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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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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (2014): The singer not the song, unfortunately

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (2014): The singer not the song, unfortunately

30 Apr 2016  |  2 min read  |  1

If you type in "world's worst singer" into Google and hit enter, the usual spew of teenage drivel comes up: people having a go at Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and so on. This kind of anti-fan rhetoric backed up by impeccable logic ("I hate her") is fun if you are 14 and doing it, but -- conceding there is no objective method of assessing... > Read more

Biassy

SOUNDBREAKING, a television doco series by JEFF DUPRE and MARO CHERMAYAFF

SOUNDBREAKING, a television doco series by JEFF DUPRE and MARO CHERMAYAFF

29 Apr 2016  |  2 min read

If you listen to the debut solo album Mind of Mine by former One Direction star Zayn Malik – and you should, it's mostly very good – what strikes you immediately is how well produced it is. But isn't that true of all hip-hop albums these days, other than those which are willfully lo-fi? You don't have to be sound boffin to identify the difference... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Guy Wishart

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Guy Wishart

28 Apr 2016  |  6 min read

Auckland singer-songwriter Guy Wishart has been missing in inaction for far too long. But we forgive him, for the past four years he has been living in India and Thiland. Those with long memories however wil recal that 1990 was his year: he won the Silver Scroll for his song Don't Take Me For Granted (from the album of the same name) and also picked up Most Promising... > Read more

Cold Wet Ground

Prince: Around the World in a Day (1985)

Prince: Around the World in a Day (1985)

26 Apr 2016  |  6 min read

Even before he was cremated a few days after his death, the world was abuzz with how much previously unreleased music Prince Rogers Nelson – aka Prince – had left behind. Those who had seen it spoke of a massive vault of recordings and, tantalisingly, among them were probably the sessions he did with Miles Davis. That said, the reason they remained... > Read more

Tambourine

RYAN CHOI CONSIDERED (2016): Ukulele for the 21st century

RYAN CHOI CONSIDERED (2016): Ukulele for the 21st century

25 Apr 2016  |  3 min read

Ryan Choi was born, and lives, in Honolulu. And he plays ukulele. But that is where the cliches and expectation ends. Because he plays a very different ukulele in a very different way. But first, let's backtrack a little to say how he came to Elsewhere's attention. Every week on average Elsewhere receives about a dozen CDs for consideration and about the same... > Read more

Inn Blue

RAY DAVIES, SONGS ON SALE (2016): Kinda Kinks but kinda not

RAY DAVIES, SONGS ON SALE (2016): Kinda Kinks but kinda not

25 Apr 2016  |  3 min read

In 1964, when they realised there was money in song publishing, Paul McCartney and John Lennon got in on the game, McCartney was especially keen to flog off songs to others (like the Stones, Peter and Gordon, Cilla Black and others in Brian Epstein's stable of stars like the ill-fated Tommy Quickly). In fact later in life he would joke that he'd go round to Lennon's... > Read more

This Strange Effect by Dave Berry

Tim Hecker: Love Streams (4AD)

Tim Hecker: Love Streams (4AD)

25 Apr 2016  |  <1 min read  |  1

On this, his third album, Canadian electronica artist Hecker – again recording in Reykjavik with an Icelandic choir – reaches across six centuries, drawing inspiration equally from 15th century choral works and 21st century ambient music post-Brian Eno. The mysterious and glowing cover image captures the mystical contents where elements of electronic... > Read more

Music of the Air

Dodson and Fogg: Walk On (wisdomtwinsbooks)

Dodson and Fogg: Walk On (wisdomtwinsbooks)

25 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

Imagine this if you will: A world where Marc Bolan wasn't killed in 1977 when his car hit a tree. That instead he took time out, trimmed down, cleaned up and left London for some more benign pastoral environment to replenish himself. In his time away he reconnected with his folk-framed Tyrannosaurus Rex style but brought to it the same pop economy of the best of T.... > Read more

No One on the Phone

Santana: Santana IV (Santana IV)

Santana: Santana IV (Santana IV)

25 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

While there was understandable anticipation for this reunion of (almost) all of the original Woodstock era band, this one reminds you Santana songs were often the vehicle for his autograph guitar work, the playing of keyboard player Gregg Rolie and the crisscross Latin rhythms from the percussionists. But even accepting that, there is something cheesy if not sleazy... > Read more

Freedom in Your Mind w Ronald Isley

Murray McNabb: Eurasian (2002)

Murray McNabb: Eurasian (2002)

25 Apr 2016  |  <1 min read

If the New Zealand Music Awards had a category for best reissue or best best archival release, the exceptional double vinyl The Way In Is The Way Out would be a shoe-in. Subtitled "The Music of Murray McNabb", this lavishly presented collection pulls together an impressive cross-section of jazz and improvised music by the late keyboard player/composer, most of... > Read more

