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Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough (Sony/digital outlets)

26 Mar 2021  |  1 min read

Assured and assertive women frequently populated the often-autobiographical songs of country legend Loretta Lynn who, although 89 next month, doesn't look much older than when she recorded the enormously successful Van Lear Rosewith Jack White of the White Stripes in 2004. That was an important album for White loosening himself from rock. For Lynn it was just another hitching post on a... > Read more

Rough Church: Emergency Breakthrough (Powertools)

26 Mar 2021  |  1 min read

There are credible name-checks in favour of this American power-pop/rocker/indie balladeer/poet Greg Franco to pique local interest. He came to New Zealand's Powertools label with his 2006 album which he'd recorded in Dunedin with the Clean's David Kilgour and Robert Scott, the late Tane Tokona (of Kilgour's Heavy Eights) and Tom Bell (venue owner, engineer etc). Apparently he is... > Read more

Vapour Theories: Celestial Scuzz (Fire/Southbound/digital outlets)

24 Mar 2021  |  1 min read

Bardo Ponds, the fuzzed-out psychedelic project of brothers John and Michael Gibbons from Philadelphia have been at it for almost 30 years but have only ever appeared at Elsewhere once, four years ago with Under the Pines which fell more into the “interesting” than “essential” category. The brothers also run this intermittent and more experimental... > Read more

Nancy Sinatra: Start Walkin' 1965-1976 (Light in the Attic/digital outlets)

17 Mar 2021  |  2 min read  |  1

Among my cheaply bought secondhand records is the 1972 album Again by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood . It was previously in the music library at 4ZB (the cover also has an official NZBC sticker) and someone, presumably the programmer, has written in heavy ballpoint “DON'T PLAY” and drawn a line through the song Down from Dover. Next to the cheery Back on the... > Read more

Danalogue and Alabaster DePlume: I Was Not Sleeping (Total Refreshment/digital outlets)

15 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

Neither of these names may be widely familiar but Danalogue – on synths and keyboards – came to Elsewhere's attention as part of the exceptional Comet is Coming jazz (and elsewhere) ensemble out of London, and he was on Sarathy Kowar's terrific More Arriving album of 2019. Saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist DePlume (Gus Fairburn) we do not know but he seems to move... > Read more

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: Carnage (Goliath/digital outlets)

13 Mar 2021  |  2 min read

Nick Cave may have alienated some with trenchant comments about the call for a cultural boycott of Israel in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Among other things, he called it an attempt “to bully, shame and silence musicians”, but also asserted that although he and the Bad Seeds played in Tel Aviv in 2017 that shouldn't be read as tacit support for Israel's... > Read more

Opposite Sex: High Drama (Spik & Span/digital outlets)

12 Mar 2021  |  1 min read

Most music has turned into such commodified product that it's sometimes hard to remember the period – before the lifetime of some, of course – when musicians took risks, made the noises they wanted and just went their own way independent of everyone else. Maybe the post-punk period of the early Eighties – the time we refer to here – was an aberration: but it sure was... > Read more

Shoots Me Like a Knife

Loud Ghost: All in a Day (Tone Exchange/digital outlets)

12 Mar 2021  |  1 min read

Loud Ghost is the rock'n'roll outlet for Auckland multi-disciplined Darryn Harkness (New Telepathics, Serafin, From Scratch, poetry collections, artwork) who is now getting close to about 20 albums under his various guises. The previous self-titled Loud Ghost album was more than five years ago but in the interim (as you can tell) he has been busy on other projects, notably the expanded and... > Read more

Adjiri Odametey: Ekonklo/Other Side (bandcamp)

12 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

This delightful 13-song album came to Elsewhere direct from Ghanaian-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Odametey. He seduces you in with the intimate Kootse but then picks up the tempo with the gently joyful bounce of Ghana Groove with that seductive, tickling guitar style from that coast of Africa. (If you haven't a decent album since Paul Simon's Graceland start... > Read more

The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness: Songs From Another Life (Kool Kat/digital outlets)

7 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

Move right along folks, nothing to hear here . . . Unless you get the reference in this Scottish/Spanish duo's name and like the idea of elemental, jangling power-pop/soft-rock. For those not in the know the band's name refers to New Jersey's wonderful Feelies and their debut album Crazy Rhythms of 1980 (which had a track The Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness). It has long been one of... > Read more

