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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Catrin Finch/Seckou Keita: Echo (ARC Music/digital outlets)

Catrin Finch/Seckou Keita: Echo (ARC Music/digital outlets)

27 Jun 2022  |  <1 min read

This pairing of Welsh harp player Catrin Finch and the Senegalese master of the 21-string kora Seckou Keita (with a string section) might seem a little to sweet for those who prefer Keita's solo work or other cross-cultural collaborations, but this follows their enormously popular and award-winning Soar of 2019. And if anyone was lucky enough to be at that last Taranaki... > Read more

Dual Rising
Shrewsbury, England: Charles Darwin and the evolution of an industry

Shrewsbury, England: Charles Darwin and the evolution of an industry

27 Jun 2022  |  4 min read  |  1

The birthplace of Charles Darwin was the large family home above the important and historic market town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire on the River Severn. And for strange personal reasons I always wanted to see it. When I went to university I had a very clear career in mind. I would be a marine biologist. Inspired by Jacques Cousteau's television series where he... > Read more

THE ROLLING STONES. 12 x 5, CONSIDERED (1964): Hits and misses

THE ROLLING STONES. 12 x 5, CONSIDERED (1964): Hits and misses

27 Jun 2022  |  2 min read

In one the best covers of the period – by David Bailey – this second album by the Rolling Stones was simply an expansion of their chart-topping EP 5 x 5 recorded in Chicago's Chess Studios and announced with more certainty than their self-titled debut the emergence of Jagger and Richards as songwriters. Not especially good ones, but writers of three songs.... > Read more

2120 South Michigan Avenue (long version)
Jeff Henderson: The Charming Clarinet (iiii/bandcamp)

Jeff Henderson: The Charming Clarinet (iiii/bandcamp)

27 Jun 2022  |  1 min read

Multi-instrumentalist Jeff Henderson – last mentioned in these pages as part of UHP (Upper Hutt Posse) – must have one of the largest catalogues of anyone in this country: he has been releasing batches of live recordings which range from solo performances through duets and those with the band Trioglodytes. A very hard man to keep up with, and what is notable... > Read more

Lip Sticks
Jacqueline Taieb: 7 heures du matin (1967)

Jacqueline Taieb: 7 heures du matin (1967)

27 Jun 2022  |  <1 min read

The attractive young Taieb (who had been born in Tunis) was one of the generation of "ye-ye" girl singers which emerged in France in the Sixties as the Beatles swept through. The French took to the hip fashions and Carnaby Street style with a passion and Talieb was an overnight sensation at 19 with this cool, slightly detached song which was her first, biggest... > Read more

THE TALE OF TWO SONGS (2022): Stranger things and strangers meeting

THE TALE OF TWO SONGS (2022): Stranger things and strangers meeting

27 Jun 2022  |  2 min read

Stranger things have happened on the music charts, but when Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) recently appeared in the new season of the Netflix series Stranger Things, the song suddenly topped the charts, 37 years after it first appeared. The urgently dramatic electro-pop of Running captures the character Max's desperation, her fear and impending death... > Read more

CONOR McPHERSON INTERVIEWED (2022): Taking Bob Dylan to Broadway doubters

CONOR McPHERSON INTERVIEWED (2022): Taking Bob Dylan to Broadway doubters

26 Jun 2022  |  5 min read

Even Conor McPherson, writer and director of the award-winning musical Girl From The North Country, acknowledges it's a hard one for people to get their heads around. “I can truthfully say,” he says from his home in Dublin, “if someone had said, 'Hey, you want to see a Bob Dylan musical?' my response would've been 'No'. “So I recognise... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . VOICE OF BACEPROT: Heavy from the hijab

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . VOICE OF BACEPROT: Heavy from the hijab

25 Jun 2022  |  3 min read

Over a long lunch recently – where the best conversations happen – a friend and I were talking about how music informs our very being. In her case it was obvious: she's a musician a long time in the game and someone others look up to as a contemporary. For me it's been the odd bit of tinkling and strum'n' . . . damn! Got that chord wrong. Again!  So... > Read more

School Revolution
FINALISTS, PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS (2022): And the winner is . . .

FINALISTS, PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS (2022): And the winner is . . .

25 Jun 2022  |  3 min read

It's that time again when the Pacific artists are honoured and here follows the list of nominees. The awards -- having had to be online the past two years -- are scheduled now for August 4. More details will follow.  Across 13 awards categories, this year’s 26 finalists are a mix of new musicians debuting music, established Pacific music icons and everything... > Read more

Gunter Herbig: Flower of the Sea (Rattle/bandcamp)

Gunter Herbig: Flower of the Sea (Rattle/bandcamp)

24 Jun 2022  |  1 min read

While it doubtless expanded understanding, it wasn't necessary have any prior knowledge of the music of the philosopher Gurdjieff to enjoy the interpretations of his songs by electric guitarist Gunter Herbig on his previous album Ex Oriente. Similarly this new programme of pieces by John Cage, Isaac Albeniz, Carlo Domeniconi, Peter Sculthorpe and Douglas Lilburn. The... > Read more

