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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CHER CONCERT REVIEW (2018): Stop the clocks . . .

CHER CONCERT REVIEW (2018): Stop the clocks . . .

23 Sep 2018  |  5 min read

You have to admire Cher, she might not be able to turn back time but she can certainly freeze iconic moments from her illustrious past. Take the closing overs of this 100 minute concert-cum-theatre production at the Spark Arena, Auckland when it was clear the clock was ticking and she had yet to play her two identifying songs: If I Could Turn Back Time (from '89)... > Read more

GRAHAM PATERSON REID (b. Melbourne 1913 – d. Auckland 1985): The big man with the quiet voice

GRAHAM PATERSON REID (b. Melbourne 1913 – d. Auckland 1985): The big man with the quiet voice

23 Sep 2018  |  13 min read

This piece first appeared in Metro magazine in 1985 under the title The Bach. The Beach was always “only an hour away” according to my father. And back in the early Sixties when we first started going regularly, it was. Thirty miles from our home in Mt Eden to the door of the bach at Stanmore Bay. And my father, always a careful driver, just “took... > Read more

GRAHAM JOHN CLAVERHOUSE REID (b. Edinburgh 1951 - ): In search of my name in Scotland

GRAHAM JOHN CLAVERHOUSE REID (b. Edinburgh 1951 - ): In search of my name in Scotland

23 Sep 2018  |  8 min read

When I was in primary school, at least once every year, I’d be teased about my name. Not the unexceptional one on this article, but my full name which some sneaky kid would discover by going through the teacher’s roll. For a couple of days after, there would be finger-pointing kids in the playground, and me running red-faced behind the bike-shed at Mt... > Read more

MARGARET NOBLE LAMB REID nee STEVENS (b. Edinburgh 1922 – d. Gold Coast, Australia 2004): A price far above rubies

MARGARET NOBLE LAMB REID nee STEVENS (b. Edinburgh 1922 – d. Gold Coast, Australia 2004): A price far above rubies

23 Sep 2018  |  8 min read

This first appeared at Public Address in 2004 My mother died this week. And I don’t know what to think about that. She was 82, and only as far away as the Gold Coast . . . but I saw her just three times in the past decade. The last time was perhaps three years ago and she was confined to a bed, skeletally thin and made no sense at all. She made a noise... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Don McGlashan

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Don McGlashan

22 Sep 2018  |  4 min read

What can you say about Don McGlashan, official Arts Laureate and Living Legend? That he has written songs which explore the dark underbelly of New Zealand life (White Valiant) but also those of great beauty (Anchor Me, Andy)? That he has explored brittle post-punk (Blam Blam Blam), avant-garde percussion (From Scratch), performance art and film (The Front Lawn with... > Read more

THE LINE-UP FOR THE 2019 LANEWAY FESTIVAL: Here it comes again, that feeling . . .

THE LINE-UP FOR THE 2019 LANEWAY FESTIVAL: Here it comes again, that feeling . . .

18 Sep 2018  |  <1 min read

And here it comes again . . . the annual Laneway Festival. Next year in Auckland it will once again be held in Albert Park (you can read Elsewhere's review of the 2018 Festival here, the 2017 here, the 2016 here and the 2015 here . . . yep, we are fans of this day-long and concise festival). The festival next year is the 10th and one of the returnees is the... > Read more

PAINTINGS BY PAUL (2018) The art of McCartney

PAINTINGS BY PAUL (2018) The art of McCartney

17 Sep 2018  |  6 min read

When Sir Paul McCartney was going through his acrimonious divorce from Lady Heather Mills (who was apparently no lady at all) in 2006, a document was leaked to the media – perhaps by Mills, McCartney had no wish for the information to be out there. It contained details of the former Beatle’s actual worth. Everyone... > Read more

Universal Here, Everlasting Now by The Fireman (from Electric Arguments)
Tash Sultana: Flow State (Sony)

Tash Sultana: Flow State (Sony)

17 Sep 2018  |  2 min read

Anyone who has caught this Australian multi-instrumentalist live and in full flight, as she was at the Auckland City Limits 2018 festival, would come away impressed by her versatility and stage energy . . . but also realising that her free-form playing – where one thing morphed into another – and her songs (if that is what they were) needed some refining and... > Read more

Seven
El Hula: When the Devil Arrives At My Door (2003)

El Hula: When the Devil Arrives At My Door (2003)

17 Sep 2018  |  <1 min read

Expat Kiwi Blair Jollands has just released a new album under his own name, 7 Blood. It is musically diverse and because he has been in London for so long that his name is barely known back here in his homeland. It's a struggle to get people to listen to an album by an unfamiliar name, let alone one where the tracks are so very different, and it is even harder if he... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . EVIE SANDS: Ever the bridesmaid

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . EVIE SANDS: Ever the bridesmaid

