The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Jayson Norris

7 Feb 2011  |  3 min read

Expat-Kiwi Jayson Norris has lived in London since 2004 and has, I am told, released two albums internationally before his Freedom Twenty Eight on New Zealand's Loop label -- which puts him in excellent company. I'm not quite sure how this works out but his bio says he has seen him "sharing the stage with huge names such as Andrea Bocelli, Paul McCartney and Mark Knopfler". Sir,... > Read more

Jayson Norris: Save Me

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: George D. Henderson of the Puddle

31 Jan 2011  |  5 min read

George D. Henderson founded Dunedin's psych-pop band the Puddle in 1983/84 and over the following decade the group recorded an EP, an album and a single for Flying Nun, all of which are curently out of print. However "a Lazarus-like comeback over the past five years" (as the press release says) has seen three new albums in the past few years, their '09 The Shakespeare Monkey being... > Read more

The Puddle: English Speaking World

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Lauren Thomson

31 Jan 2011  |  3 min read

Auckland-based singer-songwriter Lauren Thomson released her excellent debut EP Our Love is Due in the closing days of 2007 and on the back of it toured frequently, often with Canadian Tami Neilson and Jackie Bristow. The three of them delivered a terrific package show which thrilled with foot-stomping barroom country rock, or took you to deep personal places with heart-stopping ballads.... > Read more

Lauren Thomson: No Good For My Soul

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ham Hornhead of the Trons

24 Jan 2011  |  3 min read

Standing at more than two metres tall and playing powerful rhythm guitar, Ham Hornhead of the Hamilton band the Trons, is a towering figure in New Zealand contemporary rock. A distinctive vocalist but one rarely given to interviews, Hornhead prefers to let the music speak for him and the band of equally disciplined -- one might almost say, programmed -- players. The Trons self-titled... > Read more

The Trons: Sister Robot

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Alicia Dara of Volcano Diary

24 Jan 2011  |  2 min read

Alicia Dara is the sublime voice and guiding intellect behind the currently unsigned Seattle band The Volcano Diary whose self-titled debut album is reviewed at Elsewhere. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, worked in theatre and cabaret, and has released solo albums prior to forming the electro-acoustic Volcano Diary whose... > Read more

The Volcano Diary: Lightning Seed

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Chris Thompson

21 Jan 2011  |  2 min read

Chris Thompson was one of the disappearing figures in the New Zealand folk scene who toured with Julie Felix, counted among his peers the likes of Bert Jansch and Davy Graham while he was in the UK, and recorded some fine albums which have disappeared into the ether. His has recently released a self-titled double CD of a lost album from the mid Seventies along with some tracks off other... > Read more

Chris Thompson: Hugo Spellman

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Daniel Hewson

17 Jan 2011  |  2 min read

Daniel Hewson is a multi-instrumentalist living in Kerikeri, north of Auckland, New Zealand. His new album This Moment is released on his own label Scrynoose Music. It is reviewed at Elsewhere here and available from Amplifier here. The first piece of music which really affected you was . . . Stevie Wonder's Living for the City Your first (possibly embarrassing) role... > Read more

Daniel Hewson: Son of a Butcher

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Lloyd Cole

16 Jan 2011  |  2 min read

Lloyd Cole sprung to success with his band the Commotions on the highly literate and pop-memorable album Rattlesnakes in '84 but within a few years had moved to New York where he fell in with the likes of Robert Quine and Matthew Sweet. He has continued to explore his intelligent, probing and exquisitely crafted pop over a series of solo albums, the most recent being Broken Record. He... > Read more

Lloyd Cole: Inverse Midas Touch (from Broken Record)