Freddy Fudd Pucker European tour with Sammy Battles



Freddy Fudd Pucker’s highly energetic, fast style has gotten him support slots with CJ Ramone, SNFU, and Deer Tick, as well as festival slots at The Fest (US) and more.

31.08. Leipzig, DE – Stone
02.09. Soest, DE – Alter Schlachthof
03.09. Erfurt, DE – Engelsburg
04.09. Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE – Hinz und Kunz am Boulevard
05.09. Aalen, DE – Frapé
06.09. Brandys Nad Labem, CZ – Sklep
07.09. Kosice, SK – Pokhoi
08.09. Budapest, HU – RoHam Bar
09.09. Wien, A – The Loft
10.09. Timelkam, A – Bart
11.09. Oberstaufen, A – Glashaus
12.09. Baden, CH – Treibguet
13.09. Stuttgart, DE – Wagenhallen
14.09. Zürich, CH – Dynamo
15.09. Freiburg, D – Rufetto
16.09. Koblenz, D – Freiraum
17.09. Paris, F – Le Pop In
18.09. Bree, NL – Ammeloela
19.09. Amsterdam, NL – House Concert

30.10 Ginsville, FL – The Fest

Forthcoming dates in Europe and the US to be announced soon.

Monkey Records first ever vinyl release! Hourglass Wine by Freddy Fudd Pucker

Fifteen years after Monkey Records was founded in 2000 we finally release our first record on vinyl in the shape of Freddy Fudd Pucker’s new album, Hourglass Wine. We are very excited! More to follow in 2016…

Freddy Fudd Pucker (Tom Young) is originally from a small city at the edge of the earth called Dunedin, New Zealand. However, he has spent the last five years or so touring the world, playing hundreds of shows across Australasia, the USA and Europe. The last two years have seen him based in Berlin, Germany, focusing on a nearly constant European tour schedule.

A one-boy-band of sorts, his live show consists of a guitar, banjo, distorted loops and samples, a suitcase bass-drum on one foot, a tambourine on the other and the howl of someone who imagines an alternative to our delusional culture of consumption. With these tools he performs intensely lyrical songs wrapped in extremely fast rhythms and melodies. Chaos does not reign, but is kept on a very long leash. With an ethos firmly rooted in DIY music culture, Freddy believes the audience to be as integral to the show as the performer. Shows on recent UK and European tours have been described as ‘communal exorcisms’.

Hourglass Wine is a 10 track offering of break-neck speed, emotive, folk songs. The bulk of which revolve around the simultaneous, multi-instrumentation of one boy and his high-gain acoustic guitar, bass drum and voice. The accompanying collectible 16 page booklet for Hourglass Wine is a collection of lyrics, rants and drawings bringing Freddy’s own visual interpretation of the album.

Lyrically, the songs seem to be born out of a desire to restructure and rebuild dialogues often over-simplified in mass media. When listening to the album one picks up the fury and disillusion Freddy feels in this modern age of disinformation where issues such as ecological catastrophe and the politics of international migration are warped. Freddy pleads with the listener, and perhaps with himself, to search for a sense of self-worth beyond simply that of a consumer within an unmerciful, global economic system. The heavy lyrical content of Freddy’s songs proves he is not afraid to explore complex ideas within his high-energy, strangely fun, punkrock influenced, folk music.

Hourglass Wine is available as download or CD from September 18th, 2015 with the vinyl release to follow on the 30th October. The graphic booklet is only available with the physical formats.

Freddy Fudd Pucker has a busy European and US tour schedule lined up throughout September, October and November, 2015. H growing reputation for being an extremely entertaining and unique performer has earned him support slots on recent European tours for legends such as CJ Ramone (USA), SNFU (Canada), La Vela Puerca (Uruguay) and Deer Tick (USA). In the past few years he has performed at festivals like FunFunFunFest (Austin, TX), Camp A Low Hum (NZ), and The Fest 2010 (Gainesville, FL) which he will be revisiting this year as part of an October US tour.

Ludwik Zamenhof – Maicho ne znaesh video

Maicho ne znaesh is the third single from Ludwik Zamenhof’s debut album Balkan Error.

