Something Elsewhere

Subscribe to my newsletter for weekly updates.

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

THE LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2018: The line-up and running times

22 Jan 2018  |  <1 min read

The now-annual St Jerome Laneway's Festival in Auckland has put itself about a bit, but last year found an ideal home at Albert Park in the centre of the city. This year's event, there again, takes place this coming Monday, which is a holiday, Auckland Anniversary Day. Elsewhere has offered preview and review coverage in the past and here we offer the line-up and running times,... > Read more

VOLUME SOUTH @ MIT

10 Dec 2017  |  1 min read

The success of the Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum -- where visitor number exceeded predictions and feedback was almost unanimously favourable -- is encouraging for those who would love to see a permanent museum of New Zealand popular music. It also, even before it had done its run -- encouraged many involved to think about an off-shoot... > Read more

THE FLYING NUN FOUNDATION

6 Dec 2017  |  <1 min read

> Read more

PLEASE PLEASE ME; THE POTENCY OF MUSIC (an essay, 2014)

30 Oct 2017  |  11 min read

About three years ago I was invited to write a chapter in a very academic book entitled Soundscapes of Well Being in Popular Music. It was being edited by – among others – Professor Robin Kearns of the Geography Department in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. Although I am a contracted lecturer in the School of Music at the same university (and yes, I... > Read more

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