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Elsewhere is a concept and a place, and for many years Graham Reid has been going there for his wide angle travels, writing, music review columns and interviews with writers, musicians and artists.

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THE VODAFONE PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS (2016): Can you see yourself, under a coconut tree . . .

THE VODAFONE PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS (2016): Can you see yourself, under a coconut tree . . .

31 May 2016  |  3 min read

This year's Vodafone Pacific Music Awards – held at Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland on June 9 – acknowledges (among many others) one of the country's longest running and most influential Pacific performing arts groups, Pacific Underground. The PU collective will be awarded the MIT Lifetime Achievement Award for their work over more than two decades.... > Read more

TERRY REID REVISITED (2016): Take me to the River, and to the other side

TERRY REID REVISITED (2016): Take me to the River, and to the other side

30 May 2016  |  5 min read

It's probably safe to say that unless you were there at the time or are an avid reader of the rear-view looking British rock monthlies, you've never heard of bands like Spooky Tooth, Steeleye Span or Colosseum. Or folk artists like John Renbourn, Davy Graham and Bert Jansch. Or even Terry Reid, although this singer-guitarist – now age 66 – has the... > Read more

River (alt take)

PAUL SIMON CONSIDERED (2016): He is a rock

PAUL SIMON CONSIDERED (2016): He is a rock

30 May 2016  |  3 min read

For more than half a century Paul Simon has been articulating the concerns of his generation, as in American Tune in the Watergate era of disillusionment: “I don't know a soul who's not been battered, I don't have a friend who feels at ease”. Sometimes his lyrics have seemed prescient (“the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls"... > Read more

The Monkees: Good Times! (Warners)

The Monkees: Good Times! (Warners)

30 May 2016  |  1 min read

Half a century after they first appeared as a made-for-television pop band, the surviving Monkees (Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork) have reconvened to tie up some unfinished business and record new songs written for them by the likes of Noel Gallagher with Paul Weller, River Cuomo of Weezer and Andy Partridge (XTC). Nesmith and Tork also wrote a song... > Read more

Birth of an Accidental Hipster

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE PRODUCER QUESTIONNAIRE: Devin Abrams

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE PRODUCER QUESTIONNAIRE: Devin Abrams

27 May 2016  |  3 min read

Our variations on the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire (songwriter, writer, filmmaker and so on) bring some interesting – and regrettably sometimes mundane – responses. But it is a real pleasure to inaugurate a Famous Elsewhere Producer Questionnaire with New Zealander Pacific Heights (known to his family as Devin Abrams) not just because his new album... > Read more

Realms ft Deanne Krieg

CHRIS STAPLETON CONSIDERED (2016): Bigger than country, and going bigger

CHRIS STAPLETON CONSIDERED (2016): Bigger than country, and going bigger

25 May 2016  |  5 min read

In the early Nineties when Billboard magazine adopted the more accurate Soundscan method of assessing record sales, three genres of music emerged as selling much more in America than anyone had previously thought: rap, alternative rock and country. It would be easy to simply note a divide there between urban (black, inner city), white college and rural (that... > Read more

Sometimes I Cry

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT … BERT JANSCH (2016): The most reluctant hero

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT … BERT JANSCH (2016): The most reluctant hero

23 May 2016  |  8 min read  |  1

Few musicians have recoiled from the glare of fame as assiduously as British guitarist and singer Bert Jansch. This solo artist and founder member of the seminal UK folk group Pentangle – less a band perhaps than a grouping of unlike minds and revolving membership -- was often an indifferent solo performer despite his obvious genius, was frequently drunk on... > Read more

Needle of Death

BOB DYLAN and ERIC CLAPTON TODAY (2016): Older than yesterday

BOB DYLAN and ERIC CLAPTON TODAY (2016): Older than yesterday

23 May 2016  |  5 min read  |  1

In recent times Mick Jagger has said he'd rather be interviewed by young journalists, because the old cynical ones are only ever interested in writing about the collective age of the Rolling Stones, which numbers in the centuries. He has a point and, whether you care for them or not these days, the Rolling Stones still make energetic blues-based rock . . . and are... > Read more

Come Rain or Come Shine

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Derek Jacombs

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Derek Jacombs

23 May 2016  |  2 min read

Derek Jacombs is the frontman for a band we are now officially allowed to describe as “long-running”. His band Kokomo are celebrating their 25th year in business and – as they should – have released a double-disc retrospective collection, Batten Down the Hatches, which comes in a DVD-sized box with a 25 page booklet of track and personnel... > Read more

Plastic Jesus

Kevin Morby: Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)

Kevin Morby: Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)

23 May 2016  |  1 min read

On the cover of this frequently mesmerising album where the music and arrangements can take unexpected but subtle turn, Texas singer-songwriter Morby is a tiny figure caught in a dark landscape with a spot of mysterious colour (a fire). There seems to be a city of lights beyond the ridge. His songs are like this too: they come from dark and solitary places,... > Read more

Water

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILMMAKER QUESTIONNAIRE: F. Theodore Elliott

