Music at Elsewhere

These pages - sometimes with sample tracks and videos posted - introduce and review music which may otherwise go unheard and unnoticed. Subscribers to Elsewhere (free, here) receive a weekly e-newsletter with updates on what's new at the ever-expanding site.  Elsewhere: an equal opportunity enjoyer. So enjoy.

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Park Rd: The Novel (Loop/digital outlets)

25 May 2024  |  1 min read

This Auckland five-piece have established themselves as live favourites at festivals here and in Australia, and drawn attention to this 13-song debut album by releasing five strong – possibly even their strongest – songs already. Singer Tom Chamberlain has one of those pleading voices which nudges into soulful hurt (Hey Hello, the interesting Asleep:Awake, Tonight I, I Don't... > Read more

Miss French: The Trials and Tribulations of Miss French Pt Two (Spirit of Play/digital outlets)

25 May 2024  |  1 min read

Miss French is Julie Foa'i and the reason for the long gap between her 2016 album The Trials and Tribulations of Miss French Pt 1 and this is perhaps because she's been so busy managing the enterprise that is the acclaimed Te Vaka. Married to that band's mainman/songwriter Opetaia – who produced, arranged and wrote the music for some of the 12 songs – Julie steps well away from... > Read more

Differences Blues

Various Artists: Everybody's Getting Involved; A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense (digital outlets)

24 May 2024  |  1 min read

While Lorde's cover of the Al Green song Take Me to the River (which was in Talking Heads' repertoire) understandably got attention locally – although she shoulder-taps the Heads too much when Al might have offered a more challenging and interesting take – there is so much ordinary and sometimes downright awful stuff on this tribute that you wonder why some of them bothered.... > Read more

Life During Wartime, by DJ Tunez

Polite Company: Please Go Wild (digital outlets)

24 May 2024  |  2 min read

The key name in this band is singer-writer Alan Gregg, formerly of the Dribbling Darts of Love (alongside Matthew Bannister), the much-admired Mutton Birds and who has also recorded with Neil Finn and Ron Sexsmith. Now based back in London, Gregg brings a wry, observation attitude like the best of British (Ray Davies, Jarvis of Pulp, Damon of Blur, Mike Skinner of The Streets) but with a... > Read more

Perfectly Good Explanation

Leila Adu: Moonstone and Tar Sands (digital outlets)

13 May 2024  |  1 min read

Brought to our attention by New York-based expat musician and designer Andrew B White, this artist is very much Elsewhere. From what we can find she is a British-born expat New Zealander, a Grammy-nominated composer and an assistant music professor at New York University. She got her BMus at Victoria, Wellington and doctorate at Princeton. She has written for the London Sinfonietta,... > Read more

Gold Yod ft PUBLIQuartet

T Bone Burnett: The Other Side (digital outlets)

13 May 2024  |  1 min read

When Elvis Costello played at the now long-demolished His Majesty's Theatre in Auckland in 1985, he strode down the aisle singing Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues which, by the time he got to the stage, morphed into Pump It Up. It was dramatic flourish to start a brilliant show and an acknowledgement of source material. As he did in a duet as the Coward Brothers – Howard and... > Read more

He Came Down

The O'Donnell Brothers: Back in the Day (odbrosmusic)

13 May 2024  |  2 min read

It was 1990 when I met Auckland bassist Greg O'Donnell. He was in Gray Bartlett's band going into Southern China – a year after the Tiananmen Square massacre – for concerts and music workshops. I was the tag-along journalist who was going to write something for the Herald. It was a fascinating 10 days, Gray was generous with the Chinese students, the band and concerts were... > Read more

You Can't Hide

Rupert Angeleyes: Pillow Talk (digital outlets)

12 May 2024  |  <1 min read

This Minneapolis-based and much toured artist (he's played in 48 of the US states) is frequently described as “psych and dream pop” which is sort of true in that some of his songs here meander nicely or play off the tropes of dream pop. But there's also something more funky going on in the bass lines (Make Out Lately), shafts of synth-pop scattered throughout (the shapeshifting... > Read more

Matt Joe Gow and Kerryn Fields: I Remember You (digital outlets)

8 May 2024  |  1 min read

Melbourne-based expat country singer-songwriter Matt Joe Gow saw his name suddenly appear in media coverage here recently: he was nominated for best country album at the AMAs in a shortlist alongside Kaylee Bell and the Mitchell Twins. That fine company to be in. Gow is no stranger to acclaim, he has released five solo albums with two of them winning Music Victoria Awards and has a... > Read more


Pearl Jam: Dark Matter (digital outlets)

