21 November 2014
Jez Kerr new band, single and gig 
Jez Kerr - Control Myself

Jez Kerr is back with a new band, new single and a new gig in Glasgow. The A Certain Ratio lead singer's new single is Control Myself and it's out on 1 December 2014 via Higuera Records.

The new band's first gig is at The Broadcast, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on 6 December 2014.

More info at Facebook and jezkerr.com

Jez Kerr - jezkerr.com

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Stockholm Monsters 'All At Once' out now 
Stockholm Monsters 'All At Once' Captured Tracks

It's been slowly coming for for what seems like an eternal age but the Stockholm Monsters compilation set 'All At Once' is out now on double 12" vinyl LP with a bonus 7" single priced 35.00 USD via Captured Tracks [CT-201].

Tracklisting

1. Terror
2. Where I Belong
3. Decalogue
4. Winter
5. Five O’Clock
6. All At Once
7. Life’s Two Faces
8. Your Uniform
9. E.W.
10. To Look At Her
11. Something’s Got To Give
12. National Pastime
13. Happy Ever After
14. Soft Babies
15. Miss Moonlight
16. The Longing
17. Lafayette
18. Militia
19. Partyline
20. How Corrupt Is RT?
21. Kan Kill!
22. Dumbstruck

7" single

Fairy Tales
Death Is Slowly Coming

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09 November 2014
Michael H. Shamberg 
Cerysmatic Factory, along with everyone in the Factory Records community were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Michael H. Shamberg, the innovative music video producer who worked most famously with New Order. Michael also ran Factory's New York operations - Of Factory New York, Factory US and Factory America, and with the last of these was notably associated with Ike Yard on their debut album. Michael also produced films and videos outwith the Factory family via kinoteca.net.

New Order paid tribute to Michael their website saying they "will miss him dearly and send our condolences to all his family and friends."

In the Manchester Evening News Peter Hook, said "Michael was a lovely man. His work on our videos, so important at the time, defined our image and an era. He was a true revolutionary. One of a very small band of of truly gifted individuals! He will be missed.”

James Nice, of Factory Benelux said "We issued the Of Factory New York compilation album earlier this year to raise money for his ongoing treatment, and were able to transfer funds before he passed. More important, Michael received copies of the album and was delighted with it. He will be missed by many people inside the industry and out, and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Miranda and his family."

Ike Yard's statement on their Facebook page echoed these sentiments: "Ike Yard would like to celebrate the life of Michael Shamberg, a friend and colleague who managed Factory America / Factory NY and produced many seminal videos for Factory artists. He also designed the cover for Ike Yard's "A Fact A Second" 1982 album. Michael passed away after a long illness last Saturday. We honor his indomitable creative spirit."

Finally, the director of New Order's True Faith, Philippe Découflé gave a short but heartfelt message at the Shamberg-associated Turtle Salon site - "Tristesse immense. Adieu Michael, mon ami...".

Rest in peace Michael.

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05 November 2014
Deconstruct and Reconstruct 
Check out Cerysmatic Factory's video of a special 16-minute Minny Pops performance of Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement live at The Others, London N16 on Sunday 2 November 2014.



Meanwhile, don't forget that Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement is available in a new 2CD version via Factory Benelux.

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25 October 2014
Minny Pops @ Tuesdays Post 2 November 
Minny Pops @ Tuesdays Post 2 November

2014 10 25
On the seventh day, restless

On Sunday 2 November 2014, Minny Pops will take part in November's edition of the monthly Tuesdays Post evening at The Others in Stoke Newington, London. Good people, innovative music, comfortable sofas.

In honour of the re-release of their debut recording, Minny Pops' 16-minute performance will deconstruct and construct a song from Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement.

Minny Pops will be on stage at 10.14pm sharp. Doors 7pm, 5 quid.

More info at minnypops.com.

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The Names are back at thenames.be 
The Names

As flagged earlier this year, our friends in Belgium, The Names are back - recording a new album and with their new website at thenames.be.

Michel Sordinia (vocals and bass guitar) and Marc Deprez (guitars), with Christophe Boulenger on keyboards and Laurent Loddewijckx on drums will be in the Noise Factory studio in Wierde from tomorrow to work on the new album 'Nowherarians', a double album of totally new songs, and will follow its 2015 release with a string of new concerts.

