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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THE LIVERPOOL KIDS, BEATTLE MASH. CONSIDERED (1964): The UnFab Three. Or four.

THE LIVERPOOL KIDS, BEATTLE MASH. CONSIDERED (1964): The UnFab Three. Or four.

7 Jun 2023  |  3 min read

So much to enjoy about this quick cash-in on the Beatles. And none of it to do with the music. First there is the album title where – to avoid legal ramifications? – they use “Beattle”. Although on the label it is the more traditional spelling “Beatle”. Then there is the problem of what the band's name is. On the front they... > Read more

Bad Taste: Bad Taste II (digital outlets)

Bad Taste: Bad Taste II (digital outlets)

6 Jun 2023  |  1 min read

We'll admit immediately we had never heard of Bad Taste until this album arrived, but we were certainly aware of David Alphabethead from the enjoyably noisy Wellington band All Seeing Hand. Alphabethead is here (on samples and electronics) with rapper Young Gho$t on a doom-laden collection of downbeat electro/hip-hop which delivers thrusts and slaps at the state of... > Read more

Looks Wrong
LEON RUSSELL by BILL JANOVITZ

LEON RUSSELL by BILL JANOVITZ

5 Jun 2023  |  4 min read

As many researchers and journalists discovered, lockdown wasn't all bad: it allowed studies to continue uninterrupted and – when it came to writing about musicians – they were off the road, sitting around the house and happy to be interviewed by phone or Zoom. It wasn't like they were going anywhere. So Covid worked in favour of writers like Bill Janovitz... > Read more

Lady Blue, from Signature Songs, 2001
The Embers: Planet 10 (1963)

The Embers: Planet 10 (1963)

5 Jun 2023  |  <1 min read

Auckland band the Embers had a residency at the Shiralee nightclub in the central city and were a go-to backing band for artists like Jimmy Sloggett, Ray Woolf, Lou and Simon and many others. There was certainly considerable talent in their revolving door line-up. At various times the great guitarist Doug Jerebine (aka Jesse Harper), bassist Yuk Harrison (too many bands... > Read more

SPACE WALTZ: THE ORIGINAL ALBUM, THE REISSUE, THE REVISION AND THE RE-MODEL (2023): Won't you please slow down . . .

SPACE WALTZ: THE ORIGINAL ALBUM, THE REISSUE, THE REVISION AND THE RE-MODEL (2023): Won't you please slow down . . .

4 Jun 2023  |  2 min read

Although Space Waltz only released one album – way back in 1975 – it has certainly been one to keep checking in on, not the least because it keeps changing. As we've noted in this previous article the album originally appeared as Space Waltz by Alistair Riddell with just him on the cover, a image and attribution which didn't sit well with some in the band.... > Read more

Golden Weather, from Victory
BLAME THE NAME GAME: Double J and Thrice the B*

BLAME THE NAME GAME: Double J and Thrice the B*

4 Jun 2023  |  2 min read

This might need close attention. It's about the bewilderingly few names in my family. Ridiculously few. My father was Graham Paterson Reid and my mother was christened Margaret Noble Lamb Stevens. My older sister was Margaret Elizabeth Paterson Reid, I was Graham John Claverhouse Reid and my younger sister Barbara Reid (no middle names, although when she was in... > Read more

SPACE WALTZ by IAN CHAPMAN

SPACE WALTZ by IAN CHAPMAN

4 Jun 2023  |  6 min read

For a band which enjoyed a hit single, recorded just one album then fell apart almost 50 years ago, many myths, much misinformation and numerous questions surround Auckland's Space Waltz. Not the least, were they even a band?  They were introduced as such on September 1 1974 when they appeared on the New Faces television talent show performing Out on the Street,... > Read more

Hard Work, from Victory
The Circling Sun: Spirits (Soundways/digital outlets)

The Circling Sun: Spirits (Soundways/digital outlets)

4 Jun 2023  |  1 min read

The drummer/producer Julien Dyne and saxophonist Cameron Allen have appeared a number of times at Elsewhere in different contexts, from Avantdale Bowling Club and free jazz to emotionally yearning material. Here they are part of the illustrious Auckland collective The Circling Sun which takes spiritual flight through Latin influences, the Coltranes John and Alice, a... > Read more

Spirits, Part 2
Elsewhere Art . . . The ACT label artists

Elsewhere Art . . . The ACT label artists

4 Jun 2023  |  <1 min read

In 2010 I received a small package of CDs from the ACT label out of Germany, and their Signature Edition albums all came in generic cover art by Carl-Hendrik Wigren. What appealed to me wasn't just that I liked the "collect the series" aspect of albums in similarly designed covers, but that there was a bit of wit and lack of seriousness about them. Jazz... > Read more

Gerald Cleaver: 22/23 (Positive Elevation/577 Records/bandcamp)

Gerald Cleaver: 22/23 (Positive Elevation/577 Records/bandcamp)

3 Jun 2023  |  <1 min read

New York's 577 Records has popped up at Elsewhere a few times, but so far for edgy free jazz. The label now has an interesting imprint Positive Elevation which is dedicated to electronic sounds and avant-soul. And that first category certainly suits Detroit's Gerald Cleaver who comes from the home of house music and musical innovation. On this, his third album... > Read more

