Music at Elsewhere

These pages - with sample tracks and videos posted - introduce and review new music which may otherwise go unheard and unnoticed. Music from Elsewhere reviews new albums (and some important reissues) you'll play more than once at home or in the car, and will want to tell friends about.

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The Rolling Stones: Live at the El Mocambo 1977 (Polydor/digital outlets)

23 May 2022  |  2 min read

If the current reissue of the Clash's Combat Rock shows how damaging internal tension can be to a band's creativity – it's an indifferent and aimless album by a band pulling itself apart – the Rolling Stones, who'd had punks snapping at their heel and barking in their faces in 1977 ("No Elvis, Beatles, or The Rolling Stones in 1977" shouted the Clash's Joe Strummer) ,... > Read more

Willie Nelson: A Beautiful Time (Columbia/digital outlets)

23 May 2022  |  1 min read

While surprised that Paul McCartney – 80 next month – and septuagenarians Jagger'n'Richards are still touring, it's worth remembering Willie Nelson was writing hits when the Beatles were a bar band in Hamburg and the Stones hadn't formed. Nelson – now 89 – is still on the road despite being unwell and has recorded 14 studio albums in the past decade. McCartney... > Read more

Bonnie Raitt: Just Like That . . . (Redwing/digital outlets)

23 May 2022  |  <1 min read

Artists like 72-year old Bonnie Raitt – here on her 18th studio album – set themselves a high threshold. We come to their albums confidently. Raitt's new album opens with Made Up Mind where she extends herself into yearning soul, later we encounter edgy Stones-like riffing on Livin' for the Ones “that didn't make it” prompted by the passing of close... > Read more

Harry Styles: Harry's House (Sony/digital outlets)

23 May 2022  |  1 min read

When the former One Direction singer Harry Styles embarked on his solo career the odds – given the lack of success of so man boy band singers – were stacked largely against hi. Most such soloists from girl groups and boy bands get away a hit single and maybe an album before retiring to the wings or watch the diminishing sales returns for a while before giving up. In some ways,... > Read more

Chelsea Jade: Soft Spot (digital outlets)

16 May 2022  |  2 min read

The hand of fame is fickle: it rests on some artists' heads and they become household names, others it gives a firm shove toward our attention, some get a mere shoulder tap. But most – some as talented as the chosen ones – are passed over, forever working away beyond the spotlight. Lorde was among the elect but so far her friend Chelsea Jade has only been given an... > Read more

Big Spill

Marc Chesterman and Various Artists: Florian Habicht's Woodenhead/Woodenhead Reimagined (bandcamp)

16 May 2022  |  1 min read

And in keeping with Elsewhere's policy of bringing you elsewhere music, we present this soundtrack to filmmaker Habicht's 20-year old, rather bent fairytale with spoken word narrative, Chesterman's music, Habich's lyrics and guest players including the late Killer Ray, Steve Abel, Warwick Broadhead and Margo Potter. Let it be said that this of course works better if you have seen the film,... > Read more

Hospice for Destitute Lovers, from Woodenhead Reimagined, by Mimi Gilbert

Kurt Vile: (watch my moves): (Verve/digital outlets)

9 May 2022  |  1 min read

For much of this album a reference point is less Kurt Vile's hazy guitar psychedelia but the fact that one of his heroes – with whom he performed – was the late John Prine. And that he name-checkss Neil Young in Goin' On A Plane Today (“Listenin' to Heart of Gold, gonna open up for Neil Young. Man, life can sure be fun”), covers Springsteen's Wages of Sin (which... > Read more

Sin City: Welcome to Sin City (digital outlets)

9 May 2022  |  <1 min read  |  1

If Orville Peck takes his country music seriously, locals Sin City casually weld classic American stadium rock, finger-snap Mink DeVille (Hold On Little Girl), Jersey Shore rock'n'soul (Turn Out the Light) and more on this debut with telling song titles: Hanging From the Branches Above (a dust-blown hanged-man narrative); Belly of the Beast (rockabilly); Pissin' in the Wind and Bandit of Love... > Read more

Orville Peck: Bronco (Columbia/digital outlets)

9 May 2022  |  1 min read

With a desperate baritone sometimes akin to a young Johnny Cash coupled with Chris Isaak's moulded falsetto -- and his face shrouded in a veil like a concubine in a harem -- the stetson-wearing Orville Peck was always going to attract attention: A masked singer before The Masked Singer. Add melodrama – think Bruce Springsteen's album Western Stars for Kalahari... > Read more

