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WOMAD ARTIST 2015: Richard Thompson

WOMAD ARTIST 2015: Richard Thompson

2 Mar 2015

Richard Thompson starts on the back foot. The legendary British songwriter whose career dates back to the seminal folk-rock group Fairport Convention in the late Sixties and whose admirers include the Finns, Bob Mould and latterly Jeff Tweedy of Wilco among many others, including Elsewhere – came to New Zealand's inaugural Womad at Western Springs Park in Auckland... > Read more

The Snow Goose

GUEST WRITER JARED HILL on the tainted legacy of Bob Marley

GUEST WRITER JARED HILL on the tainted legacy of Bob Marley

2 Mar 2015

Of all the many historical figures in the 20th century regarded as forbearers of cultural revolution, Bob Marley is probably the most overlooked. While his unique brand of counterculture music and philosophy is certainly not forgotten (nor shall it ever be), a different set of associations with the man have long overshadowed the crux of what he stood for.... > Read more

Natural Mystic

Public Service Broadcasting: The Race for Space (Southbound)

Public Service Broadcasting: The Race for Space (Southbound)

2 Mar 2015

The 2013 debut album Inform-Educate-Entertain by this British duo married sometimes driving rock or evocative soundscapes with spoken word samples from old British and American documentaries and films. The result was a thrilling mix which, with almost Futurist enthusiasm, embraced a time when progress (mail trains of the Thirties, the Spitfire), adventure (the... > Read more

Tomorrow

Proton Beast: Digitizer (Muzai)

Proton Beast: Digitizer (Muzai)

2 Mar 2015

The naked light bulb on the cover of this debut album by Auckland's self-described "disco doom" trio is more apt than that mirrorball. This is sonic density -- mastered by Brad Boatright who has done the deed for Sun O))) among others -- from a band which has supported Boris and Beastwars. So there you have your visual and aural references for eight tracks... > Read more

Cimmerians

Srdjan Beronja and Various Artists: The Sounds of Varanasi (Arc Music)

Srdjan Beronja and Various Artists: The Sounds of Varanasi (Arc Music)

2 Mar 2015

Given the stealthy return of concept albums in rock, we welcome this entry from world music where -- if the title suggests people bellowing in your ear, taxi horns honking incessantly and smiling man asking "Where are you from?" -- the subtitle is more telling: A Unique Sound Journey Through the Holy City. Serbian percussionist/composer Beronja -- who... > Read more

Dadra: Raga Mishra Khamaj

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; Western Swing, The Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; Western Swing, The Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection

2 Mar 2015

Although the title of this collection might seem to oversell itself, and these 60 songs come with no liner notes, you set all that aside because of the consistent quality of the content and the cheap entry price. The sound of Western Swing can be as lively as a barn dance, as sophisticated as jump jive and small ensemble jazz, and as downhome as corn bread on the back... > Read more

Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette

FRONTERA, a film by MICHAEL BERRY (Anchor Bay DVD/Blu-Ray)

FRONTERA, a film by MICHAEL BERRY (Anchor Bay DVD/Blu-Ray)

1 Mar 2015

Many, many years ago I spoke with the man who was the head of Refugee and Migrant Services in Auckland. At the time I was writing articles about displaced people who were arriving in New Zealand under our extremely modest refugee quota. He told me of an Afghani man who, after fighting the Russian invaders, had been forced to flee his country and traveled overland to... > Read more

Madrid, Spain: Hello, sailors

Madrid, Spain: Hello, sailors

28 Feb 2015

Just five minutes walk from the inevitable queues of art enthusiasts and the curious outside the Prado and across the road from the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza which is chock full of classic and contemporary art is another, quite remarkable but less known Spanish museum. It contains among other treasures the oldest existing map, drawn around 1500, which shows the... > Read more

Various Artists: Follow Me Down; Vanguard's Lost Psychedelic Era 1966-70 (Vanguard/Border)

Various Artists: Follow Me Down; Vanguard's Lost Psychedelic Era 1966-70 (Vanguard/Border)

27 Feb 2015

Fact is, if  -- as the cover title suggests -- the psychedelic era was "lost" to anyone during the four/five years on this collection, it wasn't to the label's tripped-out audience at the time. It was perhaps to the label itself. Vanguard released many psych-albums including the exceptional debut by Country Joe and the Fish, Electric Music... > Read more

A Nickel's Worth of Benny's Help

Chinbat Baasankhuu: The Art of the Mongolian Yatga (Arc Music)

Chinbat Baasankhuu: The Art of the Mongolian Yatga (Arc Music)

27 Feb 2015

For those who haven't been paying attention, the Mongolian yatga is like a cross-border cousin to the Korean gayageum, Japanese koto and Chinese gu-zheng. We're joking of course. You're allowed to say, "Wow, who knew?" So let's be clearer: The yatga is a plucked, 13 or 21-string instrument played horizontally and it's extremely large. And rarely... > Read more

Variations on two traditional songs

Al Jolson: Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1950)

Al Jolson: Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1950)

