On this day in history (November 13, 1981), New Order released their debut album Movement – the first album following the suicide of Joy Division’s front man Ian Curtis.
Factory Records is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary with the release of two special edition box sets titled “Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-1979” and “Factory Communications: 1978-92”.
As first reported by NME, Peter Hook announced during his Joy Division Orchestrated concert at Royal Albert Hall that he will be reuniting Monaco with singer David Potts. Of course, the two have never been too far apart as Potts has been touring with Peter Hook And The Light over the years.
Stephen Morris, the drummer form Joy Division and New Order, has rewritten the editor’s notes for the remastered version of Unknown Pleasures on Apple Music. He gives a track by track recollection of the recording of each song.
Uknown Pleasures ReImagined is a new project where 10 acclaimed directors will create brand new music videos for every track off of Unknown Pleasures. This is in celebration of the albums 40th anniversary.
B-Sides Tournament Round 4: The Smiths, Joy Division, David Bowie, XTC, Duran Duran, The Cure, New Order
The final 8 teams are left in the Best of the B-sides tournament. There are one or two surprises in this list, but it’s a pretty solid collection of tracks. Good luck choosing between these
B-Sides Tournament Round 3: The Smiths vs Depeche Mode, Pixies vs Joy Division, David Bowie vs New Order
Welcome to round 3 of the best of the B-sides tournament. The games are about to get tougher. For a few of these, I have no idea how they will turn out but…that’s why we vote! For each match up, select the song that is your favorite b-side. Then, scroll to the bottom and select…
B-Sides Tournament Round 2: Morrissey vs Joy Division, David Bowie vs The Cure, New Order vs Echo & The Bunnymen
More second round games in the Strangeways Radio B-sides tournament. We don’t even know how you are going to choose between these, to be honest. Good luck!
Ex-New Order bass player, Peter Hook, auctioned of a variety of memorabilia at an auction this past week. In this auction, Hook has originally intended on selling letters between Ian Curtis and his former girlfriend Annik Honoré. Just prior to the event, he changed his mind and withdrew the submissions. Members of New Order were not happy about this decision and we quite pleased that Hook ultimately changed his mind.
New Order announce YouTube video series Transmissions telling the story of Movement; Movement Definitive Edition boxset to follow
New Order is joining the wave of bands using streaming media to come up with new ways to deliver content to their fans. The band has announced a YouTube series called Transmissions which will chronicle the transition of Joy Division to New Order, resulting in the story of New Orders first album Movement.
Have you ever wondered what makes a song sad? Is it simply lyrical content? Is it the personal feelings you prescribe to that song, your recollections of it? Are there simply chords or intonations of voice that can stir this feeling in us. Is it scientific or formulaic? Certainly there are artists who are known as dark, or depressing but even some of these artists have other tracks that are more buoyant or jubilant. If you are interested in these answers or simply like most of us, have compiled lists or mixtapes in your head of the saddest songs of all time, then this book is for you.