SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards show

SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

Summary: The members of Blaggards, a band based out of Houston, TX, share their experiences and occasionally chat with guests. "The official podcast of all things Blaggards. Found on all major pod platforms and delivered weekly, it’s a behind-the-music view of the band, with tidbits for new fans (it’s just Blaggards, not The Blaggards, newbs) and cool stuff for longtime followers (Episode 5 discusses how the band’s music has been used in films like How to Be Single and TV shows like The Good Wife). Its engaging hosts are smart and funny. An interesting aside is the podcast also offers occasional glimpses back at Houston’s music community." — Jesse Sendejas, Houston Press

Podcasts:

 Episode 97: Subtle Lack of Bagpipes — Tony Scalzo of Fastball | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:17:04

This week we're thrilled to welcome Tony Scalzo of the band Fastball on the show! We talk about how the pandemic has affected the music industry, Tony's love for Austin and Houston, and many other subjects. Show notes Fastball Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Special Guest: Tony Scalzo.Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 96: Bound and Gigged | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:23

This week on #SlapperCast, we talk about TWO new Christmas singles Blaggards are releasing this month (one cover and one original), and TWO exciting guests we’ll have on the show soon. Then we gush about a legendary drummer (or TWO) we hope to have on the show soon as well. Show notes Blaggards Merch Store Pre-save our cover of "Fairytale of New York" on Spotify, or hear it NOW by joining us on Patreon Fastball Live from 3TEN (Sep 9, 2020) Zildjian LIVE! - Ash Soan (sweet spot at 4:10) Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 95: Ball of Candyfloss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:47

This week on SlapperCast, we talk about favorite Christmas traditions, favorite (and least favorite) Christmas songs. Thanks Greg for the question! Also: brand new Blaggards coffee mugs are for sale for a limited time at blaggards.com Show notes Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade Nat King Cole - "The Christmas Song" (1961) Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) Art Carney - Twas The Night Before Christmas PETER SELLERS & SPIKE MILLIGAN - 'Unchained Melody' - 1955 Traveling Wilburys - Heading For The Light My Way - Drummer Steals The Show Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 94: 'Tis the Year of the Grift | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:49

After a recent exposure at a gig, we've all thankfully tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19. During this show, you hear us discover one gig is cancelled while we firm up another one. Eric shares some fascinating things he learned about the late great Neil Peart during a PASIC roundtable that he moderated last week. Also, we've recorded a new Christmas single which will be out SOON! Show notes The Van Halen Interview Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 93: Mincing Down the Hall | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:33

This week on SlapperCast, Eric talks about his adventures with Percussive Arts Society... also favorite instrumentals. Thanks Greg for the question! Blaggards online store https://blaggards.com/store/ Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 92: Effervescent as Always | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:09

This week on SlapperCast, we talk about the joy of being able to play live again during the pandemic, even if only a limited capacity. Also, artists we'd like to record/write with. Thanks to Bob for the question! Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 91: Everything's Private Property If You've Got a Gun — Doug Stanhope (Part Two) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:13

Here is Part Two of our conversation with Doug Stanhope. In this segment, Doug spends much of his time essentially interviewing us, which again shows you what a genuine person he is. Can't wait to have him on the show again. Topic list: Congratulations to our friends Kelly & Debbie Howe on their 30th anniversary Doug asks about our mutual friends in Houston-based band RAT RANCH Doug's history at Chilkoot Charlie's in Anchorage, Alaska The challenges of having too many people in a band Paddy: being a comedian is the hardest job in the world How old-school casette audiobooks changed Doug's life on the road in the early days The joy of exploring backroads locations while on tour (how Doug found Bisbee, AZ) Doug and Paddy compare their (very close) ages Doug asks how long Blaggards have been together Eric's frustration with joining the band right before the pandemic kicked in Why our former drummer Mike McAloon left the band Doug asks what 'Blaggards' means 'Plausible deniabilty' for band names before the internet Doug asks what "Behind the Music" dirt Blaggards might have Doug asks if any of us are sober or single Is music a young man's sport? Doug asks what cover songs we love doing in our own style How Blaggards side-step Irish rock clichés Doug's love of Irish Rock (despite his disinterest in music in general) What Irish rock band does Paddy dislike the most Overplayed bar-band songs How cover songs are often better than the originals The complicated issue of comedy theft How Australian comedian Jim Jeffries blatantly stole a routine from Doug Comics have no recourse to copyright infringement How joke theives are effectively drummed out of the business Doug asks if anyone has ever stolen from Blaggards How we came up with our version of "Drunken Sailor" How young comics often try impress Doug with similar material How language barriers can create conflicts in comedy material Show Notes dougstanhope.com Doug Stanhope Podcast (Patreon) Doug Stanhope on Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast (May 12, 2014) Digging Up Mother - Doug Stanhope No Encore for the Donkey (audio book on Audible) - Doug Stanhope The Dying of a Last Breed - Doug Stanhope (Amazon Prime Video) Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Special Guest: Doug Stanhope.Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 90: You've Got a Friend in Bisbee — Doug Stanhope (Part One) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:06:02

