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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DAVID BOWIE IS (2015): Inside the mind of a pop culture chameleon

DAVID BOWIE IS (2015): Inside the mind of a pop culture chameleon

30 Jul 2015

Even in an artistic life of oddity, irony, apparent contradictions and self-aware consistency, it still comes as a surprise that David Bowie left London – the city of his birth and where Ziggy Stardust fell to Earth – over 40 years ago. Aside from brief visits, he's never returned. David Robert Jones who grew up in suburban Sundridge Park, some 15km... > Read more

Mike Nock and Roger Manins: Two-Out (FWM)

Mike Nock and Roger Manins: Two-Out (FWM)

28 Jul 2015

Some weeks ago for background on a non-Elsewhere project I spent time listening through to at least a dozen, probably many more, albums by pianist/composer Mike Nock. They covered everything from solo recordings through duets and trios to large ensembles, from straight-ahead jazz piano to his early music which edged into proto-fusion. Nock's discography is... > Read more

Tennessee Waltz

Mbongwana Star: From Kinshasa (World Circuit)

Mbongwana Star: From Kinshasa (World Circuit)

27 Jul 2015

Just as Memphis, Liverpool, Jamaica, Iceland and Sweden were not in the sightlines of pop music before great artists emerged from there, it's a fair bet 10 years ago no one would have put money on Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Then the Congotronics collections introduced us to the likes of Konono No1, Kisanzi Congo and others working with cheap... > Read more

Suzanna

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Frank Eliesa of Yoko-Zuna

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Frank Eliesa of Yoko-Zuna

27 Jul 2015

The Auckland four-piece Yoko-Zuna (for your amusement check the source of the name) describe themselves on their Facebook page as "progressive, electronic, hip-hop" . . . And all of those descriptors seem fair . . . especially the progressive bit. That's because, if you check the sample track here, you can feel the breadth of their jazz fusion-cum-hip-hop... > Read more

This Place

DAVID BOWIE IS (2015): The Man Who Sold His Selves

DAVID BOWIE IS (2015): The Man Who Sold His Selves

27 Jul 2015    3

In one corner of the expansive David Bowie Is exhibition which opened in Melbourne a fortnight ago is a video clip that many visitors walk past with barely a glance. In the exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) which contains dozens of his stage costumes, artwork and storyboards for videos, handwritten lyrics and other better known... > Read more

Some Are

Daughn Gibson: Carnations (SubPop)

Daughn Gibson: Carnations (SubPop)

27 Jul 2015

Gibson from Pennsylvania has been getting some stick internationally for this, his third album. But presuming few if any here heard his previous soulfully dark-voiced outings we come to this fresh and it's an odd but interesting one, sometimes like widescreen Bowie around Station to Station, at others finding its feet in post-New Wave goth-pop or Depeche Mode.... > Read more

Back With the Family

Seckou Keita: 22 Strings (MWLDAN)

Seckou Keita: 22 Strings (MWLDAN)

27 Jul 2015    1

The title of this exceptional album by the gifter 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 instrument for... > Read more

If Only I Knew

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

27 Jul 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. Houndmouth; Little Neon Limelight (Rough Trade): From Indiana and signed to Rough Trade, Houndmouth -- a four-piece of... > Read more

Way Home by The Young Folk

THE BARGAIN BUY: Whiplash (Blu-Ray)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Whiplash (Blu-Ray)

27 Jul 2015

When this gripping drama about an aspiring young jazz drummer and his emotionally abusive tutor was released in cinemas last year Elsewhere warned that "jazz people" -- protective of their turf and picky in the extreme -- wouldn't like it. And sure enough . . . Most critics loved it (as did audiences) but inevitably there were articles saying no... > Read more

Sleaford Mods: Key Markets (Harbinger)

Sleaford Mods: Key Markets (Harbinger)

24 Jul 2015

With minimal musical backing, the focus of this exciting, political, funny and sometimes bitter duo of singer Jason Williamson and musician Andrew Fearn connect weith a lineage of British music. With echoes of Ian Dury, the Sex Pistols, the Fall, Crass, Two Tone acts, the Streets and sometimes B-grade British television comedy shows, the Sleaford Mods can burn like a... > Read more

Face to Faces

Tania Giannouli Ensemble: Transcendence (Rattle)

Tania Giannouli Ensemble: Transcendence (Rattle)

22 Jul 2015

The previous album by Greek pianist/composer Tania Giannouli which appeared at Elsewhere was a duet recording Forest Stories with saxophonist/flautist and clarinet player Paulo Chagas and -- for no other reason than they were improvised pieces -- we posted it in our Jazz in Elsewhere pages (see review here). It was such a fascinating album we invited Giannouli and Chagas... > Read more

Obsession

Various Artists: Loop Select Mixtape (Loop)

Various Artists: Loop Select Mixtape (Loop)

21 Jul 2015

Free music is always a good thing and the very fine people at Loop in Auckland have once again offered a free downlaod of a mixtape collection Here's the tracklisting: 01. Bottom Line (Flako Mix) - Electric Wire Hustle02. Starfish - Aron Ottignon03. Heatwave - HIGH HØØPS04. Cushion Plant - Team Cat Food05. Hyakki Yakou Part2 - Haioka06. Losing You (Tennis Champ... > Read more

THE HOMESMAN, a film by TOMMY LEE JONES (Madman DVD/Blu-Ray)

THE HOMESMAN, a film by TOMMY LEE JONES (Madman DVD/Blu-Ray)

20 Jul 2015

Women are rarely central figures in Westerns and are most often either inconsequential or barely visible. In many they actually don't appear at all. Which makes this grim, frequently troubling and sometimes narratively unexpected film directed by Tommy Lee Jones (who also plays the grizzled, pragmatic and mostly self-serving George Briggs) such a surprise.... > Read more

Tal National: Zoy Zoy (Fat Cat/Southbound)

Tal National: Zoy Zoy (Fat Cat/Southbound)

20 Jul 2015    1

For more than a decade this boisterous and irrepressible band from Niger played their lengthy sets (sometimes up to five hours) well away from the eyes and ears of the world beyond their national borders. Until the Kaani album a couple of years back when it was impossible not to be swept up by their energy and melting pot of various musical styles from the region.... > Read more

Farila

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Rochelle Bright

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Rochelle Bright

20 Jul 2015

Rochelle Bright has enjoyed one of the better views in New Zealand while writing plays such as her acclaimed Daffodils . . . and the impending The Deliberate Disappearance of My Friend, Jack Hartnett (which opens in Auckland soon, dates below) She earned the enviable multi-milldollar vista across Auckland's Hauraki Gulf from Devonport's heights because she won the 2015... > Read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Late Night Tales; After Dark, Nocturne (latenighttales/Southbound)

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Late Night Tales; After Dark, Nocturne (latenighttales/Southbound)

20 Jul 2015

This remix compilation selection by DJ Bill Brewster follows broadly in the path of other such Late Night Tales collections but Brewster brings a bit of low end funk and humour into proceedings, notably with the early-up inclusion of Plastic Bertrand's clumsy proto-rap Stop Ou Encore which somehow morphs into the Afro-percussion track Third World by Paladin. Brewster... > Read more

Chained to the Train of Love

PETE TOWNSHEND REPEATED (2015): Who loves who the most?

PETE TOWNSHEND REPEATED (2015): Who loves who the most?

20 Jul 2015

A few years ago before Christmas I bought two rock autobiographies to read over the break. One was Rod Stewart's Rod which was howling funny and charted the life of a man for whom booze, blondes and a bloody good time were written into the contract of being a rock star. So he obliged. The other could not have been more different, it was Pete Townshend's earnest... > Read more

My Baby Gives It Away by Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane

THE BARGAIN BUY: Adele; 21

THE BARGAIN BUY: Adele; 21

20 Jul 2015

It's perhaps a little redundant to be suggesting this as a Bargain Buy, given about 30 million people around the world have already bought it. That probably means maybe one in every five New Zealanders has a copy . . . but wait because there is, literally, more. This was British singer Adele's major breakthrough although her debut album 19 in 2008 was a Grammy winner... > Read more

Set Fire to the Rain

Neil Young and Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years (Warners)

Neil Young and Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years (Warners)

19 Jul 2015    2

When Neil Young -- who turns 70 later this year -- ascends to the great beyond you can be certain the obituaries will tick off his many great songs and albums, and note what a wilful and idiosyncratic artist he was. It will all be true. But while he's in the here and now it's also worth noting that for every great album there was at least one other indifferent one... > Read more

Monsanto Years

PHILIP DADSON: SONICS FROM SCRATCH, a doco by SIMON OGSTON and ORLANDO STEWART

PHILIP DADSON: SONICS FROM SCRATCH, a doco by SIMON OGSTON and ORLANDO STEWART

17 Jul 2015

Even if Philip Dadson's name is not as well known as it should be outside of academic and sonic art music areas, many New Zealanders would respond to just two words: From Scratch. The innovative percussion trio – Dadson, Don McGlashan and Wayne Laird in its most famous iteration – took their mathematically complex, minimalist music into the mainstream... > Read more

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