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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 FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Elliott Hammond of the Delta Riggs

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Elliott Hammond of the Delta Riggs

25 Feb 2017  |  2 min read

Further down in this interview, Elliott Hammond of Australia's Delta Riggs -- who play in Auckland on Sunday, see the poster below -- describes himself as "a peculiar dude". He's not really but his musical tastes to reflect a rare openness (Harry Connick Jnr to Iggy Pop) . . . and that is reflected in Delta Riggs' enjoyable and sometimes witty guitar-driven... > Read more

Never Seen This Before

Srdjan Beronja and Various Artists: Sounds of the East (ARC Music)

Srdjan Beronja and Various Artists: Sounds of the East (ARC Music)

25 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

This seductive album by Serbian composer/percussion player Beronja – with thorough and informative liner notes typical of the ARC label – follows his similarly conceived Sounds of Varanasi album of '15 which he programmed to include ambient sounds, field recordings and original compositions alongside traditional pieces. It really did evoke that holy... > Read more

7/8 Oud and Tarabuk Time

Stockholm, Sweden: Reach for the sky

Stockholm, Sweden: Reach for the sky

25 Feb 2017  |  3 min read

Atop a sheer bluff northeast of central Stockholm, overlooking one of the city's unglamorous port terminals on the far shore, a massive statue of Poseidon – holding a huge fish — takes in the view. Nearby a winged Pan plays a strange flute and behind them both a glowering, bull-headed figure from Swedish mythology sits menacingly astride a muscular... > Read more

The Bats: The Deep Set (Secretly Canadian/Flying Out)

The Bats: The Deep Set (Secretly Canadian/Flying Out)

24 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

Elsewhere has long been of the opinion – considered and/or humble, if you will – that for the past couple of decades the Bats have taken incremental steps into a more focused, discreetly diversifying style from their signature sound of the Eighties. Certainly their gentle chiming guitars and slightly droning but melodic vocals remain in place (both... > Read more

Walking Man

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Flying Microtonal Banana (Heavenly)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Flying Microtonal Banana (Heavenly)

24 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

One of the most useful and enjoyable books on Elsewhere's shelves is quite dated but always a pleasure to pick up. It is Ian McFarlane's Encyclopaedia of Australian Rock and Pop which dates from the late Nineties. The fun to be had is in some of the band names, Australians seem to have a penchant for the odd: Ku Klux Frankenstein, Scary Mother, Kiss My Poodles... > Read more

Doom City

10 SHAMEFUL RECORDS I'M EMBARRASSED TO OWN

10 SHAMEFUL RECORDS I'M EMBARRASSED TO OWN

24 Feb 2017  |  8 min read

Elsewhere has been down a similar path with a series of 10 Shameful Record Covers I'm Proud to Own (see here, here, here and here). And there was also 10 Good Albums in Bad Covers . . . and two columns on 10 Odd Unplayed Albums in the Collection (here and here). But here are 10 albums which it just seems embarrassing to have in the same house as those Essential... > Read more

Otis Blackwell: Daddy Rollin' Stone (1953)

Otis Blackwell: Daddy Rollin' Stone (1953)

24 Feb 2017  |  <1 min read

Otis Blackwell is best known as a songwriter, and he was one the most prominent and best in the rock'n'roll era. Among his classics were Fever, All Shook Up, Don't Be Cruel, Great Balls of Fire, Return to Sender . . .  But he was, at the start of his career, a performer himself and the slinky Daddy Rollin' Stone was his single which influenced the likes of... > Read more

Brews Springsteen: Shoot Me in the Dark (1988)

Brews Springsteen: Shoot Me in the Dark (1988)

23 Feb 2017  |  <1 min read

More correctly this should be attributed to "artist unknown" but this bent cover appeared on an SST album from the late Eighties of which I only have a test pressing. Others on it are Revolution 409 doing the Osmonds' Crazy Horses, Celebrity Skin (Abba's SOS), I Love You (Burning' Love), Chemical People (It's Not Unusual) and so on. The biggest names are... > Read more

Ghost Town: Sky is Falling (Ghost/Southbound)

Ghost Town: Sky is Falling (Ghost/Southbound)

22 Feb 2017  |  3 min read

Perhaps because he moved on fast, offered seriously disturbing music and performances with often terrifying visual effects and then left New Zealand, Jed Town never really got the recognition he deserved in the punk and post-punk era. As a key member of the Features (City Scenes) he might have transitioned from punk rock into more mainstream rock, but the band... > Read more

Make It

Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (alternate version, 1975)

Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (alternate version, 1975)

21 Feb 2017  |  <1 min read  |  3

Back in 1978 when he played the Roxy in LA for a three and half hour concert that was being broadcast live, Bruce Springsteen famously said, "all them bootleggers out there in radioland, roll your tapes". Well, people did and those tapes became legendary (you can hear a good recording here) and Springsteen became one of the most bootlegged artists out... > Read more

