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A Good Work By A Good Writer. For The Reader, What Luck!*

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed. This is the scenario of The Witch Elm, the riveting new novel by top suspense writer, Tana French. The Dublin-based writer is receiving thunderous applause for her first stand-alone novel, including, Stephen King who we quote for our headline. We are very pleased to welcome Tana back for her third appearance on Life Elsewhere.

*Stephen King, the New York Times Book Review

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Show #295

Tana French On The Secret Place & Richard Citroen On Lola Dutronic

Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad. He sees an opportunity when a sixteen year old girl from an elite private school brings him a curious photo. Moran has to team up with an unlikely partner, the abrasive Antoinette Conway a Detective who is proud of her rough working-class background. So begins The Secret Placethe intriguing new novel, just released in paperback, from Tana FrenchNorman B talks with the author from her home in Dublin, Ireland.

Lost In Translation is the splendid new album from electronic duo, Lola Dutronic, filled with clever homages to icons of a bygone era, including Serge GainsbourgFrançoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot and John Barry. Yet, these are hardly pastiches, but inspired interpretations. To achieve their signature sound, Lola Dutronic have adopted a unique multi-step method of making music, British-born producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Richard Citroen composes and compiles the instrumentation at his Toronto studio, then sends the MP3 tracks to vocalist Stephanie B, who works her magic from her home in Dusseldorf. Norman B will talk with Richard Citroen, about his new album, collaborations, the importance of retro and explicit lyrics.

Kelly De Martino is an actress, a fashion designer and a musician who has produced two excellent albums. Her plaintive Bumblebees from her 2005 LP Radar, is this week’s Hit That Never Was.

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Tana French, Andy Zax & Gathered Ghosts Podcast Available Now!

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 10.47.46 AM“I’m very aware that when you take a chance on one of my books, it’s not just your money that you’re putting on the line; it’s your time, which is probably even more precious. I want to thank you, so much, for taking that chance; for your wonderful support, which never stops taking my breath away. Here’s to all of you. I’ll do my absolute best not to waste your time.” The humble words of author Tana French on her website. The Dublin-based writer captured our attention easily with her latest novel, “The Secret Place and we certainly do not feel our time was wasted. Tana is an exuberant writer and her enthusiasm comes across in Norman B’s interview with her. She has been dubbed “the First Lady of Irish Crime,” drawing comparisons to Patricia Cornwell and even Agatha ChristiThe actress-turned-author is an astute observer of Irish life and has a delicious gift for realistic dialogue. In the Life Elsewhere interview Tana explains the plot of her new novel, class differences in Dublin and gives us a glimpse into the music she enjoys.

Grammy nominated producer, writer and musicologist, Andy Zax discusses the Return OfScreen Shot 2014-09-06 at 1.35.21 PM Vinyl with Norman B. The conversation was prompted by Norman’s son James recent request for a “cassette”, after a visit to hip, Urban Outfitters. The hip clothing emporium sells cheap, but apparently efficient, turntables along with 12” vinyl platters of trending indie artists. Although James has grown up with a dad who has a warehouse crammed full with stacks of plastic discs and two treasured Techniques 1200’s, he was unaware of the correct names of such things. Almost-teenager James doesn’t care or see the connection to the old gear his dad has stashed behind alarm-rigged doors and the cool hot gear that Urban Outfitters has on display. James and his posse had decided upon “cassette” as the name for the bits of plastic they now coveted. Along with all the other gadgets and gizmos marketed so deliberately to the tweenie demographic, are turntables and record platters the next must haves? Is this the return of vinyl? We explore the possibility and learn about the difference in quality of sound of vinyl and digital recording.

Two Apples In A Cherry Tree by Gathered Ghosts was selected for this weeks Hit That Never Was by a jewelry designer who regularly listens to Life Elsewhere. You too, can get your Hit That Never Was played on Life Elsewhere by sending a few details about yourself and your request to: hitthatneverwas (at) lifeelsewhere (dot) co

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The Return Of Vinyl & The Secret Place

The Return of Vinyl?

After a visit to Urban Outfitters, Norman B’s son James, asked if he could have a “cassette”. Perplexed because he hadn’t seen any sign of “cassettes” on display, Norman asked his son, to describe what a “cassette” was. “It’s those big round plastic things you put on a “cassette” player”, James announced with an exasperated sigh, because his dear old dad obviously didn’t quite grasp modern technology. “You mean a record player and a vinyl record? Norman asked.  “Yeah! Whatever!” replied James. It turns out that the hip clothing and nic-nac emporium sells cheap, but apparently efficient, turntables along with 12” vinyl platters of trending indie artists. James, although growing up with a dad who has a warehouse crammed full with mountains of plastic discs and two treasured Techniques 1200’s, was unaware of the correct names of such things. AparScreen Shot 2014-09-06 at 1.35.21 PMt from that, as a budding teenager James doesn’t care or see the relevance to the old gear his dad has stashed behind alarm-rigged doors and the cool hot shit that UB has on display. From somewhere, he and his posse had decided upon “cassette” as the name for the bits of plastic they now coveted. Although James and his tweenie pals could care less about the correct name, are they being lured into another must-have, along with all the other gadgets and gizmos marketed so deliberately to their age group? Is this the return of vinyl? We explore the possibility with Andy Zax, Grammy nominated producer, writer and musicologist.

Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad. He sees an opportunity when a sixteen year old girl from an elite private school brings him a curious photo. Moran has to team up with an unlikely partner, the abrasive Antoinette Conway a Detective who is proud of her rough working-class background. So begins The Secret Placethe intriguing new novel from Tana FrenchNorman B talks with the author from her home in Dublin, Ireland.


This week’s Hit That Never Was, selected by a jewelry designer, is Two Apples In A Cherry Tree by Gathered Ghosts. If you would like to get your Hit That Never Was played on Life Elsewhere, send your selection to hitthatneverwas (at) lifeelsewhere (dot) co

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