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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Van Morrison: Versatile (Caroline)

Van Morrison: Versatile (Caroline)

18 Jan 2018  |  1 min read

Every couple of years Van Morrison delivers a new album and Elsewhere tunes in just to hear what he is up to. Usually it is looking back in the company of an excellent band and the material touches on r'n'b and jazz with a blues edge. Some of the albums are good, a few excellent and many – like this one of jazz standards and some originals – just pass... > Read more

Start All Over Again
UNRELEASED HENDRIX STUDIO SESSIONS DISCOVERED (2018): Young man blowing his horn

UNRELEASED HENDRIX STUDIO SESSIONS DISCOVERED (2018): Young man blowing his horn

15 Jan 2018  |  4 min read

When Jimi Hendrix confidante and studio engineer Eddie Kramer told Elsewhere back in 2013 that there were no more studio sessions by Hendrix to be released what he really meant to say was, actually there were more to be released. The forthcoming Both Sides of the Sky (released in March) apparently completes the posthumous trilogy of Valleys of Neptune and People... > Read more

Bruce Cockburn: Bone on Bone (True North Records/Southbound)

Bruce Cockburn: Bone on Bone (True North Records/Southbound)

15 Jan 2018  |  1 min read  |  1

In an amusing Facebook post last year someone noted that this great Canadian singer-songwriter and classy guitarist hadn't come back to New Zealand since I wrote a somewhat unfavourable review of his late Eighties concert at the Powerstation. That rather over-estimated the power of the press but did remind me of how much I had championed him (album reviews and a... > Read more

False River
ONE WE MISSED: Modern Studies: Swell to Great (Fire)

ONE WE MISSED: Modern Studies: Swell to Great (Fire)

15 Jan 2018  |  <1 min read

As a measure of how release schedules mean very little these days, this debut album by this Scottish-cum-Lancashire band came out via bandcamp (and presumably the tiny Toad Records label) in September 2016 and picked up a top 20 best-of-the-year slot in Mojo magazine's annual countback. It was subsequently reissued by Fire Records late last year . . . and... > Read more

The Sea Horizon
Pete International Airport: Safer With Wolves (A Recordings/Southbound)

Pete International Airport: Safer With Wolves (A Recordings/Southbound)

15 Jan 2018  |  <1 min read

The “Pete” here is singer/guitarist/bassist Peter Holmstrom, co-founder of the Dandy Warhols who takes his nom-de-disque from an old Dandy's track (on their '96 album The Dandy Warhols Come Down) and it appears on the A Recordings label out of Berlin run by Brian Jonestown Massacre's enormously prolific Anton Newcombe. Like some of Newcombe's work... > Read more

Happens All the Time
Alex Lipinski: Alex (A Recordings/Southbound)

Alex Lipinski: Alex (A Recordings/Southbound)

15 Jan 2018  |  <1 min read

And also out of Anton Newcombe's Berlin studio comes this British fish of a very different colour, an acoustic throwback to folk-rockabilly, angry young Dylan and across to the darker edges of recent fellow travellers like Jake Bugg (you can hear why Bugg-fan Noel Gallagher likes Lipinski) and Pete Molinari. Recorded in just six hours apparently with Lipinski... > Read more

Sophie's Song
Bern, Switzerland: Just another day by the Kindlifresserbrunnen

Bern, Switzerland: Just another day by the Kindlifresserbrunnen

15 Jan 2018  |  4 min read

The day dawns bright and clear as the train glides out of Gare de Lyon, coasts gently through tower-block suburbs and past the graffiti and indecipherable tagging which seems generic to railway sidings everywhere. Within a few minutes the speed increases, the factories and warehouses giving way to farmland. We are travelling south towards Italy -- but before... > Read more

New Telepathics: The End of War (Our Records)

New Telepathics: The End of War (Our Records)

15 Jan 2018  |  1 min read

Elsewhere has previously acknowledged the work ethic, diverse musical projects and sheer energy of Auckland multi-instrumentalist Darryn Harkness (who also does his own artwork, produces books and writes poetry etc). He is particularly enthusiastic about this outing from his long-running New Telepathics (more a project than a stable band) and this perhaps in part... > Read more

Can't Fault Me
Fever Tree: I Can Beat Your Drum (1967)

Fever Tree: I Can Beat Your Drum (1967)

15 Jan 2018  |  1 min read

Even in the day-glo Summer of Love there were still bands which were somewhere between garage-band r'n'b rock (like Them) and the usual truths of a suburban garage full of sexual frustration, male teenage hormones and guitars'n'drums . . . and not much further unless you consider the sexuality more overt. As with Fever Tree, an offshoot of the SanFan/Houston sounds... > Read more

Chisholm/Meehan/Dyne: Unwind (Rattle)

Chisholm/Meehan/Dyne: Unwind (Rattle)

12 Jan 2018  |  1 min read

Wellington pianist/author/teacher and composer Norman Meehan has appeared a few times at Elsewhere but bassist Paul Dyne, once a mainstay of New Zealand jazz in Sustenance during the Eighties and intermittent recording projects since, not quite as often. And expat composer/saxophonist Hayden Chisholm just the once. But it is Chisholm's nuanced, melodic and... > Read more

Inebriate Waltz
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITERS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Shenandoah Davis

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITERS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Shenandoah Davis

11 Jan 2018  |  9 min read

In the balkanisation of pop and rock so many new genres emerged that critics and record store jocks had to invent names to describe and help identify these myriad forms. One of the most interesting is “chamber pop” which takes its reference points from the sometimes-orchestrated and deftly arranged songs by the likes of the Association, Left Banke, late... > Read more

Gold Coast
LORDE: REISSUED ALREADY? (2018): Lorde's business is big business

LORDE: REISSUED ALREADY? (2018): Lorde's business is big business

7 Jan 2018  |  4 min read  |  1

Pop picking is a fast'n'furious business these days and, as Art Garfunkel memorably sang on his Graceland album, “Every generation throws a hero up the pop charts”. But just as important to an artist as a hit single streamed for free or a YouTube clip which can be viewed a billion times (also for free) is the reissue of their classic album with extra... > Read more

The Fab Four: Jingle Bells (date unknown)

The Fab Four: Jingle Bells (date unknown)

2 Jan 2018  |  <1 min read

It may be a bit late now for this one, but the innovative and timeless John Lennon classic Tomorrow Never Knows began life in a very different form. With Christmas very recent in his drug addled memory (he was smoking LSD on a daily basis and was experimenting with injecting marijuana with his soon-to-be-wife Yokahama Mama) he wrote this very bizarre version of Jingle... > Read more

THE BEST MUSIC OF ELSEWHERE IN 2018: The shape of things that came

THE BEST MUSIC OF ELSEWHERE IN 2018: The shape of things that came

19 Dec 2017  |  7 min read

Rather than wait a year to look back at the best albums to come out in 2018, Elsewhere though it would get a jump on the game and reflect back on the year to come and single out the best ever of the greatest albums. ZiLcH xXx: The Presumption of the Poly-Agonal Para-dime Breakthrough artist of the year was undoubtedly Detroit's ZiLcH xXx (Charles... > Read more

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2017: THE READERS' PICKS

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2017: THE READERS' PICKS

18 Dec 2017  |  8 min read  |  4

As editor of the one-man band Elsewhere I had my say on the best albums I wrote about this past year  -- while freely conceding I did not, could not, hear everything. Doubtless you heard some music which moved you and wish to tell others about. Here was – and still is -- your chance. You could look at what Elsewhere covered in 2017... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Darryn Harkness of New Telepathics

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Darryn Harkness of New Telepathics

18 Dec 2017  |  2 min read

Multi-instrumentalist Darryn Harkness is a man of irrepressible energy and enthusiasms. To Elsewhere's knowledge -- and we are perhaps just scraping the surface here -- he has been in bands such as Braintree, Spacesuit, Serafin (in London) and Loud Ghost, has played in From Scratch for many years, publishes his own poetry and artwork, has a studio space on Queen St in... > Read more

YASMIN BROWN’S BEST EPs OF 2017

YASMIN BROWN’S BEST EPs OF 2017

17 Dec 2017  |  4 min read

Having spent the majority of the year being exposed to an abundance of new acts, it seems fitting that I revisit my favourites. 2017 has been an incredible year for new acts, both Kiwi and international, and it has been a great joy to have been able to discover so much new talent. These are the 10 that stood out the most. The ones that have the ability to send... > Read more

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

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