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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CINDY LEE BERRYHILL. NAKED MOVIE STAR, CONSIDERED (1989): Neo-folk boho Downtown urbanists

CINDY LEE BERRYHILL. NAKED MOVIE STAR, CONSIDERED (1989): Neo-folk boho Downtown urbanists

14 Aug 2022  |  2 min read

Some advice to young artists, a couple of things to avoid. First, never join a movement which has a manifesto because within a very short time people will fall out over how to interpret it. And next thing you know the movement has broken up and counter-manifestos have been published and are being argued over. Second, never get involved with anything which styles... > Read more

12 Dollar Motel
ALEC BATHGATE OF TALL DWARFS, INTERVIEWED (2022): Something has happened.

ALEC BATHGATE OF TALL DWARFS, INTERVIEWED (2022): Something has happened.

13 Aug 2022  |  14 min read

Alec Bathgate – one half of this country's most idiosyncratic alt.pop group Tall Dwarfs with Chris Knox – is charmingly bashful when talking about the project which has occupied him for almost two years. It is Unravelled: 1981 – 2002, a loosely chronological box set of 55 Tall Dwarf songs spread over eight sides of vinyl. It arrives in a slipcase with a... > Read more

Cruising with Cochran
Gramsci: In Formation1: A Shift in Prospects (bandcamp)

Gramsci: In Formation1: A Shift in Prospects (bandcamp)

13 Aug 2022  |  <1 min read

About 8 months ago Gramsci – Paul McLaney, Greg Haver and Marika Hodgson – released The Hinterlands, an album we described as existential rock, cinematic yet personal. It joined a long line of albums by McLaney – some as Gramsci, some as his more ambient persona Impending Adorations, a few under his own name – which have found considerable... > Read more

Intrepid
TRAITOR KING; THE SCANDALOUS EXILE OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR by ANDREW LOWNIE

TRAITOR KING; THE SCANDALOUS EXILE OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR by ANDREW LOWNIE

12 Aug 2022  |  2 min read

While there is understandable interest in the fame and foibles of the self-exiled Meghan and Harry couple, nothing they have done comes even close to the appalling former Edward VIII (who had been the British monarch for less a year when he abdicated, known to most as David) and Wallis Simpson, his new wife. As the Duke of Windsor, he chose her over royal duties but... > Read more

SIGUR ROS, REVIEWED (2022): Strangers from a strange land

SIGUR ROS, REVIEWED (2022): Strangers from a strange land

8 Aug 2022  |  2 min read

Among the many remarkable things about the Icelandic band Sigur Ros is you can't understand a word they say in their songs because frontman Jonsi sings in Hopelandic (a made-up language) and his native Icelandic (spoken by fewer than 400,000). Also of interest is, on the evidence of their concert at Auckland's Spark Arena, the four-piece were largely indifferent to their... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE HIGHLY PERSONAL QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Brett Adams

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE HIGHLY PERSONAL QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Brett Adams

8 Aug 2022  |  4 min read

Guitarist/songwriter Brett Adams has had a long and distinguished career from the early Mockers to the Julie Dolphin in Britain with his partner Dianne Swann. On their return to New Zealand he and Swann became the core of the Bads and Adams a go-to player on numerous sessions and tours. He's recently been seen in the band for Tami Neilson but has also just released... > Read more

The Sky Beneath (from Black Clouds in Stereo
JOHN COLTRANE/JOHNNY HARTMAN: THE MASTER SESSIONS, CONSIDERED (1963): The gifted at their ease

JOHN COLTRANE/JOHNNY HARTMAN: THE MASTER SESSIONS, CONSIDERED (1963): The gifted at their ease

8 Aug 2022  |  2 min read

When the famous “lost” album Both Directions At Once by saxophonist John Coltrane was discovered and issued in 2018, what was only mentioned in passing – as it was in Elsewhere's piece – was why Coltrane's group was even in Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio on that day in May '63 anyway. It was because the... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . The Jazz Butcher

Elsewhere Art . . . The Jazz Butcher

8 Aug 2022  |  1 min read

The British post-punk band The Jazz Butcher lead by Pat Fish (who died at age 64 in October 2021) were not widely known in New Zealand, but when a swag of their albums were reissued in a box set in 2017 (The Wasted Years) it was time to acknowldge them. They were different, fun, challenging and popped out shouldabeen hits with alarming frequency. And when the... > Read more

The Viscounts: Harlem Nocturne (1959)

The Viscounts: Harlem Nocturne (1959)

8 Aug 2022  |  <1 min read

In the final month of the Fifties, the Viscounts covered this piece which Ray Noble and His Orchestra had introduced two decades previous. But to it the Viscounts brought a sleazy menace in the simple bass line and shimmering guitar behind a saxophone sound which comes at you from a shadowy back alley. It reeks of film noir sensibility. This moody track was included... > Read more

Spiral Stairs: Medley Attack!!! (Amazing Grease/bandcamp)

Spiral Stairs: Medley Attack!!! (Amazing Grease/bandcamp)

7 Aug 2022  |  <1 min read

Spiral Stairs is Scott Kannberg – co-founder of Pavement but now in semi-retirement – and his solo albums have always had an easy charm and, as we noted previously, sounding closer to the Saints/Chris Bailey in rock ballad mode. They can sound undemanding in the best way – the sound is familiar, tight and melodic – but there have always been... > Read more

