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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The Waterboys: Modern Blues (Kobalt)

23 Jan 2015

There are two difficulties writing about this new album by Mike Scott's Waterboys: The first is he's such a strong image-maker, storyteller and wordsmith you want to quote large chunks of his lyrics, like . . . “I saw three crosses pierce the sky above the distant hill, the sky burned red as I turned my head and left that scene behind, I took another God to be... > Read more

November Tale

DYSE: Das Nation (Cargo)

23 Jan 2015

Don't believe the publicity material, let alone the hype. Right? The advance PR for this duo of guitar/drums/vocalists -- who play in New Zealand soon, see dates below -- bills them as a "German experimental noise-rock" band. But frankly, while they may be German and noisy, they do rather fall well short of "experimental". There's nothing "experimental"... > Read more


Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador)

19 Jan 2015

One of the must-see acts at Laneway, B&S from Scotland have over two decades quietly built a large fanbase for their gorgeously melodic, cleverly literate and often wry pop-rock which owes nods to embellished Bacharach as much as crafted Anglofolk. And they haven't been averse to stretching into glam-style pop. So here when they go all Sparks-styled disco (on the seven-minute... > Read more

Ever Had a Little Faith?

The Remarkables: Swinging on the Gate (Fragile Colours)

19 Jan 2015

When Tim Julian of the record company Fragile Colours got in touch about this album, told me who was on it and asked if Elsewhere might be interested I replied immedfiately. I said, "You had me at 'Robbie Laven'." People of A Certain Age fondly remember the gifted multi-instrumentalist Laven for his band Red Hot Peppers in the Seventies, and in fact we have previously posted a... > Read more

Minuet in G

Jim White Vs The Packway Handle Band: Take It Like a Man (YepRoc/Southbound)

15 Jan 2015

If he weren't so popular in various spheres (albums which have been hailed at Elsewhere, his film Searching For the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, art exhibitions etc) and is often surrounded by high-profile pals, you'd argue Jim White was an outsider artist. But there he is, quite solidly within the frame of Southern music and and, if not quite a household name, enjoys a degree of... > Read more

Sorrow's Shine

Over the Rhine: Blood Oranges in the Snow (GSD/Southbound)

12 Jan 2015

Because this is a Christmas album we should perhaps have mentioned it a few weeks ago. But frankly I'm still trying to hold on -- even this far into adulthood -- to the vague idea that Christmas can be the season of good cheer. Not for these people, obviously. This is seasonal folk-misery from the usually interesting Over the Rhine which is at times hilariously maudlin and kitschy (the... > Read more

Another Christmas

Whitey Morgan and the 78's: Born, Raised and Live from Flint (Bloodshot/Southbound)

5 Jan 2015

If there's any honkytonk, rockin' country cliche missed by this post-Waylon longhair wildman, it's probably only the one about the dog up'n'dyin'. With his hard rockin' band recorded live before a hometown crowd in Michigan, he ticks off the Cocaine Train, being a bad man on Crazy ("by any other name") and Bad News ("I've been hired and fired and jailed in any town you can... > Read more

Cheatin' Again

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent releases

29 Dec 2014

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief. Here were some that slipped in during the closing overs of this year. Marianne Faithfull; Give My Love to London (Naive): It's easy to argue Ms... > Read more

Man Against Machine


22 Dec 2014    3

Okay, as editor of Elsewhere I have had my say on the 30 best albums I wrote about this past year (here) -- while freely conceding I did not, could not, hear everything. Doubtless you heard some music which moved you and wish to tell others about. Here is your chance. You could look at what Elsewhere covered in 2014 if you need some reminders or guidance (just start at this... > Read more


22 Dec 2014

Just before we consider the best reissues of the year can we just pause for a moment and note that Jimmy Page is the year's most over-rated man: his photo autobiography was a crashing bore (unless you just want pages of an increasingly aging Jimmy playing guitar on page after page) and the Led Zeppelin reissues with additional material did little to enhance their legacy and much to diminish it.... > Read more


