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Maisey Rika: Tira (Rika/Border)

Maisey Rika: Tira (Rika/Border)

5 Dec 2016  |  1 min read

It would be fair to suggest the reason the often sublime and always assured voice of Maisey Rika isn't more widely recognised is that she sings in te reo and – even now, decades on from the breakthrough of Poi E which we congratulate ourselves over – it is a language which is marginalised on mainstream radio. Little wonder then that Moana Maniapoto made... > Read more

Mahorahora (ft Beau Monga)

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

5 Dec 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. Gillian Welch; Boots No 1, The Official Revival Bootleg (Acony/Southbound) The numerical nature of this double... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Van-Anh Vo of Hanoi Masters

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Van-Anh Vo of Hanoi Masters

5 Dec 2016  |  4 min read

Since Vietnam opened itself for Western tourism in the mid Nineties, thousands have travelled there to experience the wonderful food, cheap beer, beautiful beach and mountain villages and the hospitality of the people. These days however – with luxury hotels with infinity pools at places which were largely deserted in those early days of openness (when... > Read more

Gratitude

MAVIS! A doco by JESSICA EDWARDS

MAVIS! A doco by JESSICA EDWARDS

5 Dec 2016  |  2 min read

In an interview with Elsewhere a couple of years ago the Memphis-based writer Robert Gordon noted, “I see my kids in school -- they are now in 9th and 11th grades -- and man, they don't know which was further ago, unfortunately, the Civil Rights movement or World War I.” But before we bemoan once more how shallow or ill-educated young people are today... > Read more

The Avengers: Waterpipe (1968)

The Avengers: Waterpipe (1968)

5 Dec 2016  |  1 min read

Warwick Freeman's useful book New Zealand Top 20 Singles of the Sixties confirms – using his formula – that Wellington's Avengers were one of the most successful bands of the decade. They charted five top 10 singles, among them the number two hit Love Hate Revenge, and using Freeman's ranking system were one of only four local acts in the top 50 of the... > Read more

Bob Dylan: The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! (Sony)

Bob Dylan: The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! (Sony)

4 Dec 2016  |  2 min read

Those with neither the money, time nor inclination for the 36 disc box set of Dylan's concerts in '66 – yes, thirty six discs – are referred to this fine document as a synopsis and distillation. The title of this previously unreleased material refers to the long-held misconception that it was at the RAHall where someone yelled “Judas” at him... > Read more

Ballad of a Thin Man

Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys: Machine Gun (Sony)

Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys: Machine Gun (Sony)

4 Dec 2016  |  1 min read

As the Sixties came to a close Jimi Hendrix famously tried to recalibrate his career by letting go of the Experience and, on New Year's Eve 1969 and the following night, play the Fillmore East with his new band of Buddy Miles (drums), and bassist Buddy Cox whom he'd known from his army days. For his performances – the whole of their first night released here... > Read more

Ezy Ryder

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Candice Milner

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Candice Milner

2 Dec 2016  |  3 min read

No musician just appears out of nowhere . . . although Candice Milner, now 18, comes pretty close. Her single Run For It won the audience.co.nz monthly chart in June and that set her on the path to her debut album Evergreen. Recorded in her hometown of Lyttelton with Ben Edwards and a band of sympathetic players, Evergreen is an impressively diverse collection of... > Read more

Gallery

THE ROLLING STONES, AGAIN (2016): Goin' back home to the blues

THE ROLLING STONES, AGAIN (2016): Goin' back home to the blues

2 Dec 2016  |  4 min read

The massive screen in the lobby of the cinema complex was screening footage from the Rolling Stones' 2016 concert in Havana, rendering the lines on Keith Richards' face like deep scars on an alien landscape. Many in the crowd shuffling towards the next blow 'em blockbuster stopped and stared, most in silence. And then on the screen a drone flew over the Stones'... > Read more

Everybody Knows About My Good Thing

John Key Trio: Back and Forth (Odd)

John Key Trio: Back and Forth (Odd)

2 Dec 2016  |  1 min read

Because there is so little money to be made out of releasing a local jazz album, you are surprised to find anyone bothering at all. And that may explain the nine year gap between this by Auckland pianist John Key and his previous release Whole (under the band name Strange Fruit). That's a pity because here Key delivers a very good, straight-ahead piano trio album... > Read more

Slow Right Down

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . THE FALL IN A HOLE ALBUM: Almost stopping the Nun taking flight

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . THE FALL IN A HOLE ALBUM: Almost stopping the Nun taking flight

