09 December 2014A 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.
07 December 2014The 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.
1. Scandinavian Wastes
2. Huddersfield Wastes
3. Toy of a Toy
4. Time Is Slipping
5. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
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.
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.
21 November 2014Jez Kerr new band, single and gig
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
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].
2. Where I Belong
5. Five O’Clock
6. All At Once
7. Life’s Two Faces
8. Your Uniform
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
20. How Corrupt Is RT?
21. Kan Kill!
Death Is Slowly Coming
09 November 2014Michael H. Shamberg
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.
05 November 2014Deconstruct and Reconstruct
Meanwhile, don't forget that Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement is available in a new 2CD version via Factory Benelux.
25 October 2014Minny 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.
The Wake formed in Glasgow (Scotland) in April 1981, after singer/guitarist Caesar joined forces with drummer Steven Allen and a bassist, Joe Donnelly. Caesar had previously played with Altered Images and wrote their first single Dead Pop Stars, but elected to leave shortly before the band crashed into the UK charts.
- extract from the LTM biography by James Nice