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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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The Luck of Eden Hall; Greatest Hits Vol 1 (theactivelistener)

The Luck of Eden Hall; Greatest Hits Vol 1 (theactivelistener)

Another in The Active Listener Introduces . . . series, this one comes with an amusing title. This psych-pop outfit from Chicago may have been going for two decades but their "greatest hits" might not stretch to one side of a single. However this 12 track collection pulled together by the band themselves -- and drawing from all parts of that long history -- is a very impressive... more >>

Chrysalide

Liam Finn: The Nihilist (Liberation)

Liam Finn: The Nihilist (Liberation)

What a remarkable year it has been so far in New Zealand music: bristling pop-rock from Clap Clap Riot, Grayson Gilmour's multi-layered album, singer-songwriter Greg Fleming stretching himself in various directions  . . . In fact, and this is a first at Elsewhere, this week all the albums under our Favourite Five Recent CDs come from New Zealand artists. And now this excellent... more >>

Dreary Droop

Lydia Loveless: Somewhere Else (Bloodshot/Southbound)

Lydia Loveless: Somewhere Else (Bloodshot/Southbound)

Reviewers overseas have ticked off flattering references about this gutsy singer from Ohio. Names dropped include Chrissie Hynde, The Replacements, Liz Phair and Stevie Nicks. Let's add early Lucinda Williams and Lone Justice, angry Bonnie Raitt and the pop-rock smarts of Genya (Ten Wheel Drive) Ravan. Loveless has plenty of rock'n'roll in her system with a smidgen of tough country to... more >>

Verlaine Shot Rimbaud

ONE WE MISSED: Various Artists; Stand Up People (Vlax/Southbound)

ONE WE MISSED: Various Artists; Stand Up People (Vlax/Southbound)

Our rationale here is that we did not so much "miss" this, as just didn't write about it when it was released in New Zealand during the last quarter of 2013. And what is it? Well, it's more the newly hip sound of the Balkans. New Zealand's various "gypsy" groups and Balkanista (who played at Womad 2014) have been mining this particularly danceable line for a couple of... more >>

Gilava Amare Romenge

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

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

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. Various Artists; Wolf Party (Voodoo Rhythm/Southbound): Subtitled... more >>

Carmen on Ice

Drive By Truckers: English Oceans (ATO)

Drive By Truckers: English Oceans (ATO)

After albums which redefined Southern rock – notably Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day and Brighter Than Creation's Dark – the Truckers lost their way a little. Perhaps the departure of songwriter Jason Isbell (playing solo at Auckland's Tuning Fork, April 12) before Creation's Dark in 08 or the distraction of other projects diluted their winning formula of hard-times... more >>

When Walter Went Crazy

Sun Kil Moon: Benji (Spunk)

Sun Kil Moon: Benji (Spunk)

Because I always thought Benji was the name of a dog I can't resist saying this: Benji is a dog of an album. And a damn dull self-obsessed dog at that. Okay, it is emotionally naked, stories about burying uncles and dead second cousins, titles like I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love and I Love My Dad are here (alongside Ben's My Best Friend) . . . and just think about a low acoustic... more >>

Micheline (live)

Dog Age: Good Day (theactivelistener)

Dog Age: Good Day (theactivelistener)

Here's the problem when neo-psychedelic artists posit themselves too exactly into a period and style, in this case specifically Lennon '67. These Norwegians have certainly got the trippy ethos but here -- their two albums from '89 and '91 plus an extra track -- the nasal monotone of their Lennonesque vocals detracts from their rather fine folk-rock coupled with (occasionally orchestral)... more >>

The King of Ing

The Brothers and Sisters: Dylan's Gospel (Light in the Attic/Southbound)

The Brothers and Sisters: Dylan's Gospel (Light in the Attic/Southbound)

There have been any number of tributes to Bob Dylan – from the Hollies in the Sixties through country, jazz, quasi-classical, latterly alt.country, black Americans, actors reading his lyrics, world music artists and doubtless by creatures on other planets. But this album, produced in '69 – the same year as The Hollies Sing Dylan – by Lou Adler with the Los Angeles... more >>

Mr Tambourine Man

Dodson and Fogg: The Active Listener Introduces . . . (theactivelistener)

Dodson and Fogg: The Active Listener Introduces . . . (theactivelistener)

Dodson and Fogg is the nom de disque for singer-songwriter Chris Wade from Leeds who has four albums under his belt, and sits in that very pleasant area of folkadelica where the references points for the unitiated might be Donovan songs like Three Kingfishers, Legend of the Girl Child Linda and Sunny Goodge Street. Or the Incredible String Band at their most song-inclined. (ie, verses and... more >>

