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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Cairo Knife Fight: Seven (Universal)

Cairo Knife Fight: Seven (Universal)

19 Nov 2017  |  <1 min read

The first thing we observe here on the second album by this powerful duo of American guitarist George Pajon and New Zealand drummer Nick Gaffaney is that the track titles are . . . hmmm. The opener is (1), the next is A-Nine, then it is (5), A-Six, (7), A-Four, (9), A-Seven and . . . we'd say “and so on” but there seems no discernible mathematical or... > Read more

A-Eight

SHARON O'NEILL ACKNOWLEDGED (2017): This heart, this song, this legend

SHARON O'NEILL ACKNOWLEDGED (2017): This heart, this song, this legend

18 Nov 2017  |  4 min read

Sharon O'Neill – this year's inductee into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards – is a singular talent. And in the late Seventies and early Eighties she was an artist at the top of her game unlike any other: Three times best female vocalist at the New Zealand Music Awards ('78, '79, '80, the only person to win in... > Read more

Taylor Swift: Reputation (Big Machine/Universal)

Taylor Swift: Reputation (Big Machine/Universal)

16 Nov 2017  |  1 min read

At 15 songs and 55 minutes this new album by Taylor Swift may be just be a bit too long, but it's hard to see where the cull could be. Perhaps Dancing With Our Hands Tied because it isn't up to much, and do we need any more songs like Delicate deploying vocoder? However as with the shapeshifting careers of the likes of Bjork, the Beatles, Radiohead and others, the... > Read more

Getaway Car

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITERS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Frazey Ford

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITERS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Frazey Ford

16 Nov 2017  |  5 min read

Singer-songwriter Frazey Ford from Canada is a rare one who first came to attention in the band she founded, The Be Good Tanyas who knocked out three impressive albums in the early 2000s. They are still an occasional going concern but Ford has branched out as an impressive solo artist with two albums so far (starting with the impressive Obadiah) which range from... > Read more

Indian Ocean

SOUNDTRACKS: SONG THAT DEFINED HISTORY; SPACE RACE: A tele-doco series on Prime

SOUNDTRACKS: SONG THAT DEFINED HISTORY; SPACE RACE: A tele-doco series on Prime

15 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

From this distance it's hard to explain to people, young people in particular, how engaged many people around the world were with the space race between the Russians and the USA in the Sixties. Kennedy said the US would put a man on the moon but the Russians had got a man, Yuri Gagarin, orbiting the Earth first. It was all on. When Neil Armstrong did walk on... > Read more

Robert Plant: Carry Fire (Nonesuch/Warners)

Robert Plant: Carry Fire (Nonesuch/Warners)

15 Nov 2017  |  1 min read

It's salutary to think that Robert Plant has now been out of Led Zeppelin for more than three times longer than he was in it. It should mean that references to that former life should have long been set aside, if for no other reason than his musical path in the current century has moved closer to a kind of mystical world music and allusion to more folk blues than... > Read more

Bones of Saints

HEATHER LEIGH PROFILED (2017): A very different kinda coal miner's daughter

HEATHER LEIGH PROFILED (2017): A very different kinda coal miner's daughter

14 Nov 2017  |  4 min read

Anyone who had the gut strength and emotional resilience to undertake German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann's astonishing, heroic, muscular and often sensitive solo performance in Auckland a few years ago (see a review here) will be thrillingly fearful in knowing this giant of free jazz -- and an utterly singular performer -- is returning for another short tour. But... > Read more

All That Heaven Allows (Heather Leigh solo)

LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL by MICK WALL

LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL by MICK WALL

14 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

The cover is awful, the subtitle misleading (“The Larger Than Life Story of Meat Loaf”) and writing by the prolific rock journalist Mick Wall sometimes reads like a potboiler knocked off at speed. But for all that, and especially for those who don'y know the backstory of the fraught relationship between Meat Loaf and songwriter/creative director Jim... > Read more

Paradise by the Dashboard Light

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . .  EDEN AHBEZ: Come and see the real thing . . .

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . EDEN AHBEZ: Come and see the real thing . . .

