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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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Ghost Town: Sky is Falling (Ghost/Southbound)

Ghost Town: Sky is Falling (Ghost/Southbound)

20 Feb 2017  |  3 min read

Perhaps because he moved on fast, offered seriously disturbing music and performances with often terrifying visual effects and then left New Zealand, Jed Town never really got the recognition he deserved in the punk and post-punk era. As a key member of the Features (City Scenes) he might have transitioned from punk rock into more mainstream rock, but the band... > Read more

Make It

Bing and Ruth: No Home of the Mind (4AD)

Bing and Ruth: No Home of the Mind (4AD)

20 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

In the late Sixties the most interesting and influential composer in New York – whose students and colleagues included Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Cale – was a guy called LaMonte Young. And even today you'd be forgiven for not having heard of him. He might have been the godfather of the avant-garde/minimalism movement but he was... > Read more

To All It

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN CONSIDERED (2017): The needling and the damage done

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN CONSIDERED (2017): The needling and the damage done

20 Feb 2017  |  3 min read

The most unexpected thing about The Jesus and Mary Chain's debut album was that they made it at all. When they first started playing live their sets barely broke the double-figures minute mark. In part that was because they'd sometimes take the stage claiming to be the support band and get on and off before anyone twigged. But albums they did make, half a... > Read more

Always Sad (from Damage and Joy)

Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts (ECM/Ode)

Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts (ECM/Ode)

20 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

Late on this album by the American pianist Craig Taborn and his quartet, they deliver a thoughtful version of Jamaican Farewell, not the song made famous by Harry Belafonte – that is Jamaica Farewell – but the wistful tune by Roscoe Mitchell which appeared on his '99 album Nine to Get Ready, also on the ECM label. It's a fine tribute to Mitchell and... > Read more

Jamaican Farewell

Sampha: Process (Young Turks)

Sampha: Process (Young Turks)

20 Feb 2017  |  <1 min read

This mostly impressive but slightly unfocused debut announces the arrival of another post-rap soul singer from Britain – think a less wimpy James Blake crossed with the musicality of Michael Kiwanuka – who mixes electronica, Marvin Gaye, innercity blues (the fear-filled Blood On Me about “grey hoodies, they cover their eyes”) and some outer space... > Read more

Timmy's Prayer

Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies: Yellow Red Blue (Paint Box)

Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies: Yellow Red Blue (Paint Box)

20 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

It has been almost five years since we last heard from this New Zealand saxophonist who moved to Connecticut (where studied with the great Anthony Braxton and appeared in one of his ensembles), then to New York and later Mexico. She has now come back to further her studies Wellington where she is starting a doctorate under John Psathas. This album, recorded with... > Read more

Moving Mountains

The Sorrows: Take a Heart (1965)

The Sorrows: Take a Heart (1965)

16 Feb 2017  |  4 min read

Just as the Beatles '64 album With the Beatles defined the sound of Beatlemania, so too its album cover became iconic and an emblem of the era. Those half-lit faces on the cover were shot by Robert Freeman but perhaps had been prompted by Lennon's appreciation of Astrid Kirchherr's similarly lit photos taken of him, Harrison and Stu Sutcliffe in Hamburg. And that... > Read more

Teenage Letter

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: John Cale; Fragments of a Rainy Season, expanded edition

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: John Cale; Fragments of a Rainy Season, expanded edition

16 Feb 2017  |  2 min read

Last year a great wedge of Lou Reed's solo albums from the Seventies and Eighties were reissued, 17 CDs in a box set between his self-titled outing from early '72 through to Mistrial in mid '86. You'd think this would have been an opportunity for a reconsideration of his work and to elevate it. But most critics were scratching for something to say about these... > Read more

Chinese Envoy

Neil Watson: Studies in Tubular (neilwatson.co.nz/Southbound)

Neil Watson: Studies in Tubular (neilwatson.co.nz/Southbound)

16 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

Guitarist Neil Watson is a man with an impeccable track record of appearances on albums by Mel Parsons, the Finn Brothers, Caitlin Smith and more than a dozen others. He's a man who can sit in, and comfortably fit in, with visiting jazz artists (Mike Nock, Michael Brecker) or people at the mainstream centre of spectrum he commands, and his day job at the University... > Read more

Kerala

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . ROSEMARY BROWN: Music from the great beyond

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . ROSEMARY BROWN: Music from the great beyond

13 Feb 2017  |  6 min read

When the English composer and pianist Rosemary Brown died in 2001 at age 85 she took with her an intimate knowledge of the works by some of the greatest classical composers. This is not uncommon of course. Classical performers and conductors always have a deep and personal connection to the music of those whose compositions they have studied and played. But... > Read more

