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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Various Artists: Wild Things (Vostok)

Various Artists: Wild Things (Vostok)

27 May 2018  |  3 min read

When John Baker released his first Wild Things LP collection on record back at the dawn of the Nineties (subtitled “Wyld Kiwi Garage 1966-1969”) there was not the plethora of New Zealand music compilations there is today. Certainly there had been AK79, Class of '81, Goat's Milk Soap and Art for Chart's Sake among others . . . but none of them were quite like... > Read more

Social End Product, by the Bluestars
Various Artists: 1968, The Kiwi Music Scene (Frenzy)

Various Artists: 1968, The Kiwi Music Scene (Frenzy)

26 May 2018  |  1 min read

By any measure, 1968 was an extraordinary year in global politics: the year began with the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, rolled on through the student and workers' revolution in France, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the Grosvenor Square anti-Vietnam protests in London . . . In music there was radical chic as the Stones went back to their blues... > Read more

Hey Gyp, by the Underdogs
TAMI NEILSON, A VIDEO ESSAY (2018): Putting on the style

TAMI NEILSON, A VIDEO ESSAY (2018): Putting on the style

25 May 2018  |  1 min read

With the release of a sixth album under own name – Sassafrass! – attention once again turns to the award-winning Tami Neilson who has redefined country, brassy soul, rockabilly and rock'n'roll gospel into an amalgam which is distinct and her own. Her story has been well-canvased in the past, how the Canadian-born singer was part of their traveling family band... > Read more

Cut Worms: Hollow Ground (Jagjaguwar)

Cut Worms: Hollow Ground (Jagjaguwar)

21 May 2018  |  <1 min read

An odd one, not because it's odd . . . but more because it isn't. Cut Worms is actually Midwest singer-songwriter/visual artist Max Clarke now based in Brooklyn. And what he writes are often gentle, deliberately pop-framed songs which often have the charm of, say, Gary Lewis and the Playboys' unashamed Beatlesque pop from the Sixties (on Think I Might Be in Love) and the... > Read more

Cash for Gold
Matthew Sweet: Tomorrow's Daughter (Honeycomb Hideout/online outlets)

Matthew Sweet: Tomorrow's Daughter (Honeycomb Hideout/online outlets)

21 May 2018  |  1 min read

And here's an object lesson in effortless power pop from a master. Elsewhere never apologises for loving this idiom which peels off slivers of pre-66 Beatles and Byrds, has a lineage in Big Star, Badfinger, Cheap Trick, early Petty and the Posies and comes right up to . . . Just so many good people. Matthew Sweet has had digressions of piste on three covers albums... > Read more

Girl with Cat
Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard: Perfectly Unhappy (Rune Grammofon/Southbound)

Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard: Perfectly Unhappy (Rune Grammofon/Southbound)

21 May 2018  |  1 min read

For those who remember when Andy Sheppard appeared – alongside Courtney Pine, Ronny Jordan, Loose Tubes, Django Bates and others – as one of the new wave of British jazz musicians in the Eighties it will doubtless come as a surprise that the young man is now 61 with a dozen or so albums under his own name and many, many more with the likes of the late Carla Bley,... > Read more

Indian Summer
Simon Hirst: Feet of God (usual online outlets)

Simon Hirst: Feet of God (usual online outlets)

21 May 2018  |  1 min read

There is an interesting and often ignored thread of slightly dreamy, widescreen pop out there from the likes of Jules Shear, Grant-Lee Phillips (before he went more twang), Matthew Sweet and many others, and at times it gets its head well above the parapet with the likes of Crowded House and Neil Finn's crafted songs. Simon Hirst is in that lineage, although when he hits... > Read more

Arohanui
NEIL YOUNG CONSIDERED (2018): Every Now, and Then

NEIL YOUNG CONSIDERED (2018): Every Now, and Then

14 May 2018  |  3 min read

For a long time – perhaps from even as far back as '75 – Neil Young earned the right to do exactly what he wants . . . because he just does exactly what he wants. By '75 he has moved from folk-rock to folk and rock as distinct genres as well as finding a place (sometimes very briefly) in Crosby Stills And Nash's close harmonies or going straight down to the... > Read more

Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly: Peter Pears; Balinese Ceremonial Music (Nonesuch/Universal)

Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly: Peter Pears; Balinese Ceremonial Music (Nonesuch/Universal)

14 May 2018  |  1 min read

Cards on the table now, this I like . . . but I just don't get it.The title is the first problem: Peter Pears; if you know him at all it is as a long-dead classical singer/composer. And is this Balinese ceremonial music?Well, not a lot of it. Those of us who have been to Bali and enjoyed a healthy distance from the bars and boozy Australians in Kuta for the quiet of... > Read more

Taboeh Teleo
Gene Pitney: A Town Without Pity (1961)

Gene Pitney: A Town Without Pity (1961)

14 May 2018  |  1 min read  |  2

Because many of us used to read album covers with something approaching an obsession when we were first buying records, we got to know the names of songwriters (Charles and Inez Foxx always sounded so mysterious when I found them on the first Downliners Sect album) and even producers. So imagine my confusion when I saw the name "Gene Pitney" credited with... > Read more

BOB DYLAN: THE RETURN OF THE TROUBADOUR (2018): Still on the road, heading for another joint . . .

