Joy Division’s songs + Scanner + Orchestra = “Live_Transmission”

Live-Transmission_2Now this looks really interesting…

Based on the music of Joy Division, reinterpreted by Scanner and Heritage Orchestra with visuals by Matt Watkins, Live_Transmission is a new audio-visual performance that pays homage to one of the worlds most progressive bands, taking audiences on a trip into a dismantled, electrified, and orchestrated world inspired by the music of Ian Curtis.

Originally commissioned and produced by the Brighton Festival 2012. UK Tour produced by the Heritage Orchestra in partnership with Flying Giant.

Warning: This event features loud music and flashing imagery.

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New play – “New Dawn Fades” – based on the Joy Division story storms Manchester!

New Dawn Fades photo by Melanie Smith (2)NEW JOY DIVISION PLAY STORMS IT AT GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE

Star date: 20th July 2013

STAGE PREMIERE OF JOY DIVISION STORY CAPTIVATES

We’ve had the film, the books and the documentary…now get the play of the rise and fall of Joy Division, as Hooky and co get depicted on stage larger than life.

Graham Williamson attended the premiere of Brian Gorman’s new drama New Dawn Fades, at the Greater Manchester Fringe this week, and declared himself `captivated’.

Of all the bands originating from the Greater Manchester area past and present, is there a more intriguingly, fascinating story than that of post punk gloom merchants Joy Division?

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The Cure – festival treasury online!

cure-glastonbury-1986-2The Cure have always played excellent festivals – look no further than their 1986 Glastonbury performance for evidence – and a new site has emerged which will please all Cure fans.

The site covers the major festivals from 2005 – 2013, including the “Reflections” concerts.

It brings together loads of info, tickets, photos, reviews, locations and trivia into a single site – “itsaperfectday.info“.

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The Cure’s Robert Smith’s quotes

siouxsie smithA collection of famous quotes from Robert Smith of the Cure

On what he remembers from being a very new band, as told to Word (via CraigJParker.blogspot.com):

“When we started doing this, I was still at school. When we did Three Imaginary Boys it was spiky, it wasn’t really me. I remember bending Lol’s ear to be a bit more like XTC. I played with the Banshees [after their guitarist John McGeoch suddenly left] through our first tour, and it allowed me to think beyond what we were doing. I wanted to have a band that does what Steve Severin and Budgie do, where they just get a bassline and the drum part and Siouxsie wails.”

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Editors “The Weight of Your Love” LP review… “in truth, it’s hard to start on how awful this thing is..”

editors-the-weight-of-yourI remember, back in two-thousand-and-whatever, when a gaggle of singles came out (a couple were debuts) and I found myself  genuinely interested in new, indie-rock bands again.  Amongst these were Editors and their debut single “Bullets”.  Damn this track is good.  Editors, like Interpol, were plagued with Joy Division comparisons (which are far less relevant to Editors, it’s mainly just his voice) but this track/single definitely has the energy of Warsaw & Joy Division.

So a couple of weeks ago I was in a local record store and saw that Editors had a new LP out.  Number four.  I was in two minds.  Editors debut LP is a 9/10 all day long.  Two and three are un-memorable and shite (respectively).  The odd good track, but mainly shite.

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“Thirty Years On: Japan’s Oil On Canvas Revisited”

Japan-Oil-On-Canvas-338526Japan’s final release, remembered fondly…

The synthesizer fervour that gripped Britain in the wake of Kraftwerk and The Human League’s late-seventies output was particularly beneficial to Japan, who, seemingly overnight, ditched the platform boots and wild hair, refined their make-up, slowed down their sound to take in swirly synth textures and loping fretless bass, and emerged in 1979 with Quiet Life, an album that pushed the elegant, improbably-coiffed Sylvian into the limelight, aided and abetted by some of the band’s best songs, such as the pleasingly camp title track, the driving ‘Fall In Love With Me’, the ice-cold ‘Despair’ and a delightfully rigid take on the Velvet Underground classic ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’. Quiet Life deserves to be placed alongside Travelogue, Mix-Up and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark as one of the key early British synth-based pop/rock albums, as it defined a very European form of detached, sexually-ambiguous and thoughtful art-pop, one not too dissimilar to what the ever-prescient David Bowie had delivered two years earlier with Low.

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“Keep Karn and Carry On” – Mick Karn’s “Birthday Download Day” is 24th July

karn EyesMick Karn’s “Birthday Download Day” will begin at Midnight, Nicosia, Cyprus time on 24th July 2013.

Team Mick Karn in conjuntion with Burning Shed, an ethical company run by artists for artists, invite you to download his music from www.burningshed.com on that special day as a clear message of love and eternal appreciation.

Downloads are limitless but stocks of Mick’s cds are low. If they run out there are currently no more and no plans to rerelease. This is shocking and the case for many of our artists and it must not come to pass that these records go out of print.

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