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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Marlon Williams: Make Way For Love (Caroline)

Marlon Williams: Make Way For Love (Caroline)

19 Feb 2018  |  3 min read  |  1

Late last year when Marlon Williams was back in New Zealand for a short while and playing a couple of shows at the Pt Chevalier RSA ib Auckland, it was my pleasure to be invited to conduct an afternoon interview and a Q&A session with him before a small group of music writers and critics. The topic, of course, would be this then-impending album which I had been... > Read more

Make Way for Love
IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

19 Feb 2018  |  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 and Yasmin does with EPs. Comments will be brief. .    The Plot in You: Dispose (Fearless) From the first few whispered yet... > Read more

GUEST WRITER GAYLENE MARTIN recalls a mad, bad day in the glamorous life of a music publicist

GUEST WRITER GAYLENE MARTIN recalls a mad, bad day in the glamorous life of a music publicist

19 Feb 2018  |  5 min read

That day in the early Nineties did not begin on a high note. An associate at Partridge & Storey, the music PR company I worked at in London, had to cancel going on the trip with me and forgot to hand over the envelope containing the cash funds for the taxi driver who collected me. But I picked up radio station Kiss FM journalist Lisa I’Anson on the way to... > Read more

Sylvie Vartan: Whirlpool (1963)

Sylvie Vartan: Whirlpool (1963)

19 Feb 2018  |  2 min read

When the French megastar and cultural icon Johnny Hallyday died recently, most obituary writers were quick to note how he had started his shapeshifting career inspired by Elvis and then morphed through Beatle-era pop and so on, whatever style was fashionable there was Hallyday. Kind of like a Francophone Cliff Richard, but with more attitude (and about 30 number one... > Read more

Joy Division: Still

Joy Division: Still

19 Feb 2018  |  <1 min read

Although somewhat dismissed by audiophiles for the uneven sound across the unreleased studio recordings, previously available tracks and live recordings (some very lo-fi), this Joy Division collection released after singer Ian Curtis' death – now available again on double vinyl – is actually as compelling in places as their studio recordings with producer... > Read more

THE LINE-UP FOR THE AUCKLAND CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL 2018: Bigger, better, back and Beck

THE LINE-UP FOR THE AUCKLAND CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL 2018: Bigger, better, back and Beck

18 Feb 2018  |  1 min read

The inaugural Auckland City Limits Festival two years ago was one of the better -- and best organised -- festivals in the city, perhaps because many of the key players behind it had been involved in the last few Big Day Out events. So they knew what to do . . . and what not to do. Held in spacious Western Springs with stages far enough apart so there was very little... > Read more

Belle and Sebastian: How to Solve Our Human Problems (Matador)

Belle and Sebastian: How to Solve Our Human Problems (Matador)

16 Feb 2018  |  2 min read

It's an interesting overview title on this compilation of Belle and Sebastian's most recent three Eps which were released at approximately monthly intervals from December. That's because B&S out of Scotland have often dealt with human problems: some simple, others more existential, all relatable within B&S's sharply defined pop consciousness. So here... > Read more

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

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

15 Feb 2018  |  3 min read

Here's a frequent flyer/transit lounge/vicarious listening music 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 occasional columns which scoop up releases by international artists (IN BRIEF), in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks... > Read more

The James Hunter Six: Whatever It Takes (Daptone/Southbound)

The James Hunter Six: Whatever It Takes (Daptone/Southbound)

15 Feb 2018  |  1 min read

Aside from having a terrific and authentic soul voice along the line from Sam Cooke through Jackie Wilson to Smokey Robinson – and having sprung a series of solid albums, two of which have ended up in our Best of Elsewhere annual look back at the year – a few years ago James Hunter also rearranged the Beatles' pop hit It Won't Be Long into a piece of pure... > Read more

Don't Let Pride Take You For a Ride
GUEST SPEAKER DR. STUART MIDDLETON welcomes you to the Volume South exhibition at MIT

GUEST SPEAKER DR. STUART MIDDLETON welcomes you to the Volume South exhibition at MIT

12 Feb 2018  |  3 min read

Editor's note: Dr Stuart Middleton has been a longtime educator and academic and is currently Specialist Advisor to Chief Executive and acting dean in the Faculty of Creative Arts at MIT (Manukau Institute of Technology). This is his speech on the opening night of Volume South, a free exhibition which runs until Friday August 31 in the atrium of the MIT campus... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . CHARLEY PATTON: A riddle wrapped in an enigma

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . CHARLEY PATTON: A riddle wrapped in an enigma

