Elsewhere by Graham Reid

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Five of the best albums from the recent postings at New Music From Elsewhere. Music too good to let slide into the archives. The Elsewhere place if you are looking for a quick fix of great and interesting albums.

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Steve Gunn and Mike Cooper: Cantos de Lisboa (FRKWYS)

Steve Gunn and Mike Cooper: Cantos de Lisboa (FRKWYS)

New York singer/guitarist Steve Gunn (often in Kurt Vile's touring band) has appeared at Elsewhere previously with his highly recommended Time Off album of last year, but British singer/guitarist/electronic experimenter Mike Cooper --a few decades Gunn's senior -- was, until recently (see below), a name new to us. But if experimental acoustic guitar duets with sometime vocals, some strange... more >>

Song for Charlie

14 Jul 2014

Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham (Double Feature/Southbound)

Dean Wareham: Dean Wareham (Double Feature/Southbound)

When one-time Kiwi/longtime New Yorker Dean Wareham's former band Luna got to open for Velvet Underground at their brief reunion in '93 it must have semed like a dream come true: Luna owed a considerable debt to VU . . . and a few years ago Wareham and Britta Phillips (also in Luna) supplied the music for Andy Warhol's silent footage of Lou Reed, Nico and others from that hallowed... more >>

Beat the Devil

7 Jul 2014

Lykke Li: I Never Learn (Atlantic)

Lykke Li: I Never Learn (Atlantic)

Recently while talking with one of my sons who lives in Stockholm I asked him what the hell was going on in Sweden, it seems every week I am hearing great music from artists out of that northern clime . . . and it crosses all genres from psychedelic (Les Big Byrd) to jazz (Jonas Kullhammar). Just have a look here at what has popped up at Elsewhere from Sweden -- between the travel stories,... more >>

Never Gonna Love Again

20 Jun 2014

Les Big Byrd: They Worshipped Cats (A Recordings/Southbound)

Les Big Byrd: They Worshipped Cats (A Recordings/Southbound)

On the label founded by Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe, this tripped-out keyboard-and-guitar Swedish duo recorded some of this – with an expanded band – in Newcombe's Berlin studio in what must have been cosmic sessions if these rolling, spaceflight grooves are any measure. Their vocals are the least of it (flattened but sometimes appropriately droning) however... more >>

Just One Time

16 Jun 2014    1

Eleni Karaindrou: Euripedes, Medea (ECM/Ode)

Eleni Karaindrou: Euripedes, Medea (ECM/Ode)

Although the Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou writes mostly for screen and theatre productions, her albums are always like stand-alone statements of great beauty or drama. This entrancingly dark album is no exception. It is the music for a modern stage production of the solemn play by Euripedes, one of the great ancient Greek tragedies of vengeance, murder, dark passions and retribution.... more >>

2 Jun 2014    1