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Wojtek Mazolewski Quartet: Polka, Deluxe Edition (Whirlwind/Southbound)

Wojtek Mazolewski Quartet: Polka, Deluxe Edition (Whirlwind/Southbound)

16 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

Some clarification in anticipation of an immediate turn-off. This is not an album of polka music. Perhaps the heavily tattooed hands of young Polish bassist and bandleader Mazolewski might have alerted you to that anyway. Or the mohawk sported by pianist Joanna Duda on the inner sleeve. Also this is a slightly expanded reissue of an edgy but approachable jazz album... > Read more

Krakow
EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

15 Aug 2018  |  5 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 BRIEFdoes for international artists.  You can read her previous... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Holly Arrowsmith

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Holly Arrowsmith

14 Aug 2018  |  2 min read

Singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith already has an impressive award under her belt: for best New Zealand folk album in 2016 which acknowledged her debut For the Weary Traveller. It was a fine album . . . but her new one A Dawn I Remember is both a step up and a step sideways into a more mature, emotionally rewarding place and we commend it highly. Yes, it is... > Read more

Slow Train Creek
Bob Dylan: Why Try to Change Me Now (2015)

Bob Dylan: Why Try to Change Me Now (2015)

13 Aug 2018  |  1 min read  |  1

We didn't go too far back into the Vaults for this one by Bob Dylan, it is from his excellent Shadows in the Night covers album, but of course the song goes way, way back. It was written by Cy Coleman (music) and Joseph McCarthy (lyrics) in 1952 and was recorded by Frank Sinatra later that same year, apparently among his last songs for Colombia before departing for... > Read more

Fraser Ross and the 04s: Life is Magic, Where is my Rabbit? (Home Alone)

Fraser Ross and the 04s: Life is Magic, Where is my Rabbit? (Home Alone)

10 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

Although singer-songwriter Fraser Ross is sometimes described as “folk” that suggests something a little less than what he does across the 10 songs on this album with a small band. Certainly his intelligent songs seem written on guitar, but a yearning and taut piece like Salisbury Lane sounds as if at any moment it could spring into the epic grandeur of U2.... > Read more

Life is Magic Here is My Rabbit
Giant Sand: Returns to Valley of Rain (Fire/Southbound)

Giant Sand: Returns to Valley of Rain (Fire/Southbound)

10 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

Even for the most ardent Giant Sand/Howe Gelb fans this “new” album comes with an odd provenance. The original Valley of Rain album was the band's impromptu debut recording in LA released back in '85, in 2010 there was a 25thanniversary reissue (of that little heard debut), in 2015 there was Beyond the Valley of Rain (which reissued the album on vinyl with... > Read more

Curse of a Thousand Chains
Gabor Szabo: Breezin' (1969)

Gabor Szabo: Breezin' (1969)

9 Aug 2018  |  <1 min read

The Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo -- often described as a gypsy musician -- was a sophisticated player and composer, as witnessed by those who had success covering his material, not the least Carlos Santana who picked up Szabo's Gypsy Queen. Szabo studied at Berklee in Boston, played at Newport and in the early Sixties was in Chico Hamilton's group. He was named best... > Read more

Errol Garner: Nightconcert (Mack Avenue/Southbound)

Errol Garner: Nightconcert (Mack Avenue/Southbound)

9 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

Back in the Fifties some jazz albums imprinted themselves on the wider public consciousness: Big sellers like the Dave Brubeck Quartet's Time Out (1956), Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool ('57) and Kind of Blue ('59), and more than a few by Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan among them. And pianist Errol Garner's Concert by the Sea ('55) which was enormously popular and... > Read more

No More Shadows
NOWHERE NEAR by ALICE MILLER

NOWHERE NEAR by ALICE MILLER

8 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

The first time I went back to Britain as an adult (or at least a late-teen) I wrote in the journal I was carrying that “England is full of dead people”. Graveyards in villages, St Paul's and other such monuments, churchyards covered in tombstones, large areas where ancient battles were fought and the soil had been nurtured by the blood, bone and flesh of the... > Read more

The Beths: The Future Hates Me (Carpark)

The Beths: The Future Hates Me (Carpark)

7 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

Let's be very clear here: This local four-piece doesn't reinvent the wheel. But Elsewhere is of the unshakable opinion that bristling power-pop doesn't require any kind of overhaul, just that it be done loudly and with enthusiasm. So when the Beths -- who play the soon-come Others Way Festival in Auckland, see below -- hit a midpoint between Nirvana, the pure pop of... > Read more

