30 November 2013Kevin Hewick - The Heat of Molten Diamonds
Kevin Hewick's new album The Heat of Molten Diamonds is out via Pinkbox Records this week as a 6-track CD album. Recorded with Adam Ellis at Leicester's Deadline Studios throughout 2013 it features regular live favourites Americanta, Elegy for Jackie Leven plus four others. This is far from a mini-album though, as a couple of tracks clock in at a whopping thirteen minutes plus.
The Heat of Molten Diamonds is available to buy direct via kevinhewick.co.uk.
A Young Man's Dream of Revolution
Elegy for Jackie Leven
Seeking a Religious Experience
The Heat of Molten Diamonds
26 November 2013Hooky to debut Low-Life & Brotherhood live
Following on from successful tours playing albums by Joy Division and latterly Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order, Peter Hook & The Light have announced they will debut Low-Life and Brotherhood with two gigs in London and Manchester in September 2014.
Hooky and the boys will play The Ritz in Manchester on Thursday 25 September and then London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on the following Saturday.
The playlist is set to feature not only the full albums but also singles and B-sides from late 1983 to 1987 so expect to hear Confusion, Thieves Like Us, True Faith and many more (hopefully including personal fave Lonesome Tonight.
Both gigs will help support MIND & Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.
Tickets are on sale 9am Friday 29 November 2013 via Alt Tickets and Ticketweb.
Thu 25 - The Ritz, Manchester [£23.50]
Sat 27 - Shepherds Bush Empire, London [£26.50, O2 Priority 27 November 2013]
Get over quickly to LTM Mailorder to take advantage of the last hours of an unprecedented special 2-for-1 offer on CD albums. Must end at 23:59 GMT today!
25 November 2013Go Ahead, Punk 45, Make Our Day
The often-reliable Soul Jazz Records label has recently issued another mahoosive tome dedicated to record sleeve imagery, in particular punk, new wave and U.S. garage-rock. Entitled 'Punk 45 - Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself!', the hefty volume weighs 2kg, comes dressed in an eye-catching orange cover and includes over 350 pages of punk-singles cover art from 1976-80, all edited and forwarded by Jon Savage and Stuart Baker.
Of interest to Factory fans are interviews with Peter Saville, A Certain Ratio's Martin Moscrop and Cabaret Voltaire's Richard H Kirk, plus actual-size facsimiles of classic Factory-related 45s such as 'Transmission' and 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division, plus ACR, Section 25 and a few Les Disques du Crépuscule favourites from the early days, as well as hundreds of other luminaries of snotty new-wave and gob-rock such as Slaughter and the Dogs, Metal Urbain, Buzzcocks, The Skids, Robert Rental, XTC and the wonderfully-named Those Naughty Lumps.
The RRP is £25 (£20 from the Sounds Of The Universe shop in Broadwick Street, London) and is supported by a CD of the same title, comprised of various underground punk singles from the States. It's suffixed with the magic words, 'Volume One' which suggests the second volume may include a few UK nuggets.
Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1976-80
Edited by Jon Savage and Stuart Baker
Published by Soul Jazz Books
23 November 2013Ike Yard Remix EP #3 [Desire Records]
Desire Records will release Remix EP #3 by Ike Yard on December 16 announces Juno Download. This is the third and final edition in the series that began in the wake of Desire's 2012 re-release of the debut self-titled Factory America album.
EP #3 brings Powell (Diagonal Records), Bandshell (Hessle Audio and Liberation Technologies), Vessel and The KVB to the remix party, following in the illustrious footsteps of Regis, Konrad Becker (#1), Camella Lobo and Black Strobe (#2).
Half A God (Powell remix)
Cherish 8 (The KVB remix)
Cherish 8 (Vessel remix)
NCR (Bandshell remix)
21 November 2013John Cooper Clarke evidently back in town
You can listen to JCC for free this Sunday from 16:00 GMT on BBC 6Music when he sits in for Jarvis Cocker.
