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VAN MORRISON: A CLASSIC PERIOD REVISITED (2016): Is it too late to stop now?

VAN MORRISON: A CLASSIC PERIOD REVISITED (2016): Is it too late to stop now?

27 Jun 2016  |  4 min read

Although Van Morrison made many indifferent albums (like the travesty What's Wrong With This Picture? : Answer? Everything), since the thoroughly enjoyable Keep It Simple ('08) he's been back on form. But you suspect even longtime fans have given up listening after many disappointments and recognising that Van now is not the Van of then (or Them). Longtime... > Read more

Cyprus Avenue (live at the Troubadour, 1973)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Gareth Thomas

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Gareth Thomas

27 Jun 2016  |  4 min read

Mild-mannered architect and designer by day, pop star by night? Sort of because Gareth Thomas of the off-on again Goodshirt has his own design company but has just released his excelent second solo album Fizzy Milk (and the day-job explains the natty cover art). We invited Thomas to share some of his design work with us (see here) but also felt -- because it's a... > Read more

All This

Unity Pacific: Blackbirder Dread (Moving/Rhythmethod)

Unity Pacific: Blackbirder Dread (Moving/Rhythmethod)

27 Jun 2016  |  1 min read

Reggae musician and Rastafarian Tigi Ness -- who helms this long-running band into it's third album -- is a man who walks with the past as his close companion. On Unity Pacific's debut album From Street to Sky he referred back to Springbok tour and the Red Squad, and his faith allows him to take a Biblical long view. But he also knows the sufferings of his contemporary... > Read more

We Are All Palestinians

JEFF LYNNE CONSIDERED (2016): Otis Wilbury, I presume?

JEFF LYNNE CONSIDERED (2016): Otis Wilbury, I presume?

27 Jun 2016  |  3 min read  |  1

For a man who loved the Beatles and whose band Electric Light Orchestra located itself on the axis of Sgt Peppers and Magical Mystery Tour, Jeff Lynne was handed a gift and a curse by his favourite group in the early 90s. When longtime Beatles' producer George Martin declined to work on three proposed singles using home demos by the late John Lennon – he... > Read more

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

27 Jun 2016  |  2 min read

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. Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop; Love Letter for Fire (SubPop): Yes he's beardy Beam (Iron and Wine) and she wears a Patsy... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Marianne Faithfull; Faithfull, A Collection of Her Best Recordings

THE BARGAIN BUY: Marianne Faithfull; Faithfull, A Collection of Her Best Recordings

27 Jun 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Elsewhere will concede immediately that we have always been mostly unpersuaded by Marianne Faithfull's much acclaimed genius. Her self-belief is admirable but often the evidence on many albums has come up well short of convincing. She is very good on self-mythologising and placing herself in great company, but over the long haul many of her albums seem exactly that, a... > Read more

Strange Weather

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble: It's Time (Slow Walk)

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble: It's Time (Slow Walk)

26 Jun 2016  |  <1 min read

As the rugby people like to say, this was a game a two halves . . . and all the action happened in the second. Usually albums play their aces up first but this band -- mining the oh-so familiar tropes of Fela-styled Afrobeat -- doesn't offer anything you haven't already heard in the genre during the first half. But, persistence is a small reward. Formed in... > Read more

DWB Breakdown (DJ Quiet Cool Down emix)

GUEST ARTIST GARETH THOMAS opens his laptop in downtime and . . .

GUEST ARTIST GARETH THOMAS opens his laptop in downtime and . . .

24 Jun 2016  |  2 min read

Elsewhere writes: When Gareth Thomas' delightful second album Fizzy Milk arrived we were immediately struck by the cover, and said as much in our review. And so smitten were we that we invited Thomas -- who has his own architectural and design practice -- to use Other Voices Other Rooms to showcase some of his design work relating to the album. This is what he says and... > Read more

Peter Posa: World Without Love (1965)

Peter Posa: World Without Love (1965)

24 Jun 2016  |  <1 min read

The sheer pervasiveness of the British Invasion in the early Sixties is wel illusrtated in the catalogue of New Zealand guitarist Peter Posa. Posa first emerged in the late Fifites with his distinctive sound and scored his first hit with Wheels in '61. But he is best known for his one-take classic White Rabbit of '63 and throughout the decade he toured with the likes of... > Read more

Big Audio Dynamite: Beyond the Pale (1986)

Big Audio Dynamite: Beyond the Pale (1986)

23 Jun 2016  |  1 min read

Right now with Britons poised to vote on their membership of the EU it seems that at some level nationalist sentiment is reaching its nexus. For many this won't be a vote on economic realities but rather something more simple if not base: Immigration. It is a hot-button topic and brings out al the usual cliches ("Coming over here and taking our jobs" and... > Read more

