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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 FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Ben Morley of Mice On Stilts

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Ben Morley of Mice On Stilts

26 Sep 2016  |  2 min read

It's fair to say that we probably haven't seen or a heard a band like Auckland six-piece Mice on Stilts for decades, perhaps even ever before. Their expansive music owes debts to atmospheric prog-rock and romantic classic music with touches of introverted folk and . . . You get the picture? Elsewhere was very enthusiastic about their debut EP An Ocean Held... > Read more

The Hours

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ross Mullins

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ross Mullins

26 Sep 2016  |  3 min read

It has been more than a wee while – he says 17 years in the liner notes to his current album – since we have heard new music from Ross Mullins, once the unofficial Musician-in-Residence in his home suburb of Devonport. From the mid Eighties with his acclaimed debut album State House Kid, songwriter-singer and keyboard player Mullins – who fronted... > Read more

Koromiko Road

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

26 Sep 2016  |  2 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 Green Pajamas: To The End of The Sea (Green Monkey) The mainman of Seattle's Green Pajamas, Jeff Kelly, has... > Read more

FRANK ZAPPA RE-COLLECTED (2016): Dinner with the Don of Freakdom

FRANK ZAPPA RE-COLLECTED (2016): Dinner with the Don of Freakdom

26 Sep 2016  |  2 min read

Aside from being a composer and performer who crossed, or more correctly ignored, boundaries between musical genres – his catalogue includes everything from doo-wop to classical albums – Frank Zappa could deliver zinging one-liners. At one point in the late 60s when he looked like a typical longhaired flower-child drop-out acid freak, he was once asked,... > Read more

Peaches En Regalia

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: DeWayne Pate

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: DeWayne Pate

26 Sep 2016  |  2 min read

Jazz bassist DeWayne Pate from San Francisco has played with some of the most famous musicians of the past 30 years, and across an impressive musical spectrum: bluesmen like Duke Robilliard and Charlie Musselwhite, pop and rockers like Pat Benetar and Huey Lewis, country legend Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Boz Scaggs . . . Jazz of course remains his first love and as a... > Read more

Goin' Home

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Florian Ross

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Florian Ross

26 Sep 2016  |  3 min read

German pianist and composer Florian Ross has done it all, from solo piano recordings through to big bands with a little organ-fronted trio along the way. He studied in Cologne, London and New York, has taught in a number of German academies and universities,  and has released a dozen albums. He's played alongside Kenny Wheeler,  Vince Mendoza... > Read more

Mei Han and Red Chamber: Classical and Contemporary Chinese Music (ARC Music)

Mei Han and Red Chamber: Classical and Contemporary Chinese Music (ARC Music)

26 Sep 2016  |  1 min read

For Western ears, the sound of Chinese music falls into cliché (“Oh, Chinese music . . . riiight.”) or something so discordant (traditional opera) that it's easy to dismiss on a cursory listen. However – setting preconceptions aside if that is possible – this album by a child of the diaspora brings a bigger picture. Mei Han learned the... > Read more

Peng Baban

THE BARGAIN BUY: Dave Edmunds; Original Album Series

THE BARGAIN BUY: Dave Edmunds; Original Album Series

26 Sep 2016  |  1 min read  |  2

Because his running mates at the time Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello wrote better songs and had more distinctive voices, Dave Edmunds always ran a distant third. And when the Stiff label took off at the end of the Seventies, he was sometimes even further back in the rankings. Born out of the pre-punk pub-rock period in London, singer-guitarist Edmunds had first come... > Read more

I Knew the Bride

Jay and the Americans: Tomorrow (1962)

Jay and the Americans: Tomorrow (1962)

26 Sep 2016  |  1 min read

Although they hit their peak when the American bands fought back against the British Invasion in the mid Sixties, Jay and the Americans always seemed like a band from an earlier era with their big ballad hit Cara Mia.  In fact they were, they'd been around since the late Fifites in some form or other and their sound was rooted in Italian ballads and the close... > Read more

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: The Bilders; Beatin Hearts (Grapefruit Record Club)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: The Bilders; Beatin Hearts (Grapefruit Record Club)

24 Sep 2016  |  <1 min read

Not often we get to use the word “polymath”  . . . but it describes multi-lingual poet, writer, publisher, dramatist, musician-without-portfolio Bill Direen whose reputation kicked in seriously with this debut album (after a series of singles and EPs) in '83. Released on Flying Nun, it includes a version of Denis Glover's poem The Magpies... > Read more

