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A Man Reluctant To Share Of Himself

“Is that your real name?” Asks Norman B of Logan Farmer. “Or did you make it up”? It’s a fair question because Logan Farmer doesn’t use his real name to record and perform. And, his real name does have a conveniently fictitious air to it. Currently, he works under the moniker of Monarch MTN. Although, he may consider going with his given name if he chooses to present a stripped down, more acoustic version of his singer-songwriting talent. Logan’s reason for selecting Monarch MTN is surprising much like his music – not what you were initially expecting. Logan Farmer cautiously explains when he joins Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere. He talks about his latest album, I Woke At The Station, his ideas about music and more. It’s an honest conversation with a man who is often reluctant to share too much of himself. He suggests that his music can do all the explaining, knowing all the while that he interweaves often dark imagery with perhaps a cynical hint of drollness. Norman B’s gentle, comfortable probing results in Logan revealing perhaps a little more than he intends and he agrees that the landscape he covers with his music has been predominately the domain of female artists in the last few years. Think of Siv Jakobsen, Dana Gavanski, Sorcha Richardson and Nancy Kells. “The last male singer-songwriter to catch my attention to this degree was the brilliant Canadian, Barzin.” Norman B announces. High praise indeed. Along with the conversation, you will hear cuts from I Woke At The Station.

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Show #261

A Conversation With Barzin

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Although murmurs of Leonard Cohen’s failing health had occasionally filtered through in the last twelve months or so, his passing did catch most of us by surprise. The loss of a true artistic giant in our ever-evaporating world seemed all the more poignant as the same world shuddered mere hours before when the results of the US Presidential election were announced. Cohen and his music had touched me deeply from the moment in 1967 when I first heard Songs Of Leonard Cohen. To the time I was lucky enough to meet the man, in the early 90’s, backstage, when he performed in Seattle. As I made my way to the great man’s dressing room, an always-shy young musician I knew, stopped me to ask in a whisper, if I could take him to meet his idol, and I did. Mr. Cohen was gracious, generously friendly, and very, very funny. The young musician with his trademark ragged blond haircut barely looked up, his hunched posture didn’t hide his obviously quivering skinny frame. He mumbled thanks to the legendary performer and to me, then backed out of the room like a nervous shadow. It was just a few short months later when TV cameras from all over the world were crammed into the studio as I tried to concentrate on my drive-time radio show. The reporters asked, “What could I tell them about the chart-topping, twenty-seven-year-old musician who had blown his brains out?” I retraced these memories as I digested the news of Leonard Cohen’s death, while TV and radio seemed to play “Hallelujah” in a continuous loop. Then, I saw my other favorite Canadian singer/songwriter/poet, Barzin had made a very rare appearance on Facebook by posting a tribute to Leonard Cohen. From there, it was obvious, I wanted Barzin to share his appreciation of Cohen for you on Life Elsewhere. A recording session was arranged and in the next edition of the program, you’ll hear the talented Barzin talk about the unavoidable influence of Leonard Cohen. Our informal chat continues on with Barzin sharing a deeply moving account of his work on a soundtrack for “Viewfinder”, a feature film by British filmmaker, Jason Yeoman. The story has a surprising twist, you won’t want to miss. He also assures us that he is working on a new album, set for release in Spring of 2017. Plus, the always cool, mild-mannered Barzin offers a glimpse into the Canadian view of recent political events south of the border.
Norman B. November 23, 2016

Life Elsewhere Show #197 airs:
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Good Good Music

Discovering new music has been a passion, if not an obsession for Norman B since, well since as far back as he can remember. The last couple of years or so have delivered a fabulous array of exciting new music, including Hugh, Zuzu, Sorcha Richardson, Barzin, Siv Jakobsen and recently, Spartan Jet-Plex along with Good Good Blood. The latter two acts are on the very wonderful Fox Food Records out of the UK. Now this is where things can get a little complicated, Spartan Jet-Plex is one of the many curious aliases Nancy Kells uses. Ms. Kells in any of her non-de-plumes makes excellent music which she releases through the above mentioned Fox Food Records, which happens to be the brainchild of one James Smith. And James has a band called Good Good Blood who have a new EP, Motion Sickness. And this is a collaboration between James Smith, Nancy Kells of Spartan Jet-Plex and Catherine DeGennaro  and Suzy Jivotovski of GRNDMS, (another Fox Food signing). We hope you are following along with this? These talented musicians have produced a superb set of songs on Motion Sickness by sending their tracks to and fro over the cloud. Hear the results on the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Plus a revealing interview with legendary music writer, Gene Sculatti author of Tryin’ to Tell a Stranger ‘Bout Rock and Roll: Selected Writings 1966-2016.

