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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Eb & Sparrow: Sun/Son (Home Alone)

Eb & Sparrow: Sun/Son (Home Alone)

28 Aug 2015

After three excellent EPs, an excellent self-titled debut album and opening for Pokey LaFarge, Beth Orton and others, this Wellington-based five-piece around singer-songwriter Ebony Lamb have ensured a receptive audience for this world-class follow-up. It dripps with alt.country languor (think kd lang or Chris Isaak at their most sleepy), spaghetti Western... > Read more

Loaded Gun

Eberhard Weber; Encore (ECM/Ode)

Eberhard Weber; Encore (ECM/Ode)

28 Aug 2015

Unusually for an ECM album, this disc comes with liner notes in the form of an interview with Eberhard Weber, the bassist, composer, keyboard player and long-standing artist on the label. The album finds him reunited with flugel player Ack van Rooyen who was on his debut album The Colours of Chloe in '73 and here Weber comments that now maybe van Rooyen is playing on his... > Read more

Granada

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . .  HAYSEED DIXIE: The wacky world of hillbilly humour

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . HAYSEED DIXIE: The wacky world of hillbilly humour

24 Aug 2015

The remote community of Deer Lick Holler in the Appalachians isn't on the way to anywhere, so there aren't many outside influences. It's where musicologists go to study authentic hillbilly music -- and be fearful of the sound of Duelling Banjos. So it was a significant day when a stranger drove into the valley on crisp autumn afternoon two or more decades ago -- and... > Read more

Hayseed Dixie: Strawberry Fields Forever

Mem Nahadr: Femme Fractale (Commercial Free Dread)

Mem Nahadr: Femme Fractale (Commercial Free Dread)

24 Aug 2015

Just as opera has changed -- or at least some of its creators like John Adams, Philip Glass and others who have kept up with contemporary politics and social change -- so has art music, as academics like to call it. It has shifted from the sometimes rare air of the recital hall into clubs and bars. Mem Nahadr  -- a black albino once from Washington with a vocal... > Read more

Gone

Banditos: Banditos (Bloodshot/Southbound)

Banditos: Banditos (Bloodshot/Southbound)

24 Aug 2015

They might be based in Nashville but this hairy, post-punk six-piece from Alabama prove you can take bar-bands out of their natural home but they'll always be back-sliders. With electric guitars, two gutsy singers (male and female), flat-tack banjo and a sawdust floor attitude, the appropriately named Banditos put their fingers in the wall socket for most of the 12... > Read more

Old Ways

Ahoribuzz: Into the Sunshine (Warners)

Ahoribuzz: Into the Sunshine (Warners)

24 Aug 2015

The first time I saw Ben Harper play I turned to a pal and said "Taj Marley" and we laughed like drains then went straight to the bar. I felt the same the next time. Taj Mahal+Bob Marley can never go wrong, but can also never claim to be original.  But we being Kiwis who loved both artists embraced Harper who, in my opinion, didn't make any unique... > Read more

Turnaround

Jackie Greene: Back to Birth (YepRoc/Southbound)

Jackie Greene: Back to Birth (YepRoc/Southbound)

24 Aug 2015    1

Here produced by longtime friend Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, this former frontman/guitarist for Phil (Grateful Dead) Lesh's touring band, member of the Black Crowes (for two years before their disillusion a few months ago) and credible country-rock/roots player here delivers his seventh album which has some comfortably familiar reference points (the Band, Tom Petty,... > Read more

Where the Downhearted Go

Shankar Tucker: Filament (shankartucker.com)

Shankar Tucker: Filament (shankartucker.com)

24 Aug 2015

The idea of an East-West crossover between Indian music and whatever else is out there in the European traditions (jazz, classical, rock, pop, hip-hop, you name it) is so familiar it hardly needs further exploration. Whether it be Joe Harriott, John Coltrane, or the whole raga-rock of the Sixties (and that ignores the five decade between John McLaughlin with Shakti... > Read more

Dhuan Dhuan/Lost in Smoke

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Palestine (Rough Guide)

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Palestine (Rough Guide)

24 Aug 2015

The appearance of the Rough Guides in New Zealand and even other territories can be problematic. This one came out last year but if the few international reviews are anything to go by -- and its arrival only recently on Elsewhere's doorstep -- then it rose without a trace, as they say. But it is also in the nature of certain genres (most things outside of pop... > Read more

Doq

THE BARGAIN BUY: Dire Straits: Dire Straits

THE BARGAIN BUY: Dire Straits: Dire Straits

24 Aug 2015

Although it's long been fashionable and indeed appropriate to dismiss Dire Straits -- sometimes however more for what they became than what they did, although the headband remains a low in pop culture -- it's worth remembering how fresh their debut album sounded at the time. Just as the music media was getting up a real head of steam on punk, Dire Straits arrived with... > Read more

