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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Various Artists: And Now A Word From Our Sponsor (Frenzy)

Various Artists: And Now A Word From Our Sponsor (Frenzy)

17 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

What a remarkable line-up of local talent on this CD: from singer Pat McMinn and jazz pianist Crombie Murdoch in the Fifties through Larry's Rebels, Dinah Lee, Ray Woolf, Hogsnort Rupert, Tommy AdderleyAlison Durban and others in the Sixties up to John Hanlon, Jenny Morris, Tim Finn with Don McGlashan and Eddie Rayner, John Rowles, the Warratahs, the studio genius Mike... > Read more

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Sleater-Kinney: The Center Won't Hold (Mom+Pop/digital outlets)

Sleater-Kinney: The Center Won't Hold (Mom+Pop/digital outlets)

16 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

The previous album No Cities to Love by US alt.rockers Sleater-Kinney – their return to the frontline after a decade away – was such a thrilling, confrontational, bruising and yet melodic scalpel taken to personal and socio-political issues that it was impossible to turn away. And as we said in our review at the time, it “reminds you how faint-hearted,... > Read more

THE WAIATA MAORI MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS (2019): Kia kaha and kon-gratulations

THE WAIATA MAORI MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS (2019): Kia kaha and kon-gratulations

13 Aug 2019  |  3 min read

Now in its 12th year, the Waiata Maori Music Awards celebrate excellence in Maori music, honouring the keepers, teachers, promoters, creators and performers of Maori music. And now, during Te Marama Puoru Waiata Maori - Maori Music Month - comes the announcement of the finalists for the 2019 Waiata Maori Music Awards, with four nominations each to Kora... > Read more

Nerija: Blume (Domino/digital outlets)

Nerija: Blume (Domino/digital outlets)

12 Aug 2019  |  <1 min read

While attention of the contemporary jazz scene hasn't completely shifted to London, there is no doubt that the new music coming out of there – which sometimes mixes everything from Ellington and Coltrane to elements of African and Indian musics, hip-hop and grime – is commanding . . . and commanding serious consideration. In many ways it is a reflection of... > Read more

Clairo: Immunity (Fader/digital outlets)

Clairo: Immunity (Fader/digital outlets)

12 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

First let's say this, when graybeards bemoan young artists getting enormous attention on the back of just a single or two, this writer is forced to remind them that exactly the same happened for the favourite artists of their era: Beatles, Stones, Cilla Black, Animals et al. So we shouldn't be dismissive just because this 20-year old American singer got over 30 million... > Read more

The Impending Adorations: Allies (digital outlets)

The Impending Adorations: Allies (digital outlets)

12 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

Auckland's Paul McLaney has a long career of considerable accomplishments in various genres from acoustic singer-songwriter and rock (with Gramsci) to setting some of Shakespeare's soliloquies to music. He was also an accomplice on this excellent – and expensively produced – prog-rock hoax. Under yet another alter-ego, The Impending Adorations, he... > Read more

Jah Wobble and Bill Laswell: Realm of Spells (Jah Wobble/digital outlets)

Jah Wobble and Bill Laswell: Realm of Spells (Jah Wobble/digital outlets)

12 Aug 2019  |  <1 min read

These two inventive bassists, producers and sonic innovators haven't worked together for almost two decades. But with their souls in dubbery and post-punk barrier bounding, and here with Wobble's Invaders of the Heart band, they mix horns, cool jazz (floating flute from guest Peter Apfelbaum and electronic keyboard ripples on the seductive opener Fanfare for Phenomena)... > Read more

Reuben Bell and the Casanovas: It's Not That Easy (1960)

Reuben Bell and the Casanovas: It's Not That Easy (1960)

12 Aug 2019  |  <1 min read

Recently we posted a fine but obscure track by Jimmy Conwell lifted from the recent compilation This is Lowrider Soul 1962-1970 (Ace through Border in New Zealand). That 24 song collection of mostly achingly sad and soulful black music as favoured by those in the lowrider car culture of Hispanic California is full of great songs by singers and groups who –... > Read more

Late Model European: It's Time (LME/digital outlets)

Late Model European: It's Time (LME/digital outlets)

11 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

Two points of interest in this appropriately entitled album: it is the debut from this local pop-rock duo of Tones Thorburn and John Nelson (and friends) and it is also one of the first vinyl pressings – here in a handsome gatefold sleeve with lyric sheet and download card – from Holiday, the new central Auckland pressing plant/record store which is getting music... > Read more

Spoon: Everything Hits at Once, The Best of Spoon (Matador)

Spoon: Everything Hits at Once, The Best of Spoon (Matador)

9 Aug 2019  |  <1 min read

Originally out of Austin, Texas a couple of decades ago, this revolving door four-piece around singer/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno started their career on the indie label Matador and after some major label attention for two modest selling albums on Elektra were dropped then went to Merge, their own label and now are back at Matador. This 13 song compilation... > Read more

