23 March 2013
Hacienda Good Friday @ Sankeys 
A reminder that this Good Friday 29 March 2013 sees the DJ duo of Mike Pickering and Graeme Park DJing together in Manchester for the first time in over five years at Hacienda Good Friday at Sankeys on 29 March 2013.

The full line-up includes Greg Wilson, Jon Dasilva, Russ, Herbie Saccani, James Noon & Friends, Chris Cruiks (Percussion), Davos – Live Show and Kermit (Black Grape) PA.

Hacienda Good Friday at Sankeys
Friday 29 March 2013 / 10pm to 5am
Sankeys, Radium St, Manchester M4 6JG
Tickets £12 Earlybird / £15 Advance
www.sankeys.info / www.fac51thehacienda.com

Advance tickets available online now from Sankeys, Skiddle, Ticketline, Resident Advisor.

Physical tickets available from Eastern Bloc / Gaffs / Piccadilly Records / Vinyl Exchange.

Hacienda Good Friday at Sankeys

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21 March 2013
CFXV 
CFXV

"Having no party, sending no cards, and giving no presents."

(15th) Anniversary greetings to Factory workers worldwide!

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16 March 2013
Today we battled and lost our bet 
There's a great history of Factory Records football connections (see CF passim) so this off-topic posting can be justified.

Well done to Aston Villa, the chosen team of a certain Phil Kooky (no him neither), who beat the mighty Superhoops in a close fought relegation dogfight this afternoon thanks to a late Benteke goal.

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14 March 2013
Factory Records Enamel Badges 2013 
This slipped out whilst we weren't looking - it's a boxed set version of the three Factory badges issued by Polite / Factory Records in December 2012.

Factory Records Enamel Badges 2013

Presented in a boxed based on the classic boxed cassette series in a colour tone complementary to the Factory Records postcard set (also by Polite) this boxed contains three enamel badges and retails at GBP 25.00.

The first edition has sold out but pre-orders are being taken for when it comes back in stock at politecards.com.

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13 March 2013
Love and Hate [FBN 45 CD] tracks 
The full tracklisting for the upcoming Factory Benelux edition of Section 25's Love and Hate has been confirmed.

Love and Hate FBN 45 CD

The original album is supplemented by 7 bonus tracks including both Bad News Week remixes by Bernard Sumner (from FAC 157), Crazy Wisdom (a Sumner/Dojo production from FBN 45) plus previously-unreleased demos and remixes.

Tracklisting

1. Sweet Forgiveness
2. Conquer Me
3. Sprinkling Petals Into Hell
4. The Last Man in Europe
5. Bad News Week
6. Tim Lick My Knees
7. Shit Creek No Paddle
8. Warhead
9. Carcrash
10. Crazy Wisdom
11. The Guitar Waltz
12. Bad News Week (12” Mix)
13. Bad News Week (Cough Mix)
14. Warhead (Retro Mix)
15. Crazy Wisdom (demo)
16. Boogie Beat (Retro Mix)

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10 March 2013
A Vinyl Paean To Wilson 
A Paean To Wilson

Kooky Records has confirmed details of its Record Store Day release for 2013 - A Paean To Wilson by The Durutti Column.

Over to Phil Kooky for the full description:

"It is pressed on 2 x 180gram vinyl discs, remastered and gently coaxed since the CD release in 2009.
The main alteration is the omission of the 'hidden track wind noise' at the end of the album; to bring timings in within the limits of four sides!

Artwork has been restructured by Trevor Johnson and the album also contains the following:

a) A free download code with every copy.
b) A copy of the original folded poster programme from the MIF show.
c) A postcard - using the cover image of Tony Wilson and Vini sat at the piano, with information on the flip side.

Both these physical artefacts ( b) and c) ) will be packed in a black envelope foil block stamped and inserted in the album before shrink wrapping.

Pressing :- There are exactly 497 copies one run only
Availability :- Released 20th April 2013 for Record Store Day*

* Please note - This means that it will only be sold through record shops primarily to support our independent retailers.

It will retail at £26.00.

However... Should there be any remaining stock, it will be sold here at Kooky and I will be putting the relevant details here (i.e. via kookydisc.co.uk)."

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New Order for Jodrell Bank Transmissions 
New Order for Jodrell Bank Transmissions

This year's Transmission is curated by New Order and will feature special guest star Johnny Marr plus The Whip, Jake Evans and Hot Vestry. The event takes place at Jodrell Bank radio telescope station on 7 July 2013.

Tickets priced GBP 39.50 are on sale now at livefromjodrellbank.com

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Central Station Design for Black Grape 
England's Irie
England's Irie [1]

England's Irie
England's Irie [2]

Fat Neck
Fat Neck

Get Higher
Get Higher

It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah!
It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah!

Kelly's Heroes
Kelly's Heroes

Marbles
Marbles [1]

Marbles
Marbles [2]

Reverend Black Grape
Reverend Black Grape

Stupid Stupid Stupid
Stupid Stupid Stupid

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09 March 2013
Half A God 
Half A God

Ike Yard presents the next of its "recombinations", with the second remix featuring Tropic Of Cancer and Fred Szymanski and it's "pretty epic" according to Stuart Argabright.

The Half A God EP comes on 12" red vinyl limited to 500 copies and, like the Regis/Monoton remixes, it's via Desire Records and is available to pre-order now. The artwork is by Stephen Americh, inspired by the Factory America design for Ike Yard.

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The Wake live in Sweden and Scotland 
A couple of new dates confirmed for The Wake:

23 March 2013 - Stockholm (Sweden) Debaser

The Wake + Tiger Tape
DJs: On Our Honeymoon + Christian Lilja (Labrador Records)

1 June 2013 - Glasgow, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) (with The Pastels)

20:00
Adult: GBP 12.00
Advanced tickets: GBP 11.00
Ages: 15 and over

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Love and Hate [FBN 45 CD] 
Love and Hate

Section 25's final Factory Records album is scheduled for a Factory Benelux edition in May 2013.

Full details and tracklisting to be confirmed.

Don't forget that the new album Dark Light is out now and that there is a special 7" single of My Outrage available on Record Store Day.

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08 March 2013
hallowed articles 
hallowed articles

Mark Holt (ex-8vo) has launched a new independent record label called hallowed articles together with his Seattle-based nephew Matthew Holt who produces electronic music under the moniker 'Denley' and in the groups Broken Figures and Latent Sea.

Visit their new site, hallowedarticles.com where you may view the first 7" (which will be released in 3-4 months) being made.

You can sign up to receive the newsletter if you wish to be kept up to date with developments and they are also on Twitter and Facebook.

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07 March 2013
FAC 73XXX 

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04 March 2013
A FAC ABC book 
Our friends over at FAC-ABC on Tumblr who have been curating the A-Z of Factory Records are turning it into a limited edition book. They promise it will be made available for a very reasonable price and if you're lucky enough to be featured in it then your copy is free!

All enquiries via the FAC-ABC posting which has specific details please.

FAC ABC

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Rhino's Record Store Day Factory 10" 
Slicing Up Eyeballs reports (via Wax Poetic) that Rhino Records plans a 10" vinyl Factory Records sample for Record Store Day 2013. The 4-track E.P. looks set to feature Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and The Durutti Column.

Tracklisting

Joy Division - She's Lost Control
New Order - 1963 (12" Remastered Version)
Happy Mondays - Loose Fit (12" Version)
The Durutti Column - Otis

Other Factory-esque Record Store Day releases include A Light Far Out by The Wake and My Outrage by Section 25 on Factory Benelux and A Paean To Wilson by The Durutti Column on Kooky Records.

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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

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