25 December 2014
A Very Cerysmatic Christmas 2014 
A Very Cerysmatic Christmas 2014

Happy Holidays Y'all!

With thanks to Tim Sinclair for getting into the festive spirit.

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09 December 2014
A Certain Ratio live @ Manchester Academy 2 
A Certain Ratio live @ Manchester Academy 2

A Certain Ratio play the Manchester Academy 2 with Gramme and Dirty North this coming Saturday 13 December 2014.

Tickets priced 17.50 GBP are available via manchesteracademy.net.

More info at the Facebook Event.

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07 December 2014
The Invisible Girls [FBN 65 CD] 
The Invisible Girls [FBN 65 CD]

Factory Benelux presents The Invisible Girls (FBN 65 CD), a collection of rare and unreleased recordings by legendary new wave production duo Martin Hannett and Steve Hopkins (aka The Invisible Girls), most of them never before heard. It's out 2 February 2015 on CD and digital download.

Martin 'Zero' Hannett is the legendary Manchester producer famous for his work with Joy Division, Buzzcocks, New Order, Magazine and Happy Mondays. Steve Hopkins was his musical partner in The Invisible Girls, the floating studio collective that shaped epochal records by John Cooper Clarke, Pauline Murray, Nico and several others.

The first five tracks on the album are a selection of previously unreleased 'Moods' recorded at the famous Strawberry Studios between 1980 and 1987. "These were the beginnings of Martin’s Invisible Girls world domination plan," Hopkins explains. "The idea was to assemble a roster of key instrumental players, produce tracks to be fronted by different singers/stars - and get some hits!"

Other tracks include rare solo tracks by Hannett, collaborations with Section 25, Pauline Murray, Nico and Crispy Ambulance, as well as the complete soundtrack to All Sorts of Heroes, a short animated film from 1976 scored by Hannett and Hopkins.

The 74 minute album features detailed liner notes by Steve Hopkins and others, plus archive TIG images.

Tracklisting

1. Scandinavian Wastes
2. Huddersfield Wastes
3. Toy of a Toy
4. Time Is Slipping
5. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
6. Procession
7. Concorde Drone
8. Collective Project
9. First Aspect of the Same Thing
10. The Music Room
11. Second Aspect of the Same Thing
12. Space Music
13. Three Short Pieces for Trio
14. All Sorts of Heroes

More info and how to buy at factorybenelux.com.

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Parabolically Yours 
The Distractions - Parabolically Yours

Parabolically Yours is the definitive studio and live archive of recordings by The Distractions.

Comprising 1 LP, 3 CDs, a 12" hardback book (edited by Distractions uber-fan David Quantick) with 100+ pages and rare images, new interviews and much more, it will be issued as a limited first edition of 500 copies worldwide.

Further details – including the full tracklisting and ordering details – will be announced via Pledge Music, Facebook and Twitter on Monday 8 December 2014.

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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

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