The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped (Universal CD and DVD)

The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped (Universal CD and DVD)

21 Jun 2016  |  2 min read

So here's a question Elsewhere asked last year: Whatever happened to the Rolling Stones' bassist Bill Wyman? He appears to have been written out of recent photos of the band in their various reissue projects . . . but let's ask another question. Why doesn't his replacement Darryl Jones -- who has been an on-stage and in-studio Stone for 21 years -- yes twenty-one years... > Read more

Faraway Eyes (live Brixton Academy, July '95)

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

20 Jun 2016  |  2 min read

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. Billie Ray Martin; The Soul Tapes (Sonnenstahl) Although this German-born singer – who has spent decades... > Read more

John Mayall with Eric Clapton; Blues Breakers (1966)

John Mayall with Eric Clapton; Blues Breakers (1966)

20 Jun 2016  |  3 min read

For an album which is a cornerstone in any serious consideration of the British blues boom of the Sixties, the Blues Breakers record -- John Mayall with Eric Clapton -- of July '66 hardly had an auspicious gestation. In March '65 Mayall and the Blues Breakers had been dropped by their label Decca after just one album (a live outing, John Mayall Plays John Mayall) and... > Read more

All Your Love

Konono No.1 and Batida; Konono No.1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Konono No.1 and Batida; Konono No.1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

20 Jun 2016  |  <1 min read

Musical relationship where the partners share similar attitudes make for warm comfort but often not much creativity. So perhaps because Angola-born, Portugal-based producer and DJ Batida (Pedro Coquenao) works in similar lo-tech territory as Konono No.1 – the biggest thing to come out of the Congo since Papa Wemba many decades ago – that this pairing... > Read more

Yambadi Mama

Various Artists: Abrazo; The Havana Sessions (Ansonica)

Various Artists: Abrazo; The Havana Sessions (Ansonica)

20 Jun 2016  |  2 min read

It is hard to believe but for more than half a century the tiny island nation of Cuba endured a cultural and trade embargo by the United States, largely based on two issues: they are a Communist regime and the notorious missile crisis of the early Sixties. In recent years under the Obama government there has been a thawing in relations, but of course musicians got... > Read more

Bugs and Gas

Gareth Thomas: Fizzy Milk (gareththomastunes.com)

Gareth Thomas: Fizzy Milk (gareththomastunes.com)

20 Jun 2016  |  1 min read

In a cover so good you want it album-size to frame, this second solo album by Auckland songwriter Gareth Thomas – formerly of Goodshirt – really does fizz with addictive pop which exists at a very comfortable and happy midpoint between canny synth-pop and mainstream guitar pop-rock. And it's telling that the word “pop” appears there twice... > Read more

So Unbelievable

Venetic: Black Boxcars (WSM Recordings)

Venetic: Black Boxcars (WSM Recordings)

20 Jun 2016  |  1 min read

Despite a cover which suggests something akin to John Cale at his most manic, it's the acoustic guitar whch undercuts the image and gives a clearer picture to this, the eighth (eighth?) album in 10 years by Wellington's Venetic. Venetic is Wayne Stuart McCallum who maintains a fascinating website (unusual psychedelic albums, snippets of music writing, travel photos from... > Read more

Come Out Michelle

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Terry Allen, Juarez (PoB/Southbound)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Terry Allen, Juarez (PoB/Southbound)

20 Jun 2016  |  <1 min read

Part Tex-Mex short story about murder, desperation and consequences, and part song-cycle in a spare style, this '75 debut album by the artist/musician and Lubbock-born cult figure Allen was years ahead of its time in in its broad conception. The storyline reaches back across time from the contemporary world to the Aztecs and the Catholic colonialist Cortez ("he... > Read more

The Radio . . . and Real Life

Jake Holmes: Dazed and Confused (1967)

Jake Holmes: Dazed and Confused (1967)

20 Jun 2016  |  1 min read

From the moment of its release, the Led Zeppelin debut album in '69 gathered as much controversy as it did praise -- and indifference from many American reviewers who just heard the bombastic crunch. Those who knew their blues were angered that after decades of being denied their rightful place, many black artists were once more ripped off and went uncredited on this... > Read more

Paul McCartney; Pure McCartney (Universal)

Paul McCartney; Pure McCartney (Universal)

18 Jun 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

This big but perhaps unnecessary retrospective of a living legend is available in double disc, four-CD or four-LP formats. Enough product for you? So here's a non-chronological, self-chosen overview of Macca's vast post-Beatles career. And yes, we get the picture . . . At 73, Sir James Paul McCartney is -- for some reason -- still trying to ensure his legacy... > Read more

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