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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THE BEATLES . THE WHITE ALBUM REISSUED AND REMIXED (2017): A pale shade of whiter

THE BEATLES . THE WHITE ALBUM REISSUED AND REMIXED (2017): A pale shade of whiter

28 May 2017  |  4 min read

When the founder of Wikileaks Julian Assante released 150,000 secret files last week to celebrate the Spanish court dropping rape charges against him, one small corner of that internet world got very excited but the buzz went largely unnoticed by the mainstream media. While CNN, the Fox Network, Aljazeera and TV3's The Project all focused on the aspects of Middle... > Read more

Back in the USSR (from the White Cage version)

THE BEATLES . SGT PEPPER RECONSIDERED (2017): One more time with . . . remixing?

THE BEATLES . SGT PEPPER RECONSIDERED (2017): One more time with . . . remixing?

26 May 2017  |  12 min read  |  1

With the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and its inevitable reissue, the headlines are writing themselves: “We hope you have enjoyed the show”; “It was 50 years ago today”; “They loved to turn you on” . . . and any other variant of lyrics from that seminal and singular album.... > Read more

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds (take 1)

STEVE HACKETT INTERVIEWED (2017): From Genesis to self-revelation

STEVE HACKETT INTERVIEWED (2017): From Genesis to self-revelation

25 May 2017  |  9 min read

When rock encyclopedias describe Steve Hackett along the lines of “former guitarist with the British progressive rock band Genesis” they do him a disservice. Yes, Hackett was an integral member of the band between the Nursery Cryme album in '71 and Seconds Out ('77), the Peter Gabriel-into-Phil Collins years which most consider the band's finest period.... > Read more

PERE UBU REISSUED, PART THREE (2017): Unlocking the hinge, unhinging the rock

PERE UBU REISSUED, PART THREE (2017): Unlocking the hinge, unhinging the rock

24 May 2017  |  4 min read

When Pere Ubu emerged out of Ohio in the late Seventies one British writer described them as “the sound of things falling apart”. But while that was true, they were always more than that: Their sound was immensely and deliberately unnerving. Frontman David Thomas yelped like a dog, barked like a madman or went so quiet and low – before yowling... > Read more

Montana (from Raygun Suitcase)

!!!: Shake the Shudder (Warp)

!!!: Shake the Shudder (Warp)

24 May 2017  |  <1 min read

Cali-founded band !!! (aka Chk Chk Chk) – now in their natural home of New York's dance clubs – are not so retro in their disco/funk crossover that they are a signpost to the future. They are just enjoyably channeling the tropes of black and gay clubs in the Seventies and here – with a revolving door of female singers assisting – provide... > Read more

Dancing is the Best Revenge

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

22 May 2017  |  3 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief. .  Arca: Arca (XL/Rhythmethod) People like Bjork, Anohni and this Venezuelan-born and London-based... > Read more

THE BEATLES' SGT PEPPER'S COVER (2017): An image for all seasons

THE BEATLES' SGT PEPPER'S COVER (2017): An image for all seasons

22 May 2017  |  2 min read

Within weeks of the release of Beatles' album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50 years ago, its front cover image -- photographed and constructed by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth -- was being copied, parodied and appropriated. Numerous bands and companies down the decades have used the idea, and Frank Zappa was quick to grab onto it for the Mothers of Invention album... > Read more

Good Morning Good Morning (Basic track, from Anthology 2)

Mark Mulcahy: The Possum in the Driveway (Mezzotint)

Mark Mulcahy: The Possum in the Driveway (Mezzotint)

22 May 2017  |  1 min read

If American Mark Mulcahy is known at all in New Zealand it might only be for his part in the indie.rock outfit Miracle Legion who broke up in '96 after more than a decade and then reformed last year. (Maybe just briefly given a pointed lyric here in The Fiddler). You'd prefer Mulcahy however to be known for his excellent solo album Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You of... > Read more

Catching Mice

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

22 May 2017  |  4 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

Asgeir: Afterglow (Inertia/Rhythmethod)

Asgeir: Afterglow (Inertia/Rhythmethod)

22 May 2017  |  <1 min read

Given the genre – somewhere between orchestrated electronica, ambient and embellished folk – this second album from Iceland's Asgeir should grip at Elsewhere. But it just doesn't. Because you sense behind some of the glitch-electro and airy vocals this is very familiar and much traversed territory. Where its predecessor Into the Silence had... > Read more

