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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Sina: Sina (Huh!/Universal)

21 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

They say good things come to those who wait . . . but it's unlikely Sina (as in “sweet Sina's in the front” in OMC's How Bizarre) thought she'd have to wait two decades for her solo album to come out. But back in the late Nineties with her songs produced by Alan Jansson (who'd worked his magic on How Bizarre, Sisters Underground's In the Neighbourhood among many other... > Read more

Beautiful Day

Various Artists: Ten Guitars; Homegrown Heroes (Universal)

20 Nov 2017  |  <1 min read

In a sequel of sorts to the previous Ten Guitars; 40 Songs from Heartland New Zealand which included international artists, this 42-song collection throws the spotlight exclusively on locals . . . and across an impressively wide spectrum, but all songs which resonate here and probably nowhere else. In these days of Spotify and Apple etc playlists and such you might wonder whether... > Read more

Cairo Knife Fight: Seven (Universal)

19 Nov 2017  |  <1 min read

The first thing we observe here on the second album by this powerful duo of American guitarist George Pajon and New Zealand drummer Nick Gaffaney is that the track titles are . . . hmmm. The opener is (1), the next is A-Nine, then it is (5), A-Six, (7), A-Four, (9), A-Seven and . . . we'd say “and so on” but there seems no discernible mathematical or alphabetical pattern... > Read more


Taylor Swift: Reputation (Big Machine/Universal)

16 Nov 2017  |  1 min read

At 15 songs and 55 minutes this new album by Taylor Swift may be just be a bit too long, but it's hard to see where the cull could be. Perhaps Dancing With Our Hands Tied because it isn't up to much, and do we need any more songs like Delicate deploying vocoder? However as with the shapeshifting careers of the likes of Bjork, the Beatles, Radiohead and others, the prolific Swift... > Read more

Getaway Car

Robert Plant: Carry Fire (Nonesuch/Warners)

15 Nov 2017  |  1 min read

It's salutary to think that Robert Plant has now been out of Led Zeppelin for more than three times longer than he was in it. It should mean that references to that former life should have long been set aside, if for no other reason than his musical path in the current century has moved closer to a kind of mystical world music and allusion to more folk blues than blues rock.... > Read more

Bones of Saints

Rostam: Half Light (Nonesuch/Warner)

6 Nov 2017  |  <1 min read

Any record company exec would be glad to sign Rostam Batmanglij as a solo artist after his role as mainman in the musically expansive and interesting Vampire Weekend who he also produced. His other production roles alone would recommend him (Das Racist, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, Santigold, Haim, Frank Ocean) and he's got a rolodex of good contacts. But if he delivered these... > Read more


ONE WE MISSED: Randy Newman; Dark Matter (Nonesuch/Warners)

6 Nov 2017  |  2 min read

Time was – a long time ago, admittedly – that a Randy Newman album would command some serious attention. And you'd think in these troubled time in America that one of that country's greatest, most insightful, acerbic, witty and sometimes oblique socio-political songwriters would be very much in the centre of the satirical frame again. But the times have changed and maybe... > Read more

She Chose Me

Various Artists: Sky Music; A Tribute to Terje Rypdal (Rune Grammofon/Southbound)

30 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

The great guitarist Terje Rypdal – who has appeared at Elsewhere many times – has been a mainstay of the long-running ECM label with a couple of dozen albums under his own name in that discography, as well as working with the likes of drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Miroslav Vitous, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, cellist David Darling, the Hilliard Ensemble and Norwegian... > Read more

Ornen, by Bill Frisell

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

30 Oct 2017  |  2 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 and Yasmin does with EPs. Comments will be brief. .    Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls: John Langford's Four Lost Souls (Bloodshot/Southbound) No... > Read more

Dion Lunadon: Dion Lunadon (Agitated/Border)

30 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

It is extremely good news to see on the line-up for next year's Auckland City Limits the re-formed D4 who – in the late Nineties and early 2000s – held high the banner for punk-fueled rock'n'roll along with running mates the Datsuns. Bassist Dion Palmer aka the Lunadon here, came into the D4 from the equally incendiary Nothing At All! and was the pure embodiment of take no... > Read more