This week on SlapperCast, we're thrilled to have comedian Doug Stanhope on the show! This is a long conversation split into two parts (part two will be out next week). (PARENTAL ADVISORY for sexually explicit content) dougstanhope.com Digging Up Mother - Doug Stanhope No Encore for the Donkey (audio book on Audible) - Doug Stanhope The Dying of a Last Breed - Doug Stanhope (Amazon Prime Video) Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Special Guest: Doug Stanhope.Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 89: Bands we used to dislike & 1980s fashion choices | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:33

This week on SlapperCast: bands we once disliked but now have grown to like 1980s haircuts and fashion choices Thanks Greg for the question! Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 88: Double Kick in the Head | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:56

This week on #SlapperCast, we recap this past weekend's mini-tour as we drive home from Omaha... our first out-of-state road trip since the pandemic began. Also, a long discussion about the recently departed Eddie Van Halen. Show notes Donate to Siena Francis House Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 87: Least Favorite Boy of Summer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:09:49

This week on Slappercast, we talk about best/worst live bands, opening songs, encores, etc. We're also giving away a case of Blackwater Draw Brewing Co.'s "I Wity the Fool" to one lucky winner in the Houston area. To enter the drawing, go watch this episode on YouTube, subscribe, and leave a comment there telling us about your favorite (or least favorite) live band, opening, encore, etc. BY TUESDAY OCTOBER 13. Recipient must be of legal drinking age in Texas. Cheers! Black Water Draw Brewing Co. Houston VWalkz Topics: Poorly recalled music memories of 1987 Eric's memories of Extreme opening for Aerosmith at the Orpheum in Boston Patrick's memories of seeing Aerosmith in Miami Great opening songs (The Police, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Cheap Trick, Queen, David Bowie, Crowded House, Dio, etc.) Great live bands with mediocre studio albums Disappointing encores Great encores Live shows ruined by bad sound Best/worst opening bands Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/DVUAKC58Y6U Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 86: Part-time Professionals | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:17

This week on #SlapperCast: a free-form discussion of metal/prog drummers, recent gigs, and how we're learning to navigate this seemingly never-ending pandemic as professional musicians. Topic list: • What coffee are we drinking today? • Patrick’s coffee brewing tips • Praise for drummer Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Mr. Bungle • Dave Lombardo’s on-and-off again relationship with Slayer • Lombardo vs. drummer Paul Bostaph • New tour dates in early October (Wichita KS, Omaha NE, etc.) • T-Bone Tom’s in Kemah on October 23rd • Acoustic Blaggards shows... without a fiddle player? • Many thanks to Tim Kennedy for providing video footage from our performance at the Sherwood Virtual Celtic Gathering • Our recent show at Blackwater Draw Brewing Co. in Bryan TX • Eric’s new drum kit • Texas Governor Greg Abbott is choking our pubs and breweries • Praise for Chris Buckley, former Blaggard fiddler who played with us last week • Time signature changes vs. “feel” in rock music • Eric’s favorite Rush song • Eric’s upcoming PASIC roundtable discussion on Neil Peart, featuring Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater • Do prog bands take themselves too seriously? • Our habit of teasing audiences with brief bits of classic rock songs we have no intention of actually playing • Our new album is in the mixing stage • Looking forward to getting out-of-state for the first time since the pandemic started • Memories of our first road trip with Eric back in 2017 • NEXT WEEK: a giveaway of Blackwater Brewing Co. beer on Episode 87 • Upcoming Houston-area shows in November • People who request songs and then disappear • Song requests that make no sense • Billy Joel’s overt Beatles influence on “Nylon Curtain” Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 85: Martinis & Disappointment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:17:02

