The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Tania Giannouli

2 Jul 2013  |  2 min read

Earlier this year Elsewhere -- and many other reviewers locally and internationally -- was impressed by the album Forest Stories by Greek pianist/composer Tania Giannouli and woodwind player Paulo Chagas. These improvised pieces had an evocatively cinematic quality or, as Nuno Lourenco observed in a liner note, "the haunting piano sets the canvas on which the wind instruments add... > Read more

The Way Back Home

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Benjii Jackson of Muzai Records

1 Jul 2013  |  6 min read

You gotta love the motto of Benjii Jackson's Muzai Records: "independent Fighting Spirit". And they been going their independent way since 2009 wqith some of Elsewhere's favourite fuzzy pop albums. Records by the Wilberforces, the Bemsha Swing, god bows to maths, Sunken Seas, Zen Mantra (and yes even Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing) have had considerable airtime in the Elsewhere... > Read more

Deluge Slides

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Phil Broadhurst

24 Jun 2013  |  2 min read

So, where to begin with acclaimed pianist/composer and teacher Phil Broadhurst who was awarded the MNZM back in 2001 for his services to jazz? We could mention his study at Berklee then four decades of playing and recording back in New Zealand, albums with his group Sustenance, all the awards (three times winner of jazz album of the year not to mention nominations) and his Masters degree in... > Read more

Scoreless

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Dixon Nacey

21 Jun 2013  |  6 min read

Guitarist Dixon Nacey's new album Cross Now with drummer Ron Samsom and bassist Kevin Haines is a real step up for this trio whose debut Oxide (with guests) annonced a trio of impressive strengths and thoughtfulness. Nacey has been playing professionally for almost two decades and isn't just in the jazz corner. He has played in funk and rock bands, worked the corporate circuit, is a... > Read more

The Remarkable Mr Hopkins

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: J. Willgoose of Public Service Broadcasting

17 Jun 2013  |  3 min read  |  1

Let's get out of the way quickly here because you'd rather hear from this gentleman than Elsewhere. But just to say the debut album Inform Educate Entertain by the British duo Public Service Broadcasting was an immediate favourite at Elsewhere (see review here) and so it is pleasure to have the knob-twiddler and sampler J. Willgoose Esq from the group answer the Famous Elsewhere... > Read more

Everest

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Charlotte Yates

17 Jun 2013  |  3 min read

Because Wellington singer-songwriter Charlotte Yates has been busy helming the adaptation of words by the writers James K Baxter, Hone Tuwhare and Witi Ihimaera to music with various all-star casts , her own career seemed to take something of a backseat in the past decade or so. Yes, there were albums . . . but her latest Archipelgo is a real departure because with co-producer Gil Eva Craig... > Read more

Think It Through

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Kevin Haines

14 Jun 2013  |  2 min read  |  1

Kevin Haines has been a bass playing fixture on Auckland's jazz scene for many decades . . . but only in recent years has he consistently made his mark in the recording studio. Two albums with drummer Ron Samsom and guitarist Dixon Nacey (the very good Oxide and even better, more recent Cross Now) have served to remind what a fine bassist he is. So it was long overdue that Kevin... > Read more

Broken Tones

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Billy Ebeling

10 Jun 2013  |  2 min read

American singer-songwriter and busker extraordinaire Billy Ebeling has appeared at Elsewhere previously and got our vote as the most inventive, funny and talented busker to ever appear on Auckland's Queen St. He makes the occasional trip to New Zealand but a recent e-mail tells me his back in Kansas City and playing six nights a week . . . and has a new album out. The album This Life of... > Read more

Wrap Me in Your Skin

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Paul Ubana Jones

2 Jun 2013  |  3 min read

It is over two decades, and perhaps getting close to three, since I first met Paul Ubana Jones and I believe I described him then as a big man with big hair, a big voice and a big guitar sound. And it's still true. He has been a prolific recording artist (at least half a dozen albums) and he has also toured New Zealand regularly, and made a mark overseas. He was born in London to a... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Leigh Franklin

27 May 2013  |  2 min read

Leigh Franklin has created quite a ripple with the title-track single from her debut album On a Saturday. And that self-funded album is the end of a long journey -- and the start of another -- for the former graduate of the Christchurch Jazz School who then relocated to Melbourne for gigging and more studies. Then she bought a one-way ticket to London carrying her acoustic guitar where she... > Read more

