ELSEWHERE: 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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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

GUEST ARTIST JOSEPHINE CACHEMAILLE on her new exhibition and current practice

GUEST ARTIST JOSEPHINE CACHEMAILLE on her new exhibition and current practice

23 Oct 2014

I am interested in making objects, paintings and installations that provoke questions about our magical thinking tendencies. Magical thinking refers to causal reasoning that looks for correlations between objects, acts and utterances, where there are no plausible correlations. Despite its proliferation amongst ‘modern’ people, magical thinking it is... > Read more

TARANAKI WOMAD 2015; THE ARTISTS' LINE-UP

TARANAKI WOMAD 2015; THE ARTISTS' LINE-UP

23 Oct 2014

Longtime Elsewhere readers will know that we here always keep our ears on what the rest of the planet is doing . . . hence our longstanding World Music pages where international albums are reviewed, artists are interviewed and introduced. And Womad always gets a very good showing. So here as a readers' service we present to you an... > Read more

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Arabic Jazz (Rough Guide/Southbound)

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Arabic Jazz (Rough Guide/Southbound)

22 Oct 2014

Here's a double disc -- a customary, intelligently compiled Rough Guide collection plus a bonus disc -- which might just as easily have been filed under our extensive World Music pages. But yes, this is bona fide jazz with an Arabic twist where the exotically beautiful oud and earthy wind instruments share space with rounded Western trumpet tones, grounded acoustic bass... > Read more

Dark Eyes

Neil Cowley Trio: Touch and Flee (Naim/Southbound)

Neil Cowley Trio: Touch and Flee (Naim/Southbound)

22 Oct 2014

Among the many reasons to pay attention to, and respect, British pianist Cowley is this: a few years back for a tribute record to the Beatles' "White Album" he did a version of . . . . Revolution 9. Now those who know that tape slice-up piece might be laughing about now and throwing the word "impossible" into the ether. But if you care to listen... > Read more

The Art

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILM QUESTIONNAIRE: Alastair and Vanessa Riddell

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILM QUESTIONNAIRE: Alastair and Vanessa Riddell

21 Oct 2014

Alastair Riddell is perhaps best know as the man who fronted the excellent glam-rock band Space Waltz back in the early Seventies whose single Out in the Street is a genuine Kiwi classic (as is the camp and clever clip which accompanied it). And recently a British rock magazine pointed Ziggy-era Bowie fans in the direction of Space... > Read more

DON WAS INTERVIEWED (2014): This note's for you

DON WAS INTERVIEWED (2014): This note's for you

20 Oct 2014    1

By coincidence, the day I got an e-mail to say famous producer Don Was -- head of the Blue Note jazz label these past two and half years -- was available for an interview I had just seen him on a great documentary about Charles Lloyd the wonderfully spiritual saxophonist who has been delivering superb albums on Manfred Eicher's ECM label for about 25 years.... > Read more

Mode for Joe

DOUGLAS LILBURN HONOURED (2014): The composer with the farmer's hands

DOUGLAS LILBURN HONOURED (2014): The composer with the farmer's hands

20 Oct 2014

Here's an odd, post-modern idea for an episode of Doctor Who. The good doctor finds himself in London's BBC Radiophonic Music Workshop in 1963 where techno-boffins are fiddling with primitive electronic equipment. They're creating a distinctive piece of music to be used for a new television series called . . . Doctor Who. And who should also be there but... > Read more

Winterset (1976)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Kevin Mark Trail

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Kevin Mark Trail

20 Oct 2014

Singer Kevin Mark Trail -- who guests on the new Sola Rosa album Magnetics and is on the tour (see dates below) -- has got other reasons to be cheerful. His new album The Knight has also just been released, so his profile could hardly be higher. And as well as joining Sola Rosa on stage he will also open for them to showcase his own soulful material. He describes The... > Read more

To the Ocean

Sola Rosa: Magnetics (Way Up)

Sola Rosa: Magnetics (Way Up)

20 Oct 2014

Andrew Spraggon, the man behind the ever-morphing Sola Rosa, is a clever fellow. His albums are astutely focused and when he stretches himself he never strays too far from exactly where you think the beat-driven music should be. As the song here -- featuring singer Georgia Anne Muldrow -- says, "You're never too far from the ground". Even when Sola Rosa aim for... > Read more