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14 October 2014
The Deeply Vale Box 
Finally after 18 years of research, The Deeply Vale Box will be released in the UK in late October 2014 and worldwide a bit later. This beautiful book and box set will be limited to 500 boxes worldwide - the 272 page A4 book is mainly colour and is housed in a box with 6 CDs and a pack of incense. Put on one of the CDs, open the book, light an incense stick to burn and transport yourself back to the mid 70s to early 80s Deeply Vale Festivals, as well as the Rivington Pike Festivals and the Manchester Rock Against Racism Concerts.

Deeply Vale was important as it was the first of the free festivals to open its stage to Punk and New Wave bands and it was also intertwined with the Manchester Rock Against Racism movement. Long before any other festival it crossed the hippy punk divide; its where Planet Gong/Here and Now met The Fall and hippy sound man Grant Showbiz would strike up a 35 year relationship as producer for The Fall. Here and Now would take The Fall, Danny and the Dressmakers (with Graham Massey), Wilful Damage and Alternative TV on their anarchic tours after Deeply Vale. The Ruts were formed in a tent at Deeply Vale in 1977 after two members of London Funk band Hit and Run saw the The Drones perform a punk set on stage. The 1978 Festival not only included Steve Hillage, Here and Now and Nik Turner but also The Fall, The Durutti Column and The Ruts.

The book features interviews with and/or written contributions from Andy Kershaw, Stuart Maconie, Andy McCluskey of OMD, Martin Coogan and Steve Cowen of the Mock Turtles, Mark E Smith of The Fall, Marc Riley, Spizz Energi, Boff Whalley from Chumbawamba, Graham Massey of 808 State, Vini Reilly, Graham Clark of Gong, Grant Showbiz, Steve Hillage, Jimi Goodwin (Doves), Ian Brown, Andy Rourke, Mark Hodkinson, Mick Middles, Luke Bainbridge and more.

The six live music CDs include Steve Hillage, Nik Turner’s Sphynx, The Fall (unreleased tracks live at Deeply Vale), Visitor 2035, Danny and The Dressmakers (full sets from the festival includes Graham Massey 808 State), Aqua, Here and Now, Wilful Damage, The Ruts, SFW, Salford Jets, Victim, Free Ride, Durutti Column, Brenda and The Hot Dicks, Red Eyes, Aspell, Andy T, Blue Midnight feat Grant Showbiz, George Borowski, Tony Crabtree, Accident on The East Lancs, Victor Brox Blues Train, Howard The Duck, Rockslide (forerunner of the Drones), Movement Banned, Elti Fits, The Tunes, Trevor Hyett, Whitefire, Victor Drago, The Trend, Drive by Night, The Out, Fast Cars, Mudanzas, Vibrant Thigh, NotSensibles, Stuffed Badgers, Rivington Spyke, No Change, No Mystery, Murmo Schultz, Bill Pod and The Stocks, Trevor Hyett, Alchemist, The Joint Rolling Contest, & John Keegan.

The Deeply Vale Box Set is available to pre-order now direct with Paypal from Ozit Morpheus for 73.00 GBP plus 11.00 GBP UK postage. Payments and all enquiries to hawkethos@which.net.

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13 October 2014
Chico's Kickin' Cancer 17 October 
Chico's Kickin' Cancer 17 October

Here's a reminder this Friday sees Happy Mondays headline a very special charity event to raise money for the Chico's Kickin' Cancer fund. Northern Uproar and Peter Hook are also on the bill.

Paul Ryder, Chico's father says "Tickets are going fast for the special fundraiser we're doing at The Palace Hotel in Manchester on Friday October 17th. We're playing a full set, plus there will be support from Northern Uproar and another band we're not allowed to name, plus DJ sets from Mani, Clint Boon and 808 State, plus some top secret celebrity special guests. We'll be auctioning a load of signed memorabilia, plus hosting the night is top LA comedian Tony Cascio. Don't miss out."

A limited number of "smart dress" £39 tickets are available now via chicoskickincancer.com.

Chico's Kickin' Cancer is at the Palace Hotel in Manchester on Friday 17 October 2014.

More info on Facebook.

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