26 Feb 2015

It's widely accepted that after he came out of the army in Germany, Elvis Presley's career quickly went on the skids with lousy movies and soft songs. Well, not quite. His first album when he came back to the States -- entitled somewhat obviously Elvis is Back! -- was an interesting collection, at a pinch you might even call it his Rubber Soul (although there... > Read more

King Kurlee feat. Blackmore Jr: Smoke on the Water (1991)

King Kurlee feat. Blackmore Jr: Smoke on the Water (1991)

25 Feb 2015

The merging of hip-hop and rock (via Run DMC with Aerosmith, Anthrax with Public Enemy, and others) lead to nu-metal and its many unfortunate bands such as Limp Bizkit. But, as with the early days of hip-hop when there was an innocent and enjoyable experimentation, some of nu-metal's predecessors were more interesting than their offspring. This single out of Germany... > Read more

MARC RIBOT CONSIDERED (2015): Cosmopolitan guitarist without portfolio

MARC RIBOT CONSIDERED (2015): Cosmopolitan guitarist without portfolio

25 Feb 2015

If there is a distinguishing feature of American guitarist Marc Ribot's style it is that you'd be unwise to attempt to attribute a distinguishing feature or style to it. In the words of  Walt Whitman, he contains multitudes. And he can go anywhere with them. Which is doubtless why Tom Waits -- making his career turn in the mid Eighties -- called on Ribot to... > Read more

The Cocktail Party

National Lampoon: I'm A Woman (1975)

National Lampoon: I'm A Woman (1975)

24 Feb 2015

Before they got into movies like Animal House and the Vacation series (with Chevy Chase), National Lampoon was a satirical magazine which also delivered a very funny sideline in records such as Lemmings (which skewered Woodstock). One of their funniest albums, but hard to find unfortunately as it doesn't appear to be on CD reissue anywhere, was Goodbye Pop from 1975... > Read more

AUSTIN BROWN OF PARQUET COURTS INTERVIEWED (2015): Future now but old school on many fronts

AUSTIN BROWN OF PARQUET COURTS INTERVIEWED (2015): Future now but old school on many fronts

23 Feb 2015

Anyone who has paid even just passing attention to New York-based Parquet Courts will get the connecting points: a guitar band with a keen ear for the past which includes bands like Television, Velvet Underground, Modern Lovers, the Strokes and so on. But add in some thought-provoking lyrics and songs which slow the tempos right down and you can hear that Parquet... > Read more

Stoned and Starving

Kiasmos: Kiasmos (Erased Tapes/Southbound)

Kiasmos: Kiasmos (Erased Tapes/Southbound)

23 Feb 2015

One of the most interesting, if not visually engaging, artists at Laneway was electronica boffin Jon Hopkins who added edge and scratchy beats to elevate his sound above the quasi-ambience of his albums. As with Hopkins, you suspect this duo of Iceland's Olafur Arnalds and Faroe Islander Janus Rasmussen, could also up their game for a live audience. Because here... > Read more

Dragged

THE MOVE: ALWAYS AND FOREVER; BELATEDLY (2015): Classic pop, great rock then forgot

THE MOVE: ALWAYS AND FOREVER; BELATEDLY (2015): Classic pop, great rock then forgot

23 Feb 2015    3

Anyone dumb enough to rely on an encyclopedia of rock or -- worse -- that self-described disgrace which is "Classic Hits" radio, would be forgiven for not knowing that the Move ever existed. Those DJs at "classic rock" certainly would have no clue . . . but we expect them to be clueless, I suppose. Shame on them.  It seems the Move --... > Read more

Fire Brigade

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Nick Mc Grath of Sparrow Thieves

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Nick Mc Grath of Sparrow Thieves

23 Feb 2015

Last week Elsewhere was pleased to introduce, Lethargic Caffeine, the debut album by Southland's Sparrow Thieves noting gthat it betrayed a maturity of songwriting and an economy of pop-rock into power-pop style. It seemed natural therefore to flick Nick McGrath the band's main songwriter our specially framed songwriter's questionnaire. And needless to say his... > Read more

Golden Age of the Gas Station

Various Artists: Nippon Girls 2 (Big Beat/Border)

Various Artists: Nippon Girls 2 (Big Beat/Border)

23 Feb 2015

From the same New Zealand distributor (Border, see here) as brought us the largely terrific Girls With Guitars album comes this, subtitled "Japanese Pop, Beat and Rock'n'Roll 1966-70". (Others in the series are "Pop, Beat and Bossa Nova") Although the Japanese very quickly got the original rock'n'roll of the Fifties (guys like this) and of course... > Read more

Furi Furi 5

Ryan Bingham: Fear and Saturday Night (Universal)

Ryan Bingham: Fear and Saturday Night (Universal)

23 Feb 2015

This 33-year old Americana/alt.country singer who played the Tuning Fork last year with his new band has a road-hardened, Bourbon'n'catarrh voice which belies his years. As some wag noted, he sounds more like Steve Earle's father. After a bender, I'd add. But, as with Earle, sometimes that raw edge is less expressive than it could be. Fortunately, if we may... > Read more

Snow Falls in June

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