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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JAMES by PERCIVAL EVERETT

JAMES by PERCIVAL EVERETT

29 May 2024  |  2 min read

If this provocative, award-winning novel were ever adapted for film the temptation for the soundtrack composer would be, when we reach the final significant words, to deliver a swell of emotional, uplifting orchestration as if redemption had been delivered. That would be wrong. This version of aspects of Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are seen... > Read more

JAYANTHI KUMARESH, INTERVIEWED (2024): The sound that heals and calms

JAYANTHI KUMARESH, INTERVIEWED (2024): The sound that heals and calms

27 May 2024  |  6 min read

The Indian musician Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh is an internationally acclaimed exponent on the veena, a string instrument so ancient and steeped in mythology that it is associated with Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, wisdom and music. Kumaresh is coming to New Zealand again (she played concerts in 2016 and at Womad in 2022, she remembers it being cold) with the... > Read more

Kaapi Raagam (live)
THE BEE GEES: ODESSA, CONSIDERED (1969): All at sea in separate lifeboats

THE BEE GEES: ODESSA, CONSIDERED (1969): All at sea in separate lifeboats

27 May 2024  |  4 min read  |  2

In 16 months from early 1967 when they returned to Britain after a trip back home to Australia, the Bee Gees cracked out a remarkable six hit singles and three albums. Their writing, recording and touring schedule was extraordinary, perhaps only matched by the Beatles' work ethic who were, for a time, their real chart rivals. But for a group which crafted tight radio... > Read more

Melody Fair
LET IT BE, REVISITED (2024): Once more in reel time

LET IT BE, REVISITED (2024): Once more in reel time

27 May 2024  |  4 min read

At the start of this new version of the Beatles' 1970 documentary Let It Be, the original director Michael Lindsay Hogg (MLH) speaks briefly with Peter Jackson who used eight hours of (mostly) unseen footage shot by MLH for his expansive Get Back feature of 2021. In a comment which deserves close inspection, Jackson observes that MLH was seeing the music in real... > Read more

AND THE REVOLVING GOES ON (2024): Crowdies, Klaus and Ernie

AND THE REVOLVING GOES ON (2024): Crowdies, Klaus and Ernie

27 May 2024  |  2 min read

Crowded House's cover art for their forthcoming Gravity Stairs is far from the first to reference the 1966 Beatles' Revolver designed by Klaus Voormann. Voormann's first encountered the Beatles when they were playing in Hamburg. The story has become legend, how after an argument with his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr -- an aspiring photographer who would... > Read more

Brix E. Smith and Nigel Kennedy: Hurdy Gurdy Man (1991)

Brix E. Smith and Nigel Kennedy: Hurdy Gurdy Man (1991)

27 May 2024  |  1 min read  |  2

Tribute albums can be dodgy: some are fun, and the more obscure the artists the better they get. But you are wise to avoid the Joy Division tribute A Means to an End which features those household names Honeymoon Stitch, Girls Against Boys, Starchildren and godheadSILO. Or any of those to Tom Waits. But how can you resist an album of Donovan songs sung by the likes... > Read more

Ben Gailer,  Auckland Jazz Orchestra: Monolith (digital outlets),

Ben Gailer, Auckland Jazz Orchestra: Monolith (digital outlets),

26 May 2024  |  <1 min read

The Auckland Jazz Orchestra has proven to be a fine, professional vehicle for young composers and performers as well as sound interpreters of music like that of the late Phil Broadhurst. Here Auckland composer, arranger and pianist Ben Gailer gets to hear his sometimes lush but refined work given polish and punch alongside an increasingly overwrought performance of a... > Read more

Park Rd: The Novel (Loop/digital outlets)

Park Rd: The Novel (Loop/digital outlets)

25 May 2024  |  1 min read

This Auckland five-piece have established themselves as live favourites at festivals here and in Australia, and drawn attention to this 13-song debut album by releasing five strong – possibly even their strongest – songs already. Singer Tom Chamberlain has one of those pleading voices which nudges into soulful hurt (Hey Hello, the interesting Asleep:Awake,... > Read more

Miss French: The Trials and Tribulations of Miss French Pt Two (Spirit of Play/digital outlets)

Miss French: The Trials and Tribulations of Miss French Pt Two (Spirit of Play/digital outlets)

25 May 2024  |  1 min read

Miss French is Julie Foa'i and the reason for the long gap between her 2016 album The Trials and Tribulations of Miss French Pt 1 and this is perhaps because she's been so busy managing the enterprise that is the acclaimed Te Vaka. Married to that band's mainman/songwriter Opetaia – who produced, arranged and wrote the music for some of the 12 songs – Julie... > Read more

Differences Blues
Various Artists: Everybody's Getting Involved; A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense (digital outlets)

Various Artists: Everybody's Getting Involved; A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense (digital outlets)

24 May 2024  |  1 min read

While Lorde's cover of the Al Green song Take Me to the River (which was in Talking Heads' repertoire) understandably got attention locally – although she shoulder-taps the Heads too much when Al might have offered a more challenging and interesting take – there is so much ordinary and sometimes downright awful stuff on this tribute that you wonder why some of... > Read more

Life During Wartime, by DJ Tunez
Polite Company: Please Go Wild (digital outlets)

