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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JOHN KENNEDY, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2024): The Kiwi who created British rock'n'roll

JOHN KENNEDY, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2024): The Kiwi who created British rock'n'roll

20 Feb 2024  |  2 min read

An expatriate New Zealander in the right place at the right time helped launch British rock’n’roll. In 1956, John Kennedy was a suave opportunist in his mid-twenties who would become a clever and shameless publicist-cum-PR operative in London showbiz circles. He had, as Nik Cohn wrote, “flair, invention and a fast mouth”. In the mid... > Read more

ALBERTA HUNTER: WITH LOVIE AUSTIN'S BLUES SERENADERS, CONSIDERED (1961): And the blues shall not weary them

ALBERTA HUNTER: WITH LOVIE AUSTIN'S BLUES SERENADERS, CONSIDERED (1961): And the blues shall not weary them

19 Feb 2024  |  5 min read  |  2

In 1961, the blues singer Albert Hunter – who'd been born at the end of the 19thcentury and had recorded with Fletcher Henderson, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Eubie Blake and many others – went into Rudi Van Gelder's studio to record with Victoria Spivey and Lucille Hegamin for the Prestige label. It was the first time she'd been in a studio in almost 20... > Read more

Paul McCartney and Wings: Band on the Run, Underdubbed (digital outlets)

Paul McCartney and Wings: Band on the Run, Underdubbed (digital outlets)

19 Feb 2024  |  1 min read

Band on the Run is widely accepted as McCartney best post-Beatles album, but it was born our of adversity. The ground had been prepared by the excellent if underrated Ram (a longtime Essential Elsewhere album which has grown in stature over time) and the lesser Red Rose Speedway, but on the eve of recording his next album two band members quit just before they were due... > Read more

No Words
UNEARTHING THE PAST FOR THE PRESENT AND FUTURE (2024): Seldom, or never, heard Kiwi rock from the Seventies

UNEARTHING THE PAST FOR THE PRESENT AND FUTURE (2024): Seldom, or never, heard Kiwi rock from the Seventies

18 Feb 2024  |  3 min read

To paraphrase the philosopher George Santayana, “Those who didn't hear the past are condemned to listen to it on repeat play”. Or something like that. The fact is, the archaeologists of local rock just keep digging. Last year we had previously unreleased 1990s albums from Auckland band Crash and Boom Boom Mancini, the pre-Bads... > Read more

Bloodsucker, by Littlejohn
Ravenhall: Brother (digital outlets)

Ravenhall: Brother (digital outlets)

17 Feb 2024  |  <1 min read

The folk-rock duo of Joe Ravenhall and Chris Brebner appeared at Elsewhere previously with their Live at Breb's Bar last year. Impressive songwriters, expressive singers – we'd put them in the Don Walker/Jimmy Barnes axis but Bob Seger also comes to mind on the more assertive material – and storytellers, Ravenhall deserve more attention from mainstream radio... > Read more

The River
Harry Partch: And on the Seventh Day, Petals Fell in Petaluma (excerpt, date unknown, possibly Sixties)

Harry Partch: And on the Seventh Day, Petals Fell in Petaluma (excerpt, date unknown, possibly Sixties)

17 Feb 2024  |  1 min read  |  1

When Tom Waits swerved left from his barroom piano ballads and into using new or found sounds on his clank'n'grind albums in the mid Eighties, he was hailed as an innovator . . . but conspiciously few followed him down that path. These days albums where musicians use unusual instruments are increasingly common and any number will name-check American composer/instrument... > Read more

Idles: Tangk (digital outlets)

Idles: Tangk (digital outlets)

17 Feb 2024  |  1 min read

If the British five-piece Idles haven't previously crashed onto your pathway you might need a little warning: singer-writer Joe Talbot has been a troubled man so sings a troubled song. Sometimes he has roared them out as he has grappled with addiction, being a carer for his stroke-affected mother, living through Brexit and all the pressures of the 21st century which roll... > Read more

Grace
Future Islands: People Who Aren't There Anymore (digital outlets)

Future Islands: People Who Aren't There Anymore (digital outlets)

17 Feb 2024  |  <1 min read

On this, their seventh album, Future Islands' frontman/writer Samuel T. Herring – also an actor – delivers every emotion as if it's on the surface of his skin as he immerses himself (and his audience) in the emotional fallout of a recent break-up. “I am waiting, I’m not breaking I lie, tell myself, 'it’s okay', when it's not quite” on... > Read more

SOUND THINKING #5: The podcast for music people

SOUND THINKING #5: The podcast for music people

16 Feb 2024  |  <1 min read

The fifth episode of the music podcast in which Marty Duda of 13th Floor hosts some reviewers who discuss new albums. This week Andra Jenkins, Chris Warne, Veronika Bell and I review four new albums by Idles, the Transits, Brittany Howard and Chelsea Wolfe and share thoughts on Graham Nash, Pearl Jam and more… Good informed comment. ... > Read more

CAT MOTHER AND THE ALL NIGHT NEWSBOYS. THE STREET GIVETH … AND THE STREET TAKETH AWAY, CONSIDERED (1969): The musicians not the music?

CAT MOTHER AND THE ALL NIGHT NEWSBOYS. THE STREET GIVETH … AND THE STREET TAKETH AWAY, CONSIDERED (1969): The musicians not the music?

15 Feb 2024  |  4 min read

For the moment let's not worry about the music on this old album pulled from the shelves at random for consideration in this on-going series. The music will make itself known to us as we go. Let's instead just concentrate on the names involved, who they were, where they went and who they became. There is a story worth telling right there. The co-producer of this... > Read more

LIVING THE BEATLES LEGEND by KENNETH WOMACK

LIVING THE BEATLES LEGEND by KENNETH WOMACK

14 Feb 2024  |  5 min read

If anyone deserves a massive, 500 page biography – with what seems like three titles – it would be Elvis fan and lover of Westerns Mal Evans. He went from being a married 27-year old Post Office technician with a mortgage and a child to a part-time bouncer at Liverpool's Cavern Club and then one of the Beatles' inner sanctum as roadie, companion and general... > Read more

The Smile: Wall of Eyes (digital outlets)

The Smile: Wall of Eyes (digital outlets)

12 Feb 2024  |  2 min read

Some bands are the vehicle for the songwriter: the Kinks, Jam, Pretenders, the Chills, Verlaines, Wilco, the Veils . . . A few are greater than the sum of their parts – Split Enz, Beatles, U2, Blondie, boygenius, Fat Freddy's Drop, Phoenix Foundation . . . The test of that is to see how well the members do as solo artists, like the Stones. Mick Jagger's... > Read more

Agnetha Faltskog: Jag var sa kar (1967)

Agnetha Faltskog: Jag var sa kar (1967)

12 Feb 2024  |  <1 min read

Previously at From the Vaults we have pulled a track by Benny Andersson from his pre-Abba band the Hep Stars. That came from an album Before Abba, only available at the Abba Museum in Stockholm. Here as promised then is another from that album, the first major solo hit for Agnetha with a song she wrote herself. It was inspired by the break-up with her boyfriend... > Read more

PETE HAM OF BADFINGER: Take a sad song and make it sadder

PETE HAM OF BADFINGER: Take a sad song and make it sadder

11 Feb 2024  |  7 min read  |  3

Put simply: Pete Ham was one of the singer-songwriters in Badfinger, the British pop band of the late Sixties and early Seventies which enjoyed the patronage of Paul McCartney. He gave them his Come and Get It (used in the Ringo-Peter Sellers movie The Magic Christian) on the condition they record it exactly as his demo. They did, it was a hit, and a band was... > Read more

Hurry on Father (demo from the Golders Green album)
SOUND THINKING #4: The podcast for music people

SOUND THINKING #4: The podcast for music people

10 Feb 2024  |  <1 min read

The fourth episode of the podcast in which Marty Duda of 13th Floor hosts some reviewers who discuss new albums. This week Marty, Jeff Neems, Veronika Bell and Andra Jenkin review albums by Tinsley Ellis, Pony Baby, Mean Jeans and Matt Joe Gow. Good informed comment.  Here it is. > Read more

SIXTY YEARS AGO (2024): The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Shows

SIXTY YEARS AGO (2024): The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Shows

10 Feb 2024  |  1 min read  |  1

By now most people would concede February 9, 1964 was a turning point in global culture. That was the night the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show and 73 million Americans (out of a population of 192 million, somewhere between a third and half of the nation) tuned in. It is said there was no reported juvenile crime in New York City that night. True or not, the... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ella McCool-Reay of Wax Eye

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ella McCool-Reay of Wax Eye

9 Feb 2024  |  <1 min read

The alt.folk Wax Eye are singer Ella McCool-Reay and her father Steve Reay (of Vor-Stellen) who deliver a very seductive self-titled debut: five songs acoustic-framed songs with bassist Jared Johanson (Subliminals, Vor-Stellen) and writer/trumpeter Marco Scott. Erring towards a melodic take on drone-folk's mesmerising repetition with gentle harmonies and subtle... > Read more

One of Us
AFTER THE TAMPA by ABBAS NAZARI

AFTER THE TAMPA by ABBAS NAZARI

6 Feb 2024  |  1 min read

Decades ago, at Refugee and Migrant Services in Auckland, I glanced at a map showing that vast territory between Greece and India, lands unfamiliar to most New Zealanders but from which refugees and migrants would increasingly arrive: Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Syria. Someone observed that when these people told their stories, our culture and view of the world... > Read more

JIM PEPPER, REMEMBERED (2024): A man comin' . . . an' too soon goin'

JIM PEPPER, REMEMBERED (2024): A man comin' . . . an' too soon goin'

5 Feb 2024  |  3 min read  |  2

It is a rare jazz musician who can score a rock-radio hit -- but saxophonist Jim Pepper was a very rare jazz musician indeed. Of Kaw and Creek descent, Pepper was born in Oregon in 1941 and described himself as an "urban Indian". He spent much of his early life between family homes in Oregon and Oklahoma and although he grew up listening to big band jazz... > Read more

Ya Na Ho
Melati ESP: adaptations (digital outlets)

Melati ESP: adaptations (digital outlets)

5 Feb 2024  |  <1 min read

Well, you don't come to Elsewhere for Beyonce and J-Lo, do you? So here's something closer to our mandate: a series of remixes of tracks from the Indonesian-born, New York-based electronica experimentalist Melati Malay's debut album of last year, hipernatural. She was part of the Asa Tone trio but her debut album (all in Indonesian) launched her as a solo artist.... > Read more

Kupu Kupu Electronik (Kasimyn remix)
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