ELSEWHERE: THE MAGAZINE FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE

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LED ZEPPELIN REVISITED, PART TWO (2014): Another turn of the Page

LED ZEPPELIN REVISITED, PART TWO (2014): Another turn of the Page

1 Nov 2014

In a recent interview – although more a passing comment it seemed – Jimmy Page indicated he was keen to get some new music together. That would be smart because 70 year old Page could be having the last rites read before Robert Plant would want to get Led Zeppelin together again. As Elsewhere has noted previously, Plant is nowhere near as attached to the... > Read more

No Quarter (rough mix, no vocals)

Kuching, Sarawak: A welcome return to cat city

Kuching, Sarawak: A welcome return to cat city

1 Nov 2014

When the explorer and entrepreneur James Brooke sailed up the Sarawak River in northern Borneo in 1838, he encountered a small village of local people and, if we believe the legend, an unnaturally large number of short-tailed cats. At this point in our story the cats become more important than the people, because the village – which grew into a city of half a... > Read more

GUEST ARTIST ALEXA SHAW writes about photographing a Pacific nation

GUEST ARTIST ALEXA SHAW writes about photographing a Pacific nation

1 Nov 2014

Niue. Have you been? It’s a beautiful, rugged, raised coral atoll in the South Pacific. It’s a place for adventure, discovery, disconnecting oneself from the ‘real world’. Our host, Graham Reid has spent a bit of time in Niue discovering the place, and, most likely, something new about himself. To find out some of his highlights and definite... > Read more

French for Rabbits: Spirits (Lefse)

French for Rabbits: Spirits (Lefse)

31 Oct 2014

This dreamscape debut album opens with such an elegantly simple guitar and piano part that it's hard not to be quickly seduced, and when vocalist Brooke Singer wafts in there is a lovely weightlessness at work above the undercurrents of drums and cymbal splashes. It sounds tidal and elemental. From their homebase at Waikuku Beach in New Zealand's South Island the duo of... > Read more

Lean

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: French for Rabbits

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: French for Rabbits

31 Oct 2014

This is what we love to hear. We sent the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire to Brooke, John and Ben of French for Rabbits and when it came back Brooke had written in the e-mail: "It made made the long trip from Warsaw to Berlin more entertaining!" Yes, New Zealand musicians out there conquering the world one gig at a time . . . although on long boring journeys... > Read more

Woke Up to a Storm

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Astro of UB40

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Astro of UB40

30 Oct 2014

New Zealand audiences are extremely loyal to those acts we take to heart. The Violent Femmes could turn up tomorrow and -- despite not having been here for years and not even existing anymore -- we'd rock up to see them. Same with UB40. Decades ago we adopted UB40 as one of our own and they reciprocated. They've been regular visitors (with or without singer Ali... > Read more

Anytime At All

Ha The Unclear; Bacterium, Look At Your Motor Go (bandcamp)

Ha The Unclear; Bacterium, Look At Your Motor Go (bandcamp)

30 Oct 2014

And now for something completely different . . . Singer-songwriter Michael Cathro who fronts this oddly-named band is a real one-off. His accent is unashamedly antipodean: He pronounces the Dunedin suburb "Core-sto-feen" as is the habit there, in Edinburgh it's the suburb I was born in and is "ki-store-fin". And his vocal limitations have a... > Read more

Mortality (A Million Years Ago)

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to African Blues (Rough Guide/Southbound)

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to African Blues (Rough Guide/Southbound)

30 Oct 2014

The Rough Guide series isn't exactly repeating itself, but seven years ago they did put out a compilation under exactly this name.  Times change of course, although some of the same names appear here, a couple of them (Nuru Kane, Ali Farka Toure) now much better known than they were back then. And on that earlier comp some of the African artists were... > Read more

Lalumbe

JAMES BURTON INTERVIEWED (2014): Six stringer for the stars

JAMES BURTON INTERVIEWED (2014): Six stringer for the stars

29 Oct 2014

A conversation with legendary guitarist James Burton could almost sound like name-dropping: he's worked with not one but two Elvises, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Harrison, the Monkees . . . It's all true but – at 75 – he's self-effacing. He's seen fame of the Elvis Presley kind but enjoys a different kind... > Read more

Cannonball Rag (1958)

Various Artists: Cold Cold Heart; Where Country Meets Soul Vol 3 (Kent/Border)

Various Artists: Cold Cold Heart; Where Country Meets Soul Vol 3 (Kent/Border)

29 Oct 2014

The crossover between country and soul has long been acknowledged but this excellent series brings classics and obscurities together just to gently push the point home further. Elsewhere has hailed the previous two volumes and this one continues the thread, but to even greater effect. Here are some extraordinary black soul versions of songs you might only have... > Read more

Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man

The Beatles: Love You To (1966)

The Beatles: Love You To (1966)

29 Oct 2014

After having listened through to all George Harrison's solo albums and writing about them, one conclusion is paramount. That for all that his lyrics could sometimes be sermonising, trite, worthy or schoolteacherish, Harrison also wrote some very beautiful melodies. This was an especially interesting development in his solo career because his earliest songs in the Beatles... > Read more

NEW ZEALAND MUSIC AWARDS 2014: You come a long way, baby

NEW ZEALAND MUSIC AWARDS 2014: You come a long way, baby

28 Oct 2014

Here's something I sometimes tell the young students in my New Zealand Music Studies course at the University of Auckland: The first music awards show I went to in about 1988 was held in a small room in what is now the Langham Hotel. That room must have held maybe 60 people and my recollection was – aside from Herbs who made up quite a crew... > Read more

NEIL DIAMOND CONSIDERED (2014): Back down the melody road

NEIL DIAMOND CONSIDERED (2014): Back down the melody road

27 Oct 2014    1

Speak this low: Neil Diamond used to be cool. Not tacky cool like Engelbert Humperdinck, but actual rock star cool. Quite when he lost the cool is hard to say, but you'd have to factor in the godawful mawkish duet in '78 with Barbra Streisand on You Don't Bring Me Flowers. It wasn't entirely all down hill after that, but before then he'd been so cool that The... > Read more

The Art of Love

Scott Walker + Sun O))): Soused (4AD)

Scott Walker + Sun O))): Soused (4AD)

27 Oct 2014

Scott Walker's setting a breathless pace these days: it was usually a decade between albums but after The Drift (06) just six years before Bish Bosch and now only two years since that typically demanding, commanding art music. For newcomers, London-based American-born Walker was the romantically brooding baritone on Walker Brothers pop hits in the Sixties,... > Read more

Brando

Stefano Bollani: Joy in Spite of Everything (ECM/Ode)

Stefano Bollani: Joy in Spite of Everything (ECM/Ode)

27 Oct 2014

Although this album gets credited above to the witty, inventive and very lively Italian pianist Stefano Bollani (familiar from albums with trumpeter Enrico Rava), the Danish rhythm section of bassist Jesper Bodilsen and drummer Morten Lund will also be known to followers of the ECM label (again through the Rava connection) . . . although perhaps not as familiar as the other... > Read more

No Pope No Party

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent releases

27 Oct 2014    1

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief. This week people you know from elsewhere (and maybe Elsewhere) Johnny Marr; Playland (Warners): Marr's first solo album The... > Read more

One Lost Year

THE BARGAIN BUY: Crowded House: Crowded House + Woodface

THE BARGAIN BUY: Crowded House: Crowded House + Woodface

27 Oct 2014    1

Here's one of the budget price gap-fillers for your collection, the Crowded House debut album from '86 and Woodface from five years later when Tim Finn briefly joined brother Neil in his band. That first remains one of the most impressive pop-rock powerpop debuts by any artist and contains the sublime hit Don't Dream It's Over alongside favourites such as Something So... > Read more

I Walk Away

Kuching, Sarawak: A clowder of cats, and then some

Kuching, Sarawak: A clowder of cats, and then some

26 Oct 2014

I'd just stepped outside into the 36 degree heat and humidity when my phone rang. It was my wife back in New Zealand where the weather was wet and cold. We had a quick chat about various things and then she told me our new cat Otis, described by the SPCA as “a handsome gentleman with a sense of adventure” seemed to be missing me. And had taken to tearing... > Read more

GEORGE HARRISON REVISITED, PART ONE (2014): The dark horse bolting out of the gate

GEORGE HARRISON REVISITED, PART ONE (2014): The dark horse bolting out of the gate

24 Oct 2014

Perhaps he was no more contradictory than any of us, but because of his larger life George Harrison sometimes seemed to be a man of diametrically opposed parts. He was a spiritual family man who could go on cocaine benders and wasn't above using his status as a former Beatle to pick up women. He was a meditative man but among his chief pleasures was Formula 1.... > Read more

This Guitar Can't Keep From Crying (alt version)

GEORGE HARRISON REVISITED, PART TWO (2014): The dark horse at a canter to the end

GEORGE HARRISON REVISITED, PART TWO (2014): The dark horse at a canter to the end

24 Oct 2014    3

The 2004 Oscars were unusual in how lacking in sentiment they were. Usually you'd expect a veteran favourite like Clint Eastwood to be recognised, or some time-server to get best supporting something. But no, what Lord of the Rings didn't win went to choices seemingly unmotivated by heart-tugging or vote-rigging. The Grammys that year were another matter. Best pop... > Read more

Marwa Blues

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