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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CHRIS STAPLETON CONSIDERED (2016): Bigger than country, and going bigger

CHRIS STAPLETON CONSIDERED (2016): Bigger than country, and going bigger

25 May 2016  |  5 min read

In the early Nineties when Billboard magazine adopted the more accurate Soundscan method of assessing record sales, three genres of music emerged as selling much more in America than anyone had previously thought: rap, alternative rock and country. It would be easy to simply note a divide there between urban (black, inner city), white college and rural (that... > Read more

Sometimes I Cry

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT … BERT JANSCH (2016): The most reluctant hero

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT … BERT JANSCH (2016): The most reluctant hero

23 May 2016  |  8 min read

Few musicians have recoiled from the glare of fame as assiduously as British guitarist and singer Bert Jansch. This solo artist and founder member of the seminal UK folk group Pentangle – less a band perhaps than a grouping of unlike minds and revolving membership -- was often an indifferent solo performer despite his obvious genius, was frequently drunk on... > Read more

Needle of Death

BOB DYLAN and ERIC CLAPTON TODAY (2016): Older than yesterday

BOB DYLAN and ERIC CLAPTON TODAY (2016): Older than yesterday

23 May 2016  |  5 min read  |  1

In recent times Mick Jagger has said he'd rather be interviewed by young journalists, because the old cynical ones are only ever interested in writing about the collective age of the Rolling Stones, which numbers in the centuries. He has a point and, whether you care for them or not these days, the Rolling Stones still make energetic blues-based rock . . . and are... > Read more

Come Rain or Come Shine

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Derek Jacombs

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Derek Jacombs

23 May 2016  |  2 min read

Derek Jacombs is the frontman for a band we are now officially allowed to describe as “long-running”. His band Kokomo are celebrating their 25th year in business and – as they should – have released a double-disc retrospective collection, Batten Down the Hatches, which comes in a DVD-sized box with a 25 page booklet of track and personnel... > Read more

Plastic Jesus

Kevin Morby: Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)

Kevin Morby: Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)

23 May 2016  |  1 min read

On the cover of this frequently mesmerising album where the music and arrangements can take unexpected but subtle turn, Texas singer-songwriter Morby is a tiny figure caught in a dark landscape with a spot of mysterious colour (a fire). There seems to be a city of lights beyond the ridge. His songs are like this too: they come from dark and solitary places,... > Read more

Water

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILMMAKER QUESTIONNAIRE: F. Theodore Elliott

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILMMAKER QUESTIONNAIRE: F. Theodore Elliott

23 May 2016  |  5 min read

Auckland-born filmmaler F. Theodore Elliott's independent debut feature Baseball has an interesting vignette quality about it. Characters, ideas and images appear and are gone, some to return, others to be left behind. Shot over two years and with an esemble of young amateur actors, it has a dream-like quality in places . . . a dream you can only piece together at the end... > Read more

Various Artists: Soul Sok Sega (Strut/Southbound)

Various Artists: Soul Sok Sega (Strut/Southbound)

23 May 2016  |  1 min read

A couple of weeks ago we pulled a track from this thoroughly enjoyable (and not a little confusing) compilation to post at From the Vaults.  But this double vinyl (with a CD disc and useful liner notes in the gatefold) is so good we just want to bring it to attention again. We could have dropped this into our catholic-taste Music From Elsewhere pages but it... > Read more

Eliza by Georgie Joe

Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor's Guide to Earth (Warners)

Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor's Guide to Earth (Warners)

23 May 2016  |  2 min read  |  1

There is a very special and comfortable place in Heaven for the best country-soul singers, those with the gift of bringing a soulful voice to country music tropes, sometimes touching a little r'n'b with jazz phrasing or saxophones. In the Sixties a lot of this stuff was pouring out of the South, and Simpson from smalltown Kentucky -- who played bluegrass and moved... > Read more

Breakers Roar

Jerry Lee Lewis: Another Place, Another Time (1968)

Jerry Lee Lewis: Another Place, Another Time (1968)

23 May 2016  |  2 min read

By the end of 1967, Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the greatest -- and certainly the most outrageous -- stars of the rock'n'roll era was washed up. The times had changed. It was the world of peace and love and marijuana, a bad fit for a man tormented to his soul by Satan and booze . . .  but that wasn't it. His career had been a series of self-inflicted wounds, not the... > Read more

Singapore: Drinking with an angel

Singapore: Drinking with an angel

22 May 2016  |  2 min read

It's always a pleasure — and sometimes even necessary given the humidity — to just plonk down in one of those cheap street-corner eateries in Singapore and take in the passing parade of diverse humanity over a cold bottle of Tiger beer. But sometimes you might want for ambience which is a little more classy . . . and for that you need Divine, a huge bar... > Read more

