ELSEWHERE: 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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Alt-J: This is All Yours (Infectious)

Alt-J: This is All Yours (Infectious)

23 Sep 2014

Much as I liked the debut album by this British outfit An Awesome Wave and said they seemed likely to be the Next Indie.Cult Thing to go bigger, I certainly had reservations about seeing them live. Their music was so studio-crafted and often inward looking that I couldn't see how it would translate live. Well, I saw them and although I concede others liked them much... > Read more

Warm Foothills

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Possum Plows

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Possum Plows

23 Sep 2014

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire.Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable... > Read more

Mine (demo)

HARRY MANX INTERVIEWED (2104): Has slide, has travelled

HARRY MANX INTERVIEWED (2104): Has slide, has travelled

22 Sep 2014    1

Born on the Isle of Man, grew up in Canada, busked around Europe, lived in Japan for a decade, at 34 traveled to India to learn how to play the complex 20-string Mohan Veena under master musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, a blues-cum-world music traveller, talked to us from Tasmania . . . This is the shorthand on 59-year old multi-instrumentalist Harry Manx whose music... > Read more

A Love Supreme

THE GREATEST ALBUMS YOU'LL NEVER HEAR edited by BRUNO ARTHUR

THE GREATEST ALBUMS YOU'LL NEVER HEAR edited by BRUNO ARTHUR

22 Sep 2014

Rock culture is littered with albums which were never released (either at the insistence of the artist or the record company), sidelined in favour of other projects or simply existed in the world of rumour. There have also been albums released which were not what people initially believed they were: Canadian band Klaatu for example who got a long way when people thought... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Michael Murray

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Michael Murray

22 Sep 2014

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire. Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable... > Read more

Oh Darlin'

Pere Ubu: Carnival of Souls (Fire / Southbound)

Pere Ubu: Carnival of Souls (Fire / Southbound)

22 Sep 2014

With so much music codified into genres and artists reluctant to alienate an audience, Pere Ubu remain refreshingly abrasive, marginal and theatrically challenging. Frontman David Thomas has barely toned down the confrontational sound they deployed when emerging out of Cleveland in the late Seventies. Their early albums The Modern Dance (an Essential... > Read more

Road to Utah

THE BARGAIN BUY: Roxy Music; Original Classic Albums

THE BARGAIN BUY: Roxy Music; Original Classic Albums

22 Sep 2014    2

While it is only right and proper to acclaim the first two Eno-period Roxy Music albums as their finest for the innovation and sheer gall of their arthouse conceit, it is also unfair to dismiss their gleam-sheen later period covered by these two albums. Siren from '75 (and that's singer Bryan Ferry's then gal-pal Jerry Hall on the cover) found Ferry reconfiguring their... > Read more

While My Heart is Still Beating

Morocco: A practical guide

Morocco: A practical guide

21 Sep 2014

The deserts and mountains of Morocco have seen a bewildering array of oddities: Egyptian zombies; Carrie, Samantha and the other Sex and the City gals traipsing through the sand; Jesus tortured and flecked with blood; a time-travelling highlander from Scotland trying to return home; a rather camp Alexander the Great . . . But more interesting than these –... > Read more

DON GIOVANNI REVIEWED (2014): When opera goes clubbing

DON GIOVANNI REVIEWED (2014): When opera goes clubbing

20 Sep 2014

It was Mae West who said, “Keep a diary and perhaps some day it will keep you”. This presumes you've had an interesting life, but former Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman assiduously kept diaries so when he wrote his autobiography Stone Alone back in 1990 he had hard facts as well as memories to draw on. Rock people and Stones fans didn't much rate... > Read more

U2: Songs of Innocence (iTunes)

U2: Songs of Innocence (iTunes)

19 Sep 2014    1

Because there's often a rush to judgement about U2 -- many hate them so passionately they don't feel the need to listen to them before dismissing an album as rubbish -- I've sat back on this new album released free through iTunes. I will declare my prejudices immediately: I liked very, very little of their work before Achtung Baby (I can be especially scathing about the... > Read more

Raised by Wolves

Goat: Commune (Rocket / Southbound)

Goat: Commune (Rocket / Southbound)

