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Blow Up Records & Club Year Review 2012

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Here’s what we've been up to at Blow Up in 2012... Blow Up Records releases included the critically acclaimed Baltic Fleet album ‘Towers’, ‘Lost In Sound’ from Fay Hallam & The Bongolian (their very first collaboration), meanwhile the year also saw the return of the mighty Alfa 9 who have been picking up some great early press for their second album 'Gone To Ground' which is out in March 2013. All three appearing in end of year polls for 2012. Sweden’s Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck returned with the single ‘Leaving For A Day’ and a last minute Christmas track ‘This Year’ and there were  two new signings to the label for David Woodock and Daiquiri Fantomas, so stay tuned in 2013 for releases from these!

The Blow Up club headed back to the USA twice this year, with shows in LA, San Francisco and Sacramento. And in October Blow Up took part in the annual Oxjam series of shows in Leicester. Plus our London residency in West London carried on from 2011 with live guests including Sulk, The Fractures, Thee Faction, Fay Hallam, David Woodcock, B-Movie....

Read more below....

2012 Baltic Fleet 'Towers' Press Summary


"Immense. Fleming has upped the ante on an already stellar debut,"
Rough Trade Shops 'Album of the week' & 'Albums of the MONTH'

"Exceptional motorik beats" NME

"A sublimely cinematic blend of kosmische musik and dream pop" 9/10 Subba-Cultcha

"Something very special indeed" Crack Magazine

"One of the finest records from Liverpool in years" Liverpool echo

"A wonderfully well rounded and complete album"
Louder Than War 'Album Of The Week' & an Album Of The Year


More about Baltic Fleet here...

2012 Press Fay Hallam Bongolian Press Summary


"A match made in heaven. It's timeless and that's the secret ...addictive stuff" ★★★★ Blues & Soul

"An immediate pleasure, and wonderfully seductive" Shindig!

AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VIVE LE ROCK & 'DANCING' Podrophenia Single Of The Year

More about Fay Hallam & The Bongolian here...

2012 Alfa 9 Press Summary


"The Stoke songsmiths are back, and it's been well worth the wait" CLASSIC ROCK

"A beautiful record" SHINDIG!


Read more about Alfa 9 here...

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BLOW UP back in the USA: SF & LA October 2012

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Blow Up LA Club Underground Poster


In association with Record Club / Club Underground / Shake Appeal, Blow Up returns to California this October, with two 19th Birthday dates in Los Angeles at Club Underground and then San Francisco at The Monarch.

On Friday 26th October we're back with our friends at the excellent Club Underground at The Grand Star Jazz Club - LA's best indie night! Plus get your costume ready, as this week they'll be celebrating Halloween. Great Music, Candy, Costumes, Groovy Ghoulies, Spooky Photobooth, Horror Film Screening, Prizes & Halloween themed drinks!

And then on Monday 29th October we're back again in San Francisco at the lovely Monarch. Blow Up founder/DJ Paul Tunkin + rotating DJs Galine Tumasova (Shake Appeal) + Major Sean (Tailor Made, Club Leisure) + Liam Caton (Shake Appeal) and a special live performance by excellent The Bang girl group!

Plus as its our 19th anniversary party there'll be some Blow Up vinyl give aways at both events, so get down early!

Facebook links: Blow Up / Blow Up USA / RecordClubSacto / Club Underground / The Monarch

Twitter: Blow Up / Underground / Monarch



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


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! • facebook:  blowup •  blowupusa •  recordclubsactoclubunderground

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 back in the USA - California June 2011

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Blow Up USA by Raoul Ortega Blow Up USA by Claudia Arnold
Blow Up USA by Claudia Arnold Blow Up USA by Raoul Ortega
Blow Up USA by Raoul Ortega
Blow Up USA by Claudia Arnold Blow Up USA by Raoul Ortega Blowup Usa Colagge 01 11 Blow Up USA by Galine MoDemoiselle
Blow Up USA Poster by Galine MoDemoiselle This June Blow Up teamed up with Leisure (San Francisco), Club Underground (LA) and Lipstick! (Sacramento) - thanks to everyone in California for making this trip the most memorable yet!

more photos on our new USA facebook page:
Blow Up Club Facebook

Blow Up USA Poster by Galine MoDemoiselle
Photos clockwise from top left: RO (Raoul Ortega), CA (Claudia Arnold), RO, Galine MoDemoiselle, RO RO, CA, CA. Centre: RO.
With special thanks to Raoul Ortega Photography

Blow Up: USA 2011 – San Francisco, LA and Sacramento this June

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The Blow Up club returns to the USA this June 2011 vs. Club Leisure (SF), Club Underground (LA) & Club Lipstick (SAC). In under 3 mins here's a brief history of Blow Up in images 1993-2011: Press, Flyers & Blow Up label Releases:

Blow Up 1993-2011

(Music from the new Bongolian album 'Bongos For Beatniks' - out now on Blow Up Records).
More about the Blow Up club / press quotes here and press clippings here

Blow Up USA 2011 Poster

Blow Up USA 2011 Poster by Galine

Join the new US facebook page for more event info: - More Blow Up connections…