Gitbox: Curveball + Gitbox in Concert (Rattle/digital outlets)

6 Mar 2021  |  1 min read

Recently I was invited to write the liner notes for this new release by Auckland's Gitbox guitar ensemble. Thirty years ago as Gitbox Rebellion -- some of the original members still in the current line-up  -- they launched the Rattle label, so this album was an anniversary homecoming. This is what I wrote . . . .  Time, as we live through it, seems linear. But sometimes we can... > Read more

Transglobal Underground: A Gathering of Strangers 2021 (Mule/digital outlets)

5 Mar 2021  |  1 min read  |  2

In the very early Nineties I made my way through London streets to an obscure doorway and went down narrow stairs into the heart of the fledgling record company Nation Records. I had been won over by their glorious genre/culture defying sounds where tabla and the glorious voice of Natacha Atlas sat alongside rap, strings, samples, programmes, trip-hop and so much more. Their albums were... > Read more

Hey You Shepherd

Citrus Clouds: Collider (Lollipop/bandcamp)

5 Mar 2021  |  1 min read

Elsewhere's unashamed enthusiasm for power pop and shoegaze gets another exercising with this new album by a trio from Phoenix, who seem to have had a line-up change around Erick Pineda since we encountered them with their excellent Imagination album in 2017. There is a subtle shift here into some very widescreen, dreamscape shoegaze pop (In a Dream and the majestic Pastel Sky which seems... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Weta: Geographica, 20th Anniversary Reissue (Warners/digital outlets)

5 Mar 2021  |  2 min read

When Aaron Tokona died last year there was understandable shock and grief. He was just 45 when his big heart, which had pumped a remarkable career and touched so many, gave out. Often Tokona (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Maniapoto) seemed a musician-without-portfolio, taking his prodigious vocal and guitar talents wherever they were needed, or fancy took him. Spooling back: He... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Jane Weaver: Flock (Fire/Southbound/digital outlets)

1 Mar 2021  |  2 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one which comes with a download code but no lyric sheet unfortunately . . . .  Britain's Jane Weaver has appeared a few times at Elsewhere, once for the recommended Modern Kosmology of 2017 about which we said, “Across this album, which seems to stand outside of time, Weaver has... > Read more

rotor plus: Fugue States – After (digital outlets)

26 Feb 2021  |  1 min read

Words like “ambient” and “atmospheric” are used frequently to describe music which is often restful, quiet, spacious and understated. In recent decades these sounds have often been generated by synthesisers programmed for warmth and restfulness. Or from piano recorded so the notes have a long delay and seem to hang in the air. Brian Eno famously... > Read more

Foo Fighters: Medicine at Midnight (Warner/digital outlets)

26 Feb 2021  |  2 min read

Dave Grohl became such a part of rock's rich tapestry these past two decades you'd be forgiven for thinking he's always been something of a senior statesman. At 52, Grohl – Nirvana's drummer who emerged as the frontman/songwriter for his all-conquering Foo Fighters – is the well-adjusted rock star who has recorded with Paul McCartney, Queens of the Stone Age, Bruce Springsteen,... > Read more

Bilders: Move Along, Love Among (bandcamp)

24 Feb 2021  |  2 min read

Last year Bill Direen – aka Bilders, the musician, writer, poet and Swiss Knife of New Zealand culture – appeared as Ferocious on an album with composer/drummer Johannes Contag (Cloudboy, The Golden Awesome) and guitarist Mark Williams for their self-titled album on the Rattle label. Even in Rattle's expansive imprint, Ferocious was something unique in that it bridged many... > Read more

Grant Haua: Awa Blues (Dixie Frog/digital outlets)

22 Feb 2021  |  1 min read

When singer/songwriter and guitarist Grant Haua was interviewed recently by Marty Duda for his 13thFloor website, he committed a great heresy. Haua laughed about how much he enjoyed recording his new album Awa Blues, “it wasn't like hard work”. What he should have said, to be taken as A Serious Artist, was that it was real struggle, there were a lot of anxious moments of... > Read more

This is the Place

RECOMMENDED RECORD: The Besnard Lakes: Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings (Fat Cat/digital outlets)

22 Feb 2021  |  2 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one which comes as double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with a lyric sheet . . . Every now and again a 21stcentury psychedelic rock band emerges with its roots in the classic late Sixties/early Seventies sound of mind-expanding music with a widescreen delivery. Elsewhere has long had an... > Read more