Mar 11

‘One Man’ by August Thompson will hold it’s opening exhibition tonight from 7pm – 10pm at FIFTY24SF Gallery.. The artist’s first solo show, “One Man,” includes portraits from his on-going series, as well as new larger-scaled interior landscapes. More information here.

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Dec 05

Upper Playground always comes with an excellent prize package, this year is no different. All Choe all day! The Upper Playground David Choe prize contains:
A Set of all 12 Munkos, Dry Hump Pillow, Hairdo Tee (L), Chinese Tee (L), & Hell Houndz Tee (L)

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Jan 21

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Sep 23

Zion I & The Grouch and Om Records have teamed up to release the exclusive track “Soul Searchin’ (Lost B Side)” available only through Upper Playground. The Grouch, from the original do-it-yourself crew Living Legends and longtime Bay Area favorite Zion I have been at it for over ten years releasing music that brings together socially conscious lyrics and hyphy beats. “Soul Searchin’ (Lost B Side)” offers fans the signature sound that has gained the duo critical acclaim and street respect over the years.

“Soul Searchin (Lost B Side)” is available for your listening pleasure exclusively on the Upper Playground website. You can purchase Zion I and the Grouch’s album “Heroes In The City Of Dope” on iTunes.

Listen to it now:

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Sep 02


All Proceeds from the Event Support Power House Project of Detroit

WHO: Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine celebrates its 15th anniversary with “The Big Payback,” an online charity art auction and a special event in Los Angeles hosted by Upper Playground. The event benefits the non-profit Power House Project of Detroit.

WHAT: “The Big Payback” auction features original artwork from over 100 national and internationally renowned contemporary artists including: Swoon, CR Stecyk III, Robert Williams, Todd Schorr, Estevan Oriol, Mister Cartoon, Shepard Fairey, Doze Green, Todd “Reas” James, Thomas Campbell, Tim Biskup, KR, Big Daddy Roth, WK Interact, Clayton Brothers, Andrew Schoultz, James Jean, Ron English, Craola, David Choe, Mike Giant, Paul Insect, Jeremy Fish, Alex Pardee, Saber, David Ellis, Boogie, D*Face, Cody Hudson, Herbert Baglione.

From November 9-19, 2009, the public can bid on artwork by visiting:

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Aug 25

Mister Cartoon x Upper Playground T-shirt

Mister Cartoon x Upper Playground T-shirt

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Jul 01

Don’t forget to check out the Word to Mother show this Thursday at FIFTY24SF Gallery. “Young Mind, Old Soul” features new paintings on display at from July 2 – 28, 2009. The opening reception is on Thursday from 7 to 9:30 PM

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Jun 23

San Francisco indie label, Om Records, is celebrating their 15 year anniversary by collaborating with Upper Playground’s Sam Flores. The double CD features new dance, electronic and broken beat tunes from Charles Webster, J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, Sygaire of Jazzanova, Daz-I-Kue of Bugz In the Attic, Atjazz w/ Clyde and get this…the world premiere of Donn T (Questlove’s Sister). The collaborative CD features illustration from Sam Flores. Pick up the release on Tuesday July 21st as it hits physical and digital retailers, and check out the full art.


These are limited to only 6,000 copies worldwide so be sure to pick up your copy.

Om is also expecting to release Om: 15 T-shirts and limited edition prints featuring Sam’s art along side the album release. Keep checking Giant Peach for this.

Exclusive News to Giant Peach fans….Om has also just re-signed People Under the Stairs. They’re coming back to Om with a new album out in October!

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Jun 09

Walrus Rider Vinyl Figure by Alex Pardee, BlackWalrus Rider Vinyl Figure by Alex Pardee, Teal
Click above images to view product.

To help celebrate the 10-year anniversary of UP, Alex Pardee gave us hi
interpretation of the UP walrus…with it’s own poem:

“Born with legs of a golden tint,
He’d walk, he’d run, he’d jump and sprint. There’s nothing much he COULDN’T do,

With legs of gold and wooden shoes.
The girls all l
ved his limbs and knees,
For no one else had legs like these,
But jealousy arose with some,
Cause’ HE was having all the fun!

So late one night upon his slumber,
Darkness drenched with rain and thunder.

There he slept and dreamt of blondes,
But when he woke HIS LEGS WERE GONE!
Who would do this tragic thing?
What good is a bee if a bee cannot sting?
And what good is HE without legs at all?
Now he cannot move and he’
not that tall!

So he hopped on the back of his bestest friend,

And together they ride as he seeks his REVENGE!”

The walrus rider is approximately 11″ tall and has bendy arms and a removable tusk (which fits into the rider’s hand). This black version is exclusive to UP and will only be available at UP stores and UP online only. … and The Giant Peach!

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Jun 08


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