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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Greg Fleming and the Working Poor: To Hell With These Streets (bandcamp)

25 Oct 2016  |  2 min read

Constructed like a song-cycle about the urban struggle and real world in New Zealand's emotional and physically assaulting 21st century, this is a short but finely focused collection by Auckland singer-songwriter Greg Fleming. It is just 10 songs in fewer than 40 minutes . .  . and it opens with the already weary-sounding City's Waking Up. This isn't some golden dawn in the... > Read more

Sick of This Shit

Anna Coddington: Luck/Time (Loop)

25 Oct 2016  |  1 min read

If the Volume exhibition at the museum in Auckland shows us nothing else it is that – from Fifties rock'n'roll to contemporary r'n'b – New Zealand musicians have been adept at adopting and adapting imported genres. So it is with post-r'n'b electro-pop. But where Electric Wire Hustle, for example, get by on Mara TK's soulful vocals and ethereal synth-psychedelic sonic... > Read more

Too Far Gone

ONE WE MISSED: Electric Wire Hustle; The 11th Sky (Loop)

24 Oct 2016  |  <1 min read

This new installment of Electric Wire Hustle's ethereal, neo-psychedelic electronica-soul arrived when we were diverted by pressing (and thankfully) paying work some weeks back . . . but it provided a useful soundtrack in the background. Closer attention reveals its many intricate details where faux-strings swell and race like clouds over the looped beats and aching soul vocals of Mara TK.... > Read more

I Light a Candle

Norah Jones: Day Breaks (Blue Note)

21 Oct 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Although some suggest Jones has been making variants of her Come Away With Me debut for some time, little could be further from the truth. No, she is not going to suddenly turn into Kate Bush, Yoko Ono or LeAnn Rimes but within her idiom of crafted jazz with discreet country influences she gently pushes sideways. Check out Elsewhere's user guide to her back-catalogue. However much... > Read more

And Then There Was You

Graveyard Love: The Sentiment of Escape (bandcamp)

17 Oct 2016  |  1 min read

Graveyard Love is New Zealand synth-pop artist Hamish Black and we single this album out for a couple of reasons: first of all he works an interesting area which takes as its starting point the Eighties when bands like Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, the early Cure and various British gloom-rock bands were exploring the sonic textures and invented landscapes of synths and darkly... > Read more

Encore to the Absurd

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Public Image Ltd: Metal Box Super Deluxe (Universal)

17 Oct 2016  |  <1 min read

When the Sex Pistols imploded, John Lydon with bassist Jah Wobble and guitarist Keith Levine emerged as Public Image Ltd (PiL). Their '78 debut First Edition announced a new direction but the following year they delivered Metal Box (three records tightly packed into a film canister). Once you finally prised them out you were treated to – challenged by – sprawling,... > Read more


THE BARGAIN BUY: The Pogues; Original Album Series

17 Oct 2016  |  1 min read

Odd isn't it, how artists who were once so important and perhaps even defined their era – Talking Heads, REM and Oasis come to mind – quietly disappeared and barely make it into a conversation these days. So seems the fate of the Pogues also whose boozy, sentimental, political and often moving songs and poetry spanned the Eighties. The lyrics of Shane MacGowan and the... > Read more


Rats on Rafts/De Kift: Last Day on De Zon (Fire)

16 Oct 2016  |  <1 min read

Yes, it's true we probably don't hear enough homegrown Dutch post-punk here. But despite the name of our country . . . why would we? Here from the country which houses the province of Old Zeeland – which actually just down the road from Rotterdam – comes what we at a distance might consider a Rotter-supergroup. Because longtime local noise-punk-pop-rockers RoRafts team... > Read more


Princess Chelsea: Aftertouch (Lil' Chief)

14 Oct 2016  |  1 min read

The longtime joke about rock bands was they had three years to write their first album and three months to write their second (which would have some new songs and the left-overs from the first). The third album – usually required by the demanding record company – was either a bunch of songs about hotel rooms/the road (because that had become their life) . . . or the live... > Read more

