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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Sharon Corr

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Sharon Corr

30 Mar 2015

The first thing that is surprising about Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sharon Corr is that she is 45. For someone who has been touring and recording for 25 years she is astonisingly well preserved. The other thing however is that she is a very classy songwriter and her two solo albums since the family band the Corrs called it a day a decade ago (a... > Read more

Smalltown Boy

Van Morrison: Duets; Re-working the Catalogue (Universal)

Van Morrison: Duets; Re-working the Catalogue (Universal)

30 Mar 2015    2

Duet albums are often the last refuge of senior citizen scoundrels, the deceased (current artists singing along with a dead hero's classics) or phoned-in studio constructions. In his defense Morrison – senior at 69 – has a history of duets and collaborations, so this exploration of mostly lesser-known songs from his extensive catalogue is not career... > Read more

Bjork: Vulnicura (One Little Indian/Inertia)

Bjork: Vulnicura (One Little Indian/Inertia)

30 Mar 2015

As with many interesting musicians -- Cohen, Dylan, Faithfull, Cave, Waits et al come to mind -- Bjork is of rock culture (in that she is written about in the rock press) but not really part of it. She makes sometimes very demanding art music which musically and often conceptually transcends the limitations of genre work and has created a territory in which at times she... > Read more

Atom Dance (w Antony Hegarty)

Trinity Roots: Citizen (Trinity Roots/Rhythmethod)

Trinity Roots: Citizen (Trinity Roots/Rhythmethod)

30 Mar 2015

Those many of us who believed the two albums by the first incarnation of Trinity Roots were important statements about life here in Aotearoa will be disappointed – if not insulted – by this superbly produced but woefully undercooked album. There are frequently threadbare lyrics (“We got to find the diamond in the rough” is the least of it)... > Read more

El Kaptain

SHORT CUTS: A round-up of recent New Zealand releases

SHORT CUTS: A round-up of recent New Zealand releases

30 Mar 2015

Facing down an avalanche of releases, requests for coverage, the occasional demand that we be interested in their new album (sometimes with that absurd comment "but don't write about it if you don't like it") and so on, Elsewhere will every now and again do a quick sweep like this, in the same way it does IN BRIEF about international releases. Comments will be... > Read more

Skulls

Surf City: Jekyll Island (Fire/Southbound)

Surf City: Jekyll Island (Fire/Southbound)

30 Mar 2015

On previous albums the Auckland-bred but now much traveled Surf City delivered increasingly impressive opening salvoes and you heard an increasing confidence . . . and a band finding its own voice. They have always worn their influences overtly -- Flying Nun, Jesus and Mary Chain, Ramones -- so they certainly weren't about reinventing anything. In part that was a measure... > Read more

Hollow Veins

Jimi Hendrix: Hornets Nest (1965)

Jimi Hendrix: Hornets Nest (1965)

30 Mar 2015

In the year before he left for London and subsequent wild acclaim in late '66, JImi Hendrix was gigging around New York and during that time hooked up with soul singer Curtis Knight and his band the Squires with whom he'd sometimes play. Knight introduced Jimmy (as he was then) to record producer/entrepreneur Ed Chalpin and JImi, Knight and the Squires did some sessions... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists . . . Pure, Guitar Legends

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists . . . Pure, Guitar Legends

30 Mar 2015

It's not because I was born in Scotland that I like a bargain, it just that . . . I like a bargain, as I think most people do. So when I see four CD set -- like this one -- at a ridiculously low price I am immediately attracted and start scanning the track listing to see if it is worth even the paltry sum they are asking. Well, across these 68 songs there are... > Read more

Surfing with the Alien

NORDIC DESIGN IN MELBOURNE (2015): Birth of the Cool

NORDIC DESIGN IN MELBOURNE (2015): Birth of the Cool

29 Mar 2015

When John Lennon wrote Norwegian Wood in 1965, the song may have alluded to an affair he'd had but the title reference was very specific. It was to the fashionable Scandinavian design of the period. By the mid Sixties furniture and fashion designers, artists and architects from that broad region north of central Europe were creating functional and decorative work... > Read more

Central Coast NSW, Australia: Just drive, he said

Central Coast NSW, Australia: Just drive, he said

29 Mar 2015

When you've signed the waivers, strapped on the helmet and given the thumbs-up to eight hearty young men who are raring to go, you can't really put your hand up when the instructor asks, “Is anyone afraid of heights?” In truth, I'm not. Going to top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – 124 floors – was one of the highpoints of my life,... > Read more

Let It Be; A Beatles Celebration, Civic Theatre, Auckland, March 26 2015

Let It Be; A Beatles Celebration, Civic Theatre, Auckland, March 26 2015

27 Mar 2015

There's a very simple answer to the question of why people go to tribute shows. They go to hear the familiar music . . . and to check out how well the performers deliver songs, guitar solos, drum fills on so on that are usually deeply imprinted in the memory. They also look at the costumes, equipment and ancillary aspects of the... > Read more

