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AMERICA'S QUEEN; THE LIFE OF JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS by SARAH BRADFORD: Nice'n'sleazy does it

AMERICA'S QUEEN; THE LIFE OF JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS by SARAH BRADFORD: Nice'n'sleazy does it

20 Jan 2017  |  4 min read

Writers of trashy, salacious and titillating novels about the rich and famous -- Jackie Collins comes to mind -- must despair when biographies appear which reveal the moneyed and mediocre to be more tawdry, venal and sleazy than even those of their vivid imaginations. Consider this litany of sexual intrigue and incestuousness from the higher realms of power: President... > Read more

The xx: I See You (Young Turks)

The xx: I See You (Young Turks)

20 Jan 2017  |  1 min read

The verdict came in very quickly in the case of this album. After their stellar 2009 debut xx –which won them Britain's Mercury Prize, an award often out of synch with taste and commercial success – came the somewhat lesser but still interesting Coexist in '12 (a case of more of the same but less so) which meant this one could be make-or-break. Right... > Read more

Lips

Hank Williams Jr: Don't Give Us a Reason (1990)

Hank Williams Jr: Don't Give Us a Reason (1990)

20 Jan 2017  |  1 min read

War is good for business (if you are part of the military-industrial complex), but also a fine time for stay-at-home patriots to get bellicose . . . among them songwriters who can reduce heroism to cliches and danger to duty. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in '90 the American songs about it came thick and fast. Sometimes pretty thick. There was Penny Gilley's... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . ROBERT GRAETTINGER: The ghoul of Third Stream

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . ROBERT GRAETTINGER: The ghoul of Third Stream

16 Jan 2017  |  5 min read

When big-band leader Stan Kenton took a left turn from the dancefloor into music for the concert halls in the late Forties he increasingly left much of his audience behind. By aiming more for the head than the feet he was embarking on a path that had already been laid out by George Russell and Dave Brubeck, and Gunther Schuller gave it the name Third Stream Music... > Read more

City of Glass, Second Movement

Simon Thacker and Justyna Jablonska: Karmana (Slap the Moon)

Simon Thacker and Justyna Jablonska: Karmana (Slap the Moon)

16 Jan 2017  |  2 min read

When we interviewed Scottish guitarist Simon Thacker in 2015 in advance of his New Zealand tour it was hard to know how describe him. “Guitarist without portfolio” seems about as close as you might get. Back home in Edinburgh he teaches classical guitar but he also helms his own Ritmata ensemble (which he brought to New Zealand) and consider them his... > Read more

Obyrtac (trad Polish)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Lisa Jen of 9Bach

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Lisa Jen of 9Bach

16 Jan 2017  |  2 min read

At the forthcoming Womad in Tarakani wise ears will head to the sessions by the Welsh alt.folk group 9Bach whose ethereal (and exotically Welsh-language songs) have previously captured Elsewhere's attention. Founded by a decade ago pianist/singer Lisa Jen and guitarist Martin Hoyland, they have taken their enchanting and timeless-sounding music to clubs and... > Read more

Gwydr Glas

Flaming Lips: Oczy Mlody (Bella Union/Warners)

Flaming Lips: Oczy Mlody (Bella Union/Warners)

16 Jan 2017  |  2 min read

At first blush this is possibly one of those albums you want to like more than you do, just out of regard for the band's wonderfully wayward path. But the path has lead them to this? Calling it a slow grower – usually a compliment, meaning an album which will endure – is apt. The first third is laboriously slow in its dreamy psychedelia (a less... > Read more

Sunrise/Eyes of the Young

Elvis Presley: Edge of Reality (1968)

Elvis Presley: Edge of Reality (1968)

16 Jan 2017  |  1 min read

By the time Elvis Presley's execrable film Live a Little Love a Little – he plays a photographer/Lothario – was released in '68 he was a man rendered irrelevant by the rapidly changing times. The film attempted to get hip more than a year on from the Summer of Love and Sgt Peppers. While some people were tuning in, turning on and dropping out, Elvis was... > Read more

THE FLAMING LIPS CONSIDERED (2017): White punks on dope

THE FLAMING LIPS CONSIDERED (2017): White punks on dope

16 Jan 2017  |  3 min read

It was the costumes and huge balloons really, wasn't it? Flaming Lips – the vehicle of Wayne Coyne – proved that even at the height of post-grunge seriousness in the Nineties you were allowed to be silly and have fun. And he always looked like he was. But Flaming Lips had been around a long time — they started in the early Eighties —... > Read more

