Something Elsewhere

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WEARING THEIR ART ON THE SLEEVES (2017): Finalists for best album cover at the VNZMAs

11 Oct 2017  |  1 min read

Despite the predilection for streaming services where the music is detached from any visual image the artist might have had in mind, the art of the album cover is not dead and – with the slow but steady return of the vinyl record – an album cover can still speak visually for the music. And so it is only right that we salute at our annual music awards those who conceive and... > Read more

THE NORTHMAN WHO WENT NORTHER (2017): Into the ice with Arctic explorers

18 Sep 2017  |  5 min read

Exploration was different in the old days. Consider the case of the Arctic adventurer Sir John Franklin who lead an 1845 expedition of 129 men. When they set off 59-year old Franklin – who weighed 15 stone and was just 5ft 6in – took with him 1700 books, a hand organ, fine china and expensive cutlery . . . and his pet monkey. They were never heard of again. It... > Read more

ANDREW STAFFORD, WRITER AND LABEL OWNER INTERVIEWED (2107): Going global in our own backyard #2

28 Aug 2017  |  3 min read

With the Going Global Music Summit about to land on our shores -- at various venues and locations in Auckland this coming weekend Sept 1 and 2 (for details opf speakers, artists and events see the link below), it is timely to let some of the delegates have their say about their experiences in the music industry, what sounds shake their tree, what's going in their world and maybe reveal... > Read more

THE OTHERS WAY FESTIVAL (2017) Times and other things

27 Aug 2017  |  <1 min read

The now annual Others Way Festival in Auckland is a showcase for young and up'n'coming bands alongside a diverse range of more established artists. Spread over a number of venues in central city -- and coinciding with the Going Global Music Summit this Friday (Sept 1) -- this year sees the re-formed Sneaky Feelings (with a new album under their belts to be released on the day) among the... > Read more

LARS BRANDLE of BILLBOARD INTERVIEWED (2017): Going global in our backyard #1

27 Aug 2017  |  4 min read

With the Going Global Music Summit about to land on our shores -- at various venues and locations in Auckland this coming weekend Sept 1 and 2 (for details opf speakers, artists and events see the link below), it is timely to let some of the delegates have their say about their experiences in the music industry, what sounds shake their tree, what's going in their world and maybe reveal... > Read more

LED ZEPPELIN MASTERS (2017): The songs better remain the same

21 Aug 2017  |  1 min read

Elsewhere has made no secret of its sneaking admiration for tribute shows. The audience's expectation of authenticity and commitment has driven most of the lesser players out of the market and – removing the kitsch factor of Bjorn Again – there's something strange, disconcerting but ultimately quite enjoyable about seeing someone being someone else and dressing in that... > Read more

THE BEATLES, THE RISHiKESH ALBUM (2017): A lost album found at last

31 Jul 2017  |  5 min read  |  1

The discovery last week of a previously unknown Beatles' studio album from 1968 – recorded at EMI Studios in New Delhi (formerly known as Delhi) in India – has prompted the band's many researchers and experts to reassess the Beatles' catalogue. And it has sparked excitement among fans that the recordings – 14 songs, only three previously familiar but on the Rishikesh... > Read more

THE CITY UNDER THE SKY (2017): Images of Oslo, Norway

24 Jul 2017  |  1 min read

Although Norway is rightly known for its fjords and towering landscapes, the capital city Oslo was established around flatter land. That means that when in the city itself or even at one of the higher points in the mountains nearby -- for example at the extraordinary ski slope run built at Holmenkollen just 30 minutes from the city centre by train -- there is more sky to seen than there is... > Read more

THE FIVE MOST RARESTER BEATLE ALBUMS EVER: A place where nothing is real

19 Jun 2017  |  5 min read  |  3

Although the Beatles appeared to have a finite recording career (1962-69) and that everything they ever did has been released, remastered and/or remixed, for the abject Beatle fan there is always going to be the need for more. Of course the famous Carnival of Light track may never come to the surface but some rightly hold out hope for an expanded edition of the Get Back/Let It Be... > Read more

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET REVIEWED (2017): Don't knock this rock

10 Jun 2017  |  3 min read

Here's the thing: ignore the nay-sayers, the smarter-than-thou critics and those who haven't seen this stage show but will be prepared to be dismissive in advance. Of course this isn't what it was like in late '56 when Elvis Presley and his girlfriend, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis joined in on a Carl Perkins' session in Sam Phillips' Sun Studio in Memphis. But to criticise... > Read more

