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Influential & Ignored

“It was Seattle circa 1984, I had an early version of Life Elsewhere on KCMU (now KEXP) radio. A teenage listener would call my show regularly, he’d say, “Can you play that Folk Devils record again? That young music fan went onto form his own band and a decade later he was a worldwide sensation, but sadly died soon after.” This is part of a story Norman B has not widely publicized before. He is in conversation with Nick Clift recalling the conundrum of discovering new music that was both influential and ignored. Clift, a one-time member of another overlooked band Ski Patrol, has lovingly curated a tribute to his friend and Folk Devils frontman Ian Lowery. The result is a stellar compilation, Folk Devils: Beautiful Monsters (Singles & Demo Recordings 1984 – 1986). Nick who was in Ski Patrol with Lowery, believes the legacy of the man and his band Folk Devils deserves to be remembered and perhaps rediscovered. Named after Stanley Cohen’s book on youth subcultures, Folk Devils and Moral Panics this highly underrated British band was as far as one could get from “folk music”. They were formed by Ian Lowery, (formerly of The Wall and Ski Patrol) in late 1983 with a line -up that consisted of Whiteley on bass, Kris Jozajtis on guitar and Alan Cole on drums. By early 1984, their heady brew of swampy rock on a bed of bastardized blues had created a vehicle for Lowery’s increasingly misanthropic worldview. A well-honed gutter poet since the early days of punk, Ian had developed an idiosyncratic style, fusing a natural gift for sly wordplay and a well-turned snarky phase with his often vitriolic and poignant lyrics channeled through an explosive onstage persona. Gigging constantly, yet by early 1986, frustration within their ranks had created a point of no return, and the band imploded. Ian’s artful and sparse tales of love, loss, loathing, and libation may well have been before their time. He died at the age of 45 in 2001. Nick Clift decided to resurrect the Folk Devils recordings and tracked down the original tapes, which had spent 30 years languishing in the home of the band’s former manager. With expert help, he re-mastered the recordings to capture the ragged fury and adrenalized energy that uniquely characterized the Folk Devils. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, you’ll hear tracks from the soon to be released compilation and Norman B’s conversation with Nick Clift.

Life Elsewhere Show #184 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network

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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.

Check out the Life Elsewhere Music page and download Norman B’s curated selections of new, obscure, rare, unique and extraordinary music; hits of the future; artists who deserve your attention and timeless recordings you probably missed.

Two Excellent Books. One Cool Magazine.

Did you know there was a real James Bond who inspired Ian Fleming’s iconic character? He was a daring double agent, who would have made James Bond look timid. He was Dusko Popov, his true story is told by author Larry Loftis in his page-turner of a book, Into The Lion’s Mouth.

This December will be the 25th anniversary since the Soviet flag came down over the Kremlin, Russia and America are again heading toward a confrontation—what happened? Joining us to offer some insight will be Arkady Ostrovsky, the author of The Invention of Russia – From Gorbachev’s Freedom To Putin’s War.

A very cool magazine called Ubikwist caught Norman B’s attention because the talented British singer-songwriter Zuzu was featured on the cover. Ubikwist founder and editor, Giannie Couji explains how his magazine is a work of love and deliberately multicultural.

Life Elsewhere Show #174 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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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.

PS: You can now download the new WMNF mobile app for FREE and listen to LIfe Elsewhere as it streams live at 12 noon ET every Sunday

Star Signs & Life Changing Music

“May 21 rolls around again, and another year in my journey through life has passed,” says Norman B, referring to his birthday. “Looking back over the years,” he continues, “I’m fortunate to have wonderful memories, each with their own soundtrack!” In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B recalls the music that has made an impact on his life. He’ll take us on his life-changing journey complete with his musical soundtrack including Elvis Presley, Elmore James, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, Cornell Campbell, Gregory Isaacs, David Bowie, The Smiths, The Only Ones, Killing Joke, A.R. Kane, Barzin and Hugh.

Plus, Norman B will ask acclaimed astrologer Joyce Levine why star signs and birthdays are inextricably connected? Joyce a top expert on the subject, knows her stuff. She has all the answers and will also explain why Pop Astrology is entertaining but not very useful. But, can Joyce read the star chart of a certain Mr. Trump, to let us know if he will be elected President? Find out in the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Life Elsewhere Show #170 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Thursdays 7.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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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.

