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Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys: Machine Gun (Sony)

4 Dec 2016  |  1 min read

As the Sixties came to a close Jimi Hendrix famously tried to recalibrate his career by letting go of the Experience and, on New Year's Eve 1969 and the following night, play the Fillmore East with his new band of Buddy Miles (drums), and bassist Buddy Cox whom he'd known from his army days. For his performances – the whole of their first night released here officially for the... > Read more

Ezy Ryder

The Eversons: “Stuck in New Zealand” (Lil Chief)

28 Nov 2016  |  1 min read

Some wit in Creem in the Seventies nailed it perfectly when he wrote, “Heavy metal is for young men without a war of their own”. To which we might add, the Eversons are for young men with tongue-in-cheek teen angst and raging hormones. The Eversons – a family band just like the Ramones -- are smart, funny, deal in broad-brush power pop/hormonal rock and write... > Read more

Emily

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: The Clean: Getaway, Expanded Edition (Merge/Southbound)

28 Nov 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Much as the Clean should be respected and honoured for their first flourish of innovative, sometimes brilliantly reductive but enthrallingly widescreen (in your head) pop-rock during the early days of Flying Nun in the late Seventies/early Eighties, it was their second coming which presented the more rewarding, demanding, exciting and fully realised music on albums like Vehicle ('90) and... > Read more

Point That Thing Somewhere Else (from Syd's Pink Wiring System)

The All Seeing Hand: Sand to Glass (Muzai)

28 Nov 2016  |  1 min read

Possessing the kind of live firepower usually reserved for conflict zones, Wellington's All Seeing Hand deliver a menacing clash of electronics/turntables, smashing drums and throat-singing which can sound like Tibetan monks on speed or feedback. They had people pinned to the walls of a silo when they played this year's Laneway. Much of this album – which has a broad concept... > Read more

Gravity

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker: Overnight (Rough Trade)

28 Nov 2016  |  1 min read

Anyone who likes toned down and thoughtful singer-songwriter music but is a bit weary of the familiar dusty paths and rural routes of Americana must be applauding just how much British indie.folk is appearing these days. From older names in reissue (Nick Drake, Bert Jansch) to newer faces (Kate Rusby, James Findlay), the long tradition is being explored and added to in ways which... > Read more

Sweet the Sorrow

Various Artists: C'mon (Frenzy)

25 Nov 2016  |  1 min read

One of the most popular areas at the current Volume; Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the museum in Auckland -- even for shy Kiwis -- is the mock-up of set for the television series C'Mon, the sequel to the earlier Let's Go. If you feel so inclined you can dance on the set.  It was exactly half a century ago that the C'mon series was launched and, again under the guidance of... > Read more

Funky Street by Leo De Castro

Howe Gelb: Future Standards (Fire/Southbound)

25 Nov 2016  |  2 min read  |  1

Elsewhere has long been smitten by the wide-ranging gifts of Tucson-based Howe Gelb who helmed Giant Sand (and offshoots) and writes with as much confidence in a Spanish style (with his Band of Gypsies) as he does in mainstream country, alt.country and psychedelic-styled rock. This time out however he shifts into a new (but not unfamiliar) direction, that of the piano ballad as... > Read more

A Book You've Read Before

Candice Milner: Evergreen (Lyttelton/Southbound)

23 Nov 2016  |  1 min read

Although this album is spring from the same Lyttelton soil which gave rise to artists like Marlon Williams, Delaney Davidson and others we casually refer to as alt.country (can we get “Kiwicana” going perhaps?), this impressive debut comes from another corner entirely. Frequently evoking the thread of spiritual and romantic Anglofolk, Milner's spare acoustic melodies are... > Read more

Gallery

Myele Manzanza: OnePointOne (First Word)

21 Nov 2016  |  1 min read

Knowing only that drummer Manzanza was formerly in New Zealand's electronica-soul outfit Electric Wire Hustle doesn't prepare you for this vigorous and out-there second album under his own name. Recorded live at the Blue Whale in LA with keyboard player Mark de Clive-Lowe, bassist Ben Shepherd and singers Nia Andrews and Charlie K (plus the exceptional Quartetto Fantastico string... > Read more

Absent Fade

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Free; Live! (Universal)

21 Nov 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

By the time this album was released in late '71 the original band had broken up. But theirs had been a remarkable run with four studio albums in two years, an appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival and relentless touring which ensured the reputations of singer Paul Rodgers (still frontman for Bad Company) and guitarist Paul Kossof, the inspired blues-rock player who died in '76. Their... > Read more

The Hunter

Ultimate Painting: Dusk (TIM/Southbound)

14 Nov 2016  |  1 min read

A little bit of a stretch here but let's get into reference points for this British duo of Jack Cooper and James Hoare, the former sporting a perfect mid Sixties comb-forward fringe. This is mostly measured, mesmerisingly melodic and quiet jangle-pop . . . with less of the jangle. Music for dusk, perhaps?  Think folksy Stills and Nash who'd only heard McCartney and not... > Read more

A Portrait of Jason

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

14 Nov 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. Agnes Obel: Citizen of Glass (PIAS) This Berlin-based Danish singer-songwriter came to Elsewhere's attention two years ago when... > Read more

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

8 Nov 2016  |  5 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

Troy Kingi and the Electric Haka Boogie; Guitar Party at Uncle's Bach (Lyttelton/Southbound)

7 Nov 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Despite the underselling expectations of this unpromising title, this isn't some beers-for-da-boys acoustic summer-reggae vibe at the beach . . . Thank God, because we are already ears-deep in Maori/dreadlock Pakeha good-groove bbq-reggae. Okay, Troy and band from Northland default a bit to that, but here Kingi – who appeared in the Mt Zion film – pushes the parameters... > Read more

OIl Spill

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

7 Nov 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. Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker (Sony) Much has been made about the lack of a question mark on this album title. And rightly... > Read more

Miles Calder and the Rumours; Miles Calder and the Rumours (Southbound)

7 Nov 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Singer-songwriter Miles Calder and his fellow travellers down these alt.country byways (where “the creek's gonna rise”) have considerable prior form in advance of this debut album. Their Crossing Over EP was nominated for the 2014 Taite Music award and in the NZ Music Awards' country category. Calder has had favourable shortlist mentions in international songwriting... > Read more

Sad Songs

The Lemon Twigs: Do Hollywood (4AD)

31 Oct 2016  |  <1 min read

In the world of New York brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario -- who are the core of the Lemon Twigs – it is forever 1966-68. And mostly British. On this debut album they indulge in eccentrically Brit-psychedelia which has its reference points in Lennon's tripped-out acid-pop, the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, something of the Monkees in their later days when the reins were... > Read more

I Wanna Prove To You

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

31 Oct 2016  |  3 min read  |  1

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. Matt Butler: Reckless Son (mattbutlerofficial.com) Music as personal therapy can be treacherous territory: Oversharing comes off as... > Read more

Various Artists; Let It Be; Black America Sings Lennon, McCartney and Harrison (Ace/Border)

31 Oct 2016  |  2 min read  |  1

Given just how much black music – Motown, girl groups, Chuck Berry, Little Richard etc – influenced the early Beatles, it's no surprise black Americans would find Beatle songs to adopt and adapt. A few years ago the James Hunter Six (white band out of Britain, of course) took the Beatles' It Won't Be Long of '64 and -- with barely a flick of the wrist -- turned it into a sassy... > Read more

It's Only Love, by Gary US Bonds

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

28 Oct 2016  |  3 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