It may be nearing Christmas but that certainly doesn’t mean the music news is slowing down! Stressed out that you haven’t found your Secret Santa’s perfect gift yet? Relax. Breathe. Chill out and read TEARAWAY’s Weekly Music Haul!

King Kendrick demands tribute

There’s a fan theory going around that if you read this week’s music news backwards, it actually makes more sense. At least that’s how I’m trying to look at Kendrick Lamar’s announcement of the collector’s edition of his latest album, DAMN, for which he has reversed the track order (without any bonus tracks) and changed the album art. It’s cool that the album was designed to be played in reverse order, but rebranding and selling it to somebody that already owns this album gives me some serious Apple vibes. Oh well, at least he threw a pretty decent verse into the new N.E.R.D single, Don’t Don’t Do It! 


King Gizzard demand respect

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are the coolest band on the planet right now, even if they are Australian. They were already cool when they named themselves, and they were even cooler when they started making music that befits such a name. Now they are the coolest because they said they’d release five albums this year- while still playing gigs- and the fifth one is almost upon us. If you want to be enlightened in the way of the Gizz, this article is your first and last stop. As for the inevitable new album, here are two new tracks from it they dropped this week.


Savannah just wants you to love her back

So far today we’ve discovered that Americans love to ask you for money and that Australians never leave you alone. And so we call upon Savannah to take us back to our own shores with a message of love and acceptance. In the Youtube description of the video for her latest single, I’ll Never Know, Savannah tells us about her strong take on lesbian representation in media, and the video itself also serves as a statement. Make sure to read her thoughts before hitting play.

Seat Headrest drop a 13-minute song

If you’re wondering why you recognize that name it’s either because you already listen to Car Seat Headrest (you silly goose!) or because you’ve seen their name adorning posters for Laneway on walls both physical and digital (that was a Facebook joke, and a bad one). I’ll forever remember this band as the lo-fi rock band with the album cover that looks like it was made in Paint, but perhaps more attention should be paid to their critically-acclaimed album from this year, Teens Of Denial, and their sudden urge to write a multi-part, 13-minute screamer of a track. Like so many long songs, it’s all about that final assault at the end.

Tour news

Clear your Saturday night, cause it’s going down all around the country. Paul McCartney is playing in Auckland, and let’s just say he’s charging ‘legendary status’ prices for whatever tickets still remain here.

Meanwhile, down South, Sole Mio are bringing some Christmas cheer to Christchurch, and if you can’t afford these, you can always try sitting in Hagley Park and squinting with your ears.

On top of all of this, the good folks in the ‘Naki have sold-out a Yusuf (Cat Stevens) show, and Future Islands have sold-out The Powerstation. Summer gigs are getting hectic!

BADBADNOTGOOD, a four-piece band who specialize in jazz/hip-hop instrumental bangers and big-name collaboration, have announced a show at Kings Arms Tavern in January alongside their Laneway gig and Wellington show. Tickets go on sale today here.

Connan Mockasin has announced seven shows across the country in late January/early February, details available here.

The biggest tour announcement of the week came from Auckland City Limits, who have added Future, Young Thug, JessB, and Alien Weaponry to their bill. Check it out here!

And of course…

Now float helplessly into your weekend with our #JamOfTheWeek