THE MAGAZINE FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE

Elsewhere is a concept and a place, and Graham Reid goes there for his wide angle travels, writing, music review and interviews with writers, musicians and artists.

Elsewhere is an on-line magazine for new music (we filter out the mundane and spotlight the more interesting albums), different travel, arts and more. It is dedicated to the diversity and possibilities of Elsewhere. It's an equal opportunity enjoyer. Subscribe here (it's free) for a weekly newsletter.     Welcome . . .

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Various Artists: Everybody's Getting Involved; A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense (digital outlets)

Various Artists: Everybody's Getting Involved; A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense (digital outlets)

24 May 2024  |  1 min read

While Lorde's cover of the Al Green song Take Me to the River (which was in Talking Heads' repertoire) understandably got attention locally – although she shoulder-taps the Heads too much when Al might have offered a more challenging and interesting take – there is so much ordinary and sometimes downright awful stuff on this tribute that you wonder why some of... > Read more

Life During Wartime, by DJ Tunez
Polite Company: Please Go Wild (digital outlets)

Polite Company: Please Go Wild (digital outlets)

24 May 2024  |  2 min read

The key name in this band is singer-writer Alan Gregg, formerly of the Dribbling Darts of Love (alongside Matthew Bannister), the much-admired Mutton Birds and who has also recorded with Neil Finn and Ron Sexsmith. Now based back in London, Gregg brings a wry, observation attitude like the best of British (Ray Davies, Jarvis of Pulp, Damon of Blur, Mike Skinner of The... > Read more

Perfectly Good Explanation
Karl Sölve Steven and Rob Thorne: Black Coast Vanishings (Rattle/digital outlets)

Karl Sölve Steven and Rob Thorne: Black Coast Vanishings (Rattle/digital outlets)

20 May 2024  |  <1 min read

A slow year for the otherwise prolific Rattle label out of Auckland which usually clocks up at least a dozen releases annually and sometimes considerably more. But this album is their first of 2024, and the year is getting close to the halfway point. No one need have seen the recent documentary series from which these 13 pieces were adapted by the two co-writers... > Read more

Undertow
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . PATTY WATERS' ALBUM, SINGS: It's black then gets blackblackblack

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . PATTY WATERS' ALBUM, SINGS: It's black then gets blackblackblack

20 May 2024  |  3 min read  |  1

Now. We could talk about singer Patty Waters' lengthy career because she's 78 and still around and sometimes performing. At least she was in 2020 before that Covid thing hit. But . . . we have focused on just this, her debut album Sings from 1965 because . . . Well . . .  First, let's tell you the label it is on: ESP-Disk. For some that will be the... > Read more

Moon, Don't Come Up Tonight
The Scavengers; The Scavengers (2003 vinyl issue of '78 sessions)

The Scavengers; The Scavengers (2003 vinyl issue of '78 sessions)

20 May 2024  |  2 min read

We all have musical moments written into our autobiographies. The emblems afterwards -- the album, concert ticket or scar beneath the eye -- are inadequate to convey the emotion you experienced, whether it was when Tina Turner belted out your favourite-ever song to you personally (and 35,000 others), or when you got nailed at Zwines in Auckland by some pogo-ing punk... > Read more

The Scavengers: Money in the Bank
TOM WAITS. THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT, CONSIDERED (1974): Drunk on the moon again

TOM WAITS. THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT, CONSIDERED (1974): Drunk on the moon again

20 May 2024  |  3 min read

Unlike other albums considered for this on-going column, this one by Tom Waits didn't come off the shelf at random. Although it sort of did. As mentioned previously, during the floods of 2022 Elsewhere's office was awash and so we lost around 800 albums and scores of CDs, books, travel journals and family photos. Among those so damaged were about 20 albums by a... > Read more

Shiver Me Timbers
Sunidhi Chauhan and Vishal: Naa Puchho (2007)

Sunidhi Chauhan and Vishal: Naa Puchho (2007)

20 May 2024  |  <1 min read

More scenes from the global village? While walking through Kuala Lumpur's Little India I heard this track rocking out of the speakers in a small record shop. I was transfixed: urban, English language in place, Hindi in others, samples from car horns, block rockin' beats, ellectric guitars, hip-hop in the house . . . As it turned out this was from the soundtrack to a... > Read more

Kamasi Washington: Fearless Movement (digital outlets)

Kamasi Washington: Fearless Movement (digital outlets)

19 May 2024  |  1 min read

Because the commanding Kamasi Washington has appeared at Elsewhere previously – in an interview and album reviews – we will just note that, as with Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman and many others, calling this saxophonist/composer a jazz musician, it's limiting. Growing up in Los Angeles he gravitated to jazz in his early teens but, as a kid... > Read more

Interstellar Peace (The Last Stance)
Mdou Moctar: Funeral for Justice (digital outlets)

Mdou Moctar: Funeral for Justice (digital outlets)

18 May 2024  |  1 min read

In a recent talk about reviewing, the role of the critic and being curious about music, I said something to the effect that music is a great passport into places and worlds hitherto unknown.  I said when I heard the Beatles as a newly-minted teenager I found out as much as I could about Liverpool, when reggae arrived I immersed myself in Bob Marley, Burning Spear,... > Read more

