hall One
Will Gregory's Moog Ensemble
Fri 10 May 2013 - 7:30pm / Hall One
John Metcalfe Band & special guests + The New Radiophonic Workshop
Sat 11 May 2013 - 7:30pm / Hall One
Tickets are available now from Kings Place direct priced GBP 9.50-24.50.
More info at the official John Metcalfe Facebook page
03 May 2013Les Disques du Crepuscule T-Shirt
More T-Shirt action, this time a new one from Les Disques du Crépuscule. The T-Shirt, which has the catalogue number TWI 1153, is available in blue with the classic Crépuscule logo in white and credit text down the spine.
The shirt comes in sizes S, M, L, XL and is priced at £15.00 via LTM Mailorder.
02 May 2013FAC 288 'Twistin My Melon' T-Shirt
A companion T-shirt to the FAC 288 'Call The Cops / Shaun On One' T-shirt has been brought to our attention (thanks Andy W!). Featuring gaudily treated photos from the same Kevin Cummins photo shoot on a hotel roof it has Shaun and Bez (both probably on one) with the text 'HAPPY MONDAYS' and 'TWISTIN MY MELON' above and below. The small print reads: "FACTORY MERCHANDISE 1990 ©FAC 288".
As with Shaun On One, the provenance of these items as official Factory Merchandise is somewhat in doubt. However, I am assured that both were bought from FAC 281 The Area, the late lamented Factory merch boutique shop in Affleck's Palace.
01 May 2013Extraordinary Renditions
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