THE MAGAZINE FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE

Elsewhere is a concept and a place, and for many years Graham Reid has been going there for his wide angle travels, writing, music review columns and interviews with writers, musicians and artists.

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NICK CAVE AND HIS BAD SEEDS IN REARVIEW (2017): The dark, the light and the spiritual love

NICK CAVE AND HIS BAD SEEDS IN REARVIEW (2017): The dark, the light and the spiritual love

27 Apr 2017  |  2 min read

For those who couldn't afford the excellent Nick Cave reissue series, the three CD set (covering 1985 - 2013) plus a 38-clip DVD of interviews and videos -- under the title Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Lovely Creatures, The Best of CD/DVD set (BMG) -- is as good as it gets. Released on May 5, Lovely Creatures is presented as a... > Read more

Come Into My Sleep

David Dallas: Hood Country Club (Universal)

David Dallas: Hood Country Club (Universal)

25 Apr 2017  |  1 min read

Davis Dallas is one of the most important artists in contemporary New Zealand because he broadcasts from a deep culture and articulates important ideas from within it. His song Southside (with Mareko and Sid Diamond) from his last album Falling Into Place four years ago title is essential listening and a voice that demands to be heard. This time... > Read more

Don't Rate That

THE VODAFONE PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS (2017): The envelopes please . . .

THE VODAFONE PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS (2017): The envelopes please . . .

24 Apr 2017  |  3 min read

The finalists for the 2017 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards have been announced and the awards – now in their 13th year – include a wide range of new artists and established legends. As you may see below, there are 18 finalists across 11 categories representing a strong line-up of Pacific artists set to be honoured at the awards ceremony on 1 June at the... > Read more

Drive-By Truckers: Brighter than Creation's Dark (2008)

Drive-By Truckers: Brighter than Creation's Dark (2008)

24 Apr 2017  |  2 min read  |  2

Now more than two decades into their impressive career -- and with more than two dozen live and studio albums behind them -- the Drive-By Truckers out of Athens in Georgia  inspire passionate loyalty for their Southern-framed country rock'n'roll and literate, sometimes provocative, lyrics. They often make you want to crack the top off a beer and kick back, but the... > Read more

Daddy Needs A Drink

Paul Gurney with The De Sotos: Shadow of Love (Tailgator/Aeroplane)

Paul Gurney with The De Sotos: Shadow of Love (Tailgator/Aeroplane)

24 Apr 2017  |  <1 min read

On this third album by the long-running De Sotos out of Auckland, their singer-songwriter gets his name out front for the first time but their gentle country-rock with pedal steel (by guest Janek Croydon) remains largely intact. Singer, guitarist, banjo and mandolin player Gurney writes understated and melodic songs and the band deliver them with sensitivity.... > Read more

Trace

ELSEWHERE WORLD SERVICE: A quick overview of recent world music releases

ELSEWHERE WORLD SERVICE: A quick overview of recent world music releases

24 Apr 2017  |  3 min read

Here's a frequent flyer/transit lounge column for those at home who want to get their musical passport stamped. Elsewhere has so many CDs and downloads commanding and demanding attention that we run an occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists (IN BRIEF), in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks out New Zealand artists. And of... > Read more

BLONDIE RECONSIDERED (2017): The tide coming in, again.

BLONDIE RECONSIDERED (2017): The tide coming in, again.

24 Apr 2017  |  2 min read

More than four decades after their self-titled debut album, Blondie return with a new album Pollinator with songs written by TV on the Radio's David Sitek, Sia, Johnny Marr and others, including original members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. But let's cherry-pick their back catalogue. Plastic Letters (1978) As with their promising debut of two years... > Read more

Tinie Tempah: Youth (Warner)

Tinie Tempah: Youth (Warner)

24 Apr 2017  |  1 min read

To hear London-based, award-winning grime master Tinie Tempah tell it, after his stunning debut Disc-Overy and then the lesser follow-up Demonstration he struggled to reconnect with the source of his initial inspiration. So he says he went right back to hip-hop/synth-pop and dubbed up style . . . and yet for this outing four years on from Demonstration he also hooks... > Read more

Girls Like (w Zara Larsson)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Leonard Cohen; Old Ideas

THE BARGAIN BUY: Leonard Cohen; Old Ideas

24 Apr 2017  |  <1 min read

Although the late Leonard Cohen had numerous fans in this country who flocked to his concerts (and were rightly rewarded) some of his albums in the past decade went past most people. Hardcore Cohenites – which sounds very Old Testament when you write that – would have heard albums like Popular Problems of 2014 and this one from 2012 where he embraced... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Dave Dobbyn: A Slice of Heaven; 40 Years of Hits (Sony)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Dave Dobbyn: A Slice of Heaven; 40 Years of Hits (Sony)

