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A Conversation With Klive & Nigel Humberstone of In The Nursery

Alternative, Ambient, Atmospheric, Cinematic, Electronic, Experimental, Industrial, Modern Classical, Neo-Classical, Soundtrack, these are just some of the labels used to describe In The Nursery, the Sheffield-based musical project centered around the nucleus of twin brothers Klive and Nigel Humberstone who have been producing music since 1981. Even their own publicity reads, “Their cinematic style blends electronics, classical arrangements, orchestral percussion, and soundscapes evoking a timeless quality.” The conundrum of slotting In The Nursery into a convenient genre is made all the more enjoyable or difficult depending on your skill at understanding how the brothers Humberstone present themselves. On exploring their vast and exemplary catalog you soon discover that Klive and Nigel have maintained a distinctive image since their beginning. But, contrary to their controlled and unsmiling visages, in conversation, the brothers are unaffected and congenial.

“I have been a longtime unabashed fan of In The Nursery. Says Norman B, “To be able to spend an hour chatting with Klive and Nigel was a delight and I’m so pleased to be able to share our conversation with listeners to Life Elsewhere.” Examples of In The Nursery’s excellent work are included throughout the conversation including an unexpected version of John Lennon’s Imagine by Klive’s separate project, Everly Pregnant Brothers. Plus the twins talk about how their reworking of a sample from Sabres of Paradise’s Haunted Dancehall may be used on BBC Radio 1 in a loop on the announcement of Queen Elizabeth’s death. Make sure you don’t miss this informative, engaging conversation with Klive and Nigel Humberstone of In The Nursery.

             Playlist

  1. In The Nursery Twins (LP Twins)
  2. In The Nursery Grand Corridor (LP 1961)
  3. In The NurseryTouched With Fire (LP Anatomy Of A Poet)
  4. Sabres Of Paradise Haunted Dancehall (In The Nursery Mix)
  5. Everly Pregnant BrothersImagine (LP Beats Working For A Living – A Tribute To Martin Lilleker)
  6. In The NurseryMiracle Of The Rose 11 (LP Stormhorse)

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Show #324

A Conversation About PTSD + Remembering Mac

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder goes far beyond the horrors of war and is an inescapable part of all our lives. At any given moment, more than six million Americans are suffering with PTSD. Since 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been a huge growth in the science of PTSD, a body of evidence that continues to grow exponentially. With this new knowledge have come dramatic advances in the effective treatment of this condition. Drawing on a decade of her own clinical innovation and research, Dr. Shaili Jain has authored her debut book, The Unspeakable Mind – Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science. Dr. Jain’s groundbreaking work demonstrates the ways this disorder cuts to the heart of life, interfering with one’s capacity to love, create, and work—incapacity brought on by a complex interplay between biology, genetics, and environment. Beyond the struggles of individuals, PTSD has a tangible imprint on our cultures and societies around the world. Since 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been a huge growth in the science of PTSD, a body of evidence that continues to grow exponentially. With this new knowledge have come dramatic advances in the effective treatment of this condition. Jain argues for a paradigm shift in how PTSD should be approached in the new millennium. We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Jain to Life Elsewhere during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Ian McLagan & Norman B, Seattle 2014

This edition of Life Elsewhere will air first on May 12, which happens to be the birthday of an art school friend of Norman B, the late famed keyboard player for Small Faces, Faces and frequent guest with The Rolling Stones, amongst many other notable bands, the one and only, Ian “Mac” McLagan. In 2014, Mac and Norman B met up after many years when they were on the bill together at a charity event in Seattle. Backstage at the show they eagerly caught up on old times like growing up in grey, dreary London of the 60s. Together, they agreed an in-depth interview was needed. Later that year, the two silver-haired friends recounted story after story on art school, London, rock ’n’ roll, being in love, getting old and so much more. Sadly it was just shortly after their conversation was edited that news came in that Ian had died. In this edition, we pay tribute to an old friend on his birthday by playing a few selected and poignant comments from as Norman B says, “One of the loveliest fellas you could ever wish to know.”

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Show #323

The Stonewall Anniversary + A Conversation With m1nk

June 28, 2019, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library’s archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement, such as Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), as well as forgotten figures like Ernestine Eckstein, one of the few out, African American, lesbian activists in the 1960s. The anthology focuses on the events of 1969, the five years before, and the five years after. Jason Baumann, the NYPL coordinator of humanities and LGBTQ collections, has edited and introduced the volume top coincide with the NYPL exhibition he has curated on the Stonewall uprising and gay liberation of 1969.

m1nk, (pronounced em one en kay), first came to our attention over a year ago with their independently released single, Fuck You Up. Then, two excellent follow-up singles, The Far Side and eBomb prompted us to make contact with the talented duo behind m1nk. Recently, on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Athens, we caught up m1nk for an in-depth conversation. Erika Bach (aka Lola Demo) is based in Athens by way of Australia and Germany. She says she comes from a more garage rock background with some electronic influences in her productions. Trainspotters may argue Erika’s haunting voice and edgy trash ethic evoke identifiable references, but we prefer to think she has a style all of her own. Barry Snaith (aka The Inconsistent Jukebox), moves effortlessly between genres, his productions encompassing everything from acerbic alt-pop and industrial soundscapes to French cabaret and dubstep. Together as m1nk, they make dark, gothic, electronic soundscapes. They are certainly distinctive, yet hard to define. In our conversation, you’ll be impressed by their candor and the passion they so obviously have for the music they make. Based in Manchester, UK and Athens, Greece, m1nk have just released their album m1nk = em one en kay on Seja Records out of The Netherlands.

