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Blow Up is 21!

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21 Years ago today Blow Up opened its doors for the first time in the upstairs room of The Laurel Tree, Camden Town, London. Anyone remember this Select Magazine article about Blow Up that came out the following summer in 1994? ‪#‎ForThe90sSwingingLondon‬ Stay tuned for further announcements...

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Making of Big Boss Man's 'Last Man Man On Earth' Video

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Big Boss Man Marcus Way Zombie 2 Big Boss Man Marcus Way Zombie 3
Big Boss Man Marcus Way Zombie

Ahead of the release of their fourth album (September 1st 2014 on Blow Up) Big Boss Man have been busy filming two new videos in Bristol. The first, and album title track 'Last Man On Earth', sees the band as never before as (almost) unrecogniseable mod zombies stalking the streets of post-apocalyptic Bristol with a cameo from guest vocalist Princess Freesia. Director and photographer Marcus Way takes us behind the scenes...

The new Big Boss Man video for Last Man on Earth concept was born from an idea created by the band, after discussing the details and the feel of the track, a post apocalyptic/mod zombie theme was decided.

We had some simple webcam footage from Princess Freesia recorded and sent from Australia, for the vocal track which was to be inserted into a retro TV set in a 60's style room shot on location in a vintage furnishing warehouse in Bristol, now for some zombie action.

After a couple of hours of the band tearing up and dusting down their best mod zombie threads and attempting to poke scary contact lenses into their eyeballs, Scott, Nass, Des and Trev, in full undead garb, hauled musical instruments down disused railway tracks to an area of heavily graffitied warehouses in South Bristol. I directed them to distort their reanimated corpses as people went past on their evening runs and walks with their dogs. The Big Boss Men played the part wonderfully shaking heads and dragging feet like the crazed living dead they were.

To complete the changeover we needed an extra scene to take us from the relative comfort of our suburban house out into the streets crawling with the undead, I devised an old style news report with actor Mike Bidmead, the TV crackles into an important news report that takes precedence over the original programming. The song stops and all eyes and ears turn to the TV to hear of the horror!

To complete the feel of change and shutdown I shot the full moon passing through the night, time lapses of boiling, moody, cloud filled skies and a series of time lapses of Oxalis triangularis (Love Plant/False Shamrock) closing down.

The final scene has the gang of rotting zombies sensing the viewer and moving toward them preparing to tuck in! The very final shot is a 7 hour, night to day time lapse overlooking Bristol, the final moments, life rushing before your eyes before you slip away, only to return as something abominable.

As always it was a pleasure to work with Big Boss Man and I believe we have created something with just the right balance of horror and kitsch to entertain!

Check out the final video for 'Last Man On Earth' here • Stills courtesy of Marcus Way at marcusway.com

BLOW UP SF: San Francisco Blow USA + Lost In Sound Launch

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Blow Up SF: New Monthly Run in San Fransisco & Lost In Sound Launch

Blow Up SF: San Fransisco & Lost In Sound Launch

Mod Soul New-Wave & Britpop Action For Pop Stylists!

Blow Up returns to SF and to the Monarch with a great line-up of DJs from the SF scene: Carlos Perez (Tailor Made), Major Sean (Tailor Made, Club Leisure), Galine Tumasova (Shake Appeal) & Russel Quan (Teenage Dance Craze) and a live show from The Chuckleberrys.

Plus FAY HALLAM & THE BONGOLIAN Record Release Party! (Blow Up Records) This is a brand new collaboration between Fay Hallam (Makin' Time, The Prime Movers, Phaze) and Blow Up Records' Nasser Bouzida (The Bongolian).

Please note event is 21+.

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DC FONTANA + ELECTRIC STARS + DAVID WOODCOCK live at BLOW UP – Fri 6th July

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Blow Up feat. DC Fontana + Electric Stars + David Woodcock

Blow Up feat. DC Fontana + Electric Stars + David-Woodcock

Blow Up's monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd's Bush with live guests this month DC Fontana and The Electric Stars. Plus Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson spinning their trademark mix of Pop Stylism, 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave.