24 Apr 2017  |  <1 min read

Not really a reissue and not his first such collection, but here are 21 familiar songs -- one apiece from Th'Dudes and DD Smash, with a few in their 2009 versions – and an acknowledgement of a remarkable and productive career. From rock (Be Mine Tonight) to ballads (the gorgeous blue-eyed soul of You Oughta Be in Love) to experiments in pop (Lap of the Gods,... > Read more

You Oughta Be in Love

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

20 Apr 2017  |  4 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up albums by New Zealand artists, and IN BRIEF does for international artists.  Yasmin's profile appears at the end... > Read more

Yasmine Hamdan: Al Jamilat (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Yasmine Hamdan: Al Jamilat (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

19 Apr 2017  |  <1 min read

Those who missed the excellent debut Ya Nass by this Lebanon-born singer-songwriter might have caught her as the bar singer in Jim Jarmusch's studied Only Lovers Left Alive movie. On this second album she again works the line between electronica, Arabic pop ballads, edgy and cinematic soundscapes and a smattering of indie rock (Steve Shelley among the guests).... > Read more

Choubi

The Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy (Warner)

The Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy (Warner)

14 Apr 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

One the interesting things about post-punk bands like Wire is how they acknowledge and sometimes even refer to their past, but use it as a platform to push into other areas. You can’t really say that about too much of this new JAMC album, their first in almost 20 years. Their take on fuzzed-up classic but often downbeat pop remains intact... > Read more

Facing up to the Facts

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . WILLIS ALAN RAMSEY: The love song of two semi-aquatic rodents

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . WILLIS ALAN RAMSEY: The love song of two semi-aquatic rodents

14 Apr 2017  |  4 min read  |  1

When Dave Marsh and James Bernard published their brick-sized New Book of Rock Lists in the mid Nineties they included categories such as Artists Critics Believe Can Do No Wrong (topped by Arrested Development, the Beatles, James Brown but oddly enough not including Lou Reed) and 25 People Who Quit or Were Fired Before Their Groups Became Famous (Signe Anderson of... > Read more

Sympathy for a Train, with Jamie Oldaker (2005)

Jen Gloeckner: Vine (jengloeckner.com)

Jen Gloeckner: Vine (jengloeckner.com)

14 Apr 2017  |  <1 min read

Pitched somewhere between ethereal ambience, appealingly drone-like minimalist folk songwriting and astral electronica, this album by Iowa’s Gloeckner – recorded in her bedroom – also includes some eerily evocative sonic backdrops (the disconcerting Firefly) and nods towards economic prog-rock (Prayers) courtesy of her loops and programmes, guests... > Read more

Row with the Flow

Joan Baez: James and the Gang (1987)

Joan Baez: James and the Gang (1987)

14 Apr 2017  |  1 min read

Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez has written very few original songs but after her painful separation in '73 from her activist husband David Harris – who had been imprisoned for refusing to be drafted into the army – she raised their son Gabriel who mostly lived with her. In the Eighties Gabe, as he was known and is now drummer... > Read more

KENNY BARRON INTERVIEWED (2017): Time makes a wine

KENNY BARRON INTERVIEWED (2017): Time makes a wine

10 Apr 2017  |  8 min read

Speaking from his home in rainy New York, 73-year old jazz pianist, composer and educator Kenny Barron sounds like he's possessed of the energy someone half his age. He is genial, quick, witty, looking forward to flying to Chicago the following day to play in an Oscar Peterson tribute . . . and clearly remembers his first paying gig. It was in his hometown of... > Read more

Prayer, the Kenny Barron Trio, 2016

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . GARY WILSON: The retro avant-garde artist at play

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . GARY WILSON: The retro avant-garde artist at play

10 Apr 2017  |  1 min read

When Beck name-checked Gary Wilson in his '96 song Where It's At, the reference understandably went right past most people: Wilson hadn't recorded an album since '77 and that one, You Think You Really Know Me, had way fewer than 1000 copies pressed on release. Wilson was a cult figure like few others. Equally influenced by lounge music (his father was a jazz bassist and... > Read more

THE FACE OF LATE FIFTIES POP (2017): Where the pretty boys were

THE FACE OF LATE FIFTIES POP (2017): Where the pretty boys were

10 Apr 2017  |  7 min read

Between the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens (the first Hispanic rock'n'roll star) and the Big Bopper in February 1959, and the emergence of the Beatles four years later, popular music was adrift. Certainly there were surf bands and Motown, Phil Spector, doo-wop singers and girl groups, as well as marginal movements like gravedigger rock, rockabilly... > Read more

Blue on Blue, by Bobby Vinton

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

10 Apr 2017  |  3 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief.  Coco Montoya: Hard Truth (Alligator/Southbound) Longtime rock and blues fans know that John Mayall was a... > Read more

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