22 Nov - Swan Forum at the Town Hall, High Wycombe
24 Nov - The Wharf, Tavistock [SOLD OUT]
25 Nov - Arts Centre, Bridport [SOLD OUT]
27 Nov - Komedia, Bath
28 Nov - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
29 Nov - Forum, Tunbridge Wells [SOLD OUT]
30 Nov - Theatre Royal, Margate
3 Dec - Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London [SOLD OUT]
8 Feb - Royal and Derngate, Northampton
9 Feb - The Engine Shed, Lincoln
10 Feb - Just the Tonic, Leicester
11 Feb - The Forum, Nottingham
12 Feb - New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme
22 Feb - Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
1 Mar - Town Hall, Leeds
5 Mar - The Junction, Cambridge
7 Mar - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
5 Apr - Gala Theatre, Durham
9 Apr - Princess Pavilion, Falmouth
10 Apr - The Acorn, Penzance
11 Apr - Cheese and Grain, Frome
19 Apr - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
24 May - Palace Theatre, Manchester
Hamish Muir, one of the founding partners of 8vo, presents a talk about Octavo, the subscription-only design journal published from 1986 to 1992. This will take place at the JWT Building in London on Thursday 28 November from 7pm. For more details see the event page at Typocircle.com.
In the fully-illustrated talk, Hamish will cover the development, design, production and closure of the Octavo project. This will include a rarely seen reconstruction of part of the final CD-ROM issue from 1992.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite with prices ranging from 6.00 to 16.00 GBP.
17 November 2013Hacienda Xmas Party Huddersfield
FAC 51 The Haçienda Xmas Party with Graeme Park, CJ Mackintosh, K-Klass, Jon Dasilva, Tom Wainwright, Elliot Eastwick, Tricky Disko
Tokyo, Huddersfield Huddersfield
Saturday 28 December 2013
Doors: 10:00pm - 5:00am (last entry 1:00am)
Tickets available via Skiddle from 12.00 GBP
16 November 2013Paul Haig - 'At Twilight' [TWI 1154 CD]
At Twilight is a new 2CD compilation of singles and album tracks recorded by Paul Haig for Les Disques du Crépuscule which were variously produced by Alan Rankine, Cabaret Voltaire, Bernard Sumner, Mantronik, Lil Louis, Alex Sadkin and Man Parrish and it's out via Crépuscule on 20 January 2014.
The second CD includes all nine tracks from the lost Alan Rankine-produced second studio album from 1984 which has never before been released in its complete form. Plus it also includes 'The Executioner', the unreleased collaboration between Cabaret Voltaire and Paul Haig which was originally planned for release on Factory Benelux (FBN 47/48).
It all comes packaged with a cover portrait by Charles Van Hoorick and the liner booklet includes archive images and track-by-track commentary by Paul Haig.
1. Running Away
6. Heaven Sent
7. The Only Truth (12" version)
8. Heaven Help You Now
9. Love Eternal
11. Reach the Top
12. Swinging For You
13. I Believe In You
14. My Kind
15. Flight X
1. Shining Hour
2. Big Blue World
3. Love Eternal
4. One Lifetime Away
5. The Only Truth
6. Fear & Dancing
8. Love & War
9. All Our Love
10. Ghost Rider
11. Endless Song
12. Blue For You (Interference Mix)
13. The Executioner
14. Change Of Heart
15. The Only Truth (US Remix)
Les Disques du Crépuscule
TWI 1154 CD
2CD + Digital Download
20 January 2014
Quando Quango co-founder and Course Director, BA (Hons) Music & Sonic Media at South Bank University, Gonnie Rietveld has co-edited (with Bernardo Attias and Anna Gavanas) a new book entitled 'DJ Culture in the Mix: Power, Technology, and Social Change in Electronic Dance Music' which is published on 19 December 2013 by Bloomsbury Academic.
