Elsewhere by Graham Reid

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The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

Fifteen revealing questions submitted to well-known musicians or newcomers to the game which they can answer seriously or as silly as they please.

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Dave Khan

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Dave Khan

It would be fair to say of guitarist multi-instrumentalist Dave Khan that he sometimes seems to be everywhere. He has appeared with Tim Finn, the Bads, Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson, Gin Wigmore, Don McGlashan . . . Ridiculously talented, he is also a modest presence on stage who can set the air alight with seemingly effortless playing, he also turns down the moods for hush-now... more >>

1 Sep 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Dave Graney

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Dave Graney

The e-mail from Dave Graney in Australia sounded almost apologetic, like he had to explain who he was. I replied along the lines, "So this would be the same Dave Graney of the great Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes? I know exactly who you are, sir. Saw you play a few times". But it is true that few New Zealanders would know Graney and his songwriting gifts (not to mention how back... more >>

Everything Was Legendary With Robert

22 Aug 2014    1

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Glen Moffatt

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Glen Moffatt

For a while there, over a decade ago, the New Zealand country singer Glen Moffatt seemed to be everywhere, and at the close of the Nineties and into the new decade he released three excellent albums: Somewhere in New Zealand Tonight, A Place to Play and If That's What You Want. As those titles suggest, Moffatt could offer some commentary on the lot of the country troubadour who travels... more >>

Point of No Return

14 Aug 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Robert Scott

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Robert Scott

Because Elsewhere recently had a major piece on Robert Scott and was with specific reference to his new album The Green House, let's just give you the link to that . . . and observe that last week the Herald reviewer bestowed four and half stars (out of five) to The Green House with the tag "another solo gem". That reviewer also noted Scott's terrific last album Ends Run Together... more >>

Now in Your Hands

11 Aug 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Paul "The Axeman" Martin of Devilskin

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Paul "The Axeman" Martin of Devilskin

Devilskin bassist Paul Martin has some serious prior form in the noise stakes: He played in the legendary (not a word we use lightly here) Kiwi hard rock bands Knightshade and Blackjack, and more recently was lead guitarist/lead singer for World War Four. But with Hamilton's Devilskin it seems it has all come to a higher plane. The band -- fronted by the nailhard vocals of Jennie... more >>

Little Pills

30 Jul 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Andrew Gladstone of Golden Curtain

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Andrew Gladstone of Golden Curtain

Elsewhere has a soft spot for the band Golden Curtain because they make unashamed pop-rock music which is big on verses and choruses, and so we have previously said good things about their albums English Tuning (2013) and this year's Dream City. And if you click on those links you will see the pedigree in this three-piece. So we are delighted to see them booked for an Auckland gig at... more >>

Be Around

28 Jul 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tony Abbott of the Gary Harvey Band

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tony Abbott of the Gary Harvey Band

The name Tony Abbott might not be that familiar, but his searing and/or sensitive guitar playing has been a hallmark of albums by the long-running Gary Harvey Band, and before that in Gary Harvey and the Night Owls. Abbott is just as capable as sitting back and playing the tasteful measures in slow acosutic numbers as he is turning it up to 11 and unleashing the hard rock-cum-psych beast... more >>

Nuthin' But the Blues

18 Jul 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Chris Wade

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Chris Wade

British one-man band and slightlydelic musician Chris Wade goes about his musical business under the name Dodson and Fogg, which is a lovely English moniker. He first came to Elsewhere's attention via a compilation through The Active Listener, and after we posted a favourable review of that he got in touch and sent on his most recent album After the Fall which ended up in our Favourite... more >>

20 Jun 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Melody Pool

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Melody Pool

Even back home in Australia the 21-year odl singer Melody Pool has yet to create a wave and in his review of her debut album The Hurting Scene, the writer Iain Shedden for the Australian opened with, "Chances are you won't have heard of Melody Pool". He then hailed her Nashille-recorded album which was crowd-funded and produced by Jace Everett of the True Blood/Bad Things song and... more >>

Pretty Little End

16 Jun 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jordan Luck

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jordan Luck

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... more >>

13 Jun 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Zane Hawkins

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Zane Hawkins

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... more >>

11 Jun 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Grace Brebner

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Grace Brebner

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... more >>

9 Jun 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jed Town

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jed Town

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 tears ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... more >>

7 Jun 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Mike Chunn

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Mike Chunn

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... more >>

6 Jun 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Martin Phillipps of the Chills

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Martin Phillipps of the Chills

Although it is easy to be flippant about the Chills' constantly changing line-ups during their heyday, that denies the great music which poured from Martin Phillipps' feverishly melodic brain. As one of the great hopes of the Flying Nun label, they may have faltered from time to time on the career trajectory we might have wished for them, but that takes nothing away from the music,... more >>

Molten Gold

26 May 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Rachel and Hayden Donnell of Great North

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Rachel and Hayden Donnell of Great North

New Zealand band Great North impressed Elsewhere back in the day, 2009 to be precise, when we had the time to review EPs. Of their EP Soldiers we felt the angels were watching over them, and later their 2010 debut album Newfoundland was one of our best of the year choices. They were part of rock'n'roll lineage which stretched from electric Dylan and Neil Young through the Waterboys and... more >>

Up in Smoke

8 May 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Bryce Wastney

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Bryce Wastney

Because Elsewhere will never (knowingly) fib to you, we're going to be straight-up and say . . . Bryce Wastney? Never 'eard of 'im, mate. That was until this New Zealand singer-songwriter flicked us an e-mail saying he was touring with Australia's Germein Sisters. And who modestly mentioned some nice comments about himself from New Zealand Musician Magazine and Mike Alexander in... more >>

Dead Man Walking

30 Apr 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Shayna King

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Shayna King

A few weeks ago Elsewhere scooped up the impressive debut album The Day is Young by the Christchurch-based singer-songwriter Shayna King as part of a package of releases. They had all been part of the avalanche of album releases around the Christmas period. At that time (here) we noted it would seem a real pity if her album was overlooked because there was obviously a keen intelligence and... more >>

Swept Away

28 Apr 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tift Merritt

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tift Merritt

On the occasion of the release of her impressive debut album Bramble Rose in 2002 I joked along the lines of "remember this name". Tift -- actually her middle name -- was of course a hard one to forget. And her brand of alt.country/Americana put her right in the frame alongside Emmylou Harris. Her latest album Traveling Alone is her fifth studio recording and among the guests... more >>

Small Talk Relations

18 Apr 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Chris from Gold Medal Famous

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Chris from Gold Medal Famous

You have to like and admire Wellington's artrock-cum-satirical pop group Gold Medal Famous. They rock, they roll, they are witty and droll. When Elsewhere reviewed their 2011 album 100 Years of Rock we concluded this was a band where one week you might be in the audience and the next you might be on stage as part of the group. They write songs like They're Drinking My Punch,... more >>

100 Years of Rock

3 Apr 2014    1