River

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Jan Hellriegel

10 May 2013  |  4 min read

For far too long Jan Hellriegel was known by the shorthand of "Westie singer" which might have been literally true -- she lived in West Auckland, she sang -- but rather diminished her songwriting skills and the power of her delivery. You often read more about how she worked in her dad's panelbeaters than the quality of her songs on albums like her impressive debut album It's My... > Read more

On Ice

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Nadia Reid

4 May 2013  |  2 min read

Raised in Port Chalmers and Christchurch but now living in Auckland, singer-songwriter Nadia Reid (no relation to Elsewhere) has won consistent acclaim for her sometimes melancholy voice coupled with intelligent and insightful lyrics. Her debut EP Letters I Wrote and Never Sent appeared in 2011 and since then she has won praise from the likes of Adam McGrath of The Eastern whose opinion you... > Read more

I Will Never Cut My Ties

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Luckless

4 May 2013  |  5 min read

As singer-songwriter Luckless, Auckland-raised but now footloose Ivy Rossiter has been taking her charged up songs which employ loops and loudness to audiences nationwide for some years now. Her self-titled debut album won consistent praise (four stars just about everywhere) and as a live performer she is dynamic and committed. So as she embarks on a national Ballads and Badlands tour... > Read more

Hummingbird Heart

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Etana

29 Apr 2013  |  2 min read

With a sound located between emotional soul and street-smart reggae, Etana (Shauna McKenzie) from Kingston, Jamaica has certainly made her mark. After a brief period in the States (where she was studying) in a girly-girl band she returned to her homeland and concentrated on a serious music career when she embraced Rastafarianism. Her debut album The Strong One brought reggae and folk... > Read more

Whole New World

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Hamilton of British Sea Power

22 Apr 2013  |  2 min read

Elsewhere has had a long interesting in and affection for the UK band British Sea Power who have delivered four previous albums and a couple of soundtracks and yet never quite got the wide acclaim they deserve. So it was a pleasure to hear their new one Machineries of Joy because it marks a career high and economically encapsulates their many styles but pulls them together in songs which... > Read more

What You Need the Most

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Clayton Anderson of Beastwars

18 Apr 2013  |  3 min read

So of course the new Beastwars album Blood Becomes Fire out on limited edition 12" record for Record Store Day -- when they play free at Real Groovy in Auckland -- is on blood red vinyl. That's utterly fitting because this thrillingly disciplined metal band from Wellington deliver songs with titles like Tower of Skulls, Ruins, Blood Becomes Fire and Shadow King with all the intensity of a... > Read more

Caul of Time

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Darren McShane of Superturtle

15 Apr 2013  |  2 min read

Darren McShane has been a serial offender in the New Zealand music scene, and we've all been the better for it. Way back he formed Stick No Bills (brilliant name, you'd see it everywhere) and then went on to form Chainsaw Masochist (on Flying Nun) who roared and sawed. He was also on bFM hosting The Electric Chair show on which he played rarities and imports. He moved on to the band... > Read more

Sit Still Now

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sam RB

27 Mar 2013  |  5 min read

Singer-songwriter Sam RB is probably seen by more people than most others in the country. She busks regularly on Queen Street, and it was through that she self-funded her second album Queen Sreet Acoustics. But don't let the title fool you, it isn't some lo-fi thing recorded on the street but a smart, sensitive and mature studio album which comes with some excellent assistance (see review... > Read more

1989

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Brett Adams and Dianne Swann, the Bads

18 Mar 2013  |  4 min read  |  1

For a band so right their name could not be more wrong: New Zealand group the Bads are good. Better than good, in fact. Way, way better than good. As you can see from the answers of Brett Adams and Dianne Swann below, they are steeped in music from classic rock though indie.pop to alt.country and . . . So much more. And for their third album Travel Light they have come to terms with their... > Read more

Don't Forget Yourself

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tami Neilson

18 Mar 2013  |  3 min read  |  1

Canada-born Tami Neilson has been a longtime Elsewhere favourite for her unique blend of classic and traditional country with originals which have a contemporary spin. She has won the country album of the year three times (2009, 2010 and 2012, in that between year she picked up best female country artist), impressed audiences on solo tours, when out with Lauren Thompson and Jackie Bristow, and... > Read more

Sweet Dreams