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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Frankfurt, Germany: Reach for the sky . . .

Frankfurt, Germany: Reach for the sky . . .

15 Dec 2017  |  2 min read

Those of us lucky enough to travel – and given the crowds at airports everywhere that seems just about everyone these days – have our list of common complaints: delays, queues, longer and longer walks to the gate (has anyone ever had Gate 1?), kids running around the baggage carousel, important but inaudible announcements . . . Usually people grumble... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

15 Dec 2017  |  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 QUESTIONNAIRE: Ed Knowles of Racing

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ed Knowles of Racing

15 Dec 2017  |  3 min read

Ed Knowles, singer with Racing, has what the authorities call “prior form”. A decade ago he and Racing guitarist Sven Pettersen were in the hugely popular North Shore rock band the Checks who knocked out three albums in little more than four years and endeared themselves to audiences everywhere they played. They opened for REM and picked up nominations... > Read more

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2017: THE EDITOR'S PICKS

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2017: THE EDITOR'S PICKS

11 Dec 2017  |  10 min read  |  5

As subscribers to Elsewhere's weekly newsletter know, this has been a busy year for us. There was time-consuming paying work which allows Elsewhere to continue to follow its wayward path and the tune of this one-man band/vanity project. And there was overseas travel. And there was something called “having a life”. That said, it seems we wrote about 120 or... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE COMPILER'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Grant Gillanders

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE COMPILER'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Grant Gillanders

11 Dec 2017  |  3 min read

When Auckland's Grant Gillanders puts together a compilation or prepares a reissue of New Zealand music – and he has done at least two dozen in the past decade or so – it's not for the money. It is hard work and often quite labourious tracking down copyright, artists and songs in excellent condition . . . but there's no coin in it. Gillanders does... > Read more

The Gremlins, Blast Off 1970

THE DAY LINE-UP FOR WOMAD 2018

THE DAY LINE-UP FOR WOMAD 2018

11 Dec 2017  |  <1 min read

As they did last year, the line-up Womad festival for next year in Taranaki has been announced early. These are just who is on what day and the actual running times and full schedule will be released in late January. Meantime though you can plan ahead -- be there Friday for Aldous Harding, Maisey Rika and Kamasi Washington -- and look at our bios of the acts... > Read more

Blind Gussie Nesbit: Pure Religion (1930)

Blind Gussie Nesbit: Pure Religion (1930)

11 Dec 2017  |  1 min read

The surprisingly good recent Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Volume 13; Trouble No More set – which was live material from his brief evangelical period but truly rocked that gospel rock'n'soul spirit – illustrated how sometimes the Lord could move troubled souls, non-believers and ne'er-do-wells alike. There was no room for the unfaithful, doubters or... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Neil Finn: Out of Silence

THE BARGAIN BUY: Neil Finn: Out of Silence

11 Dec 2017  |  <1 min read

Our long-running Bargain Buy column -- cheap-as-chips CDs through JB Hi-Fi -- has somewhat taken a back seat lately because so many people are streaming and more and more are looking to vinyl. That is why we instituted our Hi-Fi Vinyl column. But . . . we also came upon Neil Finn's most recent album Out of Silence. Now it might not seem like our traditional... > Read more

Daniel Gadd: as if in a dream I drifted at sea (107/Southbound)

Daniel Gadd: as if in a dream I drifted at sea (107/Southbound)

11 Dec 2017  |  <1 min read

With a similar downbeat melancholy, emotionally focused and intense lyrics, and simple but memorable melodies picked out on acoustic guitar, Cape Town-born and London-based singer-songwriter Gadd taps into the spirit and style of the early Leonard Cohen albums. Classically trained (in composition, he's done film scores and music for contemporary dance companies),... > Read more

Siri Linn

Howe Gelb and Lonna Kelly: Further Standards (Fire)

Howe Gelb and Lonna Kelly: Further Standards (Fire)

10 Dec 2017  |  1 min read

The always interesting Howe Gelb does exactly what he wants and in recent years that has seen the man behind desert psych-rockers Giant Sand work with Spanish musicians, write albums of piano music and on his last outing Future Standards explore the idea of new original material which are in the vein of piano jazz classics. Future Standards was interesting enough... > Read more

