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Teenage Fanclub: Endless Arcade (Pema/digital outlets)

3 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

The Fannies journey was always one worth following once they established themselves at the midpoint of classic British pop and American power-pop (Big Star and the early Byrds key references) with their Bandwagonesque album in '91. They grew and developed in interesting (if not always successful) directions but in advance of their Powerstation show in Auckland in 2019 we were pleased to... > Read more

Danny Elfman: Big Mess (Nonesuch/digital outlets)

27 Jun 2021  |  2 min read

If there were an apartment block for soundtrack composers, like the old Brill Building of songwriters in New York City, the penthouse suites would have long-term residents like Hans Zimmer (Gladiator to Kung Fu Panda), David Arnold (the recent Bond franchise among others), James Newton Howard (rom-coms to Peter Jackson's King Kong), Hildur Guðnadóttir (A Hijacking, Sicaro, television's... > Read more

Dry Cleaning: New Long Leg (4AD/digital outlets)

21 Jun 2021  |  2 min read  |  1

If the immediate acclaim heaped on The Strokes when they emerged two decades ago taught us anything it was to be wary of middle-age and older white male rock critics who heard in them the formative music of their own youth (New Wave/Lou Reed?New York swagger) and therefore anointed the band with some strange notion of authenticity. The Strokes were fun, but accusations... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Crowded House: Dreamers Are Waiting (EMI/Digital outlets)

21 Jun 2021  |  2 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one which comes in a gatefold sleeve with a lyric booklet . . . .  Many years ago Neil Finn observed that bands had a natural life-span: The Beatles, Split Enz, his own Crowded House which played its farewell concert in November 96 at the Sydney Opera House to over 200,000.... > Read more

Snowpoet: Wait For Me (Edition Records/digital outlets)

20 Jun 2021  |  <1 min read

Neatly uncategorisable, this album fronted by the British duo of singer-songwriter Lauren Kinsella and producer/keyboardist Chris Hyson have found a place between folk-pop, electronica and spoken word which is lush, warm, mysterious and somehow also lands them in the jazz category. Here with additional piano, sax, drums, guitar and violin they weave a sonically layered tapestry of multiple... > Read more

The Datsuns: Eye to Eye (digital outlets)

19 Jun 2021  |  1 min read

A decade before the ascension of Our Lorde to Grammy heaven, one of our most successful musical exports were the hard rocking Datsuns out of Cambridge. In the late 90s and early 2000s they opened here for Sweden's Hellacopters and the White Stripes, and with Auckland's similarly-inclined D4 presented a formidable double bill of energetic thrash, rock and youthful enthusiasm. The Datsuns... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: The Coral: Coral Island (Run On/digital outlets)

14 Jun 2021  |  2 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one which is a double album in a gatefold sleeve with lyric booklet of the linking spoken word passages . . . .   At this geographical distance from the UK it has always been the fact that we are familiar with those at the top of the British pop iceberg (Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Elastica... > Read more

Mdou Moctar: Afrique Victime (Matador/digital outlets)

12 Jun 2021  |  1 min read

Remarkably, it has been more than 15 years since Elsewhere started to write about what has been called “desert blues” or “Sahara blues” out of the Tuareg (and beyond) musicians from the sub-Sahara (and beyond) region of West Africa. Back then we picked Etran Finatawa and Tinariwen albums among our best of the year (and twice more since for the latter's subsequent... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Pitch Black: Futureproof (Dubmissions/double vinyl)

11 Jun 2021  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one . . . The electronica duo of Mike Hodgson and Paddy Free have done a remarkable job of keeping their pretty damn wonderful catalogue alive despite Hodgson longtime domiciled in the UK and Free still in Auckland. They have released new albums, rarities and remixes, and more recently... > Read more

ONE WE MISSED: Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Way Down in the Rust Bucket (Reprise/digital outlets)

10 Jun 2021  |  1 min read  |  2

Elsewhere readers will know we blow very hot and bitterly cold on Neil Young's output. So yet another album from his bottomless archive? Hmm. Let's be honest, there have been so many live and home-recorded albums just in the past few years pulled from dusty archives, most of which don't leave much of a lasting impression beyond their playing time. So when we are enthusiastic it is... > Read more

Penelope Trappes: Penelope Three (Houndstooth/digital outlets)

