SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

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 Cover photo by Caroline Brewton.... Show More

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August 10, 2020 71 min
Former drummer and Forever Blaggard Mike McAloon rejoins us for a whole episode! Help save live music venues at Save our Stages (https://www.saveourstages.com) How life has changed for Mike since he left the band Mike's assessment of Eric's drumming in Blaggards Eric's assessment of Mike's drumming in Blaggards The generational differences between Mike and Eric's approach to drumming and musicianship in general ...
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August 3, 2020 66 min
This week on #SlapperCast: Eric's memories of 1978 Sessions LIVE show on Thursday, August 13 at 5 PM Central (https://sessionslive.com/blaggards) Drive-in concerts? Blaggards FACE MASKS will soon be available When Eric got "cut off" with the Derailers at Applebee's in Santa Fe, NM How people's opinions tend to fly out of control on social media More new BLAGGARDS songs brewing the studio Liberty DeVitto's bi...
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This week on #SlapperCast, we welcome our longtime fiddler, the incomparable Jeff Duncan! Jeff has been performing and recording with us since 2008, and will be prominently featured on our forthcoming new album. Topics include: How we first met Jeff The influence Jeff's parents had on his musicianship Jeff's talent for playing songs he's never heard before What music we're listening to in our cars right now What ban...
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July 20, 2020 61 min
This week on #SlapperCast:  Recapping our recent live stream show Memories of Super Bowls past New songs we've been working on in the recording studio Patrick has started intermittent fasting High praise for Houston's Star Pizza and Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. How our sleeping habits have (or haven't) changed since we've stopped gigging Difficulties we've had getting decent sleep while on tour Stories of the excru...
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This week on SlapperCast: Blaggards are SIXTEEN years old Comparing our sound gear from 16 years ago to what we use today The strong possibility of another shelter-in-place order The effect that the pandemic is having on bars and live music Comparing house bands from late-night TV shows What we think about mandatory mask-wearing Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/S98pgB6g1I0 Join us in IRELAND Fall 2020 Ireland 2020 (https://blagga...
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July 6, 2020 75 min
This week on #SlapperCast: The new mask order in Texas Singing difficulties on stage and in the studio Bands that have played with symphonies Bands that never changed their formula Favorite live albums, and what makes a good live album Famous musicians who are children of famous musicians Favorite musicals we've seen, played in or accidentally interrupted (thanks again Bob!) Join us in IRELAND Fall 2020 Ireland 2020 (https://b...
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June 29, 2020 69 min
This week on SlapperCast: * Bars in Texas are shut down again due to the pandemic * What Blaggards have been up to in the recording studio * Eric's creepy gig story * Musicians who influenced other musicians and didn't get the recognition they deserved (thanks again Bob!) Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/aLc-tcsep-I Show notes That's Alright Mama (https://youtu.be/uxHQUvCkV20) — Arthur Crudup That's All (https://y...
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A freeform conversation during a thunderstorm. As the rain falls, we talk about our ongoing recording sessions for the new album, re-examine our opinion of Buc-ee's, reminisce about Two Pesos (and how much better it was than Taco Cabana), heap praise upon H-E-B and Whataburger, and indulge in a bit of nerdy gear talk. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/p9vXry_sgxc Join us in IRELAND Fall 2020 Ireland 2020 (https://blaggards.co...
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Music that has influenced us outside of the "rock" genre, as well as other influences outside of music altogether. Thanks to Bob for the questions! Join us in IRELAND Fall 2020 Ireland 2020 (https://blaggards.com/ireland/) — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com (https://blaggards.com/shows/) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pg/blaggards/events/) Bandsintown (https://www.bandsintown.c...
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June 8, 2020 69 min
This week: bands that should have had bigger careers. Join us in IRELAND Fall 2020 Ireland 2020 (https://blaggards.com/ireland/) — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com (https://blaggards.com/shows/) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pg/blaggards/events/) Bandsintown (https://www.bandsintown.com/a/3808) Follow us on social media YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/blaggards) Facebook (https://ww...