Ownin' It

VOLUME SOUTH @ MIT

VOLUME SOUTH @ MIT

10 Dec 2017  |  1 min read

The success of the Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum -- where visitor number exceeded predictions and feedback was almost unanimously favourable -- is encouraging for those who would love to see a permanent museum of New Zealand popular music. It also, even before it had done its run -- encouraged many involved to think... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Beatles Collection (4 DVD set)

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Beatles Collection (4 DVD set)

9 Dec 2017  |  1 min read

Our regular Bargain Buy series has most recently given way to our Hi-Fi Vinyl pages because we get that people are moving from CDs (still good in the car though) to streaming. But there is always a place for cheap DVDs in this NetSkyFlixYouTube world. And the other day at JB Hi-Fi we came upon this four DVD set for a paltry $22. It's a broad synopsis of the... > Read more

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2017: THE YEAR IN REISSUES

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2017: THE YEAR IN REISSUES

9 Dec 2017  |  7 min read  |  1

The past is another country, but sometimes it still sounds interesting. Half a century after the Beatles' Sgt Peppers, debut albums by Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and others . . .  and a decade more back to the emergence of rock'n'roll, there have been many anniversary reissues to be repackaged, remastered and reissued . . . many of which are just credit card gouging... > Read more

Various Artists: The Kiwi Pop Music Scene 1967 (Frenzy)

Various Artists: The Kiwi Pop Music Scene 1967 (Frenzy)

8 Dec 2017  |  1 min read

As this interesting anniversary year in rock culture draws to a close – and every year for the past decade or so seems to have been a milestone anniversary – the estimable and assiduous Kiwi music compiler Grant Gillanders pulls together a double CD of 60 songs which reflects on the music scene here half a century ago. They admirable range from those... > Read more

The Principals, I'll Be Around

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tim Chaisson of the East Pointers

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tim Chaisson of the East Pointers

7 Dec 2017  |  2 min read

At this year's Taranaki Womad back in March one of the more popular outfits was the East Pointers out of Prince Edward Island in Canada. The trio of guitars, banjo and fiddle delivered a set divided between Celtic-influenced dance and ballads, but Elsewhere noted in its review that an outdoor setting during the day – which is when we caught them – was... > Read more

82 Fires

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Reverend Peyton

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Reverend Peyton

7 Dec 2017  |  3 min read

You gotta love the name: The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. Love it because the Reverend isn't actually one and the “big damn band” is just a three-piece of guitar, homemade drum kit (with a plastic bucket) and washboard. Out of the delightfully named Beanblossom in Indiana, the RPBDBand are schooled in old country blues (Mississippi John Hurt, Charley... > Read more

THE FLYING NUN FOUNDATION

THE FLYING NUN FOUNDATION

6 Dec 2017  |  <1 min read

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Nano Stern

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Nano Stern

6 Dec 2017  |  3 min read

Singer/guitarist/composer Nano Stern from Chile was born into a family of musicians and activists, and – after learning violin as a child – became part of the underground punk rock scene in Santiago and began his musical travels (literally, he lived in Cologne and Amsterdam after quitting his music composition course at university) and followed them up with... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Paul Van Ross

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Paul Van Ross

5 Dec 2017  |  2 min read

Saxophonist Paul Van Ross is no stranger to these shores and returns for what he says is his 15th New Zealand tour next week. The Melbourne-based composer (and flautist) has also played in the US, Japan, Colombia, Germany and Cuba. He studied in New York for two seprate periods, played alongside the likes of Roy Hargrove and George Coleman, has appeared at jazz festivals... > Read more

Swami in Da House

Prague; Czech Republic: Wipe that smile off your  . . .

Prague; Czech Republic: Wipe that smile off your . . .

4 Dec 2017  |  3 min read

The pleasant middle-aged woman at the private museum in central Prague looks baffled by my simple question. I don't need one, but I ask again: “Do you have a toilet here?” I haven't seen a bathroom as I've walked around, so I'm just curious. But therein lies her confusion . . . because here there's no shortage of toilets, chamber... > Read more

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