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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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THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2014: THE EDITOR'S CHOICES

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2014: THE EDITOR'S CHOICES

19 Dec 2014

At a very rough guess Elsewhere probably reviewed or wrote about more than 200 albums in the past year . . . and we certainly didn't get to many excellent ones simply by constraints of time. So what follows are simply the 30 most durable albums from the past year in our opinion. The ones that you could listen to repeatedly . . .  as we've done. They aren't... > Read more

GUEST WRITERS GAVIN AND ODETTE consider the romantic young John Lennon

GUEST WRITERS GAVIN AND ODETTE consider the romantic young John Lennon

18 Dec 2014

A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles is a mono vision. When you put it on – while reading this article of course – make sure you put it on loud. The first thing you will realize is that John is listening to Elvis and Roy Orbison – and dreaming of writing love songs – for that is John’s greatest artistic triumph – the Libran tender... > Read more

A Hard Day's Night (early takes)

Dictaphone Blues: Mufti Day (bandcamp)

Dictaphone Blues: Mufti Day (bandcamp)

18 Dec 2014

Ed Castelow aka Dictaphone Blues is, for Elsewhere's money, one of the most talented, smartest and best pop-rock songwriter/singers at work in this country right now. He's also very funny as he plunders doo-wop (here on the absurd intro to Lance's Tape), writes very witty lyrics and some highly moving ones, latches them to memorable tunes (Her Heart Breaks Like a Wave... > Read more

Prepaid Fare

TRANSFORMER; THE COMPLETE LOU REED STORY by VICTOR BOCKRIS

TRANSFORMER; THE COMPLETE LOU REED STORY by VICTOR BOCKRIS

17 Dec 2014    2

When Lou Reed – who is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year alongside Joan Jett, Ringo Starr and others – died in October 2013, there were the inevitable potboiler books attempting to sum up the man, his music and motivations. But the book to wait for was always going to be this one by Bockris, the “poet of the New York... > Read more

IAN ANDERSON INTERVIEWED (2014): The view from the top

IAN ANDERSON INTERVIEWED (2014): The view from the top

16 Dec 2014    2

It was over 20 years ago that I spoke to Ian Anderson, the founder of Jethro Tull and the sole constant in that remarkably durable prog-rock band, and I have never forgotten the experience. That man could talk and talk and talk . . . Without a word of lie I can say this, as he went on and on about how fans demanded all the reissues and... > Read more

Doggerland

SHORT PASSAGES: A quick overview of recent jazz releases

SHORT PASSAGES: A quick overview of recent jazz releases

16 Dec 2014

Facing down a slew of jazz releases, Elsewhere will every now and again be obliged to do a quick sweep like this. Comments will be brief. But we are keen to acknowledge as many jazz releases as we can . . . Chick Corea Trio; Trilogy (Concord): Still at the top of his game -- as those who have seen him in New Zealand in the past few years will attest -- pianist... > Read more

Annalisa

GUEST WRITER ANDREW DAWSON looks back at punk as a new way forward

GUEST WRITER ANDREW DAWSON looks back at punk as a new way forward

15 Dec 2014

“Texts are worldly,” the literary theorist Edward Said wrote in '83, “[they are] a part of the social world, human life, and of course the historical moments in which they are located and interpreted”. Of all modern musical genres, it's undoubtedly punk music that exemplifies Said’s thesis that texts (in the broadest definition) are... > Read more

The Sound of the Suburbs

Various Artists: Machaut Man and a Superman Hat; The Music of Dave Lisik (Rattle Jazz)

Various Artists: Machaut Man and a Superman Hat; The Music of Dave Lisik (Rattle Jazz)

15 Dec 2014

Canadian-born, Wellington-based composer/producer/arranger/etc Dave Lisik has appeared at Elsewhere a number of times previously but never quite like this. Whereas previous outings under his name like Ancient Astronaut Theory (with Richard Nunns on taonga puoro) and Fate and the Processor (with saxophonist/clarinet and bassoon player Colin Hemmingsen) explored the... > Read more

Au Chien Qui Fume

Peter Blakeley: Quicksand (1990)

Peter Blakeley: Quicksand (1990)

15 Dec 2014    1

When I was in Newcastle, New South Wales recently -- a city I'd never been to previously and knew damn-all about -- I was walking along the boardwalk in the afternoon and looked over to see an old friend on Wharf Road. It was Harry's Cafe de Wheels, a famous Australian institution which has provided pie'n'peas, hot chips, burgers and the like for hungry folks -- often... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN ADAM McGRATH OF THE EASTERN on what drives their new album, The Territory

GUEST MUSICIAN ADAM McGRATH OF THE EASTERN on what drives their new album, The Territory

13 Dec 2014

It'd be good to know exactly where it's at. I mean the what it is, the what it was and what it shall be, are hard enough but the elusive “where it's at” creates all kinds of troubling rumbles in the back of your brain. It feels like we've been looking for the illusive 'it' since we started this long ramble we call The Eastern.... > Read more

