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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 REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE PROFILED (2017): The Nawlins beat of the Boston street

THE REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE PROFILED (2017): The Nawlins beat of the Boston street

27 Mar 2017  |  3 min read

Okay, follow us back for a while, down a few by-ways and familiar names before we get to Boston’s much acclaimed funky New Orleans-influenced brass band. Let’s go way back to Boston’s post-punk outfit Moving Parts who broke up in the late Seventies . . . because out of their remnants came two more familiar names; Mission of Burma and an odd... > Read more

I'll Fly Away

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

27 Mar 2017  |  3 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. Spoon: Hot Thoughts (Matador) The joke over beers recently was that no matter how many favourable words... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness' First Finale (Universal)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness' First Finale (Universal)

27 Mar 2017  |  <1 min read

Like Bob Marley, who would alternate softer albums with righteous stand-up songs, this '74 album fell between Stevie Wonder's more political Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. Stevie – the “Little Stevie” Motown child star – had become a self-contained multi-instrumental adult composer/performer who still threw out challenges (the... > Read more

Bhattacharya, Gronseth, Wessel: Bhattacharya/Gronseth/Wessel (pling)

Bhattacharya, Gronseth, Wessel: Bhattacharya/Gronseth/Wessel (pling)

26 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

Many decades ago Elsewhere fell for the album Karuna Supreme by American saxophonist John Handy and tabla player Ali Akbar Khan, just another in a long line of jazz and Indian music crossovers which started in the mid Sixties with Ravi Shankar's Improvisations (an Essential Elsewhere album) and lead on to the Indo-Jazz Fusion albums by Joe Harriott and John Mayer.... > Read more

Goodnight Irene

Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band Machine: Big Machine (Topic/Southbound)

Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band Machine: Big Machine (Topic/Southbound)

26 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

There has always been more interesting streams of British folk than the hey-nonny finger-in-the-ear style which is how many people often encounter it. At the strange end of the spectrum is the Incredible String Band, then there were the folk-rockers like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, the introverted types (Nick Drake), purists like the Watersons and... > Read more

The Fitter's Song

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

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

25 Mar 2017  |  3 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 BRIEF about international releases.... > Read more

Omit: Negative Pulse Logic (End of Alphabet Records)

Omit: Negative Pulse Logic (End of Alphabet Records)

25 Mar 2017  |  <1 min read

Omit out of Blenheim – aka Clinton Williams – was once around the avant-garde/experimental music scene but seemed to disappear for a very long time. For more than a decade by our count (you can find links to earlier material here) and his zines and releases are through End of Alphabet Records out of Wellington, a niche label-cum-labour of love which may... > Read more

Skipper Down

BLADE NZ; TRAVEL STORIES FROM THE ROAD by MATT EARLE

BLADE NZ; TRAVEL STORIES FROM THE ROAD by MATT EARLE

25 Mar 2017  |  2 min read

Well, someone had to be crazy enough to do it, to rollerblade the length of New Zealand. And that task fell to the self-appointed Matt Earle and his pal Josh who cracked onto this somewhat hare-brained scheme – they began at the start of winter and Josh particularly had few skills on the wheels – but they did have the smarts to film their adventure.... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Andy Sugg

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Andy Sugg

24 Mar 2017  |  3 min read

Saxophonist Andy Sugg is Melbourne-based and touring regularly across Australia and to Europe and the US. But he hasn't made it to New Zealand . . . yet. In April he brings his band here to promote his new CD Wednesday's at M's (dates and venues below) which was recorded in New York last year with some expats and New Yorkers, including drummer Nate Wood (Snarky... > Read more

Hemispheric Part 2

Dinah Shore: The Gypsy (1946)

Dinah Shore: The Gypsy (1946)

23 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

Here's a pub quiz question for you: What was so remarkable about the song The Gypsy in the year 1946? And the answer isn't that it's sentimental pop. That was an odd year in American popular music. The war had just ended and people went back to work, including the musicians who had been on strike until late '44. But you'd have to also say there... > Read more

Joey Alexander: Countdown (Motema/Ode)

Joey Alexander: Countdown (Motema/Ode)

23 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

Indonesian Alexander is a child prodigy who caught the jazz world's attention as an 11-year old. He seemed a natural and had been weaned on his father's jazz collection. He played for Herbie Hancock, and Wynton Marsalis saw him on You Tube and invited him to appear at the Lincoln Center's gala programme . . . and he's appeared at Newport and other credible jazz... > Read more