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILMMAKER QUESTIONNAIRE: F. Theodore Elliott

23 May 2016  |  5 min read

Auckland-born filmmaler F. Theodore Elliott's independent debut feature Baseball has an interesting vignette quality about it. Characters, ideas and images appear and are gone, some to return, others to be left behind. Shot over two years and with an esemble of young amateur actors, it has a dream-like quality in places . . . a dream you can only piece together at the end... > Read more

Various Artists: Soul Sok Sega (Strut/Southbound)

Various Artists: Soul Sok Sega (Strut/Southbound)

23 May 2016  |  1 min read

A couple of weeks ago we pulled a track from this thoroughly enjoyable (and not a little confusing) compilation to post at From the Vaults.  But this double vinyl (with a CD disc and useful liner notes in the gatefold) is so good we just want to bring it to attention again. We could have dropped this into our catholic-taste Music From Elsewhere pages but it... > Read more

Eliza by Georgie Joe

Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor's Guide to Earth (Warners)

Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor's Guide to Earth (Warners)

23 May 2016  |  2 min read  |  1

There is a very special and comfortable place in Heaven for the best country-soul singers, those with the gift of bringing a soulful voice to country music tropes, sometimes touching a little r'n'b with jazz phrasing or saxophones. In the Sixties a lot of this stuff was pouring out of the South, and Simpson from smalltown Kentucky -- who played bluegrass and moved... > Read more

Breakers Roar

Jerry Lee Lewis: Another Place, Another Time (1968)

Jerry Lee Lewis: Another Place, Another Time (1968)

23 May 2016  |  2 min read

By the end of 1967, Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the greatest -- and certainly the most outrageous -- stars of the rock'n'roll era was washed up. The times had changed. It was the world of peace and love and marijuana, a bad fit for a man tormented to his soul by Satan and booze . . .  but that wasn't it. His career had been a series of self-inflicted wounds, not the... > Read more

Singapore: Drinking with an angel

Singapore: Drinking with an angel

22 May 2016  |  2 min read

It's always a pleasure — and sometimes even necessary given the humidity — to just plonk down in one of those cheap street-corner eateries in Singapore and take in the passing parade of diverse humanity over a cold bottle of Tiger beer. But sometimes you might want for ambience which is a little more classy . . . and for that you need Divine, a huge bar... > Read more

THE MONKEES REVISITED (2016): Through the looking glass

THE MONKEES REVISITED (2016): Through the looking glass

20 May 2016  |  7 min read  |  1

The point about the Monkees is that most people miss the point about the Monkees. Back in the late Sixties some people – and some even today – got very exercised about the Monkees not playing their own instruments on their early albums. Gee,and can we start an alphabetical list of artists who didn't? The Association, all the vocal acts on Motown, the... > Read more

I'm Not Your Stepping Stone (live '67)

SONGS OF LAHORE, a doco by SHARMEEN OBAID-CHONOY and ANDY SCHOCKEN

SONGS OF LAHORE, a doco by SHARMEEN OBAID-CHONOY and ANDY SCHOCKEN

20 May 2016  |  1 min read

Every now and again a New Zealand musician will complain how hard it is to make music here. Well, sometimes it is. Although the problem today is it's never been easier to make it but getting it to people or selling it has rarely been harder. However these things are relative, as this doco about a group of musicians in Pakistan illustrates. When their version... > Read more

THE SOUND OF HER GUITAR, a doco by BILL MORRIS

THE SOUND OF HER GUITAR, a doco by BILL MORRIS

19 May 2016  |  2 min read

This charmingly low-key, often movingly honest documentary about New Zealand singer-songwriter Donna Dean takes her from a childhood in a state house in Glen Innes under blue Pacific skies (she ackowledges the drinking and violence between her parents) into Texas clubs and bars and radio stations singing her distictive and mature country music to appreciative audiences.... > Read more

Pretty Buttons

Miklos Rozsa: The Lost Weekend (1945, soundtrack)

Miklos Rozsa: The Lost Weekend (1945, soundtrack)

19 May 2016  |  2 min read

The Hungarian-born composer Miklos Rozsa -- who died in '95 -- has a rare accolade in his long career as a composer of film soundtracks: when his music for the Hitchcock film Spellbound won an Oscar, he beat out two other scores, both of which he had also written. Those two were the music for A Song to Remember (about Chopin) and The Lost Weekend (about an alcoholic).... > Read more

Bottle is Discovered

QUEEN BEY THE REVENGER Vs PJ THE REPORTER (2016): Welcome to their worlds

QUEEN BEY THE REVENGER Vs PJ THE REPORTER (2016): Welcome to their worlds

16 May 2016  |  5 min read  |  1

Whether you think Beyonce's new album/hour-long film Lemonade is an openly autobiographical letter paying out on the infidelities of her husband Jay Z or just another clever piece of PR positioning, hardly matters. The “visual album” Lemonade – as in, “if life gives you lemons . . . “ – is actually an exceptional multi-media piece... > Read more

Chain of Keys by PJ Harvey

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