The Territory

THE DARK HORSE, a film by JAMES NAPIER ROBERTSON (Transmission DVD)

THE DARK HORSE, a film by JAMES NAPIER ROBERTSON (Transmission DVD)

13 Dec 2014

That this film should have picked up so many wins at the NZ Film Awards will come as little surprise. Taking nothing away from the excellence of the acting and directing, there were few other serious contenders -- What We Do in the Shadows? Please! -- and it is also a feel-good film which has mainstream appeal. In fact, one friend called it "Karate Kid with... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Etana

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Etana

12 Dec 2014

By happy chance, we received a reply from Etana to our Famous Elsewhere Reggae Questionnaire . . . and a year ago she had answered our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire. But she's a star and the questions are of course different (and where they are the same it is interesting to compare her answers) so let's give the Jamaican soul-reggae queen another shot at it . . . and... > Read more

Buenos Aires, Argentina: A users' guide

Buenos Aires, Argentina: A users' guide

12 Dec 2014

The bronze statue in the museum towers over us. It is twice life-size and the national hero has a hand on his heart, his eyes looking to the distance. At his feet are the faithful, young and old, gathered reverently or taking photographs. In another place, this statue might honour a military leader, statesman or great poet. But here in a museum of futbol... > Read more

Jarrett, Haden, Motian: Hamburg '72 (ECM/Ode)

Jarrett, Haden, Motian: Hamburg '72 (ECM/Ode)

11 Dec 2014

The death this year of the great bassist/composer Charlie Haden robbed the world -- and not just the jazz world -- of one of the great artists of our time. It would take far too long here to go into the musical diversity he embraced (from Ornette Coleman to American country music), the plethora of artists he performed with (great jazz musicians to Yoko Ono and Ringo... > Read more

Life, Dance

20,000 DAYS  ON EARTH, a film by IAIN FORSYTH and JANE POLLARD (Madman DVD)

20,000 DAYS ON EARTH, a film by IAIN FORSYTH and JANE POLLARD (Madman DVD)

11 Dec 2014

During a recent Q&A session after a screening of this film about him, Nick Cave mentioned in passing that a sequence involving Bad Seed/Dirty Three/Grinderman band member Warren Ellis wasn't true: Ellis didn't live in that particular house and he didn't cook eel as he was shown to be doing. There were some surprised laughs, but as I looked around I got the sense that... > Read more

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

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

11 Dec 2014

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.  Comments will be brief. The Eastern; The Territory (RPR): Adam... > Read more

Talking Americana Cowboy Yeeha Blues

STONEY AND THE JAGGED EDGE, UNEARTHED (2014): The Sixties sound of psychedelic garageband Detroit

STONEY AND THE JAGGED EDGE, UNEARTHED (2014): The Sixties sound of psychedelic garageband Detroit

9 Dec 2014

Just when you think the library of the past has been fully illuminated, someone comes along and points to a low door in the wall which opens into a secret, dark room. And in there your torch picks out . . . Stoney and the Jagged Edge. Not to be confused with other bands called Jagged Edge, this group from Detroit in late Sixties had a strong local following,... > Read more

The Dues Song

SYLVIE SIMMONS INTERVIEWED (2014): Leonard Cohen, music journalism, a debut album at 60 and the ukulele

SYLVIE SIMMONS INTERVIEWED (2014): Leonard Cohen, music journalism, a debut album at 60 and the ukulele

8 Dec 2014    1

When Sylvie Simmons speaks it is in a quiet, bemused and droll English accent, full of whimsical asides. You'd be forgiven if you thought she was a slightly mischievous author of children's books. But Simmons is one of the great music writers of our time who grew up “Beatle-damaged” in London of the Sixties, moved to America in the late Seventies where... > Read more

My Lips Still Taste of You

Nathan Haines: 5 A Day (Warners)

Nathan Haines: 5 A Day (Warners)

8 Dec 2014

In a recent in-depth interview with Elsewhere, Nathan Haines spoke about how hard it was for him and his longtime producer Mike Patto to make this new album. In comments we didn't publish there he said, “we were running up against deadlines and it took a massive toll on our lives”. “I had to stop working because there were a lot of man hours... > Read more

Hidden Fortress

WILCO AT 20, CONSIDERED (2014): Roger Wilco Over . . . and onward

WILCO AT 20, CONSIDERED (2014): Roger Wilco Over . . . and onward

8 Dec 2014

The story of Wilco is full of ironies, wrong turns and barely credible shifts of direction and personnel. The band that formed out of Uncle Tupelo which was in the vanguard of alt.country in the early 90s made intricate and experimental indie.pop-rock on Summerteeth 99, then slewed further left with their Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in 2002 . . . which their record... > Read more

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