HAMMOCKS AND HONEY
From the looks of things, this Melbourne-based electro duo, Prudence "Prue" Rees-Lee and Alex Nosek, are Hammocks and Honey. Not sure which is the hammock and which is the honey.
What makes H&H interesting (and why they're here) is that they have a very limited 250 solid gold 12" vinyl called Spellbinder that was released last November 2010. I half-imagine postage is a killer no thanks to its weight in gold.
All kidding aside, they're back with a Spellbinder Remixes album, which, what else, remixes of their songs by different DJs. The EP is FREE, the note I have is that it'll be available on Thursday, July 14th, but I just went to bandcamp.com, and the EP is available to download now. It's free check it out, and if you like what you heard, they are doing some dates in Australia and New Zealand:
08/04/11 Bar Open, Melbourne
08/25/11 Kings Cross Hotel Sydney
09/10/11 Grace Darling, Melbourne
10/14/11 Mighty Mighty, Wellington NZ
10/21/11 TABAC, Auckland NZ
Speaking of remixes...
Goldroom is basically Josh Legg, based out of Los Angeles. He is also in a synthpop band called NightWaves. With only three original songs (Morgan's Bay, City Girls, and Nights In Nantes), he seems more comfortable remixing other people and putting together his own themed mixtapes.
Recently he released a remix of Penguin Prison's song "Fair Warning". You can hear the effort on a popular hour mixtape at Aeroplane's June 2011 mix, but for those with only minutes to spare, I suggest you just listen to it by itself at Soundcloud, or better yet, download his free track, "Morgan's Bay".
The Sundelles: Gold
Speaking of Los Angeles...
The Sundelles are originally from California, but they've moved to Brooklyn, New York, which they described as "loneliness of the East Coast". The band, lead by Sam Sundos, came up with their name as a nod to Phil Spector girl groups of the 60s (The Ronettes, The Crystals).
They have a couple of releases, Death Youth 7" (which looks like a perfect Coke commercial on the cover artwork) and their debut album, Georgia Swan, both in 2010.
The free track they've given to us is "Gold", which is the first track off Georgia Swan. It sounds very Beach Boys-ey.
There's a few recent announcements from Goldest Egg, first off is Arc In Round's II EP is out now. It's a free download, however you can pay whatever you like at bandcamp.com.
You can catch the band on tour:
7/14 - Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH *
7/15 - Russian Recording, Bloomington, IN *
7/16 - Subterranean, Chicago, IL *
8/26 - Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
9/23 - Allentown Brewworks, Allentown, PA
* with Kurt Vile and the Violators, Woods
Second is Rotter and Friends' 9th collection for Spring/Summer 2011 is available now at rotterandfriends.com.
I know it's clothing, but this collection was inspired by a few music icons, including the disappearance of Jim Sullivan and his album, UFO, and a tribute to Christine Mcvie (from Fleetwood Mac).
Also is available a limited re-pressing of their "Thanks Neil (Young)" T-Shirts.
They are all on the more expensive side, but who said good fashion was cheap ?
Just quickly, I wanted to mention that Gold Panda has a free song, "MPB" at his website. The song isn't even from an upcoming release or part of his Lucky Shiner album. The song was announced along with a series of massive festivals (including Glasto and Latitude).
If you can't get enough, you can stream his Marriage EP at soundcloud. Details of the EP:
I've previously mentioned that I liked Gold Panda's album, it's easy to see why NPR called Gold Panda "best new electronic music".
07/14/11 Dour Festival, Belgium
07/15/11 Melt Festival, Berlin
07/17/11 Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK
07/22/11 Croatia Atlantis Festival, Spit
07/23/11 Rome Festival, Italy
08/05/11 Bungalowdorf Olganitz Nacht Digital
08/13/11 Cannes, Pantiero Festival
08/14/11 Hamburg Dockville Festival
10/05/11 Bristol Thekla
10/06/11 London, KOKO
10/07/11 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
10/08/11 Glasgow King Tuts
10/24/11 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
10/25/11 San Francisco, CA Independent
10/26/11 Seattle WA Crocodile
10/27/11 Ann Arbor, IL Blind Pig
10/28/11 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
10/29/11 New York, Good Units
10/30/11 Asheville, NC Moog Festival