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THE 2016 APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARDS: The shortlist

THE 2016 APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARDS: The shortlist

1 Sep 2016  |  1 min read

If you pick up the Business section of the New Zealand Herald you start to wonder if there isn't anyone in those offices who hasn't been given some kind of award. The music world in New Zealand is a little more sparing in its prize-giving which makes awards nights like the annual APRA Silver Scrolls – where the best song is selected by the writer (or writers')... > Read more

THE BEATLES; THE TOURING YEARS (2016): So you still wanna be a rock'n'roll star?

THE BEATLES; THE TOURING YEARS (2016): So you still wanna be a rock'n'roll star?

30 Aug 2016  |  4 min read

Near the end of the Beatles' Anthology John Lennon – his voice from beyond the grave – says with a pithy reflection, the Beatles were a great little rock'n'roll band. If that seems an understatement you need only isolate their music from the studio years after 1966 when their songs became more complex and throw the spotlight on their touring years... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . ROY BUCHANAN: The Messiah who isn't coming back

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . ROY BUCHANAN: The Messiah who isn't coming back

29 Aug 2016  |  3 min read

There have been any number of Southern blues, soul and rock'n'roll musicians who have struggled with their pull of their secular and spiritual sides: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Son House, Al Green . . . and the great guitarist Roy Buchanan. Arkansas-born Buchanan -- who died in an apparent jail-cell suicide in 1988 at age 48, although that has been seriously... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Tom Ludvigson of Trip to the Moon

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Tom Ludvigson of Trip to the Moon

29 Aug 2016  |  3 min read

As one half of the production of the new Trip to the Moon album A Traveller's Tale – with Trevor Reekie – Tom Ludvigson brings a wealth of playing, writing and production experience. The keyboard player and programer in TTTMoon, Ludvigson is also a jazz player of immeasurable skills so the improvised, ambient nature of Trip's music is a zone in which he... > Read more

Sana Monica Stroll

The Veils: Total Depravity (Nettwerk)

The Veils: Total Depravity (Nettwerk)

29 Aug 2016  |  1 min read

Anyone with a passing interest in this band fronted by Finn Andrews already knows the tone of this one: In interviews Andrews has referenced David Lynch's rebooted Twin Peaks, there is darkness and menace as a pervading ethos (British reviews have said “unsettling” and “gloriously sad eyed rock that preaches to the perverted”) and so on. From... > Read more

House of Spirits

Eva Prowse: Humid Nights (evaprowse.co.nz/Aeroplane)

Eva Prowse: Humid Nights (evaprowse.co.nz/Aeroplane)

29 Aug 2016  |  1 min read

Wellington singer-songwriter Prowse's debut album I Can't Keep Secrets made Elsewhere's best of the year list in 2010 and at that time we noted her performances with Fly My Pretties, her appearance on her father's excellent Trouble on the Waterfront album and so on. Since then however she fetched up in London where she turned her attention to electro-pop (as H &... > Read more

No Man

Lesley Gore: Boys Boys Boys (Ace/Border)

Lesley Gore: Boys Boys Boys (Ace/Border)

29 Aug 2016  |  1 min read

When this great, early Sixties pop sensation died in February 2015 a newsreader on New Zealand television began the item with, “You won't have heard of her but . . . “ That kind of condescending comment – clearly the older frontman was making a pitch for millennials – wouldn't be applied to a sports star from the same era (no matter how... > Read more

Don't Call Me

Scott Walker: The Childhood of a Leader (4AD)

Scott Walker: The Childhood of a Leader (4AD)

29 Aug 2016  |  <1 min read

And here Elsewhere performs a readers' service for those few who still follow Scott Walker's idiosyncratic and often brilliant (if demanding) career. The master of disturbing music and disruptive arrangements here presents his soundtrack to the film of the same name. It is set in Paris 1919 and the “leader” of the title refers to the cute-faced young boy... > Read more

Third Tantrum

THE MONKEES; THEN AND AGAIN (2016): It was 50 years ago today . . .

THE MONKEES; THEN AND AGAIN (2016): It was 50 years ago today . . .

27 Aug 2016  |  3 min read  |  1

Anyone can easily locate the YouTube clip of the 1967 recording sessions for the Beatles' extraordinary A Day in the Life. The montage shows celebrity pals hanging around: Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull, Donovan clowning with George Harrison, a youthful and happy Keith Richards, Harrison's wife Pattie Boyd sipping wine, Marijke from the hippie clothiers The Fool... > Read more

That Was Then, This is Now

Martin Phillipps: Live at the Moth Club (Fire CD/DVD through Southbound)

Martin Phillipps: Live at the Moth Club (Fire CD/DVD through Southbound)

26 Aug 2016  |  3 min read

For Martin Phillipps of the Chills – a songwriter, lyricist and arranger of rare skill and often genius – the successes of this moment must feel like vindication. In the past eight months Phillipps – whose career seemed to be finished when he broke up the Chills on stage n the US in 92 – has ridden a long overdue wave of recognition in the US... > Read more

