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s1e12: Brian J of Pimps of Joytime

Pimps of Dance Vibes

In our Season 1 finale episode we bring you a glimpse into the mysterious life of Brian J, lead guitarist and singer for the Brooklyn band Pimps of Joytime. David Bailis (bass / keyboards / synths) discusses the band's song-writing process and gigging thirty nights a month in Brooklyn while Kim Dawson (vocalist) shares her perspective on working with Brian.

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s1e11: Evan Friedell of Jimkata

Wild Wild Writing

Evan Friedell, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the electronic rock band Jimkata discusses pandas, failure and the future. Evan's brother, Russ, reflects on their childhood, Aaron Gorsch (synth & guitar) shares skateboarding memories, and Packy Lunn (drums) compares Russ and Evan's personalities. Finally, Stephen and Evan resolve some unspoken tensions.


BONUS Interview

Jimkata's interview with Stephen Learson from May 2015

(This is a little rough - it was way before we launched our new website)



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s1e9: Grant Zubritsky of MS MR, Nina Persson, Lazer Cake and High Highs

The Life of a Brooklyn Freelancer

Grant is a well-known Brooklyn bassist who has performed internationally with an impressive list of artists such as Nina Persson (lead singer for The Cardigans), Alex Winston and Cymbals Eat Guitars. He's spending the first part of 2016 on tour with MS MR and the High Highs in Australia. Grant also records and produces his own projects which include Lazer Cake and Monuments.

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s1e8: Marie Kim of Blank Paper, MS MR and Webster Hall

Step Into the Office of Marie Kim

Marie Kim is a Berklee-trained keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and sound engineer. An accomplished musician from Brooklyn, NY, Marie leads an original synth-pop group called Blank Paper. She has toured the world with bands such as MS MR, St. Lucia, and X Ambassadors.  When she’s not on tour, Marie is the Front of House engineer at Webster Hall – one of the largest music venues in New York City.

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s1e7: Luke Bemand of lespecial

Born in the woods of Connecticut and raised in the wilds of Boston, lespecial has established themselves as an aggressive death funk trio. Luke Bemand, the bassist for lespecial, talks about how the band was first created, the making of the lespecial's latest album - Omnisquid, and living in Allston rat city. 

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s1e6: Vince Pugliese of The Hornitz and Pink Talking Fish

Mr. Vin Pugliese - a talented lighting designer, engineer, artist and juggler - was kind enough to share some stories in the Rock House about building video domes, mapping 3D projections, touring with The Hornitz, and cruising down the Charles in his motorboat. Stephen gets a chance to geek out about synthesizers.

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s1e5: Chris Narainen of Lord Almighty, Proplydz and Jazz First

Welcome to our metal episode. You'll hear first hand from drummer Chris Narainen about what it's like to be a financier-turned-rockstar from the exotic island of Mauritius. We'll also give you an update about our start-up podcast endeavors, Stephen's solo project Psychic Spies, and Michelle's wedding plans.

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s1e4: Andy Vernon of Slave Dog

Stephen and Michelle go home for the holidays and interview an old friend: Andy Vernon. Andy talks about growing with the guitar, playing Nirvana and Green Day, and recounts an especially strange convention one night at the Holiday Inn.

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s1e2: Mike Carter of The Indobox & Normal Instruments

Mike Carter can really shred a guitar – but can he cast some pod? Find out in this second episode of the Rock House where we interview Mike about growing up in Scranton, playing with The Indobox, and performing with the Disco Biscuits at the House of Blue in Boston.

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