Various Artists: The Active Listener Sampler 41 (activelistener)

Various Artists: The Active Listener Sampler 41 (activelistener)

25 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

Elsewhere can probably do no greater favour to break your ingrained listening habits than recommend you sign up to The Active Listener, one of those niche-market labour of love projects by Wellingtonian Nathan Ford  . . . whom we interviewed here about his wonderful service in which he collates his own psychedelic view of the music world in these compilations. They... > Read more

Turkish Psyche by Orgasmo Sonore

Augustus Pablo: This is Augustus Pablo (Southbound)

Augustus Pablo: This is Augustus Pablo (Southbound)

25 Apr 2016  |  <1 min read

In the mid-Seventies the hypnotic sound of Augustus Pablo pulled 95bFM listeners close to their radio, because host Duncan Campbell used a Pablo piece (the leisurely Up Wareika Hill) as the theme to his groundbreaking roots reggae programme. Campbell's show was appointment listening and if you heard it the memories will flood back with the reissue of this classic... > Read more

Java

THE BARGAIN BUY: Thin Lizzy; The Very Best of Thin Lizzy

THE BARGAIN BUY: Thin Lizzy; The Very Best of Thin Lizzy

25 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

It's always interesting having tradespeople around your area. A couple of years ago a bunch of Fijian Indian tilers moved in to do some work on neighbouring properties and all day I rejoiced in the very different and elevating sound of Radio Tarana. The guys working in the courtyard for a few days last week had a very different station on all day, The Rock at a... > Read more

King Crimson; Live in Toronto (DGM/Southbound)

King Crimson; Live in Toronto (DGM/Southbound)

22 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

Of course it's a bloody double-live. And it comes with a request at the start for the audience to refrain from recording, photography etc “and we'd like to have a good time and please join in and have a party with King Crimson”. (Why would you just not edit that stage announcement out?) Recorded on November 20, 2015 (we be specific because KC... > Read more

Sailor's Tale

MAVIS! A doco by JESSICA EDWARDS

MAVIS! A doco by JESSICA EDWARDS

22 Apr 2016  |  2 min read

In an interview with Elsewhere a couple of years ago the Memphis-based writer Robert Gordon noted, “I see my kids in school -- they are now in 9th and 11th grades -- and man, they don't know which was further ago, unfortunately, the Civil Rights movement or World War I.” But before we bemoan once more how shallow or ill-educated young people are today... > Read more

MAD ABOUT THE BEATLES (2016): John, Paul, George, Ringo and Alfred

MAD ABOUT THE BEATLES (2016): John, Paul, George, Ringo and Alfred

21 Apr 2016  |  2 min read

Of course Mad magazine -- which had been skewering popular culture since its inception in the early Fifties -- would take an interest in the Beatles. Their hairstyles and distinctive appearance alone, not to mention their enormous popularity in America, made them an enjoyable target for satire, parody and cartoons by the magazine's in-house wits. Ringo was ripe for... > Read more

CHEAP TRICK CONSIDERED (2016): Famous for their powerful trickery

CHEAP TRICK CONSIDERED (2016): Famous for their powerful trickery

18 Apr 2016  |  5 min read  |  1

Unfortunately for Cheap Trick, by the time they got to record their album All Shook Up with former Beatles producer George Martin and their engineer Geoff Emerick in 1980, they were starting to pull apart and had run out of puff. And great songs. But the band from Illinois in the mid 70s — sometimes wrongly described as “America's Beatles”,... > Read more

Southern Girls

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

18 Apr 2016  |  2 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief. Haelos; Full Circle (Matador): In which this British electronica trio step lightly between British trip-hop, Pet... > Read more

Bob Mould; Patch the Sky (Merge/Southbound)

Bob Mould; Patch the Sky (Merge/Southbound)

18 Apr 2016  |  <1 min read

After their bands broke up Bob Mould and Frank Black (of Husker Du and the Pixies, respectively) rediscovered their love of pop structures, although didn't sacrificing much in their former outfits' intensity or volume. At times on this pleasingly familiar, ear-blistering outing Mould again comes off close to hardcore power-pop (the thrilling End of Things and Pray... > Read more

Pray for Rain

MUSIC MANAGERS AWARDS (2016): And the envelope, please

MUSIC MANAGERS AWARDS (2016): And the envelope, please

18 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

In the past two decades a very clear music business has emerged in New Zealand. Being a musician is a viable career option these days – it's still going to be struggle however – but around the songmaker are circles of support, notably band managers who negotiate the minefield of contracts, record companies, distribution and touring. And then some.... > Read more

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