The collection of essays offers critical insights into the activities of DJs in a range of global dance music contexts, drawing on international collaboration and original research.
At 65.00 GBP recommended price for the hardback edition it is perhaps not for the casual reader but a more affordable Kindle edition is available.
Gonnie also contributed to 'Crossfade: A Big Chill Anthology' (Serpent's Tail), is the author of 'This Is Our House: House Music, Cultural Spaces and Technologies' (Ashgate, 1998) and has written several other papers.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Published by Bloomsbury Academic on 19 December 2013
Available via Amazon (hardback and Kindle editions)
More Factory Records-related books.
15 November 2013Still Breathing
Last night saw the London launch of 'Still Breathing - The True Adventures of the Donnelly Brothers' by Anthony and Christopher Donnelly with Simon Spence and interviews by Becky Seward. A healthy troupe of southerners and northerners (including Kevin Cummins, Mike Garry - who performed Saint Anthony and a new poem to commemorate the book) braved the lusty decadent delights of imperial Hackney for a night of planned (and not-so-planned-but-nevertheless-entertaining) entertainment at Casa Negra to celebrate the publication of the book about the remarkable story of the two brothers (the self-styled "Smooth Sex Pistols of the fashion industry") who brought you Gio-Goi, Your Own and much more in between.
The Donnellys had close family ties to Factory Records - their sister Tracey worked for Factory Records as PR Manager (and now works her magic at Donnelly 24) and at the Hacienda/Swing. Her "interview" for the job is famously documented in FAC 229! The Music Week Factorial thus: "There was me and a few other girls on the shortlist, and when we met up at The Hacienda, Tony Wilson sat me down with the others and then told them that I'd got the job, and then proceeded to talk to them about their Hacienda jobs and not a word to me about my new job! They'd already decided. Tony bought me a drink after and then said, 'see you in the office on Monday'."
Oliver Wilson's Foreword explains quite succinctly the significance: "Along with my dad, you had perhaps two dozen other people who made Manchester, 'Madchester'. Chris and Anthony were in at the ground floor on everything...".
Other Factory-related entrants in the extensive Preface include Alan Erasmus ("It seemed like a good idea at the time."), Mike Pickering ("Still lovable scallywags, but they're clever in their business dealings"), Keith Allen ("My first words to Anthony were 'Can you untie me, please' We have been close friends ever since."), Bez ("You can come from nothing and build something important that's relevant to the rest of the world".), Shaun Ryder ("Why not have a go. You know what we like to wear."), Pat Carroll ("They were fucking hilarious and proper ambitious") and many more.
The book covers the whole story from the Donnelly family first coming over from Ireland, setting up home and being scallywags in Wythenshawe, the rise and fall (and rise again in 2005) of Gio-Goi and now the advent of Your Own, all told in words of the main protagonists. The book is a veritable Who's Who of Manchester and it's a right rollicking read.
Still Breathing - The True Adventures of the Donnelly Brothers
Black and White Publishing
Available from Amazon
13 November 2013Haçienda New Year's Eve @ Albert Hall, MCR
FAC 51 The Haçienda returns to Manchester for a special New Year's Eve party at the newly-renovated Albert Hall. A top line-up is headlined by DJs Frankie Knuckles, Todd Terry and Marshall Jefferson and they are backed by regular Haçienda favourites including Graeme Park, Herbie Saccani, Allister Whitehead, Tom Wainwright and 808 State DJs.
Rowetta (Live PA)
Bez (Vibe Provider To Bring In The New Year)
Hacienda Classics with Allister Whitehead, Tom Wainwright,808 State Djs, Tricky Disko & Chris Crooks on Percussion
Tickets priced 25.00 GBP are available now via See Tickets, Skiddle and Ticket Text.
The Albert Hall
27 Peter Street
FBN 112 will be released in February 2014 and more details as soon as we have them.
