THE MAGAZINE FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE

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 LOCAL LIGHT TOUCH? (2021): Unobjectionable sounds for summer

THE LOCAL LIGHT TOUCH? (2021): Unobjectionable sounds for summer

5 Dec 2021  |  4 min read

Once upon a longtime ago reggae was rebel music and righteously indignant about the world. For the most part those days are long gone in Aotearoa reggae. Hard political issues (poverty, domestic abuse, homelessness, disenfranchised communities etc, we gotta lot to address) have been set aside for innocuous statements about love and family. Certainly a few step up... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Rod Stewart

Elsewhere Art . . . Rod Stewart

5 Dec 2021  |  <1 min read

Can't remember which Rod Stewart album prompted this, but when you write a jazz column you look for anything which will hook in passers-by who might otherwise recoil from the J-word. And Rod's album had a track titled Charlie Parker Loves Me . . . so Rod kickstarted a piece about Parker. By this time Rod had separated from his Kiwi-born wife Rachel Hunter so the idea... > Read more

The War on Drugs: I Don't Live Here Anymore (Atlantic/digital outlets)

The War on Drugs: I Don't Live Here Anymore (Atlantic/digital outlets)

4 Dec 2021  |  1 min read

Although a lyrical guitarist -- as witnessed on previous albums Lost in the Dream (2014) and the Grammy-grabbing A Deeper Understanding (2017) -- The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel here sometimes foregrounds acoustic and electric piano (and Hammond organ) to support his complex songwriting. This fifth WoD album extends his increasingly distinctive... > Read more

JUST LIKE THAT: NEW POEMS by KEVIN IRELAND

JUST LIKE THAT: NEW POEMS by KEVIN IRELAND

4 Dec 2021  |  4 min read

One of the many advantages of the literary life is that it can continue into what we charitably call “advanced years”. When many retire from employment they are obliged to find things to fill their waking hours: petanque, U3A, gardening, even more golf, a book club . . . Writers are their own book club. And for those once again taking their thoughts... > Read more

Ladyhawke: Time Flies (Warners/digital outlets)

Ladyhawke: Time Flies (Warners/digital outlets)

4 Dec 2021  |  <1 min read

On her first album in more than four years, Ladyhawke (Pip Brown) returns to Eighties dancefloor electro-pop stylings but, despite the crafted surfaces, there's often downbeat reflection, even when channeling Prince-funk on Think About You (“We live in worlds apart, but still you have my heart”). The opener My Love sets a tone (“would it make you... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Admiral Drowsy: The Gutter Boy Spectates (bandcamp)

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Admiral Drowsy: The Gutter Boy Spectates (bandcamp)

3 Dec 2021  |  1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one. Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . .  Unrequested, unannounced and unexpected – actually none of those, I'd forgotten prior correspondence – this vinyl album arrived at Elsewhere's door a week ago, the project of Luke... > Read more

Seagull Sun
Alan Brown: Murmur (Rattle Seventh House Music/bandcamp)

Alan Brown: Murmur (Rattle Seventh House Music/bandcamp)

3 Dec 2021  |  1 min read

Keyboard player Alan Brown's recent ambient and improvised work has frequently found favour at Elsewhere because he often steps beyond the Eno-obvious and into rather more allusive soundscapes. As he does here when using electronic instruments to create leisurely loops and allow for effects to suggest natural elements (as on the electro-hiss of rain and wind which opens... > Read more

Halting Problem
Tim Green/Massimo Magee: Abeyance (Orbit577/digital outlets)

Tim Green/Massimo Magee: Abeyance (Orbit577/digital outlets)

2 Dec 2021  |  <1 min read

The last time we heard from drummer Green and saxophonist Magee was very recently when – with other-drummer Tony Irving – they released the exciting but challenging free improvisation album The Clear Revolution as the Cyclone Trio. That album was recorded the day after their Cataclysm and this session by the duo was recorded just days after The Clear... > Read more

THE BEACH BOYS: FEEL FLOWS, THE SUNFLOWER AND SURF'S UP SESSIONS 1969-1971 (2021): Sunset on the beach

THE BEACH BOYS: FEEL FLOWS, THE SUNFLOWER AND SURF'S UP SESSIONS 1969-1971 (2021): Sunset on the beach

30 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

There's always been talk that the Beach Boys didn't mean that much after the seminal Pet Sounds and the lesser Smiley Smile in the late Sixties, and yes, they did seem a bit directionless. But by the early Seventies they were steering a more confident course through the Sunflower and Surf's Up albums which mixed pop and their signature harmonies with... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Dirt: Bloom (Big Pop/bandcamp)

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Dirt: Bloom (Big Pop/bandcamp)

29 Nov 2021  |  2 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one (which comes in a gatefold sleeve with an insert lyric booklet). Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . . .   The final song at the end of the first side of this record opens with some familiar lines, but with its menacing, quasi-industrial... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SANDRA DEE: Teen angel in an adult world

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SANDRA DEE: Teen angel in an adult world