Pink Frost (live)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Wayne Hussey of the Mission

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Wayne Hussey of the Mission

26 Aug 2016  |  2 min read

You have to tip your hat to the Mission fronted by Wayne Hussey (formerly of Dead or Alive with Pete Burns and then the Sisters of Mercy). They emerged out of Britain's Goth cult and – despite line-up changes and a few periods of inactivity – they are still with us, 30 years on. And their forthcoming album Another Fall From Grace (with guest Gary Numan,... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE PRODUCER QUESTIONNAIRE: Trevor Reekie of Trip To The Moon

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE PRODUCER QUESTIONNAIRE: Trevor Reekie of Trip To The Moon

25 Aug 2016  |  5 min read

When trying to explain to radio listeners recently just who Trevor Rekkie is and why he's so important, it quickly became clear that he was too big a subject to encapsulate with any economy. He has record labels (Pagan and Antennae) which were launching pads for Bic Runga, Greg Johnson, the Warratahs and many others; he is a musican (Car Crash Set's elelctronica to... > Read more

Indra's Pearl from A Traveller's Tale

Eddie Vedder, Neil and Liam Finn: Not Given Lightly (2009)

Eddie Vedder, Neil and Liam Finn: Not Given Lightly (2009)

22 Aug 2016  |  <1 min read

After Chris Knox suffered his massive stroke in June 2009, there was an understandable outpouring of support from friends and fellow travellers who knew him, although it's fair to say not many understood just how debilitating and on-going that event in his life would be. It changed everything. Everything, for him and his family and those closest to him. As with a... > Read more

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

22 Aug 2016  |  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. The Felice Brothers: Life in the Dark (YepRoc/Southbound) Once again channeling  - but with even more... > Read more

Lydia Loveless: Real (Bloodshot/Southbound)

Lydia Loveless: Real (Bloodshot/Southbound)

22 Aug 2016  |  <1 min read

Now onto her fifth album 25-year old Lydia Loveless (born Lydia Ankrom) draws a thread between brittle power pop, whatever passes for alt.country these days and classic guitar jangle with a smidgen of post-punk energy. As a lyricist she nails down some alarmingly visceral imagery (“If self control is what you want I'd have to break all of my fingers off”... > Read more

Out on Love

Matthew Barber and Jill Barber: The Family Album (Outside/Southbound)

Matthew Barber and Jill Barber: The Family Album (Outside/Southbound)

22 Aug 2016  |  1 min read

On the same Canadian label which recently signed Tami Neilson (a no-brainer I would have thought) comes this quietly delightful sibling-pairing on songs – a balance of originals and classic covers – which essay those seemingly unfashionable ideas of domesticity, the comfort of family and friends, and taking pleasure in life. In a world awash with albums... > Read more

The Partisan

OCCUPIED, SERIES 1: A series by ERIK SKJOLDBJAERG and KARIANNE LUND (Madman DVD/Blu-ray)

OCCUPIED, SERIES 1: A series by ERIK SKJOLDBJAERG and KARIANNE LUND (Madman DVD/Blu-ray)

20 Aug 2016  |  2 min read

So this is how the end of your freedom begins, not with a zombie invasion or some future described in that cliché “dystopian”. It begins with the suddenness of an invasion, or an encroachment by stealth. Either way you wake up and the government you once had is now in the hands of others, those from beyond your borders. So your democratically... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Faith No More; We Care a Lot, Deluxe Edition (Universal)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Faith No More; We Care a Lot, Deluxe Edition (Universal)

19 Aug 2016  |  <1 min read

Now available on double vinyl and CD with extra tracks, demos, live versions and remixes, this impressive '85 debut – before Mike Patton took over vocal duties from soon-to-depart Chuck Mosley – hit a midpoint between US punk, funk metal and indie.rock. With a dollop of cynical humour (the title track alluding to consciousness-raising and ever-so caring... > Read more

As the Worm Turns

Sarathy Korwar: Day to Day (Ninja Tune/Border)

Sarathy Korwar: Day to Day (Ninja Tune/Border)

18 Aug 2016  |  <1 min read

This intricate weave of styles stitched together by jazz, samples and percussion can sometimes come off as oddly stateless and shapeless, but over the full distance offers multiculti surprises and entrancemnts throughout. It isn't proscriptive “world music”, but it is most definitely music of this world. And sometimes well out of it too.... > Read more

Bismillah

DEATH BY HUNGARIAN MUSIC (2016): The cult of Gloomy Sunday

DEATH BY HUNGARIAN MUSIC (2016): The cult of Gloomy Sunday

15 Aug 2016  |  3 min read

In small, conspiracy-theory pockets of popular culture there is the belief that some songs are poison, in the same way that theatrical types don’t refer openly to Shakespeare's Macbeth but rather say, “the Scottish play”. The fatalistic songs of Robert Johnson – who allegedly made a pact with the Devil down at the crossroads outisde... > Read more

Gloomy Sunday, by Billie Holiday

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