Jack White: Entering Heaven Alive (Third Man/bandcamp)

Jack White: Entering Heaven Alive (Third Man/bandcamp)

7 Aug 2022  |  1 min read

When considering Jack White's often demanding album Fear of the Dawn in April we noted it was the first installment of a paired release, Entering Heaven Alive completing what could be seen as a double album. But where Fear of the Dawn was a tumultuous and disruptive collection of heavy rock, hip-hop and dubby funk-rock, Entering Heaven Alive is a much more muted affair... > Read more

Cookie Brooklyn and the Crumbs: Singles 2013 – 2019 (Burning Log/bandcamp)

Cookie Brooklyn and the Crumbs: Singles 2013 – 2019 (Burning Log/bandcamp)

6 Aug 2022  |  <1 min read

The members of this Wellington-based trio have some prior form and have appeared at Elsewhere in the past: singer/guitarist Mark Williams has been in Marineville and Erika Grant (bass) and drummer Nell Thomas were in Orchestra of Spheres. So, left-field pedigrees where nonsense lyrics and avant-poetry are woven into slightly bent pop-rock. Is There Logic in Pop? here... > Read more

Puff of Air
DAVE MEET RODGER, RODGER MEET DAVE (2022): Here for big band Bliss and beyond

DAVE MEET RODGER, RODGER MEET DAVE (2022): Here for big band Bliss and beyond

5 Aug 2022  |  2 min read

Dave Dobbyn was an excellent case study for my university singer-songwriter students, an artist who illustrated how they could shift between genres, lyrical approaches and song arrangements . . . and yet still sound like themselves. In his first decade Dobbyn went from the booze-bar rock of Bliss through metaphorically interesting songs like Whaling and Outlook For... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: The Finn Brothers, Finn (Lester)

RECOMMENDED RECORD: The Finn Brothers, Finn (Lester)

1 Aug 2022  |  3 min read  |  1

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this reissue which comes in a gatefold sleeve as a double album with an extra record of demos. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . . Had it not been for Chris Bourke's thorough 1997 biography of Crowded House, Something So Strong, most people would not... > Read more

It's Only Natural (demo)
MC Tali: Future Dwellers (Reign/bandcamp)

MC Tali: Future Dwellers (Reign/bandcamp)

1 Aug 2022  |  1 min read

Drum'n'bass doesn't appear at Elsewhere that often, not for any aversion to it but . . . Well, there's just such a lot of everything out there. But we'll always stop for MC Tali, who has sustained an international career for almost two decades and still manages to come up with something special and different. This time out – on her eighth album – she... > Read more

JOHN CALE, FRAGMENTS OF A RAINY SEASON, CONSIDERED (1982/2016): The new society still ain't pretty

JOHN CALE, FRAGMENTS OF A RAINY SEASON, CONSIDERED (1982/2016): The new society still ain't pretty

1 Aug 2022  |  3 min read  |  3

Most musicians in rock culture establish their sound and reputation over a few early albums and consolidate both if their careers are of any length. The late Lemmy and Lou Reed for example released albums which became their hallmarks, and their personae – wildman Lemmy and pugnacious Reed – became our enduring image of them. That said, in each case there... > Read more

Library of Force (from M:FANS)
Darren Pickering Small Worlds: Volume One (Rattle/digital outlets)

Darren Pickering Small Worlds: Volume One (Rattle/digital outlets)

1 Aug 2022  |  <1 min read

The name of this group lead by Christchurch pianist Darren Pickering is accurate because here are sometimes small worlds of quiet, intimately detailed pieces for quartet (guitarist Mitch Dwyer, bassist Peter Fleming and drummer Mitch Thomas) which open with the very inviting and understated Simple Ballad. It's an elegance revisited later on In the Know(ere) and the... > Read more

Strange Tone Poem
Elsewhere Art . . . ugly humanity, never to be forgotten

Elsewhere Art . . . ugly humanity, never to be forgotten

1 Aug 2022  |  1 min read

Few people would want to write about, or hear about, the worst aspects of humanity. But if we didn't then, as the philosopher said, if we don't learn from history then we're condemned to repeat it. Tragically, we don't learn and we repeat: everywhere from the India/Pakistan partition and Northern Ireland to Biafra, Cambodia, Israel/Palestine, the various -stans of that... > Read more

CHARLES LLOYD, CONSIDERED (2022): The 21st century man

CHARLES LLOYD, CONSIDERED (2022): The 21st century man

31 Jul 2022  |  2 min read

As the Sixties ended, tenor saxophonist and flautist Charles Lloyd should have been a happy man: his 1967 album Forest Flower – recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival the previous year – had sold exceptionally well. His quartet had brought bassist Cecil McBee, the young pianist Keith Jarrett and drummer Jack DeJohnette to wide attention. They'd toured... > Read more

Master Musicians of Jajouka/Bachir Attar: Dancing Under the Moon (Glitterbeat/digital outlets)

Master Musicians of Jajouka/Bachir Attar: Dancing Under the Moon (Glitterbeat/digital outlets)

29 Jul 2022  |  <1 min read

Elsewhere freely concedes this 110 minute double album will be a test for most. But having one of their earlier albums (recorded by Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones) an Essential Elsewhere Album, and having mentioned them in the context of Ornette Coleman, who recorded with them a decade later, it would be remiss not to acknowledge this. The Master Musicians tap into an... > Read more

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