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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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I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE, MAN (2021): The song for all people and places

I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE, MAN (2021): The song for all people and places

30 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

It's a well-known fact -- as concertgoers will acknowledge -- that If you have a lyric which mentions a place the audience there will applaud like chimps on speed when you sing it . . . or (better?) you can change the place name to wherever you are and the audience will applaud like gorillas on P! Less cynically and more usefully . . . place names are easy rhymes.... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Graeme James, Yvois, Hannah Jadagu, Ali Barter

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Graeme James, Yvois, Hannah Jadagu, Ali Barter

29 Jul 2021  |  5 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up albums by New Zealand artists, and IN BRIEF does for international artists.  You can read her... > Read more

Kikagaku Moyo and Ryley Walker: Deep Fried Grandeur (Husky Pants/digital outlets)

Kikagaku Moyo and Ryley Walker: Deep Fried Grandeur (Husky Pants/digital outlets)

29 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

Although the name of the Japanese psych-rock band upfront here may not be familiar (we were underwhelmed by their Masana Temples album), many will know of American singer-guitarist Ryley Walker whose reference points are in the experimental Anglo-folk of Bert Jansch, Tim Buckley and John Martyn (and of course Nick Drake) as well as Astral Weeks-era Van Morrison (alluded to... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Louis Baker, Womb, Phodiso, Lucy Gooch

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Louis Baker, Womb, Phodiso, Lucy Gooch

29 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up albums by New Zealand artists, and IN BRIEF does for international artists.  You can read her... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . New Zealand jazz

Elsewhere Art . . . New Zealand jazz

29 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

There was a time when it seemed every jazz album by a New Zealand singer was just more of the same old standards . . . and as I often said to some of them, if you do something by Sinatra you're inviting a comparison you just can't win. But still they came. I can't remember exactly what prompted this collage but I think it accompanied a few local jazz albums . . .... > Read more

Salmonella Dub: Soul Love Trippa (Salmonella Dub/vinyl release)

Salmonella Dub: Soul Love Trippa (Salmonella Dub/vinyl release)

26 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

The mighty Salmonella Dub out of Christchurch who, alongside Pitch Black, paved the way for dance-electronica and magnificently produced soul-infused dub-dance were trailblazers. Without them the path for the likes of Fat Freddy's Drop, Black Seeds, Shapeshifter and many others might have been more difficult. After a dozen or so albums, many EPs and scores of remixes... > Read more

Helen Reddy: Angie Baby (1974)

Helen Reddy: Angie Baby (1974)

26 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

The damn fine Australian singer Helen Reddy could be convincingly MOR (I Don't Know How to Love Him from Jesus Christ Superstar), kinda country (Delta Dawn) and standing proud (I Am Woman). But this song was just downright weird. It's one part odd fantasy and one part escapism then it gets very strange when the neighbour boy comes around and . . . Well, as the... > Read more

THE ROLLING STONES: BETWEEN THE BUTTONS, CONSIDERED (1967): A laugh turned to farce?

THE ROLLING STONES: BETWEEN THE BUTTONS, CONSIDERED (1967): A laugh turned to farce?

26 Jul 2021  |  4 min read

The shorthand for the Rolling Stones' recording career before Exile on Main Street is usually reduced – even by Stones' fans – to something like this: some blues and r'n'b covers albums with a few originals thrown in, Aftermath in '66 where they wrote everything themselves and so is a classic (it's not, it's flawed like most Stones' albums), the substandard foray... > Read more

My Obsession
Mahi's West Coast Venison Hot Pot

Mahi's West Coast Venison Hot Pot

26 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

This recipe was provided by Jayson Hussey, aka Mahi which means "work" because he was always working. He was the chef at the luxurious Franz Joseph Glacier Country Retreat near the Franz Joseph Glacier in New Zealand's South Island when I first met him, and that was about 15 years ago. He'd worked a number of places picking up ideas as he went and has doubtless... > Read more

GUEST WRITER BILL DIREEN writes about a project to save books from being disposed of by the National Library of New Zealand

GUEST WRITER BILL DIREEN writes about a project to save books from being disposed of by the National Library of New Zealand

25 Jul 2021  |  2 min read

Mass book disposals are being carried out by the National Library of New Zealand/Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa (the wellsprings of knowledge).  If allowed to continue, a fine research library will be gutted. This will deprive New Zealanders of a research portal to their roots. Scholars will have no access to published studies about the rest of the world.... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Squirrel Flower; Planet (i). (Polyvinyl/digital outlets)

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Squirrel Flower; Planet (i). (Polyvinyl/digital outlets)

25 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one which comes on orange vinyl, has an eight-page booklet of lyrics and offers a download code . . . . This second album by American Ella Williams (aka Squirrel Flower) is one of those slow-grow albums which exists between alt.folk and indie.rock as she and her small band... > Read more

