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Various Artists: Sweet Things from the Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook (Ace/Border)

Various Artists: Sweet Things from the Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook (Ace/Border)

27 May 2015    1

While it would be easy to dismiss a collection like this by a cursory glance at the titles -- Gee, you just collect a bunch of Brill Building hits from the Sixties, right? -- there is so much more going on here than first meets the eye. Okay, hits penned by Greenwich and Barry (together or solo) are here: Why Do Lovers Break Each Other Hearts by Bob B Soxx and the Blue... > Read more

I'm Nobody's Baby Now

GUEST MUSICIAN SCOTTY ROCKER explains how hard rocking Kiwis are cutting it up in distant Sweden

GUEST MUSICIAN SCOTTY ROCKER explains how hard rocking Kiwis are cutting it up in distant Sweden

25 May 2015

In 2012 I decided it was time for a massive change. I had spent so many years playing music in New Zealand and always seemed to get to the same place. Through all the touring and traveling with past bands the one thing I heard a lot was, “I like your music but you live on the other side of the world”. That always made it hard to break through. The... > Read more

Various Artists: Nippon Girls (Ace/Border)

Various Artists: Nippon Girls (Ace/Border)

25 May 2015

Elsewhere has happily passed this retro J-pop path previously with Nippon Girls 2  . . . but with the "prequel" now available -- also on vinyl in a gatefold sleeve and again with an excellent essay by New York's Sheila Burgel who has a great girl pop website -- we once again immerse ourselves in "Japanese Pop, Beat & Bossa Nova 1967-69" (as the... > Read more

Black Room

Shilpa Ray: Last Year's Savage (Northern Spy/Southbound)

Shilpa Ray: Last Year's Savage (Northern Spy/Southbound)

25 May 2015

Perhaps because of her formative experiences as an outsider – her strict Indian immigrant parents forbade Western music and so she was secretly a Goth-punk in New Jersey – and musical influences from Patti Smith, classic rhythm and blues-pop and the drone sound of harmonium (not too far from Velvet Underground), the extraordinary Shilpa Ray manages to sit... > Read more

On Broadway

Arinushka: Old Faith (ARC Music)

Arinushka: Old Faith (ARC Music)

25 May 2015

Years ago I was given a birthday card which read, "If you didn't know your age, how old would you be?" Let's flip that a little and ask about this fascinating album, "If you didn't know where this music came from, where might you guess?" I didn't know. I just put it in the player with barely a glance at the cover and pottered about as it started... > Read more

About Nature

Little Lapin: Remember the Highs (bandcamp)

Little Lapin: Remember the Highs (bandcamp)

25 May 2015

Little Lapin -- aka Lucy Hill -- might almost be considered a New Zealand songwriter: She lived here for about five years and, although British, her time in Aotearoa (living in Raglan, this debut album recorded in Auckland with Ben King of Goldenhorse producing) was certainly useful for her. She received some NZ on Air assistance and did national tours. That Kiwi... > Read more

Sound of Summer

THE BARGAIN BUY: Blue Oyster Cult; The Best Of Blue Oyster Cult

THE BARGAIN BUY: Blue Oyster Cult; The Best Of Blue Oyster Cult

25 May 2015    1

There are some bands and artists which are an obsession for some and go right by others. Recently I met a guy who had everything that Todd Rundgren had ever done and I felt slightly ashamed that I only had about a dozen albums and maybe 15 CDs. This guy had a Wall of Todd. I suspect Blue Oyster Cult -- who exist on the tightrope between hard rock and concise prog --... > Read more

Godzilla

MAPP & LUCIA, a television series by STEVE PEMBERTON

MAPP & LUCIA, a television series by STEVE PEMBERTON

24 May 2015

There is a wonderful tradition of English fops, snobs and upperclass twits. And from Oscar Wilde through Bertie Wooster to Monty Python, Margot Ledbetter on The Good Life and recently Downton Abbey, there's a rich vein of humour to be milked from it. In the wake of Downton's recent success, it's no surprise therefore to see the “Mapp and Lucia” stories... > Read more

Planetary Coalition: Planetary Coalition (ArtistShare)

Planetary Coalition: Planetary Coalition (ArtistShare)

22 May 2015

And here's what happens when a Californian thrash metaller -- in this case guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament  --  turns the volume all the way up to . . . 5? Skolnick (who has his own power trio and has appeared with Rodrigo Y Gabriela) goes back to acoustic guitar (for the most part) and appears here in our world music pages because he's teamed up... > Read more

Negev Desert Sunset

Billy Fury: I'm Lost Without You (1965)

