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Triumphs Of The Olympians EP: Free Download

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We're in the Olympic mood here at Blow Up HQ, and have compiled a 4 track EP of appropriately titled tracks.

...Yes its the 'Triumphs Of The Olympians EP' featuring The Bongolian, Big Boss Man (who have already dedicated title track to Wiggo), Neon Plastix and SILVERY. AND it's free for a very limited time from http://blowup.co/Th3EkK ...spread the word!

Blow Up Easter Special: 21st April feat. live: The Bongolian + Special Needs + Silvery + Blow Up DJs

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Blow Up Easter Special 2011: The Bongolian + Special Needs + Silvery

Blow Up Easter Special 2011

Following February's sell-out HMV Next Big Thing night, Blow Up returns to its one-off events with an Easter Special at Madame JoJo's on Thursday 21st April. This will be the first of several larger club events for 2011 in the UK and abroad featuring special live guests.

Playing live: THE BONGOLIAN who will be releasing his 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' in May and SILVERY who's recent single 'Two Halves Of The Same Boy' has been going down a storm on 6music. Plus, just addeded SPECIAL NEEDS return after a five year hiatus and will be joining the bill for the Easter Special.

Plus resident Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson will also be spinning their trademark mix of Orgasmic Pop / 60s Mod & Soul / New Wave. Expect to hear a selection of British Pop from Beatles to Bowie to Blur alongside 60s Soul, Garage, Ska, Beat, Latin Soul, Swinging Soundtracks, YeYe and Psychedelic Pop Electronique.

Event info: BLOWUPCLUB.COMFACEBOOK.COM/BLOWUPFACEBOOK EVENTMadame JoJo's

Advance Tickets: stargreen.comgigantic.comwegottickets.comseetickets.comticketweb.co.ukhmvtickets
In person: Stargreen Box Office 20/21A Argyll Street London W1F 7TT (Oxford Circus)
Sister Ray 34-35 Berwick Street, London W1F 8RP (Oxford Circus / Piccadilly Circus)


The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks'

The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks'

THE BONGOLIAN blends elements of Funk, Soul and Jazz with grinding percussion and heavy Bongo rhythms, resulting in dirty percussive bongo driven Funk and Spaced-out Latin Soul. His releases 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. The Bongolian releases his 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' on May 9th, and the first single 'The Riviera Affair' was a recent Lunchtime Love on Nemone's BBC 6music show.

The Bongolian Facebook Page Myspace Page on Spotify Last.fm

"Nasser Bouzida is a man with talent to spare. A Latin-flavoured jazz-funk odyssey" Q Magazine
"Forget your preconceptions, this is the REAL incredible bongo band" CLASH
"Mightily funky. Part mod, part Sergio Mendes, very swingin" TIME OUT

Special Needs live at Blow Up Easter Special

Special Needs

Just added to bill! SPECIAL NEEDS. Special Needs return after a five year hiatus and will be joining the bill for the Blow Up Easter Special. On January 1st 2011, the band announced via Facebook that they had reformed with Nicholas Bukowski (formerly of The Rocks) replacing Neil Allan on drums, and after playing several London shows this year they will now be playing at Blow Up's Easter Special. The band played Blow up promoted shows at The Metro Club back in 2002, and during the mid-noughties recorded for Alan McGee's Poptones label and signed to Mercury Records.

Special Needs Facebook Page

"Pure-bred pop class" ★ ★ ★ ★ NME
"Very special indeed" What's On in London 'Album Of The Week' - 4 out of 4
"Mixing shambolic indie-rock with dashes of doo-wop harmonies and girl-group backchat, they sound alternately like wide-eyed and legless dreamers, and impassioned, vainglorious self-believers"
The Independent On Sunday
"Full of punk self-belief, angular guitars and most remarkably, a perfect pop sensibility"
The Sun 3.5 out of 5

Silvery - Railway Architecture

Silvery 'Railway Architecture'

SILVERY are an eccentric London four-piece whose music has been described as anything from Artrock, to Glam to Britpop. Lead singer and songwriter James Orman immerses us in a unmistakeably English world of Victoriana and wit. This show follows a headline spot at Club NME @ Koko in January, and comes just before the release of their new single 'Two Halves Of The Same Boy'. Playlisted on BBC 6Music (15/1/2011) the third from their critically acclaimed second album 'RailwayArchitecture'.