PS: You can now download the new WMNF mobile app for FREE and listen to LIfe Elsewhere as it streams live at 12 noon ET every Sunday

Conversations with Brian Cullman & Dave Hill

The PR package for Brian Cullman’s new album, The Opposite Of Time caught Norman B’s attention not only for the music, but also the extraordinary bio accompanying it. Brian’s story reads like a rock ’n’ roll fairy tale. He is was still a teenager when he bumped into Edie Sedgwick clad only in a bra and panties, cutting out pictures from Vogue, while Jim Morrison lay passed out on a couch, as Nico hid in the bedroom. Next, he’s in London writing for Crawdaddy! magazine, where he opens for Nick Drake and hangs with John and Beverly Martyn, Sandy Denny, Richard and Linda Thompson. On his return to the States, Cullman almost accidentally forms OK Savant, who become a fixture at CBGB’s. Brian’s story is long and expansive, in the next edition of Life Elsewhere, you’ll hear selections from Norman B’s recent, in-depth, conversation with Brian,  plus tracks from his latest album.

Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, musician, actor, radio host, and according to his bio, a man-about-town. Qualifications that meet the high standards we maintain at Life Elsewhere for guest invitations. It also helps that Dave has a new book, we recommend, Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Dave says he’ll fight anyone who disagrees with his claim that Led Zeppelin are rock gods. He talks of the trials and tribulations for a comedian and he tells a true-life story about writing ringtone copy for the GOP Presidential frontrunner. Dave describes his encounter with the presumptive candidate, concluding that a venerable Anglo-Saxon word best describes him.*

*The Anglo-Saxon word Dave Hill refers to was also a major part of the recent interview with Lisa Hilton. Hear the interview by going to the Life Elsewhere Archives and clicking on show: 2016-05-01

Life Elsewhere Show #169 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Thursdays 7.00pm 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.

PS: You can now download the new WMNF mobile app for FREE and listen to LIfe Elsewhere as it streams live at 12 noon ET every Sunday

More Music. Less T-Word!

You may have been living in a cave or stranded on a desert island without any connection to news of any sort. Of course, the chances are, that is not the case. Like everyone else, no matter what your political persuasion may be, it should be safe to say, we are all, if not in a state of shock, then at the very least, we are trying to make sense of Mr. Trump essentially clinching the GOP nomination after his win in Indiana. So, the question then became, should we do another piece on Mr. Trump? In past editions of Life Elsewhere, we’ve heard from various qualified people, a branding expert, a humorist and political commentator, a social historian, we even asked some of our musical guests to share their opinion on Trump. Yet,  we reasoned it really is difficult to comment on the prospect of Donald Trump actually being the GOP nominee, running for the office of President, without the urge to sneak in a sarcastic quip to two. In the days, the months and years to follow, volumes will be written about the ascendancy of Trump. There will be plenty of time for us at Life Elsewhere to collect our thoughts and deliver an honest appraisal of this peculiar but, historical occurrence. Instead, in our next show, we turn our attention to music.

The abundance of new music delivered to Life Elsewhere is truly remarkable. So much great music being made around the globe is from young people alone in their bedrooms with the laptops and programs like Garage Band. The vast array of new music from the new generation gives us hope for the future. It’s ironic really, as we head toward electing a new President, much of the dialogue, the rhetoric, is so outdated. It’s not just last century, it’s ancient! Yet, here we are with enterprising youthful artists using their talents and embracing advances in technology to make memorable music for today.

Brighton-based, Jack Allsopp goes by the moniker of Just Jack. His just-released EP, Life Lessons features Alchemist, a song he says is about,  “The internal and external battles you have when you’re bringing up a kid.” Taken from her upcoming debut album, 1 of 3 is the new single from Kelly Lee Owens. Originally from Wales, the London-based singer, songwriter, and producer says, “Emotionally – there’s vulnerability in the track but there’s also strength – both are important. Both are present in any type of relationship. The end section is Kelly Lee Owensme taking back the power – understanding the truth of the situation.” Covering a well-realized song can present a few obvious problems, Ben Hobbs took on the challenge with his subtle reading of The Sundays’ 1990 hit, Here’s Where the Story Ends. “It’s a really nostalgic song and I didn’t want to approach it in the sense of just making a modern version of the track,” Hobbs says. The track appears on his just-released EP, Sweet Enough. Icelandic electronica trio Samaris, offer minimal beats and dreamy synth washes, taking cues from dub techno, IDM with delicate ambient textures and breathy vocals in Black Lights from the album of the same name, out on June 10.

Ian McLagan

Also in the program, a tribute to Ian McLagan, the famed keyboard player for The Small Faces, Faces and The Rolling StonesMac’s birthday is May 12, he sadly died two years ago on December 3. We asked Mac’s Press Agent and very good friend Jo Rae Di Menno to share her memories of a lovely man.

Life Elsewhere Show #168 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Thursdays 7.00pm 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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