More info at factorybenelux.com
12 November 2013The Executioner's Theme
'The Executioner', the unreleased collaboration between Cabaret Voltaire and Paul Haig which was originally planned for release on Factory Benelux (FBN 47/48) will finally be released via Les Disques du Crépuscule as part of the forthcoming Paul Haig compilation 'At Twilight' (TWI 1154 CD).
The FBN 47/48 (one was the 7", the other the 12") tracks have previously surfaced elsewhere. One mix can be found on Paul Haig's 'European Sun' compilation LP/CD (TWI 829) on Crépuscule or Interphon CD (IPCD 2018-36 1988). Another mix can be found on the cassette version of 'The Quick Neat Job' Crépuscule compilation (TWIC 643).
The 2CD album slated for Winter/Spring 2013/14 will also include Haig's lost 1984 Island album in its entirety.
11 November 2013Manchester's All Time Top Tunes
10 November 2013Haçienda Preston
Influential original resident DJ at FAC 51 The Hacienda, Greg Wilson headlines a pre-Christmas party at Rumes in Preston on Saturday 7 December. K-Klass, whose 'Rhythm is a Mystery' is included on the unreleased Hacienda Classics playlist, Herbie Saccani and Jaegerossa complete the line-up.
Admission prices start at only 8 quid and the doors open at 10pm.
7 December 2013
22:00 to 05:00
Admission from 8.00 GBP
Preston PR1 3BT
09 November 2013Bigmouth Strikes Again
Bigmouth Strikes Again - Blogs, Books and the Digital Revolution
The Palace Hotel, Manchester
Sunday 17 November 2013
Manchester District Music Archive and Louder Than Words Festival present a Sunday morning discussion on music writing in the Internet Age.
Tony Fletcher (A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths)
Phill Young (Tru Luv)
Shell Zenner (Amazing Radio, Louder Than War)
Abigail Ward (Manchester District Music Archive)
John McCready (NME, The Face, ID, Mojo)
Charlotte Davies (Hooting And Howling')
Luke Bainbridge (Observer Music Monthly, The Guardian)
Buy tickets [9.00 GBP]
08 November 2013The band without future lives forever
The new December edition of noted German music mag 'Musik Express' (no relation to the NME) features cover star Ian Curtis in classic pose as captured by photographer Kevin Cummins and a headline article (in German) about Joy Division's enduring legacy.
07 November 2013Ian Curtis's kitchen table on eBay
It's the original kitchen table which belonged to Debbie and Ian Curtis when they lived in Barton Street, Macclesfield.
There are just under 6 days left to bid on this unique item and the current bid is 2,550 GBP.
The packaging for the previously announced Factory Benelux sandpaper sleeve edition of The Return of The Durutti Column has changed slightly. Instead of a square deboss there is now a die-cut of the early Factory Records logo that first appeared on FAC 13.
The album will be available direct from Factory Benelux mailorder from the beginning of December, priced at 25.00 GBP including UK postage. EU please add 4.00 GBP for airmail post. Rest of the World add 6.00 GBP for airmail post. The album will be dispatched in strong cruciform mailer. All enquiries about the album release, postage, etc direct to Factory Benelux please!
06 November 2013A History of Facs in the Attic Parts 1-3
If you're wondering how much your Factory Records collection is worth or you're looking to fill in a few gaps you could should check out our ongoing Facs in the Attic series conceived and curated by Cerysmatic's guest star Paul Pledger.
Part 1 and Part 2 deal with Factory Records / Factory Communications Limited and then there's Part 3 which takes a trip to our friends in the Low Countries in the form of Factory Benelux and a bit of Les Disques du Crépuscule.
Watch out for further instalments...
South Nightclub hosts the Official Happy Mondays Afterparty following the sold out 'Bummed 25th Anniversary' gig at The Ritz on Saturday 23 November 2013 with DJs Clint Boon, Bez, Vince Vega and special guests.