The Barnestormers: The Barnestormers (digital outlets)

The Barnestormers: The Barnestormers (digital outlets)

3 Jun 2023  |  1 min read

Yes, the cynical might say he's done rock, soul and even a Christmas album . . . . so why wouldn't Jimmy Barnes do a rockabilly album? Fair point, but to hear him tell it he's been a fan of the pre-rock'n'roll style since growing up with it through his older brother John's collection, and then in Cold Chisel days listening repeatedly to a cassette of the Johnny Burnette... > Read more

Leon Russell: Signature Songs (Dark Horse/digital outlets)

Leon Russell: Signature Songs (Dark Horse/digital outlets)

2 Jun 2023  |  1 min read

Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom has a fine parallel career as a music writer with his work appearing in The Observer, at esquire.com and his books on the Rolling Stones getting very favourable reviews: Rocks Off through St Martin's Press and his analysis of Exile on Main St through Bloomsbury 33 ⅓. His most recent work is the massive Leon Russell: The Master of Space... > Read more

Delta Lady
SPLIT ENZ; TRUE COLOURS AND MENTAL NOTES, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2023): The people have spoken, some critics too . . .

SPLIT ENZ; TRUE COLOURS AND MENTAL NOTES, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2023): The people have spoken, some critics too . . .

31 May 2023  |  1 min read

The actor Sam Neill wouldn't be among the first people you'd go to for comment on popular music. But his article in Grant Smithies' 2011 book Soundtrack: 118 Great New Zealand Albums on his favourite album -- Split Enz' True Colours -- probably captured what many feel about it. “Some records, the best ones, are time machines – portals to another place... > Read more

PAULY FUEMANA INTERVIEWED (1996): A life turned around

PAULY FUEMANA INTERVIEWED (1996): A life turned around

30 May 2023  |  1 min read

Every now and again an article from many years ago makes itself known when old journals are being unearthed. In the wake of the Anniversary Weekend floods in 2023, Elsewhere lost all kinds of valuable or personal archives. But as we restock shelves or just open an old exercise book which somehow survived bits and pieces from a past life as a journalist at the Herald... > Read more

THE PROUD COMPILATION, REISSUED ON RECORD (2023): Sounds of the Southside

THE PROUD COMPILATION, REISSUED ON RECORD (2023): Sounds of the Southside

29 May 2023  |  4 min read

At the 2018 Volume South exhibition at the Manukau Institute of Technology's campus – a stand-alone South Auckland off-shoot of the earlier, very successful celebration of the history of local popular music Volume – Making Music in Aotearoa at the Auckland War Memorial Museum – there was a quote by the late Phil Fuemana, producer, mentor, prime mover behind... > Read more

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER JONATHAN GANLEY introduces his book Crush: Photos from Post-Punk Auckland

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER JONATHAN GANLEY introduces his book Crush: Photos from Post-Punk Auckland

29 May 2023  |  3 min read  |  1

I was in the wrong place at the right time. Auckland at the beginning of the 1980s felt remote from the eclectic music scenes of London, Manchester, or New York. Gigs by international bands were rare and highly anticipated occasions. My interests were photography and music, and I started photographing gigs to capture fleeting moments from what seemed likely to be... > Read more

THE BEATLES 1963; A YEAR IN THE LIFE by DAFYDD REES

THE BEATLES 1963; A YEAR IN THE LIFE by DAFYDD REES

29 May 2023  |  3 min read

Earlier this year a remarkable and unexpected discovery was made, a tape of the Beatles performing live at a boy's school in Buckinghamshire on April 4, 1963. Six decades on this hour-long tape not only captured the band before the mayhem started – it happened two weeks after the release of their debut album Please Please Me and before Beatlemania kicked in –... > Read more

Various Artists: New Zealand @ 33⅓, Volume One (Frenzy CD)

Various Artists: New Zealand @ 33⅓, Volume One (Frenzy CD)

29 May 2023  |  2 min read

Just when you thought archivist Grant Gillanders couldn't find any new material to excavate from the Sixties he taps another vein of local nuggets. More on that recent discovery as it comes to hand – it's a cracker and unexpectedly raw. But meantime here's an interesting repackaging of deep cuts and obscurities: 33 tracks lifted from albums by the... > Read more

Dream Lover, by Dinah Lee
Richard X Bennett, Matt Parker: Parker Plays X (BYNK/digital outlets)

Richard X Bennett, Matt Parker: Parker Plays X (BYNK/digital outlets)

29 May 2023  |  1 min read

When Brooklyn-based composer and keyboard player Richard X Bennett contacted Elsewhere almost a decade ago we were immediately curious, his New York City Swara album was inspired by his immersion in the classical music traditions in India when he studied in Mumbai. That he'd also played in a Greek band, a Japanese club and in a New Orleans band made him of great... > Read more

Joy Comes in the Morning
HERALDING A NEW CAREER: And who are you?

HERALDING A NEW CAREER: And who are you?

28 May 2023  |  6 min read  |  1

I no more expected to be a journalist than I did being a teacher. But there I was in 1987 leaving a teaching career after about 12 years in classrooms to start as a senior feature writer at the New Zealand Herald. Journalism had some distant appeal, largely because I'd loved Lou Grant on television and a newsroom seemed a cool place to work. But it wasn't journalism... > Read more

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