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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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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 soulful pastures,... > Read more

Til the Sun

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 somewhere between... > Read more

Happy Birthday

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 Auckland street... > Read more

Crazy

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 to Mara TK and David... > Read more

By and Bye

Lucinda Williams: Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (Thirty Tigers)

13 Oct 2014

Few artists would dare open an album – let alone a double set – with a spare song based on words of their accomplished poet father . . . especially when the worthy sentiment sounds like the old faux-philosophical hippie poster Desiderata. But Lucinda Williams – decades into an acclaimed career, now on her own label and with a faithful following – can take that... > Read more

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Seeds: Singles As and Bs 1065-1970 (Big Beat/Border)

13 Oct 2014    1

Elsewhere's advocacy of power pop and garageband rock (especially Sixties stuff) is well documented . . . so this collection of  24 songs by the legendary Seeds out of  LA was always going to be straight into the player (how I wish I could say "onto the turntable") and the volume knob turned heavily clockwise. The band that gave the world bona fide classics like Pushin'... > Read more

Up In Her Room

Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault (Warners)

13 Oct 2014    2

With Christine McVie rejoining Fleetwood Mac after 16 years and the classic line-up touring again, the timing couldn't be better for this collection of Stevie Nicks' previously unreleased songs, most written between 1969 and 87. Using her demos as a guide, she linked up again with producer Dave Stewart, longtime friend/guitarist Waddy Wachtel, Heartbreakers' guitarist Mike Campbell... > Read more

Mabel Normand

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent releases

6 Oct 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. The Pineapple Tree; Magnolia (Kscope/Southbound): Prog-rocker Bruce Soord (who essentially is Pineapple Thief) has appeared at Elsewhere previously... > Read more

The One You Left to Die

Steve Reich: Radio Rewrite (Nonesuch)

4 Oct 2014

When composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich objected the label "minimalism" being applied to their music -- which was, frankly, minimal -- you couldn't help but feel the sense of special pleading about a self-inflicted wound. The word was perfectly adequate and although they might have felt it limited the perception of them (and they did explore other less reductive areas... > Read more

Radio Rewrite, 4, Slow

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) and Plectrumelectrum... > Read more

Marz

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 hand-written note (in... > Read more

Give and Take

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

29 Sep 2014    3

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 were released... > Read more

Angel

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 better than I did , but... > Read more

Warm Foothills

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 Elsewhere album, see here)... > Read more

Road to Utah

U2: Songs of Innocence (iTunes)

19 Sep 2014    1

Because there's often a rush to judgement about U2 -- many hate them so passionately they don't feel the need to listen to them before dismissing an album as rubbish -- I've sat back on this new album released free through iTunes. I will declare my prejudices immediately: I liked very, very little of their work before Achtung Baby (I can be especially scathing about the pretension of Rattle... > Read more

Raised by Wolves

Goat: Commune (Rocket / Southbound)

19 Sep 2014    1

Goat out of Sweden have certainly got their psychedelic trancerock-cum-world music references in perfect alignment as they explore territory that many thought might have been left behind in the very late Sixties. But to that San Francisco landscape they pull in tribal tropes, post-rock references, the rolling grooves of bands like Can and set their controls to the heart of Pink Floyd's... > Read more

Talk to God

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent releases

17 Sep 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 short . . . and today we turn attention to plank-spankers. Elvin Bishop, Can't Even Do Wrong Right (Alligator): It's one of those odd things that many people think... > Read more

Death Letter

The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers (4AD)

15 Sep 2014

At times sounding filled with the overconfident swaggering, embellished pop of McCartney around Magical Mystery Tour or early Mika and Empire of the Sun glitterball fun, at others chugging like glam-rock or referring to the Mamas and the Papas and widescreen power-pop aimed at stadiums, this enormously enjoyable sixth outing by the Canadian collective around songwriter AC Newman deftly dance... > Read more

Champions of Red Wine

Mirel Wagner: When the Cellar Children See The Light of Day (subPop)

8 Sep 2014    2

Pitched somewhere between a weary self-analysing Kurt Cobain acoustic session, Mazzy Star raised on death ballads and P.J Harvey's most introspective work, this concise collection – 10 songs, 32 minutes – comes from an unlikely but powerfully impressive source. Wagner is a 23-year old Ethiopian adoptee who was raised in Finland from the age of 18 months and considers... > Read more

What Love Looks Like

Mahoney Harris: We Didn't Feel Alone (mahoneyharris)

8 Sep 2014    1

At the midpoint of this debut album by Auckland singer-songwriter Mahoney Harris there is a lyric that can stop you in your tracks: just when you think you've got her pegged there is Miss You. On a cursory listen this piece -- which comes with an elegant musical setting with guitar by Tom Healy -- seems to be a piece about a former partner: "What would you say if I saw you today, would... > Read more

Miss You