Where The Living Room Used To Be

A podcast about Rhode Island’s diverse music scene

Sound Advice with EhShawnee

December 1st, 2021

On the bonus episode, EhShawnee discusses how education and preparation can lead to new opportunities, plus she gives some examples of overcoming challenges with her music career. 

I also included the song "Titanic" that she did with fellow superstars, Revolución Salsera. As we discussed in the full episode, the video for this was done in the Dominican Republic during the pandemic and definitely showed some dedication to what they do! Enjoy the song and make sure to check out the video on EhShawnee's YouTube channel

 

// Interview recorded November 8th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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EhShawnee

November 24th, 2021

EhShawnee is a renowned salsa star and in our conversation, we talk about how growing up in both the Dominican Republic and Rhode Island has informed her music, the feeling of having a #1 song in her home country, how she stays motivated to create, and what it's like for her to promote during Covid times! 

Interlude song order:

  • "La Vida Es Muy Shula"
  • "Mas Mala Que Tu"
  • "Ana Gabriel (Medley)"

// Interview recorded November 8th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Adapter Adapter talks about their new album ”No Comfort”

November 18th, 2021

I caught up with Nick Ryder and Christopher Roy from the heavy blues/rock duo, Adapter Adapter on Instagram Live to talk about their latest release, "No Comfort". We get into how Nick and Chris started playing together, the emotion that went into this album, recording at Galilee Productions, and how the artwork came together in a very serendipitous way!

Check out the record on their Bandcamp page now and pre-order the cool random colored vinyl they're making for this!!! 

Interlude song order:

// Interview recorded November 15th, 2021 via Instagram Live
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Paul Dechichio talks about Tor Johnson Records‘ 20th Anniversary

November 11th, 2021

Last week I caught up with Paul Dechichio on Instagram Live to talk about Tor Johnson Records' 20th Anniversary Subscription Series. In our conversation, Paul and I discuss what goes into planning and producing a series such as this, the diversity of bands he's included, and he lets out a few secrets of what special goodies come with the subscription!

Enjoy the episode and please consider purchasing a subscription at torjohnsonrecords.com

 

Interlude song order:

  • "Willow II" by Tyler Daniel Bean from his album On Days Soon To Pass
  • "Domination Lord Of Coldharbour" by Cyttorak from their EP Simultaneous Invocation Of Apocalyptic Harbingers

Also check out my full episode with Paul to learn more about the history of Tor Johnson Records and everything else he's involved in

http://www.livingroomutb.com/e/ep-6-paul-dechichio-tor-johnson-records-best-practices-cyttorak-teeth-like-swords-alpha-owl-jesuscentric

 

// Interview recorded November 1st, 2021 via Instagram Live (sorry that the audio quality was a little bit wonky with this one)
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Cedros reunites to talk about the release of their album ”The Red Knight”

November 3rd, 2021

This is a unique episode as it's a bit of a reunion of the band Cedros that I was a part of about 10 years ago. On Friday, November 5th, Where The Living Room Used To Be is releasing the album we made back in 2011 - entitled The Red Knight - that never actually came out on limited-edition lathe-cut vinyl 7", cassette with exclusive bonus tracks, and digital download. Caleb, Phil, and I got together to talk about our experiences in the band, working with Daryl Rabidoux to make this album, and some of the memorable shows we played during our time as a band.

Interlude song order:

  • "Roche Limit" by Cedros (from The Red Knight)
  • "Lost Sleep" by Cedros (from The Red Knight)
  • "Remedy" by Cedros (from The Red Knight)

If you dig some of the songs clips you hear please consider picking up the record at livingroomutb.bandcamp.com. Thanks! 

 

// Interview recorded October 28th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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RI 5 with Joe Bruce

October 28th, 2021

Emcee and entrepreneur, Joe Bruce, talks about early music discovery, shouts out a fantastic independent business that made the choice to do what's right for their community, shares a little about what it was like growing up where he did, his personal show goals of where he'd like to perform, and calls out some of the practices that can happen when shows are booked in RI. 

I've also included one of my favorite tracks off of Joe's latest album Serpent. The song is "Workshop" and has features by Troy Reign and Ren Thomas!

 

// Interview recorded October 11th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Sound Advice with Joe Bruce

October 21st, 2021

Joe Bruce shares some advice about how to shift your perspective to unburden yourself as an artist... as well as what it takes to connect that missing link to move to the next level.

For quite a few years now Chachi Carvalho has been curating an art & music festival called Culture Shock. Joe has performed at this event a couple of times including last year which pivoted to an online stream. The show was really cool so I wanted to share his performance of "Wish" with you and invite you to check out the entire program.

Also, follow Culture Shock 401 on Instagram as there might be some exciting news coming soon. Enjoy! 

// Interview recorded October 11th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Joe Bruce (Waterbearer Music Group, Rhody Rap)

October 15th, 2021

On this episode, I speak with rapper and entrepreneur Joe Bruce. We get into his new album Serpent, the relationship he has with his producers (such as ClarkWork and Larry Ohh), what he's doing to shine a light on Rhode Island's hip hop scene, and how a serendipitous rideshare was the catalyst to get him back into music

Interlude song order:

  • "Soul" by Joe Bruce & Clarkwork from their album The Ruff Mixes (2017 - 2020) 
  • "On The Low" by Joe Bruce & Larry Ohh from their album Clementine
  • "Story of Jacob" by Joe Bruce & Clarkwork from their album The Ruff Mixes (2017 - 2020)
  • "Shine (feat Mz Marrowz)" by Joe Bruce from his album Serpent

 

// Interview recorded October 11th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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RI 5 with Alex MacLeod

September 30th, 2021

Bluegrass singer and guitarist, Alex MacLeod, shares some of the finds on Wickenden Street in Providence that he holds dear, how he fuels up for a long fishing trip (hint: "Cumbys" is involved), a spot in Central Falls that he must visit whenever in the area, and how one of his favorite RI events is one he's actually never been to.

Included at the end is the song "Stagger Lee" from Rock Hearts album Starry Southern Nights.

// Interview recorded September 9th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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Sound Advice with Alex MacLeod

September 23rd, 2021

Alex MacLeod passes along some of the wisest advice I've heard about how to connect with an audience and truly be a pro musician. He also gives some tips on how to learn and advance your bluegrass talents.

Also, as you heard in the full episode, Alex had the opportunity to play in one of the most well-known New England bluegrass bands of all time, Northern Lights. And to me... it's just such a wonderful thing that he got to be a part of representing Rhode Island in that way. After being a band for 35 years Northern Lights played their last show on March 13th, 2010. At the end of this mini-episode I've included a song from that evening - "Lonesome Road" (audio credit: steveide59) that featured Alex on rhythm guitar and vocals. I hope you enjoy it!

// Interview recorded September 9th, 2021 via Zoom
// Intro music by Cedros
// Hosted by James Toomey //

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