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PJ Harvey and John Parish: A Woman A Man Walked By (Universal)

PJ Harvey and John Parish: A Woman A Man Walked By (Universal)

The very great and waywardly inventive PJ Harvey once told interviewer Barney Hoskyns, "I've spent my entire time trying to explain to people that I'm a creative writer. People jump to conclusions, and I can understand it, because if I'm very interested in an artist -- whether it's Neil Young, Bob Dylan, whoever -- I want to imagine that those stories are true. But I think also that when I... more >>

PJ Harvey and John Parish: Pig Will Not

6 Apr 2009

The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (Shock)

The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (Shock)

In the wake of the Who playing in New Zealand (which I missed due to an overseas engagement) a number of people asked about me posting some Who things at Elsewhere. Their absence thus far has only been due to time constraints and timeliness: but here is an excuse to post something, the remastered reissue of their complete Isle of Wight set in 1970 during which they played a truncated version... more >>

The Who: My Generation

5 Apr 2009

Rory Gallagher: Shadow Play, Concerts 1976-90 (DVD, Shock)

Rory Gallagher: Shadow Play, Concerts 1976-90 (DVD, Shock)

Of all the blues-based guitarists who emerged in the late Sixties, none was more self-effacing, unprepossessing and sartorially consistent than Irishman Rory Gallagher (1948-95). He shunned most of the trappings of rock excess and appeared most often in jeans and a checked shirt (two decades before Seattle grunge made lumberjack shirts a fashion item). Gallagher was a journeyman and if he... more >>

5 Apr 2009

Tim Garland and the Lighthouse Trio: Libra (Elite)

Tim Garland and the Lighthouse Trio: Libra (Elite)

Here with pianist Gwilym Simcock and percussion player Asaf Sirkis, plus the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the impressive genre-defying jazz-classical/Third Stream suite (the four-part Frontiers, which also features guitarist Paul Bollenback), this hot British saxophonist (and bass clarinetist) once more proves that he is the vanguard of a crossover music that should appeal to jazz and... more >>

Tim Garland Trio: Blue in Green

5 Apr 2009

JJ Cale: Roll On (Warners)

JJ Cale: Roll On (Warners)

Cale has always made a kind of mood music, for the back porch usually. So while this album offers few surprises (his lyrics still aren't his strong point, but if it ain't broke) the subtle diversity of styles -- from New Orleans-influenced ragtime to swamp rock and a little foot stomping rock'n'soul -- means over time each track takes on its own character. His signature guitar sound... more >>

JJ Cale: Fonda-lina

29 Mar 2009

The Flamin' Groovies: This Band is Red Hot 1969-79 (Raven)

The Flamin' Groovies: This Band is Red Hot 1969-79 (Raven)

About 30 years ago during the UK punk/post-punk period a friend in London would send me cassettes of all the exciting new music he was hearing: Little Bob Story from France covering the Small Faces' All or Nothing, the Runaway's Cherry Bomb, the first Dire Straits single Sultans of Swing with Mark Knopfler's sublime guitar playing, Graham Parker and the Rumour, Sham 69, Nick Lowe, Mikey Dread,... more >>

The Flamin' Groovies: Good Laugh Mun (1978)

29 Mar 2009    1

John Scofield: Piety Street (Universal)

John Scofield: Piety Street (Universal)

Guitarist John Scofield -- previously interviewed at Elsewhere and who played blinding free jazz at times when he appeared here with saxophonist Joe Lovano last year -- is either a music chameleon or a man with a short attention span: he played blues fusion with Miles Davis; has duelled with fellow plank spankers Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell; done some drum’n’bass stuff; wrote a... more >>

John Scofield: The Angel of Death

29 Mar 2009

Seasick Steve: I Started Out With Nothing and I Still Got Most of it Left (Warners)

Seasick Steve: I Started Out With Nothing and I Still Got Most of it Left (Warners)

Sixtysomething Steve Wold appears to have been an authentic, rail-ridin' itinerant (although we can guess some exaggeration has gone on) and it seems he could count among his friends in a long life Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell and Kurt Cobain,and he also worked as a producer and engineer in Seattle. Latterly he has achieved considerable fame and attention in the UK following an... more >>

Seasick Steve: St Louis Slim

29 Mar 2009

Various: The Best of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour (Chrome Dreams)

Various: The Best of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour (Chrome Dreams)

Elsewhere readers would be familiar with Bob Dylan's extensive website (he's got another new album in April) and his radio programme  and will have doubtless noted the many Dylan articles, music etc at Elsewhere, most recently the posting of the album Bob Dylan's Jukebox which was a compilation of songs which had influenced him. From the same source -- and no doubt... more >>

Blind Willie Johnson: John the Revelator

29 Mar 2009    1

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears: Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! (Universal)

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears: Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! (Universal)

You only need to hear a few bars of the first three tracks on this one to say "James Brown". And Black Joe and band out of Austin wouldn't deny the influence. There's also a smattering of emotional Otis, the stab of Junior Walker saxophone, the funk of Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Howlin' Wolf blues and much more distilled into these 10 urgent tracks. Real sassy and sharp... more >>

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears: Big Booty Woman

29 Mar 2009

Lucinda Williams: Live from Austin, Tx 1989 (DVD, New West)

