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DENNIS CASEY OF FLOGGING MOLLY INTERVIEWED (2019): Taking Irish back to the Irish

DENNIS CASEY OF FLOGGING MOLLY INTERVIEWED (2019): Taking Irish back to the Irish

18 Feb 2019  |  7 min read

Guitarist/singer Dennis Casey may boast a resonantly Irish surname and play in one of the most widely-acclaimed punk-influenced Irish folk-rock bands Flogging Molly, but the phone call catches him at home in Rochester, New York where he lives with wife and four children. And where he was brought up. With a laugh he's prepared to admit that Irish music... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Nino Birch of Beat Rhythm Fashion

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Nino Birch of Beat Rhythm Fashion

18 Feb 2019  |  4 min read

Beat Rhythm Fashion out of Wellington in the late Seventies/early Eighties was the project of brothers Nino and Dan Birch who had grown up in Hong Kong for a while. In the capital they caught the post-punk excitement and formed BRF (joined by Glen Stewart then later Caroline Easther on drums). They toured – found a very welcome audience in Christchurch... > Read more

Nothing Damaged
Mark de Clive-Lowe: Heritage (RopeADope/digital outlets)

Mark de Clive-Lowe: Heritage (RopeADope/digital outlets)

18 Feb 2019  |  <1 min read

Expat New Zealand pianist/composer Mark de Clive-Lowe here explores his Japanese/European heritage in music which peels off from the hip-hop-influenced jazz he made his name with in New Zealand. On Heritage, while still using contemporary electronics, sits at the keyboard with his group – recorded live in the Blue Whale club in Los Angles and in a North Hollywood... > Read more

Niten-Ichi
Various Artists: Roma Soundtrack (Sony)

Various Artists: Roma Soundtrack (Sony)

18 Feb 2019  |  <1 min read

It may not be a fair test, but one way of assessing a soundtrack as a standalone item outside of the images is how it works if you haven't seen the film. Many soundtracks these days are compilations rather than music created specifically for a film – a practice many date back to the success of Flashdance in '83 which toped charts everywhere and spawned the... > Read more

Ciudad Perdida
Salif Keita: Un Autre Blanc (Naive/Southbound)

Salif Keita: Un Autre Blanc (Naive/Southbound)

17 Feb 2019  |  2 min read

This “retirement” thing is a long game: artists like Paul Simon, Sir Elton, various New Zealand television “personalities” and others announce their farewell . . . then tour for a few years to sell-out concerts, or clutter up the small screen with their goodbye-interviews. Frankly I don't trust 'em. None of them. After having interviewed... > Read more

Itarafo
Methyl Ethel: Triage (4AD)

Methyl Ethel: Triage (4AD)

15 Feb 2019  |  <1 min read

Their location (Perth in Western Australia) and the band name (which brings to mind Nick Cave/Grinderman's raucous Depth Charge Ethyl) might conjure up some pretty brittle and aggressive. But as we've noted in previous reviews of this project of Jake Webb, there's something a lot more glam-poise and danceable electro-influenced dance pop going on here (as on the... > Read more

Real Tight
Johno: The Road Not Taken (RNT Records)

Johno: The Road Not Taken (RNT Records)

14 Feb 2019  |  1 min read

Although the Johno here comes with a fairly substantial press release when it boils down it's short on gritty specifics. We glean he is London-born of Irish parents and we'll accept he was a jazz musician who ended up doing a lot of production, and that now he lives on a coast in Greece but spends a lot of time traveling through Europe, Africa, the Balkans and Middle East.... > Read more

The Long and Winding Road
ONE WE MISSED: Brisa Roche: Father (Black Ash)

ONE WE MISSED: Brisa Roche: Father (Black Ash)

14 Feb 2019  |  1 min read

We forgive ourselves – and of course you – because this one went past unnoticed. Elsewhere only discovered it when a fan/supporter here sent a on copy of this quietly gripping album from last year. American-born musician-poet Roche – now 42 – spent most of her life in Paris where she performed across a variety of genres, recorded an album and was... > Read more

Carnation
Nils Lofgren: Valentine (1991)

Nils Lofgren: Valentine (1991)

14 Feb 2019  |  1 min read  |  2

Some would say Nils Lofgren never fulfilled his early promise. Certainly his band Grin were pretty good but then he scored with a couple of excellent solo albums. His self-titled album in '75 was terrific and contained his plea to an increasingly drug-abusing Keith Richards in Keith Don't Go, a fine version of the Goffin-King classic Goin' Back and flash originals such as If... > Read more

The Lemonheads: Varshons II (Fire/Southbound)

The Lemonheads: Varshons II (Fire/Southbound)

14 Feb 2019  |  1 min read

We can only look at promise unfulfilled in the wayward and often self-destructive career of Evan Dando, the Lemonhead who foreshadowed so much with the early work (notably the Favourite Spanish Dishes EP and the albums Lovey, It's a Shame About Ray and some of Come On Feel The Lemonheads). But thereafter the wheels came off, the music more intermittent, the guest... > Read more

