Other Voices, Other Rooms

This page offers the opportunity for other opinions to be added to Elsewhere. Contributions should be around 600 - 1000 words and can be sent to Graham Reid for consideration. (Use the "contact" link, bottom left.)

And because this is Elsewhere, there are no constraints on the subject matter. A small idea written large or a big idea distilled down are equally acceptable. We invite your contributions. 

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GUEST WRITER MITCH MYERS pays tribute to bands that weren't The Band

31 Jul 2018  |  7 min read

As music lovers around the world celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Band’s landmark Music From Big Pink debut, MAGNET’s Mitch Myers digs a little deeper to introduce you to some lesser-known, sonically similar, mostly non-American artists from that time period, and the You Tube clips to back them up. . When the Band released its first two... > Read more

GUEST WRITER GRIFFIN JENKINS considers a classic concept album 44 years on

23 Jul 2018  |  8 min read

Rael Died for Our Sins: A new analysis of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis – written by Peter Gabriel and released in late 1974 – begins with an instrumental opening passage. The piano is playing a virtuosic pattern, faint echoes of a moving guitar, distant chimes. We’re being welcomed into a mystical world and a fictional... > Read more

Fly on A Windshield

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHERS ROBERT KNIGHT AND MARYANNE BILHAM share their portfolios and a new venue

4 Jul 2018  |  5 min read

From the Elsewhere editor: It is in the nature of change that music venues come and go but a new music and relaxation space – sophisticated, central, slightly secluded and very tasteful – has just opened in Auckland, and it is more than just a venue. It is the project of rock photographers Robert Knight and Maryanne Bilham who – separately and as a couple – have... > Read more

GUEST “INSIDE SOURCE” offers a song-by-song commentary on Jonathan Bree's new album Sleepwalking

11 Jun 2018  |  3 min read

In keeping with the Jonathan Bree’s idea of anonymity and a no-image images as seen on cover of his third album Sleepwalking, we here introduce “an inside source” to comment on the songs which are heavy orchestrated element featuring real strings, horns, celeste and soprano vocals. Elsewhere has reviewed the album here but are happy to present a more detailed track-by-track... > Read more

Roller Disco

GUEST WRITER DAVID G BROWN EXPLAINS WHY HE TRAVELLED TO THE WORLD'S WORST PLACES

20 Apr 2018  |  6 min read

Editor's note: The late David G Brown was born in Tuakau, a small town south of Auckland in New Zealand. In the course of his life -- he died in Helsinki, Finland in 2015 -- he travelled to 100 countries and among them some of the most blighted, damaged and dangerous on the planet. His collection of journeys to these places and his impressions has been posthumously published as Hellholes of the... > Read more

GUEST SONGWRITER DAVID MORRIS OF BRITAIN'S RED RIVER DIALECT shares the background to the band's new album Broken Stay Open Sky

9 Mar 2018  |  3 min read

When writing the last Red River Dialect album, which was called Tender Gold and Gentle Blue (2015, Paradise of Bachelors, through Southbound in New Zealand), my everyday was infused with a magnificent, radiant sadness. A sudden space of loss had opened up and swallowed all sorts of exhausting but addictive inclinations: to hunt for volatility, nurture delusions and... > Read more

Gull Rock

GUEST WRITER GAYLENE MARTIN recalls a mad, bad day in the glamorous life of a music publicist

19 Feb 2018  |  5 min read

That day in the early Nineties did not begin on a high note. An associate at Partridge & Storey, the music PR company I worked at in London, had to cancel going on the trip with me and forgot to hand over the envelope containing the cash funds for the taxi driver who collected me. But I picked up radio station Kiss FM journalist Lisa I’Anson on the way to Heathrow, running... > Read more

GUEST SPEAKER DR. STUART MIDDLETON welcomes you to the Volume South exhibition at MIT

12 Feb 2018  |  3 min read

Editor's note: Dr Stuart Middleton has been a longtime educator and academic and is currently Specialist Advisor to Chief Executive and acting dean in the Faculty of Creative Arts at MIT (Manukau Institute of Technology). This is his speech on the opening night of Volume South, a free exhibition which runs until Friday August 31 in the atrium of the MIT campus building. For more on the... > Read more

GUEST WRITER CHRIS BOURKE shares an extract from his new book Goodbye Maoriland, The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand’s Great War

9 Oct 2017  |  4 min read

Editor's note: Chris Bourke is a writer, journalist and radio producer who in the past was editor of Rip It Up, arts and books editor at the NZ Listener and for many years produced the Saturday Morning show on Radio New Zealand fronted by Kim Hill and John Campbell. He is the author of the excellent Crowded House biography Something So Strong and more recently the peerless Blue Smoke; The... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN, WRITER AND ARTIST KATHRYN VAN BEEK on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign

