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AUCKLAND'S LANEWAY FESTIVAL CONSIDERED (2015): Out of a clear blue sky . . .

AUCKLAND'S LANEWAY FESTIVAL CONSIDERED (2015): Out of a clear blue sky . . .

27 Jan 2015    1

Auckland has had a patchy track record with outdoor festivals. At the lower end of the scale you could go back to the embarrassment of the day put on for the young Princess Anne and Prince Charles in the Sixties (Bunny Walters' zipper coming down), the Robin Gibb concert in '70 where someone threw a tomato at him, the disastrous Neon Picnic and the second Sweetwaters .... > Read more

Lightnin' Hopkins: Automobile (1949)

Lightnin' Hopkins: Automobile (1949)

27 Jan 2015

Bob Dylan aficionados should get a copy of this on 33 1/3rpm record and play it at 45, or at about 40rpm. And lo! It sounds perilously close in many ways -- an inspiration if nothing else -- for Bob's Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat. Dylan had seen the great Lightin' Hopkins on television a few years before he [Dylan] arrived in New York to haunt the downtown folk... > Read more

SHAKEY GRAVES INTERVIEWED (2015): Taking it to the top

SHAKEY GRAVES INTERVIEWED (2015): Taking it to the top

26 Jan 2015

In a little over three years, Alejandro Rose-Garcia – better known as Shakey Graves – has carved out the almost perfect and throughly contemporary career arc. Setting aside his occasional acting jobs where his boyish good looks got him small parts on the big screen, and a four-week role as the life-guard/love interest in the television series Friday... > Read more

Dearly Departed (w Esme Patterson)

ELVIS COSTELLO + WENDY JAMES (2015): That year's model

ELVIS COSTELLO + WENDY JAMES (2015): That year's model

26 Jan 2015

Transvision Vamp were one of those British bands who got through the door in the post-punk/New Wave era, but didn't quite know what to do on the other side. After some mostly unsuccessful singles they hit paydirt with their '88 album Pop Art and then Velveteen nine months later took them to top of the UK charts. Although neither album appeared on the US charts (in fact... > Read more

Puppet Girl

Last Exit: Iron Path (1988)

Last Exit: Iron Path (1988)

26 Jan 2015

When this album was recorded in the late Eighties, free jazz had been largely consigned to the "blind alley" by jazz writers. By then mainstream American jazz critics had been foolishly distracted and seduced into exercising themselves into the whole neo-con debate which Wynton Marsalis and his acolytes (remember them?) had wrought upon jazz. At the time... > Read more

Devil's Rain

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Jarii Von Gohl of DYSE

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Jarii Von Gohl of DYSE

26 Jan 2015

The noisy German duo DYSE -- drummer/singer Jarii Van Gohl and guitarist/singer Andrej Dietrich -- make what one new fan on Facebook described as "maths rock".  And that sums it up: disciplined, angular, abrupt stops and starts, rigorously worked out . . . They make sometimes thrilling racket and at other times edge out into what you might call prog-metal.... > Read more

Reudikamm

THE BARGAIN BUY: Duane Eddy; $1,000,000.00 Worth of Twang

THE BARGAIN BUY: Duane Eddy; $1,000,000.00 Worth of Twang

26 Jan 2015

Although they might have looked and sounded more tame than their counterparts who followed in the mid Sixties, the late Fifties and the pre-Beatle years boasted any number of "guitar hero" figures, notably Link Wray, Hank Marvin (of the Shadows) and the many anonymous players in surf bands. Among them was Duane Eddy who scored huge hits with Rebel Rouser,... > Read more

The Quiet Three

The Waterboys: Modern Blues (Kobalt)

The Waterboys: Modern Blues (Kobalt)

23 Jan 2015

There are two difficulties writing about this new album by Mike Scott's Waterboys: The first is he's such a strong image-maker, storyteller and wordsmith you want to quote large chunks of his lyrics, like . . . “I saw three crosses pierce the sky above the distant hill, the sky burned red as I turned my head and left that scene behind, I... > Read more

November Tale

DYSE: Das Nation (Cargo)

DYSE: Das Nation (Cargo)

23 Jan 2015

Don't believe the publicity material, let alone the hype. Right? The advance PR for this duo of guitar/drums/vocalists -- who play in New Zealand soon, see dates below -- bills them as a "German experimental noise-rock" band. But frankly, while they may be German and noisy, they do rather fall well short of "experimental". There's nothing... > Read more

Dysenation

Aretha Franklin: This Bitter Earth (1964)

Aretha Franklin: This Bitter Earth (1964)