This week on #SlapperCast: record store memories from our youth, disappointing albums, musicians we like but wouldn't want to work with, difficult working relationships in bands. Friday September 25: Blaggards LIVE on Facebook from Blackwater Draw Brewing Co. Blaze gets mad!! Iron Maiden Chile 1996 Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll (1987) - Bonus Clip: Chuck & Keith Rehearse The Police - Better Than Therapy, Living The Police Reunion Ricky Gervais Discusses Friendship with David Bowie Topics: Eric's "ointment" story Recapping our first full-length performance in months How much time off is too much? The challenge of developing an unspoken language as a band when we're not gigging Managing different tempos and keys in a set list Last week's show with Cindy Heywood (see Episode 84) Slade Ham's recent outstanding stand-up comedy show at Improv Houston (see Episode 83) Other comedy shows we've seen The possibility of Blaggards doing shows with stand-up comedians Eric's memories of Hi-Ho Records in Berlin, New Hampshire Patrick's memories of Houston's Cactus Records in the old days Patrick and Eric remember learning about new album releases by reading music magazines Chad remembers the joy of discovering new album releases at record stores just by chance Chad's deep disappointment with Peter Gabriel's "So" album when it first came out in 1986 Eric explains the one thing that makes Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" cool Eric's disappoinment with the Boo Radleys Patrick's disappoinment with Iron Maiden's Blaze Bailey period Chad's disappoinment with Queen's "Hot Space" album Patrick's disappointment with Freddie Mercury's solo material Eric's disappointment with Sting's early '90s solo material A critique of the "Synchronicity" album by the Police The joy of a watching solid three-piece band perform like the Police or ZZ Top Sting and Stewart Copeland's turbulent working relationship Musicians we like but wouldn't want to work with (Chuck Berry, Buddy Rich, James Brown, etc.) Tin Machine versus David Bowie's solo material Bootsy Collins' experience working with James Brown Ricky Gervais' friendship with David Bowie Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 84: "Super Invisible Nobody" with Cindy Heywood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:34:17

September is National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month, and this week on #SlapperCast, we talk with musician and author Cindy Heywood, a proud survivor of anxiety disorder and suicidal depression. Cindy is a fierce defender of the rights of all who suffer from addiction and mental illness. She's a well-known mentor on internationally published suicide prevention forums, and her and editorials have been featured in internationally published magazines. She is currently working on the second edition of her book "Super Invisible Nobody", which details her recovery from anxiety disorder and suicidal depression. Suicide Talkz (Facebook) American Foundation for Suicide Prevention SF (Suicide Forum) Topic list: Cindy's background in the Houston music scene and the "Richmond Strip", where Patrick and Cindy first met How the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic compares to the 1979 oil crisis How the uncertainty of the pandemic can lead to anxiety and depression The world is in mourning for a culture and a way of life that we've lost due to the pandemic How Cindy's anxiety disorder led to alcohol addiction How suicidal depression is often not outwardly noticeable to others Cindy's descent from anxiety disorder into suicidal depression How understanding the dysfunctional roots of family relationships can be essential to recovery Cindy's experience with family therapy, and how it doesn't always result in mutually happy endings Never give up, your situation is not hopeless Cindy's experiences with online forums and her Suicide Talkz Facebook page, and how that led to writing her book "Super Invisible Nobody". The importance of reclaiming your perception of yourself The epidemic of suicide in military and law enforcement How the pandemic is driving innovation in mental health on the internet Communication is essential / there's no shame in asking for help The danger of isolating yourself ("You cannot do it alone") Chad, Patrick and Eric's methods of coping during the pandemic The value of productivity, creativity and physical activity How sharing your own struggles with depression can be essential in helping others ("Go deep or go home") The essential healing powers of humor and music Eric's "Crown Royal" story Recapping our recent gig at Sherwood Virtual Celtic Gathering Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Special Guest: Cindy Heywood.Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

 Episode 83: Vaseline and Muffins with Slade Ham | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:41:14

This week on #SlapperCast, we're joined by our longtime friend, comedian Slade Ham! We talk about a ton of stuff, mostly focusing on the similarities between comedians and musicians, regarding things like creative process, work ethic, and plagiarism. Show notes SladeHam.com Until All the Dragons are Dead — Slade Ham's book Slade's YouTube channel Whiskey Brothers Podcast Whiskey Brothers on Amazon Prime Video Join us in IRELAND Fall 2021 Ireland 2021 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com Facebook Bandsintown Follow us on social media YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Become a Patron Join Blaggards on Patreon for bonus podcast content, live tracks, rough mixes, and other exclusives. Rate us Rate and review SlapperCast on iTunes Questions? If you have questions for a future Q&A episode, leave a comment on Patreon, or tweet them to us with the hashtag #slappercast. Special Guest: Slade Ham.Support SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

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