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June 1, 2020 78 min
Why are people fired from bands? Some personal anecdotes may offer a few clues. SlapperCast usually comes out on Tuesday, but we're releasing this episode a bit early so that we may join the rest of the music industry in observing #BlackoutTuesday, a day of silence on social media to provoke accountability and change. Please stay safe. #TheShowMustBePaused Join us in IRELAND Fall 2020 Ireland 2020 (https://blaggards.com/ireland...
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May 25, 2020 75 min
Bars are reopening and things are getting weird. This week we talk about the safety precautions bar owners have implemented, and the flak they're taking from customers as a result. Also: bands that would benefit from better singers, overcoming nervousness on stage, the importance of good stage banter: how much is too little, when it does become too much, and should it ever be scripted or rehearsed? Watch on YouTube: https://you...
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This week on SlapperCast: bars in Texas are about to re-open! Also: more unusually good solo careers, revisiting our opinions on the Eagles, and drummers that make or break a band. Show notes Metallica Mixer Explains Missing Bass on 'And Justice for All' (https://youtu.be/lmFgeFh2nlw) "Lars Ulrich is Down Here" (Pennywise Meme) (https://www.facebook.com/puttinglarsulrichsfaceonthings/photos/a.741477385864374/1644052...
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May 11, 2020 49 min
This week on #SlapperCast, we talk about why band members sometimes quit after decades (Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick), and the odd situations where they don't quit even when they can't stand each other (The Ramones). Also: surprisingly good solo careers, belated appreciation for Duran Duran and Power Station, and a very loud bird. This is an unusually low-fi episode of SlapperCast, recorded remotely with Zoom because Chad w...
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May 5, 2020 72 min
This week we talk about what makes a good interviewer, the old days of radio, and how some famous musicians completely stumbled into playing the instrument they're known for. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-IfnPanBRB8 Show notes Eric interviews Aaron Spears for Percusssive Arts Society (https://youtu.be/2-EcetiH6eQ) 1989 Buddy Rich Memorial Concert with Dennis Chambers (https://youtu.be/cfmN0SzustQ) Join us in IRELAND Fall...
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April 27, 2020 73 min
This week on #SlapperCast, Eric's Three Dog Night story, coffee we brew at home, best concerts, loudest concerts and worst concerts, and bands that would or should break up if a member dies. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/lLhhZoxBNyo Join us in IRELAND Fall 2020 Ireland 2020 (https://blaggards.com/ireland/) — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com (https://blaggards.com/shows/) Facebook ...
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This week on #SlapperCast: Eric's ELO report, favorite female artists, our thoughts on lip-syncing and using pre-recorded tracks on stage, favorite podcasts, inspiring and annoying things that audiences do. Thank you Greg and Scott for your questions! Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FXUsd10_HA4 Show dates Blaggards.com (https://blaggards.com/shows/) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pg/blaggards/events/) Bandsintown (https...
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This week on SlapperCast: what we did (and didn't) on Easter, wardrobe changes, when will we tour again, Eric's affinity for cooking, Chad's Sicilian heritage, Patrick's love affair with coffee, favorite songs to play, Space Hog, ELO, the Kinks, and more. Thank you Ellen, Erin, Sarah and Sean for your questions! Watch full video episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/K19oehRFzfU Show notes Espresso Fino (http://espres...
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April 6, 2020 106 min
We discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting our lives and try to predict what things will be like when the bars finally reopen. Also: favorite record producers (Martin Birch, Mutt Lange, Todd Rundgren, etc.), Joe Rogan vs. Carlos Mencia, the insanity and brilliance of Phil Spector, copyright issues on YouTube, and Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special. We're now doing video! Watch this episode on YouTube: https://yout...
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March 30, 2020 92 min
This week on SlapperCast, we discuss life in the time of coronavirus, cover bands vs. tribute bands, progressive rock vs. metal, and line-up changes in famous bands. Also, for the first time ever, this episode is on video! Watch and subscribe on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3zIE4VOvvts Show notes Rob Halford sings lead with Black Sabbath, 1992 (https://youtu.be/Buj3SdzmPX4) Dancing with the Moonlit Knight - Genesis (Live at Sheppert...
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