Something Elsewhere

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THE 2016 APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARDS: The shortlist

1 Sep 2016  |  2 min read

If you pick up the Business section of the New Zealand Herald you start to wonder if there isn't anyone in those offices who hasn't been given some kind of award. The music world in New Zealand is a little more sparing in its prize-giving which makes awards nights like the annual APRA Silver Scrolls – where the best song is selected by the writer (or writers') peers -- very... > Read more

THE ORANGE BALLROOM (2016): The dance begins again

22 Jul 2016  |  2 min read

The actual name of the place is the Orange Coronation Hall and it was the lodge for the Irish Protestant Orangemen in Auckland. But everyone knows it as the Orange Ballroom, the name apparently bestowed on it by the late Bill Sevesi who – with his band the Islanders – played there from 1954 until the early Seventies. The old building on Newton Rd – which opened in... > Read more

THE FINALISTS, 2016 APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARD: And those in contention are . . .

21 Jul 2016  |  1 min read

The annual Silver Scroll award for songwriitng is considered one of the most -- if not the most -- prestigious awards the New Zealand music world can bestow. That's because it is the songwriters themselves (APRA members) who vote for the winner from a huge number of songwriter entries. The shortlist of 20 finalists has just been announced and we are pleased to publish it because someone... > Read more

ANOTHER 10 ODD UNPLAYED ALBUMS IN THE COLLECTION (2016): Make them stop!

18 Jul 2016  |  10 min read  |  2

In a previous column I wrote with some embarrassment about 10 odd unplayed albums which had sat on my shelves for many, many years. Decades in some instances. And many of them never even getting close to being played. They were my adopted but unloved children.  Some had arrived in my halfway house between pressing and trashing on the strength of their weird cover ( I have... > Read more

10 ODD UNPLAYED ALBUMS IN MY COLLECTION (2016): Get back on the shelf!

8 Jul 2016  |  9 min read

Charlie Watts once said of Keith Richards that he was someone music liked being around. Records seem attracted me in much the same way because they just keep turning up. Mostly it has been my fault, $20 could go a long way in the Real Groovy bargain bins just five years ago and so strange records would follow me home. But then there are a swag of others which I have and... > Read more

VOLUME: MAKING MUSIC IN AOTEAROA (2016): Songs from us for us

2 Jul 2016  |  <1 min read

The exhibition of New Zealand popular music at the Auckland War Memorial Museum is rapidly approaching. It is entitled Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa and opens on October 28. And it is free. It cover seven decades of music in Aotearoa New Zealand, from the days of rock'n'roll rebels in the Fifties to contemporary pop, hip-hop and r'n'b. There are literally hundreds of... > Read more

THE GRANT GILLANDERS COLLECTIONS (2016): For the love of it

11 Jun 2016  |  5 min read

In the course of research for the Auckland War Memorial Museum exhibition Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa (opens October), it was a pleasure to go back and listen to so much New Zealand popular music of the past six decades. Elsewhere has a considerable collection – more Flying Nun that seems readily available, despite their on-going and admirable reissue programme – but... > Read more

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THE VODAFONE PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS (2016): Can you see yourself, under a coconut tree . . .

10 Jun 2016  |  4 min read

This year's Vodafone Pacific Music Awards – held at Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland on June 9 – acknowledged (among many others) one of the country's longest running and most influential Pacific performing arts groups, Pacific Underground. The PU collective was awarded the MIT Lifetime Achievement Award for their work over more than two decades. PU formed in... > Read more

TERESA PATTERSON INTERVIEWED (2016): The business end of the music business

6 May 2016  |  7 min read

No one has ever been in much doubt that the music business is very much a business. It revolves as much around money and contracts and management and copyright as it does the songs at the heart of it. For young musicians — and even some senior players like Billy Joel who has been burned numerous times — negotiating a pathway through it is like breakdancing in a minefield.... > Read more

MAD ABOUT THE BEATLES (2016): John, Paul, George, Ringo and Alfred

21 Apr 2016  |  2 min read

Of course Mad magazine -- which had been skewering popular culture since its inception in the early Fifties -- would take an interest in the Beatles. Their hairstyles and distinctive appearance alone, not to mention their enormous popularity in America, made them an enjoyable target for satire, parody and cartoons by the magazine's in-house wits. Ringo was ripe for caricature. ... > Read more

MUSIC MANAGERS AWARDS (2016): And the envelope, please

18 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

In the past two decades a very clear music business has emerged in New Zealand. Being a musician is a viable career option these days – it's still going to be struggle however – but around the songmaker are circles of support, notably band managers who negotiate the minefield of contracts, record companies, distribution and touring. And then some. Getting a manager... > Read more

THE TAITE MUSIC PRIZE FINALISTS (2016): Money don't get everything it's true, but . . .

