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The Musical Distraction Edition

The run-up to the General Election bounces from unfathomable to unbelievable. No matter what your pedigree is in observing political discourse, it’s safe to say, you have never witnessed anything like the current pre-election bedlam. Between now and Election Day, the pundits will rant and rave with analysis, predictions and play-by-play action. The truth is, this election will be like no other. Even bookmakers are scratching their heads over the odds. Whatever the result, an enjoyable diversion will be welcome before and after the Election. So, we created The Musical Distraction Edition, a glorious selection of new music to help buffer the unbearable political white noise. The program starts with a reworking of The Beatles’ Because The World Is Round from Jonathan Kusuma, who also goes by the moniker of Ojon, he’s a musician, producer and DJ based in Jakarta and Singapore. You’ll hear the track throughout the show as a segue background. Next, a three-piece from Brisbane called beNt, not to be confused with the British duo of the same name. We wonder if their parents had a collection of late ’70’s UK singles laying around which beNt used for inspiration for Skeleton Man…that’s a compliment! Scots-Sudanese singer,  Eliza Shaddad follows with Make It Go Away, from her second EP titled Run, just released on March 18. Teef Recordings out of Australia are releasing music worthy of your attention, a perfect example is Lupe J with Train from Imperium In Imperio a compilation on Teef, the profits from this collection of tracks go towards Oxfam’s Nepal relief fund. Out of Brooklyn, Dominique Nichelle and Adam Maria go by the collective name of Bulla Fey. On their FaceBook page, they say their personal interests are Blunts; Artists they like are, Daughter, Fiona Apple, Wu Tang, M.I.A. & Four Tet; their influences are, Judy Garland & Outkast and predictably, their interests are, wait for it: Blunts! Their track is called Alive. The astonishingly talented Zuzu is a big favorite at Life Elsewhere. Norman B’s interview with the British-American star in the making is available in the Life Elsewhere archives. For this edition, you’ll hear Zuzu’s beautiful, plaintive, You. Oliver Heim is from Holland, his new album A Different Life is on the Zozaya  label out of Warsaw, Poland. The track included here is, Far Apart. Opening is the next cut, from Noah Rawlings who goes under the name, Sunshine Faces for his new album titled, Corduroy. London’s Sinead Harnett gives us No Other Way, (featuring Snakehips) from her debut EP, N.O.W. The next song, Young Green Eyes came with the sad tale of the loss of a girlfriend, a job and a mugging! Leaone is singer-songwriter from Suffolk in the UK. His debut single comes out on April 15th. Irishman, Ryan Vail has a cool story about his debut solo album…it was 89 years in the making. The piano that takes center stage his new recordings was made in England in 1927, shipped to Derry in Northern Ireland, cherished by Ryan’s wife’s family and restored for use on his album. The warm, well-loved character of the instrument makes Ryan’s work so enjoyable. From Ryan’s album For Every Silence, we’ll play Mirrors. Annabel Jones is from the UK, but we are told she has relocated to L.A. After playing this track on the show, a few weeks back, we received such great response, we thought we should play I.O.U. again. The final track is Direction by Hugh. Direction is simply gorgeous,” says Norman B. Andy Highmore, Joshua Idehen, Tino Kolarides and Izzy Brooks are Hugh, the South London act say Direction is about losing faith. Listen carefully to the words, “Do you believe? Believe in love? In all the kinds of love, or just the ones you understand?” Perfect!  A fitting close to The Musical Distraction Edition. 

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

Life Elsewhere can be heard on CMG Global Media

If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

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Someone Defaced This Lovely House In My Lovely Neighborhood

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Although we prefer to avoid political commentary at Life Elsewhere, certain events and issues can dictate where a topic or interview will go. For instance, back in October of last year, we couldn’t resist asking, (albeit with a nod and a wink), if a Caricature Could Be President. We called upon the expertese of acclaimed political caricaturist, Steve Brodner to give his opinion. We knew Steve wouldn’t fail to regale us with his sardonic wit, but behind our chuckles, there was a serious question. The specter of an inarticulate toupee-wearing vulgarian actually being nominated as a Presidential candidate was beyond daunting, it was downright scary. And now, here we are, just four months away from what will be a historical GOP convention, (for all the wrong reasons), and the short-digit bloviator is the front runner. The occupants of the house pictured above are most likely reasonable people and from the size and location of their home, they are probably successful. Yet, they must also fall into the category of “not happy with the establishment”. By showing their support for a reality TV personality they are announcing to their quiet, peaceful, well-manicured neighborhood, they want a change…at any cost!

In the next edition of Life Elsewhere instead of woefully agonizing over the ignorance on display by supporters of the orange-faced misogynistic race-baiter, we’re taking a stand by presenting a carefully curated selection of exceptional new music. Who knows what the outcome of the next Presidential election will be? Whatever the result, there most certainly will be times when an enjoyable diversion is needed. What better than a glorious selection of new music to while away the hours as the political discourse becomes completely unbearable. Make sure you don’t miss a compendium of new releases that will still retain their glossy sheen after November 8.

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 8.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Life Elsewhere can be heard on CMG Global Media

If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

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American Character & The Presidential Race

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It really is difficult to escape the fact that we are living in very strange times, the Presidential race becomes more bizarre as every moment passes. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere we explore different perspectives of the current and historical American political landscape and how it relates to who is running for the job of President. Award-winning author Colin Woodard will join the show to talk about his new book, American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common GoodThe timing for the release of Colin’s book could not be more appropriate, his pertinent observations coincide with the national debate over how the United States should be governed. 

Toby Miller is a social scientist, concentrating on cultural and media studies. Currently in Western Australia, Toby returns to Life Elsewhere to share his well-considered thoughts on Mr. Trump, Ms. Clinton and Mr. Sandars, the Presidential race and how the rest of the world views what may well be a historical outcome. Toby Miller will also bravely predict the outcome of the general election.

Plus, Norman B selects one of the many new music releases to come his way. “I cannot stop from raving on about the quality of the latest music I have discovered!” He says. London-based, Charlie Cunningham is a fine example. Known for the rhythmic Spanish guitar style he honed while studying in Seville, Cunningham offers up an excellent new EP titled, Heights. Take a listen to Charlie’s song, Blindfold and let us know what you think. Send your feedback to comment@lifeelsewhere.co

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 8.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio 
Life Elsewhere can be heard on CMG Global Media

 

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