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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Suede: Night Thoughts (Warners)

Suede: Night Thoughts (Warners)

11 Feb 2016

Although still identifiably Suede (yearning melodrama, emotional Bowie-esque ballads) since their return after a decade-long hiatus in 2013 with the unexpectedly sound Bloodsports, there's a more nakedly autobiographical and deliberate uncertainty to singer Brett Anderson's lyrics here (What I'm Trying to Tell You). Married with two children and closing in on 50,... > Read more

Pale Snow

KAMASI WASHINGTON INTERVIEWED (2016): Thinking beyond The Epic

KAMASI WASHINGTON INTERVIEWED (2016): Thinking beyond The Epic

9 Feb 2016

Those music writers who heard it almost invariably put Kamasi Washington's album in their “best of the year” list for 2015, as we did. And there was a lot of the album – appropriately titled The Epic – to hear. An all-encompassing jazz concept spread over three discs and 172 minutes, The Epic embraced most aspects of jazz history –... > Read more

Final Thought

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express: Junun (Nonesuch/Warners)

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express: Junun (Nonesuch/Warners)

8 Feb 2016

In a cover which recalls the Seventies albums Shankar, Family and Friends and Music Festival From India (see below, both produced by George Harrison for his Dark Horse label) comes this exciting double disc which brings together the Israeli-American composer/singer Ben Tzur, Britain's multi-instrumentalist Greenwood from Radiohead and a large ensemble of horns and Sufi... > Read more

Junun

LANCE FERGUSON INTERVIEWED (2016): Bringing back an exotic personal and popular past

LANCE FERGUSON INTERVIEWED (2016): Bringing back an exotic personal and popular past

8 Feb 2016    1

Lance Ferguson is among New Zealand's most successful, hardest working but perhaps the least known of our musical exports. The grandson of Tongan-born, New Zealand lap steel legend Bill Wolfgramm (who enjoyed a friendly rivalry with the more successful Bill Sevesi from the Forties onward, and who died in 2003), Lance Ferguson left New Zealand 20 years ago. In... > Read more

The Kava Diary

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE:  Jordan Bell of Katchafire

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Jordan Bell of Katchafire

8 Feb 2016

The mighty roots reggae band Katchafire out of Hamilton have been taking their exciting show around the world for over two decades now and they never fail to ignite a crowd. As they've clocked up the air points they have also recorded continually, appeared at Elsewhere (which fell under their spell very early on as you may see) and take Bob Marley's messages of One Love... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Duncan Campbell of UB40

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Duncan Campbell of UB40

8 Feb 2016

The story goes that when Duncan Campbell was asked if he wanted to join the band his brothers Ali and Robin were forming in Birmingham he declined because he knew they wouldn't get anywhere. That was 1978 and the band was UB40 who went on to sell millions of albums, and then more millions. Controversially he got the chance to join in 2008 – after a... > Read more

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

Shearwater: Jet Plane and Oxbow (Sub Pop)

Shearwater: Jet Plane and Oxbow (Sub Pop)

8 Feb 2016

Although somewhat difficult listening (because the lyrics needed decoding, if not footnotes), the previous Shearwater albums which passed Elsewhere's way have been quite beguiling. On both occasions though we noted the absence of a lyric sheet which might have been helpful . . . and lo! This one comes with such a thing. The irony is that it is hardly needed because... > Read more

Wildlife in America

Pete Astor: Spilt Milk (Southbound)

Pete Astor: Spilt Milk (Southbound)

8 Feb 2016

Any number of mid-level British bands and artists go past us at this distance, often known only to music writers who either assiduously follow the small print or stumble upon an album early on and follow the barely visible career thereafter. So it is with the Weather Prophets (and the more left-field Ellis Island Sound) and their singer-songwriter Pete Astor who... > Read more

Perfect Life

THE BARGAIN BUY: Florence and the Machine; How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

THE BARGAIN BUY: Florence and the Machine; How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

8 Feb 2016

There's an enormous amount of wrought emotion on this album which sounds like a collection of sometimes obsessively self-centred songs about heartbreak ,but Florence has the lungs, powerful vibrato and melodies to carry it all off . . . right through to the quasi-gospel Mother at the end. In a world of somewhat wussy female singers whose default position is mope-folk or... > Read more

St Jude

Karavan Sarai: Woven Landscapes (karavansaraimusic.com)

Karavan Sarai: Woven Landscapes (karavansaraimusic.com)

8 Feb 2016

Multi-instrumentalist Narayan Sijan grew up in the American Midwest but since the early Nineties has traveled constantly through India and Central Asia and to East Asia. Even very recently he was still moving through the Middle East and his recent Facebook postings came from Egypt where he was playing with gypsy musicians.  He's a global citizen who lives on... > Read more

The Road to Hijaz

SHOEGAZE CONSIDERED (2016): Trippin' back in time and feelin' fine

SHOEGAZE CONSIDERED (2016): Trippin' back in time and feelin' fine

5 Feb 2016

It was a British music writer, of course, who first coined the term “shoegaze”. Writing a mid-'91 review in Sounds of the band Moose, Andy Hurt encapsulated the look – if, unhelpfully, not the sound – of many bands which, heads bowed, explored a kind of widescreen pop irradiated by wide swathes of guitar noise, sometimes droning vocals and... > Read more

Godlike, by the Dylans

THE AUCKLAND LANEWAY FESTIVAL (2016): Shall we talk about the weather . . .