17 Sep 2018  |  3 min read

When the pub quiz question comes up, be prepared: The guy who wrote Wild Thing, Chip Taylor, is the brother of actor Jon Voight and therefore the uncle of Angelina Jolie. For bonus points, he also wrote the country song Angel of the Morning which was a big hit for Merrilee Rush and further popularised by Olivia Newton-John and Juice Newton. Unfortunately it wasn't a... > Read more

Women in Prison
Juanita Stein: Until The Lights Fade (Nude)

Juanita Stein: Until The Lights Fade (Nude)

16 Sep 2018  |  <1 min read

On this, the second album under her own name in as many years, the former singer-guitarist in ex-Australia, London-based alt-rockers Howling Bells continues here affection for Americana rock, nods towards Patti Smith directness and Chrissie Hynde-inflected pop-rock (both collide on Forgiver written with Brandon Flowers of the Killers) with convincing swagger. There are... > Read more

Cool
Bonnie Jo Mason: Ringo, I Love You (1964)

Bonnie Jo Mason: Ringo, I Love You (1964)

16 Sep 2018  |  1 min read

When the Beatles conquered the US in '64, there were literally scores of tribute songs, parodies and satirical pieces -- from the lament of The Beatles Barber to You Can't Go Far Without a Guitar (Unless You're Ringo Starr) and My Boyfriend's Got a Beatle Haircut. But few have gathered as much attention as this one. Not because it's any good (it isn't) but because... > Read more

WAIATA MĀORI MUSIC AWARDS (2018): Kia kaha and the winners are . . .

WAIATA MĀORI MUSIC AWARDS (2018): Kia kaha and the winners are . . .

15 Sep 2018  |  2 min read

The 11th annual Waiata Maori Music Awards held in Hastings last night were dominated by the legendary singer/composer and role model Rob Ruha. Ruha won four trophies from seven nominations. The “haka soul” artist (pictured) picked up the awards for his latest album Survivance included Best Māori Male Solo Artist/ Manu Tīoriori Tāne Autaia, Best... > Read more

Richard Thompson: 13 Rivers (Proper/Southbound)

Richard Thompson: 13 Rivers (Proper/Southbound)

15 Sep 2018  |  1 min read  |  1

Longtime fans and loyalists – count Elsewhere among them – have long admitted defeat with Richard Thompson OBE: no matter how good the albums are by this extraordinary British guitarist and songwriter, and many are exceptional, his fan base never seems to expand. So despite us here reviewing his albums and conducting interviews we assume that the same small... > Read more

The Dog in You
The Warratahs: Drivin' Wheel (Southbound)

The Warratahs: Drivin' Wheel (Southbound)

14 Sep 2018  |  <1 min read  |  1

This double disc 30thanniversary collection reminds you not just how prolific the Warratahs were in their heyday (things slowed down in the new century when singer-songwriter Barry Saunders and writer Wayne Mason released solo albums) but also how consistent they were with their considered country-influenced pop and rock. The non-chronological 24 song collection includes... > Read more

Cape Turnagain (w Sam Hunt)
Paul Simon: In the Blue Light (Sony)

Paul Simon: In the Blue Light (Sony)

14 Sep 2018  |  1 min read  |  1

At the end of his recent, valuable if slightly flawed, authorised biography of Paul Simon by Robert Hilburn, the musician said his next project would be to go back and re-record and re-arrange some of his favourite but overlooked songs from his vast back-catalogue. “He'll never finish that album. It won't be challenging enough,” Simon's friend, the artist... > Read more

How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns
The Chills: Snow Bound (Fire/Southbound)

The Chills: Snow Bound (Fire/Southbound)

14 Sep 2018  |  2 min read

In a typically forthcoming interview with Elsewhere recently, Martin Phillipps – mainman of the Chills – observed that their last album Silver Bullets of 2015 (19 years on from the previous studio album Sunburnt) was in small part a clearing house of songs he'd been sitting on. So he could understand why some said it was just him tidying up scraps . . . but, he... > Read more

Complex
The Changing Same: Creative Evolution (Powertools)

The Changing Same: Creative Evolution (Powertools)

12 Sep 2018  |  2 min read

Outside of the folk tradition (and maybe Don McGlashan every now and again) there's not a great lineage of songs which gently and often lovingly skewer specific places and people's mores in this country. On this new collection by the band helmed by Matthew Bannister (Sneaky Feelings, Dribbling Darts of Love, the Weather, One Man Bannister and solo albums) there is a... > Read more

Favourite Clown
EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

12 Sep 2018  |  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

STEVE KILBEY OF THE CHURCH INTERVIEWED (2018): Having to go through all these things again

STEVE KILBEY OF THE CHURCH INTERVIEWED (2018): Having to go through all these things again

10 Sep 2018  |  14 min read

Whoever first said it, someone probably centuries ago, doesn't matter because the essential truth of it holds true: Be careful what you wish for because you might just get it. In popular music the wish is often that Big Hit which can lift a band or artist from the wings and place them on centre-stage where those things they've yearned for – money, fame and acclaim... > Read more

Reptile (from Starfish)
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