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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 FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Andrew Keoghan

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Andrew Keoghan

29 Jul 2016  |  2 min read

Expat New Zealand singer-songwriter Andrew Keoghan -- formerly based in NYC, now in LA -- won massive plaudits for his previous album, the Elsewhere favourite Arctic Tales Divide of 2011. That album had him in the running for a Taite Award and his new one Every Orchid Offering -- more subtle in places, sonically more eclectic -- might just see him in the same... > Read more

They Don't Want a Boyfriend

Fleetwood Mac, Mirage Expanded Edition (Warners)

Fleetwood Mac, Mirage Expanded Edition (Warners)

29 Jul 2016  |  <1 min read

After the mega-success of their self-titled album in '75 and its follow-up Rumours ('77) which sold even more multi-millions, the Big Mac took a left turn with Tusk ('79, well worth rediscovering) and toured relentlessly. By the time they got to Mirage ('82) they were bickering and burning out. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had released solo albums.... > Read more

MIRAGE by  EDWARD DMYTRYK (Madman DVD)

MIRAGE by EDWARD DMYTRYK (Madman DVD)

29 Jul 2016  |  1 min read

In his subject-shifting epic Brownsville Girl of 1986, Bob Dylan sang, “I'm standin' in line in the rain to see a movie starring Gregory Peck, Yeah, but you know it's not the one that I had in mind.
He's got a new one out now, I don't even know what it's about. But I'll see him in anything so I'll stand in line”. The one he had mind, mentioned... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . HANK GARLAND: The forgotten star of the six string

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . HANK GARLAND: The forgotten star of the six string

25 Jul 2016  |  4 min read

When guitarist Hank Garland's '59 Chev station wagon spun out on a road in Tennessee and hammered into a tree in September 1961 it left him unconscious in hospital for weeks. And although he recovered and lived another 43 years he never went back to work . . . but what a career he'd had since he'd arrived in Nashville as a precociously gifted teenager 13 years... > Read more

Sugar Foot Rag

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Henry Rollins

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Henry Rollins

25 Jul 2016  |  5 min read

When Henry Rollins first came to New Zealand in 1990 he was a menacing figure. The bellicose and punishing frontman for Black Flag with a reputation for confrontation (his major back-tatt was the Stooges' slogan "Search and Destroy"). And in some ways he didn't disappoint. He was on a spoken-word tour and when the opening act for his Auckland show dropped out... > Read more

SHARON JONES CONSIDERED (2106): Lady willpower

SHARON JONES CONSIDERED (2106): Lady willpower

25 Jul 2016  |  3 min read

When opportunity came knocking, Sharon Jones was waiting to open the door. She was 40 and had been ready for decades. No surprise then that once her career took off she released albums with the titles I Learned the Hard Way and Give the People What They Want. Jones – now 60, half a dozen albums to her name, Grammy nominated and the subject a recent film... > Read more

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER MURRAY CAMMICK shows off his flash cars

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER MURRAY CAMMICK shows off his flash cars

25 Jul 2016  |  2 min read

Elsewhere writes: Murray Cammick is best known in New Zealand for his longtime editorship of the legendary rock magazine Rip It Up -- yes, legendary, a word we only ever use sparingly in these pages --  which he founded in '77 with Alastair Dougal. He was also behind the Cha Cha fashion magazine, the pop magzine Shake and founded his own Southside and... > Read more

ELSEWHERE WORLD SERVICE: A quick overview of recent world music releases

ELSEWHERE WORLD SERVICE: A quick overview of recent world music releases

25 Jul 2016  |  4 min read

Here's a frequent flyer/transit lounge column for those at home who want to get their musical passport stamped. Elsewhere has so many CDs and downloads commanding and demanding attention that we run an occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists (IN BRIEF), in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks out New Zealand artists. And of... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Brunettes; Structure and Cosmetics

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Brunettes; Structure and Cosmetics

25 Jul 2016  |  <1 min read

There has been quite a developing lineage of what we might call cute-pop in New Zealand, and we could trace it back to the delicate and thoughtful Caterpillar and Butterfly albums by the Tokey Tones on Auckland's Lil' Chief Records. Cute-pop continues today with the likes of Princess Chelsea and Jocee Tuck, but after the short-lived Tokey Tones it fell to the Brunettes to... > Read more

THE ORANGE BALLROOM (2016): The dance begins again

THE ORANGE BALLROOM (2016): The dance begins again

22 Jul 2016  |  2 min read

The actual name of the place is the Orange Coronation Hall and it was the lodge for the Irish Protestant Orangemen in Auckland. But everyone knows it as the Orange Ballroom, the name apparently bestowed on it by the late Bill Sevesi who – with his band the Islanders – played there from 1954 until the early Seventies. The old building on Newton Rd –... > Read more

THE FINALISTS, 2016 APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARD: And those in contention are . . .

