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THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF  . . . (2014): Kiss pokes tongue at honour? No!

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF . . . (2014): Kiss pokes tongue at honour? No!

Trust Gene Simmons of Kiss to inject some controversy into the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today (April 10, US time). While so many others are happy to take the accolade, do the handshakes and attend the slap-up dinner, Simmons was blunt and got the headline. He recently told a US radio jock that hip-hop doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame, and nor do disco... more >>

KYARY PAMYU PAMYU EXPLAINED, OR NOT (2014): It's the money-go-round

KYARY PAMYU PAMYU EXPLAINED, OR NOT (2014): It's the money-go-round

Like French pop, the mainstream pop music of Japan is largely a mystery to outsiders. If so much French pop is breathy or more like an innocous soundtrack to high-end visuals, Japanese pop can seem like cliches come to life. And J-pop works in an enclosed world. Japan and Korea were the only countries last year to have their end-of-year top 10 album sales made up entirely of local artists.... more >>

PonPonPon

GREAT LOST KIWI SINGLES: Rock follies

GREAT LOST KIWI SINGLES: Rock follies

They are found at the back of cartons at record fairs, under beds in long abandoned houses and sometimes stored lovingly -- but rarely played -- in the collections of the obsessives. They are those great, and not that great, singles by Kiwi artists which existed either in limited pressings or were simply so awful the artists themselves tried to buy and destroy every copy. They are Kiwi... more >>

Peter Cape: Coffee Bar Blues

FILM IT AND THEY WILL COME (2014): Movie and television tourism

FILM IT AND THEY WILL COME (2014): Movie and television tourism

Hamad suddenly pulls us aside in the canyon between towering rock faces and says, “See” as he points to a gap in the path ahead. “This is 'Wow', right? Indiana Jones, yes?” Well yes, it is wow and Indiana Jones because through the corridor of sheer stone we can see that breathtaking building carved from solid rock which appeared near the end of Indiana... more >>

10 ALBUM COVER PARODIES: It looks familiar but . . .

10 ALBUM COVER PARODIES: It looks familiar but . . .

There are any number of books dedicated to the art of the album cover, and at Elsewhere we've indulged ourselves in articles about 10 Shameless Record Covers I'm Proud to Own (four columns, see here) as well as an article on 10 Good Albums in Bad Covers. You could fill a handsome coffeetable book with parodies of Beatles covers alone (hmmm, that's an idea), especially Please Please Me, With... more >>

A CRITIC INTERVIEWED (2004): Putting opinion in print

A CRITIC INTERVIEWED (2004): Putting opinion in print

A decade ago I was interviewed by Trevor Reekie of National Radio as part of his series about music writing and critics. I recently found the CD of it which he gave me -- the 30 minute un-editied version was very loose and funny and the anecdotes were obviously embellished -- but this edited seven minute version covers a fair bit of ground. The Mick Jagger story I mentioned is... more >>

THE IDIOT BOY WHO FLEW: A story of saints, holy fools and Southern Italy

THE IDIOT BOY WHO FLEW: A story of saints, holy fools and Southern Italy

A strange journey begins with some good advice---the saint and storyteller---from Amalfi to ugly---the romance of Italy considered---a shocking discovery---the sad south---the idiot boy---the flying men of a faraway place---even more aerial saints---the hometown of the idiot boy---inflationary practices among the Catholics---once upon a time of miracles---the why and wherefore---a dark... more >>

TODAY IN HISTORY: The day John Kennedy died

TODAY IN HISTORY: The day John Kennedy died

In a recent interview with Elsewhere in advance (well in advance) of his two concerts in New Zealand next year, the conversation with Steve Earle turned -- as it usually does with him -- to politics. After some to and fro about various issues of homelessness and such, I asked him why he had the same touchstones in his lyrics (Guthrie, Kennedy, Kerouac) and if they symbolisied something in... more >>

Radio broadcast WQMR, Nov 22, 1963

MONEY DON'T GET EVERYTHING IT'S TRUE: What it don't get, I can't use

MONEY DON'T GET EVERYTHING IT'S TRUE: What it don't get, I can't use

In a Mumbai bar a guy from Amsterdam tells me (from New Zealand), about an American television programme. Despite the cultural collisions of that, he's got a good story. Apparently the host – Jimmy Kimmel or maybe Conan O'Brien, he couldn't remember – went into the street and asked passers-by whose face was on the dollar bill. Rather than admit they didn't know – it's... more >>

