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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THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH CONSIDERED (2017): Truth or consequences?

THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH CONSIDERED (2017): Truth or consequences?

23 Oct 2017  |  5 min read

Unlike so many of their soul peers out of Motown like the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Supremes and many others, the Undisputed Truth never quite made the splash they perhaps should have. Or more correctly could have, if the planets had aligned differently. Very few of their songs were played on New Zealand radio, which was certainly keen... > Read more

Law of the Land (1973 single version)

SHORT CUTS: A round-up of recent New Zealand releases

SHORT CUTS: A round-up of recent New Zealand releases

23 Oct 2017  |  4 min read

Facing down an avalanche of releases, requests for coverage, the occasional demand that we be interested in their new album (sometimes with that absurd comment "but don't write about it if you don't like it") and so on, Elsewhere will every now and again do a quick sweep like this, in the same way it does IN BRIEFabout international releases and Yasmin Brown... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sam Trevethick of Shapeshifter

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sam Trevethick of Shapeshifter

23 Oct 2017  |  5 min read

Half a dozen albums (three of them certified platinum), live recordings and EPs, massive shows, tours of Europe and Australia (where they have been based for the past 15 years), awards for best album and best live act, even more award nominations, side projects and collaborations . . . Shapeshifter have consistently been one of this country's most popular and... > Read more

Oneohtrix Point Never: Good Time, original soundtrack (Warp/Southbound)

Oneohtrix Point Never: Good Time, original soundtrack (Warp/Southbound)

23 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

This electronica-cum-contemporary art music continues the association New York-based composer OPN (aka Daniel Lopatin to his parents) has had with movies. But this aurally scouring soundtrack won best of the year at the recent Cannes Film Festival so we should pay serious attention. And as a piece of brutal sound design, staggeringly abrasive electronica (he cites... > Read more

The Pure and The Damned (ft Iggy Pop)

The Kinks: Something Else

The Kinks: Something Else

23 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

While most of the world was losing its head to psychedelia and day-glo, Kinks' songwriter Ray Davies burrowed even deeper and deeper into his domestic observations of English life on this album, in part self-produced and the rest by their longtime producer Shel Talmy. Despite -- or perhaps because -- his classic single Waterloo Sunset which had come out previously, the... > Read more

AUTUMN OF LOVE by DAVE ALLEN

AUTUMN OF LOVE by DAVE ALLEN

21 Oct 2017  |  5 min read

Anyone who has been lucky enough to visit pop music museums and exhibitions around the world – and Elsewhere as seen them in Tokyo, London, Seattle, Sweden and Oslo – will attest to how quickly trends in popular music travel. Within weeks of Elvis breaking out in 1956 there were copyists and those adopting rock’n’roll in Mexico, Whakatane,... > Read more

Bill Lake and the Right Mistake: As Is Where Is (Melrose)

Bill Lake and the Right Mistake: As Is Where Is (Melrose)

20 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

If Bill Lake had done nothing else he would still be a hero in this happy household for his witheringly accurate Banana Dominion (about the Muldoon years) on the album 8 Duck Treasure by the Pelicans way back in '83. But of course Lake has done so much more: in the Seventies he was in Original Sin alongside Rick Bryant, there has been the Living Daylights, the... > Read more

Juliet and Romeo

THE EVER- EXPANDING LINE-UP FOR WOMAD 2018: The world coming to Taranaki

THE EVER- EXPANDING LINE-UP FOR WOMAD 2018: The world coming to Taranaki

18 Oct 2017  |  9 min read

With the teaser announcements out off the way (Dragon, Kamasi Washington and Anoushka Shankar) we now get down to the detail with a major list of other acts confirmed to play next year's Womad in New Plymouth (more details below). And with a fascinating mix of well-known internationals (Tinariwen ! Rodrigo Y Gabriela !!), acclaimed local artists (a coup to get Aldous... > Read more

10 UNUSUAL 10 INCH RECORDS I'M SURPRISED I OWN: What's smaller than an album but bigger than an EP?

10 UNUSUAL 10 INCH RECORDS I'M SURPRISED I OWN: What's smaller than an album but bigger than an EP?

16 Oct 2017  |  8 min read  |  1

In the past Elsewhere has indulged itself with a column entitled promisingly 10 Shameful Record Covers I'm Proud to Own (and the there was 10 More and another 10 More and Another 10). Then there was 10 Shameful Records I'm Embarrassed to Own as well as 10 Album Cover Parodies and 10 Good Albums in Bad Covers. Oh, and 10 Odd Unplayed Albums in My Collection... > Read more

King Krule: The Ooz (XL/True Panther)

King Krule: The Ooz (XL/True Panther)

16 Oct 2017  |  2 min read

The previous album under Londoner Archy Marshall's King Krule moniker – and he goes by a bewildering array of noms de disque and personae too diffuse for us to worry about – was the fascinating and highly recommended 6 Feet Beneath the Moon released four years ago on his 19th birthday. He seemed a precocious if unfocused and wayward talent who was by... > Read more

