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A Beautifully Complex Debut

Elizabeth Tan with Norman B in suburban Perth, Australia

The demure young woman sitting opposite me gives no clue that she is the author of the most beautifully complex and engrossing book I’ve read in ages. Her darkly comedic interconnected stories follow Elena Rubik, her best friend Jules Valentine, and wannabe investigative reporter April Kuan, as a viral marketing scheme’s motivations become a cause for concern. There are the adventures of a model turned visual artist, a tech support voice actor, enigmatic schoolchildren, clever anime characters and more. She deftly blends the real and imagined with biting social satire, exploring the lives of her diverse group of characters with deep empathy and insight into our contemporary world. In her astonishing debut novel, Rubik, Elizabeth Tan may have created a new unexpected genre. As she delicately sips on an over-sized mug of ginger and orange juice blended with a shopping list of herbs and spices, (a concoction that would that would fit right into Rubik), Elizabeth quietly explains that the dead aren’t really gone, they persist as phone numbers, social media accounts, newsletter recipients, aliases on fan-fiction. She goes deeper: digital ghosts move and connect us, so we feel we know people we have only seen online just as corporations masquerade as familiar friends. My interview with Elizabeth Tan was recorded at a cafe in suburban Perth, Australia. When you listen and then read Elizabeth’s book, I know you’ll agree the ambient noises are perfectly fitting.

Norman B June 20, 2018

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A Compelling Story Explained + A Vulnerable & Insightful Voice

In Everything is Borrowed, acclaimed architect Nicholas Moscowitz lands a major commission, but his drive suddenly falters. The site of the new project awakens guilty memories, and when he digs into the place’s history, he uncovers a 19th-century Moskowitz whose life offers strange parallels to his own. As Nicholas grows obsessed with this shadow man, the dual narratives of Moskowitz and Moscowitz, the city’s past and present, blend in unexpected and poignant ways. Ultimately Nicholas must face certain truths that don’t change over time—and use them to rebuild his own life. Nathaniel Popkin, the author of Everything is Borrowed is our guest on the next edition of Life Elsewhere. He answers Norman B’s questions with the same intensity he brings to his latest novel. Popkin wants you to hear his passion. He doesn’t falter, revealing so much of himself, explaining his compelling meditation on cruelty and regret, and taking the reader (listener) on a mesmerizing tour of a city through time, all the while evoking a portrait of radical Jewish life of another age.

Plus, you’ll hear new music from Rosie Peppin, a talented young singer-songwriter, from the south of England. Of her EP, simply titled, EP, Rosie says, almost apologetically, “This is a collection of demo tracks I completed whilst at university.” With demos of this quality, Rosie Peppin is well on her way to well-deserved success. In the two songs, we showcase, When This Comes and Thunder, Rosie displays a beguiling ability to sound in equal parts vulnerable and insightful. Her voice is haunting, almost frail, yet intensely confident. Sheer delight!

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Show #272

An Uncompromising Memoir & A Bewitching Album

Anya Yurchyshyn grew up in a narrow townhouse in Boston, every corner filled with the souvenirs of her parents’adventurous international travels. On their trips to Egypt, Italy, and Saudi Arabia, her mother, Anita, and her father, George, lived an entirely separate life from the one they led as the parents of Anya and her sister – one that Anya never saw. The parents she knew were a brittle, manipulative alcoholic and a short-tempered disciplinarian: people she imagined had never been in love.When she was sixteen, Anya’s father was killed in a car accident in Ukraine. At thirty-two, she became an orphan when her mother drank herself to death. As she was cleaning out her childhood home, she suddenly discovered a trove of old letters, photographs, and journals hidden in the debris of her mother’s life. These lost documents told a very different story than the one she’d believed to be true – of a forbidden romance; of a loving marriage, and the loss of a child. With these revelations in hand, Anya undertook an investigation, interviewing relatives and family friends, traveling to Wales and Ukraine, and delving deeply into her own difficult history in search of the truth, even uncovering the real circumstances of her father’s death – not an accident, perhaps, but something more sinister. Listen to Anya Yurchyshyn talk about her memoir, My Dead Parents and you’ll quickly understand why her passionate, unflinching memoir is, as Norman B says, “One of the most moving non-fiction books I have ever read!”

