Category Archives: Birthday Boy & allie

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.

The Life Elsewhere Music Of 2015

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Throughout the past year, we have endeavored to bring to you topics and guests we believe deserve your attention. Often we go off the prescribed radar to focus on areas other media outlets bypass. The need to explore the unknown has led us to also present music often sadly ignored elsewhere. 2015 has been an exceptionally bright year for singer-songwriters and enterprising producers. The array of talent is remarkable, not least of all because the so-called new media outlets have all but ignored much of what we have discovered. Here then is a retrospective look at some of our favorite music tracks, aired on Life Elsewhere in the past twelve months.

The show will include tracks from Amanda MerdzanBirkwin & ViennaBirthday Boy & allieClara La SanLucy SundayMura Masa w/Shura, Siv Jakobsen, Sorcha Richardson, Throwing Shade, Tropic Of Cancer, Twin LimbWolftyla and Zuzu.

If you appreciate the loving effort we make in putting Life Elsewhere on the air, please consider showing us some love in return by making a modest donation — however much you can afford, when it comes from the heart, it’s the kind of gesture that makes what we do worthwhile. To encourage your contribution, Norman B has put together a unique non-stop mix of new music featured on Life Elsewhere in 2015. To get your copy of the Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Mix, click on the “Make A Donation” button below, complete the form, in return, we’ll send you a special code to unlock and download the Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Mix. But don’t delay, the Gift Mix will only be available for a limited time. Thank you for supporting Life Elsewhere.

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Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

The Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Mix 2015

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Thank you for listening to Life Elsewhere. We love putting the show together, searching out fascinating guests and discovering new music. It’s a passion that involves many hours and quite a few dollars to air our top-rated show. If you appreciate the loving effort we make in putting Life Elsewhere on the air, please consider showing us some love in return by making a modest donation — however much you can afford, when it comes from the heart, it’s the kind of gesture that makes what we do worthwhile. To encourage your contribution, Norman B has put together a unique non-stop mix of new music featured on Life Elsewhere in 2015. To get your copy of the Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Mix, click on the “Make A Donation” button below, complete the form, in return, we’ll send you a special code to unlock and download the Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Mix. But don’t delay, the Gift Mix will only be available for a limited time. Thank you for supporting Life Elsewhere.

The Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Mix 2015 features new music from:  Amanda Merdzan, Birkwin & Vienna, Birthday Boy & allie, Clara La San, Kelela, Lucy Sunday, Mura Masa w/Shura, Siv Jakobsen, Sorcha Richardson, Throwing Shade, Tropic Of Cancer, Twin Limb, Wolftyla and Zuzu 

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Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Ungrateful Kids, Forgiveness, A Dylan Cover & New Music

Many parents struggle to find the means to say “no” to their often over-stimulated, over-indulged kids. Amy McCready says she knows the methods for parents to connect with their kids in a way that allows them to better learn to be respectful, responsible, and ready to meet a world where frankly, it’s not all about them. McCready explains to Norman B why her new book The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World is essential reading for parents. 

Megan Feldman Bettencourt met a father who forgave the man who killed his son, she was both moved and puzzled. How did he do it? And why? She asked. Forgiveness has long been touted by religious leaders as a moral imperative. But Megan wanted to know exactly what it means from a scientific perspective, how it plays out in various situations, and why more and more people seem to be choosing the peaceful option in response to catastrophe. She joins the program to talk about her experiences, as recounted in her engaging book, Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World.

We are constantly impressed by the amazing selection you, (our listeners) suggest for the Hit That Never Was. This week’s is no exception, I discovered an incredible double album, celebrating Elektra Records 40th anniversary,” writes Andrew, There is such a lot of great music on it, but my big favorite is a cover of Dylan’s Going Going Gone by Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb & Wayne Horvitz. It’s really cool. I hope you’ll play it because I think it should have been a hit…probably in another universe, but a hit none the less!” This distinctive version of Going Going Gone by Bill Frisell on guitar, Robin Holcomb on vocals and keyboards & Wayne Horvitz on keyboards, was included on the 1990 double album Rubaiyat: Elektra’s 40th Anniversary. Other artists doing their spirited cover versions, range from The Gypsy Kings to The Cure, Billy Bragg to The Kronos Quartet and Phoebe Snow to Happy Mondays and many more. This is a true collectors item, and we thank Andrew for selecting a cut from it for the Hit That Never Was.

For your listening pleasure, Norman B likes to occasionally, squeeze in someNAMUUNA of his new music discoveries. In this edition of Life Elsewhere, we begin with Berlin-based singer-songwriter Namuuna. Her name comes from the Mongolian word “namuun”, which means pure/soft/smooth, which fits this self-proclaimed bedroom vocalist perfectly. Namuuna says, her music shows you some insights of her soul, her thoughts, her life, just real stuff she is going thru, so people can relate and feel with her. that’s the most important purpose of music in her opinion: to vibe together. But beside music she also likes to be creative in other areas (photography, painting, video editing, dance etc.). The track Norman selected is fittingly titled Cool.

Allie-Birthday-Boy-I-Cant-WaitNext up, it’s Birthday Boy & allie, a talented duo, who hail from one our favorite cities, Toronto. The track is titled, I Can’t Wait, we love the combination of techno-tension-tease, with the line, “Take your time now but baby don’t be late, I can’t wait.” The smooth vocals are complemented by a tight beat that never gets in the way.

If Feels by Wolftyla does not make you sit up and pay careful attention, then perhapsWolftyla you’re not awake. The samples are used economically, as is the reverse tracking. This is an attention getter. Based out of New York City, Wolftyla is yet another reason I’m so encouraged by the amazing young talent that abounds today!” Says an enthusiastic Norman B.

Recently, we devoted one whole edition of Life Elsewhere to an interview and the music of an exceptional talent, Siv Jakobsen. During the program, Norman B asked the Norwegian artist if she would select the Hit That Never Was. Siv did not hesitate and picked a relatively new release from American Country artist, Liza Anne. We were impressed with Siv‘s choice, Liza Anne‘s album Two is packed full of beautiful haunting songs, Oceans being one of them. Arrangements are in the works for an  exclusive Life Elsewhere interview with Liza Anne.

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays at 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Recent editions of Life Elsewhere can be heard at our Soundcloud page