Valse Brillante in E Minor

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now (SubPop)

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now (SubPop)

13 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

Now half a dozen albums into a career (one with Sam Beam aka Iron and Wine) this transplanted American -- who lived in Manchester for a while then returned to the US  -- is almost emblematic of the world we live in, where musical information from diverse sources (plus static, the surface noise of life etc) can all collide equally in our subconscious. Hoop's gift... > Read more

Animal Kingdom Chaotic

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

13 Feb 2017  |  3 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. Strand of Oaks: Hard Love (Dead Oceans) Further proof never to judge an album by its cover; the tattooed biker... > Read more

The Nudge: Dark Arts (Keen for a Nudge/Rhythmethod)

The Nudge: Dark Arts (Keen for a Nudge/Rhythmethod)

13 Feb 2017  |  2 min read  |  1

When Wellington's Nudge first appeared at Elsewhere it was an alarmingly long five and half years ago. They arrived with their bluesy, psychedelic Big Nudge Pie which we hailed for their unique take – in this country anyway – on their evident influences. Given the time lag until this outing, we might conclude the Nudge are “an occasional... > Read more

Dark Arts

Ringo Starr: Early 1970 (1970)

Ringo Starr: Early 1970 (1970)

13 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

It was one of the great ironies that after the Beatles broke up the solo careers of the songwriters Lennon and McCartney languished for a while, and that George Harrison unleashed the phenomenally successful All Things Must Pass triple album (with the chart-topper My Sweet Lord) But the most succesful solo Beatle was -- and here's the real irony -- the drummer who wasn't... > Read more

ELBOW, ONCE AGAIN (2017): Guy Garvey, the big Elbow bender

ELBOW, ONCE AGAIN (2017): Guy Garvey, the big Elbow bender

12 Feb 2017  |  3 min read  |  1

When Elsewhere interviewed Guy Garvey of Britain's acclaimed Elbow in 2011 he was amused by the fact he'd become something of a rock star. He was for too old for that description he felt -- he was 37 and happily in a relationship (“trying for baby”) at the time. Although I can't remember if it was me or him who noted he looked more like Ricky Gervais in... > Read more

K2

ONE WE MISSED: Tattletale Saints: Tattletale Saints (tattletalesaints.com/Aeroplane)

ONE WE MISSED: Tattletale Saints: Tattletale Saints (tattletalesaints.com/Aeroplane)

10 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

Now based in Nashville – which would seem their natural home given their country-flavoured folk-rock and storytelling songs – the excellent duo of Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan here deliver the second album under their own name (also there is an album as Her Make Believe Band and McGowan did a solo album). Recorded in Nashville with the... > Read more

I Don't Sing So Much No More

NEW ZEALAND JAZZ LIFE by NORMAN MEEHAN

NEW ZEALAND JAZZ LIFE by NORMAN MEEHAN

10 Feb 2017  |  3 min read

Presented like a piece of jazz – themes laid out and explored, then space for soloists to let their distinct voices be heard – this tight 240-page paperback is an important and very welcome addition to the small body of literature on recent New Zealand jazz. Chris Bourke's excellent Blue Smoke; The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music 1918 - 1964 and... > Read more

THE TAITE MUSIC PRIZE 2017: Turn and face the change . . .

THE TAITE MUSIC PRIZE 2017: Turn and face the change . . .

9 Feb 2017  |  2 min read

The annual Taite Music Prize recognises outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album. Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of New Zealand’s most respected music journalists, nominations are now open for the 2017 awards. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 to be spent as they wish, thanks to Taite Music Prize... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Bert Jansch; Living in the Shadows (Earth/Southbound)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Bert Jansch; Living in the Shadows (Earth/Southbound)

9 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

Elsewhere concedes immediately that this four disc set might be of limited interest to the general reader, but for Jansch fans -- and they seem to be growing in number every year -- these three reissues and an extra disc of more recent home recordings contain real nuggets to be chivvied out. The three studio albums are The Ornament Tree (1990), When the Circus Comes to... > Read more

Toy Balloon

Garth Brooks: Gunslinger (Sony)

Garth Brooks: Gunslinger (Sony)

9 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

When Garth Brooks emerged in the Nineties and professed as much love for rock bands like Kansas and Kiss as the country legends he invited immediate derision from critics who looked for something they called authenticity. And this marketing graduate wasn't it. Well, Brooks was simply being an honest product of his generation and it wasn't the music of those Middle... > Read more

Pure Adrenalin

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