29 Nov 2021  |  3 min read

When bad girl Betty Rizzo, leader of the Pink Ladies in the film Grease, sang Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee she was referencing the famously all-American chaste teenager who'd starred in the surf-culture Gidget movie and a couple of Tammy films. In Come September with Bobby Darin in 1961 – they married almost immediately-- she played Sandy Stevens. In Grease, Olivia... > Read more

Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee, by Stockard Channing (Grease, 1978)
Elsewhere Art . . . the Pipkins

Elsewhere Art . . . the Pipkins

29 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

After a lifetime listening to what Noel Coward dismissively called “cheap music”, Elsewhere is in no doubt about the reductive nature of pop music. But sometimes that's part of its charm. We hold some affection for Herman's Hermits' version of the old music hall song I'm Henry The Eight just for the sheer silliness of it (“second verse, same as the... > Read more

AJ Sharma: Is There a Boat Anywhere? (Thokei Tapes/bandcamp)

AJ Sharma: Is There a Boat Anywhere? (Thokei Tapes/bandcamp)

29 Nov 2021  |  <1 min read

Hamburg's Thokei Tapes (yes, actual releases on cassette tape) continues to unearth and archive small corners of New Zealand music, here the lo-fi alt.folk/indie sound of singer-songwriter Aaron Sharma recorded in various South Island sites in 2018-19. Sharma is an aural documentarian of his life and feelings (Bus, Slugger) and we'd concede immediately that his uneven... > Read more

Stealing Sheep/Radiophonic Workshop: La planete sauvage (Fire/digital outlets)

Stealing Sheep/Radiophonic Workshop: La planete sauvage (Fire/digital outlets)

28 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

While we know there are few things new under the sun, the Avatar film was a jaw-dropper for it technological and visual invention. As always, some couldn't contain their contempt for its somewhat ham-fisted message. But they were mostly cynical adults and not the 12-year olds whose eyes and minds were opened with wonder . . . and got the message. Giant blue humanoid... > Read more

Terr and Tiwa
Adam Hattaway and the Haunters: Rooster (digital outlets)

Adam Hattaway and the Haunters: Rooster (digital outlets)

27 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

Back in the mid 2000s those who were lucky enough to catch Auckland rock band the Checks – and were familiar with the r'n'b sound of the early Stones as much as garaeband rock'n'roll – were smitten by this young group which had swagger and style, and seemed to know that history. You'd think that excitement would be common enough (Dead Flowers and Straitjacket... > Read more

A POST-CULTURAL DETERMINIST APPROACH TO AbbEyrOad (2021): The image under the macroscope

A POST-CULTURAL DETERMINIST APPROACH TO AbbEyrOad (2021): The image under the macroscope

26 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

Rather than write about this image for the Art by Elsewhere pages, it was suggested by Dr. Celia Haughty-Smart, senior curator of the Work And New Knowledge gallery in Lower Hutt that she scrutinize it from a more critical perspective. This is what she wrote. – Graham Reid . In the canon of distorted hyper-reality and de-accentuated cognitive imagery as... > Read more

THE BLUES HAD A BRITISH BABY (2021) And they called it . . . rock'n'roll, psychedelic rock and hard rock?

THE BLUES HAD A BRITISH BABY (2021) And they called it . . . rock'n'roll, psychedelic rock and hard rock?

24 Nov 2021  |  10 min read  |  4

The history of the blues has been written, rewritten, revised, over-written and turned into academic treatises and a subject for analysis. But it remains something which can get lost in the chatter. It is a music. John Lennon, who was hardly a blues aficionado, had a good line: "The blues is a chair, not a design for a chair or a better chair . . . it is the... > Read more

THE BEATLES' GET BACK DOCUMENTARY (2021): The truth, the whole truth and nothing but another truth

THE BEATLES' GET BACK DOCUMENTARY (2021): The truth, the whole truth and nothing but another truth

22 Nov 2021  |  4 min read

When George Harrison quit the Beatles on January 10, 1969 it was surprisingly undramatic: “I'm leaving . . .” John Lennon stops playing guitar: “What?” “The band, now,” says Harrison, although adding waspishly on the way out the door later, “see you 'round the clubs”. That night he wrote in his diary, “Got up... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE BLUES QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Tom Rodwell

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE BLUES QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Tom Rodwell

22 Nov 2021  |  9 min read

With Wood & Waste, Auckland singer/guitarist and songwriter Tom Rodwell gave us one the most interesting, engaging, witty and thoughtful albums of the year. He is nominally a blues musician – that's his background as you will see – but the album roamed freely into the Caribbean and West Africa, pulled together the swamp sound of Tony Joe White and... > Read more

Keep on Knockin'
LUCINDA WILLIAMS. HAPPY WOMAN BLUES, CONSIDERED (1980): A distinctive voice emerging

LUCINDA WILLIAMS. HAPPY WOMAN BLUES, CONSIDERED (1980): A distinctive voice emerging

22 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

Because we've had a few decades of Lucinda Williams' distinctive, vowel-dragging and often world-weary vocal style, it's hard to remember when she was a more clear and less affected singer, let alone when she was close to cracking a jangling pop single (I Just Wanted to See You So Bad in '88). This album – her second after Ramblin' On My Mind – pulled from... > Read more

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