SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

SlapperCast: a weekly talk show with Blaggards

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Weekly podcast by a band from Houston, TX


69: Ant-face, Missouri
Jun 1 • 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…
68: Brett, Beth & Beyond
May 26 • 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…
67: Steering into the Abyss
May 19 • 88 min
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'…
66: Necrophobia
May 12 • 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,…
65: Ratt Poison
May 5 • 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…
64: Inside Manscaping Joke
Apr 28 • 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…
63: Take Paint Off a Jumbo Jet
Apr 21 • 62 min
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!…
62: Does a Sack of Flour Make a Big Biscuit?
Apr 14 • 109 min
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.…
61: Thank Elvis Every Day
Apr 7 • 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…
60: Difficult Listening Hour
Mar 31 • 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:…
59: At Least You Get To Do Your Own Prostate Exam
Mar 24 • 65 min
Today, we try to get a grip on how much our personal and professional lives have changed—and will continue to change—as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Not only for musicians like us, but the bar and restaurant owners and staff with whom we've…
58: Happy Saint Paddy’s Day
Mar 17 • 67 min
Happy St. Paddy's Day! Today we discuss how the world is changing for musicians and bar industry people due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We'll be streaming LIVE on Facebook THIS AFTERNOON (March 17, 2020) at 4 PM Central. Donate to the Houston Food…
57: Paddy, Not Patty
Mar 10 • 67 min
This week we talk about all our upcoming Paddy's Day week shows, the effect that coronavirus may or may not have on musicians, the correct (only) way to spell "Paddy's Day", annoying and/or hilarious song request behavior, and people crashing gigs…
56: Rock n’ Roll Cures All
Mar 3 • 39 min
We're sick but we're recording a show anyway because we CARE. Also: stories about gigs in inclement weather and even more Ireland tour info! Join us in IRELAND Fall 2020 Ireland 2020 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates…
55: What’s Your Favorite Humming Noise?
Feb 25 • 69 min
Patrick, Eric and Chad talk about upcoming tour dates, what it's like to perform music in parades, and a bunch of other crazy stuff. Also: more Ireland tour details. An extended version of this episode is available to our Patreon supporters with extra…
54: Just Learn the Song
Feb 18 • 56 min
This week on SlapperCast, you'll learn why music stands and rock n' roll do not mix. Also, more details on this year's Ireland tour! Show notes Beebe Sings Sahm - "I Get Off" — with Eric on drums Nilsson Sings Newman - "Love Story" THE MOJO MANIFESTO: The…
53: Five Thousand Dollar Fake Tooth
Feb 11 • 67 min
This week: Eric's experiences playing John Doe (of the band 'X'), the Hollisters, Mike Barfield, et al. Also: what it takes to forge a career in music, what makes a good music scene, and: SlapperCast is one year old! Show notes Trish Cramblet Sig's Lagoon…
52: From Ringo to Rundgren
Feb 4 • 78 min
This week on SlapperCast, listen in on a new rhythm section getting to know each other one-on-one for the first time. Chad and Eric geek out over musical influences, personal histories and obsessions: the Beatles, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Lemmy Kilmister…
51: Just Keep Chewing
Jan 28 • 54 min
New drummer Eric talks with Patrick and Chad about his first three shows as a Blaggard: a standing-room only crowd at T-Bone Toms in Kemah, a massive turnout at Pinballz Kingdom just south of Austin, and a SOLD OUT show at Bernhardt Winery in…
50: Meet Eric C. Hughes!
Jan 21 • 74 min
This week we're thrilled to introduce you to our new drummer, Eric C. Hughes! Eric is a long-time friend of ours who has actually filled in for Mike several times before. His resume reads like a “who’s who” of the Austin and Houston music scene: Allen…
49: Thank You Mike!
