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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MALCOLM BLACK REMEMBERED, IN HIS OWN WORDS (2021): Faith, hope and family

MALCOLM BLACK REMEMBERED, IN HIS OWN WORDS (2021): Faith, hope and family

16 May 2021  |  3 min read

By Roger Shepherd's own account, his Flying Nun label released 75 albums, 78 EPs and 31 singles in its first decade to 1991. Amidst that landslide of vinyl (a new album every couple of months with singles and EPs in between) and the success of his praetorian vanguard – the Clean, Chills, Verlaines, Sneaky Feelings and others – some acts went past him:... > Read more

Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage: Blues Alif Lam Mim in the Mode of Rag Infinity/Rag Cosmosis (Blank Forms/Soundcloud)

Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage: Blues Alif Lam Mim in the Mode of Rag Infinity/Rag Cosmosis (Blank Forms/Soundcloud)

14 May 2021  |  <1 min read

Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage is an ensemble lead by the Swedish experimental composer Catherine Christer Hennix (b 1948) whose credentials are impeccable in that she studied with Stockhausen, collaborated with La Monte Young in New York and, almost inevitably given the minimalist milieu, then studied with Pandit Pran Nath. She's a mathematician and a visual artist as... > Read more

The Chills: Scatterbrain (Fire/digital outlets)

The Chills: Scatterbrain (Fire/digital outlets)

14 May 2021  |  1 min read

Three years ago, on the release of the Chills' album Snow Bound, Martin Phillipps noted people were saying “it sounded like the Chills”, his particular style evident almost 40 years after the band first appeared out of Dunedin. “If there is a reward that I would dreamt of, it is that,” he said. “That there's a signature style and [I'm]... > Read more

The Walls Beyond Abandon
MILTOWN STOWAWAYS, TENSION MELEE, CONSIDERED (1983): Forget about heat, feel the beat

MILTOWN STOWAWAYS, TENSION MELEE, CONSIDERED (1983): Forget about heat, feel the beat

10 May 2021  |  2 min read

Auckland's Unsung label, on which this album appeared, had previously released adventurous, category-defying and often very interesting left-field albums by Big Sideways and Avant Garage, and the 3 Voices album. The first two of those were loose ensembles which included musicians from classical, jazz, blues and rock backgrounds (and futures). 3 Voices was... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Lester Bowie

Elsewhere Art . . . Lester Bowie

10 May 2021  |  <1 min read  |  1

The late Lester Bowie was not just a great musician but a funny guy. Hence Donald Duck in this collage. One of Bowie's pieces was Miles Davis Meets Donald Duck for which he blew through a straw in water to create an effect which sounded exactly like that encounter. With his Brass Fantasy ensemble he covered Michael Jackson's Thriller and he moved beyond jazz to play... > Read more

Van Morrison: Latest Record Project Vol 1. (Warner/digital outlets)

Van Morrison: Latest Record Project Vol 1. (Warner/digital outlets)

9 May 2021  |  1 min read  |  1

The few Van Morrison's biographies this writer has read could all be titled Bitter From Birth. He might have tapped into some beautiful Celtic soul and mysticism all those decades ago, but he's always been humourless and – even to the present day – harbours grudges (notably about how he was burned by the music business more than half a century ago).... > Read more

FIVE ODD ALBUMS I'M FOOLISH ENOUGH TO OWN (2021): Hey! Ho! Let's . . . not go there!

FIVE ODD ALBUMS I'M FOOLISH ENOUGH TO OWN (2021): Hey! Ho! Let's . . . not go there!

9 May 2021  |  4 min read

You know how it happens. An album leaps out you from a dump bin in a secondhand record store (or dumped out in some strange neighbour's rubbish when they are moved on by the landlord ) and you think . . . why not? To Elsewhere's shame (and secret pride) we have more than our fair share of such stuff (see the links at the end of this... > Read more

MICK, MAC and LU (2021): Jagger, McCartney and Lucinda Williams

MICK, MAC and LU (2021): Jagger, McCartney and Lucinda Williams

8 May 2021  |  2 min read  |  1

Steve Coogan does a passable parody of Mick Jagger, but Jagger is his own best imitator as his new video Eazy Sleazy with Dave Grohl proves. He rolls his eyes, that yawping mouth yelps out the tumbling lyrics like a Jagger impersonator. Ostensibly about coming out of lockdown, the thrashy song is as ambiguous as Street Fighting Man of 53 years ago.... > Read more

Larry Morris: Amigos (LMM/digital outlets)

Larry Morris: Amigos (LMM/digital outlets)

8 May 2021  |  1 min read

Larry Morris once said his best album was 5.55am of the early Seventies, which went unreleased at the time when he went to jail for a serious drug offense. He may be right, but listened to now (it is available on Spotify) it seems a bit MOR for a man who made his reputation in Larry's Rebels as a rock'n'soul singer, and alongside the likes of Bunny Walters, one of our... > Read more

Long Time Coming
Amy Shark: Cry Forever (Sony/digital outlets)

Amy Shark: Cry Forever (Sony/digital outlets)