1 Dec 2016  |  5 min read

Not many records can claim to bring down a successful record company, but the Fall's live album In a Hole (released in December 1983) can claim to have almost done that. In his memoir In Love With These Times, Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd tells of how a mix of passion, fandom, ignorance of legalities and thoughtless business practice made for hard times when... > Read more

No Xmas for John Quays (live, from the original 45, extract only)

The Eversons: “Stuck in New Zealand” (Lil Chief)

The Eversons: “Stuck in New Zealand” (Lil Chief)

28 Nov 2016  |  1 min read

Some wit in Creem in the Seventies nailed it perfectly when he wrote, “Heavy metal is for young men without a war of their own”. To which we might add, the Eversons are for young men with tongue-in-cheek teen angst and raging hormones. The Eversons – a family band just like the Ramones -- are smart, funny, deal in broad-brush power... > Read more

Emily

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive

28 Nov 2016  |  2 min read

You only needed to see Lake Street Dive's You Tube of them singing The Jackson' Five's I Want You Back on street in Boston four years ago to realise they were pretty special. The quartet had met at the New England Conservatory of Music and had bonded over a love of Motown and classic Sixties pop with touches of country. They'd taken their time: in late 2014 when we... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: The Clean: Getaway, Expanded Edition (Merge/Southbound)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: The Clean: Getaway, Expanded Edition (Merge/Southbound)

28 Nov 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Much as the Clean should be respected and honoured for their first flourish of innovative, sometimes brilliantly reductive but enthrallingly widescreen (in your head) pop-rock during the early days of Flying Nun in the late Seventies/early Eighties, it was their second coming which presented the more rewarding, demanding, exciting and fully realised music on albums... > Read more

Point That Thing Somewhere Else (from Syd's Pink Wiring System)

EPs by Shani.O

EPs by Shani.O

28 Nov 2016  |  2 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Shani.O. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up albums by New Zealand artists, and IN BRIEF does for international artists. Shani.O's profile appears at the end of... > Read more

The All Seeing Hand: Sand to Glass (Muzai)

The All Seeing Hand: Sand to Glass (Muzai)

28 Nov 2016  |  1 min read

Possessing the kind of live firepower usually reserved for conflict zones, Wellington's All Seeing Hand deliver a menacing clash of electronics/turntables, smashing drums and throat-singing which can sound like Tibetan monks on speed or feedback. They had people pinned to the walls of a silo when they played this year's Laneway. Much of this album – which... > Read more

Gravity

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker: Overnight (Rough Trade)

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker: Overnight (Rough Trade)

28 Nov 2016  |  1 min read

Anyone who likes toned down and thoughtful singer-songwriter music but is a bit weary of the familiar dusty paths and rural routes of Americana must be applauding just how much British indie.folk is appearing these days. From older names in reissue (Nick Drake, Bert Jansch) to newer faces (Kate Rusby, James Findlay), the long tradition is being explored and added to... > Read more

Sweet the Sorrow

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK; THE TOURING YEARS, a Beatles doco by RON HOWARD (Universal DVD/BluRay)

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK; THE TOURING YEARS, a Beatles doco by RON HOWARD (Universal DVD/BluRay)

28 Nov 2016  |  2 min read

Just as there were predicable howls of disapproval from the jazz elite when Clint Eastwood announced he was making a bio-pix of Charlie Parker (Dirty Harry taking aim at Bird?), so too were there was a chorus of disbelief when it was learned that Ron Howard – Richie Cunningham in Happy Days! – was making a doco of the Beatles' touring years. What the... > Read more

Bob Leaper, I Saw Her Standing There (1964)

Bob Leaper, I Saw Her Standing There (1964)

27 Nov 2016  |  1 min read

It's not easy to find out anything about the British jazz arranger and big band leader Bob Leaper, other than he did the music for a couple of (awful-sounding) sitcoms in the late Sixties/early Seventies which starred the likes of Jimmy Edwards and doubtless involved catch-phrases. But what we can say on the basis of his album Big Band, Beatle Songs on the London... > Read more

Copenhagen, Denmark: Walking off the art

Copenhagen, Denmark: Walking off the art

26 Nov 2016  |  4 min read

Make no mistake, this art stuff can really take it out of you. It can get your step-rate up, the wind in your face and your aorta working overtime. Especially if you're in Copenhagen and choose to visit two different galleries — one south of the city, the other way north — and start your day with a couple of beers. Which is what I did. In my... > Read more

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