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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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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE COMPILER'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Karl Lock

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE COMPILER'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Karl Lock

24 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

There is an art to putting together a good compilation album. The tracks must hang together in some kind of logical way and the running order should take you from one song into the next seamlessly. If there's a theme it might be just a little easier because then you are quite genre-specific perhaps, but others which try to sum up a decade or even just one artist can... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Sharon O'Neill: Words, The Best of Sharon O'Neill (Sony)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Sharon O'Neill: Words, The Best of Sharon O'Neill (Sony)

24 Nov 2017  |  <1 min read

With Sharon O'Neill's 2017 induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, this 20-song collection from 2014 gets deserved re-presentation. But it also serves as useful reminder of just how gifted she was with a pop-rock song (Words, Baby Don't Fight, Danced in the Fire etc), ballads (Asian Paradise), mature truth-telling (Luck's On Your Table Tonight, Maxine,... > Read more

Baby Don't Fight

Midge Marsden: The Midge Marsden Collection (SDL)

Midge Marsden: The Midge Marsden Collection (SDL)

24 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

It's all too easy to misrepresent Midge Marsden, one of the long distance runners in New Zealand music. It's a quick and easy description to call him a “bluesman” or a “blues musician”. But as he would be equally quick – if incredibly frustrated – to respond, in his long career (and this double CD reflects on 50 years) he... > Read more

Growing Out of the Blues

LOU REED; A LIFE, a biography by ANTHONY DeCURTIS

LOU REED; A LIFE, a biography by ANTHONY DeCURTIS

23 Nov 2017  |  3 min read

Lou Reed used to say that people would boast about being insulted by him. Not this guy, I twice declined the opportunity to do a phone interview with him because . . . Well, it was the late Eighties and mid Nineties and he wasn't just cantankerous about his obvious genius not being recognised but also would subject interviewers to some... > Read more

SOUNDTRACKS: SONG THAT DEFINED HISTORY; BATTLE OF THE SEXES: A tele-doco series on Prime

SOUNDTRACKS: SONG THAT DEFINED HISTORY; BATTLE OF THE SEXES: A tele-doco series on Prime

22 Nov 2017  |  4 min read

Some years ago Elsewhere interviewed the American music writer and social historian Robert Gordon who, in passing about race in his country, said that his high school children didn't know which came first, the Civil War or the Civil Rights movement. Elsewhere's experience of university students in this country is sometimes similar, for many young people the past... > Read more

Sina: Sina (Huh!/Universal)

Sina: Sina (Huh!/Universal)

21 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

They say good things come to those who wait . . . but it's unlikely Sina (as in “sweet Sina's in the front” in OMC's How Bizarre) thought she'd have to wait two decades for her solo album to come out. But back in the late Nineties with her songs produced by Alan Jansson (who'd worked his magic on How Bizarre, Sisters Underground's In the Neighbourhood... > Read more

Beautiful Day

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Ghada Shbeir

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Ghada Shbeir

20 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

The arc around the Mediterranean we loosely refer to as “the Middle East” boasts some astonishing voices, not the least that of Lebanese singer Ghada Shbeir whose yearning sound conveys the passions and tragedies of that region. School in many Arabic traditions as well as the sounds of Andalusian-Arabic songs and ancient chants, she brings a formidable... > Read more

Ya Nadimi

THE OLD ARCHITECTURE OF OSLO (2017: Headlong into the past . . .

THE OLD ARCHITECTURE OF OSLO (2017: Headlong into the past . . .

20 Nov 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

Previously Elsewhere has offered a three-part series of images of the breathtaking and cutting edge -- but human-scale -- new architecture of Oslo, the capital of Norway. But the city also has its older areas around the centre . . . although admittedly many buildings are undergoing gentrification because the new architecure has brought a younger demographic into those... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Richard X Bennett

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Richard X Bennett

20 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

Recently Elsewhere posted a column about the musically and literally itinerant American pianist/composer Richard X Bennett whose two new album were very different: What Is Now was a tough minded and very impressive piano trio recording; Experiments With Truth with a quintet (tenor and baritone saxes added to drums, bass and piano) had its roots in Indian classical... > Read more

Bjork: Debut

Bjork: Debut

20 Nov 2017  |  1 min read

This album form '93 remains one of the most extraordinary debut albums of the past 30 years, where Bjork announced herself as a singular talent outside of the Sugarcubes which had fallen apart the previous year. It wasn't actually her solo debut (there'd been one as far back as '77 in Iceland when she was about 12) but this is where her journey really started, in... > Read more

Various Artists: Ten Guitars; Homegrown Heroes (Universal)

Various Artists: Ten Guitars; Homegrown Heroes (Universal)