Inside Out
Elephant9 with Reine Fiske: Psychedelic Backfire II (Rune Grammofon/Southbound)

Elephant9 with Reine Fiske: Psychedelic Backfire II (Rune Grammofon/Southbound)

7 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

With last year's Greatest Show on Earth by the Norwegian power-jazz trio Elephant9, we warned they were not for the faint of heart. They were muscular, offered hard-edge funk with prog-rock tendencies and peppered a bit of wry wit throughout. But they connected at Elsewhere and so this one – with the legendary Swedish guitarist Reine Fiske who played with jazz... > Read more

Brisa Roche: Low Fidelity (digital outlets)

Brisa Roche: Low Fidelity (digital outlets)

7 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

The previous album Father by this hitherto unheard of (at Elsewhere anyway) US artist was such an ear-opener that we commend it to you . . . and are pleased to introduce this new one. As before, she works along the acoustic singer-songwriter axis, but those many years in Paris (where she was signed to Blue Note) are apparent on the seductive opener Except for Love which... > Read more

Tiger Song
PAUL McCARTNEY, AMOEBA GIG CONSIDERED (2019): That was him standing there

PAUL McCARTNEY, AMOEBA GIG CONSIDERED (2019): That was him standing there

5 Aug 2019  |  5 min read

In the decade after he disbanded Wings at the end of the Seventies, Paul McCartney's recording career on albums offered diminishing returns outside of a string of mostly vacuous chart hits. It wasn't until Flowers in the Dirt in '89 – and even that pulled its punches too much – you felt he still had something serious to offer. The Eighties were tough... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE INNOVATORS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Al Fraser

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE INNOVATORS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Al Fraser

5 Aug 2019  |  3 min read

Al Fraser has been described as the foremost taonga puoro player of his generation, that is someone who plays and explores the sounds of traditional Maori instruments. In recent years he has also been making them. Over a series of albums and in collaborations, he has taken the evocative and sometimes primeval sounds of these instruments into sonic landscapes, and on... > Read more

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

5 Aug 2019  |  2 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief.  Jones: Carver's Saw (Meme Records) Dedicated to the late Mark Hollis of Talk Talk (“a man of... > Read more

Jimmy Conwell: Second Hand Happiness (1967)

Jimmy Conwell: Second Hand Happiness (1967)

5 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

Once a compilation was simply a collection of hits (and many misses) by a particular artist/group or a pulling together of songs in genre (Nuggets), a year or a series like Now That's What I Call Music! (today up to Vol 103). These days compilations are much more diverse: location (be it Portland or Manchester or the neo-psychedelic scene around Dunedin), genre (Southern... > Read more

Lake South: Wellington/Te Upoko O Te Ika (Home Alone/digital outlets)

Lake South: Wellington/Te Upoko O Te Ika (Home Alone/digital outlets)

2 Aug 2019  |  1 min read

The smarter local artists realise that they need a point of difference/interest in these days of streaming where their music just exists in the endless ether of other music. So vinyl releases, cassettes and CDs with booklets, decent artwork and so on entice fans and the casual listener into buying the artefact as opposed to just streaming, a practice out of which the... > Read more

Ellice Street
STEVE MARCUS. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS (2019): Bringing jazz to the Beatles and Byrds

STEVE MARCUS. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS (2019): Bringing jazz to the Beatles and Byrds

31 Jul 2019  |  3 min read

When saxophonist Steve Marcus died in 2005 age 66, he left behind a small but interesting legacy of albums, one of the most curious – not the least for who played on it as much for what they played – was recorded in 1968 with producer Herbie Mann for ATCO. It was Tomorrow Never Knows, named for their 11 minute exploration of the Beatles' title track. Big... > Read more

Tomorrow Never Knows
Albi and the Wolves: This is War (Second Hand Records/digital outlets)

Albi and the Wolves: This is War (Second Hand Records/digital outlets)

30 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

One of the most interesting and insightful respondents to an Elsewhere questionnaire was singer-songwriter Chris Dent aka Albi of this energetic folk trio. His answers were thorough and, even now a year on, well worth reading. That they made such strong and thoughtful music almost seemed a bonus . . . but it's been a while since their debut album One Eye Open three... > Read more

Al Fraser, Sam Leamy, Neil Johnstone: Panthalassa (Rattle)

Al Fraser, Sam Leamy, Neil Johnstone: Panthalassa (Rattle)

29 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

Some weeks before the release of this new album by taonga puoro artist Al Fraser (who has previously appeared at Elsewhere, and here with yet another ensemble of contributors), I mentioned to Rattle's great helmsman Steve Garden that I imagine Maori filmmakers and television producers would be beating a path to Fraser's door for soundtrack work. Seems that is... > Read more

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