More info: blowupclub.comFacebook EventMap
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DC Fontana live at Blow Up

DC Fontana live at Blow Up

Turned-on music to shake your hips & pluck your heartstrings… DC Fontanaare on a mission.The 2012 edition of the band is fronted by Louise Turner while founding member Mark Mortimer plays bass & is one of the two main song-writers along with Scott Riley who used to play with Spectrum, the psychedelic off-shoot of the Spacemen 3.With producer Donald Ross Skinner (Julian Cope, Prolapse, Salad, Cud etc) at the helm the DCs delivered the kitchen-sink drama Six Against Eight after camping inside the famous Parr Street Studios in Liverpool where they had been invited to record by legendary Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant, a fan of the band.

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DC Fontana live at Blow Up

Electric Stars at Blow Up

THE ELECTRIC STARS Infectious melodies, lyrics that become part of your life & songs that you NEED to own! If there was a modern mash up of Stones/Who/Kinks/Beatles...This is what it would sound like!

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David Woodcock live at Blow Up

David Woodcock live at Blow Up

DAVID WOODCOCK New Blow Up Records' signing David Woodcock returns to Blow Up as part of his monthly residency. Expect great songs delivered in Dave's own inimitable Essex style. Best described as the closest thing to a knees-up with Chas'N'Dave and The Kinks' Ray Davies!

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Blow Up SF, Blow Up SAC, Blow Up SF – USA 2012

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Blow Up LA USA 2012 with Club Underground Grand Star Los Angeles

Blow Up Sacramento Party - with Blow Up DJs & Founder Paul Tunkin + Roger Carpio + Cellar Doors

Blow Up SF USA 2012 Monarch San Francisco

BLOW UP IS BACK IN THE USA for APRIL/MAY 2012!

Friday 27th April - Los Angeles - Underground @ Grand Star Jazz - Info / Facebook
Saturday 28th April - Sacramento - Townhouse Lounge - Info / Facebook
Tuesday 1st May - San Francisco - Monarch - Info / Facebook
(Friday 4th May - London - Ginglik - Info / Facebook)

Blow Up in association with Record Club / Club Underground / Shake Appeal is excited to announce another return for Blow Up to California in 2012: On Friday 27th Blow Up teams up with the Club Underground again in LA in their new home at the Grand Star Jazz with Blow Up DJ/Founder Paul Tunkin and Club Underground DJs Larry G (aka Supercrass), Diana M. (Sweater Girls), Liz O. ( Bang!), Bip Jeffington (Bang!, Beat It). Running since 2001, Club Underground has been the premiere Britpop, Indie, Eletro Pop, Twee, Post-Punk, Soul, Sixties and New Wave party in Los Angeles...      ...Followed the next day on Saturday 28th at The Townhouse Lounge in Sacramento, with DJ Paul Tunkin, Record Club's Roger Carpio, a live set from San Francisco's Cellar Doors plus a light show by George Holden (lightshow artist since 1966 and one of the pioneers in the field. He first worked with Abecrombe Lights featured by Bill Graham at the original Fillmore West and Winterland shows in San Francisco) and an art show by the talented Galine Tumasova who collaborated with Blow Up's Claudia Arnold for the ace series of club posters this year...    ...Followed by San Francisco on Tuesday 1st May at The Monarch with DJs Paul Tunkin and a great line-up of DJs from the SF scene  Carlos Perez (Tailor Made), Major Sean (Tailor Made, Club Leisure), Liam Caton (Shake Appeal) & Galine Tumasova (Shake Appeal)! Sponsored by Ben Sherman (thanks Mikey Tashjian!)   ...followed by Blow Up back in London on Friday 4th May at Ginglik with a special anniversary show for B-Movie... phew!

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BLOW UP SACRAMENTO: Saturday 28th April 2012

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BLOW UP returns to Sacramento!  With Cellar Doors (San Francisco) live, DJs Paul Tunkin (Blow Up founder) & Roger Carpio spinning Pop Stylism, 60′s Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave. Plus a light show by George Holden (a lightshow artist since 1966 and one of the pioneers in the field. He first worked with Abecrombe Lights featured by Bill Graham at the original Fillmore West and Winterland shows in San Francisco). Art by Galine Tumasova!