Can't Help Falling In Love With You

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

14 Oct 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. Beth Hart: Fire on the Floor (Provogue) On the back of her excellent, largely autobiographical album Better Than Home played an... > Read more

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

10 Oct 2016  |  4 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. Bon Iver: 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar) For hipster beardies, young and sensitive retro-cardie women and old guard greyhair folkies who... > Read more

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

26 Sep 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. The Green Pajamas: To The End of The Sea (Green Monkey) The mainman of Seattle's Green Pajamas, Jeff Kelly, has long had connection... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: The Bilders; Beatin Hearts (Grapefruit Record Club)

24 Sep 2016  |  <1 min read

Not often we get to use the word “polymath”  . . . but it describes multi-lingual poet, writer, publisher, dramatist, musician-without-portfolio Bill Direen whose reputation kicked in seriously with this debut album (after a series of singles and EPs) in '83. Released on Flying Nun, it includes a version of Denis Glover's poem The Magpies alongside Direen's... > Read more

Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 (XL)

19 Sep 2016  |  1 min read

Right from the start, Jack White was a shapeshifter, sometimes a garageband rocker, at others a raw blues player or a guitarist conspiring with his inner Jimmy Page to give Led Zeppelin a run for their money. He could sing what sounded like a tossed off children's song (the delightful We're Going to Be Friends) or dig in deep as an inspired rock star for whom the spotlight of fame... > Read more

City Lights (previously unreleased)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Led Zeppelin: The Complete BBC Sessions (Warners)

19 Sep 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Although JImmy Page's recent remastering programme of all the Led Zeppelin studio albums made them sound sharper and stronger, the additional tracks included were rarely added value. Many were remixes of varyng degrees of interest (some none at all, see here and here and here), but ironically it was their final mish-mash release Coda which came out best. Despite us calling the... > Read more

Communication Breakdown (live, 1969)

Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar)

19 Sep 2016  |  <1 min read

When Elsewhere discovered this woman's previous album, her second, Burn Your Fire For No Witness in early 2014 we were mightily impressed by her ability to roam across genres from material to gritty rock, mainstream pop to acoustic ballads. What was also a thread was the classic pop structures and influences from the late Fifties/early Sixties . . . and on this... > Read more

Shut Up Kiss Me

De La Soul: And the Anonymous Nobody (Kobalt)

12 Sep 2016  |  1 min read

Although this opens with considerable throat-clearing by Jill Scott in a speech of empowerment which sounds beamed in from some African-American politico-Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, once thing settle thereafter the genius of the hip-hop innovators De La Soul is evident all over again. Cinematic in its reach, peppered with short passages (the 90 second CBGBs and similarly lengthed Sexy... > Read more

Royal Capes

The Beatles; Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Capitol/Universal)

12 Sep 2016  |  2 min read  |  1

You'd think there was nothing left to exploit in the Beatles' catalogue (other than the film Let It Be and an album of their final rooftop concert). But this is the first reissue of the live album released in '77 from concerts recorded at the Hollywood Bowl in '64 and '65, plus four previously unreleased tracks and a 24-page booklet with an essay by the ubiquitous David Fricke. It... > Read more

Long Tall Sally

Elvis Presley: Way Down in the Jungle Room (RCA)

12 Sep 2016  |  1 min read

Golly gosh, the Beatles and Elvis Presley reviewed in the same week? Makes you wnder what century we are in. But the reissue of the Beatles album Live at the Hollywood Bowl (now equally billed as Eight Days a Week to link with the doco of that title) is the only official live album we have of them from their touring years . . . and this Elvis double CD are his final recordings, done at home... > Read more

Hurt (take three)

Morgan Delt: Phase Zero (Sub Pop)

11 Sep 2016  |  <1 min read

Quick question: How many young male singers who don't have a strong or distinctive voice use a light falsetto as their default setting then multi-track and/or wrap their vocals in clouds of synths, orchestration etc. Answer? I don't know an actual figure . . . but I can tell you that this Californian is another one of them. Soaked in psychedelic sunshine and dreamy drone-pop with... > Read more

Escape Capsule