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.
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.
Home can mean any number of things for people. It can be comfortable and a solace, a reminder of a painful time, or just a symbol of a particular moment that was important for you.
The Gabeyard Shift took a little look at a few songs about home in all its forms. Check out the playlist below, I hope you enjoy.
Back on September 3rd, I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing the immensely talented Nai Palm of Melbourne wondercore band Hiatus Kaiyote.
It was prior to their very first New Zealand show at Auckland’s Kings Arms and we spoke about how the band crafts their tunes, balancing technical proficiency and songwriting, and more.
Give it a good old listen right here.
These guys are easily one of my favourite bands, and when you see them live, it’s scary. Seamlessly intertwining musicianship and groove to create an unrivalled sound, they are one of Australia’s best live bands.
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.
I had the absolute pleasure of being joined by music lover and musician Kaine Harington, aka American French Fries, on this week’s Gabeyard Shift.
With the sun finally getting a stint we decided to have a geez at some favourite road trip songs. More specifically I asked Kaine about his formative American road trip a couple of years ago, and the tunes that shaped it.
The characteristics of a great road trip tune, travelling adventures, MySpace, and plenty more extremely important things were addressed and discussed in depth.
You can listen to our dulcet tones and relive the whole bloody show right here. And check out the cracking playlist, largely crafted by Mr Harington, below.
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.
Monday’s can be the pits.
You might be coming off a shitty weekend as I was, gutted to be back at work, or just feeling like dirt.
It was with this in mind, that the focus of this week’s Gabeyard Shift was Monday Blues. A cathartic two hours of listening to those who actually had the blues.
Check out the playlist below.
This week on The Gabeyard Shift was all about a few favourite tunes from the African continent with the theme Out Of Africa.
Having parents and friends with a broad and exciting taste in music means I’ve been exposed to incredible musicians from this part of the world. Mali is very strongly represented, but a few other nations get some play as well.
Check out the barnstorming shit-hot playlist below and a special video.
This week I also debuted The Gabeyard Gazette, a brand new segment on the latest music news. You can check it out by reading below and listening to the podcast.
In some other tip top news, you can now get your fix of The Gabeyard Shift whenever you want. That’s right, if extremely early mornings or late nights aren’t your jam then you can listen to the podcast each week from start to finish right here.
The legends at bFM and Flying Out put on one of the best gigs of the year last Friday at a bunch of venues on Auckland’s K Rd, and this week’s Gabeyard Shift was all about it.
The Others Way was a celebration of New Zealand’s incredible array of talented musicians and artists, as well as the live venues that support the scene.
Before joining bFM last year I knew only a handful of Kiwi artists. This week it was an absolute pleasure getting to play some tunes from a few of the artists that played The Others Way that are among my current favourites.
Unfortunately the Spotify playlist below doesn’t have everything I played, but the majority of it is there. Wrap your ears around some seriously enjoyable tunes.