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BLOW UP EASTER SPECIAL: SULK + FRACTURES + DAVID WOODCOCK + THEE ATTACKS + POWERSOLO + BLOW UP DJs

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Blow Up Easter Special: Sulk Fractures David Woodcock ar Ginglik with Blow Up DJs

Blow Up Easter Special: Sulk + Fractures + David Woodcock + Thee Attacks + Powersolo with Blow Up DJs

Blow Up's new monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd's Bush, continues with the BLOW UP EASTER SPECIAL on THURSDAY 5th APRIL (please note that we're usually the First Friday of the month - moved forward to Thursday for Good Friday). We've FIVE live bands for you this month: SULK, FRACTURES, DAVID WOODCOCK, THEE ATTACKS (dk) and POWERSOLO (DK). Plus of course Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson (and the occasional guest) spinning their trademark mix of Pop Stylism, 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave. ....

A celebration from the other side of Pop where the Kinks, Bowie, Blur share the dancefloor with current newcomers Pete & The Pirates, British Sea Power and Metronomy, all alongside Swinging Soundtracks & TV Themes (The Italian Job to Barbarella), 60s Exotica & Electronica (Jean-Jacques Perry), 60s Club Soul (Motown, Stax etc.), Northern Soul, Beat, Mod Jazz, French Pop (Jacques Dutronc, Bridget Bardot) and New Wave (XTC, Wire).

More info: blowupclub.comFacebook EventMap
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Sulk live at Blow Up

Sulk live at Blow Up

SULK

Under the rainy skies of London, the shining sounds of Britpop, Shoegaze and Psychedelia are back in bloom. Locked up in the back room of an east end gallery stirring up 90s inspired sonic harmonies, this five-piece's influences are less worn on their sleeves, than branded on their hearts. Bands such as The Stone Roses, Suede, Ride and The Verve are wholly evident, but this isn't nostalgia for old time's sake. It's a whitewash of powerful prettiness; with sun-drenched vocals, ethereal guitars and pounding drums, rooted in 90s vibes but with its eyes to the future...
"Epic, stadium-indie guitars, baggy beats and trippy lyrics, this Suede-meets-Oasis number sets Sulk far above other 1990s revivalists" The Independent, November 2011



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Fractures live at Blow Up

Fractures live at Blow Up

FRACTURES

"Reminiscent of Supergrass circa 'I Should Coco', Britpoppy [and] drenched in London" NME, 2011

"The kind of indie band that has become all but extinct in recent years" NME ones to watch 2012

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David Woodcock live at Blow Up

David Woodcock live at Blow Up

DAVID WOODCOCK

David Woodcock returns to Blow Up after his show at the club's 18th Birthday in November and will be heading up from the town of outstanding talent Southend-On-Sea. Expect great songs delivered in Dave's own inimitable Essex style. Best described as the closest thing to a knees-up with Chas'N'Dave and The Kinks' Ray Davies!

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Thee Attacks (dk) live at Blow Up

Thee Attacks (dk) live at Blow Up

THEE ATTACKS (DK)

Fresh from their stint at SXSW and signed to hip Danish label Crunchy Frog are Thee Attacks...



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Powersolo (dk) live at Blow Up

Powersolo (dk) live at Blow Up

POWERSOLO (DK)

Also signed to Crunchy Frog and first on tonight are Powersolo...

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THE WOLFMEN + BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS + RKC live at BLOW UP – March 2012

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Blow Up at Ginglik 2012

Blow Up's new monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd's Bush, continues with live guests this month THE WOLFMEN, BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS and RKC. Plus of course Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson (and the occasional guest) spinning their trademark mix of Pop Stylism, 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave. ....


A celebration from the other side of Pop where the Kinks, Bowie, Blur share the dancefloor with current newcomers Pete & The Pirates, British Sea Power and Metronomy, all alongside Swinging Soundtracks & TV Themes (The Italian Job to Barbarella), 60s Exotica & Electronica (Jean-Jacques Perry), 60s Club Soul (Motown, Stax etc.), Northern Soul, Beat, Mod Jazz, French Pop (Jacques Dutronc, Bridget Bardot) and New Wave (XTC, Wire).

