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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BARBRA STREISAND CONSIDERED (2014): The born star and the way we were

BARBRA STREISAND CONSIDERED (2014): The born star and the way we were

1 Oct 2014

One of the funniest and most bitchy pieces of music writing I've ever read was by David Rakoff about a Barbra Streisand farewell concert in 2000. La Streisand (as she is sometimes known) had, as Rakoff noted, “come out of retirement to retire” . . . and who better to consider this than a New York Jew who admits he'd never been... > Read more

Come Rain or Shine

CC Adcock: Castin' My Spell (1999)

CC Adcock: Castin' My Spell (1999)

30 Sep 2014

One of the greatest producers, arrangers and composers was the late Jack Nitzsche who was -- among many other things -- Phil Spector's offsider and orchestrated River Deep Mountain High. You might also know him for the soundtrack to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, for having writen Needles and Pins with Sonny Bono for the great Jackie DeShannon, playing keyboards on... > Read more

Moana and the Tribe: Rima (Black Pearl)

Moana and the Tribe: Rima (Black Pearl)

29 Sep 2014

For my money the most powerful, enjoyable and important act on the mainstage at this year's Womad in Taranaki – and there were some over-acclaimed but perfunctory internationals – was Moana and the Tribe. They delivered a thumping, visually powerful and cleverly calculated implosion of waiata, haka and electronica-flavoured soul-funk. Moana also won the... > Read more

Aotearoa

RYAN ADAMS CONSIDERED (2014): If you liked that here's many more

RYAN ADAMS CONSIDERED (2014): If you liked that here's many more

29 Sep 2014

When Ryan Adams was forced to take a break from recording in 2009 after being diagnosed with an inner ear disorder even his most dedicated fans probably heaved a sigh of relief: the guy was just releasing so much music it was impossible to keep up. And that's what his record company thought too when four years previous he announced he'd recorded enough songs for a... > Read more

Kim

GUEST ILLUSTRATOR SARAH RYAN analyses the interface of text and art in her current work

GUEST ILLUSTRATOR SARAH RYAN analyses the interface of text and art in her current work

29 Sep 2014

In my current illustration work I have been exploring the ways which a narrative can be impelled by contradicting and contrasting ideas between illustration and typography. I have been playing with the way in which the ambiguous form of both illustration and typography can blur the line between what is illustration and what is typography. Through this approach I... > Read more

Prince: Art Official Age/Plectrumelectrum (Warners)

Prince: Art Official Age/Plectrumelectrum (Warners)

29 Sep 2014

As with Ryan Adams, Prince was one of those artists who was so prolific that neither his record company nor audience could keep up. It's been a while however since Prince graced us with an album but -- as was the case in the Eighties and NIneties when he was delivering at least one album a year -- now we get not one but two albums, Art Official Age (under his own name)... > Read more

Marz

Dylan Bakker: Atrophic Cascades (RR)

Dylan Bakker: Atrophic Cascades (RR)

29 Sep 2014

Expat Kiwi Dylan Bakker wrote to Elsewhere from his home-base in Berlin recently wondering if we'd like to get a copy of his debut CD. We did a quick check of his wide and deep website which is chock full of artwork, prints, photography, a list of his numerous exhibitions and music projects and concluded, "Yes please". The CD duly arrived with... > Read more

Give and Take

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: JImi Hendrix, Cry of Love (Sony)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: JImi Hendrix, Cry of Love (Sony)

29 Sep 2014    2

Long out of print (although not unavailable) and derided (unfairly) by some, Cry of Love was the first posthumous, artificially created album after Hendrix's death. Cry of Love has awkward provenance because these songs were possibly intended for a proposed double album (possibly entitled First Rays of the New Rising Sun). The other songs which would make that up... > Read more