SILVERYTHEBAND.COM

Silvery Facebook Page Silvery Facebook Group Silvery on Myspace Silvery TWITTER Silvery on Last.fm Silvery on Spotify


"Exhilarating art-pop from band bordering on greatness" ★ ★ ★ ★ UNCUT
"Hunt down this album" ★ ★ ★ ★ Artrocker
"Genius twisted pop. A truly original pop masterpiece" ★ ★ ★ ★ BIG CHEESE
"Stylish, literate and witty but properly hook-aware" TIME OUT

Paul Williams “Quite Likes Silvery”

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Silvery 'You Give A Little Love'


Legendary  songwriter Paul Williams has been in touch with Blow Up HQ after listening to the new Silvery album 'Railway Architecture' which features a cover of his song 'You Give A Little Love' from the film Bugsy Malone…

Great rendition of "You Give a Little Love" ..    and wonderful music from first cut to last.   Adventurous, musical, edgy yet loving ..    Puhleeeze!   Spread the word that Paul Williams is a big fan!

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Blow Up night at HMV's Next Big Thing 2011

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Blow Up @ HMV Next Big Thing 2011

Blow Up @ HMV Next Big Thing

We're pleased to announce that Blow Up will be hosting a night at Upstairs @ The Garage as part of the second year of HMV's Next Big Thing festival. Spread over 6 London venues (plus one in Birmingham and Edinburgh) and running between 4th - 13th February 2011, the festival's aim is to showcase and celebrate the very best new and emerging talent drawn from all genres of music tipped to breakthrough in 2011.  The Blow Up night is the first date of the festival on Friday 4th February, and Blow Up Records' artists Baltic Fleet, Silvery and The Bongolian will be playing live, following by the Blow Up club at 11pm until 3am with DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson bringing you the classic Blow Up mix of Orgasmic Pop, Psych, 60s Mod Soul and New Wave Glam action. Expect to hear a  selection ranging from The Beatles to Bowie to Blur mixed with 60s moves and grooves (Soul, Boogaloo, Garage, Ska, Beat and Swinging Soundtracks). Entry to all events for the festival will be for the bargain price of a flat £10 (incl. b/f), whoever the artist and whichever the venue. Tix here

14/1/2011 UPDATE - BIG BOSS MAN ADDED TO THE BILL - playing a late night show as part of the Blow Up clubnight that follows.


Baltic Fleet

Baltic FleetPhoto: Adam Banister

Baltic Fleet Facebook Page Baltic Fleet on Myspace Baltic Fleet on Last.fm Baltic Fleet on Spotify

BALTIC FLEET is the work of Warrington based artist Paul Fleming. Influenced by artists such as Eno, The Doves, NEU!, Sigur Ros and DJ Shadow, his 2008 eponymous debut (written and recorded whilst on a World Tour playing keyboards for Echo & the Bunnymen), was picked by Rough Trade Shop for their monthly Record Club, and went on to be placed in their Top 50 Albums of 2008 (and also in Piccadilly Records' Albums of 2008). His first show since 2008, Paul will showcasing material from his second album, due for release mid-2011.

"BUNNYMAN HAS FUN ON THE AUTOBAHN - Sombre, Sigur Ros-like post-rock, fuzzy bass grooves [and] energising NEU!-style motorik" UNCUT

"A faultless piece of instumental music that captures the spirit of Eno, NEU! all the way through to modern post rock and chamber music" ROUGH TRADE

"A thirteen-track industrial drive along roads of ambient melodies . Skin pricklingly authentic" CLASH


SILVERY are an eccentric London four-piece whose music has been described as anything from Artrock, to Glam to Britpop.  Lead singer and songwriter James Orman immerses us in a unmistakeably  English world of Victoriana and wit.  This show follows a headline spot at Club NME @ Koko in January, and comes just before the release of their new single 'Two Halves Of The Same Boy'. Playlisted on BBC 6Music (15/1/2011) the third from their critically acclaimed second album 'RailwayArchitecture':

"Exhilarating art-pop from band bordering on greatness" ★ ★ ★ ★ UNCUT

"Hunt down this album" ★ ★ ★ ★ Artrocker

"Genius twisted pop. A truly original pop masterpiece" ★ ★ ★ ★ BIG CHEESE

"Stylish, literate and witty but properly hook-aware" TIME OUT

SILVERYTHEBAND.COM Silvery Facebook Page Silvery Facebook Group Silvery on Myspace Silvery TWITTER Silvery on Last.fm Silvery on Spotify


THE BONGOLIAN is the alter-ego of Big Boss Man's main man Nasser Bouzida - a multi-instrumentalist who blends elements of Funk, Soul and Jazz with grinding percussion and heavy Bongo rhythms, resulting in dirty percussive bongo driven Funk and Spaced-out Latin Soul. His releases 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. Following his 2008′s 'Outer Bongolia', The Bongolian will release his 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' in early 2011.

