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Is Your Hit That Never Was Missing?

Every week at Life Elsewhere we play the Hit That Never Was, selected by a listener. Tell us about a song you think deserves to be the next Hit That Never Was. Send your pick, along with a few words about yourself to: hitthatneverwas@lifeelsewhere.co

Life Elsewhere airs Sundays, at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  and Mondays, at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Make sure you check out the cultural links at BACK.

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Dr. Binoy Kampmark. Zac Bissonnette. Kelela.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew home Wednesday to face a tougher, less adoring crowd than the cheering legislators in Washington. What was Bibi’s controversial speech really all about? Why did a foreign leader usurp protocol? Will ISIS cast a long shadow over the next presidential election? Can resolve be possible in the middle east? What’s happening in Russia? Does Putin actually kill off his detractors? Is everything in our world going crazy? To answer these questions and more, Dr. Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University Melbourne, Australia and contributing editor for Counterpunch magazine will join the program to help us make sense of what appear to be, ever-increasing problems. Dr. Kampmark has a unique ability to explain complex global issues. His well-considered opinions make for essential listening.

The Dark Side of Cute, is a fitting subtitle for an investigative book on  the “plush toys”, better known as Beanie Babies. Bestselling author, Zac Bissonnette delved into the peculiar, sad, funny and fantastic story of how a troubled and reclusive college dropout named Ty Warner turned his dream of creating the most adorable plush toys the world had ever seen into the largest personal fortune in the history of the American toy industry. Norman B will talk to Zac Bissonnette about his fascinating new book, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features a reverential cover of John Lennon’s haunting, Jealous Guy. Can you guess the name of the artist? Plus, Norman B will introduce you to the music of first generation Ethiopian-American, Kelela. The Los Angeles-based singer sports magnificent dreadlocks, which she appears to chop off in the video for her new single, A Message. This powerful video is a must-see. We wonder if it was intended to be homoerotic? Go to BACK. to view the video and tell us what you think.

It’s a bumper-packed show, you will not want to miss! Life Elsewhere airs Sundays, at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  and Mondays, at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Make sure you check out the cultural links at BACK.

Life Elsewhere is now available at Soundcloud

The Dark Side Of Cute

In 1998, a single Beanie Baby sold for $10,000. On eBay, Beanie Babies comprised of 10% of all sales. Suburban moms stalked UPS trucks to get the latest models, a retired soap opera star lost his kid’s six figure college fund investing in them, a New Jersey father sold three million copies of a self-published price guide that predicted what each animal would be worth in ten years. And, those crazy stories go on and on. Next on Life Elsewhere we will talk with Zac Bissonnette about his new book The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of CuteThis is the never-before-told story of mass hysteria and the speculators who made and lost fortunes. It’s also the story of a troubled and reclusive college dropout named Ty Warner who turned his dream into creating adorable plush toys into the largest personal fortune in the history of American toy making – without a single advertisement. Warner’s success left him more alone than ever and in trouble with the federal government. Beanie Babies became the first viral craze of the Internet era – Norman B will asks how and why, next on Life Elsewhere. 

Life Elsewhere airs Sundays, at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  Mondays,  5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Make sure you check out the cultural links at BACK.

Life Elsewhere is now available at Soundcloud

The Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special!

OscarWill American Sniper beat Selma? Could Birdman take top honors? Is Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel too quirky for the Academy? Does Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed Boyhood qualify to win? Is it time for Michael Keaton to claim an Oscar for Birdman? Was Julianne Moore’s performance more deserving than Rosamund Pike? Can Patricia Arquette collect an award? Has J.K. Simmons proved himself at last? These question and more will be asked and answered in the Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special, Sunday 22nd at 12.00 noon ET. Before a live studio audience, our very special guests, actress, writer, raconteur and media aficionado, Lisa Jane Persky, and renowned film and media critic, Bob Ross will give their expert predictions. Join us, and listen to hear if you agree with Lisa Jane and Bob’s predictions, and the reactions of our live audience.

Because you are here at Life Elsewhere, we know you are interested in Art Media & Culture, which is why we bring you BACK. It’s the page where you’ll find an amazing collection of links, curated by Norman B. Take a look, there’s videos you won’t find anywhere else, music that’s yet to be discovered by other sites, the occasional story and curios you’ll want to share. And, make sure you keep on scrolling down, there’s a lot to discover and enjoy at BACK.

The Life Elsewhere Oscar Special before a live studio audence, airs Sunday, February 22 at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3 and repeated Monday, February 23 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

A Must-Read Book, A Hit That Never Was & A Tribute To Ian

Rebecca SchermNext on Life Elsewhere, Norman B interviews Rebecca Scherm, the author of Unbecoming: A Novel. In his introduction he says of her debut novel, “This is a book that forced me to read slowly, as I realized I was reaching the end, there were only a few pages to go, I deliberately slowed down, I wanted to savor every single line, every exquisitely constructed sentence”Scherm has written an unquestionably brilliant book, listen to her explain how she conjured up the complex anti-heroine Grace, from Garland, Tennessee. A place Rebecca did not know existed until after writing the book. This and other surprises including her unflinching use of a four-letter word and her finesse in describing erotic sex scenes without resulting to cliches about genitalia, make for a fascinating interview.

The Hit That Never Was selected for this edition of Life Elsewhere, cameCisero complete with a drawing of Cicero the listener’s dog. Patrick who sent the drawing wrote that he had heard Floating On Clouds by Lioness via one of our blog posts from a couple of years ago. Indicating to us to remind you to always check out our BACK. page, where we often post music that may never ever hit the mainstream. Lioness is considered to be one of the UK’s top Grime artists, this cut came out in 2012 and we agree with Patrick, it deserves to be this week’s Hit That Never Was.

Ian McLagan & Norman B

Finally in the program, we respond to the flood of requests to hear Norman B’s tribute to his old art school friend, Ian McLagan. In April of 2014, Norman hosted a spectacular musical-charity event in Seattle. The all-star line up included Heart, Graham Nash, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Country Joe McDonald and the man who played keyboard with Small FacesFaces and recorded and toured with The Rolling Stones…the one and only, Ian McLagan. The two silver-haired Englishmen, delighted to see each other, agreed to record a long, intimate conversation, recounting the early music scene in London, circa 1960’s. And, Mac promised to share stories of the ups and downs of the bands he has been associated with. Many hours of revealing interviews were recorded using Skype, with Mac at his home in Austin Texas and Norman at his studio in Tampa, Florida. Because the interview was so long, we had to edit the recordings down with the intention of airing in separate editions of Life Elsewhere. We had just broadcast part one, when news came in that Ian McLagan had accidentally fallen, banged his head and suffered a fatal stroke. Norman B was reluctant to immediately broadcast his complete interview with Ian, saying  I didn’t want to capitalize on an old friend’s death”.  After a little persuading from friends and associates, Norman agreed to broadcast selections from the unaired interview and put together a heart-felt tribute to Mac. Since that salute aired we have been inundated with requests to hear it again. In this edition of Life Elsewhere we proudly re-play the moving eulogy to, as Norman says, “One of the loveliest fellas you could ever wish to meet”.

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