The Locomotive

Auaha: Te Pari o Auahatanga/The Flood of Inspiration (Te Aio)

Auaha: Te Pari o Auahatanga/The Flood of Inspiration (Te Aio)

16 Oct 2017  |  2 min read

One of the nominees at the recent Waiata Maori Music Awards in the Maori Traditional Album category, this immensely moving collection of waiata, taonga puoro and ambient noise from its sometimes in situ recording beside the Whanganui River (not long after it was designated a legal entity under the Treaty) was born of as much hardship as celebration. When that river... > Read more

E Moko E

Sam Dees: We Always Come Back Strong (1972 demo)

Sam Dees: We Always Come Back Strong (1972 demo)

16 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

Southern soul songwriter Sam Dees was best known as the guy who penned hits and album tracks for the likes of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and many others. But in the late Sixties/early Seventies he recorded his own material to some small success, then put the microphone aside for the backroom writing. But he was a fine interpreter of his own... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Gil Scott-Heron; The Revolution Will Not Be Televised . . . Plus (Flying Dutchman/Border)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Gil Scott-Heron; The Revolution Will Not Be Televised . . . Plus (Flying Dutchman/Border)

16 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

The late Gil Scott-Heron was a jazz poet whose work remains interesting and timeless because he directed his messages to his own people more so than to the white audience. His famous title track here Revolution – despite its period references which now make little sense – wasn't as many think a warning to the white establishment but to black folks who... > Read more

Whitey on the Moon

Greg Fleming: Working Poor Country (all main digital platforms)

Greg Fleming: Working Poor Country (all main digital platforms)

15 Oct 2017  |  2 min read

In a recent Facebook conversation I instigated, I questioned how little political comment there has been in New Zealand popular music. As expected, many people weighed in with particular songs . . . but my point was that these were largely one-offs. Committed and consistently socio-political songwriters are thin on the ground, although we immediately acknowledge... > Read more

Move to the Side

Alargo: Primacy (Pacific Echoes)

Alargo: Primacy (Pacific Echoes)

12 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

Alargo are multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kingsley Melhuish and keyboard/synth player Alan Brown, and both programmes loops. Brown has appeared at Elsewhere a number of times under his own name (and he did an Elsewhere Jazz Questionnaire in 2015), but most notably for his beautifully ambient-cum-understatement album Silent Observer. Melhuish – here on... > Read more

Warning Signs

SOUNDTRACKS; SONGS THAT DEFINED HISTORY, a tele-doco series on Prime

SOUNDTRACKS; SONGS THAT DEFINED HISTORY, a tele-doco series on Prime

11 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

Some years ago when the Occupy Wall Street movement was in full swing Stephen Stills – of Crosby, Stills and Nash (and sometimes Young) – told Elsewhere that what they lacked was an anthem.  “I kept waiting for a For What It's Worth of the Occupy Movement to show up,” he said referring his former band Buffalo Springfield's hit which... > Read more

WEARING THEIR ART ON THE SLEEVES (2017): Finalists for best album cover at the VNZMAs

WEARING THEIR ART ON THE SLEEVES (2017): Finalists for best album cover at the VNZMAs

11 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

Despite the predilection for streaming services where the music is detached from any visual image the artist might have had in mind, the art of the album cover is not dead and – with the slow but steady return of the vinyl record – an album cover can still speak visually for the music. And so it is only right that we salute at our annual music awards... > Read more

David Friesen Trio: Another Time Another Place (Rattle)

David Friesen Trio: Another Time Another Place (Rattle)

10 Oct 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

The release of this album recorded live in Auckland in late 2015 could not be more timely because American bassist Friesen is about to tour again (dates below) with guitarist Dixon Nacey and drummer Reuben Bradley who are on hand here. Friesen is a Major Player in the US jazz scene, has a list of album credits under his own name as long as your outstretched arms,... > Read more

Sailing

GUEST WRITER CHRIS BOURKE shares an extract from his new book Goodbye Maoriland, The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand’s Great War

GUEST WRITER CHRIS BOURKE shares an extract from his new book Goodbye Maoriland, The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand’s Great War

9 Oct 2017  |  4 min read

Editor's note: Chris Bourke is a writer, journalist and radio producer who in the past was editor of Rip It Up, arts and books editor at the NZ Listener and for many years produced the Saturday Morning show on Radio New Zealand fronted by Kim Hill and John Campbell. He is the author of the excellent Crowded House biography Something So Strong and more recently the... > Read more

Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference (Young Turks)

Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference (Young Turks)

9 Oct 2017  |  2 min read  |  1

As befits a jazz player, composer and arranger whose debut was a triple CD set entitled The Epic – and covered ground from hard bop through soul and funk to Claire de Lune – Kamasi Washington is a Big Picture guy, very much of the old school where jazz had albums entitled The Creator Has A Master Plan (Pharoah Sanders), Ascension (John Coltrane) and The... > Read more

Humility

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