13 Nov 2017  |  5 min read

With the appearance of the New Zealand alt.folk singer who goes by the name of Arthur Ahbez – whose albums touches on world music, have a free-flowing quality and are somewhat trippy – we are reminded that there was an earlier "Ahbez". He was the wonderful Eden Ahbez – after whom our Young Pretender has perhaps named himself – and he... > Read more

Tradewind, from Eden's Island

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Kiya Tabassian of Constantinople

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Kiya Tabassian of Constantinople

13 Nov 2017  |  1 min read

For nearly twenty years the ensemble Constantinople -- with memebers from Canada and Senegal -- have explored musical diversity through the lens of ‘East meets West’,an ever changing melting pot, much like the city after which they are named. Their inspiration for their Jardins Migrateurs performance is a poetic meeting between strings and voice, with griot... > Read more

Poisson au fond de l'ocean

Trio-Da-Kali and Kronos Quartet: Ladilikan (World Circuit)

Trio-Da-Kali and Kronos Quartet: Ladilikan (World Circuit)

13 Nov 2017  |  1 min read

Everybody's favourite hipster string quartet, Kronos – once referred to as the Talking Heads of the classical world – here further their many explorations into world music (previous encounters with Chinese, Eastern European and Indian musicians, and Tanya Tagaq, among others) with more African adventures, here with an acclaimed trio from Mali.... > Read more

Kene Bo

Charles Lloyd: Lift Every Voice (2002)

Charles Lloyd: Lift Every Voice (2002)

13 Nov 2017  |  4 min read  |  1

It's a fair bet the average jazz musician earns considerably less than Lenny Kravitz, and probably works a darn sight harder.  Sales of jazz albums are modest – in the US 10,000 was considered a good seller – and not too many jazz musicians find their music used in Tom Cruise or J. Lo movies, let alone lucrative advertisements. Of course some jazz... > Read more

What's Going On

Sam Gopal: Escalator (1969)

Sam Gopal: Escalator (1969)

13 Nov 2017  |  <1 min read  |  1

Everyone has to start somewhere, and most diehard Motorhead fans can tell you their mainman, the legendary Lemmy, was in the psychedelic spacerock outfit Hawkwind before he was kicked out for lifestyle, not musical, differences. They were on acid, he was on speed. But even before Hawkwind, Lemmy was in another band -- and it was an equally interesting one. In the... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Bubba from My Bubba

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Bubba from My Bubba

12 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

Now don't be put off by the name which conjures up Anika Moa's recent albums for wee ones, My Bubba from Sweden/Iceland's most recent single Gone was recorded by Jack White in his Third Man Studios in Nashville and it's a ghostly alt.country affair. The My Bubba duo are My Larsdotter (vocals and Norwegian lap-harp-playing) with guitarist/ singer and banjo player... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Dayme Arocena

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Dayme Arocena

10 Nov 2017  |  1 min read

Singer, composer, arranger and bandleader, Daym√© Arocena was recently dubbed by The Guardian as “Cuba’s finest vocalist”. The young Afro-Cuban artist, mentored by Gilles Petersen and winner of the prestigious Juno Award in 2015, has a rich understanding of her heritage but is also constantly finding new musical inspiration and connection... > Read more

Drama

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Jamie MacDowell

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Jamie MacDowell

10 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

One is good with his fingers, the other is good with his mouth. Beatbox sensation, Tom Thum – best known for the most watched TEDx talk of all time: Beatbox Brilliance – joins forces with bohemian singer-songwriter Jamie MacDowell to create original, genre-defying music that is "redefining musical parameters". Armed only with a... > Read more

BIG PACIFIC by REBECCA TANSLEY

BIG PACIFIC by REBECCA TANSLEY

10 Nov 2017  |  3 min read

There are maps which show us our world in different ways; the size of countries relative to population or poverty; the planet at night so we can see where people huddle under lights and so on. But few views are more dramatic and a reminder of our place on Earth than if you turn a globe so that just about everything you see is the Pacific Ocean. Over to one... > Read more

RICHARD X BENNETT REVISITED (2017): Halves of a whole full of spirit'n'soul

RICHARD X BENNETT REVISITED (2017): Halves of a whole full of spirit'n'soul

6 Nov 2017  |  3 min read

Four years ago Elsewhere received – possibly unsolicited – an album by New York-based pianist Richard Bennett . . . . Well, New York-based when he wasn't in Mumbai or Japan. That New York City Swara album immediately got Elsewhere's attention, not just for Toronto-raised Bennett's admirably unusual globe-trotting but for its... > Read more

The Camel, from the album What Is Now

Rostam: Half Light (Nonesuch/Warner)

Rostam: Half Light (Nonesuch/Warner)

6 Nov 2017  |  <1 min read

Any record company exec would be glad to sign Rostam Batmanglij as a solo artist after his role as mainman in the musically expansive and interesting Vampire Weekend who he also produced. His other production roles alone would recommend him (Das Racist, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, Santigold, Haim, Frank Ocean) and he's got a rolodex of good contacts. But if he... > Read more

Wood

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue/Southbound)

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue/Southbound)

6 Nov 2017  |  1 min read

Although this Grammy-winning jazz singer is probably on very few people's scanner right now, no doubt that will change in the run-up to her appearances at the New Zealand Arts Festival in Wellington and the Auckland Festival next March. With a small group – and studio strings in a few places – she here spreads her considerable vocal and lyric writing... > Read more

Runnin' Wild

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