8 May 2024  |  2 min read

More than 20 years ago I had one of the more interesting interviews of my career. It was in 2002 in Seattle when I sat down with the members of Pearl Jam, and had a lengthy one-on-one with singer/writer Eddie Vedder who was serious at times and funny at others. The complete transcript of the Vedder interview is here . . . and against the odds Pearl Jam are still here. Think about it.... > Read more

Got to Give

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Fuemana: New Urban Polynesian (Urban Pacifica/digital outlets)

4 May 2024  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this album released for the first time on vinyl but now appears with an insert essay/overview by Martin Pepperrell. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . Deep in our archives there is an interesting interview with Phil Fuemana and Sisters Underground which... > Read more

Beat Rhythm Fashion: Critical Mass (Failsafe/digital outlets)

4 May 2024  |  2 min read

Beat Rhythm Fashion would be very familiar to anyone going to gigs in Wellington around 1980 but for many they were more spoken of than heard, despite some excellent singles. However their story was far from over after they disbanded in 1982 . . . although there was a fairly lengthy hiatus. About 36 years of hiatus in fact, until singer/writer/guitarist Nino Birch and drummer Caroline... > Read more

What We've Become

The Church: Eros Zeta and the Perfumed Guitars (digital outlets)

27 Apr 2024  |  1 min read

Since Elsewhere's interview with the Church's Steve Kilbey in 2018 – now the sole remaining member of the original line-up after the departure of Marty Willson-Piper in 2013 and Peter Koppes in 2019 – he has nudged the band into areas which appeal to him. In our interview a great deal of the conversation was about myth and magic, esoteric books and art, Lewis Carroll and... > Read more


Black Keys: Ohio Players (digital outlets)

26 Apr 2024  |  1 min read

Because Black Keys have appeared so often at Elsewhere, we feel we know them well. Although to give credit where it's due, the duo haven't settle on a style for long. When we first saw them a couple of decades ago in a gig at Auckland's now-closed Kings Arms, Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and drummer Patrick Carney were a ragged, blues-rock garage band but – like the early White... > Read more

Beautiful People (Stay High)

Ha The Unclear: A Kingdom in a Cul-de-sac (Think Zik!/digital outlets)

23 Apr 2024  |  <1 min read

For a band with a surreal name, this indie.rock outfit from Dunedin (the vehicle for songwriter-singer Michael Cathro MSc), have appeared a few times at Elsewhere in the past decade, including with a video compilation. This latest release on the boutique French label Think Zik! is a kind of compilation-cum-new album which opens with a couple of their early and catchy singles (Growing Mould,... > Read more


Adrianne Lenker: Bright Future (digital outlets)

19 Apr 2024  |  1 min read

Outside of the experimental alt.folk group Big Thief, writer-singer Adrianne Lenker has run a parallel career which is dinstictive and engrossing in its own right. This album is, at least on paper, her sixth (her previous, the simultaneously released Songs and Instrumentals album turned up in many best of 2020 albums) and has a typically interesting backstory: it was recorded in a backwoods... > Read more

Khruangbin: A La Sala (Dead Oceans/digital outlets)

15 Apr 2024  |  <1 min read

One of the problems which comes with an artist having a distinctive and unique sound is that unless they move it around a bit, that signature becomes so familiar that casual listeners think, “Oh, more of the same”. That hasn't been too much of a problem for this trio out of Texas whose debut The Universe Smiles Upon You established their lovely brand of gently psychedelic... > Read more

Pon Pon

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Giant Sand: Chore of Enchantment (Fire/digital outlets)

12 Apr 2024  |  1 min read

One of the most interesting interviews Elsewhere has ever done – and remember, we've done literally many-many hundreds, and then some – was with Howe Gelb. Gelb'sbest known for his band Giant Sand – which has clocked up nearly 30 albums – although he also has nearly that many under his own name. Back in 2011 we interviewed him at length – one of our longest... > Read more

No Reply

Laetitia Sadier: Rooting for Love (digital outlets)

12 Apr 2024  |  <1 min read

Mostly known for her central role in Britain's wide-reaching, alternative band Stereolab, French-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Sadier has enjoyed a diverse solo career and interesting collaborations with the likes of San Francisco's Deerhoof and the Brazilian band Mombojó (as Modern Cosmology). For this fifth solo album she embraces nuanced art-pop (Protéïformunité), borrowings... > Read more

Don't Forget You're Mine

Sin City: Another Round (digital outlets)

8 Apr 2024  |  <1 min read

Sometimes the cover or album title tells you exactly what you need to know. And so it is with ramshackle rockers Sin City whose Delaney Davidson-produced debut Welcome to Sin City of two years ago we described as offering “loose-limbed swagger, braggadocio, ramshackle country rock'n'roll, barroom ballads and country cliches mined for knowing humour”. This follow-up –... > Read more

I'm Your Man