The video uses footage from the short film Migration of the Hearts by Magdalena Wyszynska, a documentary about the phenomenon of big love migration of Polish women to Yugoslavia in around 1960-1985. Watch the film here.

Ludwik Zamenhof’s new solo album Balkan Error is inspired by Bulgarian, Polish, Balkan, Indian and Syrian music. Folk and Ethno samples are mixed with new electronic music such as Dubstep, Drum and Bass, IDM, Breakcore and Glitch Music to create an intoxicating and exotic brew guaranteed to get your feet moving.

Jono Heyes’ Fisherboy album – “an exotic magic carpet ride”

The musical tapestry of Jono Heyes’s debut album Le Fisherboy is real eye opener for world music lovers. A unique blend that embodies the raw duende of flamenco, the rhythmic syncopation of West Africa, the modal depth of arabian North Africa and the subtle and playful grooves of South America. Heyes’s lyrics are direct, poetic and political aiming at the global, environmental and social issues we currently face. Above all it is imbued with a sense of urgency and a voice of many cultures. Hold on tight, sit back and enjoy a magic carpet ride across the world.

Jono Heyes grew up in an old goldmining village called Livingstone, situated in the foothills of North Otago in the South Island of Aotearoa (New Zealand). When he was seventeen Jono began teaching himself on an old guitar that was gathering dust behind a couch and had only two strings left. Little by little he found his voice and has since added hundreds of sets of strings to his guitar. Over the last 17 years he has crafted his own language drawing from an array of world music cultures, defying any attempts to be placed in one genre. The result is his own unique blend of world music that is an urgent call for ecological, social and cross cultural understanding.

In 2007, Jono Bono formed his world music group Mama Yeva in the South Island city of Dunedin and the first of hundreds of gigs was part of the international appeal by Amnesty International for the release of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi. This in many ways set the tone for the group’s focus. For the last 7 years he has performed in Mama Yeva with over 50 different musicians from a dozen or more countries. They have performed at venues and festivals that promote ecological and social justice in New Zealand, Ireland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Heyes’s debut album The Fisherboy features the special contribution of Mama Yeva members including: triple Emmy nominee Trevor Coleman, gracing the album with soulful trumpet, melodicas and basslines; Beata Bocek from the Czech Republic singing backing vocals on The Fisherboy; AJ Hickling mastering and backing vocals on No tengo Pais, and Frenchman Edouard Heillbronn playing bass on Hungry Little Dog.

Ludwik Zamenhof – Balkan Glitch Step music video

Ludwik Zamenhof is a one-man musical project and the alter ego of Polish-based producer Andrzej. The music on his new album, Balkan Error, is created using a mandolin and a computer. All recordings and samples are destroyed and deconstructed. Ludwik Zamenhof is inspired by Bulgarian, Polish, Balkan, Indian and Syrian music. Folk and Ethno samples are mixed with new electronic music such as Dubstep, Drum and Bass, IDM, Breakcore and Glitch Music to create an intoxicating genre-defying sound.

Ludwik Zamenhof makes no mistakes with his debut album, Balkan Error

Ludwik Zamenhof’s new solo album Balkan Error is inspired by Bulgarian, Polish, Balkan, Indian and Syrian music. Folk and Ethno samples are mixed with new electronic music such as Dubstep, Drum and Bass, IDM, Breakcore and Glitch Music to create an intoxicating and exotic brew guaranteed to get your feet moving.

Ludwik Zamenhof aka Andrzej Zagajewski is a producer, musician, dj and vocalist living in Cracow, Poland where he is a member of many bands. His primary instrument is tenor mandolin but he also plays banjo and saz. He sings in the folk-punk band Hańba! (translation: Shame!) whose lyrics refer to the political and social problems in Poland before Second World War. Other folk bands he is involved with are Bumtralala, Iglika and Kapela Hanki Wójciak. He also plays with UnitraProdiż, an experimental, noise, hip hop duo. Andrzej recently produced a fusion dance and Polish traditional music album for Południca!

Check out the post-apocalyptic music video for the first single, Balkan Glitch Step.

Charity Children – Fare Thee Well music video

Fare Thee Well is the third single and video from the debut album The Autumn Came by Berlin-based indie folk band Charity Children. The heart-breaking lyrics for the song are adapted from a 17th Century anonymous poem in The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs whereby somebody mourns the loss of their dearest friend by drowning.

