Something Elsewhere

Short stories, satires, thinking-out-loud stuff and nonsense for your enjoyment, amusement . . . or otherwise. Just utterly Elsewhere.

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THE APRA SILVER SCROLL FINALISTS 2018: The shortlist of long talents

2 Oct 2018  |  4 min read

Since 1965 the APRA Silver Scroll has been awarded to writer(s) of the year's best song, as voted on by fellow songwriters. So the award can go to a great song, regardless of how few or how many copies it sold, how few or how many others out there heard it. The Silver Scroll is considered a most prestigious honour by songwriters because it comes from their artistic peers, not by popular... > Read more

FIVE ODD ALBUMS NO ONE SHOULD OWN: But I do . . .

1 Oct 2018  |  4 min read

Elsewhere has been down this blind alley a few times with couple of columns on 10 Odd Unplayed Albums, a series of 10 Shameful Record Covers, 10 Good Albums in Bad Covers, Five French Albums I'm Surprised I Own, 10 Unusual 10 Inch Records . . . and so on. This time though just rubbish I seem to have on my shelves. And I do wonder why. . Various Artists: John... > Read more

REMASTERS, REISSUES AND CREDIT CARD-KILLING SETS COMING UP (2018): Living in a box (set)

30 Sep 2018  |  5 min read

By any measure 1968 was yet another remarkable year in rock history, it built on the astonishing debut albums of '67 and established artists like the Beatles and the Stones unleashed some of their most seminal work. So needless to say the next few weeks sees the remaster/reissue and expanded anniversary treatment of some of that stuff. But then also factor in – not attached to any... > Read more

FINALISTS FOR THE 2018 VODAFONE NEW ZEALAND MUSIC AWARDS: . . . and I hope we passed the audition

29 Sep 2018  |  5 min read

With a new and colourful Tui award designed by Dick Frizzell for the mantlepiece, a number of artists will be getting pretty excited by being nominated in theis year's music awards. Those in with a good chance will be Six60, Alien Weaponry, Drax Project and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, all of whom have four nominations.Marlon Williams has three nominations; Robinson, Julia Deans, Tami... > Read more

GRAHAM PATERSON REID (b. Melbourne 1913 – d. Auckland 1985): The big man with the quiet voice

23 Sep 2018  |  13 min read

This piece first appeared in Metro magazine in 1985 under the title The Bach. The Beach was always “only an hour away” according to my father. And back in the early Sixties when we first started going regularly, it was. Thirty miles from our home in Mt Eden to the door of the bach at Stanmore Bay. And my father, always a careful driver, just “took it easy" and... > Read more

GRAHAM JOHN CLAVERHOUSE REID (b. Edinburgh 1951 - ): In search of my name in Scotland

23 Sep 2018  |  8 min read

When I was in primary school, at least once every year, I’d be teased about my name. Not the unexceptional one on this article, but my full name which some sneaky kid would discover by going through the teacher’s roll. For a couple of days after, there would be finger-pointing kids in the playground, and me running red-faced behind the bike-shed at Mt Eden Primary.... > Read more

MARGARET NOBLE LAMB REID nee STEVENS (b. Edinburgh 1922 – d. Gold Coast, Australia 2004): A price far above rubies

23 Sep 2018  |  8 min read

This first appeared at Public Address in 2004 My mother died this week. And I don’t know what to think about that. She was 82, and only as far away as the Gold Coast . . . but I saw her just three times in the past decade. The last time was perhaps three years ago and she was confined to a bed, skeletally thin and made no sense at all. She made a noise like a ring-tone at... > Read more

THE LINE-UP FOR THE 2019 LANEWAY FESTIVAL: Here it comes again, that feeling . . .

18 Sep 2018  |  <1 min read

And here it comes again . . . the annual Laneway Festival. Next year in Auckland it will once again be held in Albert Park (you can read Elsewhere's review of the 2018 Festival here, the 2017 here, the 2016 here and the 2015 here . . . yep, we are fans of this day-long and concise festival). The festival next year is the 10th and one of the returnees is the terrific Florence... > Read more

PAINTINGS BY PAUL (2018) The art of McCartney

17 Sep 2018  |  6 min read

When Sir Paul McCartney was going through his acrimonious divorce from Lady Heather Mills (who was apparently no lady at all) in 2006, a document was leaked to the media – perhaps by Mills, McCartney had no wish for the information to be out there. It contained details of the former Beatle’s actual worth. Everyone knew he was filthy... > Read more

Universal Here, Everlasting Now by The Fireman (from Electric Arguments)

WAIATA MĀORI MUSIC AWARDS (2018): Kia kaha and the winners are . . .

