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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Wukong the Monkey King: 21st Century Time Travelling (digital outlets)

22 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

It's widely accepted that some of the most interesting things in life and the arts happen when cultures rub against each. Focus that down onto music and when genres are scrambled or denied, and when sounds from various cultures come into play you get Womads, contemporary world music and things like the recent albums by 75 Dollar Bill, Sarathy Korwar and . . . and this five-piece from... > Read more

ONE WE MISSED: Mark Mulcahy: The Gus (Mezzotint/Southbound)

21 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

Given the admirers who appeared on the 2009 tribute album to him included Frank Black, Thom Yorke, Juliana Hatfield, Michael Stipe, the National and many other luminaries, you'd think this US singer-songwriter would be much better known. He's released five albums under his own name (Elsewhere reviewed the last two) as well as those with his bands Miracle Legion (mostly defunct) and Polaris.... > Read more

Wicked World

The Four Fours; Complete Singles 1963-66. Human Instinct and the Four Fours; 1983-68 (both Frenzy)

20 Jul 2019  |  2 min read

While talking with a friend, who knows a lot about all kinds of New Zealand music, we agreed that not every local band was great and not every album a Kiwi classic. Despite what their champions might say. Yes, we had some excellent musicians, and even many great ones, but often the vehicles they had – the band around them, their singles and/or albums – were... > Read more

Renaissance Fair, by Human Instinct (1968)

Various Artists: Three Day Week (Ace/Border)

8 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

Think of the musical landscape of Britain in the early Seventies: the glam-camp of Bowie and T Rex and Wizzard; prog-rock by Genesis and the Moody Blues, the heavy boots of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and others; the art-rock of Roxy Music, mainstream pop and Hawkwind . . . Well, there was another more depressing Britain as this 26 song compilation – subtitled When The... > Read more

Home Fit for Heroes, by the Edgar Broughton Band (1972)

Phil Alvin: Un “Sung Stories” (Ace/Border)

8 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

Although America's Blasters never really got their due in the late Seventies/early Eighties for their full throated blues, rockabilly and rock'n'roll-based sound in the punk era, one of the co-founders Dave Alvin went on to a significant solo career. His co-founding brother Phil didn't pursue much music after the band broke up – he studied maths and AI at university and as a post-grad... > Read more

Daddy Rollin' Stone

Andrew Masseurs: Traveller in the Sky (digital outlets)

7 Jul 2019  |  <1 min read

Andrew Masseurs was the lung-power out front of Wellington's quite exceptional four-piece Ammp some years back, and in 2011 Elsewhere recommended their stadium-shaped album Back of the Sun. Now let it be said what he did then and does now, is go the whole Bono on the driving, wide-screen ballads of anthemic proportions. So if you've had your fill of U2 then you probably don't... > Read more

Black Keys: “Let's Rock” (Easy Eye)

6 Jul 2019  |  1 min read

The first time I saw the Black Keys was at a Kings Arms gig when they were just starting out and were being acclaimed by the bFM crowd as some kind of alt.blues band. They were pretty dire and I remember thinking (as I subsequently wrote) that even on a bad night – and I saw him on one – George Thorogood would wipe the floor with them for energy, chops and guitar fury. But... > Read more

Kokomo: Sunset Claws (Boatshed/digital outlets)

30 Jun 2019  |  1 min read

It's been a long time between new albums for this long-running Bay of Plenty band and their gritty blues-grounded pop-rock, country-rock and dark ballads. Three years ago they offered a damn fine career retrospective with Batten Down the Hatches and you might have thought that was acting as fine farewell . . . but no. Here they come again – five years on from their last studio... > Read more

Turn the Lights Down Low

Jane Weaver: Loops in the Secret Society (Fire/Southbound)

24 Jun 2019  |  <1 min read

After considerable interest in her excellent second album Modern Kosmology in 2017, Fire Records out of Britain reissued her '14 debut album for the label The Silver Globe by this electronica artist who has touchstones in late Seventies space-rock, motorik rhythms, ambient drones, dramatic rushes of synths and the post-rave psychedelic dancefloor. It is a heady brew and Elsewhere has... > Read more

Mission Desire

Flying Lotus: Flamagra (Warp/Border)

17 Jun 2019  |  1 min read

Jazz composer/trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his cheerleader Stanley Crouch often used to talk about how much “musical information” there was on certain albums. You'd like to hear how they might interpret and decode this one by Flying Lotus aka Steven Ellison: Years in the making; a celebrity collision of guests including Thundercat, Anderson.Paak, George Clinton, Toro Y Moi and... > Read more

