Music at Elsewhere

These pages - with sample tracks and videos posted - introduce and review new music which may otherwise go unheard and unnoticed. Music from Elsewhere reviews new albums (and some important reissues) you'll play more than once at home or in the car, and will want to tell friends about.

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IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

27 Jun 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. Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop; Love Letter for Fire (SubPop): Yes he's beardy Beam (Iron and Wine) and she wears a Patsy Cline dress on the cover... > Read more

The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped (Universal CD and DVD)

21 Jun 2016  |  2 min read

So here's a question Elsewhere asked last year: Whatever happened to the Rolling Stones' bassist Bill Wyman? He appears to have been written out of recent photos of the band in their various reissue projects . . . but let's ask another question. Why doesn't his replacement Darryl Jones -- who has been an on-stage and in-studio Stone for 21 years -- yes twenty-one years -- not appear as an... > Read more

Faraway Eyes (live Brixton Academy, July '95)

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

20 Jun 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. Billie Ray Martin; The Soul Tapes (Sonnenstahl) Although this German-born singer – who has spent decades in Britain and the... > Read more

Venetic: Black Boxcars (WSM Recordings)

20 Jun 2016  |  1 min read

Despite a cover which suggests something akin to John Cale at his most manic, it's the acoustic guitar whch undercuts the image and gives a clearer picture to this, the eighth (eighth?) album in 10 years by Wellington's Venetic. Venetic is Wayne Stuart McCallum who maintains a fascinating website (unusual psychedelic albums, snippets of music writing, travel photos from Europe, the US and... > Read more

Come Out Michelle

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Terry Allen, Juarez (PoB/Southbound)

20 Jun 2016  |  <1 min read

Part Tex-Mex short story about murder, desperation and consequences, and part song-cycle in a spare style, this '75 debut album by the artist/musician and Lubbock-born cult figure Allen was years ahead of its time in in its broad conception. The storyline reaches back across time from the contemporary world to the Aztecs and the Catholic colonialist Cortez ("he crossed all that water... > Read more

The Radio . . . and Real Life

Paul McCartney; Pure McCartney (Universal)

18 Jun 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

This big but perhaps unnecessary retrospective of a living legend is available in double disc, four-CD or four-LP formats. Enough product for you? So here's a non-chronological, self-chosen overview of Macca's vast post-Beatles career. And yes, we get the picture . . . At 73, Sir James Paul McCartney is -- for some reason -- still trying to ensure his legacy as one of the... > Read more

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

12 Jun 2016  |  3 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. Whitney; Light Upon the Lake (Secretly Canadian): It's forward into the past for this Chicago six-piece who reach back to the folk-pop... > Read more

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

10 Jun 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. Michael Daves; Orchids and Violence (Nonesuch): Here's one for real bluegrass fans, and those with a taste its energy but gone electric.... > Read more

Orchestra of Spheres: Brothers and Sisters of the Black Lagoon (Fire)

8 Jun 2016  |  <1 min read

This quirky Wellington ensemble have been prolific on the recording front, toured extensively (China, Scandinavia, Europe and the US) and now find themselves on the estimable Fire Records out of the UK, the people behind excellent reissues like the Pere Ubu box sets and the complete JPSE, as well as the excellent new Chills album Silver Bullets. Let it be said there are no planetary... > Read more

Rocket #9

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

7 Jun 2016  |  3 min read  |  1

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, in the same way it does IN BRIEF about international releases. Comments will be brief. Into... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Funkadelic; Maggot Brain (Border)

7 Jun 2016  |  1 min read

Okay, this will be blurry: Sometime in New York City, early Nineties maybe, somewhere in a club where the line outside was almost exclusively black . . . and there was me. Because -- and this is where it gets really unfocused -- Parliament/Funkadelic were going to play and somehow I had a ticket. I remember thinking that with decent shoes I'm pretty close to 6 feet but on the night I... > Read more

Super Stupid

The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Monoliths of Phobos (ATO)

7 Jun 2016  |  1 min read

It's an odd thing that James McCartney and Julian Lennon encountered a damned-if they do and damned-if they-don't critical reception to their albums with regard to them sounding like the pedigree they inherited. Dhani Harrison seems to be have been given an easier ride by critics (in fact his band thenewno2 went largely unreviewed and the "supergroup" with Ben Harper and Joseph... > Read more

Ohmerica

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

5 Jun 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. Methyl Ethel; Oh Inhuman Spectacle (4AD): Out of Perth, Western Australia – which has given us Empire of the Sun – comes more... > Read more

The Monkees: Good Times! (Warners)

30 May 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Half a century after they first appeared as a made-for-television pop band, the surviving Monkees (Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork) have reconvened to tie up some unfinished business and record new songs written for them by the likes of Noel Gallagher with Paul Weller, River Cuomo of Weezer and Andy Partridge (XTC). Nesmith and Tork also wrote a song apiece, and Dolenz gets... > Read more

Birth of an Accidental Hipster

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 to Nashville four... > Read more

Breakers Roar

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 purposes and so on.... > Read more

I'm Set Free

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 it was John Lennon... > Read more

Too Many Words

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 latter tracks like the... > Read more

Airborne ft Deanne Krieg

Tom Cunliffe:Howl & Whisper (Lyttleton/Southbound)

16 May 2016  |  1 min read

The heroically hipster-beared, London-born Tom Cunliffe -- who has lived around New Zealand for decades, currently resident in Auckland -- admits coming to singwriting fairly late. Although he'd learned piano and violin it wasn't until he was 19 -- a decade ago -- that he picked up a guitar and hooked into the lineage of Dylan, Simon, Cohen et al. He's assimilated all that well and... > Read more

There's Your Lord

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 Selection of Trouble Spots... > Read more

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