Nothing

April Stevens: Love Kitten (1961)

April Stevens: Love Kitten (1961)

22 May 2017  |  <1 min read

Singer April Stevens found great fame when she teamed up with her brother, the producer/writer/singer Nino Tempo for their early Sixties hit Deep Purple. But before that she had briefly enjoyed a solo career in the early Fifties until her married lover decided he didn't like to see her in the spotlight. When the relationship foundered in the late Fifties however she... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash at San Quentin (Sony Legacy)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash at San Quentin (Sony Legacy)

22 May 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

The reputation of the late Johnny Cash is supported by such strong poles that even his worst moments cannot shake his legacy. Those hefty props include his early Sun sessions, his themed albums of train, Indian and cowboy songs, his inclusive television shows, the performances and recordings at Folsom and San Quentin prisons, the American Recordings with Rick Rubin... > Read more

San Quentin

Matthew Smith: Matthew Smith (Lyttelton/Southbound)

Matthew Smith: Matthew Smith (Lyttelton/Southbound)

16 May 2017  |  1 min read

Former rock frontman (of the atmospheric and crunching Von Voin Strum), Matthew Smith here (mostly) gets the knobs turned down and – with a small band, some important and sympathetic colleagues including co-producer and mixer Ben Edwards in the Sitting Room, mastering by Chris Chetland – initially brings an unexpected and intimate low-lights indie.folk... > Read more

Why Are We Waiting

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

15 May 2017  |  4 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 columns here... > Read more

JANIS JOPLIN . PEARL REVISITED (2017): Getting it while she could

JANIS JOPLIN . PEARL REVISITED (2017): Getting it while she could

15 May 2017  |  3 min read  |  1

Aside from Beth Hart – who played her in a stage production – it is hard to think of any female singer today with the vocal power and authority of Janis Joplin. Although she has been hailed as the first female superstar of the rock era, Joplin – who died in October ’70 at the age of 27 – left a very small recorded legacy. In her... > Read more

Move Over (alternate version)

ELSEWHERE WORLD SERVICE: A quick overview of recent world music releases

ELSEWHERE WORLD SERVICE: A quick overview of recent world music releases

15 May 2017  |  3 min read

Here's a frequent flyer/transit lounge column for those at home who want to get their musical passport stamped. Elsewhere has so many CDs and downloads commanding and demanding attention that we run an occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists (IN BRIEF), in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks out New Zealand artists. And of... > Read more

Max Bygraves: You’re a Pink Toothbrush (1959)

Max Bygraves: You’re a Pink Toothbrush (1959)

15 May 2017  |  2 min read

When George Harrison was interviewed for the Beatles’ Anthology he spoke about the songs he heard in his childhood which somehow influenced him, and the other Beatles. These days you get the impression from interviews with musicians that they were always incredibly hip and into something that no one else was . . . but Harrison was refreshingly candid when he... > Read more

Larry Morris: Anthology (Frenzy)

Larry Morris: Anthology (Frenzy)

15 May 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

Larry Morris would be the first to admit that his was a wild ride for a decade after Larry's Rebels gatecrashed the New Zealand music world of the Sixties with a harder edge, a proper rock'n'roll attitude to pop, a string of memorable singles (many of them covers but with their own stamp) and excellent live shows. Morris was only in his mid teens when all that... > Read more

Here and There

THE BARGAIN BUY: Electric Light Orchestra: The Very Best Of ; All Over the World

THE BARGAIN BUY: Electric Light Orchestra: The Very Best Of ; All Over the World

15 May 2017  |  <1 min read  |  1

With the imminent release of the remixed Sgt Pepper's on its 50 anniversary (released May 26 in various versions from single CD and vinyl to box set), it's timely to listen again to Jeff Lynne's ELO, widely considered the band which picked up the mantle of the Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour style and took it off into a series of pop hits. This 20-song collection... > Read more

Penguin Café: The Imperfect Sea (Erased Tapes/Southbound)

Penguin Café: The Imperfect Sea (Erased Tapes/Southbound)

12 May 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

The former Penguin Café Orchestra under the baton of the late Simon Jeffes were never for just anyone, they were for everyone. Their string minimalism and quirkiness (try the odd Telephone and Rubber Band from their self-titled second album in  ’81) found them labelled as classical, avant-garde, indie.folk, ambient . . . Jeffes – who died... > Read more

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