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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 It’s ironic really, as we head toward electing a new President, much of the dialogue, the rhetoric, is so outdated.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.

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The Ian McLagan Special

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Ian McLagan

The next edition of Life Elsewhere will be dedicated to Ian “Mac” Maclagan, who died one year ago on December 3. Compiled from the many hours of a recording session, Mac described as a cozy fireside chat, via Skype, Norman B presents an intimate tribute to the famed keyboard player. Ian was well-loved for speaking his mind and his congenial personality, which is evident from the conversation, as he passionately recalls growing up in post-war London and becoming a rock star. His reminiscences include seeing The Rolling Stones in their early days, “It was Brian JonesMick Jagger and then no one else!” Mac announces. In listening to Ian McLagan‘s stories, you’ll hear why his contribution to popular music cannot be underestimated. Ian Maclagan was one-of-a-kind, he is sadly missed.

From the upcoming show, Mac remembers Brian Jones 

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A Human Instinct For War is the title of Norman B’s latest contribution to Trebuchet Magazine.

Remembering Ian “Mac” McLagan

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Ian “Mac” McLagan the famed keyboard player with the Small Faces and Faces, who also collaborated with The Rolling Stones, and led his own band from the late 1970s, died on December 3, 2014. The next edition of Life Elsewhere will be a special tribute to Ian, a crucial figure in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Earlier last year (2014), Ian and Norman B ran into each other, backstage at a charity concert, they were both performing at, in Seattle. It was an unplanned and surprise meeting for the two silver-haired men who had gone to art school together, many years ago in London. Catching up backstage at the event didn’t allow much time or peace and quite to reminisce, so a couple of recording sessions were scheduled. “It’ll be like having a cozy, fireside chat over Skype.” Joked Ian. Those “fireside chats” resulted in many hours of a fascinating and revealing conversation with a man who had experienced and seen so much in his illustrious career. Because of the amount and compelling content of the recordings, Norman B decided to air the sessions in two parts. The news of Ian McLagan‘s death came in just over a week after part one of the “fireside chats” first aired. Out of respect to Mac and his family, and not gratuitously capitalize on his untimely death, we chose to wait to air more of the “fireside chat”. Here then in the upcoming edition of Life Elsewhere, we bring you the portions of the conversation with Mac, not aired before. You’ll hear Mac and Norman talk about their days growing up in the early 60’s in the same area of London and attending the same college. And, Mac talking candidly about his early life, becoming a pop-star, drugs, life on the road with The Rolling Stones, and the sad death of his wife. Listen carefully, because Ian McLagan‘s words are all the more poignant when he talks about age and not paying off his mortgage until he’d be 99. “He was one of the nicest men I have ever had the honor to know,” says Norman B, adding, “This is a true heartfelt story, from a man who loved life and rock ’n’ roll, make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

The photo above of Ian “Mac” McLagan and Norman B was taken backstage at the Kiss The Sky concert in Seattle, April 22, 2014. The audio clip below is from the “fireside chat”, with Mac talking about getting old.

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A Human Instinct For War is the title of Norman B’s latest contribution to Trebuchet Magazine.

A Conversation With Mr. B

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By the age of eleven, he planned to be a graphic designer or a radio announcer. Then, Elvis changed his life. Music became a passion. He was there, the night Andrew Oldham discovered the Stones. At art school, he learnt about the Blues, R & B, Soul and Reggae. A visit to New York in ’74 found him at CBGB, alongside Lenny Kaye and Patti Smith as Television performed. A chance introduction to radio resulted in a long career as an acclaimed interviewer. This is part one of his story, illustrated with music from Johnnie RayElvis PresleyThe Rolling Stones, Marvin GayeThe SkatalitesRoy & MillieAlton EllisToots & The MaytalsJohnny Clarke, Television and Killing Joke.

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Memories Of Wes & Nicky

On August 30, 2015, Wes Craven died of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 76 years old. Craven, a prolific film director, writer and producer was best known for his work on horror movies. His noted films include, A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise featuring the Freddy Krueger character, the Scream seriesThe Hills Have EyesLast House On The Left, Red EyeMy Soul To Take and The Serpent and the Rainbow. To help us remember the master of horror, frequent Life Elsewhere contributor, film and media critic, Bob Ross joins the program.

Nicky Hopkins, the famed keyboard player, would have turned 71 on September 6th. Sadly, he died way too young at age 50, in 1994. Hopkin’ssession work is legendary, performing with a wide variety of famous bands, including the Rolling StonesLed ZeppelinThe WhoThe Pretty ThingsThe KinksThe MoveNew Riders of the Purple SageQuicksilver Messenger Service…the list goes on and on. He was plagued by illness from an early age, and suffered from Crohn’s disease, while still in his teens. His poor health and ongoing surgery made it difficult for him to tour. This resulted in him working primarily as a studio player for most of his career. Yet his superb skill on the keyboards cast him as one of the most important session musicians in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Julian Dawson, author of And on Piano …Nicky Hopkins: The Extraordinary Life of Rock’s Greatest Session Manwill share his recollections and stories from his definitive book on Hopkins.

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