Billy Fury: I'm Lost Without You (1965)

21 May 2015

One of the most interesting songs on Marlon Williams' debut album -- and certainly the least expected from someone whose forte is along the folk/country axis -- is his heavily orchestrated cover of the old Teddy Randozzo song I'm Lost Without You. Randozzo was one of those classic Sixties songwriters who also wrote Gonna Take a Miracle (covered by Laura Nyro), Hurt So... > Read more

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)

21 May 2015    1

Ruban Nielson's gift for a melodic twist coupled with lyrics which say something hasn't deserted him. If anything it has deepened and become more soulful and nuanced on this collection which refers to Prince-style soul with a disco bass line (the opener I Can't Keep Checking My Phone), deep funk (the brittle danceable pop of Like Acid Rain), the grandeur of... > Read more

GUEST WRITER KATHRYN VAN BEEK on what’s involved in taking a creative writing course

GUEST WRITER KATHRYN VAN BEEK on what’s involved in taking a creative writing course

20 May 2015

Do you: ·         keep a journal? ·         have a lot of opinions? ·         enjoy doing activities in your spare time? ·         have stacks of books all over your house?... > Read more

HEAVEN ADORES YOU, a doco by NICKOLAS ROSSI

HEAVEN ADORES YOU, a doco by NICKOLAS ROSSI

19 May 2015

The only book I've read about singer-songwriter Elliott Smith – Benjamin Nugent's Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing -- had me conclude, Alan Partridge-like, “What a shit!” Smith – who died at 34 in odd circumstances in October 2003 – seemed needy, emotionally manipulative (how would you respond to an e-mail which read “Please... > Read more

Jamie McDell, Crystal Palace, Auckland.  May 16, 2015

Jamie McDell, Crystal Palace, Auckland. May 16, 2015

18 May 2015

In the many decades before television, people would dress up and go to the movies, and so there were cinemas in most small towns, and in the suburbs of major cities. In Auckland up until the mid Sixties there were a dozen movie theatres on, and immediately around, Queen Street. Today only three remain: the Classic (now a comedy club), the abandoned St James and... > Read more

Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)

Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)

18 May 2015

This exceptional album is named for Stevens' schizophrenic and drug-addicted mother who died in 2012 and the stepfather (married to Carrie for five years when the singer was a young boy) who was his stability and currently runs Stevens' record label. The songs fold back into the past but are also very much located in present emotions. They find Stevens at his... > Read more

Should Have Known Better

Elliot Moss: Highspeeds (Warners)

Elliot Moss: Highspeeds (Warners)

18 May 2015

After being tipped by Spin magazine as one of the artists to watch in 2015, this New York multi-instrumentalist, producer and video artist sees his debut album from last year re-presented (with two extra tracks). The brooding, moody slow-groove electro-pop soundbeds topped by his smooth, soulful and slightly folk-jazz influenced vocals are certainly appealing on the... > Read more

Faraday Cage

Techung: Tibet; Lam La Che/On The Road (ARC Music)

Techung: Tibet; Lam La Che/On The Road (ARC Music)

18 May 2015

The Tibetan diaspora which has seen many flee the country since the Chinese occupation began over 60 years ago means in many countries there are second, third and fourth generation Tibetans who have never seen their homeland but who have an emotional and spiritual attachment to that remote country. The politics of Tibet -- and Tibetan Buddhism which has also spread apace... > Read more

Lam La Che (w Keb' Mo')

THE BARGAIN BUY: Alice Cooper; The Very Best Of

THE BARGAIN BUY: Alice Cooper; The Very Best Of

18 May 2015

Although this 14-song collection falls far short of its title -- classics like I'm Eighteen, Billion Dollar Babies, School's Out and No More Mr Nice Guy are all live versions from his '95 album Classicks -- this does at least cover some pretty decent territory, albeit drawn from a fairly narrow period. Opening with Feed My Frankenstein (co-written with Zodiac Mindwarp)... > Read more

Hey Stoopid

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent releases

15 May 2015

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. Dodson and Fogg; Warning Signs (wisdomtwinsbooks): Britain's Dodson and Fogg is, as we have previously mentioned, the... > Read more

Everything Changes

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Sally Stockwell

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Sally Stockwell

15 May 2015

While it's easy  to be dismissive of actors moving into the world of music (does anyone yearn for the return of Keanu Reeves in Dogstar?), there have been some creditable and credible results from thespians and screen stars writing and recording their own music. And into that crossover now steps actress Sally Stockwell who is best known for appearances on New... > Read more

Lair

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