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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DOWN WITH THE SYSTEM by SERJ TANKAIN

DOWN WITH THE SYSTEM by SERJ TANKAIN

14 Jun 2024  |  2 min read

Those who only recognise the name Serj Tankian as a singer in the explosive, socio-political heavy rock band System of a Down may gravitate to this “memoir (of sorts)” because they want to hear tales of touring, decadence and the rock'n'roll life style. Others might avoid it for the same reason. Both parties will be surprised by this fascinating book... > Read more

Chop Suey!, by System of a Down
Kelley Stoltz: La Fleur (digital outlets)

Kelley Stoltz: La Fleur (digital outlets)

14 Jun 2024  |  <1 min read

San Francisco's Kelley Stoltz disappeared off our radar after his To Dreamers album although we've name-checked him a few times since. A man who can craft sublime if sometimes referential jangle pop, rock and power pop, here he gets in a more fuzzy, psyched up and anxious mood for a dozen songs which have all those references mentioned but are agitated, which... > Read more

About Time
Holm-Svendsen, Sommer, Praśniewski: Totem (April Records/digital outlets)

Holm-Svendsen, Sommer, Praśniewski: Totem (April Records/digital outlets)

10 Jun 2024  |  <1 min read

Now the names might not be familiar but this is smooth, cool and interesting jazz which peels off from the likes of Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins as this trio of Christian Holm-Svendsen (saxophones, clarinet), Daniel Sommer (drums) and Mariusz Praśniewski (bass) uncouple themselves from chordal instruments and allow the melodic and rhythmic exploration to flow freely.... > Read more

Duo
Mel Parsons: Sabotage (digital outlets)

Mel Parsons: Sabotage (digital outlets)

10 Jun 2024  |  2 min read

With the title track of her previous album Slow Burn, Mel Parsons offered a useful shorthand to her style and career. With Sabotage she's been slow-burning over six albums, numerous songwriting nominations and wins in folk and country categories, and the respect of her peers. For someone who has built a more than respectable catalogue of songs however, Parsons still... > Read more

Hoping for Rain
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Andy Neill

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Andy Neill

10 Jun 2024  |  3 min read

Writer and researcher Andy Neill is a man who knows the Beatles' story inside out, and probably a bit sideways too. With Greg Armstrong he has written the quite extraordinary, detailed, lavishly illustrated When We Was Fab: Inside the Beatles Australasian Tour 1964. At 300 pages and with hundreds of images, it tells not just the story of the Beatles tour but goes... > Read more

Love Me Do
LaVern Baker: Voodoo Voodoo (1961)

LaVern Baker: Voodoo Voodoo (1961)

10 Jun 2024  |  1 min read

The sudden revival of Wanda Jackson's career - courtesy of Jack White and the album The Party Ain't Over in early 2011 -- has singled her out as a great female rock'n'roller at a time (the late Fifties) when she was out there on her own amongst all the boys. Not exactly true. There was also -- albeit briefly -- Janis Martin (whose hit My Boy Elvis she co-wrote... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: 66: Paul Weller (digital outlets)

RECOMMENDED RECORD: 66: Paul Weller (digital outlets)

10 Jun 2024  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this reissue which comes in a gatefold sleeve (art by Sir Peter Blake) with an insert of lyrics and a large fold-out poster of the still handsome and dapper Paul Weller. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . . In the late Seventies I started... > Read more

Nothing
RECOMMENDED RECORD: Sam Bambery: Rubricator (digital outlets)

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Sam Bambery: Rubricator (digital outlets)

9 Jun 2024  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this which comes in a matt carboard sleeve with an insert slip of credits and a surreal piece about what a rubricator is (most of which is bewildering and tangential!) Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . .  Until we send experts to sample... > Read more

Mountain and Me
Late Slip: I Love You (digital outlets)

Late Slip: I Love You (digital outlets)

9 Jun 2024  |  <1 min read

With a snappy retro-rock'n'roll-cum-rockabilly attitude beamed in from the Fifties on songs like I'll Be Okay (“thought he should be with me but he did not agree”) and Tidal Wave, New York's joyful Chelsea Nenni sounds like a whole lot of fun at parties where they play Wanda Jackson, the Ronettes and Brenda Lee. She'd be on the dancefloor and grabbing the... > Read more

New York City
RECOMMENDED RECORD: Polite Company: Please Go Wild (digital outlets)

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Polite Company: Please Go Wild (digital outlets)

8 Jun 2024  |  2 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this album which comes in a ridiculously cute cover (front and back) and has an insert sheet of the excellent lyrics. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . .  . The key name in this band is singer-writer Alan Gregg, formerly of the Dribbling... > Read more

Perfectly Good Explanation
Room 31: Crazy Town (digital outlets)

Room 31: Crazy Town (digital outlets)

5 Jun 2024  |  <1 min read

Okay, no one would argue this is easy, especially for those whose tastes run to pop tunes or even jazz with sustained melodies. But for others this – on Positive Elevation, a sub-label within New York's willfully experimental 577 Records – is an enjoyably challenging, sometimes spiraling, energetic mash-up of electronics and baritone sax by Greg... > Read more