You Wouldn't Like Me
THE SOUND OF HER GUITAR, a doco by BILL MORRIS

THE SOUND OF HER GUITAR, a doco by BILL MORRIS

6 Aug 2018  |  2 min read

This charmingly low-key, often movingly honest documentary about New Zealand singer-songwriter Donna Dean takes her from a childhood in a state house in Glen Innes under blue Pacific skies (she ackowledges the drinking and violence between her parents) into Texas clubs and bars and radio stations singing her distictive and mature country music to appreciative audiences.... > Read more

Pretty Buttons
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Blair Parkes

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Blair Parkes

6 Aug 2018  |  3 min read

Among the many enjoyable local albums which have come out in the past few months, the new one by Blair Parkes out of Christchurch is the one which might struggle for attention against The Big Names. But Elsewhere is going to say Parkes' Always Running – with Ryan Chin and Miss Mercury (see below) helping out – is a real find, a keeper and a repeat-play item.... > Read more

Sweetest Darkness
Cowboy Junkies: All That Reckoning (Proper/Southbound)

Cowboy Junkies: All That Reckoning (Proper/Southbound)

6 Aug 2018  |  1 min read  |  2

When Canada's Cowboy Junkies arrived in the late Eighties with their quiet and contained Trinity Sessions album – recorded in hushed tones in a church -- the landscape of music was very noisy: hard metal, gangsta, stadium rock acts . . . Cowboy Junkies' subtle blend of moody folk, alt.Americana, respect for early Elvis and a whisper of Velvet Underground seemed to... > Read more

Missing Children
Fatoumata Diawara: Fenfo (Wagram)

Fatoumata Diawara: Fenfo (Wagram)

6 Aug 2018  |  <1 min read  |  1

The album title here might be a joke, it means “something to say”. But this outing by one of Mali's finest singers and songwriters comes a full seven years after her stunning debut Fatou which was in our best of that year's list. Admittedly she has been busy recording with other artists (among them David Crosby, Herbie Hancock and Snarky Puppy, which is... > Read more

Lionsden: Songbird (usual digital outlets)

Lionsden: Songbird (usual digital outlets)

4 Aug 2018  |  <1 min read

Perhaps this is more of a public service announcement for Elsewhere readers because this album by the gifted Korean musician/composer doesn't exactly shake our tree, other than admiration for the technical and arranging skills he brings to his meltdown of guitar pyrotechnics and electronica. Rhy Dongju grew up in a classical household, was schooled in Western classical... > Read more

Resistance
Ha the Unclear: Invisible Lines (Woollen/usual outlets)

Ha the Unclear: Invisible Lines (Woollen/usual outlets)

3 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

It has been some years since Dunedin's Ha the Unclear (the band helmed by Michael Cathro, who was interviewed at Elsewhere) first broke into our consciousness with the terrific, quirky, funny and very astute album Bacterium, Look At Your Motor Go. There was more than just wit at work, also an acute understanding of many aspects of pop history which were distilled into... > Read more

Supermarket Queues (Together)
Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer: Decade (usual digital outlets)

Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer: Decade (usual digital outlets)

2 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

At 90, the great saxophonist Lee Konitz – among very few of his generation still standing – has played in almost as many styles of jazz (free to formal) as he has been on record labels (from Enja to Blue Note and ECM). And of course has played alongside many of his illustrious peers like Miles Davis, Lennie Tristano, Chick Corea, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker,... > Read more

Through the Tunnel
HA THE UNCLEAR; A VIDEO ESSAY (2018): Somewhere inside the outside in

HA THE UNCLEAR; A VIDEO ESSAY (2018): Somewhere inside the outside in

1 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

With their new album Invisible Lines due out on Friday (August 3) we thought it timely to flick through the backpages of  Ha the Unclear's videos just to offer a reminder of what was and what they are now. And the conclusion is that -- then and now -- they are a quirky, melodically powerful, lyrically interesting and utterly fascinating pop-rock band with their own... > Read more

ASTRID KIRCHHERR WITH THE BEATLES, photography by ASTRID KIRCHHERR

ASTRID KIRCHHERR WITH THE BEATLES, photography by ASTRID KIRCHHERR

1 Aug 2018  |  2 min read

When the doco on Amy Winehouse came out it was hardly a surprise that there should be so much footage of her as a child, teenage performer and aspiring singer in the many years before she became famous. She, as with anyone born after about 1970, is of the generations when parents and family had cheaper and portable video cameras. Previous generations of parents and... > Read more

Blair Parkes: Always Running (usual digital outlets)

Blair Parkes: Always Running (usual digital outlets)

1 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

Out of Christchurch, Blair Parkes is a multiple threat whose work encompasses – and impresses in – artworks, writing, photography, videos and music. He started in the Flying Nun band All Fall Down but has moved through a number of others (notably The Letter 5) and then into a solo career which embraces everything from acoustic guitar releases through to... > Read more

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