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

"Forget your preconceptions, this is the REAL incredible bongo band" CLASH

"Mightily funky. Part mod, part Sergio Mendes, very swingin" TIME OUT

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


BIG BOSS MANjust added to the bill for tonight. They'll be playing a late night show as part of the Blow Up club.

"Excellent" Mark Lamarr, BBC Radio 2

"The Sgt Pepper of boogaloo - and you can't go without breakfast, can you?" music 4/5, sonic 4/5 Hi-Fi Choice

"Effortlessly hip" 4 stars - Echoes

Big Boss Man Facebook Page Big Boss Man Myspace Page on Spotify Big Boss Man on Last.fm

Silvery 'Railway Architecture' on Steve Lamacq Blog

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Long-time supporter of the band Steve Lamacq has reviewed Silvery's new album 'Railway Architecture' on his official blog this week. Silvery also played last week at the first night of his new club night at the Bull & Gate (Lamacq's write up here):

"SILVERY whose debut album was a minor work of crazed genius, are back with a second LP which really ups the maverick ante" Steve Lamacq on his Blog (read full review here)


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Silvery Facebook Page Silvery Facebook Group Silvery on Myspace Silvery TWITTER Silvery on Last.fm Silvery on Spotify

Silvery live at Blow Up: Saturday 21st August + Saturday 11th September

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Following the release of their critically acclaimed 2nd album 'Railway Architecture' this August, London artrockers Silvery play two intimate shows at Blow Up on Saturday 21st August and Saturday 11th September. Silvery founder and singer-songwriter James Orman is still immersed in Bowie, Blur, XTC and all things eccentrically English, The Silvery sound is based around an amalgamation of non fiction, childhood memories, love of historic machinery, 70′s TV detective-isms and a musical philosophy of 'anything goes'. From the glam rock assault of previous single 'Devil In The Detail', New Wave blast of debut 'Horrors', neo Bond theme drama of 'Will Self', through brief snatches of ska to music hall and spoken word, there is very little left untouched in between.

Silvery news: 2nd album 'Railway Architecture' - out now

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Silvery 'Railway Architecture' (Blow Up) - Out Now

Silvery release the follow up to their 2008 debut Thunderer & Excelsior with their 2nd album Railway Architecture - out today and available from Rough Trade, Fopp, Norman, Piccadilly, Townsend, Juno, Amazon, Play.com, iTunes, eMusic, Napster, Amazon Digital and more

Railway Architecture sees Silvery to continue their creative brainstorming, and Railway Architecture which sees bands singer/songwriter James Orman continuing his journey into the very English and eccentric world of the mad, bizarre and absurd. With a doff of a stove-pipe hat to Blur, Bowie, XTC and Sparks, their sound is an eclectic but commercial proposition. The album expertly blends post-punk, Britpop (for want of a better word), music hall and 60′s pop into this year's most exciting release yet, and recently described as:

"Exhilarating art-pop from band bordering on greatness" 4 STARS - UNCUT

"Hunt down this album" 4 STARS - Artrocker

"Delicious and daringly at odds with almost everything else out there" 4 STARS - Clash

"Genius twisted pop" 4 STARS - Big Cheese

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  Silvery Facebook Page Silvery Facebook Group Silvery TWITTER Silvery on Last.fm

Silvery - live tonight 7pm on BBC 6music with Marc Riley

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Silvery are recording a session for Mark Riley on BBC 6music to be broadcast live tonight from 7pm. Expect to hear previews of tracks from their forthcoming 2nd album Railway Architecture which will be released on August 9th, and is preceded by the single The Naked & The Dead on July 26th which was recently up for 6music's Rebel Playlist. If you're not in the UK or don't have digital radio you can listen online here.  Here's what they've said so far about Railway Architecture:

"One of the most distinctive sounds you're currently likely to hear. Irrepressible and exhilarating" NUDE

Silvery Artrocker Special

Look out for Artrocker's Summer Special issue out now - the covermount CD features the Silvery track 'Identity' taken from the new album.

