The Gabeyard Shift – Best of 2015

What a bloody tip top year for music 2015 has been. I was joined by the illustrious Kaine Harington on The Gabeyard Shift this week to play some tracks from our favourite albums of the year.

Of course we couldn’t fit in all of the splendid tunes that we wanted too but we had a darn good yarn about it all. You can listen to a podcast of the show right here.

Below is an extended playlist of essentially what we would have played if we had a couple of days on the airwaves. Sit down, chuck the headphones on, and enjoy this carefully curated collection of tunage.


The Gabeyard Shift – Discoveries Of 2015

This week on The Gabeyard Shift was all about sharing my discoveries of 2015. I’d like to say the discoveries are vast and broad, but they’re not really.

I’ve listened to plenty of new music but these choices are my favourites from the year. A lot were found keeping up with blogs and music showcases like SXSW, and BIGSOUND over in Brisbane. I’ve also left out the many New Zealand discoveries I’ve made this year, as they’ve been covered on a couple of previous shows.

Get a good old geez at the playlist below.

Give the whole swell show a listen right here.

The Gabeyard Shift – Side Projects

Sometimes artists just get so confined to one project and group of musicians they have to break free and do something completely different. Or do something similar just with different people.

The side project is something that’s been a part of popular music for a very long time. The Gabeyard Shift took a look at some rather good side projects, thanks in large to the presence of passionate musician and music lover, Kaine Harington.

We also talked at length about a few average side projects, some that should have delivered more, and others that predictably sounded as shit as expected.

Unfortunately, as ever, the playlist is missing some a few tunes but the majority are listed below.

Give the whole show a listen right here.


The Gabeyard Shift – bFM Bombathon

I’ve met some incredibly talented and generous people at 95bFM. It’s also exposed me to a lot of amazing New Zealand artists. The station is attempting to raise $45k to secure its future and smarten a few things up. Head to the givealittle page to show your support.

This week of The Gabeyard Shift, I played some of my favourite Kiwi artists, most which were discovered through volunteering and listening to the “bosom”.

Check out a podcast of the show right here. And enjoy the playlist below, regretfully not all artists were on the Spotify.

The Gabeyard Shift – Grief and Loss

After attending a funeral late last week I thought about all of the different ways musicians have explored themes of dying, mortality, and how it can help with the grieving process.

The Gabeyard Shift this week took a look at a bunch of tunes that explore the theme of grief, loss, death, and dying. I’m really happy with the collection of songs from this theme because they represent such a broad spectrum of ways to look at this topic.

I like to think these tunes also show in some way how the theme of dealing with death often leads us to think deeper about our own lives and look at its meaning.

You can listen to back to the whole show right here, or just enjoy the playlist below.


The Gabeyard Shift – Workin’ Hard for That Money

Considering we were blessed with a four-day week this week, The Gabeyard Shift focused on songs about working and earning money in honour of Labour Day.

There are some instant classics when people think of songs about working, and I did my best to avoid putting them all in. Perhaps something pertinent to note is that none of these tunes talk about working or earning money in a positive way.

Whether it’s the daily grind of nine to five, a lack of recognition, or straight up boredom, this playlist firmly puts work in the shit pile.

They’re cracking tunes nonetheless, so enjoy.

The Gabeyard Shift – Songs About Cities

Landscape and environment play an enormous part in shaping how we express ourselves, and music can evoke strong imagery of familiar and distant surroundings. Whether it’s the organised chaos of a heaving metropolis, or the wide and peaceful expanse of a rural setting, lyrics and melody can transport us there.

It’s with this in mind that The Gabeyard Shift looked at a few songs about cities. I chose some of my favourites, with Melbourne and New York featuring heavily, but by no means is it anything like a best of list.

I hope you enjoy the playlist I crafted. Christchurch band Transistors don’t feature on Spotify so I’ve got their brand new video for the song that made the playlist ‘On Cashel St’ below.



If you want to listen back to the whole show, click here for the podcast.

The Gabeyard Shift – Literary Tunes

This week I was reminded how little I’ve  been reading and also how much I miss it. So to make up for it, The Gabeyard Shift was dedicated to tunes that make references to works of literature or are influenced by those works.

It was a bloody swell time and interesting doing some research to put it together. As with every playlist, there are some obvious omissions but I think it’s a super collection.

Check out the playlist below and the opener from The Beatles.