15 Apr 2016  |  1 min read

The old awards' show line is, "It's an honour just to be nominated . . ." But in the case of the annual Taite Music Prize it most certainly is because just to get onto the shortlist means you will be in illustrious and often innovative company.  Every year since 2010 the Taite Music Prize – named for the late journalist and music aficionado Dylan Taite – goes... > Read more

RANDOM RADIO (2015-16): Archived radio spots

9 Apr 2016  |  <1 min read

Because Elsewhere is so eclectic in its taste, Graham is frequently invited on to various radio programmes to discuss music, great concerts and the passing of some greats (and there have been a few lately) as well as introduce new and often different music to audiences. In the past 18 months he has been a regular on Radio Live with Karyn Hay (pictured) where the conversation is free flowing... > Read more

FRANK ZAPPA RESURRECTED (2016): The floorboards creak and out come the freaks

4 Apr 2016  |  3 min read

The importance and impact of some musicians far outstrips the sales of their albums or concert tickets. The late Frank Zappa – who died in '93 at just 52 – was one of those. Listen to just three or four of his albums chosen at random and you couldn't help but conclude that here was a musician unconstrained by style or genre, indifferent toward and, indeed aggressively... > Read more

PICO IYER INTERVIEWED (2007): And knowing you, Leonard Cohen

25 Jan 2016  |  7 min read

When the writer Pico Iyer came to New Zealand for a Writers and Readers Festival in 2007, it was my pleasure to host a panel on which he was on where the subject was travel writing. As one who had done this travel writing thing with varying degrees of success I was as interested as anyone as to what ideas these writers (international and local) might be able to pass on. The local... > Read more

THE TIMETABLE FOR THE LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2016

23 Jan 2016  |  <1 min read

The annual Laneway Festival in Auckland has become one of the hottest on the music calender: hottest as in the site at Silo Park (which has to import shade tents) can be blistering in the summer heat. So -- more than Big Day Outs and such in the past -- it is one to prepare for: hat, shades, sunscreen, drink plenty of water and . . . be prepared to see some very exciting acts, many in the... > Read more

THE BEATLES AS SEEN ON SCREENS (2015): How the music looked

2 Nov 2015  |  3 min read

When the Beatles' remastered albums were released back in 2009 (09/09/09 to be exact, think about it), Elsewhere speculated on what else might be to come. It would seem that with the Anthology (the albums and DVD set and book) and the remastered albums -- which later appeared on vinyl in mono as God intended -- that the well might have been drained dry. Far from it, there would... > Read more

Exploring Nature's Pattern Magic by Dee and Mike Pigneguy (Mary Egan Publishing)

16 Aug 2015  |  <1 min read

Although Elsewhere isn't here for children we do acknowledge they exist. (They are the small human-like creatures that I am forced to stop for outside schools, right?) Anyway from time to time-- especially when Robin Nathan releases an album -- we like to throw the spotlight on something for the kids. And this book came our way which -- although visually very busy -- looks like it would... > Read more

HALF A CENTURY OF ORIGINAL NEW ZEALAND SONGS (2015): 50 Years of the Silver Scroll award

3 Jul 2015  |  2 min read

Looking back, 1965 was a watershed year in New Zealand popular music. The snowball effect of the Beatles and the sound of British pop fuelled the local music scene and suddenly bands were everywhere and. Accordingly, venues opened up to accommodate them. It was significant that in '65 television also caught up with the game in the form of pop television shows (locally... > Read more

40 YEARS OF THE NEW ZEALAND MUSIC CHARTS (2015): Pub quiz time, folks

28 May 2015  |  <1 min read

Some weeks ago when it was clear there would be some celebration of four decades of official music charts in New Zealand, one of those researching it asked me a question which stumped me. What New Zealand act had three consecutive number one singles? And no, it wasn't a Finn or Dave Dobbyn. The answer when it came made me reconsider just how much I knew about pop hits. It was... > Read more