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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.

Life Elsewhere Show #191 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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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.

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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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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