More info: blowupclub.comFacebook EventMap
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THE WOLFMEN
The Wolfmen

The Wolfmen

Marco Pirroni and Chris Constantinou formed The Wolfmen in 2005. Marco (guitars) enjoyed extraordinary success with ADAM & THE ANTS and later worked with Sinead O'Connor. Chris (bass, lead vocals) previously led JACKIEONASSID and has worked with Adam Ant, Annabella Lwin(Bow-Wow-Wow) and Sinead O'Connor also. Zelig Preston Heyman (Massive Attack, Kate Bush) also features in the Wolfmen on percussion. Alongside their own work, the band is known for some surprising collaborations with artists ranging from LOU REED to DALER MEHNDI, the biggest selling artist Indian in music history. They've also covered Screaming Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You" with PRIMAL SCREAM for an ALEXANDER MCQUEEN catwalk show and co-written a few tracks on Sinead O'Connor's new album. Debut album Modernity Killed Every Night was mixed by Alan Moulder (The Killers, U2, Arctic Monkeys, Smashing Pumpkins), lead track "Cecilie" being A-listed on NME Radio for seven weeks in a row.

The Wolfmen's 2011 second album - Married To The Eiffel Tower - was produced by Courtney-Taylor-Taylor (frontman/songwriter with The Dandy Warhols) and Jacob Portrait (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters)., winning massive radio support with spins from the likes of Dermot O'Leary (BBC Radio 2), Chris Hawkins (BBC 6Music), Don Letts, Sarah Kerr (BBC 6Music), Lauren Laverne, Gary Crowley and David Quantick.

"Dense stuff… Extraordinarily overstated… an unholy mix…" UNCUT
"Steeped in the space-age glam boogie of Bowie and T Rex with a bit of Iggy-in-Berlin thrown in… infernally catchy…" MOJO  


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THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS
The Bermondsey Joyriders
The Bermondsey Joyriders

Claiming all the credentials of a bonafide 77 super group, The Bermondsey Joyriders is a band pooling all the hard won experience and history of three veteran Punks...Gary Lammin,Martin Stacey,and Chris Musto.. Founder members Gary Lammin(Vocals/Guitar) and Martin Stacey(Bass) cut their teeth in the Joe Strummer produced 'Little Roosters' and Chelsea respectively..Whilst recent recruit Chris Musto (Drums) is a sticksman of some credenials..Having previously played with Johnny Thunders,Joe Strummer and Nico to name a few! At Blow up they will be playing their classic 1st album set and showcasing selected songs from their eagerly awaited forthcoming 2nd album 'Noise & Revolution',featuring ex MC5 manager / White panther party leader John Sinclair! Voted one of the Bands to watch in 2012 in 'Viva le Rock' magazine!
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Blow Up Snaps & Scraps: 2011 Highlights

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Some Blow Up highlights of 2011, including HMV's Next Big Thing back in February, another return to the USA and Japan, Latitude Festival in July, The Bongolian's fourth album and the club finally coming of age (b. October 16th 1993).

BLOW UP TOKYO at Liquid Rooms Liquid Loft

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Blow Up Tokyo

Blow Up Tokyo

 

http://www.liquidroom.net/schedule/20111007/7848/

Blow Up Tokyo

□伝説的 -タイムアウト誌、イヴニング・スタンダード誌、NME誌- (Legendary -Time Out, Evening Standard, NME)

□タイムアウト誌が選ぶ90年代のパーティートップ10中、第4位。 (No.4:Time Out's Top Ten Club's of The 90s.)

□ヴォックス誌が選ぶクラッシッククラブ第5位。 (The Roxy, Blitz Club, Shoom, Syndrome & Blow Up:Vox Magazine's 5 Classic Clubs of our Time.)

□世界を変えたパーティー。-メロディメーカー誌- (The club that changed the world - Melody Maker)

ロンドン・クラブ・シーンが最もホットだったとされる90年代――そのまっただ中、1993年にパーティー【blow up】は〈The Laurel Tree Pub〉においてスイングしはじめた。主宰はPaul Tunkin。カムデンにあった2階建ての小さなパブで開催されていたパーティーながら、毎週土曜〈The Laurel Tree Pub〉の外には、長い長い行列が作られていった。その人気は年々大きくなり、Select誌やTime Out誌、Vox誌などの有力メディアでも取り上げられ、〈Cream〉や〈Ministry of Sound〉といったロンドンを代表する大型クラブに肩を並べるほどの人気を誇るようになった。その常連にはブラーやパルプ、スウェード、ステレオ・ラ ブ、ジーザス&メリー・チェインから、スパイス・ガールズ(!)にいたるまでさまざま。その後は〈Wag Club(1996-2001)〉、〈The Metro Club(2002-2009)〉など場所を移しながら、現在も〈THE ALLEY CAT)にて、Paul Tunkin、Ian Jacksonのふたりによって続けられている。