The music video, in a thoroughly modern take on the theme of loss directed by Sander Houtkruijer, is a love story gone wrong between an online stalker and a night-life personality looking for a friend. It focuses on two outsiders, and the unlikely events that unfold in a dark Berlin night.

Charity Children have come a long way since founding members Chloë Lewer and Elliott McKee arrived in Germany’s capital from New Zealand three years ago and started busking. Since then they have recorded their debut album, signed a publishing deal, been picked up by Melt Booking, toured in Germany playing to soldout venues and have featured at some of Europe’s most prestigious summer festivals. Singing folk songs of joy and melancholy, Charity Children’s raw energy and enchanting melodies have captured the hearts of many and despite recent success they can still often be found on street corners in Berlin enchanting passersby with their heartfelt and infectious music.

Director Sander Houtkruijer is an acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker living in Berlin. He is best known for his video for Asif Avidan’s hit One Day/Reckoning Song (Wankelnut remix) which has garnered over 130 million views on YouTube. One of the main characters from that video features as the love interest in the clip for Fare Thee Well.

Graveyard Love Dissociate remixes

Remix EP of Graveyard Love’s Dissociate EP featuring TDeL2, Bright Child and Death and the Maiden.

You can hear the originals here.

Luke Hurley


Luke Hurley is a living legend in New Zealand music. He has been writing, recording and playing in Aotearoa since 1970.

Currently based in Auckland, Luke has travelled widely in the past throughout New Zealand and Europe playing festivals, pubs, cafes and private parties. In the past he has toured with iconic singer/songwriters Michelle Shocked and Marianne Faithful.

Luke stands out from the crowd both for his incisive, insightful lyrics – on topics ranging from the meaning of life to the search for a good cup of tea – and his unique and powerful guitar technique.

Luke’s live performances and 8 studio albums have won him fans around New Zealand and the world. Several of his songs such as “Mona Lisa”, “2 Degrees Out” and “Reha” have achieved Kiwi anthem status.

Luke Hurley has developed as a highly accomplished singer songwriter over the last 25 years. Thousands of New Zealanders and many fans from abroad have followed Luke’s original technique. Luke never ceases to continue playing, his guitars and studies reflect a meaningful journey; uncovering and challenging the most oppressive barriers consumer culture places into today’s pop culture.

Mamaku’s seductive third album Twigs of Gold


The Mamaku Project was born of the meeting of two French-Kiwi’s, with a passion for song, groove and travel. With one hand firmly in their roots and the other reaching into trans-cultural imaginings, the Mamaku Project have managed to create a reputation for compelling musical performances, embracing elements of Chanson, Dub, Bohemian Groove and Poetry. Their engaging, evocative show has taken them to numerous arts and music festivals around the globe, including Aotearoa / New Zealand, where they are based, Australia, Korea, Canada and Europe. The pool of talented musicians working with them, shifts and morphs over the years, revealing different incarnations of the music but always true to their antipodean roots. Collaboration with contemporary dancers and video artists furthers their theatrical exuberance.

Their debut album, Karekare (2006), was received by critical acclaim, and their music described in NZ as “a new national treasure”. Their second album, Mal de Terre (2008), took a bi-lingual approach to festive gypsy styles, the colorful sounds belying some of the more somber topics, such as the (bad)News culture. In both these records, the earthy presence of Aotearoa land and sea, meets with exotic inspiration.

The third album, 5 years in the making, marks a turning point. The Mamaku Project, shedding the “project” and standing purely as Mamaku, have fused electro and organic, dark and light, serious and fun, into a collection of original tunes they call Groove-Hop. Groove because the catchy bass and analog synth drives, in syncopation with funky and quirky beats, are the backbone of this music, designed to make you move. Hop because the richly layered, grit and honey aesthetic of Trip Hop (think Portishead) is clearly present, as well the apparition of rousing spoken work, both poetical and political, offering a clin d’oeil to early Hip Hop (think Gil Scott-Heron, Arrested Development).

Check out the video for the first single Mardi Gras here.

Album available here as CD or download.