James Smith of the always forward-thinking Fox Food Records sent us a pre-release of the new album from CADE. “I was immediately entranced,” says Norman B, “Every so often new music comes my way that makes my heart beat differently, CADE did just that!” CADE is the recording project of Toronto based Kaiya Cade who creates ethereal and haunting dream-folk, combining acoustic instruments and synthetic sounds with her bewitching and spellbinding vocals.The musical awareness and critical ear Kaiya has developed has evolved into a passion for film composition. Creating ethereal and haunting sonic landscapes, Kaiya combines synthetic sound with the acoustic instrumentation of piano, guitar, strings, sound bowls, and percussion, and finishes the musical environment with her characteristic vocal overlaying.

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Show #267

A Man Reluctant To Share Of Himself

“Is that your real name?” Asks Norman B of Logan Farmer. “Or did you make it up”? It’s a fair question because Logan Farmer doesn’t use his real name to record and perform. And, his real name does have a conveniently fictitious air to it. Currently, he works under the moniker of Monarch MTN. Although, he may consider going with his given name if he chooses to present a stripped down, more acoustic version of his singer-songwriting talent. Logan’s reason for selecting Monarch MTN is surprising much like his music – not what you were initially expecting. Logan Farmer cautiously explains when he joins Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere. He talks about his latest album, I Woke At The Station, his ideas about music and more. It’s an honest conversation with a man who is often reluctant to share too much of himself. He suggests that his music can do all the explaining, knowing all the while that he interweaves often dark imagery with perhaps a cynical hint of drollness. Norman B’s gentle, comfortable probing results in Logan revealing perhaps a little more than he intends and he agrees that the landscape he covers with his music has been predominately the domain of female artists in the last few years. Think of Siv Jakobsen, Dana Gavanski, Sorcha Richardson and Nancy Kells. “The last male singer-songwriter to catch my attention to this degree was the brilliant Canadian, Barzin.” Norman B announces. High praise indeed. Along with the conversation, you will hear cuts from I Woke At The Station.

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Show #261

Amy Rigby, It’s A Pleasure

What a pleasure it is to know Amy Rigby. Some people, no, make that a lot of people in the rock ’n’ roll racket can be miserable sods. I put it down to spending far too much time living on the road. Even if you’re The Stones taking up whole floors of grand hotels with your ever-increasing entourage, it’s still a bloody hotel, no matter how good the room service is or the thread-count of the sheets. Living on the road, meandering from one gig to another ain’t no fun-filled escapade. Even fresh-faced young wannabes realize the sex ’n’ drugs and rock ’n’ roll lifestyle gets stale, if not boring after the first week. So, what a pleasure it is to know Amy Rigby. She’s a veteran of lugging her precious and trusty equipment from one venue to another. But, no matter how many stairs she has to climb before she can collapse on yet another suspiciously-soiled creaky bed. And, despite almost never finding a place to eat with passable edible food, Amy manages to always carry on with a beguiling smile and, wait for it, a bloody good attitude. You don’t often come across someone who has spent the best part of their lives in the wacky world of rock ’n’ roll with the great attitude Amy Rigby has. She is about to embark on yet another expedition in support of her new album, The Old Guys. So, what a pleasure it is to welcome Amy back to Life Elsewhere to talk about and play a selection from her new album. In the last year Amy has shared her thoughts on Love, Holiday Gifts and next we’ll learn about  The Old Guys. This is her first album in a dozen years, with twelve unmistakably Amy Rigby songs, recorded with Wreckless Eric in upstate New York.

Norman B January 24, 2018

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