Cowboy Junkies: Songs of the Recollection (Proper Records, digital outlets)

1 May 2022  |  <1 min read  |  2

When Canada’s Cowboy Junkies broke through with The Trinity Sessions in 1987, they whispered their way to attention as grunge was making its noisy way into ears. The album, recorded quietly in a church, included their cover of Lou Reed’s Sweet Jane and in the decades since they’ve continued to pepper in covers. Prior to The Trinity Sessions, their abrasive... > Read more

Various Artists: We've Got You Covered (Frenzy)

30 Apr 2022  |  2 min read

One result of an increasingly inward-looking society – exacerbated by Covid isolationism – is a belief in national exceptionalism which elevates its own above all others. New Zealand music has fallen for some of that. But not every album ever released is a lost classic or every artist could’ve been a contender. However the reissue of the self-titled Ragnarok... > Read more

Lydia Pense: I'll Forgive You and Forget You

James Heather: Invisible Forces (digital outlets, Ninja Tune)

30 Apr 2022  |  1 min read

Categories in music have become more arbitrary, flexible and even irrelevant over the past few decades. As we've noted, someone like Leonard Cohen was in rock culture but not of it, and artists like Laurie Anderson and Meredith Monk are listened to by the same people who would play Bowie's blackstar, Thom Yorke soundtracks and Lorde. British pianist James Heather might have a background... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD; Aldous Harding: Warm Chris (Flying Nun)

25 Apr 2022  |  4 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one which comes with the lyrics and a gatefold sleeve. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . .  One of the most defining if divisive  moments in Aldous Harding’s international career came when she appeared on Jools Holland’s British music... > Read more

Clara Engel: Their Invisible Hands (bandcamp)

18 Apr 2022  |  1 min read

Clara Engel from Toronto – whose preferred reference is to they/them – is Elsewhere's kind of artist: they are prolific and self-starting, and very polite in e-mails. The latter goes a long way. Far enough to make us check out this new album which delivers wonderfully crafted songs along the haunting, ethereal drone-cum-alt.folk line. They say... > Read more

I Drink the Rain

Various Artists: See You on the Horizon (Sunreturn)

7 Apr 2022  |  1 min read

There’s been a long and illustrious history of local compilations, from the Loxene Golden Disc collections in the late 60s and early 70s through seminal post-punk albums such as AK 79, Class of ’81, Flying Nun’s “Dunedin double”, Goat’s Milk Soap and others. Compilations from a single label have the dual effect... > Read more

Yumi Zouma: Present Tense

7 Apr 2022  |  1 min read

While very few artists circumvented the vicissitudes of Covid and theconsequent lockdowns, not many were as unlucky as Yumi Zouma. The day before the release of their Truth or Consequences album in early 2020, they were in Washington D.C. to start their first sold-out US tour. Covid hit, their tour consisted of just that one show. Understandably shattered, they went their... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Joy Division: Still

4 Apr 2022  |  <1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . .   Although somewhat dismissed by audiophiles for the uneven sound across the unreleased studio recordings, previously available tracks and live recordings (some very lo-fi), this Joy Division collection released after singer Ian... > Read more

Mousey: My Friends

30 Mar 2022  |  1 min read

Despite her unpromising name (AKA Serena Close) lifted from the lyric of Bowie's Life on Mars and the introspective folk of the opening title track, Mousey can whirl up a storm of guitar-driven indie-rock. My Friends – the title reflecting the over-arching theme of the album mostly conceived during lockdown – follows her excellent debut Lemon Law of 2019... > Read more

Jamie McDell: Jamie McDell

27 Mar 2022  |  1 min read

When Jamie McDell appeared a decade ago as a fully-formed 19-year old singer-songwriter, she was one parents of young teens could happily accept: McDell was outgoing, free of guile, eco-conscious and her image was of the girl on the beach with a guitar singing to friends around a sunset bonfire of driftwood. Her fine debut album Six Strings and a Sailboat in 2012, which won best pop... > Read more

Ragnarok: Ragnarok (Frenzy)

27 Mar 2022  |  2 min read  |  2

Bo Nerbe, who has run his tiny record shop Got To Hurry since 1983 in Stockholm’s old town, takes a step back in alarm when I mention the band Ragnarok. The only Ragnarok he knows are the aggressive Norwegian black metallers of that name who are into satanism, death cults, Norse mythology and extreme volume. Their new bassist is Hellcommander... > Read more

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