Angel

THE BARGAIN BUY: Creedence Clearwater Revival; CCR + Cosmo's Factory

THE BARGAIN BUY: Creedence Clearwater Revival; CCR + Cosmo's Factory

29 Sep 2014

In the course of a long and good-humoured interview some years ago, John Fogerty of Creedence told me that back in their heyday his pals in hippie-era bands would note enviously that CCR could get on radio and they couldn't. Even hippies wanted to get onto radio playlists, but at the time seven and eight or 15 minute songs didn't have a chance. But Creedence . . .... > Read more

Run Through the Jungle

TERENCE REIS INTERVIEWED (2014): Going strait to the heart of Mark Knopfler

TERENCE REIS INTERVIEWED (2014): Going strait to the heart of Mark Knopfler

28 Sep 2014    2

Although they rarely enjoyed the acclaim of critics for their half dozen studio albums, you can guess that hardly worried Dire Straits frontman and songwriter Mark Knopfler. In their career they sold in excess of 120 million albums, won four Grammy and three Brit awards (among other trophies) and, through the canny positioning of their likable manager Ed Bicknell, they... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Brayden Jeffrey

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Brayden Jeffrey

26 Sep 2014

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire.Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable... > Read more

Atomic

BERNIE GRIFFEN INTERVIEWED (2014): Tales of a survivor

BERNIE GRIFFEN INTERVIEWED (2014): Tales of a survivor

25 Sep 2014    1

Bernie Griffen lets out a wheezing laugh when I ask him if he's in decent health these days. He's 63, has lived hard and by his own admission not spared himself sometimes through drugs, self-doubt and damaging choices. “Well I've got emphysema,” he says. “I had an accident and my lungs got burned, but I also keep on smoking and don't do myself... > Read more

Burial Ground

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Henry Beasley

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Henry Beasley

25 Sep 2014

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire.Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable... > Read more

Weekend

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Sio Andrews

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Sio Andrews

24 Sep 2014

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year ther are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire. Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable... > Read more

London Oh London

Alt-J: This is All Yours (Infectious)

Alt-J: This is All Yours (Infectious)

23 Sep 2014

Much as I liked the debut album by this British outfit An Awesome Wave and said they seemed likely to be the Next Indie.Cult Thing to go bigger, I certainly had reservations about seeing them live. Their music was so studio-crafted and often inward looking that I couldn't see how it would translate live. Well, I saw them and although I concede others liked them much... > Read more

Warm Foothills

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Possum Plows

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Possum Plows

23 Sep 2014

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire.Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable... > Read more

Mine (demo)

HARRY MANX INTERVIEWED (2104): Has slide, has travelled

HARRY MANX INTERVIEWED (2104): Has slide, has travelled

22 Sep 2014    2

Born on the Isle of Man, grew up in Canada, busked around Europe, lived in Japan for a decade, at 34 traveled to India to learn how to play the complex 20-string Mohan Veena under master musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, a blues-cum-world music traveller, talked to us from Tasmania . . . This is the shorthand on 59-year old multi-instrumentalist Harry Manx whose music... > Read more

A Love Supreme

THE GREATEST ALBUMS YOU'LL NEVER HEAR edited by BRUNO ARTHUR

THE GREATEST ALBUMS YOU'LL NEVER HEAR edited by BRUNO ARTHUR

22 Sep 2014

Rock culture is littered with albums which were never released (either at the insistence of the artist or the record company), sidelined in favour of other projects or simply existed in the world of rumour. There have also been albums released which were not what people initially believed they were: Canadian band Klaatu for example who got a long way when people thought... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Michael Murray

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Michael Murray

22 Sep 2014

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire. Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable... > Read more

Oh Darlin'

Pere Ubu: Carnival of Souls (Fire / Southbound)

Pere Ubu: Carnival of Souls (Fire / Southbound)

22 Sep 2014

With so much music codified into genres and artists reluctant to alienate an audience, Pere Ubu remain refreshingly abrasive, marginal and theatrically challenging. Frontman David Thomas has barely toned down the confrontational sound they deployed when emerging out of Cleveland in the late Seventies. Their early albums The Modern Dance (an Essential... > Read more

Road to Utah

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