THE MAGAZINE FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE

Elsewhere is a concept and a place, and Graham Reid goes there for his wide angle travels, writing, music review and interviews with writers, musicians and artists.

Elsewhere is an on-line magazine for new music (we filter out the mundane and spotlight the more interesting albums), different travel, arts and more. It is dedicated to the diversity and possibilities of Elsewhere. It's an equal opportunity enjoyer. Subscribe here (it's free) for a weekly newsletter.     Welcome . . .

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Surf Mesa: ily/I Love You Baby. (2019)

Surf Mesa: ily/I Love You Baby. (2019)

14 Jul 2024  |  1 min read

One of the reasons for joining a gym is to listen to the relentless beat-driven, repetitive banger pop they play by people you've never heard of. The musical standard is so low that anything you choose to play at home, no matter how appalling your taste, will be far superior. Most of what I hear at the gym is music where the singer finally gets the pleading... > Read more

Bonny Light Horseman: Keep Me On Your Mind/See You Free (digital outlets)

Bonny Light Horseman: Keep Me On Your Mind/See You Free (digital outlets)

14 Jul 2024  |  <1 min read

This is a weighty 18 song double album of heartache mixed with some of life's pleasures which is best when judiciously sampled, otherwise this can feel like a long ride with the Horsemen which only occasionally breaks into a canter. The Horsemen are a folk-Americana semi-supergroup – solo artist/singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, multi-instrumentalists Eric D.... > Read more

When I Was Younger
BRIEF ENCOUNTER: And a pause for thought

BRIEF ENCOUNTER: And a pause for thought

13 Jul 2024  |  2 min read

This is Dry July. It's the month when some people stop drinking and instead get on social media to announce their alcohol-free virtue to whoever is out there. They join others who, whatever the month, will write “Now eight years sober” and watch as friends and strangers respond with “good one, hun” or “well done, just three years for... > Read more

ME AND MR JONES by SUZI RONSON

ME AND MR JONES by SUZI RONSON

12 Jul 2024  |  3 min read

In the early Seventies, Suzi Fussey was living a conventional life at 96 Cumberland Road in suburban London with her mum, dad and brother. She'd quit school at 15, took a course at Evelyn Paget College of Hair and Beauty in Bromley, got a job in Beckenham, sees bands like the young Pink Floyd and Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, likes to get a bit creative with... > Read more

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, by Mick Ronson
Skilaa: Tiger in the River (digital outlets)

Skilaa: Tiger in the River (digital outlets)

8 Jul 2024  |  1 min read

Now this is very interesting and something very different by this ensemble of local artists, many of whom met at the University of Auckland jazz school. As did the Beths. But they took their interest into indie.rock and Skilaa use jazz vocals, scatting and hip-hop and soul as their stepping off point. So imagine early Arrested Development who grew up with Sarah... > Read more

Bite Like That
THE DAY SHIFT: Faces and names

THE DAY SHIFT: Faces and names

8 Jul 2024  |  3 min read  |  1

Big Mick was the size and shape of a steel door. As strong too. He had broken teeth – although he rarely spoke and never smiled – and one side of his forehead bore the scar of a deep wound from long ago. Someone said he was an ex-cop and had been bashed about the head a few too many times. Whatever had happened to him he was an imposing, silent... > Read more

The Beatnix: Woman (1994)

The Beatnix: Woman (1994)

8 Jul 2024  |  1 min read

As they like to say, “there's a lot to unpack here”. At the height of Beatlemania, Lennon and McCartney were knocking off songs for others to cover – notably McCartney although Lennon is credited with saying “Let's write a swimming pool” because he saw there was money in it. McCartney was prolific and offering exceptional songs like Step... > Read more

Anna Coddington: Te Whakamika Loop/digital outlets)

Anna Coddington: Te Whakamika Loop/digital outlets)

8 Jul 2024  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this album which comes in a striking cover and has an insert sheet of credits and some explanatory notes by the artist. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . .  . On an album where the title alludes to showing appreciation, respect or paying... > Read more

Kātuarehe
Peggy Gou: I Hear You (digital outlets)

Peggy Gou: I Hear You (digital outlets)

8 Jul 2024  |  <1 min read

We should know Peggy Gou better: her humid dancefloor hit (It Goes Like) Nanana has had more than 466 million Spotify streams and she lounges in fashion magazines. Born in South Korea, currently Berlin-based and an eclectic electronica artist, DJ and fashion icon, Gou comes across as the hippest woman in the club and the go-to gal for Kylie Minogue (whose Can't Get You... > Read more

1+1= 11
Jian Liu: Where Fairburn Walked (Rattle)

Jian Liu: Where Fairburn Walked (Rattle)

6 Jul 2024  |  <1 min read

On a few occasions, Elsewhere defaults to merely introducing music without putting on the reviewer's hat. This is usually because – even though we like what we are hearing, and it is most often in the classical realm – we simply don't feel qualified enough to make critical comment. All of which is introduce this very enjoyable, wide sweeping three CD... > Read more

An Idyll, by Gordon McBeth
Kuljit Bhamra/Various Artists: Namaste Bombay (ARC Music/digital outlets)