12 Feb 2018  |  5 min read

So little is really known about Charley Patton that people have had to fill in the gaps with belief, rumour and myth. The date of his birth in south Mississippi can only be located somewhere between 1881 and 1891 (although consensus is forming around the latter), and it seems the man who raised him and whose name he took was not his natural father. And even... > Read more

High Water Everywhere (Part 2)
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Steve Portolesi of Kings & Associates

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Steve Portolesi of Kings & Associates

12 Feb 2018  |  2 min read

From the opening passages of this Australian band's album of last year, Tales of a Rich Girl, you are thrown into some biting, classy and intense blues-rock . . . as befits a band which picked up the Most Outstanding New Act at the 2014 South Australian Blues and Roots Association for their live shows and their debut album Red Dress. Their long-awaited follow-up... > Read more

Nitty Gritty
Hex: The Hill Temple (digital platforms)

Hex: The Hill Temple (digital platforms)

12 Feb 2018  |  <1 min read

Wellington trio Hex sidestep the outright gloom'n'doom of much Goth by virtue of the powerful melodic thrust and reach of their female voices, and styles which range widely from almost domestic grunge-pop (the quiet-loud dynamics of Billboard, the forward momentum on the Page of Pentacles) through the ethereal and declamatory (the punishing space-filling shoegaze guitar... > Read more

JONATHAN BESSER CONSIDERED (2018): Here, there and every which where . . .

JONATHAN BESSER CONSIDERED (2018): Here, there and every which where . . .

12 Feb 2018  |  4 min read

While we can say with certainty there has never been such as things as a “typical Jonathan Besser album” we can still express a little surprise at the direction he has taken for his new Time Travels, recorded in New Jersey with his Besser 3 band. To recap though. Pianist/composer Jonathan Besser arrived in New Zealand in the mid Seventies, and... > Read more

No Laughing Matter
Alan Brown: Composure (alanbrown.co.nz)

Alan Brown: Composure (alanbrown.co.nz)

12 Feb 2018  |  <1 min read

This very welcome release is another installment from improvised ambient sessions recorded on a Steinway by pianist Brown in the concert chamber of the Auckland Town Hall in August 2014. The first pieces released from that day appeared as Silent Observer in 2015 and at the time Elsewhere had very positive things to say, among them that we'd like to hear more from... > Read more

Composure
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Victoria Hanna

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Victoria Hanna

12 Feb 2018  |  1 min read

The annual Womad festival in Taranaki brings diverse artists not just from all over the world but through many genres, from raw folk to spiritual songs, from cultural dance music to electronica. Victoria Hanna, raised in an ultra-orthodox Jewish household in Jerusalem, touches on nearly all of those in her set. She found a way to express herself and overcome... > Read more

Aleph-Bet/Hosha'ana
The Wild Kindness: Happy Now (all main digital outlets)

The Wild Kindness: Happy Now (all main digital outlets)

12 Feb 2018  |  1 min read

When singer-guitarist Mike Alexis from the four-piece San Francisco band The Wild Kindness got in touch about this, his band's debut album, he freely acknowledged that Sneaky Feelings and other bands associated with the “Dunedin Sound” were a profound influence . . . and through a search of those names he'd come across Elsewhere. Perhaps if he hadn't... > Read more

Trace Yr Veins
Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager: Rough Cut (Alligator/Southbound)

Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager: Rough Cut (Alligator/Southbound)

8 Feb 2018  |  1 min read

Elsewhere has doubtless made this observation previously but it remains true: the blues gets little airplay, there are few enough albums released (and consequently sold) yet whenever a decent blues band or solo artist turns up in New Zealand they can always pull an audience. There is a musical demographic out there which appreciates the blues – although it... > Read more

I Will Not Surrender
LEONIE HOLMES AND EVE DE CASTRO-ROBINSON CONSIDERED (2018): Classical, contemporary and beyond . . .

LEONIE HOLMES AND EVE DE CASTRO-ROBINSON CONSIDERED (2018): Classical, contemporary and beyond . . .

5 Feb 2018  |  4 min read

Leonie Holmes and Eve de Castro-Robinson would seem to have much in common. Both are composers, both are lecturers in composition at the University of Auckland's School of Music, both have had their works performed widely and have CDs released on Atoll, and both . . . And here the thread runs out, because each works in very separate idioms within the broad... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Todd Hunter of Dragon

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Todd Hunter of Dragon

5 Feb 2018  |  2 min read

The rock band Dragon may have been an unusual first announcement for this year's Womad but probably right for the majority demographic which attends. They may find, as Tim Finn did at a previous Womad, that the audience will happily sing the hits for them. And Dragon certainly had plenty: April Sun in Cuba, Are You Old Enough?, Rain, Still in Love With You . . .... > Read more

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