歴代のレジデントDJには、Paul、IanそしてAndy Lewis(現在はポール・ウェラー・バンドのベーシストでもある)が〈blow up floor〉で60年代のモッド・ミュージック、インディ・ポップ、ノーザン・ソウル、ブルー・ビート、ニューウェーヴなどをプレイ。〈jet set floor〉では、The Karminsky Experience(1993から1995年の間プレイ)、Nori(池田正典、1995から1998の間プレイ、彼が日本へ帰国した後はカーミンス キー兄弟が再び〈Wag〉の閉店まで担当)らが彼らの友人たち、Martin Green(Smashing/The Sound Gallery)、Keb Darge(Deep Funk)、Jazz Man Gerald(Jazz Man Record)、Soul Jazz Record Crew等をゲストに迎えてさまざまなライブラリー・ミュージック、ファンク・レアグルーヴ、ムード・ミュージック等をプレイ。またレジデントDJたちは 【blow up DJ's】としてブラーなどのツアーDJ、フェスへのテント参加、そしてNMEブリティシュアワード・パーティーでのDJなども担当し、主宰のPaulは レーベル《blow up records》を立ち上げ、レアなマテリアルを扱ったコンピやパーティーのクラシック集、そして多くのバンド/アーティストをレーベルから世に送り出す など活躍の場を広げていった。

これまでにさまざまなDJ、ライヴ・アクトをゲストとして招聘し、18年間毎週末のロンドンのサタデーナイトをスイングさせ続けている【blow up】のレジデント=Paulを迎え、池田正典(彼もレジデントのひとり)、そしてTOP GEARのサポートのもとに緊急開催決定!

The Bongolian - live at Blow Up - Saturday 4th December 2010

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The Bongolian live at Blow Up

The Bongolian live at Blow Up, December 2010

Following his show in France, The Bongolian (aka Big Boss Man's Nasser Bouzida) and his band drop into London for a rare Christmas show at Blow Up. They will be previewing tracks from his forthcoming 4th album (early 2011) alongside tracks from 2008′s critically acclaimed 'Outer Bongolia' and early classics such as Bongohead. Funk and Spaced-out Latin Soul - 100% Heavy Bongo Vibes guaranteed! Followed by resident Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson bringing you a mix of Orgasmic Pop 60s Mod Soul New Wave action.

Since his 2001 eponymous debut, THE BONGOLIAN's albums have become recordbox essentials for DJs, finding a wide appeal from Dance and Hip-Hop to rare groove and funky 45s fans, and to date The Bongolian and his band have toured USA, UK and Europe:

Nasser Bouzida is a man with talent to spare. A Latin-flavoured jazz-funk odyssey Q

Totally mind-blowing WHAT'S ON

Mightily funky, Hammond driven bongo rhythms… part mod, part Sergio Mendes TIME OUT

Event Links: Facebook Event / THE BONGOLIAN: The Bongolian Facebook Page Myspace Page The Bongolian on Spotify Last.fm

THE SOUND OF POP ART live at BLOW UP - Saturday 7th August 2010

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Just confirmed for Saturday 7th August at Blow Up are The Sound Of Pop Art (acoustic set) and an opportunity to hear some genuine Beatnik Pop / Acoustic Soul of the finest order. Think, Odessey & Oracle The Zombies, Syd Barrett, Up The Junction Manfred Man, John Barry. TSOPA features Chris Free who previously wrote/played sonic guitar for one of the UK's first & finest beat punk groups The Users, and was asked to join Paul Weller's Respond label as songwriting duo A Craze, penning the 1983 UK summer soul hit for Tracie Young Give It Some Emotion:

"English to the hilt, Cambridge's T.S.O.P.A.  update Mod riffs and attitudes and pour sunny harmonies over them. Influenced by The Who, The Kinks and The Jam [and] infectiously enthusiastic, this is classic boho pop" **** Chris Roberts - Uncut