Sunday Waltz

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER GLENN JEFFREY offers images of Womad 2017

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER GLENN JEFFREY offers images of Womad 2017

22 Mar 2017  |  2 min read

New Plymouth-based Glenn Jeffrey is a former, award-winning photpgrapher for the New Zealand Herald. His portfolio covers everything from international humanitarian crises through crime and political work in New Zealand to portraits. Five years ago he moved to Taranaki where he has become the on-call photographer for local iwi, glossy national magazines, architects,... > Read more

TARANAKI WOMAD CONSIDERED (2017): Another Womarathon of world music

TARANAKI WOMAD CONSIDERED (2017): Another Womarathon of world music

21 Mar 2017  |  13 min read  |  2

The best speeches by dignitaries are short and, fortunately, they were when the Taranaki Womad launched last Friday. The most memorable comment – aside from the figure of $104 million brought into the region by the Womad festivals over previous years – came from the mayor of the New Plymouth District Council, Neil Holdom. He looked delighted to be... > Read more

Elas, by Mercedes Peon

TURKISH PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC FROM THE SEVENTIES REDISCOVERED (2017): Gonna take you wider

TURKISH PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC FROM THE SEVENTIES REDISCOVERED (2017): Gonna take you wider

20 Mar 2017  |  5 min read

The wheel of history is turning faster and faster. Once, you could understand how Greece, which gave the world the important building blocks of democracy and philosophy, was labouring under the gun of a military dictatorship in the 20th century. Or how Rome, which once commanded a massive empire, had descended into the political chaos which is modern day Italy... > Read more

Bu Ellerden Gocup. by Asik Emrah

Donna Summer, Bad Girls (1979)

Donna Summer, Bad Girls (1979)

20 Mar 2017  |  5 min read

In musical arguments, as with political ones, the area of grey between the black and white can be as big as the other two combined. History books say you were either a Beatles or a Stones fan, but my friends and I liked them both -- and the Four Tops, the Dave Clark Five, Lou Christie, Sam the Sham, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield. ... > Read more

Dim All the Lights

Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing: Songs of Sodomy and the Compost of Aethyr (Muzai)

Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing: Songs of Sodomy and the Compost of Aethyr (Muzai)

20 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

For reasons we can't and won't fully explain, Elsewhere has always found something of considerable interest in the archly arty, post-punk/experimentalism and enjoyably indulgent shadowland intelligence of GPOGP which sometimes almost gets close to bleak pop of the Fall/Toy Love/Tall Dwarfs/Pere Ubu kind. Almost. This “double album” – 16 songs... > Read more

Pacific Hygiene

Delroy Wilson: Mash Up Illiteracy (1974)

Delroy Wilson: Mash Up Illiteracy (1974)

20 Mar 2017  |  <1 min read

In Third World countries music is often the vehicle for social messages and political comment because it gets directly to people who may be unable to read a newspaper or otherwise have access to information. Reggae singer Delroy Wilson (who died in '95) was one of those who used songs to actually say something . . . although not always so positive. He did also deliver... > Read more

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

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

20 Mar 2017  |  2 min read  |  1

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. Comments will... > Read more

BILL NELSON REVISITED (2017): Back on the beam

BILL NELSON REVISITED (2017): Back on the beam

17 Mar 2017  |  3 min read  |  1

Actually, the title on this article is a fib: this is not a revisit to the astonishingly prolific English musician Bill Nelson (whom Elsewhere has never previously visited), but merely an excuse to wax lyrical about his typically indefinable album from 1981 entitled -- hold your breath -- Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam. And that probably is a reference to . . . ?... > Read more

Cubical Domes

BILL FRISELL PROFILED (2017): Guitarist without portfolio

BILL FRISELL PROFILED (2017): Guitarist without portfolio

15 Mar 2017  |  1 min read

No matter where on the musical spectrum you try to place American guitarist/composer Bill Frisell – one of the chief guests at the Wellington Jazz festival — he always seems like the outsider on the inside. Trying to get a clear picture of him is like looking through a prism: From one perspective he's a jazz musician, from another the distinctive... > Read more

Mandeville, Bill Frisell w Paul Motian Band, 1981

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