20 Nov 2017  |  <1 min read

In a sequel of sorts to the previous Ten Guitars; 40 Songs from Heartland New Zealand which included international artists, this 42-song collection throws the spotlight exclusively on locals . . . and across an impressively wide spectrum, but all songs which resonate here and probably nowhere else. In these days of Spotify and Apple etc playlists and such you might... > Read more

The Ramones: Spiderman (1995)

The Ramones: Spiderman (1995)

20 Nov 2017  |  <1 min read

Further proof that the Ramones' sound could be applied to almost any kind of B-grade pop and rock (and sometimes genuine platinum sounds) and always coming up sounding like itself. In '95, Ralph Sall of Bulletproof Recording had the idea of getting lots of alt.rockers to record songs which appeared on Saturday morning carttoons and kids programmes. And so you got an... > Read more

Cairo Knife Fight: Seven (Universal)

Cairo Knife Fight: Seven (Universal)

19 Nov 2017  |  <1 min read

The first thing we observe here on the second album by this powerful duo of American guitarist George Pajon and New Zealand drummer Nick Gaffaney is that the track titles are . . . hmmm. The opener is (1), the next is A-Nine, then it is (5), A-Six, (7), A-Four, (9), A-Seven and . . . we'd say “and so on” but there seems no discernible mathematical or... > Read more

A-Eight

SHARON O'NEILL ACKNOWLEDGED (2017): This heart, this song, this legend

SHARON O'NEILL ACKNOWLEDGED (2017): This heart, this song, this legend

18 Nov 2017  |  4 min read  |  1

Sharon O'Neill – this year's inductee into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards – is a singular talent. And in the late Seventies and early Eighties she was an artist at the top of her game unlike any other: Three times best female vocalist at the New Zealand Music Awards ('78, '79, '80, the only person to win in... > Read more

Danced in the Fire

Taylor Swift: Reputation (Big Machine/Universal)

Taylor Swift: Reputation (Big Machine/Universal)

16 Nov 2017  |  1 min read

At 15 songs and 55 minutes this new album by Taylor Swift may be just be a bit too long, but it's hard to see where the cull could be. Perhaps Dancing With Our Hands Tied because it isn't up to much, and do we need any more songs like Delicate deploying vocoder? However as with the shapeshifting careers of the likes of Bjork, the Beatles, Radiohead and others, the... > Read more

Getaway Car

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITERS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Frazey Ford

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITERS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Frazey Ford

16 Nov 2017  |  5 min read  |  1

Singer-songwriter Frazey Ford from Canada is a rare one who first came to attention in the band she founded, The Be Good Tanyas who knocked out three impressive albums in the early 2000s. They are still an occasional going concern but Ford has branched out as an impressive solo artist with two albums so far (starting with the impressive Obadiah) which range from... > Read more

Indian Ocean

SOUNDTRACKS: SONG THAT DEFINED HISTORY; SPACE RACE: A tele-doco series on Prime

SOUNDTRACKS: SONG THAT DEFINED HISTORY; SPACE RACE: A tele-doco series on Prime

15 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

From this distance it's hard to explain to people, young people in particular, how engaged many people around the world were with the space race between the Russians and the USA in the Sixties. Kennedy said the US would put a man on the moon but the Russians had got a man, Yuri Gagarin, orbiting the Earth first. It was all on. When Neil Armstrong did walk on... > Read more

Robert Plant: Carry Fire (Nonesuch/Warners)

Robert Plant: Carry Fire (Nonesuch/Warners)

15 Nov 2017  |  1 min read

It's salutary to think that Robert Plant has now been out of Led Zeppelin for more than three times longer than he was in it. It should mean that references to that former life should have long been set aside, if for no other reason than his musical path in the current century has moved closer to a kind of mystical world music and allusion to more folk blues than... > Read more

Bones of Saints

HEATHER LEIGH PROFILED (2017): A very different kinda coal miner's daughter

HEATHER LEIGH PROFILED (2017): A very different kinda coal miner's daughter

14 Nov 2017  |  4 min read

Anyone who had the gut strength and emotional resilience to undertake German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann's astonishing, heroic, muscular and often sensitive solo performance in Auckland a few years ago (see a review here) will be thrillingly fearful in knowing this giant of free jazz -- and an utterly singular performer -- is returning for another short tour. But... > Read more

All That Heaven Allows (Heather Leigh solo)

LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL by MICK WALL

LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL by MICK WALL

14 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

The cover is awful, the subtitle misleading (“The Larger Than Life Story of Meat Loaf”) and writing by the prolific rock journalist Mick Wall sometimes reads like a potboiler knocked off at speed. But for all that, and especially for those who don'y know the backstory of the fraught relationship between Meat Loaf and songwriter/creative director Jim... > Read more

Paradise by the Dashboard Light

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