19 Dec 2014    1

At a very rough guess Elsewhere probably reviewed or wrote about more than 200 albums in the past year . . . and we certainly didn't get to many excellent ones simply by constraints of time. So what follows are simply the 30 most durable albums from the past year in our opinion. The ones that you could listen to repeatedly . . .  as we've done. They aren't “the... > Read more

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

11 Dec 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. The Eastern; The Territory (RPR): Adam McGrath of the Eastern... > Read more

Talking Americana Cowboy Yeeha Blues

ONE WE MISSED: Eyreton Hall: Featherstich (Aeroplane)

5 Dec 2014    1

Life, the need to make a living and a trip to Australia meant this exceptionally classy folk-rock and catchy-pop album by Eyreton Hall -- the antipodean duo of Andrew Keegan and Toni Randle slipped right by us when it was released a fornight ago. It is certainly not too late to discover this classy confection which was mostly written near Christchurch and was recorded Auckland by... > Read more


David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed (Parlophone)

5 Dec 2014

The surprising resurrection of David Bowie with his extremely good The Next Day last year doubtless prompted this retrospective double CD chronological collection (which also comes as an impressively thorough four CD version). There's never been much shortage of Bowie compilations and doubtless the hopeful tipping point for this one is the new single Sue (Or in a Season of Crime) at the end... > Read more

Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)

FleaBITE: The Jungle is Jumping (Border)

5 Dec 2014

Elsewhere rarely touches children's music (so please don't start sending them) but we have made an exception for Wellington's FleaBITE (Robin Nathan) because her songs are so quirky and when she was Fatcat and Fishface I swear I've referenced Spike Milligan, Yoko Ono, Mary Poppins and reggae when writing about this left-field stuff. This is another such outing with assistance from the... > Read more

Do the Woopsie

Sylvie Simmons: Sylvie (Light in the Attic/Southbound)

1 Dec 2014

Now in her early 60s, Simmons is acclaimed as one of the finest rock writers who has been a longtime contributor to Mojo (insightful articles, interviews and her Americana column), writing box-set liner notes (Johnny Cash, based on spending a week with him before his death) and for her most recent book, the thorough biography of Leonard Cohen, I'm Your Man. On her lengthy book tour... > Read more

Life Goes Bad

Erlend Oye: Legao (Bubbles)

21 Nov 2014    1

So here's how it goes in my Elsewhere world. A few months ago a friend was in Berlin somewhere, saw this guy Erlend Oye and his band, loved it, mentioned Elsewhere to the merchandising person after the gig and . . . Subsequently this CD showed up. "Clearly he seeks world domination," said my pal when I told him. I also told him . . . err, yes, Elsewhere was actually aware of... > Read more

Bad Guy Now

Foxygen: . . . and Star Power (Jagjaguwar)

20 Nov 2014

There are such a lot of borrowed clothes being donned by this LA duo of Jonathan Rado and Sam France -- plus the various star power pals from Of Montreal, Flaming Lips and others -- that you either laugh at the sheer psychedelic gall of it all. Or play Spot the Source Material. Across two mostly groovy, tripped-out and casually delivered discs Foxygen -- who construct this as a... > Read more


Miho Wada: Miho's Jazz Orchestra, Live at the Lab (Aeroplane)

19 Nov 2014    1

 On the occasion of her debut album Postcards to Your Bed in 2010, I expressed considerable reservations about this young flute player who billed her style as "Japanese punk jazz". That seemed a description so wide as to be meaningless, and nothing on the album suggested punk or jazz as I understand them.  I also noted her bio made some striking claims: being... > Read more

Dudley Benson: Deforestation (Golden Retriever)

17 Nov 2014

Dudley Benson – who recently received a $25,000 New Generation Artist award from Westpac – has a small, and some might say, perfectly formed catalogue. But it is small. By my reckoning there have been just a couple of EPs (see here and here). And just two albums (this and this), some of which included EP material. Then there was the live album... > Read more

Pipiwharauroa (Iso12 remix