7 Jun 2017  |  4 min read

When I was in bands your options for recording your music were to fund it yourself or to keep rolling the grant application dice. But these days you can get the internet to pay you to be creative. Anika Moa got $43K from the internet for Songs For Bubbas 2 in exchange for promising CDs and a few beers, and Jan Hellriegel got $10K to work on her new album Sportsman of the Year –... > Read more

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER GLENN JEFFREY offers images of Womad 2017

22 Mar 2017  |  2 min read

New Plymouth-based Glenn Jeffrey is a former, award-winning photpgrapher for the New Zealand Herald. His portfolio covers everything from international humanitarian crises through crime and political work in New Zealand to portraits. Five years ago he moved to Taranaki where he has become the on-call photographer for local iwi, glossy national magazines, architects, councils and of... > Read more

GUEST ARTISTS ROSS MURRAY and GREG STRAIGHT explore the golden summer mood

27 Feb 2017  |  2 min read

Elsewhere writes: Late last year artist Ross Murray contacted Elsewhere . . . something to do with the Rolling Stones' Blue and Lonesome album perhaps? But in passing he mentioned a comic strip he had done entitled Rufus Marigold. We had a look at it and were enormously impressed (check it out here, take your time, it has layers and pathos) and so when he also mentioned a... > Read more

GUEST REVIEWER SHANI.O takes on Auckland's 2017 Laneway festival

31 Jan 2017  |  5 min read

Despite the high caliber of both local and international acts gracing the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Auckland on it’s Anniversary Weekend, the true star of the festival was none other than the exquisite backdrop that was this year’s venue: Albert Park. Festival-goers were treated to a perfect summer’s day under sweeping greenery and most importantly,... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN MOANA MANIAPOTO shares her 2016 APRA Hall of Fame induction speech

3 Oct 2016  |  8 min read

Editor's note: On the evening of  September 29, Moana Maniapoto was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the APRA Silver Scroll awards. This was an acknowledgement of decades of work as a songwriter/performer. But Moana (Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao) was always more than that: She has been a powerful voice for Maori (especially Maori women and youth), a... > Read more

Treaty

GUEST WRITER ALEC MORGAN looks back at the car culture of Auckland's Queen St in the Seventies

1 Aug 2016  |  7 min read

Auckland’s Queen Street has long been a place for young people with wheels. In 1976 the cars would converge from mainly out West (Te Atatu, Henderson, Massey, Glen Eden, Blockhouse Bay), along with some from Central (Mt Roskill, Sandringham, Balmoral) . . . And the East (Glen Innes, St Heliers). Friday and Saturday nights were the biggest. Some cars would appear and... > Read more

I Don't Wanna Go Home, by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER MURRAY CAMMICK shows off his flash cars

25 Jul 2016  |  2 min read

Elsewhere writes: Murray Cammick is best known in New Zealand for his longtime editorship of the legendary rock magazine Rip It Up -- yes, legendary, a word we only ever use sparingly in these pages --  which he founded in '77 with Alastair Dougal. He was also behind the Cha Cha fashion magazine, the pop magzine Shake and founded his own Southside and Wildside record labels... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN AND VIDEOMAKER STEFAN WOLF shares his hometown stories and friends

11 Jul 2016  |  3 min read

Paekakariki, a village of just over a thousand people north of Wellington, is one of those rare places that attracts the creative.  Like moths to the flame they come here -  painters, poets, actors and, perhaps most of all, musicians. One half of Rosy Tin Teacaddy lives across the fence, as does the bass player from The Black Seeds. The guy from Fat Freddy’s Drop and... > Read more

GUEST WRITER NICK D on a weird night and Indo-dance pop

4 Jul 2016  |  7 min read

Returning from the success of last year’s incredible sell-out reopening of Auckland’s St James Theatre, A Weird Night Out is back. On Friday 8 July, the Weird Together collective continue their annual promise of transforming an unusual space into a totally unique party experience for one special night only. The Mahatma Gandhi Centre, centrally placed on Auckland’s... > Read more

GUEST ARTIST GARETH THOMAS opens his laptop in downtime and . . .

24 Jun 2016  |  2 min read

Elsewhere writes: When Gareth Thomas' delightful second album Fizzy Milk arrived we were immediately struck by the cover, and said as much in our review. And so smitten were we that we invited Thomas -- who has his own architectural and design practice -- to use Other Voices Other Rooms to showcase some of his design work relating to the album. This is what he says and what he has given... > Read more

GUEST WRITER STEVE GARDEN considers a New Zealand filmmaker's doco about the Israel-Palestine flashpoint

Steve Garden  |  5 May 2016  |  2 min read  |  2

While the ongoing tragedy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict provides the framework for Sarah Cordery’s highly accomplished Notes to Eternity, this intelligently conceived and skilfully constructed documentary isn’t so much an examination of the conflict (although it does offer an overview of the situation) as a philosophical meditation on why this appalling state of affairs... > Read more