Dream (by John Cage)
Shearwater: The Great Awakening (Polyborus/bandcamp)

Shearwater: The Great Awakening (Polyborus/bandcamp)

22 Jun 2022  |  1 min read

For more than a decade we have dipped into the beguiling and extraordinary – if sometimes bewildering and even infuriating – catalogue of Shearwater, the Austin band lead by Jonathan Meiburg (also of Okkervil River). Although one we missed a few years ago – which is a pointer to their Anglo-framed drama – was their cover of Bowie's Lodger album.... > Read more

THE RETURN OF THE ROCK'N'ROLL STAR (2022): The unbearable triteness of Liam

THE RETURN OF THE ROCK'N'ROLL STAR (2022): The unbearable triteness of Liam

20 Jun 2022  |  2 min read

In his candid and funny Rod, The Autobiography published a decade ago, Rod Stewart reflected on his wayward 1980s. “I never thought in this period that the 'being a rock star' aspect of being a rock star was beside the point, or even something I needed to apologise for. “If I hadn't considered the... > Read more

LENNON, THE MOBSTER AND THE LAWYER: THE UNTOLD STORY by JAY BERGEN

LENNON, THE MOBSTER AND THE LAWYER: THE UNTOLD STORY by JAY BERGEN

20 Jun 2022  |  2 min read

Although the author seems to possess that uncanny and unlikely ability to recall and quote lengthy conversations many decades after the events, this is still a fascinating account of the courtroom showdown between John Lennon and the old-school, Mob-connected record company grifter Morris Levy who ripped off artists, put his name on songs to get publishing credit and used... > Read more

Paul Weller: Wild Wood (1994)

Paul Weller: Wild Wood (1994)

20 Jun 2022  |  4 min read  |  1

By the time he came to releasing albums under his own name in the early 90s, Paul Weller had already had two separate careers: first in the Jam and then the Style Council. If the Jam had been quintessentially English and took its references from the Who, the Small Faces and Ray Davies as much as Mod culture and the rage of the punk years, the highly-political Style... > Read more

Paul Weller: Can You Heal Us (Holy Man)
Elmer Fudd: The Fool on the Hill (1995)

Elmer Fudd: The Fool on the Hill (1995)

19 Jun 2022  |  <1 min read

There have been thousands of covers and interpretations of Beatles' songs -- from the refined (orchestral and chamber groups) to the ridiculous (dogs barking out She Loves You), from jazz and Hawaiian (by way of Belgium), from reggae to trip-hop and . . . well, then there were the Rutles (whose parodies were also covered). There are also these exception and bizarre... > Read more

CAPITAL THEATRE, INTRODUCED (2022): From ancient to the present, a rock epic

CAPITAL THEATRE, INTRODUCED (2022): From ancient to the present, a rock epic

19 Jun 2022  |  7 min read

In early 2021 I was approached by the manager of an Auckland band I had never heard of. Not surprising, they hadn't played anywhere and at that point had released nothing. But they were an intriguing prospect because their debut album – which they had funded themselves – was a concept album and had been produced by the top LA producer Mike Clink, best known for... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN STEVE WELLS talks us through his new album Songs For Summer Rain

GUEST MUSICIAN STEVE WELLS talks us through his new album Songs For Summer Rain

19 Jun 2022  |  2 min read

Ed note: As we said when we reviewed the album Songs for Summer Rain by Steve Wells, his name might be most familiar as being the guitarist in Fur Patrol in the Nineties, but he left the band to pursue a career as a photographer in Paris. He continues that career but has also returned to making music, but it is very different from Fur Patrol's guitar-orientated rock.... > Read more

Steve Wells: Songs for Summer Rain (digital outlets)

Steve Wells: Songs for Summer Rain (digital outlets)

17 Jun 2022  |  <1 min read

This artist's name will be familiar if you remember the hugely popular rock band Fur Patrol who had a number one single with Lydia in 2001 and relocated to Melbourne. They started at the bottom over there, but still toured and recorded. Guitarist Wells quit the band in 2004 and went to Paris with his family where he started a successful career as a fashion photographer.... > Read more

MID-YEAR REPORT, THE TOP 20 OF (2022): The taste of Elsewhere

MID-YEAR REPORT, THE TOP 20 OF (2022): The taste of Elsewhere

17 Jun 2022  |  7 min read  |  1

It's the middle of the year and report cards are being sent out. As many of you know, in the first half of this year we were Elsewhere for three months (Sweden, England, Scotland and Singapore) and filed a weekly column for the Listener, which appeared the following week as Travels in the Time of Covid (and also travels in the time of Ukraine, rising prices and more!)... > Read more

Black Seeds: Love & Fire (blackseeds/bandcamp)

Black Seeds: Love & Fire (blackseeds/bandcamp)

17 Jun 2022  |  1 min read

If Barnaby Weir didn't exist it might be very difficult to create him. The Wellingtonian is a musician, producer, songwriter and guitarist. Okay, that might describe quite a few people. However he has also been a DJ and presented radio programmes, is the mainman behind the long-running Black Seeds (coming close to its 25thanniversary) and has his hand on the tiller... > Read more

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