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Wreckless Eric: amERICa (Fire)

13 Nov 2015  |  1 min read  |  2

The cheeky post-punk rocker Wreckless Eric was among the many interesting and somewhat eccentric choices to be on Britain's Stiff records, alongside Ian Dury, Jona Lewie, Lena Lovich and Rachel Sweet. Eric – Eric Goulden – delivered some of the most enjoyably ragged rock and thrashy folk-framed songs (a recently reissued album from the early Nineties was entitled The... > Read more

Space Age

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

13 Nov 2015  |  2 min read

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.... > Read more

Better Pickups by Salad Days

Greg Johnson: Swing the Lantern (gregjohnsonmusic.com)

12 Nov 2015  |  2 min read

When it comes to metaphors, similes, cultural references and astutely hard-crafted images or couplets, as a lyric writer Greg Johnson would seem to have the inside running and be well ahead of the field. That he has in recent years most often hitched these essentials of wordcraft to memorable – sometimes downbeat – melodies has pushed him into the frontline of New Zealand... > Read more

Never Turn Back

Fat Freddy's Drop: Bays (Rhythmethod)

9 Nov 2015  |  1 min read

  There are concept albums and live albums, but this new album from a band which has juggled studio and live releases sound pleasingly close to a studio-created concept of a live album. It opens slow and stakes out its ground with some fairly familiar Freddy grooves on  Wairunga Blues, their archetypal rolling reggae groove on Slings and Arrows (which devolves into a natty,... > Read more

Novak

Various Artists: The Birth of Surf Guitar Vol 3 (Ace/Border)

9 Nov 2015  |  1 min read  |  1

It seems odd that surf guitar rock should be so enduring. For some it was just a brief phenomenon of the late Fifties/early Sixties but here at Elsewhere we've recently written about surf guitar rock influences (sometimes with a weird spaghetti western spin) in bands out of Israel, Spain, Croatia and of course the USA and New Zealand. This 26 track collection goes back to origins with... > Read more

Storm Surf

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: the feelers; Supersystem (Warners)

9 Nov 2015  |  1 min read

New Zealand critics never much liked the feelers, but that hardly slowed them down. Knowing that living well is the best revenge they just kept making big selling albums and embarking on highly profitable tours when their massive audience came out to cheer them on. This debut album from '98 -- here remastered and with four extra tracks -- topped the New Zealand charts, and was not their last... > Read more

Honey God

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

2 Nov 2015  |  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. Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; If I Can Dream (RCA): Presley's reputation was tarnished so badly by cheap releases... > Read more

Steamroller Blues by Elvis Presley and RPO

The Chills: Silver Bullets (Fire/Flying In)

31 Oct 2015  |  3 min read  |  1

In the past few decades we've become so conditioned to long periods between albums (talkin' 'bout you Blue Nile and Scott Walker) that these days we think nothing of a gap of five or even 10 years. But to learn that the British post-punk band Penetration are releasing their first album in 36 years – yes, thirty-six years -- still catches you off guard. Jeez, how many people... > Read more

America Says Hello

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

27 Oct 2015  |  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 Brian Jonestown Massacre; Mini Album Thingy Wingy (Southbound): Aside from the interesting but hardly essential Musique de Film... > Read more

Mercury Rev: The Light In You (Bella Union)

26 Oct 2015  |  <1 min read

With their breakout album Deserter's Songs (98) and its follow-up All I Dream (01), New York's Mercury Rev were the gold standard for an elegantly psychedelic alt.rock band, and their association with Flaming Lips (Rev's multi-instrumentalist Dave Fridmann has been a longtime Lips producer) enhanced their allure and status. Then there were diminishing... > Read more

Rainy Day Record

B2KDA: Rising (b2kda.com)

25 Oct 2015  |  1 min read

New Zealand's Batucada Sound Machine were rightly hailed -- that is, danced furiously to -- by audiences across the globe for their well oiled take on horn-driven upbeat party music with a South American vibe. But that was then and this -- at least on this exciting and more musically diverse album from a phase two of the band -- is a beast of another bloodline. With a change of... > Read more

We Do It

The Broken Heartbreakers: How We Got to Now (brokenheartbreakers.com)

24 Oct 2015  |  2 min read

While the Broken Heartbreakers were preparing for their current New Zealand tour (see dates below) it was the first anniversary of the passing of their longtime friend and sometime collaborator Sam Prebble/Bond Street Bridge, whose death has left a gap in the musical life of this country which remains impossible to fill. It may be possible to discern Prebble and the loss the BH suffer in... > Read more

Tripping Through the Ruins

Derek Lind: Solo (Someone Up There)

19 Oct 2015  |  2 min read

For two decades from the mid Eighties, Derek Lind confirmed himself as among this country's finest singer-songwriters. He had a Herald entertainment cover for his exceptional '90 album Slippery Ground, an album of resonant songs which stand up today for their lyrical depth, insight and allusive breadth. There were further albums its equal, all of which were acclaimed by those who... > Read more

The Only Song I Got

Battles: La Di Da Di (Warp)

19 Oct 2015  |  <1 min read

Once you come to terms with the taut but sometimes meandering and shapeshifting six-plus minutes of the opener The Yabba here, the intent of this incarnation from New York's electronica experimentalists Battles becomes more clear. On this, their third album, they have dispensed with guest vocalists as on their previous Gloss (2011) and so hone their sound down to cosmically-inclined... > Read more

Summer Simmer

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

19 Oct 2015  |  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. Low; Ones and Sixes (SubPop): Now 20-plus years into their career and the band that defined the slowcore movement, Low here deliver a... > Read more

Kid in the Corner by Low

Freddy Fudd Pucker; Hourglass Wine (Monkey)

19 Oct 2015  |  1 min read

When Tom Young from Dunedin emerged as Freddy Fudd Pucker many, many years ago he'd chosen a name which seemed determined to condemn him to the margins. FFP either sounds rude, like he's a comedy act or, for any curious American, something to do with a hamburger chain. That he was none of these (although his humour could be acerbic) just made it more of a shame that he got little serious... > Read more

The Sorrow Finds Its Song

Opposite Sex: Hamlet (oppositesex)

12 Oct 2015  |  1 min read

If the previous album by this Dunedin-based trio (plus pals) was a little hard to get a bead on, this intriguingly fractured and sometimes fractious follow-up makes it no easier. But that's what rewards repeat plays here, even if singer Lucy Hunter is stretched to the very edge of her limited range . . . and then goes beyond it on the harrowing Oh Ivy which, for Elsewhere's money, is... > Read more

She Said

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

11 Oct 2015  |  2 min read

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.... > Read more

Goodbyes by Amiria Grenell

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

5 Oct 2015  |  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. This is the Kit; Bashed Out (Brassland): Although much acclaimed in UK folk circles, this third collection of literate songs by Kate... > Read more

All in Cahoots by This is the Kit

Various Artists: Loop Select Mixtape 0004 (Loop)

2 Oct 2015  |  <1 min read

  More goodness from Loop . . . another in their series of free mix tapes. Yep, free to stream or download. Tracks by Mark de Clive-Lowe, Electric Wire Hustle, Cahmbres and more. Here's who is on it. 01. Take It From Me by Bailey Wiley 02. Rising One by Sacha Vee 03. Sundae by BAYNK 04. Circles by Commune 84 05. Smokelight (Instrumental) by Chambres 06.... > Read more