8 Jun 2021  |  <1 min read

This final installment of an electronica-cum-ambient trilogy by Australian-born, briefly New York-based and current resident in Brighton, doesn't require knowledge of the first two parts. This dark, emotionally cool and sometimes glacially romantic album is about love, reconciliation and closure, and – given that over-arching theme – it floats easily into the consciousness... > Read more

Chrissie Hynde: Standing in the Doorway (digital outlets)

7 Jun 2021  |  2 min read

Those wondering about the current tributes to Bob Dylan – who signed his first record contract 60 years ago – needn't look too far for the reason: The man whose self-titled debut album in 1962 sold a paltry 5000 copies just turned 80. Dylan was the poetic songwriter who changed the coordinates of popular music when he introduced contemporary issues (civil rights, racism, the... > Read more

Various Artists: The Kiwi Music Scene 1965 (Frenzy)

31 May 2021  |  2 min read

What a remarkable year 1965 was in popular music. The Beatles gave us Ticket to Ride, Help!, Yesterday, the Rubber Soul album and more; Bob Dylan changed everything with Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited; Jagger-Richards stepped up for the Stones as distinctive songwriters with The Last Time, Satisfaction and Get Off Of My Cloud; the British Invasion bands (Animals,... > Read more

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Paul Weller: Fat Pop, Vol. 1 (Universal/digital outlets)

24 May 2021  |  1 min read

One of the best albums of 2020 was Paul Weller's expansive On Sunset, a collection so consistent (aside from one misstep) we recommended it on the double vinyl version to get the full arc. And we might point you to the remixes which are also on Spotify (one by our favourite Jane Weaver). On Sunset confirmed that of all those who emerged out of post-punk Britain half a century ago he... > Read more

Tazman Jack: Eyes Closed (digital outlets)

24 May 2021  |  1 min read

Tazman Jack is certainly talented. For this six-song debut (and the remix of Deeper) he played just about everything (his acoustic guitar playing is sensitive and impressive) and in terms of lyrical content he makes all the moves that so many young New Zelanders like: he comes off as a sensitive guy (Show Me Love); is supportive of mental health issues (Better Than Me with a light reggae... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Dianne Swann: The War on Peace of Mind ( /digital outlets)

23 May 2021  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one . . . .   Because we have recently published an extensive interview with Dianne Swann about this album (and much else besides), let's just cut to the chase. Here are eight, discrete originals across two tight sides of vinyl which embrace global... > Read more

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Squid: Bright Green Field (Warp/Border/digital outlets)

20 May 2021  |  1 min read

This acclaimed UK five-piece confound expectations at every turn on this twisting, shape-shifting debut album which has had some labelling it psychedelic (an inadequate and misleading description). But if this were vinyl (and it is available on record, see below) if you dropped the needle at random you'd be referencing Gang of Four, Talking Heads, krautrock, J Mascis, Pere Ubu or primal... > Read more

Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage: Blues Alif Lam Mim in the Mode of Rag Infinity/Rag Cosmosis (Blank Forms/Soundcloud)

14 May 2021  |  <1 min read

Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage is an ensemble lead by the Swedish experimental composer Catherine Christer Hennix (b 1948) whose credentials are impeccable in that she studied with Stockhausen, collaborated with La Monte Young in New York and, almost inevitably given the minimalist milieu, then studied with Pandit Pran Nath. She's a mathematician and a visual artist as well as a poet and... > Read more

The Chills: Scatterbrain (Fire/digital outlets)

14 May 2021  |  1 min read

Three years ago, on the release of the Chills' album Snow Bound, Martin Phillipps noted people were saying “it sounded like the Chills”, his particular style evident almost 40 years after the band first appeared out of Dunedin. “If there is a reward that I would dreamt of, it is that,” he said. “That there's a signature style and [I'm] being recognised for... > Read more

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Van Morrison: Latest Record Project Vol 1. (Warner/digital outlets)

9 May 2021  |  1 min read  |  1

The few Van Morrison's biographies this writer has read could all be titled Bitter From Birth. He might have tapped into some beautiful Celtic soul and mysticism all those decades ago, but he's always been humourless and – even to the present day – harbours grudges (notably about how he was burned by the music business more than half a century ago). There have been some... > Read more