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Sounds peculiar to me, pal

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Sounds peculiar to me, pal

In this fast 15 minute programme we listen to the sound of unusual instruments like PVC pipes, flowerpots and other found objects. Peculiar, but in a good way. For more of these fast 15 minute programmes go here more >>

point that thing the other way

A FAST 15 MINUTES: The ones that got away

A FAST 15 MINUTES: The ones that got away

Well known artists can deliver great songs, but they don't often find an audience. This 15 minute audio programme introduces some that unfortunately went right past most people. For more of these fast 15 minute programmes go here more >>

hey, stop and listen to this!

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Storytime for big kids

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Storytime for big kids

If you've got 15 minutes to spare here are some stories and nonsense lyrics to amuse . . . and hopefully brighten your day. For more of these fast 15 minute programmes go here more >>

you gotta laugh, mate

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Is it better in English?

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Is it better in English?

A 15 minute programme of familiar songs sung in a language other than that in which they were written. The global village goes pop, in its own words. For more of these fast 15 minute programmes go here more >>

oh, i know this one!

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Power Pop

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Power Pop

And here a pathway through power pop for when you have 15 minutes to spare. From the Searchers and the Ramones through an alphabet of Beatles, Badfinger, Big Star . . . Enjoy. And you can read more about power pop at Elsewhere starting here.  For more of these fast 15 minute programmes go here more >>

pop turned up to eleven

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Start Me Up

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Start Me Up

Here's something new for you at Elsewhere when you have 15 minutes to spare. Have a listen to this, a short programme about how songs can be started with a hook, a riff, nagging repetition and so on. Enjoy . . . and see how many songs or titles you can recognise. more >>

getting a song going

SOUL FOOD Y'ALL: Inna German style?

SOUL FOOD Y'ALL: Inna German style?

To be honest, for many decades I thought succotash was some kind of cuss word. THat was probably because I'd seen the perpetually angry Loony Tunes character Yosemite Sam bellow out "sufferin' succotash" one time -- and that fitted right in alongside his other, largely unintelligble, quasi-profanities. These days I know that succotash is a cheap and easy beans, tomatoes and... more >>

Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries

10 GOOD ALBUMS IN BAD COVERS: Wash in warm soapy water, dry and play

10 GOOD ALBUMS IN BAD COVERS: Wash in warm soapy water, dry and play

In the course of compiling the on-going series  10 Shameful Record Covers I'm Proud to Own I realised there were many albums in discount bins wrapped in unpromising covers but which were actually rather good. So with the caveat that you shouldn't pay more than $10 for any of these -- and ignoring greatest hits packages -- here begins a parallel series about cheap albums worth the small... more >>

She Went So Lonely

WIRED FOR SOUND: Electronic music for the mind and body

WIRED FOR SOUND: Electronic music for the mind and body

When composer Douglas Lilburn left New Zealand at the dawn of the Sixties, it was because he felt he had been isolated from developments in contemporary music, and he was curious about electronic music.* He was almost 50 when he left in '63 to travel to Hawaii, New York, Paris and England where he visited electronic studios, such as the BBC Radiophonic Studio in London, famous for producing... more >>

Tweeklank

AND 10 MORE SHAMEFUL RECORD COVERS I'M PROUD TO OWN

AND 10 MORE SHAMEFUL RECORD COVERS I'M PROUD TO OWN

The occasional installments in this series of shameful record covers which I have in my possession always comes with this caveat: if you're curious about any you shouldn't pay more than $6 for them. I didn't, and that's the point. If you buy an album for its cover art -- odd, frightening, kitsch or whatever -- then you do need to keep some perspective. Given you probably won't know the... more >>

She Went So Lonely

The musician, a fairly true story

The musician, a fairly true story

The young man settled himself into the chair and placed his new guitar case on the floor beside him. His face raised into a natural if boyish smile, the outline of his cheeks rimmed by a flat, soft beard of the kind that many young men grow briefly and self-consciously in their eighteenth year. His hands clasped his knees in a juvenile gesture of delight. The man he was sitting beside... more >>