23 Jan 2015

It is standard received opinion that it wasn't until the great Aretha Franklin left Columbia Records for Atlantic (and sessions in Muscle Shoals with Jerry Wexler), that her career got serious traction. The phrase that is most heard is "Columbia didn't know what to do with her". And while that is true -- her first songs were bluesy and then they shifted her... > Read more

Mark Dinning: Top Forty, News, Weather and Sports (1961)

Mark Dinning: Top Forty, News, Weather and Sports (1961)

22 Jan 2015

The rather sad Mark Dinning has appeared at From the Vaults previously because he was the voice on the great death ballad Teen Angel of '59 which had been written by his sister Jean. That's a classic, but this isn't because it was recorded when his career was on the skids after that initial flush of success and the alcoholism which it allowed him. If there's anything... > Read more

Dinah Washington: Embraceable You (1946)

Dinah Washington: Embraceable You (1946)

21 Jan 2015

The Gershwin brothers' Embraceable You, written in 1928, became a jazz standard and down the decades has been covered by an extraordinarily diverse range of artists from Nat King Cole, Doris Day and Judy Garland to Ornette Coleman, Charlie Parker and Art Tatum. Oh, and Liberace, Frank Sinatra and more recently Rod Stewart on his Great American Songbook Vol 3 album in... > Read more

Shawn Phillips: Landscape (1972)

Shawn Phillips: Landscape (1972)

20 Jan 2015    1

Back in the late Sixties/early Seventies, the American folk-rocker Phillips was known for two things: the astonishing length of his hair, and a soaring falsetto. And although he was moderately successful at the time -- bigger than a cult, not a chart topper -- he barely gets a mention in rock or folk encyclopedias today. That's surprising given he performed at the... > Read more

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

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

19 Jan 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

THERE'S GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (2014): The music that reshaped the world

THERE'S GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT (2014): The music that reshaped the world

19 Jan 2015

Because Fifties rock'n'roll music is rarely heard these days -- and on the rare occasions it is, the music is utterly decontextualised – it's hard to imagine what a revolution it was for people at the time. Here was a popular music which was aimed directly at teenagers (the first musical movement to do so) and addressed their concerns in terms of parties,... > Read more

Red River Rock

LUCIA CARBINES INTERVIEWED (2014): The girl in the bubble

LUCIA CARBINES INTERVIEWED (2014): The girl in the bubble

19 Jan 2015

When Lucia Carbines says some bodies are more flexible than others you believe her, because this affable, Christchurch-born 20-year old is the elastic proof. As “Miss A In A Bubble” – wearing a stars'n'stripes one-piece, her long hair tucked into a red bob wig – Carbines performs her balletic contortions at the Empire show in the Spiegeltent... > Read more

Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow (1975)

Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow (1975)

19 Jan 2015

Even the guitarist's biggest fans concede Jeff Beck rarely makes a truly satisfying album, but this -- the seventh under his own name -- was the exception. In 1968 after his stint in the Yardbirds came to a natural end, he formed what in retrospect was a supergroup. It included singer Rod Stewart, bassist Ronnie Wood, and journeyman drummer Mick Waller, plus guests... > Read more

Cause We've Ended as Lovers

Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador)

Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador)

19 Jan 2015

One of the must-see acts at Laneway, B&S from Scotland have over two decades quietly built a large fanbase for their gorgeously melodic, cleverly literate and often wry pop-rock which owes nods to embellished Bacharach as much as crafted Anglofolk. And they haven't been averse to stretching into glam-style pop. So here when they go all Sparks-styled disco... > Read more

Ever Had a Little Faith?

The Remarkables: Swinging on the Gate (Fragile Colours)

The Remarkables: Swinging on the Gate (Fragile Colours)

19 Jan 2015

When Tim Julian of the record company Fragile Colours got in touch about this album, told me who was on it and asked if Elsewhere might be interested I replied immedfiately. I said, "You had me at 'Robbie Laven'." People of A Certain Age fondly remember the gifted multi-instrumentalist Laven for his band Red Hot Peppers in the Seventies, and in fact we have... > Read more

Minuet in G

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra: Love Will Tear Us Apart (2006)

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra: Love Will Tear Us Apart (2006)

19 Jan 2015

The Susanna here is Norway's Susanna Wallumrod and the Magical Orchestra is keyboard player Morten Qvenild . . . and this Joy Division classic is right in their frame of reference because her vocals often work this ethereal and moody area, usually on originals. She is quite some esthete also -- her siblings are renown musicians also -- and among her recent collaborators... > Read more

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