Bob Proehl’s career history is not easy to identify because he writes with apparent expertise on relationships, comic book conventions, monsters, time travelers, and even robots in his debut novel A Hundred Thousand Worlds. It turns out the native of Buffalo, New York, worked as a bookseller, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender. Occupations he clearly recalled for his witty, charming book about a mother and son as they travel from New York to Los Angeles, attending comic book conventions along the way. A Hundred Thousand Worlds. is a story about fandom and creativity, but it’s also about the complicated love between a mother and son, and how the stories we tell each other come to shape us, even as we shape them. Bob Proehl, an engaging guest, talks with Norman B about his book on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.
Discovering new music has been a passion of Norman B’s since the days of “steam-powered radio” he quips. Recently, among his new finds were Spartan Jet-Plex and Good Good Blood both on Fox Food Records, an enterprising label out of Yorkshire, UK. On further investigation, he found the label puts out hand-duplicated releases on cassettes and has a noteworthy catalog. Determined to know more, we tracked down label kingpin, the reserved, yet enthusiastic music-lover, James Smith and invited him onto the program. In a broad Yorkshire accent, James shares his story of creating a label to release music he loves, next on Life Elsewhere.
As a special preview, we are delighted to share with you two wonderful tracks from Fox Food Records: