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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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Hannah in the Wars: Hannah in the Wars (99X-10/Aeroplane)

Hannah in the Wars: Hannah in the Wars (99X-10/Aeroplane)

25 Apr 2015

Get past the usefully scene setting but irritatingly repetitious opener here (Burning Through the Night where Hannah Curwood's voice becomes more shrill and annoying than desperate as seems the intention) and a very interesting album reveals itself. Curwood from Central Otago is now based in London and caught the ear of the Cure's keyboard player Roger O'Donnell who... > Read more

Sweet Release

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL DALY offers images from his award-winning travel portfolio

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL DALY offers images from his award-winning travel portfolio

24 Apr 2015

Last week Christchurch-based photographer Paul Daly of Nomadic Planet won the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year award at the annual New Zealand TravCom awards for travel writers and photographers. Daly here shares a selection of his images from his portfolio of a country much in New Zealander's minds right now. For more on Paul Daly's work see his... > Read more

Neil Finn and Jim Carter: Blue Smoke (2015)

Neil Finn and Jim Carter: Blue Smoke (2015)

23 Apr 2015

When the recording of Blue Smoke by the Ruru Karaitiana Quintette was released in February 1949, the Second World War had only been over for around three and half years. The memories of loved ones who never returned were still fresh and painful, and in many homes -- even for decades after -- their photos were on lounge walls or the top of the sideboard. Or lining the... > Read more

CILLA, a film by PAUL WHITTINGTON (Roadshow DVD/Blue-Ray)

CILLA, a film by PAUL WHITTINGTON (Roadshow DVD/Blue-Ray)

22 Apr 2015

For a film with a number of parallel threads and themes competing for attention – the rise of Liverpool singer Cilla Black to fame in the mid Sixties; her relationships with gay manager Brian Epstein (and his rough trade life) and partner Bobby Willis (an aspiring songwriter and singer himself); the Protestant-Catholic divide in the city and so on – this... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . STRINGBEAN: Long lean banjo picker

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . STRINGBEAN: Long lean banjo picker

20 Apr 2015

If Truman Capote hadn't already written his brilliant “non-fiction novel” In Cold Blood (about the collision of two murderers and their victims in rural Kansas in '59), and he was still sober enough to focus, he might have found a great story in the 1973 murder of country music star Stringbean, David Akerman to his parents. Stringbean was one of those... > Read more

Stringbean and His Banjo

RINGO STARR REFLECTING (2015): He ain't going nowhere, man

RINGO STARR REFLECTING (2015): He ain't going nowhere, man

20 Apr 2015

Ringo Starr's few -- actually only two -- contributions to the Beatles' vast catalogue of original songs hardly set the world alight or gave any indication of great promise, unlike late bloomer George Harrison. Neither Octopus' Garden nor Don't Pass Me By (which tok him six years to finish and get on a Beatles album) suggested any great writing talent, but as a drummer... > Read more

Rory and the Hurricanes

Beth Hart: Better Than Home (Provogue/Warners)

Beth Hart: Better Than Home (Provogue/Warners)

20 Apr 2015

Hart may have a troubled soul – junk, booze and family matters all took their toll – but at her extraordinary Powerstation show last month she proved a good-humoured survivor with powerful stories to tell, and an exceptional voice to convey the hurts, optimism and energy required to pull herself through. And here across 11 originals she drops personae... > Read more

Might As Well Smile

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jody Direen

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jody Direen

20 Apr 2015

Wanaka-based Jody Direen is the new face and new voice of New Zealand's mainstream (but post-Taylor Swift) country music scene. Elsewhere spoke to her last year (here)  and mentioned at that time her single Loud had gone to number four on the Australian country music charts, and that she had been spotted by Bear Grylls team when singing in Wanaka. She spent six... > Read more

Adreenaline

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Chasing Yesterday (Warners)

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Chasing Yesterday (Warners)

20 Apr 2015

Neither Gallagher brothers' previous albums – Liam's enjoyable Oasis-like swagger on Different Gear Still Speeding and BE with Beady Eye, Noel's more po-faced self-titled outing with High Flying Birds – scaled particular heights. But here the more ambitious one rises to the challenge. Despite opening with “there's something in the way she... > Read more

The Girl With X-Ray Eyes

THE BARGAIN BUY: Superbrew; Africa Aroha

THE BARGAIN BUY: Superbrew; Africa Aroha

20 Apr 2015

 When, just five years ago, this innovative and enjoyable album from '87 was given an "at last!" reissue on CD, Elsewhere used it as an example of how exciting New Zealand jazz had been in those times. The jazz scene in Auckland has become more vibrant in the years since, but this album still holds attention for its lively criss-cross of African sounds... > Read more

Aroha

Slim Ali and the Hodi Boys: 70s Pop! (Arc Music)

