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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Bhattacharya, Gronseth, Wessel: Bhattacharya/Gronseth/Wessel (pling)

Bhattacharya, Gronseth, Wessel: Bhattacharya/Gronseth/Wessel (pling)

26 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

Many decades ago Elsewhere fell for the album Karuna Supreme by American saxophonist John Handy and tabla player Ali Akbar Khan, just another in a long line of jazz and Indian music crossovers which started in the mid Sixties with Ravi Shankar's Improvisations (an Essential Elsewhere album) and lead on to the Indo-Jazz Fusion albums by Joe Harriott and John Mayer.... > Read more

Goodnight Irene

Omit: Negative Pulse Logic (End of Alphabet Records)

Omit: Negative Pulse Logic (End of Alphabet Records)

25 Mar 2017  |  <1 min read

Omit out of Blenheim – aka Clinton Williams – was once around the avant-garde/experimental music scene but seemed to disappear for a very long time. For more than a decade by our count (you can find links to earlier material here) and his zines and releases are through End of Alphabet Records out of Wellington, a niche label-cum-labour of love which may... > Read more

Skipper Down

BLADE NZ; TRAVEL STORIES FROM THE ROAD by MATT EARLE

BLADE NZ; TRAVEL STORIES FROM THE ROAD by MATT EARLE

25 Mar 2017  |  2 min read

Well, someone had to be crazy enough to do it, to rollerblade the length of New Zealand. And that task fell to the self-appointed Matt Earle and his pal Josh who cracked onto this somewhat hare-brained scheme – they began at the start of winter and Josh particularly had few skills on the wheels – but they did have the smarts to film their adventure.... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Andy Sugg

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Andy Sugg

24 Mar 2017  |  3 min read

Saxophonist Andy Sugg is Melbourne-based and touring regularly across Australia and to Europe and the US. But he hasn't made it to New Zealand . . . yet. In April he brings his band here to promote his new CD Wednesday's at M's (dates and venues below) which was recorded in New York last year with some expats and New Yorkers, including drummer Nate Wood (Snarky... > Read more

Hemispheric Part 2

Dinah Shore: The Gypsy (1946)

Dinah Shore: The Gypsy (1946)

23 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

Here's a pub quiz question for you: What was so remarkable about the song The Gypsy in the year 1946? And the answer isn't that it's sentimental pop. That was an odd year in American popular music. The war had just ended and people went back to work, including the musicians who had been on strike until late '44. But you'd have to also say there... > Read more

Joey Alexander: Countdown (Motema/Ode)

Joey Alexander: Countdown (Motema/Ode)

23 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

Indonesian Alexander is a child prodigy who caught the jazz world's attention as an 11-year old. He seemed a natural and had been weaned on his father's jazz collection. He played for Herbie Hancock, and Wynton Marsalis saw him on You Tube and invited him to appear at the Lincoln Center's gala programme . . . and he's appeared at Newport and other credible jazz... > Read more

Sunday Waltz

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER GLENN JEFFREY offers images of Womad 2017

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER GLENN JEFFREY offers images of Womad 2017

22 Mar 2017  |  2 min read

New Plymouth-based Glenn Jeffrey is a former, award-winning photpgrapher for the New Zealand Herald. His portfolio covers everything from international humanitarian crises through crime and political work in New Zealand to portraits. Five years ago he moved to Taranaki where he has become the on-call photographer for local iwi, glossy national magazines, architects,... > Read more

TARANAKI WOMAD CONSIDERED (2017): Another Womarathon of world music

TARANAKI WOMAD CONSIDERED (2017): Another Womarathon of world music

21 Mar 2017  |  13 min read  |  2

The best speeches by dignitaries are short and, fortunately, they were when the Taranaki Womad launched last Friday. The most memorable comment – aside from the figure of $104 million brought into the region by the Womad festivals over previous years – came from the mayor of the New Plymouth District Council, Neil Holdom. He looked delighted to be... > Read more

Elas, by Mercedes Peon

TURKISH PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC FROM THE SEVENTIES REDISCOVERED (2017): Gonna take you wider

TURKISH PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC FROM THE SEVENTIES REDISCOVERED (2017): Gonna take you wider

20 Mar 2017  |  5 min read

The wheel of history is turning faster and faster. Once, you could understand how Greece, which gave the world the important building blocks of democracy and philosophy, was labouring under the gun of a military dictatorship in the 20th century. Or how Rome, which once commanded a massive empire, had descended into the political chaos which is modern day Italy... > Read more

Bu Ellerden Gocup. by Asik Emrah

Donna Summer, Bad Girls (1979)

Donna Summer, Bad Girls (1979)

20 Mar 2017  |  5 min read

In musical arguments, as with political ones, the area of grey between the black and white can be as big as the other two combined. History books say you were either a Beatles or a Stones fan, but my friends and I liked them both -- and the Four Tops, the Dave Clark Five, Lou Christie, Sam the Sham, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield. ... > Read more