Jan 14 • 83 min
We are heartbroken to announce that our drummer Mike "The Machine" McAloon will be leaving the band soon. This week on SlapperCast, Mike, Patrick and Chad bring you up to speed on what's been going on behind the scenes, and look back on 11 amazing years…
48: Happy New Year, Mr. Falcon
Jan 7 • 37 min
Patrick and Chad celebrate the dawn of 2020, the beginning of their second year of SlapperCast, also the beginning of a very exciting year for Blaggards. Discussed: plans for new singles, Chad's ongoing weight-loss journey, a new online store, touring…
47: Ass Kicking Contest
Dec 31, 2019 • 35 min
A quick review of 2019 plus a few more hints about our plans for 2020. Also, a discussion about the art of stage presence and audience engagement, with kudos to Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze and Mojo Nixon. Show notes Glenn Tilbrook: One for the Road —…
46: Two Buildings, a Horse, a Dead Dog and a Coffee Shop
Dec 24, 2019 • 47 min
Patrick and Chad shower praise upon their old friend and Houston drumming legend Keith York, who filled in for Mike this past weekend in Longview, TX, and Little Rock, AR. Join us in IRELAND Fall 2020 Ireland 2020 — Sign up to learn more about our next…
45: Pulling Up Anchor
Dec 17, 2019 • 36 min
Patrick and Chad talk about the band's plans for 2020. Show notes Neil Sargent - Guitar Repair Texas Music Emporium BlackHouse Cigars Join us in IRELAND Fall 2020 Ireland 2020 — Sign up to learn more about our next Ireland tour Show dates Blaggards.com…
44: Sneakers in the Dryer, Please
Dec 10, 2019 • 50 min
A highly caffeinated discussion of imaginary musical collaborations (and some real ones) between legendary musicians. CORRECTION: Rick Rubin actually produced six albums with Johnny Cash (including the posthumous American VI), not just two as we…
43: Strange and Wonderful Beast
Dec 3, 2019 • 62 min
Patrick and Chad share stories of various encounters with famous musicians, some of them heroes, some not. Learn about when Yngwie Malmsteen hit on Patrick's girlfriend, when Chad danced next to David Byrne in New York, and when Billy Gibbons (of ZZ Top)…
42: Dark Cloud of Glam
Nov 26, 2019 • 57 min
This week we explore bands we dislike, bands we once disliked but came to appreciate later, and bands we used to like but lost interest in. Discussed: Anthrax, KISS, Poison, Rush, Triumph, Genesis, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, the Who, Duran…
41: Cover Story
Nov 19, 2019 • 66 min
What makes a good cover song? How does Blaggards choose the songs they cover? Why doesn't Blaggards cover any Dropkick Murphys songs? Also: O'Bannon's Taphouse in College Station is the #1 Guinness seller in Texas, Ireland tour timeframe for 2020, and…
40: No Sticks, No Drum Kit, No Clue
Nov 12, 2019 • 72 min
Eleven years ago, Blaggards embarked on a nine-date tour through the Midwest with no drummer… and yet somehow wound up with three drummers. This ultimately leads to a discussion of how this band, like every other band that ever existed, has always been a…
39: Green Eggs & Spam
Nov 5, 2019 • 77 min
Patrick, Chad and Mike recount last week's IRELAND tour through Dublin, Bundoran, Sligo, and many the place between. Topics include: our favorite pubs in Dublin, the declining pub industry in Ireland because of stringent DUI laws, our adventures around…
38: Next Stop: IRELAND
Oct 22, 2019 • 51 min
Patrick and Chad recount a fun weekend of pirate-themed shows—including Saturday night when the Astros won the game that sent them to the 2019 World Series—and look ahead to next week's Ireland tour. Also: Chad revives his nearly 50 year-old Sherwood…
37: Napping at Ninety Miles Per Hour
Oct 15, 2019 • 32 min
The whole band and our 'Merch Maiden' Laurie recount a fantastic weekend of shows in Cape Girardeau and Weston, MO. Recorded on Chad's iPhone at the Java Break in Lawrence, KS. Recording SlapperCast at the Java Break in Lawrence, KS (Photo by Laurie…
36: The Manscaping Manual (Vol. 1)
Oct 8, 2019 • 57 min
Patrick and Chad discover that Houston Astros games can peacefully co-exist with live music at pubs, reminisce about the '94-'95 Houston Rockets championship seasons, and talk about how they're endeavoring to free themselves from their smart phones. Also:…
35: Speedo Sherwood