Til the Sun

JIMMY PAGE by JIMMY PAGE

JIMMY PAGE by JIMMY PAGE

20 Oct 2014

Ever since his death in 1970, there's been speculation as to what direction Jimi Hendrix might have gone in had he lived. For every opinion saying he'd have got into jazz fusion (maybe with Miles Davis who at the last minute had pulled out of scheduled sessions) there's the view he would have got into politicised funk-rock to capture the increasingly volatile... > Read more

Black Mountain Side

Lenny Kravitz, Strut (Roxie)

Lenny Kravitz, Strut (Roxie)

20 Oct 2014

With two new Prince albums, the reissue of two Hendrix albums (Cry of Love, Rainbow Bridge) and the next installment of Hunger Games pending (in which continues his role as Cinna), it seems timely to mention Lenny Kravitz, a man whose musical career often seems incidental to his image. You would rarely accuse him of originality and his reference points remain... > Read more

Happy Birthday

THE BARGAIN BUY: Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day 2CD+DVD)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day 2CD+DVD)

20 Oct 2014

Here's a very timely Bargain Buy for you . . . because later this week we shall see the release of the next two Jimmy Page remastered Led Zeppelin albums. We've had the first three, now here comes ZoSo/IV and Houses of the Holy, each in a version with an additional disc of alternate mixes etc. And as you may see also at Elsewhere, Jimmy Page's photographic... > Read more

Rock and Roll

Kuching, Sarawak: Location, location, location

Kuching, Sarawak: Location, location, location

18 Oct 2014

As befits a fine-looking establishment named for the first “White Rajah” of the region, the James Brooke Bistro and Cafe occupies a prime location in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak. Set back from the popular riverwalk on a well-groomed crop of lawn – with a view to the handsome new parliament building and the old white rajahs' palace on the... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Jeff Boyle of Jakob

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Jeff Boyle of Jakob

17 Oct 2014

New Zealand three-piece Jakob have patiently carved out an impressively wide niche for themselves since their debut album Subsets of Sets back in 2002. Their broad sonic palette across their albums and EPs since have placed them in the vanguard of instrumental music which has its touchstones in widescreen psychedelica, dynamic prog, eerie ambience and dense metal.... > Read more

Magna Carta

Hip Flask: Hip Flask2 (Rattle Jazz)

Hip Flask: Hip Flask2 (Rattle Jazz)

17 Oct 2014

I suppose it was always thus: Every generation of jazz players would complain about the music of their successors, whether it be big band swing, bebop, Third Stream, free jazz, fusion . . . I've certainly heard my share of gripes from jazz musicians who felt they weren't get enough attention when their juniors were being acclaimed. That acclaim probably happened to them... > Read more

Bennett's Radio Blues

SHORT CUTS: A round-up of recent New Zealand releases

SHORT CUTS: A round-up of recent New Zealand releases

16 Oct 2014

Facing down an avalanche of releases, requests for coverage, the occasional demand that we be interested in their new album (sometimes with that absurd comment "but don't write about it if you don't like it") and so on, Elsewhere will every now and again do a quick sweep like this. Comments will be brief. Sam RB; Finding Your Way Home (samrb.com): Sometime... > Read more

Crazy

PLEASE PLEASE ME; THE POTENCY OF MUSIC (an essay, 2014)

PLEASE PLEASE ME; THE POTENCY OF MUSIC (an essay, 2014)

16 Oct 2014

About eight months ago I was invited to write a chapter in a very academic book entitled Soundscapes of Well Being in Popular Music. It was being edited by – among others – Professor Robin Kearns of the Geography Department in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. Although I am a contracted lecturer in the School of Music at the same... > Read more

ONE WE MISSED: Electric Wire Hustle: Love Can Prevail (Every Waking Hour)

ONE WE MISSED: Electric Wire Hustle: Love Can Prevail (Every Waking Hour)

15 Oct 2014

Did we really miss this? Well yes, we missed the release of this impressively downbeat album by Electric Wire Hustle a month back . . .and yes, we missed the recent launch in their hometown of Wellington. But the Auckland launch is on Saturday (see poster below) so might pretend we got in by the skin of our teeth? Maybe. Last month this album -- down now from a trio... > Read more

By and Bye

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