Dim All the Lights

Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing: Songs of Sodomy and the Compost of Aethyr (Muzai)

Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing: Songs of Sodomy and the Compost of Aethyr (Muzai)

20 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

For reasons we can't and won't fully explain, Elsewhere has always found something of considerable interest in the archly arty, post-punk/experimentalism and enjoyably indulgent shadowland intelligence of GPOGP which sometimes almost gets close to bleak pop of the Fall/Toy Love/Tall Dwarfs/Pere Ubu kind. Almost. This “double album” – 16 songs... > Read more

Pacific Hygiene

Delroy Wilson: Mash Up Illiteracy (1974)

Delroy Wilson: Mash Up Illiteracy (1974)

20 Mar 2017  |  <1 min read

In Third World countries music is often the vehicle for social messages and political comment because it gets directly to people who may be unable to read a newspaper or otherwise have access to information. Reggae singer Delroy Wilson (who died in '95) was one of those who used songs to actually say something . . . although not always so positive. He did also deliver... > Read more

SHORT CUTS: A round-up of recent New Zealand releases

SHORT CUTS: A round-up of recent New Zealand releases

20 Mar 2017  |  2 min read  |  1

Facing down an avalanche of releases, requests for coverage, the occasional demand that we be interested in their new album (sometimes with that absurd comment "but don't write about it if you don't like it") and so on, Elsewhere will every now and again do a quick sweep like this, in the same way it does IN BRIEFabout international releases. Comments will... > Read more

BILL NELSON REVISITED (2017): Back on the beam

BILL NELSON REVISITED (2017): Back on the beam

17 Mar 2017  |  3 min read  |  1

Actually, the title on this article is a fib: this is not a revisit to the astonishingly prolific English musician Bill Nelson (whom Elsewhere has never previously visited), but merely an excuse to wax lyrical about his typically indefinable album from 1981 entitled -- hold your breath -- Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam. And that probably is a reference to . . . ?... > Read more

Cubical Domes

BILL FRISELL PROFILED (2017): Guitarist without portfolio

BILL FRISELL PROFILED (2017): Guitarist without portfolio

15 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

No matter where on the musical spectrum you try to place American guitarist/composer Bill Frisell – one of the chief guests at the Wellington Jazz festival — he always seems like the outsider on the inside. Trying to get a clear picture of him is like looking through a prism: From one perspective he's a jazz musician, from another the distinctive... > Read more

Mandeville, Bill Frisell w Paul Motian Band, 1981

Hot 8 Brass Band: On the Spot (Tru Thoughts/Rhythmethod)

Hot 8 Brass Band: On the Spot (Tru Thoughts/Rhythmethod)

15 Mar 2017  |  <1 min read

Out of the many guests at this weekend's Womad you can guess that these guys from New Orleans – who deliver up pop-funk classics alongside originals and familiar tunes with their own twist -- will be among the most popular. They offer the danceable solution, wobble-bottom tuba, stacked up horns, jazz solos, handclap beats and pure entertainment. They are also... > Read more

Keepin It Funky

Julie Lamb: Ordinary Days (julielamb.co.nz)

Julie Lamb: Ordinary Days (julielamb.co.nz)

15 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

First a big tip o' the hat to Wellingtonian Lamb's packaging of this album: it comes in CD-sized cardboard box which contain the disc in a gatefold cover (with download code), lyrics on 10 playing card-sized illustrated cards in a small envelope, colourful bulldog clips (again in the themed artwork) and a die in plastic pack, instructions on how to make your own... > Read more

Why Do I Forget

Nadia Reid: Preservation (Rhythmethod)

Nadia Reid: Preservation (Rhythmethod)

13 Mar 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

Although Elsewhere heard both Nadia Reid's debut EP and first album we didn't write about them because . . . Got busy, got distracted or whatever, and in part because we were less impressed than others (here and abroad) seemed to be, so by the time we came to grips with them the time for comment had long passed. The enthusiastic reviews were in, she'd found her... > Read more

The Way It Goes

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Lord Echo

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Lord Echo

13 Mar 2017  |  2 min read

Some people chose excellent names for themselves, as has this Wellington producer/DJ with Lord Echo . . . because he brings to world of Jamaican and African styles together in a techno/disco-soul mash-up. And when we say he's “big in Japan” it isn't a bad joke. Check the clip for his 2015 tour there and get the groove-vibe. He's got albums and... > Read more

Bob Dylan: Things We Said Today (2014)

Bob Dylan: Things We Said Today (2014)

13 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

Given the breadth and depth of his catalogue – even if we remove maybe 60 percent of the sentimental journeyman tripe – Sir James Paul McCartney deserved a much more interesting and digressive tribute than the mostly mundane double disc Art of McCartney of 2014. Despite the stellar line-up, many of the artists simply played Paul at his own game (using... > Read more

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