Just back from an amazing trip to Manchester where I toured a lot of spots of music lore. Sadly, the Hacienda has been replaced by an apartment building, but on the back of the building there's a timeline of all the acts who performed there, and this quote from Ivan Chtcheglov that apparently inspired the utopian, forward-dreaming Tony Wilson when he named the place that would transform club and music culture: "Now that's finished. You won't see the Hacienda. It doesn't exist. The Hacienda must be built".
One apocryphal spot I did not get to visit (next time) was the Salford Lad's Club of Smiths' fame. On a Smiths tip, however, I did find out that the elusive, silver-voiced contrarian Morrissey will be guest DJing on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic this Friday, August 29th. The time is not certain, but will probably be around 9 a.m. PST. You can tune in live through iTunes (listed under Public) or through the player at kcrw.com. What is Morrissey listening to now? This should be pretty key.