Debbie is Depressed

Marianne Faithfull: Come and Stay With Me (Ace/Border)

16 Jun 2019  |  2 min read

On her Strange Weather album in '87 and No Exit (live from 2016), Marianne Faithfull delivered more definitive versions of the song As Tears Go By which Jagger-Richards wrote for her in 1964 when she was a seemingly chaste Catholic schoolgirl full of innocence. Back then she sang it as if in a drawing room, the young Elizabethan girl looking out the world beyond the window and knowing she... > Read more

Counting

Eli Paperboy Reed: 99 Cents Dreams (Yep Roc/Southbound)

9 Jun 2019  |  <1 min read

Channeling the sound and spirit of classic soul (Smokey, young Otis and Marvin, Al Green, Sam Cooke and more), Eli Paperboy Reed -- a white guy originally from Massachusetts, now in his mid 30s – has seriously immersed himself in blues and soul. His track record has been convincing and this album – recorded at Sam Phillips' studio in Memphis with local black backing singers the... > Read more

Lover's Compensation

Vanishing Twin: The Age of Immunology (Fire)

8 Jun 2019  |  <1 min read

As the Felice Brothers stare into the abyss of Amerikkka on their current Undress album, this UK-based group of migrant members (Belgium, Japan, Italy, France and the US) – helmed by writer Cathy Lucas – deliver an album which willfully denies the borders erected between people and musical genres. So they offer hope (the seven minute-plus folk-jazz drift of You Are Not An... > Read more

Backstroke

Felice Brothers: Undress (Yep Roc/Southbound)

8 Jun 2019  |  <1 min read

After all these decades people still cheer, perhaps more loudly these days, when Bob Dylan sings “even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked” in It's Alright Ma. The idea of the trappings stripped away – rather than literal nakedness – propels the opener/title track here where the long-running country-rockers Felice Brothers tear away... > Read more

Socrates

The National: I Am Easy to Find (4AD/Rhythmethod)

27 May 2019  |  2 min read

For almost two decades the National, originally out of Ohio but these days its members living on various continents, have inspired an almost slavish loyalty from those who, rightly, acclaim their smart amalgam of an almost art-rock approach to edgy but straight-ahead rock. And it has come with just enough of a whiff of avant-prog leanings which found its zenith on their previous album Sleep... > Read more

Roman Holiday

Elroy Finn: Elroy (Rhythmethod/digital outlets)

27 May 2019  |  1 min read

After years playing in various bands with the likes of Lawrence Arabia and Connan Mockasin, in the vanity project Pablo Vasquez, as well as Finn family line-ups (notably on father Neil's dreamy and darkly beautiful Out of Silence album), multi-instrumentalist Elroy Finn releases this, his debut album. Out of those diverse experiences, this self-titled album emerges more along the lines of... > Read more

Stubbleman: Mountains and Plains (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

27 May 2019  |  1 min read

The great and diverse landscape and the lure of the road with the freedom it offers has been a constant in American life since white settlers arrived and wondered what was over the horizon. Great writers and filmmakers have been seduced by it, Native Americans understand it, people plunder it and Europeans often are in awe of the sheer spaciousness of the country and the huge sky is lies... > Read more

Great River Road

Taking Back Sunday: XX (Craft/Southbound)

18 May 2019  |  <1 min read

To be honest, Elsewhere has never previously encountered this New York band . . . which is a considerable oversight given this is their 20thanniversary retrospective. But unless you have a thing for yelping emo-angst and that peculiarly Eighties/Nineties American take on what they called punk rock (No Doubt, Blink 182, Green Day before American Idiot and so on) then you haven't missed much.... > Read more

All Ready to Go

The Budos Band: V (Daptone/Southbound)

17 May 2019  |  <1 min read

Combining the horn fire-power of the Daptone label with hefty rock guitar, a soul thump and Ethiopian jazz, this nine-piece American band deliver an instrumental album which fairly races out the gate and straight to the dancefloor. However, there's a psychedelic quality at work too (The Enchanter with its dirty guitar part and strange organ) alongside what could be blaxploitation... > Read more

Spider Web Part 1

Peter Doherty and the Puta Madres: Peter Doherty and the Puta Madres (Strap Originals/Southbound)

17 May 2019  |  1 min read

If you believed the British rock press a decade or so ago, Pete Doherty was a lyrically insightful genius who was like Keats, Ray Davies and Oscar Wilde all wrapped up in a rock'n'roll ball of swagger and addiction. With Kate Moss at his side. If that were even remotely true then all we can say is how the mighty fell, and so far. Although there were enjoyably louche and... > Read more

Lamentable Ballad of Gascony Avenue