THE AUCKLAND LANEWAY FESTIVAL (2016): Shall we talk about the weather . . .

2 Feb 2016

At some level, the weather for an Auckland Laneway Festival is as much discussed as the music. Since the festival moved from the inadequate make-do sites behind Britomart and then Aotea Square to the flatland of Silo Park – little shade, the main stages on an asphalt carpark – the heat has often been the memory many take away. So it was almost like... > Read more

Cheap Beer (by Fidlar)

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . EVIE SANDS: Ever the bridesmaid

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . EVIE SANDS: Ever the bridesmaid

1 Feb 2016

When the pub quiz question comes up, be prepared: The guy who wrote Wild Thing, Chip Taylor, is the brother of actor Jon Voight and therefore the uncle of Angelina Jolie. For bonus points, he also wrote the country song Angel of the Morning which was a big hit for Merrilee Rush and further popularised by Olivia Newton-John and Juice Newton. Unfortunately it wasn't a... > Read more

Women in Prison

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Peter Wells

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Peter Wells

1 Feb 2016

New Zealand novelist, historian and film-maker Peter Wells says he was a timid boy at school but thanks the bullies because they forced him to put down on paper what he couldn't say aloud. It has been 25 years since his groundbreaking collection of gay-themed short stories Dangerous Desires brought him to attention and won the Reed New Zealand Book Award (it was... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Robin Campbell of UB40

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Robin Campbell of UB40

1 Feb 2016

What's in a name? Wel, if you were Pink Floyd co-founder/chief songwriter and singer Roger Waters a bit of litigation after you quit the band and found the rest were carrying on using the band's name. The name-game isn't uncommon in rock history: in the Fifties if a studio-based band of session musicians had a hit you might find a couple of groups touring under the same... > Read more

Midnight Rider

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE:  Tiny Ruins

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Tiny Ruins

1 Feb 2016

The New Zealand singer-songwriter Tiny Ruins – aka Holly Fullbrook – has appeared frequently at Elsewhere because her mature, thoughtful and folk-framed albums have always found favour . . . and increasingly so in the wider world we are pleased to report. At Elsewhere she has been interviewed and reviewed, but she has never answered our Famous Elsewhere... > Read more

Thunderbitch: Thunderbitch (Rough Trade/The Label)

Thunderbitch: Thunderbitch (Rough Trade/The Label)

1 Feb 2016

Given the band name and that this is a side project for the leather-lunged Brittany Howard, the frontwoman for Alabama Shakes, you can perhaps guess what it sounds like. Actually it doesn't, it sounds like . . . But first a digression into the word “bitch” which newspaper editors and subtitle writers for reality shows seem, to me anyway, a little... > Read more

Eastside Party

Edgarville: ; Fingerprints and Handwriting (bandcamp)

Edgarville: ; Fingerprints and Handwriting (bandcamp)

1 Feb 2016

There are probably hundreds of acoustic post-punk duos out there like Edgarville from the UK, who have self-funded this debut and recently done a three month European tour. But there's something honest and serious about what these guys (whose names I don't know) do here where they address everything from emo-adolescent love on Corn (although they look a bit beardy... > Read more

The Flow

Jackie Bristow: Shot of Gold (Montana)

Jackie Bristow: Shot of Gold (Montana)

1 Feb 2016

Former South Islander Bristow has lived in Austin for -- as far as I can tell -- almost a decade now and that seems her natural home. These 10 songs on her fourth album ring with the sound of a Texas wind across a flatland desert courtesy of multi-instrumentalist/producer Mark Punch's guitars and spacious production which compliment the mood of these spare and lonely... > Read more

Fallen Youth

THE BARGAIN BUY: Taylor Swift; 1989

THE BARGAIN BUY: Taylor Swift; 1989

1 Feb 2016

When Ryan Adams recorded his own version of this Swift album it got to a lot of people who otherwise wouldn't mention Swift's name in civilised company. The shorthand was Adams had credibility, Swift was just a clever pop singer. Well, I'll go on record and say Taylor Swift's Auckland concert that I caught was one of the most enjoyable shows I've ever seen: She is... > Read more

I Wish You Would

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