Check out the video for The Naked & The Dead, directed by Alastair Brotherton and Jock Mooney, and produced by Rich Barnett/Trunk, the same team behind Silvery's video for 'Horrors', which was awarded Best Music Video at the London Short Film Festival in 2009;

Silvery release 2nd album 'Railway Architecture' and BBC 6 music session for Marc Riley

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Silvery will be releasing the follow up to their 2008 debut album with their second album Railway Architecture on August 9th. The first single 'The Naked & The Dead had its first play last Thursday on Marc Riley's 6 Music show, and if you're quick you can listen back on the BBC iPlayer(38 mins in).  Riley has invited the band in for a BBC 6Music Session on 12th July - stay tuned for more details. Silvery's debut Thunderer & Excelsior was a BBC 6 Music Album of the Day, Artrocker Album of the Year (No 19), an Organ Top 10 album of the year and gained a multitude of supporters across press and radio including Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, David Q

Silvery 'The Nishikado E.P.' with brand new tracks - out now!

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Silvery - the 'The Nishikado EP' (Blow Up) featuring brand new tracks - out now from all fine purveyors of digital sounds…

"Silvery have produced a tribute to the one and only Toshihiro Nishikado to whom we give gratitude for the remarkable invention that it is Space Invaders - those little critters everyone knows and loves. With wild synth riffs and vocals resembling David Bowie, Silvery suck you in to the unrestrained indie madness. Identity and Murder Holes continue the fairground theme, with unruly synth sections distinguishing Silvery from current and past indie bands." KRUGER

"Wow. Take a deep breath before you enter the crazy world of Silvery. The grandiose circus music of The Nishikado takes you on a whirlwind with its relentless and spiralling organs. The cacophony of different sounds can all get a bit confusing, until the chorus when the glorious mess seems to find it's way. The furious pace of the EP will have you bouncing off the walls and collapsed in an exhausted heap in the corner by the end. In the words of me Dad, "What a bloody racket." But an utterly exhilarating racket, it has to be said." ARTROCKER RECOMMENDS

New Silvery EP 'The Nishikado' - Artocker.tv and iTunes exclusive!

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Following their Christmas single You Give A Little Love last December, London eccentrics Silvery release their 5th single on Monday 15th June 2009, previously featured on a live BBC Radio 1 Lamacq session and a standout track from their much talked about debut album Thunderer & Excelsior (which made the ARTROCKER and ORGAN top releases of 2008 lists).

The Nishikado EP features a new mix of the lead song (inspired by Toshihiro Nishikado - the creator of Space Invaders in the 1970's) and 3 brand new tracks: Identity, Murder Holes and The Public Purse.
Think Sparks at their most Glam Rock, mixed up with all sorts of musical tricks Blur and Bowie would be proud of.

Watch the video now exclusively on Artrocker.TV

EP. will be available 3 weeks early as an iTunes exclusive on Monday 25th May 2009 (general availability from 15/6/2009)

Silvery - Beat Happening Session - Wed. 22nd April 2009

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London's Silvery released their critically acclaimed album debut 'Thunderer and Excelsior' last year one and have been lauded by everyone from Artrocker to Marc Riley to Steve Lamacq to David Quantick. The Beat Happening will be chatting to them about Britpop, Brechtian cabaret, their favourite top hats, before they perform.

Plus support provided by the uber-cool Parlour Records: Le Tetsuo + Project: Komakino.

Wednesday 22nd April, The Victoria, 110 Grove Rd, Mile End, London, E3 5TH

Tickets: here

Give A Little Love by SILVERY - download now!!

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Silvery 'You Give A Little Love'

Ladies and gentlemen we present you the perfect antidote to all the current doom and gloom… We give you…

Silvery performing a brand new recording of You Give A Little Love, a cover version of the Paul Williams song as featured in the musical Bugsy Malone. The song has often featured in the Silvery live set and the band thought it was high time to put a studio version down.

This track is not included on their fabulous debut album Thunderer & Excelsior, but will is downloadable from all reputable purveyors of digital phonograms and just in time for Christmas! ….Its time to party like its 1929!!!

SILVERY on this weeks BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist!

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Following Monday's debut play of Silvery's next single 'GIVE A LITTLE LOVE' its now up for BBC 6 Music's Rebel Playlist, the winner of which makes it onto the official playlist.

You can listen to the new track on our myspace or on the BBC 6 Music site where you have until midnight this Sunday to register your vote!

The track brand new recording of Give A Little Love, a cover version of the Paul Williams song as featured in the musical Bugsy Malone. The song has often featured in the Silvery live set and the band thought it was high time to put a studio version down. This track is not included on their debut album Thunderer & Excelsior, but will be downloadable from Monday 15th December from all reputable purveyors of digital phonograms and just in time for Christmas!

Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music