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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Tim Green/Massimo Magee: Abeyance (Orbit577/digital outlets)

Tim Green/Massimo Magee: Abeyance (Orbit577/digital outlets)

2 Dec 2021  |  <1 min read

The last time we heard from drummer Green and saxophonist Magee was very recently when – with other-drummer Tony Irving – they released the exciting but challenging free improvisation album The Clear Revolution as the Cyclone Trio. That album was recorded the day after their Cataclysm and this session by the duo was recorded just days after The Clear... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Dirt: Bloom (Big Pop/bandcamp)

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Dirt: Bloom (Big Pop/bandcamp)

29 Nov 2021  |  2 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one (which comes in a gatefold sleeve with an insert lyric booklet). Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . .   The final song at the end of the first side of this record opens with some familiar lines, but with its menacing, quasi-industrial... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SANDRA DEE: Teen angel in an adult world

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SANDRA DEE: Teen angel in an adult world

29 Nov 2021  |  3 min read

When bad girl Betty Rizzo, leader of the Pink Ladies in the film Grease, sang Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee she was referencing the famously all-American chaste teenager who'd starred in the surf-culture Gidget movie and a couple of Tammy films. In Come September with Bobby Darin in 1961 – they married almost immediately-- she played Sandy Stevens. In Grease, Olivia... > Read more

Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee, by Stockard Channing (Grease, 1978)
Elsewhere Art . . . the Pipkins

Elsewhere Art . . . the Pipkins

29 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

After a lifetime listening to what Noel Coward dismissively called “cheap music”, Elsewhere is in no doubt about the reductive nature of pop music. But sometimes that's part of its charm. We hold some affection for Herman's Hermits' version of the old music hall song I'm Henry The Eight just for the sheer silliness of it (“second verse, same as the... > Read more

AJ Sharma: Is There a Boat Anywhere? (Thokei Tapes/bandcamp)

AJ Sharma: Is There a Boat Anywhere? (Thokei Tapes/bandcamp)

29 Nov 2021  |  <1 min read

Hamburg's Thokei Tapes (yes, actual releases on cassette tape) continues to unearth and archive small corners of New Zealand music, here the lo-fi alt.folk/indie sound of singer-songwriter Aaron Sharma recorded in various South Island sites in 2018-19. Sharma is an aural documentarian of his life and feelings (Bus, Slugger) and we'd concede immediately that his uneven... > Read more

Stealing Sheep/Radiophonic Workshop: La planete sauvage (Fire/digital outlets)

Stealing Sheep/Radiophonic Workshop: La planete sauvage (Fire/digital outlets)

28 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

While we know there are few things new under the sun, the Avatar film was a jaw-dropper for it technological and visual invention. As always, some couldn't contain their contempt for its somewhat ham-fisted message. But they were mostly cynical adults and not the 12-year olds whose eyes and minds were opened with wonder . . . and got the message. Giant blue humanoid... > Read more

Terr and Tiwa
Adam Hattaway and the Haunters: Rooster (digital outlets)

Adam Hattaway and the Haunters: Rooster (digital outlets)

27 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

Back in the mid 2000s those who were lucky enough to catch Auckland rock band the Checks – and were familiar with the r'n'b sound of the early Stones as much as garaeband rock'n'roll – were smitten by this young group which had swagger and style, and seemed to know that history. You'd think that excitement would be common enough (Dead Flowers and Straitjacket... > Read more

A POST-CULTURAL DETERMINIST APPROACH TO AbbEyrOad (2021): The image under the macroscope

A POST-CULTURAL DETERMINIST APPROACH TO AbbEyrOad (2021): The image under the macroscope

26 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

Rather than write about this image for the Art by Elsewhere pages, it was suggested by Dr. Celia Haughty-Smart, senior curator of the Work And New Knowledge gallery in Lower Hutt that she scrutinize it from a more critical perspective. This is what she wrote. – Graham Reid . In the canon of distorted hyper-reality and de-accentuated cognitive imagery as... > Read more

THE BLUES HAD A BRITISH BABY (2021) And they called it . . . rock'n'roll, psychedelic rock and hard rock?

THE BLUES HAD A BRITISH BABY (2021) And they called it . . . rock'n'roll, psychedelic rock and hard rock?

24 Nov 2021  |  10 min read  |  4

The history of the blues has been written, rewritten, revised, over-written and turned into academic treatises and a subject for analysis. But it remains something which can get lost in the chatter. It is a music. John Lennon, who was hardly a blues aficionado, had a good line: "The blues is a chair, not a design for a chair or a better chair . . . it is the... > Read more

THE BEATLES' GET BACK DOCUMENTARY (2021): The truth, the whole truth and nothing but another truth

THE BEATLES' GET BACK DOCUMENTARY (2021): The truth, the whole truth and nothing but another truth

22 Nov 2021  |  4 min read

When George Harrison quit the Beatles on January 10, 1969 it was surprisingly undramatic: “I'm leaving . . .” John Lennon stops playing guitar: “What?” “The band, now,” says Harrison, although adding waspishly on the way out the door later, “see you 'round the clubs”. That night he wrote in his diary, “Got up... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE BLUES QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Tom Rodwell