More info at southnightclub.com and Facebook
The Bummed 25th Anniversary Tour starts Thursday 21 November in Herne Bay and the full itinerary is as follows:
Thu 21 - Herne Bay, Kings Hall, Beacon Hill [Tel: 01227 374 188] SOLD OUT
Fri 22 - London, The Forum, 9–17 Highgate Road, Kentish Town [Tel: 020 7428 4099] Buy tickets
Mon 25 - Norwich, The Nick Rayns Lcr, University of East Anglia - Buy tickets
Thu 28 - Leicester, O2 Academy, Percy Gee Building, University Rd [Tel: 0844 477 2000] - Buy tickets
Fri 29 - Newcastle, O2 Academy, Westgate Road [Tel: 0844 477 2000] - Buy tickets
Sat 30 - Leeds, O2 Academy, 55 Cookridge St Leeds, LS2 3AW [Tel: 0113 389 1555] - Buy tickets
Sun 1 - Glasgow, O2 Academy, 121 Eglinton Street Glasgow G5 9NT [Tel: 0141 418 3000] - Buy tickets
Wed 4 - Hertfordshire, The Forum, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane [Tel: 01707 285000] - Buy tickets
Thu 5 - Bournemouth, O2 Academy, 570 Christchurch Rd Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4BH [Tel: 01202 399922] - Buy tickets
Fri 6 - Birmingham, O2 Academy, 16-18 Horsefair, Bristol Street Birmingham B1 1DB [Tel: 0121 622 8250] - Buy tickets
Sat 7 - Liverpool, O2 Academy, 11-13 Hotham Street [Tel: 0844 477 2000] - Buy tickets
Thu 12 - Sheffield, O2 Academy, 37-43 Arundel Gate [Tel: 0114 253 7777] - Buy tickets
Fri 13 - Oxford, O2 Academy, 190 Cowley Road [Tel: 0844 477 2000] - Buy tickets
Sat 14 - Bristol, O2 Academy, Frogmore Street, BS1 5NA - Buy tickets
ESG has added a night in Leeds immediately after their previously-announced KOKO shows. The Moody no-wavers are celebrating 34 years in the music biz (the same number as their FAC 34 single) with a gig at the Brudenell Social Club, a venue favoured by fellow Facsters ACR and The Durutti Column.
If you can't wait til then, ESG's new album 'Closure' and single Watching are available now via ESG Records thru the CDBaby.com store.
The Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 18 January 2014
20.00 GBP + booking fee
05 November 2013Section 25 - From The Hip [FBN 33 CD]
As trailed the other month, we now have fuller details direct from Factory Benelux about the forthcoming-in-2014 deluxe edition of From The Hip by Section 25.
This 30th anniversary edition will be comprised of 2 CDs in a deluxe 6-panel digi-pack. The first disc will contain the original album and the second will feature several original album demos from 1983 as well as their 1984 David 'Kid' Jensen BBC radio session plus remixes and a new track, Reflection (which will also be released as a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day 2014).
Add to that the original Fact 90 artwork by Peter Saville, Trevor Key's mountain photography and a 12-page booklet you have a very nice package indeed.
More details at factorybenelux.com
Part One is out now with Two to follow in the next issue of Indie Music Monthly.
Meanwhile, Mal's 2011 PhD thesis, Movement: Journey of the Beat, is also available for a more involved discussion of " the trajectory and transition of popular culture through the modality of rhythm".
04 November 2013Soul Music for Searchers
M24 Events presents Rick McNevin-Duff (Space Monkeys)
Space Monkeys Acoustic Set Plus Soul Music For Searchers
Oldham Street, Manchester
Saturday 9 November 2013
4.00 GBP on the door
with support from Shaun Gilroy and Courty
The full story of how the original Haçienda Classics compilation for the tenth birthday of FAC 51 The Haçienda never came to be was told in Scream City 2 by moist back in the mists of 2006. With the recent discovery of those compact cassette tapes (see untreated photo above of cassette one side one) we thought it an opportune moment to bring the original tracklisting into the digital age via Spotify. Various tracks (approximately one third - indicated [x]) are not available for whatever reason but our 'Haçienda Classics selection' playlist is presented for your pleasure. Comments on sourcing any missing tracks gratefully received!