Slim Ali and the Hodi Boys: 70s Pop! (Arc Music)

17 Apr 2015

The earlier companion volume to this collection (70s Soul!) was of real interest because of the sound of the Hodi Boys band behind the classic soul voice of Kenya's Slim Ali, and African artist who worked lounge bars. The band sometimes just sounded odd and off-kilter and capable of some weird out-there playing. Regreattably this time out they do little more than... > Read more

Tell Me

The Eastern: Cthulhu (RPR)

The Eastern: Cthulhu (RPR)

17 Apr 2015

Here's something we like and use it draw your attention in advance of Record Store Day tomorrow. Rough Peel in Wellington has its own label and has done vinyl of albums by the Eastern, Mantarays. Ladi6 and many others. But they also popped an interesting single -- mine is clear plastic -- with the Eastern doing a Beastwars song (the one posted) and Beastwars doing an... > Read more

NOOKY STOTT INTERVIEWED (2015): Bringing on the Rebel beat

NOOKY STOTT INTERVIEWED (2015): Bringing on the Rebel beat

15 Apr 2015

The guy who had the best seat in the house to watch the rise of the Auckland rock band Larry's Rebels in the Sixties was Nooky Stott. He was the group's drummer and a child of Fifties rock'n'roll. “I lived in Ponsonby and our local picture theatre was the Britannia. I think I saw Rock Around the Clock and Don't Knock the Rock at least 10 times,” he says.... > Read more

Let's Think of Something (NZ version)

HERBS; WHATS' BE HAPPEN? (2015): The hard truths from the street

HERBS; WHATS' BE HAPPEN? (2015): The hard truths from the street

14 Apr 2015    1

History, according to Napoleon (among others), is written by the winners. True in one sense. But if the losers are still out there they are often so forgetful of their history as to be worthless and absent witnesses. Many buy into the narrative of the winners, whom you might have thought would be their adversary. Take the New Zealand reggae band Herbs for example: Their... > Read more

Whats' Be Happen?

MEL PARSONS INTERVIEWED (2015): And the road goes on forever

MEL PARSONS INTERVIEWED (2015): And the road goes on forever

13 Apr 2015

On a wet Monday morning in Wellington, Mel Parsons takes a break from rehearsals in the Surgery studio with her band and, cheerful as ever, talks about her new album Drylands which she is taking to the country with starting on Wednesday in Auckland (see dates below). “It's exciting actually, just nice to have a new body of work to be touring... > Read more

Get Out Alive

DON McGLASHAN INTERVIEWED (2015): This time it's personal

DON McGLASHAN INTERVIEWED (2015): This time it's personal

13 Apr 2015    1

In late January I was approached to write a brief biography for Don McGlashan to accompany the release of his new album Lucky Stars album. At the time I wasn't available but was sent an advance download of the 10 songs . . . and because the album release was some way off and many of the songs sounded so self-revelatory I made the time in early February to interview Don... > Read more

The Waves Would Roll On

Mel Parsons: Drylands (Border)

Mel Parsons: Drylands (Border)

13 Apr 2015

As Elsewhere mentioned in the wrap-up of this year's Womad, New Zealand artists – notably women singers – were among the highpoints. And one in particular was Mel Parsons who exuded a mature confidence, showcased some of the excellent songs from this new album and with a small band kept the attention of a large audience which could have easily drifted away... > Read more

Driving Man

RECORD STORE DAY 2015: Back to black

RECORD STORE DAY 2015: Back to black

13 Apr 2015    1

The annual Record Store Day is an opportunity to show the love for vinyl as artists local and international issue good old fashioned records, many of them limited editions and often coming in special packaging. So now is not the time to be worried about the credit card, just let it do the work this coming Saturday, April 18. We offer here a quick rundown on what... > Read more

ONE WE MISSED: Various Artists; One Love, The Very Best of Aotearoa Reggae (Sony)

ONE WE MISSED: Various Artists; One Love, The Very Best of Aotearoa Reggae (Sony)

13 Apr 2015

Released a few weeks back, this highly inclusive, 34-song double disc got repeat play in the car stereo because it isn't always our default position of "barbecue reggae" (although there's a fair swag of that) but pops interesting surprises. So here alongside the expected -- Black Seeds, Fat Freddy's, Katchafire, Tiki Tane, House of Shem etc -- are some... > Read more

Rua Kenana

Larry's Rebels: I Feel Good (Frenzy)

Larry's Rebels: I Feel Good (Frenzy)

13 Apr 2015

This weekend for Record Store Day there is a vinyl release of a Larry's Rebels collection which pulls together their r'n'b sound on one side and the later psych-pop on the other. But for those wanting a more full picture this 25 song CD collection -- subtitled The Essential Purple Flashes of Larry's Rebels 1965-1969 -- is a useful companion to some previous collections,... > Read more

Painter Man (NZ version)

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