POKEY LaFARGE INTERVIEWED (2015): The past is alive and well and living in the present

POKEY LaFARGE INTERVIEWED (2015): The past is alive and well and living in the present

26 Mar 2015    1

In a stylish blue shirt buttoned to the neck and topped by a red neckerchief, blue dungaree jeans with turned up cuffs above his sturdy and well polished lace-up boots, Pokey LaFarge cuts a very interesting figure in this downtown Auckland hotel room. He may look like someone from the better-scrubbed end of the Thirties – and his music certainly steeped in... > Read more

Underground

MIKE SCOTT OF THE WATERBOYS INTERVIEWED (2014): The nearest thing to hip . . .

MIKE SCOTT OF THE WATERBOYS INTERVIEWED (2014): The nearest thing to hip . . .

26 Mar 2015

About 15 months ago Mike Scott of the Waterboys released a whopping seven CD set of the sessions which lead to the band's two-years-in-the-making breakthrough album Fisherman's Blues. The band had enjoyed success prior to this particular channeling of Celtic music, rock'n'roll and American gospel – notably with the singles the Big Music and Bang on the Ear... > Read more

I Can See Elvis

Wattie Watson and Friends: Ye Cannae Shove Yur Grannie Aff a Bus (date unknown)

Wattie Watson and Friends: Ye Cannae Shove Yur Grannie Aff a Bus (date unknown)

25 Mar 2015

When I was a little boy growing up in Edinburgh I was doubtless surrounded by Scottish songs (I certainly heard the pipes) but it wasn't until I came to New Zealand that I can clearly remember particular songs (like The Cherry Rhyme which was played on the childrens' session on 1ZB on Sunday mornings). I also had comics like The Broons and Oor Wullie, and a couple of... > Read more

BETH HART INTERVIEWED (2015): Coming home to herself at last

BETH HART INTERVIEWED (2015): Coming home to herself at last

24 Mar 2015

After repeated efforts – I have been the wrong international codes – I finally get through to Beth Hart who it turns out is in Pattaya, Thailand. “It's rock'n'roll and we're supposed to be late,” she laughs when I explain my delayed phoner. No, we are supposed to be punctual because we are older and know better, I say.... > Read more

Tell Her You Belong To Me

GUEST WRITER PIRIPI WHAANGA goes behind the masks of a New Orleans Mardi Gras

GUEST WRITER PIRIPI WHAANGA goes behind the masks of a New Orleans Mardi Gras

23 Mar 2015

My wife and I flowed into New Orleans by way of a week-long stay-over in San Francisco. It was a good laxed-out hippie preparation for the weirdness of festival time around the 10th anniversary of the apocalyptic Hurricane Katrina.

 We arrived early February with several parades already having gone the various street routes and a parade underway. Our Somalian... > Read more

Sew-Sew-Sew

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jamie McDell

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jamie McDell

23 Mar 2015

Although 22-year old singer-songwriter Jamie McDell from Auckland (or Raglan if there's good weather) is often characterised as a poster girl for healthy living, the outdoor life and eco-consciousness, it's also worth remembering she is an accomplished songwriter whose debut album Six Strings and a Sailboat won her the Tui for the best pop album of 2013 (and she was... > Read more

Fly Honeys

Anthonie Tonnon: Successor (Canape King/Southbound)

Anthonie Tonnon: Successor (Canape King/Southbound)

23 Mar 2015

Strange isn't it, how a single song by an artist can resonate in ways you can't comprehend? For me Anthonie Tonnon's song Barry Smith from Hamilton (on his Fragile Thing EP of 2010, when he was Tono and the Finance Company) had a strange frisson of sadness about it, and I played it repeatedly after a first hearing. Then I moved on to the other songs on the EP -- all... > Read more

The Songs of Our Youth

Mark Knopfler: Tracker (Universal)

Mark Knopfler: Tracker (Universal)

23 Mar 2015

Mark Knopfler's double album Privateering three years ago was his finest solo outing for its intelligent diversity of his often dour songs and his ability to weave a narrative. These 11 songs follow in the self-created genre (with thanks to the late J.J. Cale, notably on the boxer's story of Broken Bones) so there are slow shuffles, street songs and the occasional... > Read more

The Lights of Taormina

Elvis Costello: Wave a White Flag (demo 1976)

Elvis Costello: Wave a White Flag (demo 1976)

23 Mar 2015

When Elvis Costello was an aspiring singer-songwriter, desperate to get a foothold and using the name DP Costello, he was fronting the pub-rock band Flip City. But he was also recording his own songs at home and passing these demos to (the now late) Charlie Gillett who hosted the Honky Tonk radio show. This song was the first of those that Gillett played and it's... > Read more

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