Bing and Ruth: No Home of the Mind (4AD)

Bing and Ruth: No Home of the Mind (4AD)

20 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

In the late Sixties the most interesting and influential composer in New York – whose students and colleagues included Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Cale – was a guy called LaMonte Young. And even today you'd be forgiven for not having heard of him. He might have been the godfather of the avant-garde/minimalism movement but he was... > Read more

To All It

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN CONSIDERED (2017): The needling and the damage done

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN CONSIDERED (2017): The needling and the damage done

20 Feb 2017  |  3 min read

The most unexpected thing about The Jesus and Mary Chain's debut album was that they made it at all. When they first started playing live their sets barely broke the double-figures minute mark. In part that was because they'd sometimes take the stage claiming to be the support band and get on and off before anyone twigged. But albums they did make, half a... > Read more

Always Sad (from Damage and Joy)

Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts (ECM/Ode)

Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts (ECM/Ode)

20 Feb 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

Late on this album by the American pianist Craig Taborn and his quartet, they deliver a thoughtful version of Jamaican Farewell, not the song made famous by Harry Belafonte – that is Jamaica Farewell – but the wistful tune by Roscoe Mitchell which appeared on his '99 album Nine to Get Ready, also on the ECM label. It's a fine tribute to Mitchell and... > Read more

Jamaican Farewell

Sampha: Process (Young Turks)

Sampha: Process (Young Turks)

20 Feb 2017  |  <1 min read

This mostly impressive but slightly unfocused debut announces the arrival of another post-rap soul singer from Britain – think a less wimpy James Blake crossed with the musicality of Michael Kiwanuka – who mixes electronica, Marvin Gaye, innercity blues (the fear-filled Blood On Me about “grey hoodies, they cover their eyes”) and some outer space... > Read more

Timmy's Prayer

Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies: Yellow Red Blue (Paint Box)

Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies: Yellow Red Blue (Paint Box)

20 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

It has been almost five years since we last heard from this New Zealand saxophonist who moved to Connecticut (where studied with the great Anthony Braxton and appeared in one of his ensembles), then to New York and later Mexico. She has now come back to further her studies Wellington where she is starting a doctorate under John Psathas. This album, recorded with... > Read more

Moving Mountains

The Sorrows: Take a Heart (1965)

The Sorrows: Take a Heart (1965)

16 Feb 2017  |  4 min read

Just as the Beatles '64 album With the Beatles defined the sound of Beatlemania, so too its album cover became iconic and an emblem of the era. Those half-lit faces on the cover were shot by Robert Freeman but perhaps had been prompted by Lennon's appreciation of Astrid Kirchherr's similarly lit photos taken of him, Harrison and Stu Sutcliffe in Hamburg. And that... > Read more

Teenage Letter

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: John Cale; Fragments of a Rainy Season, expanded edition

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: John Cale; Fragments of a Rainy Season, expanded edition

16 Feb 2017  |  2 min read

Last year a great wedge of Lou Reed's solo albums from the Seventies and Eighties were reissued, 17 CDs in a box set between his self-titled outing from early '72 through to Mistrial in mid '86. You'd think this would have been an opportunity for a reconsideration of his work and to elevate it. But most critics were scratching for something to say about these... > Read more

Chinese Envoy

Neil Watson: Studies in Tubular (neilwatson.co.nz/Southbound)

Neil Watson: Studies in Tubular (neilwatson.co.nz/Southbound)

16 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

Guitarist Neil Watson is a man with an impeccable track record of appearances on albums by Mel Parsons, the Finn Brothers, Caitlin Smith and more than a dozen others. He's a man who can sit in, and comfortably fit in, with visiting jazz artists (Mike Nock, Michael Brecker) or people at the mainstream centre of spectrum he commands, and his day job at the University... > Read more

Kerala

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . ROSEMARY BROWN: Music from the great beyond

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . ROSEMARY BROWN: Music from the great beyond

13 Feb 2017  |  6 min read

When the English composer and pianist Rosemary Brown died in 2001 at age 85 she took with her an intimate knowledge of the works by some of the greatest classical composers. This is not uncommon of course. Classical performers and conductors always have a deep and personal connection to the music of those whose compositions they have studied and played. But... > Read more

Valse Brillante in E Minor

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now (SubPop)

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now (SubPop)

13 Feb 2017  |  1 min read

Now half a dozen albums into a career (one with Sam Beam aka Iron and Wine) this transplanted American -- who lived in Manchester for a while then returned to the US  -- is almost emblematic of the world we live in, where musical information from diverse sources (plus static, the surface noise of life etc) can all collide equally in our subconscious. Hoop's gift... > Read more

Animal Kingdom Chaotic

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