THE MONKEES REVISITED (2016): Through the looking glass

THE MONKEES REVISITED (2016): Through the looking glass

20 May 2016  |  7 min read

The point about the Monkees is that most people miss the point about the Monkees. Back in the late Sixties some people – and some even today – got very exercised about the Monkees not playing their own instruments on their early albums. Gee,and can we start an alphabetical list of artists who didn't? The Association, all the vocal acts on Motown, the... > Read more

I'm Not Your Stepping Stone (live '67)

SONGS OF LAHORE, a doco by SHARMEEN OBAID-CHONOY and ANDY SCHOCKEN

SONGS OF LAHORE, a doco by SHARMEEN OBAID-CHONOY and ANDY SCHOCKEN

20 May 2016  |  1 min read

Every now and again a New Zealand musician will complain how hard it is to make music here. Well, sometimes it is. Although the problem today is it's never been easier to make it but getting it to people or selling it has rarely been harder. However these things are relative, as this doco about a group of musicians in Pakistan illustrates. When their version... > Read more

THE SOUND OF HER GUITAR, a doco by BILL MORRIS

THE SOUND OF HER GUITAR, a doco by BILL MORRIS

19 May 2016  |  2 min read

This charmingly low-key, often movingly honest documentary about New Zealand singer-songwriter Donna Dean takes her from a childhood in a state house in Glen Innes under blue Pacific skies (she ackowledges the drinking and violence between her parents) into Texas clubs and bars and radio stations singing her distictive and mature country music to appreciative audiences.... > Read more

Pretty Buttons

Miklos Rozsa: The Lost Weekend (1945, soundtrack)

Miklos Rozsa: The Lost Weekend (1945, soundtrack)

19 May 2016  |  2 min read

The Hungarian-born composer Miklos Rozsa -- who died in '95 -- has a rare accolade in his long career as a composer of film soundtracks: when his music for the Hitchcock film Spellbound won an Oscar, he beat out two other scores, both of which he had also written. Those two were the music for A Song to Remember (about Chopin) and The Lost Weekend (about an alcoholic).... > Read more

Bottle is Discovered

QUEEN BEY THE REVENGER Vs PJ THE REPORTER (2016): Welcome to their worlds

QUEEN BEY THE REVENGER Vs PJ THE REPORTER (2016): Welcome to their worlds

16 May 2016  |  5 min read  |  1

Whether you think Beyonce's new album/hour-long film Lemonade is an openly autobiographical letter paying out on the infidelities of her husband Jay Z or just another clever piece of PR positioning, hardly matters. The “visual album” Lemonade – as in, “if life gives you lemons . . . “ – is actually an exceptional multi-media piece... > Read more

Chain of Keys by PJ Harvey

Brian Eno: The Ship (Opal/Border)

Brian Eno: The Ship (Opal/Border)

16 May 2016  |  1 min read

In a recent interview Brian Eno noted he is a different person these days, and in fact – like all of us – has been a series of different people. Which rather suggests he is constantly leaving past selves behind . . . and he has seemed to have done that aesthetically by moving into different territories of art, installations, painting, music for specific... > Read more

I'm Set Free

Kokomo: Batten Down the Hatches (kokomo.co.nz)

Kokomo: Batten Down the Hatches (kokomo.co.nz)

16 May 2016  |  1 min read

Those who don't "get it" or take any time with the blues tend to dismiss it as all sounding the same. Certainly there can be superficial similarities, but it is an idiom with an infinitie capacity for reinvention. Every old black bluesman has a descption of the style -- "Blues is the truth", "Blues is a feeling") and so on -- but ironically... > Read more

Too Many Words

Pacific Heights: The Stillness (Warners)

Pacific Heights: The Stillness (Warners)

16 May 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Pacific Heights is the alias of Wellington producer and songwriter Devin Abrams who was a longtime member of electro-legends Shapeshifter. But here – the first outing under his own name in almost a decade – he pulls back the thumping Shapeshifter beats for an album (with guest vocalists) which shifts between dreamy neo-soul and electro-ambience, the... > Read more

Airborne ft Deanne Krieg

BASEBALL, a film by F. THEODORE ELLIOTT

BASEBALL, a film by F. THEODORE ELLIOTT

16 May 2016  |  1 min read

From the flickering typed-out titles, this strangely compelling 80 minute debut feature by Auckland filmmaker Elliott warns you of its lo-fi and homemade quality, and that it is a labour of love which is populated by friends. Because it is episodic -- some characters speak direct to camera with stories or abut ideas which seem disjointed and there is voice-overs... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: 3 Voices; 3 Voices (ohorecordings.com)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: 3 Voices; 3 Voices (ohorecordings.com)

16 May 2016  |  1 min read

The early Eighties were a remarkable time for innovative, daring and genuinely avant-garde music in New Zealand. In short succession there were albums by Avant Garage and Big Sideways (on the short-lived Unsung label) as well as spin-off projects such as Don McGlashan and Ivan Zagni's Standards (on Propellor), Low Profile (Festival), Zagni with Steve Garden on A... > Read more

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