Something Elsewhere

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

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10 SOLO ALBUMS BY GROUP MEMBERS (2019): Lemme back in, I was in that band!

23 May 2022  |  9 min read  |  3

They are often as unexpected as they are uncalled for, as diverting as they are dire. They are the statement that people make when they step out of the band and try their hand at a solo album. Some should do more others should never even start.  So here are 10 solo albums by people who put the security of their band aside and released an album under their own name. We start... > Read more

THE 2022 MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD (2022): Fee Fi Foo won

16 May 2022  |  2 min read

The second annual Music Photography Awards - Whakaahua Puoro Toa was run by the Auckland Festival of Photography, and was one of several events in the lead up to 2022's Auckland Festival of Photography (June 2-12). Winners were announced on Saturday 14 May as part of celebrating New Zealand Music Month at Auckland's Silo Park, including outdoor exhibitions of photographs from the... > Read more

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

15 May 2022  |  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

10 GOOD ALBUMS IN BAD COVERS: Wash in warm soapy water, dry and play

9 May 2022  |  10 min read  |  1

In the course of compiling the on-going series  10 Shameful Record Covers I'm Proud to Own I realised there were many albums in discount bins wrapped in unpromising covers but which were actually rather good. So with the caveat that you shouldn't pay more than $10 for any of these -- and ignoring greatest hits packages -- here are cheap albums worth the small outlay.... > Read more

She Went So Lonely

A FURTHER FIVE FOR FEWER THAN FIFTY: It looks weird and a bit scratched, but it's cheap

30 Apr 2022  |  6 min read

Previously Elsewhere has written about cheap vinyl picked up and enjoyed (or endured) because in a world of collectors out for rarities or obscurities we would like to note that not every old record is a hidden treasure. Some records are just rubbish. But a few even among the detritus can still be enjoyable albums going cheap. So once again we take $50 for a walk around a secondhand... > Read more

10 ODD UNPLAYED ALBUMS IN MY COLLECTION (2016): Get back on the shelf!

13 Apr 2022  |  10 min read

Charlie Watts once said of Keith Richards that he was someone music liked being around. Records seem attracted me in much the same way because they just keep turning up. Mostly it has been my fault, $20 could go a long way in the Real Groovy bargain bins just five years ago and so strange records would follow me home. But then there are a swag of others which I have and... > Read more

DOES HUMOUR BELONG IN MUSIC? (2021): Does anybody remember laughter?

20 Dec 2021  |  5 min read  |  1

If you look at the charts, MTV or scoure your way through iTunes or whatever you'd be mistaken for thinking that songwriters only ever write about serious stuff. Not at all, there is a looooong tradition of comedy songs, parodies and so on. Most of them are gimmicky songs however and the artists are soon forgotten (one-hit wonders like Bob the Builder) but a number of them had good careers.... > Read more

THE JB HI-FI GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL VINYL, VOLUME 2 (2021): Another 101, and more, records in any serious collection

1 Nov 2021  |  7 min read  |  1

This time last year -- which seems a very long time ago now -- JB Hi-Fi published The JB Hi-Fi Guide to Essential VInyl Volume 1 which they commissioned me to write. There were 101 main entries of essential albums to have on record, but with suggestions of where to go after that, and also some essay pieces picking up box sets and such. So a great deal of vinyl suggestions by any... > Read more

THE EIGHTIES: THE AGE OF XS (2021): The music industry as the serpent that swallowed its tale

30 Oct 2021  |  2 min read

A century ago few musicians expected to make money from their records. Most were paid a flat fee for the session and if the record was popular then they could raise their performance rate. Records were incidental to making a living on the live circuit. In fact, when Thomas Edison created his gramophone he didn't think of it as a machine to record music, he expected it to be... > Read more

SEX vs SENSUALITY (2021): What's love got to do with it?