Lucinda Williams: Live from Austin, Tx 1989 (DVD, New West)

With the great Lucinda Williams due to return for long overdue concerts, it seems only right to draw attention to this DVD of her first appearance on the Austin City Limits telelvison show in 1989. It was almost 20 years ago and at the time -- although she'd released her first album a decade previous -- she was riding on the crest of her self-titled album which had sprung the critical hits... more >>

Lucinda Williams: Changed the Locks (from the album Lucinda Williams, 1988)

28 Mar 2009

Various: Timeless Memories from the 50s and 60s (EMI)

Various: Timeless Memories from the 50s and 60s (EMI)

For some of us, many of these 50 tracks will be embedded somewhere in the subconscious from that period before the Beatles broke through and people like Helen Shapiro (whom the Beatles supported on one of their first UK tours) and Lesley Gore were all over radio. Here is ample evidence that the songs were soft and dreary before guitar bands swept everything away: The Four Aces with Three... more >>

Helen Shapiro: Don't Treat Me Like A Child

28 Mar 2009

U2: No Line on the Horizon (Universal)

U2: No Line on the Horizon (Universal)

Just a thought: would U2 be better without Bono? That isn't a comment on his ego and political activities -- which I have no issue with, everyone has an ego and I think he's done some decent political work. Nope, it is more on the bombastic delivery he too often brings to U2 when they can be at their most musically interesting. As here, an album full of clever sonics, orchestrations,... more >>

U2: Moment of Surrender

18 Mar 2009    1

The Whitest Boy Alive: Rules (Rhythmethod)

The Whitest Boy Alive: Rules (Rhythmethod)

This former-electronica outfit made an appearance at Elsewhere about three years ago with their impressive debut album Dreams which found them putting aside the bleep-machines and picking up real instruments. This time out -- belying their name -- they shift towards to some cruisy Seventies soul-funk with Rhodes keyboard from new member Daniel Nentwig and that, along with tickling guitars... more >>

The Whitest Boy Alive: Courage

16 Mar 2009

Al Kooper: I Stand Alone/You Never Know Who Your Friends Are (Raven)

Al Kooper: I Stand Alone/You Never Know Who Your Friends Are (Raven)

Another in the excellent and on-going reissue series from Australia's Raven Records (see Southside Johnny, Velvet Underground, Gene Clark at Elsewhere), this is a musically sprawling double disc collection of two albums with bonus tracks by keyboard player Kooper who brought his particular genius to Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone single, Dylan's Highway 61, Blonde on Blonde and New Morning... more >>

Al Kooper: One (from the album I Stand Alone, 1968)

13 Mar 2009

Mark Olson and Gary Louris: Ready for the Flood (Hacktone/Elite)

Mark Olson and Gary Louris: Ready for the Flood (Hacktone/Elite)

Given that albums aren't recorded in the order we hear them it's surprising how many peter out after the halfway mark: I guess that's what you call "playing your aces first". This album by alt.country/Americana luminaries Olson and Louris who last played together in the Jayhawks over a decade ago does the opposite however: after the halfway mark (in truth well before it), the... more >>

Olson and Louris: My Gospel Song for You

11 Mar 2009    1

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis: Live From New York City (DVD/Shock)

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis: Live From New York City (DVD/Shock)

While this beautifully shot concert film might not persuade you that this meeting of minds was as thrilling as the relentlessly theorising Wynton Marsalis makes it out to be, there are considerable pleasures to be had hearing Willie Nelson's deliberately languid vocals with the small and classy jazz group on hand. And harmonica master Mickey Raphael who effortless sits between them. Director... more >>

6 Mar 2009

Bon Iver: Blood Bank (Jagjaguwar)

Bon Iver: Blood Bank (Jagjaguwar)

To be honest, the Bon Iver album For Emma, Forever Ago which appeared in many of last year's "best of" lists didn't arrrive at Elsewhere and, busy with so many others, I let it slide right past me. So I have only heard the odd track off compilations or at friends' houses. This four song EP by Justin Vernon and friends is exactly the kind of subtle and understated follow-up you... more >>

Bon Iver: Woods

5 Mar 2009    2

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Fever! The Anthology 1976-1991 (Raven)

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Fever! The Anthology 1976-1991 (Raven)

The excellent reissue label out of Australia, Raven, has appeared at Elsewhere previously with its essential Velvet Underground collection What Goes On, the Gene Clark compilation American Dreamer and others. What Raven achieves which many other similar companies don't is multi-label compilations which means you get a more true picture of the artist concerned. And they have intelligent liner... more >>

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: This Time baby's Gone For Good

2 Mar 2009    1

Buddy Holly and the Crickets: The Very Best of (Universal)

Buddy Holly and the Crickets: The Very Best of (Universal)

There's not a lot needs be said about this 50 song, double disc compilation that hasn't been said elsewhere at Elsewhere about Buddy Holly's particular songwriting gifts: he crafted stories and characters, was an interesting and inventive arranger, adopted different voices . . . The first disc here is where most of the classic material lies but because the lesser known songs are stacked on... more >>

Buddy Holly: Learning the Game

2 Mar 2009    2