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Elsewhere is a concept and a place, and for many years Graham Reid has been going there for his wide angle travels, writing, music review columns and interviews with writers, musicians and artists.

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DAVE BAXTER, AVALANCHE CITY INTERVIEWED (2015): Finally, above ground again

DAVE BAXTER, AVALANCHE CITY INTERVIEWED (2015): Finally, above ground again

3 Jul 2015

The cafe where we meet is very nice and attracts a particular clientele, as you'd expect. It is in Herne Bay, the country's first $2 million suburb apparently. Neither Dave Baxter nor I live around here of course – he's out west in Massey and I'm a few suburbs to the south – but with his hipster beard and beanie he fits in better than I do. Neither... > Read more

HALF A CENTURY OF ORIGINAL NEW ZEALAND SONGS (2015): 50 Years of the Silver Scroll award

HALF A CENTURY OF ORIGINAL NEW ZEALAND SONGS (2015): 50 Years of the Silver Scroll award

3 Jul 2015

Looking back, 1965 was a watershed year in New Zealand popular music. The snowball effect of the Beatles and the sound of British pop fuelled the local music scene and suddenly bands were everywhere and. Accordingly, venues opened up to accommodate them. It was significant that in '65 television also caught up with the game in the form of pop television... > Read more

GUEST ARTIST TERENCE HOGAN on the exhibition of his band posters and covers in Auckland

GUEST ARTIST TERENCE HOGAN on the exhibition of his band posters and covers in Auckland

2 Jul 2015

I was born in Grey Lynn, spent much of my boyhood in Ponsonby and following my high school years in Hamilton, returned to Auckland in the late Sixties. There was plenty going on around the city as one decade turned into the next and the lure of live music was ever-present. I did a little writing for various papers and magazines, mostly record and concert reviews,... > Read more

David Peel and the Lower East Side: Up Against The Wall (1968)

David Peel and the Lower East Side: Up Against The Wall (1968)

2 Jul 2015

New York's David Peel was living proof of the adage, "It isn't what you know, it's who you know". And how you could milk that association -- however brief -- for all it's worth. He was also one of those "only in New York" guys. In the late Sixties when this insightful if reductive piece of political rhetoric was recorded, he was a street busker in... > Read more

ONE WE MISSED: Jimmy LaFave: The Night Tribe (Music Road/Southbound)

ONE WE MISSED: Jimmy LaFave: The Night Tribe (Music Road/Southbound)

1 Jul 2015

Americana singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave has one of those classic, heartbroken, world-beaten, minor key and slightly weary voices which holds considerable appeal. Except he deploys it on just about every song, so you can experience a kind of emotional burn-out . . . all the while appreciating just how moving he can be. Slow and selective listening is therefore advised.... > Read more

Never Came Back to Memphis

Eddie Bo and Inez Cheatham: Lover and Friend (1968)

Eddie Bo and Inez Cheatham: Lover and Friend (1968)

1 Jul 2015

When Cosimo Matassa died in September 2014 there were lengthy obituaries for a man whom many may never have been aware of. But as a record producer he defined the sound of his hometown New Orleans on recordings from the Forties onward and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He probably could have got in on just two songs alone, Fats Domino's The... > Read more

Hambone Willie Newbern: Roll and Tumble Blues (1929)

Hambone Willie Newbern: Roll and Tumble Blues (1929)

30 Jun 2015

The provenance of some blues songs is so obscure as to be impenetrable. Many would know Rollin' and Tumblin' from the rock version by Cream in the late Sixties where the credits simply had it as "Trad". The song -- in various versions -- dated back four decades prior to Cream when Roll and Tumble Blues was recorded by Willie Newbern during his sole recording... > Read more

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING STONE (2015): Where's Bill? Why man, he done gone!

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING STONE (2015): Where's Bill? Why man, he done gone!

29 Jun 2015    1

When he was in the Rolling Stones, bassist Bill Wyman was mostly an impassive and seemingly disengaged presence on stage, only occasionally flicking a knowing look at drummer Charlie Watts as Mick Jagger pranced and preened. Bill Wyman was the Silent Stone. After he left the Stones in '93 however he wrote Stone Alone, a strangely compelling and scrupulously... > Read more

Jumpin' Jack Flash

Reuben Bradley: Cthulhu Rising (Rattle Jazz)

Reuben Bradley: Cthulhu Rising (Rattle Jazz)

29 Jun 2015

First in passing, a comment about the consistency of packaging of CDs on the Rattle and Rattle Jazz labels: they are excellent and make the CD into an art object. That is enhanced especially on classical albums associated with the Wallace Art Trust where a work from that collection is included in the cover with a short biographical note about the artist. AS with ECM... > Read more

In His House at R'lyeh

Various Artists: EurNoVision 2015 (link supplied)

Various Artists: EurNoVision 2015 (link supplied)