Samana is another new music discovery you’ll hear in an upcoming edition of Life Elsewhere. Frankie and Rebecca of Samana talk with Norman B about their nomadic life traveling around Europe, being in touch with nature, creating their beautiful, ethereal, haunting music and settling in an ancient stone cottage in the remote Brecon Beacons area of South Wales. Plus, revered author, Nicholson Baker, always a favorite guest on the program, will talk about his new book, Substitute – Going To School With A Thousand Kids. It’s a meticulously detailed account of his 28 days working as a K-12 substitute teacher in a Maine public school district. All this and more, in upcoming editions of Life Elsewhere.

Life Elsewhere Show #191 airs:
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Nancy Kells Deserves Your Attention

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“You must have lived many lives to write such emotive songs?” Says Norman B in his in-depth and revealing interview with Nancy Kells. The Virginia-based singer-songwriter hints that love and break-ups have provided her with plenty of material to work with. Nancy’s prodigious output came to our attention as Spartan Jet-Plex on the remarkable Fox Food Records. She can also be found using the monikers Noxon Light UniversityLegendary Thunderbirds of Death!Zilla-Plex and collaborating with other talented musicians she has met on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Facebook. The seemingly shy, almost self-effacing musician writes beautifully (and by her own admission), sad songs. Nancy Kells’ music is way above average and deserves your attention. Make sure you don’t miss Norman B’s interview with Nancy and hear tracks from her forthcoming album titled Get Some on Life Elsewhere Music Vol. 9.

Life Elsewhere Music, our new weekly, one-hour radio show, and Podcast, curated by Norman B where you’ll hear new, obscure, rare, unique and extraordinary music; hits of the future; artists who deserve your attention and timeless recordings you probably missed. For example:

Sorcha Richardson | Barzin | Hugh |  Spartan Jet-Plex | Zuzu |  Cloud Cover | Siv Jakobsen | Being There | The Beach Bullies | Facit | Ardyn | Zanzibar Chanel | Samuel | Mary Komasa | Denial | Hugh Mundell | Naomi Pilgrim | Osbourne Graham | Carla Dal Forno | Yalta Club | Ralph | Good Good Blood | Twiga | Plush | Spartan Jet-Plex | Funny & Tutti | Birthday Boy & allie | Smut | Zimbru | Eliza Shaddad | Blu Fiefer | Japanese Breakfast | Aosoon | Ider | Bulla Fey | Hideous Towns | Aphix | Prins Emanuel | Sinead Harnett | Wedding ring bells | Future Lover | Maggie Rogers | The Acid | The Bin Bags | Silvia Kastel | A.R. Kane | Dahlia Sleeps | Oliver Heim | Chinawoman | Keaton Henson | A Homeboy, A Hippie & A Funki Dredd | Tash Sultana | Moon Pool & Dead Band | Frankie Teardrop Dead | Wilson Tanner | Bonham Carter | Bury The Wren | Sea Span | Martha | Haux | Mitski | Scientist | Sonstep | Fine Animal | Rosie Carney | Jah Thomas | Laser Background | Quays | Darren Cross | Free Time | Roch | Angèle David-Guillou | Elle Watson | Milosh | Aldous RH | Baby Fire | Young Magic | Lunatics On Pogosticks | Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith | The Cradle | Tiny Little Houses | Failed Flowers | Kip McGrath | Deepest Bison | Tremolo Ghosts | Common Holly 

Life Elsewhere Music airs every Wednesday at 3.00pm PT on NWCZ Radio and available on Mixcloud and Life Elsewhere Music page.

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On the next edition of Life Elsewhere a former carpenter and construction worker, Nicholas Petrie talks about his riveting debut novel, The DrifterPetrie, a gifted writer, and keen observer takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride, as his hero a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is faced with formidable situations. Norman B asks, “Is the author delivering a commentary on war or even politics?” 

Michael Schultz from Toronto explores the entertaining topic of heckling in his aptly titled book, Heckle: Notes From The Peanut Gallery. As the presidential election process gets crazier by the day, if not the hour, we can expect a few heckles along the way. Schultz joins the show to help us get a better understanding of what heckling is all about.

                               

A favorite friend of Life Elsewhere, the extraordinarily talented, singer-songwriter & poet, Barzin, alerted Norman B to the music of Tobias Jesso Jr. Make sure you don’t miss his haunting, beautiful song Hollywood from his new album, Goon.

Also, in the program this week’s Hit That Never Was, featuring London-based, Teleman with Cristina from their 2014 album Breakfast.

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