Kuljit Bhamra/Various Artists: Namaste Bombay (ARC Music/digital outlets)

4 Jul 2024  |  1 min read

One of the advantages of being open to what we call "world music" is that you can usually guarantee a surprise that familiar genres (rock, alt.rock, pop, indie.folk or whatever) doesn't often give anymore. Very little can prepare you for the music of Azerbaijan or that from the Pamir mountains. Some world music has become quite familiar of course,... > Read more

Tu Jab Mila, by Priti Kaur
UNDER A ROCK; A MEMOIR by CHRIS STEIN

UNDER A ROCK; A MEMOIR by CHRIS STEIN

3 Jul 2024  |  3 min read

There's a widespread and understandable belief that the chasm between San Francisco's hippies in the late Sixties and the New Wave kids hanging out at New York's CBGB's in the late Seventies was so wide as to be unbridgeable. Two culture separated by a decade and very different ideas. Yet Chris Stein of Blondie – one of the most successful of the skinny tie,... > Read more

Ken Nordine: Roger (1957)

Ken Nordine: Roger (1957)

1 Jul 2024  |  <1 min read

Ken Nordine looked like an ad executive in the Fifties: buttoned down, horn-rimmed glasses and hair neatly bushed and oiled. Sounded like one too with a confident and stentorian baritone which was often used in radio advertisements. But something very strange ticked inside him, a weird intellect capable of surreal juxtapositions of ideas and imagery. He invented... > Read more

Johnny Cash: Songwriter (digital outlets)

Johnny Cash: Songwriter (digital outlets)

1 Jul 2024  |  1 min read

In his thorough Johnny Cash: The Life biography in 2013, the writer Robert Hilburn didn't flinch from pointing out that for a couple of decades before the American Recordings series, Johnny Cash was in a wilderness of pills, ill-health, poor decisions and pretty lousy albums. As Hilburn notes, “In the 23 years since he cut his first record at Sun, Cash's resume... > Read more

Poor Valley Girl
John Cale: POPtical Illusion (digital outlets)

John Cale: POPtical Illusion (digital outlets)

1 Jul 2024  |  1 min read

We have said it before will doubtless say it again and so might as well say it now: Elsewhere has long considered John Cale as the most consistently interesting member to emerge from the Velvet Underground. Certainly Lou Reed was a great artist but there were many albums which failed to spark and no matter how much slavish fans would want to elevate some of them they are... > Read more

Davies and Wales
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE HIGHLY PERSONAL QUESTIONNAIRE: Alan Gregg aka Polite Company

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE HIGHLY PERSONAL QUESTIONNAIRE: Alan Gregg aka Polite Company

1 Jul 2024  |  4 min read

One of the most pleasurable and wryly amusing albums we have heard this year comes from Alan Gregg, a former member of Dribbling Darts of Love and the Mutton Birds. As Polite Company, his album Please Go Wild (a tongue-in-cheek reference to how MCs sometimes introduce an artist) caught our attention for its acute and very British observations of life in the 21st century.... > Read more

Otis Mace
Gary Harvey: Outta My Head (digital outlets)

Gary Harvey: Outta My Head (digital outlets)

30 Jun 2024  |  <1 min read

We have previously expressed our considerable admiration for blues-rocker Gary Harvey who is one of the great journeymen in local music. He's been in bands since the 1960s and has never stopped working. Now living in Tauranga, he did there what he'd done in Auckland for decades: found like-minded musicians, got gigs and started recording his original songs while also... > Read more

Name of the Father
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE INNOVATORS QUESTIONNAIRE: Luke Scott aka Admiral Drowsy

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE INNOVATORS QUESTIONNAIRE: Luke Scott aka Admiral Drowsy

29 Jun 2024  |  4 min read

Six months ago on the release of his second album Industrial Consistency – which we essayed at a bit of length -- we thought we needed to know more about Luke Scott who goes under the moniker Admiral Drowsy. Well, perhaps it's Drowsy by name and drowsy by nature but we never heard back from him after we sent him a questionnaire. We assumed he'd nodded off and... > Read more

The Great Repeat
Sean Cunningham: Whatever That Is (digital outlets)

Sean Cunningham: Whatever That Is (digital outlets)

28 Jun 2024  |  1 min read

Kaylee Bell has successfully embraced the mainstream country-rock sound of Nashville, and Nashville-based Sean Cunningham has located himself closer to the alt.country genre. Kentucky-born Cunningham is mentioned here in the Bell context because he too has a local connection, albeit a bit tenuous. In 2007 as the short-lived Atlas – with former Zed bassist Ben... > Read more

North
Earth Tongue: Great Haunting (digital outlets)

Earth Tongue: Great Haunting (digital outlets)

26 Jun 2024  |  <1 min read

In another guise Earth Tongue's Gussie Larkin (guitar, vocals) is upfront with Mermaidens but in Earth Tongue with drummer/singer Ezra Simons she indulges in a love of Goth-kissed prog-rock and riff-heavy stoner rock (which can sometimes veer perilously close to a straight-faced Spinal Tap). Influenced by horror movies and such – title include Out of the Hell,... > Read more

Grave Pressure
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