Where The Living Room Used To Be

A podcast about Rhode Island’s music scene

Special Edition Ep. #3 Blitzen

December 30th, 2020

For those of you that may not be familiar with Blitzen... they are a band of reindeer that seem to magically appear every holiday season to play the Wayward Christmas event at The Parlour. In our conversation we cover some of their inspirations, the charity they're involved in and some of the others bands they've played in such as Reindeer Tick (their members have also been in Deers For Fears, Infectious Hooves and What Deer? Brigade)

Also included is the song "Christmas Eve" by Blitzen

This bonus episode was originally part of the Wayward Christmas 2020 virtual event to help raise funds to Save The Parlour. Please consider making a donation HERE

 

Watch the video version of this interview HERE

 

// Interview recorded December 12th, 2020 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey
// Edited by Mark Lambert & James Toomey //

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RI 5 with Gail Greenwood

December 24th, 2020

Gail Greenwood and I chat about being intimidated by rockstars when buying records, how great a certain pizza establish is... especially when they catered Belly's listening party for Dove at POP a few years back, her place to connect with nature, and it's possible I may have helped name her new dog!!!

Included at the end of this bonus episode is Benny Sizzler's song "Shed" from their 2017 EP Inaction In Action II

 

// Interview recorded November 16th, 2020 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Sound Advice with Gail Greenwood

December 17th, 2020

Gail Greenwood passes along a bass playing technique that she learned from record producer, Glyn Johns, that he originally learned from Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones... which I have to say is pretty cool and she also shares an often overlooked way to interact with the world.

Since Belly has done quite a few television performances over the years on shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conon O'Brien and The Jon Stewart Show... I wanted to include a song from one of these performances to share this part of their career. At end of this bonus episode is Belly's song "Red" recorded in June of 1995 on The Jon Stewart Show (video credit: What's for afters?) for you all to enjoy! 

 

// Interview recorded November 16th, 2020 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Ep. 28 Gail Greenwood (Belly, Benny Sizzler, L7, Boneyard, The Dames, Bif Naked)

December 10th, 2020

In our interview Gail Greenwood discusses her start at some local clubs in Providence with her band The Dames, as well as the unique practice spot Boneyard had, the serendipitous way she joined Belly, some of the logistics of playing in L7, and why her latest band, Benny Sizzler, got it's start. We cover a lot of things like such writing, recording and touring with these bands, and the long list of incredible artists she has shared the stage with!

Interlude song order:

The Dames live at Rocket Feb. 7th, 1987 (audio credit: Dream Authority Music)

"Toys Are For Boys" by Boneyard

"King" by Belly

"Stick To The Plan" by L7

"Rhode Island Dead" by Benny Sizzler

"Shiny One" by Belly

 

// Interview recorded November 16th, 2020 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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RI 5 with Lewis Morris

December 3rd, 2020

Lewis Morris shouts out the underdogs, shares a place to clear your head and a spot to have your creativity fostered on this bonus episode!

I've also included the track "Get A Job (feat. Slitty Wrists)" from Lewis' latest album "Don't Be Nice" available now!!!

// Interview recorded October 12th, 2020 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Sound Advice with Lewis Morris

November 26th, 2020

Lewis Morris shares a piece of advice from a boss he had at MassArt on a good way to live life. We also discuss what authenticity means in music and he explains his thoughts in cynical optimism! 

Also, as you've heard us talk about... Lewis is a well respected beat maker that's worked with many other artists. He recently did the all the beats for ToadStool's latest album "A Reptile Dysfunction" so I wanted to share a song off that release entitled "IMMACULATE FT. DAN POMFRET" to demonstrate how great his collaboration work is. Make sure to pick up the instrumentals of this album from Lewis and IF YOU NEED BEATS... hit him up on INSTAGRAM or email him at lewis.morris[at]flatlinepoetry[dot]com!!!

 

// Interview recorded October 12th, 2020 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Ep. 27 Lewis Morris (rapper, beat maker, producer)

November 19th, 2020

Hip hop artist, producer and prolific beat maker, Lewis Morris, is the guest on this episode where we talk about how his move from poetry to rap came about and his experience recording at B08 Studios in Pawtucket for this latest album "Don't Be Nice"... which came out earlier this year and is fantastic!!! Plus, we cover the list of collaborations he's built during his career and we get into the therapeutic value of music.

Interlude song order:

"A Definition" from his beat tape Dope Songs Of Dopeness

" Epiphany (feat. Paul Willis & Streia)" from his album Alive

"Chasing Echoes (feat. Sly Quixote)" from his album Don't Be Nice

"What's That Smell- (Mt. Pleasant)" from his beat tape Smash: A Dedication to Providence

"Godzilla On A Leash (feat. SeanDizzyBlade & Drent)" from his album Don't Be Nice

"Mantra" from his album Don't Be Nice

 

// Interview recorded October 12th, 2020 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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RI 5 with Patrick Boutwell

November 12th, 2020

Patrick Boutwell and I talk about nostalgia + record shops, his happy place with regard to music, foreign pizza, more gear chat, and how Eric from Soul Control essentially strong-armed The Brother Kite into doing a certain cover set... check it out! 

I also added probably my favorite Snowplows song "Bellicose, Coast To Coast" at the end for you all hear!!! It's really, really, really good!

 

Interview recorded September 21st, 2020 via Zoom
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey 

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Sound Advice with Patrick Boutwell

November 5th, 2020

On this bonus episode, Patrick Boutwell talks about building confidence as a frontman and then we get into a deeper conversation about a cool new addition he's looking to bring into The Brother Kite's sound!

 

Also included is a live performance of their song "Eye To Eye" from the WBRU Rock Hunt Finals at The Met in 2013 (audio credit: Tyler Shaw)

 

Interview recorded September 21st, 2020 via Zoom
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey 

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Ep. 26 Patrick Boutwell (The Brother Kite, Snowplows)

October 29th, 2020

My guest on the episode is Patrick Boutwell from the bands The Brother Kite and Snowplows!

In our conversation we cover the making of essentially every album he's recorded over the last couple of decades including The Brother Kite's latest entitled Make It Real which came out in August.

A lot of the focus was on the inspiration behind his songwriting and style of playing. He also talks a little bit about some of the gear he uses and you'll probably pick up on the different ways his albums have been recorded and the varying lengths of time each took to complete.

Interlude song order:

  • "Falling In Love With A Shotgun" by Beefcake Messiah
  • "Waiting for the Time To Be Right" by The Brother Kite (from their album Waiting for the Time To Be Right)
  • "The Scene Is Changing" by The Brother Kite (from their album Isolation)
  • "On The Mend" by The Brother Kite (from their album Model Rocket)
  • " Don't Ask Why" by The Brother Kite (from their album Make It Real)
  • "A Spark" by Snowplows (from their album Let's Die)
  • "Tongue–Tied" by Patrick Boutwell (from his album Hi, Heaviness)
  • " No Way Out" by The Brother Kite (from their album Make It Real)

 

Interview recorded September 21st, 2020 via Zoom
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey 

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