19 Sep 2014

Goat out of Sweden have certainly got their psychedelic trancerock-cum-world music references in perfect alignment as they explore territory that many thought might have been left behind in the very late Sixties. But to that San Francisco landscape they pull in tribal tropes, post-rock references, the rolling grooves of bands like Can and set their controls to the heart... > Read more

Talk to God

yeahyeahabsolutuelynoway! : Um . . (Rattle Jazz)

yeahyeahabsolutuelynoway! : Um . . (Rattle Jazz)

18 Sep 2014

I'm sure I'll be forgiven if I don't repeatedly type out the name of this Australian trio who appear on New Zealand's Rattle Jazz imprint. For convenience and our sanity I'm going to refer to these guys -- guitarists James Brown and Sam Cagney, drummer Stephen Neville -- as YY. Brown has appeared at Elsewhere previously (here) but this is a very different context again as... > Read more

Void

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent releases

17 Sep 2014

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be short . . . and today we turn attention to plank-spankers. Elvin Bishop, Can't Even Do Wrong Right (Alligator): It's one of those odd things... > Read more

Death Letter

Bob Dylan: Who Killed Davey Moore? (1963)

Bob Dylan: Who Killed Davey Moore? (1963)

17 Sep 2014

Bob Dylan's Hurricane in '75 is one of the best known songs about a boxer -- but very early in his career Dylan also sang another about a boxer, the fighter Davey Moore who was knocked out by Mexico-based Sugar Ramos from Cuba during a bout in March 1963, spoke to the media afterwards (the illustration is taken from a famous post-fight photo) but then complained of... > Read more

RACHEL DAWICK INTERVIEWED (2014): History alive in songs and theatre magic

RACHEL DAWICK INTERVIEWED (2014): History alive in songs and theatre magic

16 Sep 2014    1

Last week, the day before our conversation, disaster befell singer-songwriter Rachel Dawick. Invited to the New Zealand Woman's Weekly for an interview about her ambitious theatrical production The Boundary Riders; Musical Tales of New Zealand Pioneer Women, she was then asked if they could get some photos of her with her guitar. When she opened up the case she... > Read more

Jennie Anderson

RYAN BINGHAM INTERVIEWED (2104): The road and the endless highways

RYAN BINGHAM INTERVIEWED (2104): The road and the endless highways

15 Sep 2014

There are plenty of easy descriptions for the bruised, whisky'n'cigarettes vocals of Ryan Bingham but one of the best was that he sounded like Steve Earle's father. That was written about Bingham's first album Mescalito seven years ago when he was just 25, and he admits that voice has been blown out even more since then. Today Bingham has four albums behind him... > Read more

All Choked Up Again

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE a film by JIM JARMUSCH (Madman DVD)

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE a film by JIM JARMUSCH (Madman DVD)

15 Sep 2014

The appeal of vampire movies is well established. It's about sex . . . and if you doubt that you haven't seen enough of the breast-heaving Hammer horror films of the Sixties. Oh, and of course they are about death. Or eternal life, if you will. And every generation of teenagers gets its own hip style of vampire movie. The appeal for teens is enhanced if... > Read more

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters: Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar (Warners)

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters: Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar (Warners)

15 Sep 2014

Although singing a generous number of highly reconfigured Led Zeppelin songs at his 2013 Vector show with this band, Plant continues to distance himself from Zepp's hard rock-cum-folk catalogue, leaving former bandmate Jimmy Page to mine the past while he moves further sideways through world music, American country, rebooted blues and even simple pop. With the Space... > Read more

Embrace Another Fall

Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)

Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)

15 Sep 2014    1

Many people who saw Judy Garland in the final weeks of her life described her in similar terms, that she looked like a sick bird, broken and unable to fly. She was battling a lifetime of debts, betrayals, pills, booze, chronic unhappiness, self-doubt . . . In one of her last interviews she said, “I've worked very hard, you know, and I've planted some of... > Read more

Stormy Weather

The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers (4AD)

The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers (4AD)

15 Sep 2014

At times sounding filled with the overconfident swaggering, embellished pop of McCartney around Magical Mystery Tour or early Mika and Empire of the Sun glitterball fun, at others chugging like glam-rock or referring to the Mamas and the Papas and widescreen power-pop aimed at stadiums, this enormously enjoyable sixth outing by the Canadian collective around songwriter AC... > Read more

Champions of Red Wine

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