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

23 Oct 2017  |  4 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 BRIEFabout international releases and Yasmin Brown does for EPs.... > Read more

Auaha: Te Pari o Auahatanga/The Flood of Inspiration (Te Aio)

16 Oct 2017  |  2 min read

One of the nominees at the recent Waiata Maori Music Awards in the Maori Traditional Album category, this immensely moving collection of waiata, taonga puoro and ambient noise from its sometimes in situ recording beside the Whanganui River (not long after it was designated a legal entity under the Treaty) was born of as much hardship as celebration. When that river flooded in one of... > Read more

E Moko E

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Gil Scott-Heron; The Revolution Will Not Be Televised . . . Plus (Flying Dutchman/Border)

16 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

The late Gil Scott-Heron was a jazz poet whose work remains interesting and timeless because he directed his messages to his own people more so than to the white audience. His famous title track here Revolution – despite its period references which now make little sense – wasn't as many think a warning to the white establishment but to black folks who weren't going to... > Read more

Whitey on the Moon

Greg Fleming: Working Poor Country (all main digital platforms)

15 Oct 2017  |  2 min read

In a recent Facebook conversation I instigated, I questioned how little political comment there has been in New Zealand popular music. As expected, many people weighed in with particular songs . . . but my point was that these were largely one-offs. Committed and consistently socio-political songwriters are thin on the ground, although we immediately acknowledge early Herbs, Moana... > Read more

Move to the Side

Alargo: Primacy (Pacific Echoes)

12 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

Alargo are multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kingsley Melhuish and keyboard/synth player Alan Brown, and both programmes loops. Brown has appeared at Elsewhere a number of times under his own name (and he did an Elsewhere Jazz Questionnaire in 2015), but most notably for his beautifully ambient-cum-understatement album Silent Observer. Melhuish – here on lots of things you... > Read more

Warning Signs

Liam Gallagher: As You Were (Warners)

9 Oct 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

Quite a few were dismissive of Liam Gallagher's previous post-Oasis incarnation in Beady Eye, but round this way their debut Different Gear Still Speeding and the slightly lesser follow-up BE were greeted with some pleasure for their widescreen guitar rock (Oasis in other words) and Liam's jibes at his brother Noel. They weren't great, but then again the final few Oasis albums were... > Read more

For What It's Worth

Chris Hillman: Bidin' My Time (Rounder/Southbound)

9 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

An inevitable pall of sadness hangs over this reflective collection by the former-Byrd/Burrito Brothers etc Chris Hillman. It was the final album the late Tom Petty produced, and he appears here – in an instrumental capacity – alongside a roll call of greats from Hillman's past: they include fellow Byrds David Crosby and Roger McGuinn; Heartbreakers keyboard player... > Read more

Such is the World That We Live In

Various Artists: Lovin' Mighty Fire (BGP/Border)

9 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

And this is why we still need CDs. Subtitled Nippon Funk Soul Disco 1973-1983, this enjoyable 14-song collection -- from the same source as these and this -- comes with a thorough liner note essay by Howard Williams who offers a fascinating cultural history of post-war Japan, the emerging technology and mostly the impact of black music there. A jazz writer Yuchi Shouichi quotes argues... > Read more

Banana, by Kay Ishiguro

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

9 Oct 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 and Yasmin does with EPs. Comments will be brief. .   Various Artists: Erased Tapes Collection VIII (Erased Tapes/Southbound) Cool, another... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: JD Blackfoot; The Song of Crazy Horse (Sisapa/Border)

9 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

One of the more rare, unusual and acclaimed albums from the early Seventies, The Song of Crazy Horse by American singer-songwriter Blackfoot has been in and out of availability, and the vinyl commands a pretty decent price on e-Bay. Blackfoot's full story is at his website here. But the shorthand is that after an impressive if not especially profitable early career in the US... > Read more

Comin' Down