Imouhar
RECOMMENDED RECORD: CHRISTINE WHITE AND THE RAVEN PROJECT (2022): Songs given wings and strings

RECOMMENDED RECORD: CHRISTINE WHITE AND THE RAVEN PROJECT (2022): Songs given wings and strings

15 May 2024  |  2 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this album released for the first time on vinyl. It has been some time coming (the album was released on bandcamp in November 2022) but now appears on vinyl with an insert gatefold of lyrics and recording information -- and is available through Christine White's website here.... > Read more

Raven (Paddy Free remix)
THE DICTIONARY PEOPLE by SARAH OGILVIE

THE DICTIONARY PEOPLE by SARAH OGILVIE

13 May 2024  |  3 min read

One of the most popular books of the early 2000s – the readers' enthusiasm spread by word-of-mouth – was The Surgeon of Crowthorne by the well-known journalist and travel writer Simon Winchester. Subtitled “A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words”, it was a non-fiction account of the American Dr William Chester Minor who had moved to... > Read more

Leila Adu: Moonstone and Tar Sands (digital outlets)

Leila Adu: Moonstone and Tar Sands (digital outlets)

13 May 2024  |  1 min read

Brought to our attention by New York-based expat musician and designer Andrew B White, this artist is very much Elsewhere. From what we can find she is a British-born expat New Zealander, a Grammy-nominated composer and an assistant music professor at New York University. She got her BMus at Victoria, Wellington and doctorate at Princeton. She has written for the... > Read more

Gold Yod ft PUBLIQuartet
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . ZZ HILL: Suited up for Soulville

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . ZZ HILL: Suited up for Soulville

13 May 2024  |  2 min read

Arzell Hill was a soul and blues singer who came to serious attention in the early Eighties with his crossover hits Cheating in the Next Room and the terrific Down Home Blues. He was in his mid Forties at the time and had been recording two decades, mostly with little success beyond admiration and critical appreciation. It was dreadful tragedy then that just two years... > Read more

Nothing Takes the Place of You
T Bone Burnett: The Other Side (digital outlets)

T Bone Burnett: The Other Side (digital outlets)

13 May 2024  |  1 min read

When Elvis Costello played at the now long-demolished His Majesty's Theatre in Auckland in 1985, he strode down the aisle singing Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues which, by the time he got to the stage, morphed into Pump It Up. It was dramatic flourish to start a brilliant show and an acknowledgement of source material. As he did in a duet as the Coward Brothers... > Read more

He Came Down
The O'Donnell Brothers: Back in the Day (odbrosmusic)

The O'Donnell Brothers: Back in the Day (odbrosmusic)

13 May 2024  |  2 min read

It was 1990 when I met Auckland bassist Greg O'Donnell. He was in Gray Bartlett's band going into Southern China – a year after the Tiananmen Square massacre – for concerts and music workshops. I was the tag-along journalist who was going to write something for the Herald. It was a fascinating 10 days, Gray was generous with the Chinese students, the band and... > Read more

You Can't Hide
Rupert Angeleyes: Pillow Talk (digital outlets)

Rupert Angeleyes: Pillow Talk (digital outlets)

12 May 2024  |  <1 min read

This Minneapolis-based and much toured artist (he's played in 48 of the US states) is frequently described as “psych and dream pop” which is sort of true in that some of his songs here meander nicely or play off the tropes of dream pop. But there's also something more funky going on in the bass lines (Make Out Lately), shafts of synth-pop scattered throughout... > Read more

ROD STEWART. SMILER, CONSIDERED (1974): All the way to the bank

ROD STEWART. SMILER, CONSIDERED (1974): All the way to the bank

12 May 2024  |  1 min read

When Rod Stewart's Smiler album came off the shelves at random for this on-going column it was probably the first time it had been on the stereo for 20 years, if not more. And it is a surprising album. Surprising in how lazy it was. Stewart as a songwriter steps back for an album of mostly covers and – in the case of Paul McCartney's lyrical lame but... > Read more

The Beatles: It Won't Be Long (1963)

The Beatles: It Won't Be Long (1963)

12 May 2024  |  1 min read

The album With the Beatles captured the essence of Beatlemania of the period. In the US some of the tracks, along with I Want to Hold Your Hand and songs from their Please Please Me debut album in Britain, were repackaged into Meet the Beatles. And that was what Americans heard. Then there was the US Beatles' Second Album which was very rock'n'roll and a pretty good... > Read more

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Is it better in English?

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Is it better in English?

11 May 2024  |  <1 min read  |  1

A 15 minute programme of familiar songs sung in a language other than that in which they were written. The global village goes pop, in its own words. For more of these fast 15 minute programmes go here > Read more

oh, i know this one!
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Alex Pipes

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Alex Pipes

10 May 2024  |  3 min read

The recent debut album Square One by Auckland jazz guitarist Alex Pipes shone a spotlight on a real talent and former student in the jazz courses at Auckland University. That connection allowed him to have some impressive tutors on-call for his album of which we said “he knew exactly what he wanted to achieve, found the players to help him do it and then pulled it... > Read more

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