Where The Living Room Used To Be

A podcast about Rhode Island’s music scene

Sound Advice with Roz Raskin

April 30th, 2020

Roz Raskin shares the power of positive reinforcement, how a diversity of voices are moving to the forefront in music, and some of what they were feeling while writing their new record "lovable".

Includes an in-studio performance at WBRU by Roz and The Rice Cakes of their song "Castle" that was recorded in 2014. (video credit: WBRU Providence)

Interview recorded April 1st, 2020 via Zoom
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey

Ep. 18 Roz Raskin (Nova One, The Rice Cakes, Shawn Waters and Groupthink)

April 23rd, 2020

Roz Raskin is known for their work in bands such as The Rice Cakes and Nova One. In our conversation we talk about the start of these bands, learning piano at an early age and what they've done to develop their voice, the importance of building a solid local following as a musician, and their approach to songwriting. We also cover the experience of recording at Big Nice Studio and winning the WBRU Rock Hunt!

Interlude song order:

"Zabudabudee" by Roz and the Rice Cakes
"Your Girl" by NOVA ONE
"Do You" by Roz and the Rice Cakes
"violet dreams" by NOVA ONE

Interview recorded April 1st, 2020 via Zoom
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey

RI 5 with Rich Lupo

April 16th, 2020

Rich Lupo and I talk about some things from back in the day, what originally being from Massachusetts means for pizza preference, and a certain place in Rhode Island that means a lot to him.

I've included a live track recorded at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in 1999 by one of my favorite bands, Gruvis Malt. I can talk more about it someday, but in short, they're the first RI band I came down to see and still to this day - 20+ years later - they are still impressive to me! (video credit: Gavin Castleton)

Interview recorded March 3rd, 2020 at The Met in Pawtucket
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey

Sound Advice with Rich Lupo

April 9th, 2020

Rich Lupo discusses the reason why he runs his clubs the way he does, how he's stayed in business for so long, and why he continues on.

Includes a live version of "Ashamed" by Deer Tick at their curated multi-artist showcase Dudesmash Too* held on September 14th, 2013 outside in the courtyard of The Met in Pawtucket, RI. (video credit: B West)

*Also on this show were other RI locals The Low Anthem, Ravi Shavi, Last Good Tooth, and more

Interview recorded March 3rd, 2020 at The Met in Pawtucket
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey

Ep. 17 Rich Lupo (Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, The Met)

April 2nd, 2020

Rich Lupo is a legendary club owner here in Providence for nearly 45 years. In our interview we cover why he got into the business, some of his favorite bands and personal memories over the last few decades, and even how Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel got its name!

Interlude songs:

"Welcome To Lupo's" by Roomful of Blues (from their album: Live At Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI 17-19 April 1986)
The Wild Turkey Band live at the last show of Lupo's first location (July 25th, 1988; video credit: bobdtv)
The Silks live at The Met (April 2017; video credit: Mayte Antelo-Ovando

Recorded March 3rd, 2020 at The Met in Pawtucket
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey

RI 5 with Jesús Andujar

March 26th, 2020

Jesús shares where he likes to practice and his favorite spot to grab a drink in Rhode Island.

Includes a favorite track of mine by Grupo Sazón from their 2 song demo!

Recorded January 30th, 2020 at Blackstone Valley Visitor Center in Pawtucket
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey 

Sound Advice with Jesús Andujar

March 19th, 2020

Jesús shares how being a musician needs to be more than your persona and image, as well as the gifts of learning from many different influences and being versatile. 

Includes a live performance by Grupo Sazón with Anthony Carrillo live at Burnside Park in Downtown Providence. Check out the video HERE!
Video Credit: Richard Snyder 

Recorded January 30th, 2020 at Blackstone Valley Visitor Center in Pawtucket
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey

 

Ep. 16 Jesús Andujar (Grupo Sazón, La Gran Manzana, Latin percussion instructor)

March 12th, 2020

Jesús Andujar is a highly respected Latin percussionist that's toured the world and, though he grew up in the Dominican Republic, has made the choice to call Rhode Island home over 20 years now. 

In our interview we talk about how being a farmer as a child helped him with his skills, the wonderful opportunities afforded to him because he's a musician, and the current state of live Latin music. 

Interlude songs*:
"No Me Sigas Mas" by La Gran Manzana
Jesus Andujar and Grupo Sazón with Anthony Carrillo live at Burnside Park
Improvised jam with Anthony Carrillo on conga and Jesús Andujar on shekere
Grupo Sazón demo
My Blue Heaven merengue

Recorded January 30th, 2020 at Blackstone Valley Visitor Center in Pawtucket
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey

*for demonstration purpose only

RI 5 with Paul Dube

March 5th, 2020

Paul Dube shares a unique spot in Rhode Island to get records and the benefits of him moving from the woods to the city.

Includes a favorite song of mine featuring Paul as a sideman by Sharks Come Cruisin' (definitely one I always enjoyed playing with them) called "Randy Dandy O" recorded live at Jake's in Providence back in 2006.

Recorded February 1st, 2020 at Paul's home in Pawtucket
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey

 

Sound Advice with Paul Dube (includes prev. unreleased original song!)

February 27th, 2020

Paul Dube explains what friends like Atwater~Donnelly mean to him, the skill needed to be a good sideman musician, and the gratification of jamming with others!

This bonus episode includes an unreleased rough cut of an original song by Paul called "Hitchhiker"

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Recorded February 1st, 2020 at Paul's home in Pawtucket
Intro music by Cedros
Hosted by James Toomey