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Elsewhere by Graham Reid

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ELSEWHERE: THE MAGAZINE FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE

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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The Luck of Eden Hall; Greatest Hits Vol 1 (theactivelistener)

The Luck of Eden Hall; Greatest Hits Vol 1 (theactivelistener)

Another in The Active Listener Introduces . . . series, this one comes with an amusing title. This psych-pop outfit from Chicago may have been going for two decades but their "greatest hits" might not stretch to one side of a single. However this 12 track collection pulled together by the band themselves -- and drawing from all parts of that long history -- is... more >>

Chrysalide

Bob Dylan and Van Morrison: Knocking on Heaven's Door (live 1998)

Bob Dylan and Van Morrison: Knocking on Heaven's Door (live 1998)

Previously Elsewhere had lifted an obscure Dylan song (John Brown) from this concert in Birmingham, but of course this -- with Morrison -- was the popular showstopper. From the way the audience responds we might guess that just after Dylan starts the song, Morrison comes on stage. It's also a pretty good and enjoyably ragged treatment of a song which has had some... more >>

FR David: Words (1982)

FR David: Words (1982)

Some simple pop songs -- often by one-hit wonders -- have as much impact as the most crafted and considered serious work of superior writers. So it is with FR David and this hit. David was actually Tunisian-born Elli Robert Fitoussi who lived in France and during the late Sixties and Seventies he was trying hard to get a break in various bands and a stint with... more >>

Liam Finn: The Nihilist (Liberation)

Liam Finn: The Nihilist (Liberation)

What a remarkable year it has been so far in New Zealand music: bristling pop-rock from Clap Clap Riot, Grayson Gilmour's multi-layered album, singer-songwriter Greg Fleming stretching himself in various directions  . . . In fact, and this is a first at Elsewhere, this week all the albums under our Favourite Five Recent CDs come from New Zealand artists. And now... more >>

Dreary Droop

Lydia Loveless: Somewhere Else (Bloodshot/Southbound)

Lydia Loveless: Somewhere Else (Bloodshot/Southbound)

Reviewers overseas have ticked off flattering references about this gutsy singer from Ohio. Names dropped include Chrissie Hynde, The Replacements, Liz Phair and Stevie Nicks. Let's add early Lucinda Williams and Lone Justice, angry Bonnie Raitt and the pop-rock smarts of Genya (Ten Wheel Drive) Ravan. Loveless has plenty of rock'n'roll in her system with a smidgen... more >>

Verlaine Shot Rimbaud

Takuya Kuroda: Rising Son (Blue Note/Universal)

Takuya Kuroda: Rising Son (Blue Note/Universal)

This hot'n'cool young trumpeter -- originally from Kobe, Japan but latterly of Berklee then the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan -- came to attention when he appeared on albums by vocalist Jose James on the urban Brownswood label. James, also now signed to Blue Note, produces this label debut for Kuroda and as on previous outings the trumpeter and... more >>

Sometime Somewhere Somehow

JACKSON C. FRANK PROFILED (2014): A folked up life

JACKSON C. FRANK PROFILED (2014): A folked up life

Surely we will not only be forgiven for missing the recent reissue of the sole album by a lost British folk legend, but excused for never having heard of him at all. Jackson C. Frank died in '99 -- he'd been a diagnosed paranoid-schizophrenic and had been homeless on the streets of New York beforehand -- a full 34 years after his self-titled album was released. Frank... more >>

My Name is Carnival

Nat King Cole: D-Day (1944)

Nat King Cole: D-Day (1944)

Previously at From the Vaults we've featured songs from the Vietnam war era (from all sides of the political fence, start here), but here we turn the clock back further to this finger-popping little number by the great Nat King Cole. I can't source this song exactly -- it came from a German compilation American War Songs 1933-47; Hitler and Hell -- but it might have been... more >>

ONE WE MISSED: Various Artists; Stand Up People (Vlax/Southbound)

ONE WE MISSED: Various Artists; Stand Up People (Vlax/Southbound)

Our rationale here is that we did not so much "miss" this, as just didn't write about it when it was released in New Zealand during the last quarter of 2013. And what is it? Well, it's more the newly hip sound of the Balkans. New Zealand's various "gypsy" groups and Balkanista (who played at Womad 2014) have been mining this particularly danceable... more >>

Gilava Amare Romenge

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF  . . . (2014): Kiss pokes tongue at honour? No!

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF . . . (2014): Kiss pokes tongue at honour? No!

Trust Gene Simmons of Kiss to inject some controversy into the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today (April 10, US time). While so many others are happy to take the accolade, do the handshakes and attend the slap-up dinner, Simmons was blunt and got the headline. He recently told a US radio jock that hip-hop doesn't belong in the Hall of... more >>