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force: Planet Rock
Klein & MBO: Dirty Talk
NYC Peech Boys: Don't Make Me Wait
Hashim: Al Naafiysh (The Soul)
New Order: Blue Monday
Man Parrish: Boogie Down
Bronx Maze: Twilight [x]
Marshall Jefferson: House Music Anthem
Farley Jack Master Funk: Love Can't Turn Around
Fingers Inc: Can You Feel It [x]
Arnold Jarvis: Take Some Time Out
Sterling Void: It's Alright
Richie Rich: Salsa House [x]
Young MC: Know How
Nicole: Rock Da House [x]
Beat Club: Security [x]
Turntable Orchestra: You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
Deee-Lite: Wild Times (Mayday Mix) [x]
Company Of One: Real Life [x]
Think Tank: Hack One [x]
Trevor Fung: The Shaker Song [x]
Extortion: How Do You See Me Now?
Clive Griffen: I'll Be Waiting [x]
K-Klass: Rhythm Is A Mystery
Degrees Of Motion: Do You Want It Right Now?
Eleanor Mills: Mr Right
03 November 2013Facing The Other Way
'Facing The Other Way: The Story of 4AD' is the new definitive history of the 4AD record label by Martin Aston. Established in the early Eighties, 4AD, under the visionary tutelage of Ivo Watts-Russell held many similar ideals to Factory Records. This fact is not lost on the author and indeed the Introduction begins with the following paragraph:
"True, the story of 4AD doesn't feature a TV presenter-cum-entrepreneur who starts a record label whose most iconic frontman commits suicide and initiates a Che Guevara-style cult; nor does it involve the decision to invest heavily in a nightclub that goes on to become an epicentre of the biggest dance music boom in UK history, rejuvenating both youth and drug culture, the combined legacy of which soon enough bankrupts said label."
The extremely detailed and lovingly assembled book is a great and contains many more Factory Records references. Fans of both labels are in for a treat.
Facing The Other Way: The Story of 4AD
See also: 'visceral pleasures'.
Check out some excellent video footage of Peter Hook and The Light's recent gig at the Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent, 1 November 2013. The band played New Order's albums 'Movement' and 'Power, Corruption & Lies' (plus a few extras) in full during a nearly-3-hours-long set.
More from this and other gigs via Polewka123 on YouTube.
Hooky's UK tour continues through November - see details.
01 November 2013Music for Cities
This year's Music For Cities event on Thursday 21 November 2013 features Peter Hook & The Light and A Certain Ratio performing alongside young classical musicians and special guests and will be the first gig ever to take place at Halle St Peters in Ancoats, Manchester.
Just 150 tickets at 40.00 GBP each will available from 9am Monday 4 November 2013 via TicketWeb UK and Ticketline [fully detailed ticket links to follow].
All proceeds and profits go to assist Manchester youth charities which in the past have included a boxing club and a recording studio in Wythenshawe.
The first edition of Music for Cities in 2012 saw Tim Burgess and Puressence performing at a sold out Manchester Cathedral.
Music For Cities
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
As an extra special incentive, 200 copies of the clear vinyl 'Movement' previously available at the HMV Oxford Street store will be given away gratis and for nothing to the lucky first 200 to attend. Copies will be distributed before the Q&A, after which Hooky will meet fans and sign copies of the album.
November tour itinerary
1 – Sugarmill, Stoke
2 - 02 Academy Birmingham
7 – Chinnery's, Southend-on-sea
8 – Sub 89, Reading
9 - Concorde 2 Brighton
14 – Digital, Newcastle
15 – The Garage, Glasgow
16 – The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
22 - The Academy, Dublin
23 – The Limelight, Belfast
Support at all headline dates is from 'Slaves of Venus'.
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