24 Oct 2021  |  11 min read  |  1

"you gotta sin to get saved" -- old saying . Aside from love -- falling in love, falling out of love, moping around afterwards and writing bad poetry -- there are other great themes to explore in song. It goes without saying, surely, that death, redemption and the Devil have alwys been big ideas. And sex and sensuality have preoccupied writers ever since . . . Well... > Read more

10 MORE SOMEWHAT RARE REGGAE ALBUMS I'M PROUD TO OWN (2021): Off-beat and x-ray sounds

14 Oct 2021  |  10 min read

Has it been four years since Elsewhere grabbed 10 rare reggae albums off the shelves? Ahh, yes. So . . .   Here then is the belated sequel as another 10 fairly rare reggae albums come to hand. (Actually nine, one is not that hard to find if you are prepared spend much of your life in secondhand record shops.) These albums all came my way various sources: those... > Read more

THE IMPENDING ADORATIONS and PROTEINS OF MAGIC (2021): A sound and vision collaboration

4 Oct 2021  |  1 min read

These are strange and inconvenient times but artists can often cleverly work their way around them. Paul McLaney from Auckland was in Wellington during the current lockdown which meant his new Gramsci project (The Hinterland) had to be put on hold until next year. "But the silver lining," he says, "is that it's opened up a window for some musical collaboration. I started... > Read more

OK GO. ON WITH THE VIDEO SHOW (2021): Trickery, trompe l'oeil and pop art in pop music

1 Oct 2021  |  2 min read

The music by the US band OK Go might be fairly mainstream and poppy for most tastes, but they are as much an art project as a band when it comes to their most innovative work, their videos. The cleverly choreographed clip for the single Here It Goes Again from their second album Oh No in 2005 had them moving between treadmills in a series of complex and interlocking manoeuvres. It went... > Read more

DOCPLAY DELIVERING (2021): The truth is out there . . .

31 Aug 2021  |  2 min read  |  1

You see it from time to time. Something “broke the Internet”. Or you hear someone say they've seen everything on Netflix/Apple+ or whatever, announcing they can't find anything of interest anymore on those constantly refilling platforms. But you take their point, especially in these lockdown days. Just how many more murders in Scandinavia can you take?... > Read more

THE FINALISTS, 2012 APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARD: The envelope please

26 Aug 2021  |  2 min read

The annual Silver Scroll Award – which was founded in 1965 – acknowledges the depth of original songwriting in Aotearoa New Zealand, but there can only be one winner. The award goes to the song which the members of APRA considers the best song of the year, regardless of how much or little it sold or was played on media outlets. The award is for quality not quantity. The... > Read more

MID-YEAR REPORT: THE TOP 21 OF (2021): It's just an opinion. And that's a fact, Jack!

21 Jun 2021  |  8 min read  |  3

It's the end of term and the report cards are being written and sent to anxious folks at home. Here Elsewhere singles out excellence from the many dozens of albums we have written about so far this year. But note, these are only chosen from what we have actually reviewed: we heard more but didn't write about them. And we also didn't hear albums which are doubtless your favourites from... > Read more

THE GREAT JB HI-FI VINYL MARKDOWN (2021): Darling, can I borrow your credit card?

11 Jun 2021  |  2 min read

And now a word from our sponsor. Not exactly, but JB Hi-Fi has been longtime supporter of Elsewhere and as readers would know we were invited to write a couple of magazines for them: The 2011 Cornerstone Collection of 101 (and more) CDs essential in any decent collection, and then the sequel late last year The JB Hi-Fi Guide to Essential Vinyl. With Record Store Day upon us and because JB... > Read more

THE FINALISTS, JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR (2021): Here they come again . . .

23 May 2021  |  1 min read

It's that time again when Recorded Music New Zealand Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa/Best Jazz Artist and the APRA award for Best Jazz Composition. Elsewhere has written about many of these artists so the intralink will take you to our original reviews or interviews where relevant. Meantime we congratulate The Jac who have been performing original music since 2011, including tours in New... > Read more

FIVE ODD ALBUMS I'M FOOLISH ENOUGH TO OWN (2021): Hey! Ho! Let's . . . not go there!

9 May 2021  |  4 min read

You know how it happens. An album leaps out you from a dump bin in a secondhand record store (or dumped out in some strange neighbour's rubbish when they are moved on by the landlord ) and you think . . . why not? To Elsewhere's shame (and secret pride) we have more than our fair share of such stuff (see the links at the end of this embarrassment for further... > Read more

THE ART OF THE RECORD (2021): Pictures at an exhibition

2 May 2021  |  1 min read  |  1

As we well know, album covers can be works of art in themselves, sometimes a hint at an album's content, sometimes a self-aggradising image of the artist, sometimes whimsical art, and quite often not having a lot to do with the artist or music at all. To celebrate the 21styear since the start of New Zealand Music Week which quickly morphed into New Zealand Music Month every May, a touring... > Read more