15 Sep 2018  |  2 min read

The 11th annual Waiata Maori Music Awards held in Hastings last night were dominated by the legendary singer/composer and role model Rob Ruha. Ruha won four trophies from seven nominations. The “haka soul” artist (pictured) picked up the awards for his latest album Survivance included Best Māori Male Solo Artist/ Manu Tīoriori Tāne Autaia, Best Māori Traditional... > Read more

THE BEATLES, YELLOW SUBMARINE adapted and illustrated by BILL MORRISON

6 Sep 2018  |  4 min read

Although this is the 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine – the animated film which premiered in July 1968, the album appearing in December of that year – there seems little more that the Beatles' company Apple can wring out of it. The original soundtrack album (the second side George Martin's orchestral pieces from the feature) has long been reissued as remastered CD (mono and... > Read more

BOB DYLAN, AGAINST ALL ODDS, 2009; PHOTO ESSAY #4 (2018): Coming in from the storm

31 Aug 2018  |  1 min read  |  1

Although there were no photographers and phone photos allowed at the recent Bob Dylan concert in Auckland, the promoters and Dylan's management provided images to the media to cover any articles written. Unfortunately none of them were of much visual relevance because they were not recent. But there was such an interesting series of images of the very young Dylan -- just into his 20s... > Read more

BOB DYLAN, RETREAT TO QUIET, 1967-69; PHOTO ESSAY #3 (2018): Watching the river flow

28 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

Although there were no photographers and phone photos allowed at the recent Bob Dylan concert in Auckland, the promoters and Dylan's management provided images to the media to cover any articles written. Unfortunately none of them were of much visual relevance because they were not recent. (A selection came from 2009). But there such an interesting series of images of the very young... > Read more

BOB DYLAN, PLUGGING IN, 1965-66; PHOTO ESSAY #2 (2018): Getting that wild mercury sound

28 Aug 2018  |  2 min read

Although there were no photographers and phone photos allowed at the recent Bob Dylan concert in Auckland, the promoters and Dylan's management provided images to the media to cover any articles written. Unfortunately none of them were of much visual relevance because they were not recent. (A selection came from 2009). But there such an interesting series of images of the very young... > Read more

BOB DYLAN, FOLKSINGER 1962-64; PHOTO ESSAY #1 (2018): Long ago, far away

27 Aug 2018  |  1 min read

Although there were no photographers and phone photos allowed at the recent Bob Dylan concert in Auckland, the promoters and Dylan's management provided images to the media to cover any articles written. Unfortunately none of them were of much visual relevance because they were not recent. (A selection came from 2009). But there such an interesting series of images of the very young... > Read more

THE OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC MONTH SUMMIT (2018): Confronting Issues in the Music Industry

13 May 2018  |  6 min read

May, being the long established month to celebrate and promote New Zealand music, is also the right time to take a close look beneath the surfaces. As with the wider world, the New Zealand music industry is needing to come terms with issues which affect it, and the musicians, managers, promoters, producers and others within it. On Saturday May 26 int the Herald Theatre at the Aotea... > Read more

VINYL VINYL VINYL (2018): Record Store Day at Southbound

13 Apr 2018  |  1 min read  |  1

Although Record Store Day -- this year Saturday April 21 -- has become a commercial enterprise with limited edition vinyl of records you probably don't need by major artists cashing in, there is still something quite exciting about the buzz around it . . . and of course an excellent catalogue of albums on freshly minted vinyl which you actually do want. Southbound Records in Auckland... > Read more

MUSIC MANAGERS AWARD (2018): You're on in five. Jeez, where's Dave!

13 Apr 2018  |  1 min read

Now in its 14th year, the NZ Music Managers Awards acknowledge those who are there to ensure the artists get to shine under the lights, under take a tour, are organised and their music comes to your attention. It can be a big job (like rounding up cats by sheepdog I imagine) so we should al acknowledge these people and on the night of the awards (held at The Tuning Fork in Auckland on... > Read more

FIVE FRENCH ALBUMS I'M SURPRISED I OWN (2017): Voulez-vous ecouter avec moi, ce soir?

19 Mar 2018  |  5 min read

There's actually a very simple reason I have a large box of albums by French artists like Leo Ferrer and Serge Reggiani, as well as couple of dozen 10'' EPs and about 50 singles. The School of Music at the University of Auckland was culling their vinyl and offered these free to a good home. No one else seemed interested and my home is good enough for me, so . . . The 10'' and... > Read more

THE LINE-UP FOR THE AUCKLAND CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL 2018: Bigger, better, back and Beck

18 Feb 2018  |  1 min read

The inaugural Auckland City Limits Festival two years ago was one of the better -- and best organised -- festivals in the city, perhaps because many of the key players behind it had been involved in the last few Big Day Out events. So they knew what to do . . . and what not to do. Held in spacious Western Springs with stages far enough apart so there was very little bleed of sound, and... > Read more