BOB DYLAN: THE RETURN OF THE TROUBADOUR (2018): Still on the road, heading for another joint . . .

14 May 2018  |  2 min read

Without even bothering to do a fact-check it's a safe bet that Bob Dylan's last album would have been one of the poorest-selling of his long career: It was Triplicate, a three album set of him singing standards and followed two prior single albums along the same lines, the wonderful Shadows in the Night and the somewhat lesser Fallen Angels. Even the most patient fans... > Read more

Dean Martin: Italian Love Songs

Dean Martin: Italian Love Songs

14 May 2018  |  1 min read  |  1

The fact is that every home should have a Dean Martin album or two, and those with a sense of humour will go for one in a really stupid cover (like this). Dean Martin was, as we have mentioned previously, profligate with his gifts and never really felt the need to stretch himself or prove anything to anyone. He would walk into a studio or onto a movie set, do his bit... > Read more

THE OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC MONTH SUMMIT (2018): Confronting Issues in the Music Industry

THE OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC MONTH SUMMIT (2018): Confronting Issues in the Music Industry

13 May 2018  |  6 min read

May, being the long established month to celebrate and promote New Zealand music, is also the right time to take a close look beneath the surfaces. As with the wider world, the New Zealand music industry is needing to come terms with issues which affect it, and the musicians, managers, promoters, producers and others within it. On Saturday May 26 int the Herald... > Read more

Pieter T: Goliath (usual streaming services)

Pieter T: Goliath (usual streaming services)

13 May 2018  |  1 min read

One of the finest Pasifika soul/r'n'b voices – and acknowledged as such by radio play – Pieter T builds a pleasing bridge between pop, r'n'b, electronica and the airy, falsetto soul much favoured by young men in the genre. And that perhaps explains why the first two singles here ROD and Moving On (with B Wise) were playlisted on Spotify's New Music Friday in... > Read more

Used to Be
Steve Reich: Pulse/Quartet (Nonesuch/Universal)

Steve Reich: Pulse/Quartet (Nonesuch/Universal)

10 May 2018  |  1 min read

As much in the vanguard of tape manipulation and phasing as he was in minimalism, Steve Reich increasingly brought a refined musicality to his larger projects like Tehillim and his opera The Cave which explored his Jewish heritage with historical resonances. In some of his work – especially the more minimalist and layered pieces – he is not that far from a... > Read more

Quartet: Fast Part 3
The The: Soul Mining (1983)

The The: Soul Mining (1983)

8 May 2018  |  4 min read  |  2

Although punk fury exploded during the Labour government of James Callaghan (who succeed another Labour leader Harold Wilson, giving them about five years as an increasingly beleaguered minority government) the anger really became focused when Margaret Thatcher's hard-right Conservatives took over and unemployment rose, the recession bit hard, there were strikes and closures... > Read more

Uncertain Smile
Modern Studies: Welcome Strangers (Fire/Southbound)

Modern Studies: Welcome Strangers (Fire/Southbound)

7 May 2018  |  <1 min read

We caught the debut album Swell to Great by this group now based in Scotland over a year after it rose without a trace in 2016 and was reissued on Fire in late 2017. That album breathed a contemporary and melancholy folk style coupled with loops, and we observed it seemed still on the surface but things ran dark and deep. We might says the same of this, except this is... > Read more

Fast as Flows
Aquaserge: Deja-Vous? (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Aquaserge: Deja-Vous? (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

7 May 2018  |  1 min read

Here's one to have you racing to a web search because this French outfit can hardly be called a household name, although it seems they've been around for a decade, played in 10 countries, have won praise from Uncut and The Wire, and their last album Laisse ca etre was in a number of best of 2017 lists. They are also the subject of new doco, of the kind that might appear... > Read more

C'est pas tout mais
Various Artists: Late Night Tales; Agnes Obel (latenighttales/Southbound)

Various Artists: Late Night Tales; Agnes Obel (latenighttales/Southbound)

7 May 2018  |  <1 min read

The Late Night Tales series always introduces unfamiliar artists in the selections but this collection by Agnes Obel is must more eccentric and eclectic than any others in the on-going series Opening with a disconcerting piece by Henry Mancini (The Evil Theme) and closing with Obel reading a poem of her own over percussion and a throbbing melody (Poem About Death), it... > Read more

Glemmer Du, by Agnes Obel
Bob Dylan: Up to Me (1974)

Bob Dylan: Up to Me (1974)

7 May 2018  |  1 min read  |  1

Never throw anything away, huh? And Bob Dylan's career, with the massive and on-going Bootleg Series, just keeps presenting outtakes, live material, different versions and sometimes many complete songs which went unreleased.   But even before the Bootleg Series was launched with the three volume collection in 1991, Dylan had already released the 53-song, five... > Read more

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