THE FINALISTS, 2016 APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARD: And those in contention are . . .

21 Jul 2016  |  1 min read

The annual Silver Scroll award for songwriitng is considered one of the most -- if not the most -- prestigious awards the New Zealand music world can bestow. That's because it is the songwriters themselves (APRA members) who vote for the winner from a huge number of songwriter entries. The shortlist of 20 finalists has just been announced and we are pleased to... > Read more

TRACE BUNDY INTERVIEWED (2016): Songs, stories and fortunately no singing

TRACE BUNDY INTERVIEWED (2016): Songs, stories and fortunately no singing

20 Jul 2016  |  7 min read

There are some musicians you need to see live to fully appreciate what it is they do. American guitarist Trace Bundy – on his way here for a national tour, see dates below -- is one of those. He takes to the stage with just a couple of acoustic guitars but -- through the use of delay pedals to create loops of sound, unusual tunings and different capo settings... > Read more

EPs by Shani.O

EPs by Shani.O

20 Jul 2016  |  2 min read

With so many CDs and downloads commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Shani.O. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up albums by New Zealand artists, and IN BRIEF does for international artists. Shani.O's profile... > Read more

Brian Wilson; Brian Wilson and Friends (BMG CD/DVD)

Brian Wilson; Brian Wilson and Friends (BMG CD/DVD)

20 Jul 2016  |  1 min read

There is certainly no shortage of Brian Wilson music about these days. We've had a couple of versions of SMiLE (including the excellent box set) and more recently the 50th anniversary reissue of Pet Sounds (again in an impressive expanded edition). Then of course he has released solo albums like No Pier Pressure (none of which have done much in the way of... > Read more

Don't Talk (ft Mark Isham)

ANOTHER 10 ODD UNPLAYED ALBUMS IN THE COLLECTION (2016): Make them stop!

ANOTHER 10 ODD UNPLAYED ALBUMS IN THE COLLECTION (2016): Make them stop!

18 Jul 2016  |  10 min read  |  1

In a previous column I wrote with some embarrassment about 10 odd unplayed albums which had sat on my shelves for many, many years. Decades in some instances. And many of them never even getting close to being played. They were my adopted but unloved children.  Some had arrived in my halfway house between pressing and trashing on the strength of their weird... > Read more

Vanessa Daou: Zipless (1994)

Vanessa Daou: Zipless (1994)

18 Jul 2016  |  2 min read  |  2

There is sexy music and there is sex music. And there can be quite a difference between the two in execution. Prince made a lot of sex music but slightly less sexy music; Donna Summer and Jane Birkin brought orgasms to music -- and so did Yoko Ono who screamed it to the ceiling and beyond. Ono was sex, the other two sexy. Sometimes Grace Jones could be both.... > Read more

The Long Tunnel of Wanting You

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Ethiopian Jazz (Rough Guide/Southbound)

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Ethiopian Jazz (Rough Guide/Southbound)

18 Jul 2016  |  <1 min read

This is certainly jazz from elsewhere. As with so many countries in the colonial period and into the early days of independence (before local bullies hijacked the government or invaders from outside did the same), Ethiopia once had a flourish and distinctive jazz scene. Duke Ellington on one of his music-cum-diplomatic missions for the US State Department... > Read more

Heywete by Tesfa Maryam Kidane

Various Artists: Late Night Tales, Olafur Arnalds (latenighttales/Southbound)

Various Artists: Late Night Tales, Olafur Arnalds (latenighttales/Southbound)

18 Jul 2016  |  1 min read

Elsewhere has always had an affection for compilations in the Late Night Tales series (as it did with the not dissimilar Back to Mine) because it is a triple opportunity: You can be introduced to a compiler you'd not previously encountered; it is highly likely you wouldn't know half the artists included so it's a doorway into new music and the albums segue from one... > Read more

Orgoned by Kiasmos

Blind Willie Johnson: I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole (1927)

Blind Willie Johnson: I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole (1927)

18 Jul 2016  |  1 min read

Last year as part of a short series on blues artists we profiled the remarkable Blind Willie Johnson whose music is out there in the endless cosmos on board Voyager 1. Johnson possessed an astonishing voice, full of the pains of sin, the hope for redemption and an earthiness which seemed to come from the soil beneath his feet. The piece -- one of only a couple of... > Read more

MAVIS! A doco by JESSICA EDWARDS (Madman DVD)

MAVIS! A doco by JESSICA EDWARDS (Madman DVD)

15 Jul 2016  |  2 min read

In an interview with Elsewhere a couple of years ago the Memphis-based writer Robert Gordon noted, “I see my kids in school -- they are now in 9th and 11th grades -- and man, they don't know which was further ago, unfortunately, the Civil Rights movement or World War I.” But before we bemoan once more how shallow or ill-educated young people are today... > Read more

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