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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Let It Be; A Beatles Celebration, Civic Theatre, Auckland, March 26 2015

Let It Be; A Beatles Celebration, Civic Theatre, Auckland, March 26 2015

27 Mar 2015

There's a very simple answer to the question of why people go to tribute shows. They go to hear the familiar music . . . and to check out how well the performers deliver songs, guitar solos, drum fills on so on that are usually deeply imprinted in the memory. They also look at the costumes, equipment and ancillary aspects of the... > Read more

POKEY LaFARGE INTERVIEWED (2015): The past is alive and well and living in the present

POKEY LaFARGE INTERVIEWED (2015): The past is alive and well and living in the present

26 Mar 2015

In a stylish blue shirt buttoned to the neck and topped by a red neckerchief, blue dungaree jeans with turned up cuffs above his sturdy and well polished lace-up boots, Pokey LaFarge cuts a very interesting figure in this downtown Auckland hotel room. He may look like someone from the better-scrubbed end of the Thirties – and his music certainly steeped in... > Read more

Underground

MIKE SCOTT OF THE WATERBOYS INTERVIEWED (2014): The nearest thing to hip . . .

MIKE SCOTT OF THE WATERBOYS INTERVIEWED (2014): The nearest thing to hip . . .

26 Mar 2015

About 15 months ago Mike Scott of the Waterboys released a whopping seven CD set of the sessions which lead to the band's two-years-in-the-making breakthrough album Fisherman's Blues. The band had enjoyed success prior to this particular channeling of Celtic music, rock'n'roll and American gospel – notably with the singles the Big Music and Bang on the Ear... > Read more

I Can See Elvis

Wattie Watson and Friends: Ye Cannae Shove Yur Grannie Aff a Bus (date unknown)

Wattie Watson and Friends: Ye Cannae Shove Yur Grannie Aff a Bus (date unknown)

25 Mar 2015

When I was a little boy growing up in Edinburgh I was doubtless surrounded by Scottish songs (I certainly heard the pipes) but it wasn't until I came to New Zealand that I can clearly remember particular songs (like The Cherry Rhyme which was played on the childrens' session on 1ZB on Sunday mornings). I also had comics like The Broons and Oor Wullie, and a couple of... > Read more

BETH HART INTERVIEWED (2015): Coming home to herself at last

BETH HART INTERVIEWED (2015): Coming home to herself at last

24 Mar 2015

After repeated efforts – I have been the wrong international codes – I finally get through to Beth Hart who it turns out is in Pattaya, Thailand. “It's rock'n'roll and we're supposed to be late,” she laughs when I explain my delayed phoner. No, we are supposed to be punctual because we are older and know better, I say.... > Read more

Tell Her You Belong To Me

GUEST WRITER PIRIPI WHAANGA goes behind the masks of a New Orleans Mardi Gras

GUEST WRITER PIRIPI WHAANGA goes behind the masks of a New Orleans Mardi Gras

23 Mar 2015

My wife and I flowed into New Orleans by way of a week-long stay-over in San Francisco. It was a good laxed-out hippie preparation for the weirdness of festival time around the 10th anniversary of the apocalyptic Hurricane Katrina.

 We arrived early February with several parades already having gone the various street routes and a parade underway. Our Somalian... > Read more

Sew-Sew-Sew

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jamie McDell

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jamie McDell

23 Mar 2015

Although 22-year old singer-songwriter Jamie McDell from Auckland (or Raglan if there's good weather) is often characterised as a poster girl for healthy living, the outdoor life and eco-consciousness, it's also worth remembering she is an accomplished songwriter whose debut album Six Strings and a Sailboat won her the Tui for the best pop album of 2013 (and she was... > Read more

Fly Honeys

Anthonie Tonnon: Successor (Canape King/Southbound)

Anthonie Tonnon: Successor (Canape King/Southbound)

23 Mar 2015

Strange isn't it, how a single song by an artist can resonate in ways you can't comprehend? For me Anthonie Tonnon's song Barry Smith from Hamilton (on his Fragile Thing EP of 2010, when he was Tono and the Finance Company) had a strange frisson of sadness about it, and I played it repeatedly after a first hearing. Then I moved on to the other songs on the EP -- all... > Read more

The Songs of Our Youth

Mark Knopfler: Tracker (Universal)

Mark Knopfler: Tracker (Universal)

23 Mar 2015

Mark Knopfler's double album Privateering three years ago was his finest solo outing for its intelligent diversity of his often dour songs and his ability to weave a narrative. These 11 songs follow in the self-created genre (with thanks to the late J.J. Cale, notably on the boxer's story of Broken Bones) so there are slow shuffles, street songs and the occasional... > Read more

The Lights of Taormina

Elvis Costello: Wave a White Flag (demo 1976)

Elvis Costello: Wave a White Flag (demo 1976)