To The Sea

Coffee Sergeants: Purple Martin Sanctuary (theactivelistener)

Coffee Sergeants: Purple Martin Sanctuary (theactivelistener)

It's very hard to keep up with Nathan Ford's blogspot and bandcamp downloads under the generic name of The Active Listener. Just this past week he has released three other albums while I am still enjoying this one from a few weeks back. It's by a band from Austin who wear their REM influences right up-front on the opener entitled Virginia Creeper. If you are looking for a band to play... more >>

Sally White

The Roulettes: The Roulettes (roulettes.co.nz)

The Roulettes: The Roulettes (roulettes.co.nz)

Well, they took their time to get to this debut album. The Roulettes formed way back in 2002 in Dunedin, did an EP five years later (the title track and I Think I Can were used in Outrageous Fortune) and the lead-off track here First Song of Summer was released last October (in time for summer, natch!) Located between power pop, indie rock and with a fine sense of focused economy (11 songs,... more >>

Baby It's Fine

John Psathas: White Lies (Rattle)

John Psathas: White Lies (Rattle)

Not having seen the film for which this is the music -- a single, 28 minute piece for piano, strings, taonga puoro and the composer on synth -- is no disadvantage at all. This beautifully understated, modulating and elegantly slow piece can at time sound less like a soundtrack (in that it doesn't parallel or evoke any kind of physical action) and more in the manner of a long suite of... more >>

Hard Working Americans: Hard Working Americans (Melvin/Southbound)

Hard Working Americans: Hard Working Americans (Melvin/Southbound)

Post-Springsteen, working class dignity is in the air and in the US they have the same political shorthand we endure about “hard working families” when any Leftist politician steps up for a microphone soundbite. This semi-supergroup – best known are guitarist Neal Casal (Ryan Adams' bands) and singer-songwriter Todd Snyder who helms this – picks up songs... more >>

Welfare Music

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

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

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. Shayna King; The Day is Young (Te Ao): The undeniably talented... more >>

Why I Need You

Lake Street Dive: Bad Self Portraits (Signature/Southbound)

Lake Street Dive: Bad Self Portraits (Signature/Southbound)

For some reason – having an upright bass player and trumpeter perhaps? – this conservatory-educated Boston quartet is referred to as “indie jazz” in some promo bumpf, which hardy squares with the soul-edged, alt.rock-cum-country and girl group-influenced pop on this, their third studio album. And confusingly their You Tube breakout video three years ago... more >>

Seventeen

The Fleshtones: Wheel of Talent (YepRoc/Southbound)

The Fleshtones: Wheel of Talent (YepRoc/Southbound)

New York's Fleshtones have been cranking out raw rock'n'roll since the mid Seventies and their schtick is to trawl the history of the genre (girl groups, garageband rock, punk etc) and shape it to their own ends. They've gone through quite a few members but their guests have included Fred Smith of Television and Clem Burke from Blondie, who probably just liked the idea of letting their hair... more >>

Tear for Tear

ONE WE MISSED: Devils Elbow; Absolute Domain (Hit Your Head)

ONE WE MISSED: Devils Elbow; Absolute Domain (Hit Your Head)

Because Elsewhere is a one-man outfit, "we" can't be everywhere at once -- and sometimes we are very elsewhere -- so every now and again there will be slightly apologetic postings under the banner . . . One We Missed. This one -- by an Auckland band which has previously delivered an Elsewhere Best of 2010 album with Sand on Chrome and last year an excellent almost-album of B-sides... more >>

A Little More

Rob Thorne: Whaia te Maramatanga (Rattle)

Rob Thorne: Whaia te Maramatanga (Rattle)

Those with a greater understanding of Maori spirituality than me will doubtless get more from this gentle, frequently trance-inducing album of taonga puoro (traditional instruments) which evoke the natural world (wind, bird song) and disembodied voices. Rob Thorne speaks of the album in the liner notes as "a re-aquaintance of ancestor with descendant . . . these ancient practices and... more >>

Pursue Enlightenment Pt 2; Gateway

Benmont Tench: You Should Be So Lucky (Blue Note)

Benmont Tench: You Should Be So Lucky (Blue Note)

At 60, keyboard player Tench -- a founder member of Petty's Heartbreakers and sessions for everyone from Dylan, the Stones and U2 to Johnny Cash, Green Day and Lucinda Williams – belatedly delivers a solo album. But rather than brashly surrounding himself with a roll call of famous friends he goes for deliberate understatement in the company of Ryan Adams, Don Was, Gillian... more >>

Today I Took Your Picture Down