Dub Inc : So What (dub-inc.com)

Dub Inc : So What (dub-inc.com)

16 Jan 2017  |  <1 min read

This French outfit – who do exactly what their band name claims – appeared in New Zealand at the 2014 Womad and were rightly acclaimed . . . although selling reggae to a Kiwi audience isn't exactly a stretch. What sets the ensemble apart from many other practitioners in the good-vibe groove is how they co-opt gruff-voiced ragga, sometimes aggressive... > Read more

Mache becife

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

16 Jan 2017  |  3 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up New Zealand artists. Comments will be brief. Douglas Dare: Aforger (Erased Tapes/Southbound) At the intersection of electronica artist and melodramatic... > Read more

SOHN: Rennen (4AD)

SOHN: Rennen (4AD)

16 Jan 2017  |  <1 min read

More lowkey pop-electronica from 4AD, this from British-born SOHN (Chris Taylor) who has relocated from Europe to LA and created these 10 gently soulful songs for his second album while on a quiet retreat in Northern California. There are some tasty groove-riding r’n’b influences here: Conrad, the leisurely pulse of Signal, the especially lovely Primary... > Read more

Still Waters

Phil Judd: uniQue (philjudd.com)

Phil Judd: uniQue (philjudd.com)

16 Jan 2017  |  3 min read

Few characters, if any, in New Zealand music can claim to have been involved with as many crucial bands as Phil Judd. He was a founder member, contributing writer and guitarist in Split Enz (he also did the album cover for their debut album Mental Notes), and after his departure he produced the Saturday Night single for proto-punk band Suburban Reptiles, and had a... > Read more

Half Japanese: Hear the Lions Roar (Fire)

Half Japanese: Hear the Lions Roar (Fire)

13 Jan 2017  |  1 min read

Always something of an acquired taste, the avant-rock, inspired but wilful amateurism, indie cult-cum-comedic sound of Half Japanese – now more than 35 years into a “career” – can rightly claim that time caught up with them. With the embrace of shock horror films and B-grade sci-fi, outsider artists like Daniel Johnson, quirky Jonathan... > Read more

Do It Now

Hanitra: Lasa, Songs From Madagascar (ARC Music)

Hanitra: Lasa, Songs From Madagascar (ARC Music)

13 Jan 2017  |  1 min read

Let's just go out a very thin branch now and say this: If Hanitra Ranaivo sang in English she might just be one of those Next Big Thing artists at the intersection of folk, pop and world music. From the highland city of Fianarantsoa in Madagascar – the cultural centre of the island – she melds tradition with contemporary issues (deforestation, the... > Read more

Avia

GONEVILLE by NICK BOLLINGER

GONEVILLE by NICK BOLLINGER

10 Jan 2017  |  4 min read  |  1

Although they are never going to challenge the unassailable supremacy of cookbooks and the lives of people who play sport for money, there has been a discernible increase in the number of books about New Zealand music in the past few years. It's almost as if publishers have belatedly realised what most others know: that popular music has great stories, odd... > Read more

Lawdy Miss Clawdy, by Johnny Devlin

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LOLA FALANA: Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl . . .

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LOLA FALANA: Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl . . .

9 Jan 2017  |  3 min read

When the singer-dancer-actress Lola Falana arrived in New York in the early Sixties with, by her account just US$26 in her pocket, she took whatever dancing jobs she could get, mostly in Harlem clubs. And it was in one such place that she was spotted by Sammy Davis Jnr. In quick succession she appeared in his Broadway musical Golden Boy, recorded her debut single... > Read more

Marvin Gaye: Trouble Man (1972)

Marvin Gaye: Trouble Man (1972)

9 Jan 2017  |  5 min read

In the sales charts, music history throws up some wonderful anomalies, like the Beatles' innovative double A-side single Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever being kept off the top spot by Engelbert Humperdinck's ballad Release Me in early '67. And that Marvin Gaye's aching lament for his nation and the troubling times of the early Seventies, What's Going On, was... > Read more

Poor Abbey Walsh

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Someone from Tago

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Someone from Tago

9 Jan 2017  |  3 min read

It is in the nature of these things that you send a questionnaire to a group and someone answers, but they neglect to tell us who. So with apologies to whoever in the Korean percussion ensemble Tago -- who come to New Zealand for the Taranaki Womad -- we introduce this high-energy oputfit to to you in advance of that person's answers. With traditonal instruments... > Read more

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