THE PIXIES CONSIDERED (2016): Clearing the path to Nirvana

THE PIXIES CONSIDERED (2016): Clearing the path to Nirvana

23 Sep 2016  |  1 min read

Apparently the man known as Black Francis (and later Frank Black) was obsessed with outer space but in '86 gave up the idea of coming to New Zealand to see Haley's Comet to form a band. Our loss was the world's gain because the band was the Pixies who inspired countless others in their first lifespan. They split in '93, reformed in '04 (although founder... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Skyscraper Stan

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Skyscraper Stan

23 Sep 2016  |  5 min read

And they call him Skyscraper Stan because . . . At a height which means ducking through doors, Stan Woodhouse stands a little bit taller than most New Zealand musicians . . . and through his rough-hewn, folk/blue and country-influenced music stands apart too. When he was 20 he went off to Melbourne to ostensibly study zoology but also honed his songwriting and... > Read more

Elvis

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Moana Maniapoto

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Moana Maniapoto

20 Sep 2016  |  3 min read

Few New Zealand artists have the stature, musical longevity and long-term political commitment of Moana Maniapoto (Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao). So it is hardly surprising that she should be this year's inductee into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. She will be so honoured at this year's APRA Silver Scroll awards in Auckland on Thursday,... > Read more

DAVID BECKER INTERVIEWED (2016): The work and the rewards

DAVID BECKER INTERVIEWED (2016): The work and the rewards

19 Sep 2016  |  11 min read

For an interviewer, the worst subject isn't the one who doesn't say much or even anything, because at least that can be turned into a funny story. The worst is the person who just goes on and on and on . . . Two-time Grammy-nominated American guitarist David Becker can certainly talk, but the saving grace is that he's very interesting, has enjoyed a real DIY career... > Read more

That Man is a Legend

Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 (XL)

Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 (XL)

19 Sep 2016  |  1 min read

Right from the start, Jack White was a shapeshifter, sometimes a garageband rocker, at others a raw blues player or a guitarist conspiring with his inner Jimmy Page to give Led Zeppelin a run for their money. He could sing what sounded like a tossed off children's song (the delightful We're Going to Be Friends) or dig in deep as an inspired rock star for whom the... > Read more

City Lights (previously unreleased)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Led Zeppelin: The Complete BBC Sessions (Warners)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Led Zeppelin: The Complete BBC Sessions (Warners)

19 Sep 2016  |  1 min read  |  1

Although JImmy Page's recent remastering programme of all the Led Zeppelin studio albums made them sound sharper and stronger, the additional tracks included were rarely added value. Many were remixes of varyng degrees of interest (some none at all, see here and here and here), but ironically it was their final mish-mash release Coda which came out best. Despite... > Read more

Communication Breakdown (live, 1969)

Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar)

Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar)

19 Sep 2016  |  <1 min read

When Elsewhere discovered this woman's previous album, her second, Burn Your Fire For No Witness in early 2014 we were mightily impressed by her ability to roam across genres from alt.country-influenced material to gritty rock, mainstream pop to acoustic ballads. What was also a thread was the classic pop structures and influences from the late Fifties/early Sixties... > Read more

Shut Up Kiss Me

Liquid Generation: Quarter to Zen (1984)

Liquid Generation: Quarter to Zen (1984)

19 Sep 2016  |  1 min read

Elsewhere has frequently written unapologetically about the thrill of garageband rock'n'roll from the likes of Dead Moon, the Seeds, early Troggs, the Sonics, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Standells and all those groups on the famous Nuggets collection (and its various spinoffs). The joy of garageband rock'n'roll is it rarely springs surprises -- it's cheaply... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; Yacht Rock

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; Yacht Rock

19 Sep 2016  |  1 min read

Yes, it's a genre and the very name tells you what you need to know. This is music from – and for – guys who consider white boat shoes, long shorts and a Hawaiian shirt appropriate evening wear, and sing about their “beautiful lady”. It's mostly soft rock from the late Seventies and Eighties by people with neatly trimmed beards and the songs... > Read more

Love is a Mystery, by Robbie Dupree

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Nick Williams of After 'Ours

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Nick Williams of After 'Ours

16 Sep 2016  |  3 min read

As one half of After 'Ours – with pianist/composer Michal Martyniuk – the multi-instrumentalist/producer Nick Williams has made a big impression with their debut album Odyssey, released today. Their music sits along the edge of cool LA fusion of the Seventies coupled to soulful and contemporary r'n'b. It also comes with a number of stellar guests like... > Read more

Day After Day

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