The Podcast is available at NPR One, Apple Podcasts & Mixcloud

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Show #322

Two Extraordinary Stories + One Important Song

In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent command across France: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies, we must find and destroy her.” That spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman who – rejected from the Foreign service because of her gender and prosthetic leg – talked her way behind enemy lines in occupied France and went on to become one of the greatest (and most unlikely) spies in U.S. history. Much of Virginia’s story has been lost to the annals of history until now. Journalist Sonia Purnell has done incredible research to uncover her life, and the result is the fast-paced and intriguing, A Woman Of No Importance: The Untold Story Of The American Spy Who Helped Win World War 11. Sonia Purnell joins the program to tell of a real-life spy thriller, at a time when women and disabled people were often discounted or relegated to the background.

The death of Steve Jobs brought a wave of doubt over the future of Apple. Operations guy, Tim Cook was seen as the last person qualified to fill Job’s visionary shoes. Fast forward eight years later – Cook proved to be the perfect man for the job. In Tim Cook – The Genius Who Took Apple To The Next Level author, Leander Kahney has written the first-ever biography of Tim Cook and tells the inspiring story of how one man attempted to replace someone deemed to be irreplaceable. Kahney chronicles the post-Jobs Apple, including how Cook led the company to its historic trillion-dollar valuation. You’ll be fascinated by Leander’s enthusiastic story-telling as he shares insider details in his conversation with Norman B.

Josh Idehen, one-third of London-based, Hugh likes to share his opinions. The singer, songwriter & poet has concerns about our world. In Direction, Hugh’s first single, they ask, “Do you believe in love, in all kinds of love?” As Josh Idehen explained in our interview at the time, Direction is all about love between two people. It doesn’t matter if they are straight, gay or whatever. Enough of the bigotry. Being in love should be enough. And that should be celebrated, not condemned.” For their latest single, Sober, Josh says he is frustrated with what is going on in the world. The chaos with Brexit in the U.K. People moaning and groaning and marching but not voting. “I’m fed up!” Says Josh, “So much noise, but not enough action that matters. The same thing in the U.S. People grumble but then carry on with their lives. I know it’s hard, but we all have to make an effort. That’s what Sober is about.” In this edition of Life Elsewhere, you hear Hugh’s new single and Josh Idehen talking about it. His commentary is from a longer conversation which will air in an upcoming edition of the show. Special note, listen out for the special vocal talent of Amaroun, a distinctly brilliant artist from South London. Enjoy!

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Show #320

David R Dow & Phoebe Coco

He is a lawyer working on death row inmate appeals. Earlier in his career, he admits to being firmly in favor of capital punishment. His exposure to “the degrading of human life” on death row, made him question the ultimate punishment. He is, David R. Dow is the founder and director of the Texas Innocence Network and the Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project He and his team have represented well over 100 death row inmates during state and federal appeals. For his debut novel, Dow wanted to capture the emotional turmoil of someone who uses vengeance and retribution as a form of justice and to reflect on the U.S. criminal justice system from the vantage point of those most directly affected by it. In his realistic suspense novel, Confessions Of An Innocent Man, Dow does just that. Through deeply affecting and empathetic characters he explores the injustices of the death penalty regime in Texas, delivering a perfect modern parable in the form of a whip-smart psychological thriller. In our conversation, David discusses his novel and shares his well-considered thoughts on crime and punishment.

Phoebe Coco first came to our attention with a video for her debut single, Silver Lives. Accompanied by her twin sisters, Grace, and Dorothy, the three young ladies frolic at a wind-swept English seaside. The effect is hazily charming, yet as you listen to her words, you may catch a reference to a now-dismissed love affair or is it simply moving on and embracing life? This may well be the conundrum of the London-based singer-songwriter. She exudes an innocence, yet she proves a worldly-wise understanding of how to write beautiful music. Along with her talented songwriting and performing, Phoebe has proven to be a capable composer of instrumentals for a variety of exciting projects. In our conversation, you’ll hear a refreshingly exuberant talent talk uninhibitedly about music, her life, the future, and her dear departed dog. Plus, Phoebe Coco treats us to a special impromptu rendition of Silver Lives, accompanying herself on one of her treasured a keyboards.

A longer version of our conversation with Phoebe Coco and another impromptu performance will air shortly on Life Elsewhere Music.

The Podcast is available at NPR One, Apple Podcasts & Mixcloud

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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.

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
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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

Show #319

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