Old Man Blank
THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES, a doco by MARK COUSINS

THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES, a doco by MARK COUSINS

13 Feb 2019  |  2 min read

Many decades ago when taking a class in film analysis to a group of enthusiastic young people, I was at a loss as to how introduce Orson Welles, his art and work was so diverse and massive. By chance it was made easy: I threw up an image of the older Orson on the screen and immediately a voice from the darkness said, “Hey, that's the Nashua 120 guy!” Yes,... > Read more

JAPANESE AMBIENT MUSIC OF THE EIGHTIES CONSIDERED (2019): The sound of very little, but beautiful

JAPANESE AMBIENT MUSIC OF THE EIGHTIES CONSIDERED (2019): The sound of very little, but beautiful

12 Feb 2019  |  5 min read

Someone very famous – who doesn't turn up on a Google search – once quipped “money follows intellect”. You'd like to think it was more true than it is, but it is certainly verifiable when you see Big Money (usually in the form of advertisers) paying top dollar to use the work of creative people. (And I don't mean “creatives” in ad... > Read more

BILL FAIRS' ROCK'N'ROLL PHOTOS, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2019): History in the lens . . .

BILL FAIRS' ROCK'N'ROLL PHOTOS, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2019): History in the lens . . .

12 Feb 2019  |  <1 min read

Many bands have an in-house archivist, the member (or proud parent) who keeps posters, tickets, clippings, photos and such. Such people are invaluable to researchers, historians and the curious. The early New Zealand pop and rock scene from the late 1950s to the early 70s was lucky enough to have saxophonist Bill Fairs, who kept dozens of photos. These charted his career... > Read more

John Mayall: Nobody Told Me (Forty Below/Southbound)

John Mayall: Nobody Told Me (Forty Below/Southbound)

11 Feb 2019  |  1 min read

Now 85, John Mayall is like the great-grandfather of British blues. More than half a century ago however he was akin to a wise uncle for a generation of players at least a decade younger than himself who passed through his influential Blues Breakers, among them Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce (off to form Cream and beyond), Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (who went... > Read more

Distant Lonesome Train (w Carolyn Wonderland)
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Juanita Stein

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Juanita Stein

11 Feb 2019  |  3 min read

Former Australian of the London-based rock band Howling Bells, Juanita Stein, may not be a name familiar to most locals here and her second solo album Until the Lights Fade, recorded in Austin, of late last year probably went past just about everyone. But when she opens for Bryan Ferry and plays here own show in Auckland (dates below) she will get a chance to prove... > Read more

French Film
Beirut: Gallipoli (4AD)

Beirut: Gallipoli (4AD)

11 Feb 2019  |  1 min read

There's a fairly prevalent belief that if you look busy, people will think you are; that if the surface looks impressive there's probably real substance beneath it; and that if you write in the world of whatever passes for “indie rock” these days (the genre which appears when you drop this new Beirut album into a computer) that you don't need to bother about... > Read more

Gauze fur Zah
THE PICTONES PROFILED, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2019): Hashish in the provinces, or maybe not

THE PICTONES PROFILED, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2019): Hashish in the provinces, or maybe not

11 Feb 2019  |  1 min read

In an odd coincidence, around the same time as the young Beatles went into a studio in Germany in 1961 and backed the singer Tony Sheridan on a rock'n'roll version the old While that uniquely European amalgam out of Hamburg featured a vocalist, the version from the band out of Palmerston North was a Shadows-styled instrumental, and a pretty good one at that. It... > Read more

Cherry Glazerr: Stuffed and Ready (Secretly Canadian)

Cherry Glazerr: Stuffed and Ready (Secretly Canadian)

11 Feb 2019  |  <1 min read

Some part garageband with a dollop of power-pop alongside songs which could fill a stadium, this trio from California around singer-guitarist Clementine Creevy hold fast to some old values which sometimes also marry punk energy with studio polish. Despite that collision of styles and references – all of which have pop values at core – there is sameness among... > Read more

Daddi
Taiwu Children's Ancient Ballads Troupe and Daniel Ho: To and From the Heart (Wind Music)

Taiwu Children's Ancient Ballads Troupe and Daniel Ho: To and From the Heart (Wind Music)

11 Feb 2019  |  2 min read

In Taipei, the choking capital of Taiwan there is the remarkable National Palace Museum dug deep into a mountainside and which houses centuries of Chinese treasures, most of them brought over when the Nationalists fled the mainland as the Communist forces surged into ascendancy. It is visited by millions every year and its displays – a tiny, tiny percentage of what... > Read more

Yaqui/Ode to Mothers
Hank Williams: The Funeral (1952)

Hank Williams: The Funeral (1952)

11 Feb 2019  |  1 min read

The great country singer Hank Williams died a rock'n'roll death, in the back of a car from a heart attack brought on by too much booze and too many pills somewhere between gigs. They don't write endings much better than that. Unfortunately as with most such deaths, it came far to early. He was only 29. Williams' music provided a cornerstone for country music in his... > Read more

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