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Two Women, Writing From Experience?

Siv Jakobsen first made an appearance on Life Elsewhere in the summer of 2015. At that time, Norman B predicted we would be hearing more from, “An artist who displays a maturity, way beyond her years.”  Siv is back with a new single, a wonderful primer for her forthcoming album, expected later this year. All the enthusiastic accolades we heaped upon the Oslo-based singer-songwriter two years ago are proven again with Like I Used To. This time, Siv confidently begins the song unaccompanied. Not an easy task for even the most seasoned of performers. Her distinctive voice effectively takes hold of the listener’s attention as she unfolds a tale of unrequited love. Siv’s plaintive singing and lyrics promise that her as yet unnamed album will be one of the most anticipated releases this year. In the next edition of Life ElsewhereSiv Jakobsen joins Norman B to talk about her new single and her upcoming album, but, will she let us know if her songs are written from experience?

Diana Kirk does not keep us guessing if she is writing from experience. In fact, the Portland, Oregon-based writer is deliberately provocative, “This book is a memoir. Ish, So, it’s all totally true. Kinda. Except for the parts that aren’t.” She says with an impish smile. Her book Licking Flames, Tales Of A Half-Assed Hussy has been called, “Sexy, raw and funny,” and “Like listening to Courtney Love sing My Way.  Diana Kirk has written unapologetically brash essays on sex, drugs, and travel. She spins stories of her imperious teen years, bodacious exploits as a young adult and prickly tales of a grown woman who makes and breaks rules. Norman B will interview Diana with one finger hovering over the seven-second delay button, next on Life Elsewhere.

Plus, Hugh, the London-based group we continue to rave about have a new release. It’s a cover, a medley of Roxette’s It Must’ve Been Love and Monsta Boy’s I’m Sorry. Hear it first at Life Elsewhere!

Life Elsewhere airs:
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Life Elsewhere Music airs:
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You can hear all the volumes over at Mixcloud

Siv Jakobsen – The Interview. (Redux*)

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“I was entranced by her voice and her ability to use silences or pauses so effectively.” Says Norman B about Siv Jakobsen, a talented new musical artist from Norway. The Life Elsewhere host’s unbridled enthusiasm led to a request for an interview with the Oslo-based musician. Arrangements were quickly made, and with disarming candor, Siv chatted with Norman B for twice as long as the scheduled interview time. “Listen carefully to her lyrics,” Mr. B continues, “Siv displays a maturity, way beyond her years. Plus, she is able to introduce a fresh, emotive take on a well-known and often-covered song, like Dolly Parton’s Jolene.”

Toward the end of the interview, Norman B asks Siv Jakobsen if she would select a Hit That Never Was. With unsurprising confidence, Siv does not hesitate when she chooses a relatively new release from American Country artist, Liza Anne. “I know it’s not old,” says Siv, “but I really believe Take It Back should have been a hit!”

After the interview, Norman B reflected, “It’s rare that you come across an artist who is so self-assured, yet completely down-to-earth and without pretension.” We are predicting you will be hearing a lot more from Siv Jakobsen. Make sure you do not miss this up-close and personal interview on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Siv Jakobsen’s most recent EP, The Lingering is available now. Below is the beautiful video for the single How We Used To Love.

*On the rare occasion, we rebroadcast a show. Siv Jakobsen deserves your attention, in case you missed the original broadcast. Plus, our host Norman B, is away on assignment for future editions of Life Elsewhere.

Life Elsewhere 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

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio
Fridays at 10.00am Eastern Time on Internet Radio Network
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You can hear all the volumes of Life Elsewhere Music over at Mixcloud

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.

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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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Did you miss Norman B’s poignant recollections and interviews with the sadly departed David Bowie? Perhaps you forgot to tune in to hear award-winning author, Colin Woodard talk about his timely new book, American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good. Or, were you distracted when Robert Hunziker a freelance writer and environmental journalist insisted the next Presidential election will be the most important in our lifetime? The acclaimed caricaturist, Steve Brodner has appeared on the program a number of times, we hope you didn’t miss his graphic description of Mr. TrumpDr. Rogy Masri, of Doctors Without Borders explained in gut-wrenching detail his work with vulnerable migrants and refugees in Tripoli, Lebanon. A compelling account you need to hear. Noted gay activist, Peter Tatchell made a controversial decision in a landmark case, his explaination may surprise you. Singer-songwriter, Amy Rigby, talked openly about love and relationships. These are just a few of the insightful and often moving interviews you could have accidently missed. Norman B’s engaging interviews with authors, including Nicholas PetrieGeorge Hodgman, Katherine ZoepfRebecca Scherm, Jon Macks and Lynsey Addario, to name just a few are essential listening. Then, there is the wonderful new music Norman B selects, it would be a shame if you missed any, including: PolyensoWolftyla Max JuryAnnabel JonesFleurieSorcha RichardsonZuzu and Siv Jakobsen.

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