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: 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

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Liv McBride of Into the East

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Liv McBride of Into the East

Regular readers of Elsewhere would find it no surprise that the debut album by Into the East, Fight From the Inside, picked up the 2014 Tui for Best NZ Folk Album, Album of The Year and Band of The Year at the Southland Entertainment Awards and more recently, a nomination for the highly regarded Taite Music Prize. Elsewhere picked Fight from the Inside... more >>

Perfect Storm

24 Mar 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Grayson Gilmour

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Grayson Gilmour

Currently touring on the back of his excellent new album Infinite Life! (dates below, album reviewed here), Grayson Gilmour took time out to answer our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire . . . and his answers proved as interesting as you might expect. Gilmour's work over half a dozen albums has stretched to soundtracks and helium-filled pop, (and of course he is part of the band So So Modern).... more >>

Round Round Silver Bell Tree

22 Mar 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Damien Dempsey

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Damien Dempsey

If we judge people by the company they keep or those who admire them, then Ireland's Damien Dempsey is somewhere in the clouds. His fans include Sinead O'Connor and Brian Eno (who have recorded parts for some of his songs), at their invitation he's opened for U2, Bob Dylan, Hothouse Flowers and Morrissey, and his hard-edged songs have won praise in Rolling Stone, Mojo, The Guardian and so... more >>

Colony

21 Mar 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Arthur Ahbez

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Arthur Ahbez

And still they come . . . Musicians are washing up on New Zealand's shores with more regularity than sea weed and empty water bottles these days. But here too comes local contender Arthur Ahbez once again after previous impressive showings. He's a psych-influenced folk-cum-rock guy who delivers a lovely line in dreamy acid-infused pop and Neil Young acoustic ballardy. At least that's the... more >>

A Way to Weaken

18 Mar 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Jonas Kullhammar

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Jonas Kullhammar

Saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar has won and been nominated for more awards in his homeland Sweden than we could begin to count. The 35-year old helmed his own acclaimed quartet from 1998 until very recently when with the release of the album Lat Det Vara -- in a cover which mimicked the Beatles' final album Let It Be -- he announced that would be their last recording. Not that Kullhammar would... more >>

Lat Det Vara

17 Mar 2014

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Louis Baker

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Louis Baker

One-time Wellingtonian Louis Baker has done good, as they say. Hopes are understandably high for his self-titled debut EP because of its soulful sound and the maturity of his songwriting. One of the tracks on the EP -- released on March 21 through record stores, bandcamp and iTunes -- is The Way which was written and recorded while he was at the Red Bull Music Academy in New York, and the... more >>

Birds

17 Mar 2014