GREAT LOST KIWI SINGLES: Rock follies

8 Jun 2017  |  7 min read  |  9

They are found at the back of cartons at record fairs, under beds in long abandoned houses and sometimes stored lovingly -- but rarely played -- in the collections of the obsessives. They are those great, and not that great, singles by Kiwi artists which existed either in limited pressings or were simply so awful the artists themselves tried to buy and destroy every copy. They are Kiwi... > Read more

Peter Cape: Coffee Bar Blues

THE 2017 VODAFONE PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS: And the winners are . . . all of us

2 Jun 2017  |  4 min read

The stars seemed to be in a particularly auspicious alignment for this year’s Pacific Music Awards, held at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau: the 55th anniversary of Samoan independence, Samoan Language Week, the global success of the film Moana which put Pacific faces on the screen for young Pasifika to celebrate and the sound of the region into the ears of its global audience... > Read more

THE BEATLES . THE WHITE ALBUM REISSUED AND REMIXED (2017): A pale shade of whiter

29 May 2017  |  4 min read  |  1

When the founder of Wikileaks Julian Assante released 150,000 secret files last week to celebrate the Spanish court dropping rape charges against him, one small corner of that internet world got very excited but the buzz went largely unnoticed by the mainstream media. While CNN, the Fox Network, Aljazeera and TV3's The Project all focused on the aspects of Middle Eastern policy, those... > Read more

Back in the USSR (from the White Cage version)

THE VODAFONE PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS (2017): The envelopes please . . .

24 Apr 2017  |  3 min read

The finalists for the 2017 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards have been announced and the awards – now in their 13th year – include a wide range of new artists and established legends. As you may see below, there are 18 finalists across 11 categories representing a strong line-up of Pacific artists set to be honoured at the awards ceremony on 1 June at the Vodafone Events... > Read more

THE MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM AWARDS (2017): Hats off to those behind the scenes

24 Apr 2017  |  1 min read

This time a year ago Elsewhere interviewed Teresa Paterson about the work of the Music Managers Forum, an industry organisation of people dedicated to improving the professionalism of music management and to guide artists, managers and venues into creating a better musical environment for all. Well, it is that time of year again when the MMF holds it annual awards and -- with support... > Read more

Decently and in Order: Necessary surveillance of civilians

4 Mar 2017  |  3 min read  |  1

A bill in the government's programme of proposed legislation has already won widespread public support despite drawing fire from civil liberties groups. The Urban Protocols (And Safety Standards) Bill is intended to make for better living environments and a more polite populace say Labour MPs. The bill's principal sponsor Phil Ryan (List, Westharbour) says the bill will "make for... > Read more

10 SHAMEFUL RECORDS I'M EMBARRASSED TO OWN: A trip from the tip

24 Feb 2017  |  8 min read

Elsewhere has been down a similar path with a series of 10 Shameful Record Covers I'm Proud to Own (see here, here, here and here). And there was also 10 Good Albums in Bad Covers . . . and two columns on 10 Odd Unplayed Albums in the Collection (here and here). But here are 10 albums which it just seems embarrassing to have in the same house as those Essential Elsewhere Albums let... > Read more

THE TAITE MUSIC PRIZE 2017: Turn and face the change . . .

9 Feb 2017  |  2 min read

The annual Taite Music Prize recognises outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album. Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of New Zealand’s most respected music journalists, nominations are now open for the 2017 awards. The winner receives a cash prize of $10,000 to be spent as they wish, thanks to Taite Music Prize founding... > Read more

DEATHBED CONFESSIONS: Reality television to die for

28 Jan 2017  |  3 min read

Just when the genre of reality television seemed to have run its course, the doyen of the style, Christie Julian, has, for want of a better phrase, given it a new lease on life with Deathbed Confessions, a series she describes as "a great leap forward which places emphasis on the 'reality' part of the equation". Speaking on her departure for the United States, where she is... > Read more

MUSIC, AND THE PRICE MUSICIANS PAY (2016): The New Zealand Music Foundation Wellbeing Service.

5 Nov 2016  |  2 min read

So, until he published his recent autobiography, who knew Bruce Springsteen had been suffering massive anxiety issues for over a decade? The man who seems to stride the world confidently has been on anti-depressants.  Those of us who read the biographies or autobiographies of musicians, or just encounter them as real people in the nature of work, are often aware that with some... > Read more