7 May 2021  |  1 min read

After seeing Australian Amy Shark's appearance at the 2018 Laneway where she was an exciting, sassy and mature rock artist who commanded the stage and the audience's attention, her debut album Love Monster was a considerable disappointment. It may have won her many, many awards over the Tasman, but it seemed to these ears aimed at a very young demographic (she was in her... > Read more

Flying Lotus: Yasuke (Border/ digital outlets)

Flying Lotus: Yasuke (Border/ digital outlets)

7 May 2021  |  <1 min read

Given what we said about the last Flying Lotus which crossed our path – that the instrumental album of Flamagra was more satisfying than the original version with its heavy guests list – this one was going to attract our attention. Although this is the music to a Netflix anime series of the same name these mostly atmospheric pieces – 26 of... > Read more

Cheap Trick: In Another World (BMG/digital outlets)

Cheap Trick: In Another World (BMG/digital outlets)

6 May 2021  |  1 min read

On the basis of their thrilling show at the Auckland Town Hall about 40 years ago – with a wave of his hand Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen brought the crowd to its feet in defiance of the local mandarins who wanted to keep the volume low and the audience seated – this band will always get a fair hearing round my way. And they did even when the line-up... > Read more

The Coral: Coral Island (Run On/digital outlets)

The Coral: Coral Island (Run On/digital outlets)

3 May 2021  |  2 min read

At this geographical distance from the UK it has always been the fact that we are familiar with those at the top of the British pop iceberg (Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Elastica etc) but not so much of those below the surface (Shed Seven, Ocean Colour Scene, Teenage Fanclub etc). While every album by the main players would get publicity and reviews, those others... > Read more

Nik Bärtsch: Entendre (ECM/digital outlets)

Nik Bärtsch: Entendre (ECM/digital outlets)

3 May 2021  |  1 min read  |  1

Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch has passed our way previously with his electric group Ronin whose Llyria album was in our best of Elsewhere list in 2010. And three years later we wrote equally approvingly (although conceding they were a difficult proposition) about the Ronin live album. As we mentioned previously, coming to an album on ECM has often meant... > Read more

DAN FOGELBERG. PHOENIX, CONSIDERED (1979): Truer than any tree that every grew. Really?

DAN FOGELBERG. PHOENIX, CONSIDERED (1979): Truer than any tree that every grew. Really?

3 May 2021  |  3 min read

Even after a long lifetime of following music – often down blind alleys or into unnerving places – it always surprises me how many albums, artists and genres went past me. I got the whole Kraftwerk, Can, Neu! and Popul Vuh thing with diversions into Cluster and so on – but Sparks and Yellow Magic Orchestra went right on by. I have more albums by... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Miles Davis III

Elsewhere Art . . . Miles Davis III

3 May 2021  |  <1 min read

Given his interest in what we once called "the fight game", it was inevitable that Miles Davis would be drawn to the outsized character of boxer Jack Johnson who caroused, openly went out (and home) with white women, enjoyed life living it large . . . and took out contenders and pretenders along the way. The collage positions images of Davis and Johnson around... > Read more

THE ART OF THE RECORD (2021): Pictures at an exhibition

THE ART OF THE RECORD (2021): Pictures at an exhibition

2 May 2021  |  1 min read  |  1

As we well know, album covers can be works of art in themselves, sometimes a hint at an album's content, sometimes a self-aggradising image of the artist, sometimes whimsical art, and quite often not having a lot to do with the artist or music at all. To celebrate the 21styear since the start of New Zealand Music Week which quickly morphed into New Zealand Music Month... > Read more

RINGO ON RECORD IN THE SEVENTIES (2021): The rise and fall of a Starr

RINGO ON RECORD IN THE SEVENTIES (2021): The rise and fall of a Starr

2 May 2021  |  9 min read

Even before their protracted divorce, the various Beatles had been releasing albums under their own names. The first was Paul McCartney who, with considerable help from George Martin, wrote the soundtrack to the 1966 film The Family Way. George Harrison did the uneven but sometimes interesting soundtrack to the '68 Joe Massot film Wonderwall... > Read more

TRASHY OLD MOVIES, TRASHY YOUNG PEOPLE (2021): Sex and drugs and out of control

TRASHY OLD MOVIES, TRASHY YOUNG PEOPLE (2021): Sex and drugs and out of control

2 May 2021  |  2 min read  |  1

Every now and again we need to remind ourselves just how appalling young people are. They smoke and drink, they take drugs and skip off from school or work. They are irresponsible, steal cars, drive too fast and they swear all the time. They terrorise the streets, their peers, whole communities and small towns. They run in packs like rats and talk... > Read more

Sheep, Dog & Wolf: Two-Minds (bandcamp)

Sheep, Dog & Wolf: Two-Minds (bandcamp)

1 May 2021  |  1 min read

As we heard on Merk's recent album Infinite Youth, the landscape between adolescence and adulthood can be strange and difficult terrain. In that uncertain limbo, childhood is in retreat -- sometimes romanticised for its innocence and joy -- and an unknown life beyond teenage dreams is ahead as indistinguishable shapes cloaked in shadow. The debut... > Read more

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