By JACK LEONARD.

A bevy of tour/festival news

Lots of news surfaced on the touring front here in the Land of the Long White Cloud this week, so prepare yourself for a bit of a list. Leftfield, a 1990s electronic powerhouse responsible for the timeless album Leftism (here’s a track from said album), were announced as headliners for February’s Splore festival.

King Kendrick Lamar, for whom no introductions should be necessary, has been named as the main act for the Auckland City Limits  music festival.

Ratatat have announced shows in both Auckland and Wellington, for which you can get tickets over on UTR.

Singer-songwriters Tali and Georgie Fisher have announced a joint ten-date tour across New Zealand after becoming best buds in Berlin, and tickets are available at Dash Tickets for each of them.

Die! Die! Die! return with an EP titled What Did You Expect? (here’s a preview track), which is due for release on 6th December, 2015. With it comes an accompanying South Island tour.

Finally, Disturbed announced a January show in Auckland, and tickets are available to purchase from Ticketmaster as of 12pm today.

Phil Collins will not be stopped

Upon announcing that he was going to come out of his four-year retirement to make more music, I’m sure Phil Collins was in a great frame of mind. Unfortunately for him, a petition was started under the simple title “Phil Collins must be stopped“, urging the United Nations to intervene in this affair and keep Phil in retirement. The petition slowly gathered signatures over the course of about two weeks, eventually peaking 650 short of its goal of 5,000 before being closed by the website hosting it.

I’m sure that we can all recognise that this was a joke and Phil should remain unfazed at the public dig. In my opinion, the real winner on the day was Greg Stone from Newcastle, for making this astounding comment in favour of the petition (see pic above).

Kurt Cobain’s home recordings released

Today marks the release of Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, soundtrack to the previously released documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Comprised of various cassette recordings, the soundtrack allows an unfiltered glimpse into Cobain’s creative progression. While one can imagine it will sound extremely raw, it will at the very least offer some interesting insight into a process that is not often exposed in such open fashion.

Shhh… The Music Is Talking

If you’ve ever noticed a man at a gig dressed head-to-toe in black, jostling for the best spot it the pit with camera in hand, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen photographer Alexander Hallag in action. Hallag has spent decades overseas photographing the likes of Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead and many more prominent artists of the times. For the past five years, Hallag has been following the New Zealand music scene up and down the country. 200 of the best of these images have been compiled into his latest book, Shhh… The Music Is Talking. Only 500 copies of the book are being printed, so if you want to grab hold of this piece of our country’s history you’ll need to get in quick and pre-order it here. Make sure to get in early so you can conveniently get your hands on the book nice and close to Christmas, as the release date is set for 15th December, 2015.

Spectral Lore go Greek

Spectral Lore is a solo black metal project by Nihilus Ayloss, a man who has more to say than most groups of people making noise together. The project’s last LP III was an absolute beast of an album that amalgamated so many different styles within its 90 minute run-time that some have accused it of being too short. Ayloss has told us that before the release of Spectral Lore’s next full-length, the project will experiment with some tangential genres to black metal across a couple of EPs. In May this year, he gave us a taste of ambient with Voyager, and now Gnosis is set to bring us something quite different. This time around, we’re seeing a Greek influence invade his music through the new track, A God Made Of Flesh And Consciousness. Streaming of the track is available here along with some more details.

Yung Lean steps up the aggression

Here at TEARAWAY, we’re all about young people attaining success in all forms. One such form is when a Swedish kid raps his way through his teens and gains millions of views on YouTube for his efforts. Two days ago, the 19 year-old dropped his new single and video, Hoover. The song is unexpectedly in-your-face, and goes hard enough to kick off a 72 hour weekend for us Cantabrians. Thank goodness for show day.

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