Polite Company: Please Go Wild (digital outlets)

24 May 2024  |  2 min read

The key name in this band is singer-writer Alan Gregg, formerly of the Dribbling Darts of Love (alongside Matthew Bannister), the much-admired Mutton Birds and who has also recorded with Neil Finn and Ron Sexsmith. Now based back in London, Gregg brings a wry, observation attitude like the best of British (Ray Davies, Jarvis of Pulp, Damon of Blur, Mike Skinner of The... > Read more

Perfectly Good Explanation
Karl Sölve Steven and Rob Thorne: Black Coast Vanishings (Rattle/digital outlets)

Karl Sölve Steven and Rob Thorne: Black Coast Vanishings (Rattle/digital outlets)

20 May 2024  |  <1 min read

A slow year for the otherwise prolific Rattle label out of Auckland which usually clocks up at least a dozen releases annually and sometimes considerably more. But this album is their first of 2024, and the year is getting close to the halfway point. No one need have seen the recent documentary series from which these 13 pieces were adapted by the two co-writers... > Read more

Undertow
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . PATTY WATERS' ALBUM, SINGS: It's black then gets blackblackblack

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . PATTY WATERS' ALBUM, SINGS: It's black then gets blackblackblack

20 May 2024  |  3 min read  |  1

Now. We could talk about singer Patty Waters' lengthy career because she's 78 and still around and sometimes performing. At least she was in 2020 before that Covid thing hit. But . . . we have focused on just this, her debut album Sings from 1965 because . . . Well . . .  First, let's tell you the label it is on: ESP-Disk. For some that will be the... > Read more

Moon, Don't Come Up Tonight
The Scavengers; The Scavengers (2003 vinyl issue of '78 sessions)

The Scavengers; The Scavengers (2003 vinyl issue of '78 sessions)

20 May 2024  |  2 min read

We all have musical moments written into our autobiographies. The emblems afterwards -- the album, concert ticket or scar beneath the eye -- are inadequate to convey the emotion you experienced, whether it was when Tina Turner belted out your favourite-ever song to you personally (and 35,000 others), or when you got nailed at Zwines in Auckland by some pogo-ing punk... > Read more

The Scavengers: Money in the Bank
TOM WAITS. THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT, CONSIDERED (1974): Drunk on the moon again

TOM WAITS. THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT, CONSIDERED (1974): Drunk on the moon again

20 May 2024  |  3 min read

Unlike other albums considered for this on-going column, this one by Tom Waits didn't come off the shelf at random. Although it sort of did. As mentioned previously, during the floods of 2022 Elsewhere's office was awash and so we lost around 800 albums and scores of CDs, books, travel journals and family photos. Among those so damaged were about 20 albums by a... > Read more

Shiver Me Timbers
Sunidhi Chauhan and Vishal: Naa Puchho (2007)

Sunidhi Chauhan and Vishal: Naa Puchho (2007)

20 May 2024  |  <1 min read

More scenes from the global village? While walking through Kuala Lumpur's Little India I heard this track rocking out of the speakers in a small record shop. I was transfixed: urban, English language in place, Hindi in others, samples from car horns, block rockin' beats, ellectric guitars, hip-hop in the house . . . As it turned out this was from the soundtrack to a... > Read more

Kamasi Washington: Fearless Movement (digital outlets)

Kamasi Washington: Fearless Movement (digital outlets)

19 May 2024  |  1 min read

Because the commanding Kamasi Washington has appeared at Elsewhere previously – in an interview and album reviews – we will just note that, as with Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman and many others, calling this saxophonist/composer a jazz musician, it's limiting. Growing up in Los Angeles he gravitated to jazz in his early teens but, as a kid... > Read more

Interstellar Peace (The Last Stance)
Mdou Moctar: Funeral for Justice (digital outlets)

Mdou Moctar: Funeral for Justice (digital outlets)

18 May 2024  |  1 min read

In a recent talk about reviewing, the role of the critic and being curious about music, I said something to the effect that music is a great passport into places and worlds hitherto unknown.  I said when I heard the Beatles as a newly-minted teenager I found out as much as I could about Liverpool, when reggae arrived I immersed myself in Bob Marley, Burning Spear,... > Read more

Imouhar
RECOMMENDED RECORD: CHRISTINE WHITE AND THE RAVEN PROJECT (2022): Songs given wings and strings

RECOMMENDED RECORD: CHRISTINE WHITE AND THE RAVEN PROJECT (2022): Songs given wings and strings

15 May 2024  |  2 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this album released for the first time on vinyl. It has been some time coming (the album was released on bandcamp in November 2022) but now appears on vinyl with an insert gatefold of lyrics and recording information -- and is available through Christine White's website here.... > Read more

Raven (Paddy Free remix)
THE DICTIONARY PEOPLE by SARAH OGILVIE

THE DICTIONARY PEOPLE by SARAH OGILVIE

13 May 2024  |  3 min read

One of the most popular books of the early 2000s – the readers' enthusiasm spread by word-of-mouth – was The Surgeon of Crowthorne by the well-known journalist and travel writer Simon Winchester. Subtitled “A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words”, it was a non-fiction account of the American Dr William Chester Minor who had moved to... > Read more

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