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 JACCI GRACE considers a lost classic album from '65

15 Jul 2019  |  11 min read  |  1

This we know: the Sixties in America was a period of cultural, political and social change. The decade brought historic counterculture movements, led by the new liberal generation. The counterculture movements included the Civil Rights and Feminist movements, the freedom of sexuality, and the demand for peace as the American government was sending troops into the Vietnam... > Read more

Orange Blossom Special

GUEST MUSICIAN ALY COOK explains the journey of recording and raising funds for her next album

6 May 2019  |  6 min read

Well, home now in the peace and tranquility of Tasman, between Nelson and Motueka where I reside, from what has been a full on 10 days in Sydney. This has been the beginning of a huge process of recording my third album at Asquith Studios, in another amazing setting on the edge of the Australian bush, being woken by the kookaburras, and feeding the rainbow lorikeets by hand between... > Read more

GUEST WRITER MARK ROACH OF RECORDED MUSIC NEW ZEALAND explains the project of Auckland, City of Music

1 May 2019  |  4 min read

When you say the words ‘music city’, thoughts naturally go to the most famous of those: Nashville, Memphis, London, NYC, Austin… But the term Music Cities is more frequently used now as a descriptor for cities which have switched on to the transformative power of music, and are harnessing that power to not only improve local music communities, but to use it as a social... > Read more

GUEST WRITER MITCH MYERS considers a great musical mash-up by the late Harry Nilsson

18 Mar 2019  |  2 min read

While attention has doubled back onto the late singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson thanks to the integral use of his 1971 tune Gotta Get Up in the Netflix hit Russian Doll, his knack for getting inside your head and capturing the zeitgeist with his music has been happening for more than half a century. In 1967, he created a sort of Russian doll of his own, embedding multiple... > Read more

GUEST WRITER RACHEL EDWARDS considers the best and most woozy rap album of 2018

18 Dec 2018  |  6 min read

Travis Scott plays the magician in his 2018 album Astroworld, crafting an underworld of slurred auditory hallucinations for his audiences. A Houston rapper true to his roots, Scott’s musical success led to unhindered access to the drugs and alcohol he has been glorifying along the way. His most recent album leaps beyond his previous solo work and numerous features on fellow... > Read more


8 Oct 2018  |  2 min read

Editor's note: Longtime Elsewhere subscriber David Trubridge is well-known in New Zealand for his range of lights and designs. But over recent years he and his company have produced a wide range of installations and commissions both here and overseas. He shows us here some of his recent work and also a short film about his ethos and ideas. The header image shows a lighting... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN DUDLEY BENSON shares some inspirations behind his Zealandia album

27 Aug 2018  |  3 min read

Editor's note: Dudley Benson is unique in the musical landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand, his musical projects stretch from pop sensibilites to sonic landscapes, from European classical traditions and choral work to respect for Maori waiata and traditional Maori instruments. It is music which is consciously artistic and even consciously art music, but is also reaches into deep emotional and... > Read more

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

31 Jul 2018  |  8 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... > Read more

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

23 Jul 2018  |  9 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


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  |  5 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