What You Thought Were Departures Are Actually Entrances
Crowded House: Gravity Stairs (digital outlets)

Crowded House: Gravity Stairs (digital outlets)

3 Jun 2024  |  2 min read

Few people these days would still cling to the belief that bands should have a stable line-up like the Beatles and U2, or that they need adopt that famous “last gang in town” attitude of the Clash. Band line-ups these days are more like the Rolling Stones (now down to just two original members) or Fleetwood Mac who can count more than a dozen former members.... > Read more

The Howl
GRAEME DOWNES, INTERVIEWED (2024): Leaving it all on the park

GRAEME DOWNES, INTERVIEWED (2024): Leaving it all on the park

3 Jun 2024  |  1 min read

From his home on the Kapiti Coast, Graeme Downes sounds much as he ever did: astute, casually intellectual, peppering his digressive conversation with droll social and political observations, and noting his current reading has been Shakespearean scholar George Wilson Knight's 1948 essay Christ and Nietzsche. “I'm also fond of Shostakovich's letters to [critic]... > Read more

Blanket Over the Sky
WHEN WE WAS FAB: INSIDE THE BEATLES AUSTRALASIAN TOUR 1964 by ANDY NEILL and GREG ARMSTRONG

WHEN WE WAS FAB: INSIDE THE BEATLES AUSTRALASIAN TOUR 1964 by ANDY NEILL and GREG ARMSTRONG

3 Jun 2024  |  4 min read

The Beatles' story never seems to tire in the telling and retelling. Even small events can be illuminated by new information or previously unheard recordings, once marginal characters can suddenly appear in the spotlight. The debate to name The Fifth Beatle will probably carry on long after we're all gone. The events of the Beatles' 1964 tour in New Zealand –... > Read more

Yeah Yeah We Love Them All, by Dinah Lee (1964)
Various Artists: Let Me Take You Down . . . Under. Volume 2 (Frenzy)

Various Artists: Let Me Take You Down . . . Under. Volume 2 (Frenzy)

3 Jun 2024  |  2 min read

Traveling down the Beatle path means you invariably pass some familiar landmarks, so we'll acknowledge first that we previously reviewed Volume 1 of Let Me Take You Down . . . Under, this new edition subtitled “Another Celebration of Kiwi Artists Covering the Songs of the Beatles”. Once again archivist Grant Gillanders has unearthed a couple of dozen Beatle... > Read more

Ticket to Ride Part 2, by the Rebels
St Vincent: All Born Screaming (digital outlets)

St Vincent: All Born Screaming (digital outlets)

3 Jun 2024  |  1 min read

Under a title almost designed to confront and in typically striking cover art, Texas-raised Annie Clark (St Vincent) puts yet another stake fiirmly in the ground with this seventh studio album, a decade on from her self-titled fourth album which took her to a huge audience and was critically acclaimed. Although she has a sometimes singular vision she has also been a keen... > Read more

Big Time Nothing
Beth Gibbons: Lives Outgrown (digital outlets)

Beth Gibbons: Lives Outgrown (digital outlets)

3 Jun 2024  |  1 min read

If the name is unfamiliar you are forgiven because it has been a very long time since she was part of the conversation, and this is her debut album under her own name at 59, some decades on from when her voice was so familiar. Beth Gibbons was the voice of Portishead who defined British trip-hop in the Nineties. Now she steps out under her own name and certainly has... > Read more

Lost Changes
Eartha Kitt: The Heel (1955)

Eartha Kitt: The Heel (1955)

3 Jun 2024  |  <1 min read

She might not have been the best Catwoman* because she was a little past her best, but the great Eartha Kitt straddled sultry pop, blues-noir and cabaret. She was also in a Faust film by Orson Welles (playing Helen of Troy), her suggestive Santa Baby became a classic (and was covered by Madonna) and in this dramatic track she imagines white powder in his drink as she, a... > Read more

Olcay Bayir: Tu Guli (ARC Music/digital outlets)

Olcay Bayir: Tu Guli (ARC Music/digital outlets)

2 Jun 2024  |  <1 min read

This London-based Kurdish Anatolian singer was born in Turkey, studied opera singing in London but returned to the music of the broad Anatolia region with a series of albums and EPs which have won wide acclaim. We hailed her 2019 album Ruya: Dream for Anatolia saying “there is an understated yearning here, themes of all kinds of love and understanding are prominent... > Read more

Otme Bulbul/Don't Sing Nightingale
Chris Knox: Baby You're a Rich Man (1987)

Chris Knox: Baby You're a Rich Man (1987)

1 Jun 2024  |  <1 min read

It has been 15 years since Chris Knox had that debilitating stroke, and by coincidence it is almost 60 years since one of his favourite bands toured in New Zealand. This month, this astonishing portrait of him by Dita Angeles is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Wellington. It captures the sadness and resilience of a remarkable man. As a small... > Read more

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