29 Jun 2015

Having enjoyably missed much of this year's Eurovision Song Contest -- better staging and lighting than songs, right? -- a compilation of "outsider" music from the various underground scenes of Europe billed as EurNoVison sounded suitably subversive. But deary me . . . And dreary this.  If this is subversion then sign me up for the... > Read more

Berlusconi Stole My Teenage Girlfriend by Kodagain (from Serbia)

Algiers: Algiers (Matador)

Algiers: Algiers (Matador)

29 Jun 2015

Out of the torn traditions of America's gospel'n'blues Deep South but shot through with post-punk fury, this trio take a hammer to politics, religion and race but couch it in blood-stirring music. Here are terrifying soundscapes (Claudette), desperate spooked-out soul driven by guitar grit and throbbing bass (And When You Fall, But She Was Not Flying), worldweary... > Read more

Claudette

The Quin Tikis: New Zealand's Premier Maori Show Band (Sony)

The Quin Tikis: New Zealand's Premier Maori Show Band (Sony)

29 Jun 2015

Among the many pleasures of my life is meeting young students in the music papers I teach at the University of Auckland where I am a "professional teaching fellow" in the School of Music. The young are so full of enthusiasm, uncertainty, promise and failure . . . What always thrills me is when Maori students come to me and say, "Thank you, sir"... > Read more

Poi Poi Twist

Grady Martin and the Slew Foot Five: Bimbo (1954)

Grady Martin and the Slew Foot Five: Bimbo (1954)

29 Jun 2015

Having your own website like this is to some extent a vanity project. And it also allows for some personal indulgences, like posting this throwaway by the great Grady Martin. People of certain advance years may remember this song becase it was a regular on the childrens' session on Sunday morning wireless. I seem to recall there may also have been a version by Doris Day... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Beach Boys; Surfin' Safari/Surfin' USA

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Beach Boys; Surfin' Safari/Surfin' USA

29 Jun 2015    3

While sensible folk agree that Brian Wilson was a song craftsman and produced work of genius in the mid Sixties -- the period which is one of the focal points of the current film Love and Mercy -- everyone has to begin somewhere, although it's fashionable to dismiss their surf albums at the start of their career. Critics don't surf, huh? And the clothes didn't ever... > Read more

Lonely Sea

Bill Wyman: Back to Basics (Proper/Southbound)

Bill Wyman: Back to Basics (Proper/Southbound)

28 Jun 2015

Apparently it has been 33 years since former Stones bassist Bill Wyman last released an album under his own name. But you'd have to ask, did you really notice his absence? Of course he had his diaries to draw on for Stones books and the Rhythm Kings project to keep him occupied, but here he eschews their sub-superstar session ethic and enjoyable if often uneccesary... > Read more

November

The Moon Band: The Moon Band (wisdomtwinsrecords)

The Moon Band: The Moon Band (wisdomtwinsrecords)

28 Jun 2015

Elsewhere has previously mentioned the British "band" Dodson and Fogg (in truth mostly just the extremely talented, if as yet largely undiscovered, Chris Wade). Wade is more than just a musician and artist however, he runs a little record label too it would seem: wisdomtwinsrecords. And it was from there, actually right here (or maybe because they had... > Read more

My Home

Everywhere Elsewhere: These are grave matters

Everywhere Elsewhere: These are grave matters

27 Jun 2015

Last year another of those annoying e-mail arrived, and it wasn't offering subsequent riches from Nigeria. It seems some years ago I subscribed to a newsletter from the Jimi Hendrix estate – and you'd be surprised how much on-going news there is about a man who's been dead for more than 40 years. There are limited edition reissues of albums on vinyl, live... > Read more

Ahmed Mukhtar: Babylonian Fingers (Arc Music)

Ahmed Mukhtar: Babylonian Fingers (Arc Music)

26 Jun 2015    1

Interesting that the actual album title Babylonian Fingers takes considerable second place to the banner "Music from Iraq". In truth though, that geographical specificity might actually work better as hook, given how little most people know about the sounds from that region . . . other than maybe what they've heard in movies while the bombs go off and another... > Read more

Alleys of the Old City

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Timberwolf

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Timberwolf

26 Jun 2015

Australian singer-songwriter Timberwolf -- aka Chris Panousakis -- got some very good news recently. He was invited by Gin Wigmore to open for her in Melbourne and Sydney  . . . and on her forthcoming New Zealand dates (see below). That will mean some big crowds, but the Adelaide-based musician is familiar enough with that: He has played Womadelaide, the Big... > Read more

Stranded

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT  . . . SANDY BULL: He had the whole world in his hands

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SANDY BULL: He had the whole world in his hands

22 Jun 2015    1

Just a thought, but if Sandy Bull had been British, magazines like Uncut and Mojo would be running major, rediscovery features about him and placing him in the pantheon of innovative guitarists like Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Richard Thompson and – especially – Davy Graham. But Bull – who recorded fewer than a dozen albums between his debut in '63... > Read more

Improvisation for Oud 1 (live 1969)

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