Don Cherry: The Summer House Sessions (Blank Forms/digital outlets)

Don Cherry: The Summer House Sessions (Blank Forms/digital outlets)

24 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

Trumpeter Don Cherry – step-father of Neneh and father to Eagle Eye – was right there in the avant-garde jazz movement on albums in the Fifties with Ornette Coleman (the presciently titled Something Else!!!, Tomorrow is the Question!, The Shape of Jazz to Come and Free Jazz among them). He had a long association with Coleman (one of his sons is David... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Mike Booth

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Mike Booth

23 Jul 2021  |  6 min read

Trumpeter, arranger, composer, educator and much more, Mike Booth has been a pivotal figure in New Zealand music, notably in jazz. His CV includes time in the Rodger Fox Big Band, the funk outfit Collision, more recently with John Key on his Dune Dancing album, Sola Rosa's terrific Chasing the Sun and in the past month with Frank Gibson Jnr and others... > Read more

Rangitoto
GUEST ENSEMBLE TARARUA talk about their groundbreaking debut album Bird Like Men

GUEST ENSEMBLE TARARUA talk about their groundbreaking debut album Bird Like Men

21 Jul 2021  |  4 min read

Our ensemble is made up of four established artists -- Al Fraser, Ariana Tikao, Ruby Solly and Phil Boniface (see our biographies below) -- who are leaders in their various fields. Our evocative music combines taonga pūoro, waiata, karakia and pūrākau (story) with a strong southern Māori influence, with the western instrumental elements of cello... > Read more

Tūtūmaiao
Auckland Jazz Orchestra: East of the Sun (AJO/bandcamp)

Auckland Jazz Orchestra: East of the Sun (AJO/bandcamp)

19 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

With CD sales in free-fall and jazz a minority music, why would the AJO (with singer Caitlin Smith) even bother with a professionally packaged, gatefold sleeve release like this? Yet this is much more than a vanity project but a warm showcase of these talented players recorded over a couple of days and mastered by Steve Garden (of Rattle). In the line-up are... > Read more

Harbour Lights
Alice Coltrane: Kirtan; Turiya Sings (Impulse!/digital outlets)

Alice Coltrane: Kirtan; Turiya Sings (Impulse!/digital outlets)

19 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

The wheel turns again, and -- more often today than just a few years back -- we are hearing spiritual music entering the consciousness. Last month soulful singer Durand Jones said he wanted his music to heal people, a not uncommon sentiment right now. And hardly surprising in these days of uncertainty. Elsewhere has reviewed quite a few ambient, spiritual albums... > Read more

ELVIS COSTELLO. LOOK NOW, CONSIDERED (2018): Songwriter Elvis Bacharach meet bandleader Burt McManus

ELVIS COSTELLO. LOOK NOW, CONSIDERED (2018): Songwriter Elvis Bacharach meet bandleader Burt McManus

19 Jul 2021  |  2 min read

Falling between his innovative mash-up/mix-up Wise Up Ghost with the hip-hop group The Roots (and don't call it self-sampling) and his latest Hey Clockface with its spoken word passages, Middle Eastern allusions, a French ensemble and guitarist Nels Cline, this very recent double vinyl acquisition – pulled from the shelves at random -- found Costello... > Read more

Burnt Sugar is so Bitter
THE SPARKS BROTHERS, a doco by EDGAR WRIGHT

THE SPARKS BROTHERS, a doco by EDGAR WRIGHT

19 Jul 2021  |  2 min read

In The Sparks Brothers – a documentary about Sparks, the idiosyncratic band of brothers Russ and Ron Mael – British television personality Jonathan Ross says they had “a punk sensibility, a desire to shake things up and make you think”. The irony is – despite Steve Jones saying in pre-punk days he and fellow Sex Pistol Paul Cook loved Sparks... > Read more

The Honeycombs: Have I The Right (1964)

The Honeycombs: Have I The Right (1964)

19 Jul 2021  |  1 min read  |  3

In the Beatpop boom which followed the Beatles, there were any number of great one-off hits (Concrete and Clay by Unit 4 Plus Two, and Wake Up My Mind by the Ugly's spring to mind). But few had less a one-off success and promise unfulfilled than the Honeycombs. Their simplistic but energetic Have I the Right was no less interesting -- better in fact -- than the... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Rosemary Brown

Elsewhere Art . . . Rosemary Brown

19 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

It seems the jury is still out on Rosemary Brown, the woman who said she was channeling the undiscovered works of great classical composers such as Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven and others who would talk to her and guide her hands on the piano. She would perform these works to some acclaim and a considerable amount of scepticism. She came from a family of psychics so... > Read more

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