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The Inner Lives Of Sci-Fi Fans

What makes sci-fi fans tick? Miriam Seidel’s debut novel, The Speed Of Clouds. Reveals the inner lives of fans, their passionate connection to imagined worlds. The joys of cosplay, and the bonding rituals that bring them together at meetings and Cons. Mindy Vogel, the novel’s main character, is a young woman with spina bifida, getting around in a wheelchair, living with her mother. And she runs a fanzine. On the inside, she lives a parallel life as Skylog officer Kat Wanderer, traveling star systems while carrying on a romance with Roi, a strangely compelling cyborg. A comfortable life for Mindy as far as it goes. But when she loses control of her fan club, she’s propelled on a journey into a different, scarier fan subculture, where she ultimately finds relationships that expand her mind and heart. Longtime sci-fi fan, Miriam Seidel joins Norman B to talk in-depth about The Speed Of Clouds.

The Podcast is available at NPR One & iTunes

Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3
Sundays 10.00am ET at WNRM The Root
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network
Fridays at 9.00pm GMT on Cornucopia Radio

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.

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
Sundays 11.00am ET at WNRM The Root
Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio
Fridays at 10.00am Eastern Time on IRN
Cornucopia Radio airs Life Elsewhere Music throughout each week

You can hear all the volumes over at Mixcloud

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Siv Jakobsen – The Interview. (Redux*)

Siv Jakobsen

“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
You can hear all the volumes of Life Elsewhere Music over at Mixcloud

Before There Was Reggae…


Before there was Reggae there was Rock Steady, before Rock Steady there was Ska. Ska was also known as Blue Beat and Blue Beat has to be attributed to Prince Buster. Musicologists may quibble over the evolution of Jamaica’s idiosyncratic music yet the facts are: Cecil Bustamente Campbell, born on Orange Street in Kingston, Jamaica, on 24 May 1938 was a musical pioneer. His middle name was given to him by his family in honour of the Labour activist and first post-Independence Prime Minister William Alexander Clarke Bustamante. The nickname of “Buster” stuck as Campbell became actively involved in the operational side of running a sound system after he was introduced to Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, a musically inclined businessman who operated one of Kingston’s most popular sound systems. The knowledge he gained about the financial and logistical aspects of staging a sound system dance was put to good use when Campbell made the decision to start his own sound system called ‘Voice of the People’. Campbell released his first single “Little Honey” featuring Jah Jerry, Drumbago and Rico Rodriquez recording under the name of Buster’s Group. Soon he went by Prince Buster, and recorded prolifically throughout the 1960s; notable early ska releases include: “Madness” (1963), Wash Wash” (1963, with Ernest Ranglin on bass), One Step Beyond (1964) and Al Capone (1964) In 1961. In the UK, Buster’s releases were on the Blue Beat label and in the early days of Mods, Blue Beat became the de facto name for the music. In 1964 Campbell met World Heavyweight Champion boxer Muhammad Ali who invited him to attend a Nation of Islam talk at Mosque 29 in Miami. That year Campbell joined the Nation of Islam. Campbell had a top twenty hit in the UK with the single “Al Capone” in 1967. The UK Ska revival at the end of the 1970s that started with the 2-Tone label from Coventry introduced Campbell’s music to a new generation of listeners. Madness released their first single on 2-Tone, a tribute to Campbell called The Prince“. The B-side was a cover of the Campbell song “Madness” from which they took their name. The Specials also included a cover of “Enjoy Yourself” on their second album More SpecialsThe Beat covered “Rough Rider”. Cover versions of Prince Buster’s records have continued throughout the years, no doubt there will be yet another revival since the man died at the of 78 on September 8, this year.

On the next edition of Life Elsewhere Music we will present a special tribute to Prince Buster. Plus, Nancy Kells of Spartan Jet-Plex has very kindly sent us her new song, you’ll hear that and releases from Snail Mail, Fresh Snow and Past You.

Life Elsewhere Music airs Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio. You can hear all the editions of Life Elsewhere Music over at Mixcloud.

Next On LIfe Elsewhere: Joyce Levine, Zac Bissonnette, Stephen O’Connor & Twin Shadow


The next edition of Life Elsewhere will be bumper-packed, beginning with an interview springing from Norman B’s curiosity about astrology. “I was born on the cusp, whatever that means?” He says, adding, “I’m a complete ignoramus about astrology! I thought it time to know how to answer correctly when asked, Whats your sign?” Acclaimed astrologer, Joyce Levine joins the show to help Mr. B understand if he is Gemini or Taurus. Then, author Zac Bissonnette will explain, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute. After hearing Zac’s often bizarre tale, you’ll never look at those plush toys the same way again. The Hit That Never Was has been absent from Life Elsewhere for a few weeks because of the abundance of new music and interviews we have featured. With a stockpile of requests on hand, this week we hand-over The Hit That Never Was selection to Maxine, a listener who sent along with a charming chatty email, photos of Ralph, her pet rabbit. Maxine asked to hear a track from Twin Shadow from the 2010 album, Forget. A remarkable book, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings is the focus of the last interview. This is the debut novel from accomplished writer, Stephen O’Connor, who has brilliantly crafted fact, fiction, and dream sequences into an extraordinary work. O’Connor explains how his curiosity of the taboo relationship between Thomas Jefferson, who famously said, “All men are created equal” while keeping a slave, Sally Hemings, led to writing his memorable book. 

Make sure you don’t miss Joyce LevineZac BissonnetteTwin Shadow, and Stephen O’Connor, on the next edition of Life Elsewhere, broadcast times are below.

Life Elsewhere #164 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
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Controversy #1.

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After viewing Trump Rally, the skillfully produced documentary that zooms in on the people who believe Donald J. Trump should be the next President of the United States, it would be easy to mock and deride the enthusiastic fans of the bloviating billionaire. But Sean Dunne, the talented, youthful director of Trump Rally has a different take on the folks he trained his cameras on. Sean, a keen observer, has spent the last ten years, self-financing a series of thought-provoking documentaries, Trump Rally, being his latest directorial accomplishment. Getting up close and personal with the Trump supporters, and at one moment, mere inches away from a sweating Mr. Trump, Sean offers an alternate perspective to predetermined opinions. Make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere with Sean Dunne and hear all he has to say about Trump Rally.

The photo & audio clip above are from Trump Rally, used by kind permission of Sean Dunne and http://www.veryape.tv/
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