23 Mar 2015

When Elvis Costello was an aspiring singer-songwriter, desperate to get a foothold and using the name DP Costello, he was fronting the pub-rock band Flip City. But he was also recording his own songs at home and passing these demos to (the now late) Charlie Gillett who hosted the Honky Tonk radio show. This song was the first of those that Gillett played and it's... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Dave Dobbyn; Original Album Classics

THE BARGAIN BUY: Dave Dobbyn; Original Album Classics

23 Mar 2015

A curious thing happened recently when -- in separate incidents -- I spoke with some young people and then others my own age and the subject of Dave Dobbyn's long career came up. Both groups were well aware of his time with Th'Dudes and of course Loyal and Welcome Home etc, but his lengthy middle years (as it were) of the Nineties seemed unknown territory. I... > Read more

What Have I Fallen For

ALEX GIBNEY INTERVIEWED (2015): Searching for Fela man

ALEX GIBNEY INTERVIEWED (2015): Searching for Fela man

20 Mar 2015

Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney is perhaps best known for his documentaries about Wikileaks, the Enron debacle, the sex scandal involving New York governor Eliot Spitzer and the career of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. But throughout his long career – he is now 61 and has been directing films for 35 years – there have always been a few docos... > Read more

WOMAD TARANAKI CONSIDERED (2015): Stuffing yourself at the musical buffet

WOMAD TARANAKI CONSIDERED (2015): Stuffing yourself at the musical buffet

17 Mar 2015    5

Driving in to New Plymouth at lunchtime on Friday under beautiful Taranaki skies, I scanned the channels and caught someone saying that this year's Womad – due to start about five hours after I pulled into the hotel carpark – was going to be a sell-out, the first since 2007. Good, I thought. It deserves to be. That's because the line-up this... > Read more

Jaunpuri Tarana

FINDING FELA, a doco by ALEX GIBNEY (Madman DVD/Blu-Ray)

FINDING FELA, a doco by ALEX GIBNEY (Madman DVD/Blu-Ray)

16 Mar 2015

Early on in this in-depth two hour documentary about the life, music, cultural impact and legacy of the Nigerian lightning rod Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the director/choreographer of the Broadway musical Fela! Bill T. Jones says, "this is hard medicine for our era". He's not kidding. Fela's willingness to stand up to the repeated assaults, imprisonments and... > Read more

Songhoy Blues: Music in Exile (Transgressive)

Songhoy Blues: Music in Exile (Transgressive)

16 Mar 2015

With the sounds of Womad still ringing in our ears, this remarkable album might get more traction that it might otherwise have found. That said however, this one also walks towards a mainstream audience more than most of what comes at us as world music. It is focused, thrilling and very significant blues-rock from West Africa, although the yearning of the final two... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SPADE COOLEY: Shame on him

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SPADE COOLEY: Shame on him

16 Mar 2015

When country singer Spade Cooley went face down after a heart attack in November 1969 there were doubtless a few would have said he deserved to die, and that it should have happened sooner. The were ironies aplenty also: Cooley – born Donnell Clyde Cooley in Oklahoma in 1910 – was attending a benefit concert for sheriff's deputies where he played, having... > Read more

You'll Rue The Day

Buena Vista Social Club: Lost and Found (World Circuit)

Buena Vista Social Club: Lost and Found (World Circuit)

16 Mar 2015

If, almost 20 years ago, someone told you one the biggest music phenomena of the era would be a bunch of mostly old people from Cuba singing in Spanish, it's doubtful you'd have believed them. But BVSC got a different audience going into CDs stores and to their concerts because they had a good backstory, seemed charming and free from guile, enjoying the belated... > Read more

Como Siento Yo

Gang of Four: What Happens Next (Shock)

Gang of Four: What Happens Next (Shock)

16 Mar 2015

Among the remarkable things about Britain's post-punk Gang of Four – aside from their excellent albums Entertainment! and Solid Gold (in 79 and 81) where they pulled pulled politics, sonic punch and aggressive dance into the same space – is that they are still here . . . Albeit after various periods off-duty and now without founder member/singer Jon King... > Read more

First World Citizen

Various Artists: So Frenchy So Chic 2015 (Cartell/Border)

Various Artists: So Frenchy So Chic 2015 (Cartell/Border)

16 Mar 2015

In theory, with Spotify and the web, it should be incredibly easy to access music from all corners of the globe. But it's always helps to have someone shine the spotlight into the darkness if it's something in the nature of world music, or pop from a country on the other side of the planet. That's why Elsewhere – which has a decent track record in the world... > Read more

Diary of Bike

THE BARGAIN BUY: Taylor Swift; Red

THE BARGAIN BUY: Taylor Swift; Red

16 Mar 2015

Having seen Taylor Swift at Auckland's Vector Arena about 18 months ago (and going in know maybe one of her songs and far too much about her "private life") this Bargain Buy recommendation comes with admiration for her writing smarts. Her Red show was spectacularly good in terms of staging, her contact with the audienc and how she kept the costume changes fast... > Read more

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