The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jordan Luck

13 Jun 2014  |  2 min read

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Zane Hawkins

11 Jun 2014  |  2 min read

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Grace Brebner

9 Jun 2014  |  3 min read

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jed Town

7 Jun 2014  |  2 min read

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 tears ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Mike Chunn

6 Jun 2014  |  2 min read

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Martin Phillipps of the Chills

26 May 2014  |  2 min read

Although it is easy to be flippant about the Chills' constantly changing line-ups during their heyday, that denies the great music which poured from Martin Phillipps' feverishly melodic brain. As one of the great hopes of the Flying Nun label, they may have faltered from time to time on the career trajectory we might have wished for them, but that takes nothing away from the music,... > Read more

Molten Gold

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Rachel and Hayden Donnell of Great North

8 May 2014  |  5 min read

New Zealand band Great North impressed Elsewhere back in the day, 2009 to be precise, when we had the time to review EPs. Of their EP Soldiers we felt the angels were watching over them, and later their 2010 debut album Newfoundland was one of our best of the year choices. They were part of rock'n'roll lineage which stretched from electric Dylan and Neil Young through the Waterboys and... > Read more

Up in Smoke

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Bryce Wastney

30 Apr 2014  |  2 min read

Because Elsewhere will never (knowingly) fib to you, we're going to be straight-up and say . . . Bryce Wastney? Never 'eard of 'im, mate. That was until this New Zealand singer-songwriter flicked us an e-mail saying he was touring with Australia's Germein Sisters. And who modestly mentioned some nice comments about himself from New Zealand Musician Magazine and Mike Alexander in... > Read more

Dead Man Walking

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Shayna King

28 Apr 2014  |  2 min read

A few weeks ago Elsewhere scooped up the impressive debut album The Day is Young by the Christchurch-based singer-songwriter Shayna King as part of a package of releases. They had all been part of the avalanche of album releases around the Christmas period. At that time (here) we noted it would seem a real pity if her album was overlooked because there was obviously a keen intelligence and... > Read more

Swept Away

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Chris from Gold Medal Famous

3 Apr 2014  |  3 min read  |  1

You have to like and admire Wellington's artrock-cum-satirical pop group Gold Medal Famous. They rock, they roll, they are witty and droll. When Elsewhere reviewed their 2011 album 100 Years of Rock we concluded this was a band where one week you might be in the audience and the next you might be on stage as part of the group. They write songs like They're Drinking My Punch,... > Read more

100 Years of Rock

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Liv McBride of Into the East

24 Mar 2014  |  4 min read

Regular readers of Elsewhere would find it no surprise that the debut album by Into the East, Fight From the Inside, picked up the 2014 Tui for Best NZ Folk Album, Album of The Year and Band of The Year at the Southland Entertainment Awards and more recently, a nomination for the highly regarded Taite Music Prize. Elsewhere picked Fight from the Inside... > Read more

Perfect Storm

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Grayson Gilmour

22 Mar 2014  |  3 min read

Currently touring on the back of his excellent new album Infinite Life! (dates below, album reviewed here), Grayson Gilmour took time out to answer our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire . . . and his answers proved as interesting as you might expect. Gilmour's work over half a dozen albums has stretched to soundtracks and helium-filled pop, (and of course he is part of the band So So Modern).... > Read more

Round Round Silver Bell Tree

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Damien Dempsey

21 Mar 2014  |  2 min read

If we judge people by the company they keep or those who admire them, then Ireland's Damien Dempsey is somewhere in the clouds. His fans include Sinead O'Connor and Brian Eno (who have recorded parts for some of his songs), at their invitation he's opened for U2, Bob Dylan, Hothouse Flowers and Morrissey, and his hard-edged songs have won praise in Rolling Stone, Mojo, The Guardian and so... > Read more

Colony

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Arthur Ahbez

18 Mar 2014  |  2 min read

And still they come . . . Musicians are washing up on New Zealand's shores with more regularity than sea weed and empty water bottles these days. But here too comes local contender Arthur Ahbez once again after previous impressive showings. He's a psych-influenced folk-cum-rock guy who delivers a lovely line in dreamy acid-infused pop and Neil Young acoustic ballardy. At least that's the... > Read more

A Way to Weaken

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Jonas Kullhammar

17 Mar 2014  |  2 min read

Saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar has won and been nominated for more awards in his homeland Sweden than we could begin to count. The 35-year old helmed his own acclaimed quartet from 1998 until very recently when with the release of the album Lat Det Vara -- in a cover which mimicked the Beatles' final album Let It Be -- he announced that would be their last recording. Not that Kullhammar would... > Read more

Lat Det Vara

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Louis Baker

17 Mar 2014  |  2 min read

One-time Wellingtonian Louis Baker has done good, as they say. Hopes are understandably high for his self-titled debut EP because of its soulful sound and the maturity of his songwriting. One of the tracks on the EP -- released on March 21 through record stores, bandcamp and iTunes -- is The Way which was written and recorded while he was at the Red Bull Music Academy in New York, and the... > Read more

Birds

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WOMAD QUESTIONNAIRE: David Krahe of Los Coronas

4 Mar 2014  |  1 min read

Guitarist David Krahe of the Spanish band Los Coronos wants to make one thing very clear, “We are not a flamenco band”.   Certainly not. These guys kick in with twanging surf-influenced rock'n'roll with a Fifties/Sixties attitude and a distinctively Spanish sound woven through. Since forming in Madrid in 1991 they have released four albums, toured widely in... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Pokey LaFarge

3 Mar 2014  |  2 min read

American roots musician Pokey LaFarge sounds considerably older in his music than his 31 years. He reaches back to the days of Woody Guthrie in the Dustbowl Days, early ragtime, Western Swing, oldtime country blues and folk ballads for his inspiration. And with clicked back hair and the lean demeanor of Hank Williams he also looks the part. But he insists his is not a retro... > Read more

Central Time

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Will McGrath of Jackal

26 Feb 2014  |  2 min read

Late last year Auckland band Jackal released their fourth album since 2009 (fourth!) and again offered it as a free download from bandcamp. Because Elsewhere took a well-earned break around that time, that new album Castle in the Air (also available on limited edition green vinyl) went right by us . . . but the band's drummer Will McGrath is a man of infinite patience and politeness... > Read more

Big Top

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Stephen Heard of Clap Clap Riot

24 Feb 2014  |  2 min read

New Zealand band Clap Clap Riot have had -- for two terrific albums now -- a mainline into edgy pop which works around those core values of energy, economy and indivduality. Their debut album Counting Spins was one of the most impressive albums of 2012 and their new one Nobody/Everybody sounds like its heading for the same list at the end of this year. So let's just cut to the chase,... > Read more

Sweet Patricia