Lions

HOW BIZARRE by SIMON GRIGG (Awa Press)

HOW BIZARRE by SIMON GRIGG (Awa Press)

22 Aug 2015    2

The first time I heard OMC's massive hit How Bizarre outside of New Zealand was in Tokyo, the second time I caught the clip on MTV Europe while I was in an Amsterdam hotel gearing up to go and see Michael Jackson. But the third time was the most interesting. I was in bar in Miami Beach chatting with an out-of-state tourist when How Bizarre came on the screen... > Read more

Angel in Disguise

THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS, a film by KIM HAN-MIN (Madman Blu-ray/DVD)

THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS, a film by KIM HAN-MIN (Madman Blu-ray/DVD)

20 Aug 2015

At the end of the 16th century — around the time Shakespeare was writing The Merchant of Venice and Sir Walter Raleigh was a hero of his people -- events of a very different kind were unfolding and being soaked in blood on the far side of the world. The Japanese had invaded the Korean peninsula and the Joseon Dynasty – which had been in place for a... > Read more

GUEST WRITER MADELINE BOCARO sees Yoko Ono go jazz in New York City

GUEST WRITER MADELINE BOCARO sees Yoko Ono go jazz in New York City

18 Aug 2015

It is truly The Summer of Yoko in New York City. Yoko Ono One Woman Show at The Museum of Modern Art is in full bloom and she presented two delightful evenings of films and lectures in July, along with Morning Peace. And we were just treated to a couple of intimate and unique Plastic Ono Band concerts. We are starting to actually recognize the bottoms in Film... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tommy Emmanuel

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tommy Emmanuel

18 Aug 2015

Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is no stranger to New Zealand's shores and nor should be because he was for a long time a near neighbor. Born in New South Wales 60 years ago, Emmanuel rose quickly through the ranks and by his teenage years he had acquired considerable road miles touring with the family band and also a stack of awards. In the early Seventies he... > Read more

GUEST WRITER STEVE GARDEN considers a New Zealand filmmaker's doco about the Israel-Palestine flashpoint

GUEST WRITER STEVE GARDEN considers a New Zealand filmmaker's doco about the Israel-Palestine flashpoint

17 Aug 2015    1

While the ongoing tragedy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict provides the framework for Sarah Cordery’s highly accomplished Notes to Eternity, this intelligently conceived and skilfully constructed documentary isn’t so much an examination of the conflict (although it does offer an overview of the situation) as a philosophical meditation on why this... > Read more

KARIN KROG CONSIDERED (2015): A rare voice from the north

KARIN KROG CONSIDERED (2015): A rare voice from the north

17 Aug 2015

Because no sensible soul would come to a website called Elsewhere to hear just the familiar, we can confidently speak about the extraordinary, often uncategorisable Norwegian jazz singer Karin Krog who is now in her late 70s and has been around since the Sixties when she emerged a jazz-pop singer. She first came onto the Elsewhere radar a few decades ago when she... > Read more

Maiden Voyage

Seckou Keita: 22 Strings (MWLDAN/Ode)

Seckou Keita: 22 Strings (MWLDAN/Ode)

17 Aug 2015    1

The title of this exceptional album by the gifted kora player Seckou Keita refers to the fact that the 21-string kora originally had one extra string  . . . but that was removed centuries ago out of respect when the griot and kora master Jali Mady died. Here Keita -- who has clearly earned the right, his other albums have been wonderful -- returns to the original... > Read more

If Only I Knew

Gurrumul: The Gospel Album (Skinnyfish/Southbound)

Gurrumul: The Gospel Album (Skinnyfish/Southbound)

17 Aug 2015

There is something just so right about this retiring, blind Aboriginal singer taking his rare gift to gospel songs, just as there's something equally right in Nick Cave exploring the antithesis. Both have the voice for their subjects.  Brought up in the local church on Elcho Island off the top of Australia, Gurrumul has appeared at Elsewhere for his previous... > Read more

Amazing Grace

THE BARGAIN BUY: Grease (DVD)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Grease (DVD)

17 Aug 2015    1

A fortnight ago when Grease appeared unexpectedly on our small screen we, the Elsewhere household, laughed at the terrible opening credits and thereafter -- both us -- were hooked. Neither of us had seen it in decades but had fond memories of how silly it was, but by the end we realized what we had missed all those decades in between. How clever it was too. Between... > Read more

Exploring Nature's Pattern Magic by Dee and Mike Pigneguy (Mary Egan Publishing)

Exploring Nature's Pattern Magic by Dee and Mike Pigneguy (Mary Egan Publishing)

16 Aug 2015

Although Elsewhere isn't here for children we do acknowledge they exist. (They are the small human-like creatures that I am forced to stop for outside schools, right?) Anyway from time to time-- especially when Robin Nathan releases an album -- we like to throw the spotlight on something for the kids. And this book came our way which -- although visually very busy --... > Read more

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