Oct 1, 2019 • 63 min
Patrick talks about his favorite home recording device. Chad complains about how the digital age has rotted his brain, and pines for the old days when devices had one singular purpose. Also: memories of long gone Houston music venues, and Patrick's love…
34: Mister Moist or Doctor Hurricane
Sep 24, 2019 • 48 min
Patrick and Chad talk about house concerts and private engagements, and then discuss the many catastrophic flooding events that have hit Houston in recent times, including last week's Tropical Storm Imelda. Photo by Slade Ham of Patrick & son Conor on the…
33: All Over the Map with Allen Hill
Sep 16, 2019 • 74 min
Our longtime friend and Houston music scene legend Allen Hill joins us for a wonderfully wide-ranging discussion of live music, recording, songwriting, the Houston music scene, bass guitar, his experiences playing with Archie Bell and Chuck Berry… and…
32: Burn Your Guitars
Sep 10, 2019 • 90 min
Patrick and Chad rhapsodize at length about the amazing Mark Knopfler concert they saw this past Friday in Sugar Land, TX. Show notes Mark Knopfler Mark Knopfler on his guitar picking technique Speedway at Nazareth — Mark Knopfler, Sailing to Philadelphia…
31: R. Kelly Memorial Fountains
Sep 3, 2019 • 55 min
Patrick and Chad talk about recent shows, house concerts, our upcoming Ireland tour, and the importance of recording and listening back to our own live shows in regards to our new sister podcast Blaggards LIVE. Show notes Drunken Monkey Privateers…
30: Paul Beebe of Beebe Gunn Studio
Aug 27, 2019 • 94 min
At long last, this week we're joined by our longtime friend, the massively talented Paul Beebe… musician, vocalist, songwriter, producer, arranger, audio engineer, owner of Beebe Gunn Studio, and member of more bands than we can count. He also happens to…
29: Randy Hill of Little Outfit
Aug 20, 2019 • 87 min
An epic conversation with our good friend Randy Hill of local Houston band Little Outfit. Randy with Patrick & Chad right after recording the show. Show notes Little Outfit — Facebook, Instagram Join us in IRELAND this Fall Ireland 2019 - Are you in?…
28: Another Four Shirt Night
Aug 13, 2019 • 63 min
Patrick and Chad have a leisurely discussion about vinyl records (yes, again), people who've helped the band along throughout the years, Blaggards becoming an LLC, Houston's summer heat, our upcoming Ireland tour, stories from our first Ireland tour,…
27: Hair Tips From Bald People
Aug 6, 2019 • 48 min
Patrick and Chad talk about how to stay focused and positive when you're self-employed, why daily exercise is essential, favorite album covers, and Chad raves about his new Apple Watch. Show notes Lone Star Pirate Festival T-shirts benefitting Camp Hope…
26: The Bee Gees Need Some Dive Bombs
Jul 30, 2019 • 47 min
Patrick and Chad talk about their recent shows in San Antonio and Plantersville, and then address a question about what legendary bands they wish they could have played in. This leads to a discussion of how Elvis Presley might have been saved. Also, our…
25: ARRRRrrrr
Jul 23, 2019 • 46 min
Patrick and Chad recount this past Saturday's first annual Lone Star Pirate Festival and all the hard work that went on behind the scenes. We also talk about our upcoming Ireland tour (JOIN US — see details below), reminisce about the old days of vinyl…
24: No Sleeves, No Service
Jul 16, 2019 • 57 min
Patrick and Chad recount the band's weekend of shows: two nights at O'Malley's in Weston, Missouri, and a house concert in Omaha, Nebraska. Blaggards playing a house concert in Omaha NE (Photo by Sienna Oehler Nania) Show notes LIVE from O'Malley's Pub,…
23: Jamaican Lucky Charms
Jul 9, 2019 • 54 min
Mike and Paddy with O’Malley’s owner Michael Coakley. Patrick, Chad, and Mike sing the praises of O'Malley's Pub, an amazing music venue, pub and brewery in Weston, MO, where we'll be playing this weekend (July 12 & 13, 2019), as well as in October for…
22: Dance To Live Music with José Figueroa
Jul 2, 2019 • 84 min
Our first actual guest on the show, artist and filmmaker José Figueroa of Dance To Live Music, joins us for an epic discussion about Houston’s vibrant music scene… and José’s upcoming documentary film about that very subject. Dance To Live Music on…
21: The Man From Omaha
Jun 25, 2019 • 48 min
Patrick, