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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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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Graeme James

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Graeme James

24 Mar 2019  |  3 min read

Expat Kiwi singer-songwriter Graeme James answers these questions from somewhere in the USA, because that's the kind of itinerant guy he is. But this man who has had more than 20 million streams for his traditional-meets-modern folk-rock – and has a new album The Long Way Home just released – is making his way back home. Probably the long way. He has... > Read more

To Be Found By Love
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S NEBRASKA (2019): The idea for the song from the film of the true story

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S NEBRASKA (2019): The idea for the song from the film of the true story

23 Mar 2019  |  2 min read

It has been more than 35 years since Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, an album that many fans – and Springsteen himself – consider pivotal in his career and an artistic breakthrough into new and rewarding territory beyond rock'n'soul. After the sometimes bombastic heroics and escapism of Born to Run, it's more muted and humane Darkness on the Edge of Town and... > Read more

Daniel Herskedal: Voyage (Edition/digital outlets)

Daniel Herskedal: Voyage (Edition/digital outlets)

22 Mar 2019  |  1 min read

Jazz tuba is not rare but certainly uncommon: among the great players are Bob Stewart who played on a dozen or so albums with Arthur Blythe; Howard Johnson for whom tuba is among his artillery and who has appeared on albums by just about everyone from Mingus and Dexter Gordon to the Band and Lennon; and British session man Herbie Flowers. Daniel Herskedal is Norway's... > Read more

Batten Down the Hatches
The Cactus Blossoms: Easy Way (Walkie Talkie/Southbound)

The Cactus Blossoms: Easy Way (Walkie Talkie/Southbound)

22 Mar 2019  |  <1 min read

If you don't whisper “Everly Brothers” within 10 seconds of the opening track Desperado (an original) on this album by a duo out of Minneapolis then your music history is woefully lacking. If it isn't, by the fourth track Gotta Lotta Love (another original with a ringingly familiar title) you'll be shouting those words at the stereo. Page Burkum and Jack... > Read more

I am the Road
Insert Name Here: The Line Between Ocean and Land (Stinkbuzz/digital outlets)

Insert Name Here: The Line Between Ocean and Land (Stinkbuzz/digital outlets)

22 Mar 2019  |  <1 min read

The nom-de-disque for Wellington's Craig Houghton, Insert Name Here kicks off this fourth collection (accrued over five years) with short slice of Robert Fripp/Eno-esque guitar effect of Exordium before dark psyche-folk over a buzz'n'fuzz of slo-mo shoegaze guitar on Losing It and then – after a brief burst of children's laughter – we are into the lo-fi but... > Read more

Where Do You Stay?
Finn Andrews: One Piece at a Time (Nettwerk)

Finn Andrews: One Piece at a Time (Nettwerk)

19 Mar 2019  |  1 min read

As the mainman for his band the Veils, singer-songwriter Finn Andrews has turned in a more-than-respectable decade-plus collection of original songs and has rightly been hailed, right from when he was barely out of his teens, as an accomplished and mature songwriter. But any fold-back through his writing would discern some obvious influences, from Morrissey's yearning... > Read more

Love, What Can I Do?
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . JOE MEEK'S I HEAR A NEW WORLD: Checked out in a moonage daydream

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . JOE MEEK'S I HEAR A NEW WORLD: Checked out in a moonage daydream

18 Mar 2019  |  5 min read

Right up until the time he redecorated his recording studio-cum-living room with the contents of his skull after a self-inflicted shotgun blast in 1967, British producer Joe Meek heard the world differently. In the late Fifties and early Sixties most British producers were just technicians who pushed “record” once the artist was in front of the microphone.... > Read more

Glob Waterfall
JM Kelcher: Actual Disorganiser (Thokei Tapes)

JM Kelcher: Actual Disorganiser (Thokei Tapes)

18 Mar 2019  |  2 min read

John Kelcher was the bassist in the key iterations of Sneaky Feelings (from about '83 to their break-up in '89), left to live in Germany then returned home and currently works at the Nga Taonga sound archive, but most crucially was on the re-formed Sneaky Feelings album Progress Junction in 2017, a wonderful and unexpected return to prior form. But in '91 when back in... > Read more

Sinker
The Veils: Us Godless Teenagers (2011)

The Veils: Us Godless Teenagers (2011)

18 Mar 2019  |  <1 min read

For Elsewhere's money, with this singular song Finn Andrews – now a solo artist – captured something rare and insightful about the loneliness of being a teenager and the small comfort of friends when the outside world seems indifferent or critical. We see these kids everywhere, in parks and public transport, on street corners and sitting alone. Being a... > Read more

GUEST WRITER MITCH MYERS considers a great musical mash-up by the late Harry Nilsson

GUEST WRITER MITCH MYERS considers a great musical mash-up by the late Harry Nilsson

18 Mar 2019  |  2 min read

While attention has doubled back onto the late singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson thanks to the integral use of his 1971 tune Gotta Get Up in the Netflix hit Russian Doll, his knack for getting inside your head and capturing the zeitgeist with his music has been happening for more than half a century. In 1967, he created a sort of Russian doll of his own,... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Zero 7: Simple Things, Special Edition (New State/Southbound)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Zero 7: Simple Things, Special Edition (New State/Southbound)

18 Mar 2019  |  1 min read

This debut album by the British electronica/production outfit of Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns saw the duo nominated as best newcomer at 2002's Brit Awards (Blue won) and the album nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2001 (it lost to Polly Harvey's Stories from the City/Sea). With its orchestrated cinematic sweeps – real James Bond music stuff or downtempo mood pieces... > Read more

Likufanele
Caroline Easther: Lucky (bandcamp, other digital outlets to come)

Caroline Easther: Lucky (bandcamp, other digital outlets to come)

16 Mar 2019  |  1 min read

Given her impeccable pedigree – the young Verlaines, a classic early Chills line-up, her own Let's Planet, and others . . .  and the recently re-formed Beat Rhythm Fashion – singer-songwriter and drummer Caroline Easther has waited a while for this album under her own name. But as we learned from the excellent Spaces Between by former Look Blue Go... > Read more

Find Me
Graeme James: The Long Way Home (Nettwerk/digital outlets)

Graeme James: The Long Way Home (Nettwerk/digital outlets)

16 Mar 2019  |  1 min read

Although expat Kiwi singer-songwriter Graeme James is billed as “modern folk” he in fact sometimes sounds much closer to very old traditions with mandolin, ukulele and violin alongside guitar on his sometimes chirpy melodies and story-telling songs. Way Up High here for example sounds like one of those songs from Woody/Dustbowl days with its refrain... > Read more

The Difference
Cinematic Orchestra: To Believe (Ninja Tunes)

Cinematic Orchestra: To Believe (Ninja Tunes)

15 Mar 2019  |  1 min read  |  1

It has been more than a decade since the previous Cinematic Orchestra album Ma Fleur and the landscape for lush, soulful, romantic and sometimes quasi-ambient music has changed. Not the least by artists on the Erased Tapes label, for example, who have sometimes a brought a not dissimilar ethos to bear in music which can be, or is, used in soundtracks. For Cinematic... > Read more

A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life (ft Roots Manuva)
Howe Gelb: Gathered (Fire/Southbound)

Howe Gelb: Gathered (Fire/Southbound)

14 Mar 2019  |  1 min read

The always interesting and often great Howe Gelb – perhaps most familiar in his Giant Sand iteration – has a voice which gets darker and more melodic with every passing year: dry and careworn like a Dustbowl-raised Leonard Cohen (he here covers and embellishes Len's Thousand Kisses Deep with M Ward, Gelb playing the monochromatic growl over the Spanish setting of... > Read more

Storyteller
Tom Russell: October in the Railroad Earth (Proper/Southbound)

Tom Russell: October in the Railroad Earth (Proper/Southbound)

13 Mar 2019  |  3 min read

Among the many artists Elsewhere has championed over the decades, often to general indifference or for others to belatedly discover (Nilsson, Joe Ely, Richard Thompson, Badfinger, Pere Ubu and others for example) has been Tom Russell who has been making some of his finest work in the past decade and is well past pensionable age. At 72, Russell remains one of the greatest... > Read more

T-Bone Steak and Spanish Wine
Seafog: Animal Lovers (Zelle Records/digital outlets)

Seafog: Animal Lovers (Zelle Records/digital outlets)

12 Mar 2019  |  1 min read

Available as a limited edition double vinyl set from Zelle Records, a record label out of Vienna which releases New Zealand artists (Bill Direen, Jay Clarkson, Marineville and Vorn among them), this is quite a swathe of music by Seafog out of Port Chalmers. Recorded in 2017 at the Anteroom in that capital of alt.whathaveyou near Dunedin, these 16 songs are propelled by a... > Read more

White is Not a Colour
EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

12 Mar 2019  |  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

HOTEL MUMBAI, a film by ANTHONY MARAS

HOTEL MUMBAI, a film by ANTHONY MARAS

12 Mar 2019  |  2 min read

On the far wall of the luxurious lobby of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai/Bombay there is a list of names. To see it you have to get through the strict security outside – cars checked for concealed explosives, bags scrutinised – and then walk past the casually wealthy sitting in the spacious and airy lobby where staff are impeccably dressed and... > Read more

THE STAIRS RECONSIDERED (2019): Through the past, smartly

THE STAIRS RECONSIDERED (2019): Through the past, smartly

11 Mar 2019  |  3 min read

And suddenly, they they were, all The Definite Article bands. After years of single-name grunge outfits (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Tad etc) the post-Britpop groups appeared with “the” in front of their names. This wasn't new, of course, but in that Brit-pride world which had musically looked back to the Sixties for reference points (the Beatles, the... > Read more

Flying Machine
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