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE BLUES QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Tom Rodwell

22 Nov 2021  |  9 min read

With Wood & Waste, Auckland singer/guitarist and songwriter Tom Rodwell gave us one the most interesting, engaging, witty and thoughtful albums of the year. He is nominally a blues musician – that's his background as you will see – but the album roamed freely into the Caribbean and West Africa, pulled together the swamp sound of Tony Joe White and... > Read more

Keep on Knockin'
LUCINDA WILLIAMS. HAPPY WOMAN BLUES, CONSIDERED (1980): A distinctive voice emerging

LUCINDA WILLIAMS. HAPPY WOMAN BLUES, CONSIDERED (1980): A distinctive voice emerging

22 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

Because we've had a few decades of Lucinda Williams' distinctive, vowel-dragging and often world-weary vocal style, it's hard to remember when she was a more clear and less affected singer, let alone when she was close to cracking a jangling pop single (I Just Wanted to See You So Bad in '88). This album – her second after Ramblin' On My Mind – pulled from... > Read more

King of Hearts
Robert Plant, Alison Krauss: Raise the Roof (Rounder/digital outlets)

Robert Plant, Alison Krauss: Raise the Roof (Rounder/digital outlets)

22 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

Aside from the unexpected nature of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss coming together for the Raising Sand album in 2007 was the fascinating selection of material they covered: songs by Everly Brothers, Gene Clark, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, blues . . .  That they, the band and producer T-Bone Burnette shaped this diverse material into a cohesive whole made for one... > Read more

Aretha Franklin: Don't Play That Song For Me (1970)

Aretha Franklin: Don't Play That Song For Me (1970)

22 Nov 2021  |  1 min read  |  1

It's a well established fact that some songs write themselves into our autobiographies: we remember our first love by our favourite song, can be taken back to exactly where we were and who we were with when a certain piece of music plays, songs conjure up time and place . . . Talkin' 'bout them Night Moves. The Classic Hits radio format plays on this fact, and... > Read more

Aretha Franklin: Don't Play That Song For Me
Elsewhere Art . . . Eden Ahbez

Elsewhere Art . . . Eden Ahbez

22 Nov 2021  |  <1 min read

Singer-songwriter Eden Ahbez was a hippie two decades before hippies came to attention. In 1948 Life magazine profiled him -- on the strength of his song Nature Boy which had quickly become a standard after Nat King Cole covered it -- and found him to be a bearded vegetarian longhair into yoga. Elsewhere was drawn to write about him in our on-going column WE NEED TO TALK... > Read more

John Martyn: Solid Air (1973)

John Martyn: Solid Air (1973)

22 Nov 2021  |  3 min read  |  1

When the great British singer-songwriter John Martyn died in January 2009 there was initially very little media coverage -- and then people realised the significance of this innovative and creative artist whose work had rapidly outgrown its folk origins in the late Sixties. Martyn's life was undeniably messy: he was self-destructive, addicted to alcohol and drugs,... > Read more

I'd Rather Be the Devil (album version)
ELSEWHERE WORLD SERVICE: A quick overview of recent world music releases

ELSEWHERE WORLD SERVICE: A quick overview of recent world music releases

21 Nov 2021  |  3 min read

Here's a frequent flyer/transit lounge/vicarious listening music column for those at home who want to get their musical passport stamped. Elsewhere has so many CDs and downloads commanding and demanding attention that we run occasional columns which scoop up releases by international artists (IN BRIEF), in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks out... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . STRINGBEAN: The killing of a long, lean banjo picker

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . STRINGBEAN: The killing of a long, lean banjo picker

21 Nov 2021  |  3 min read  |  1

If Truman Capote hadn't already written his brilliant “non-fiction novel” In Cold Blood (about the collision of two murderers and their victims in rural Kansas in '59), and he was still sober enough to focus, he might have found a great story in the 1973 murder of country music star Stringbean, David Akerman to his parents. Stringbean was one of those... > Read more

Stringbean and His Banjo
PAUL McCARTNEY; THE LYRICS by PAUL McCARTNEY. Ed by PAUL MULDOON (2021)

PAUL McCARTNEY; THE LYRICS by PAUL McCARTNEY. Ed by PAUL MULDOON (2021)

20 Nov 2021  |  6 min read  |  1

When it came to promoting his albums, Paul McCartney – after a bad start – became more canny. The grave misstep came when he wrote his own Q&A to go out with his solo debut McCartney in 1970. By saying he couldn't foresee a time when he'd write with Lennon and had no plans to work with the Beatles again, he was immediately cast as the one who walked away.... > Read more

Paperback Writer
THE GOSDEN YEARS by BILL GOSDEN. Ed. GAYLENE PRESTON and TIM WONG

THE GOSDEN YEARS by BILL GOSDEN. Ed. GAYLENE PRESTON and TIM WONG

20 Nov 2021  |  4 min read

When Bill Gosden received a cancer diagnosis in June 2017 he was encouraged by friends and colleagues to write a memoir about his remarkable career. Gosden – who had been at the helm of New Zealand film festivals for almost 40 years, astutely picking what went on cinema screens – chose not to. He used his time to travel and reconnect with friends overseas.... > Read more

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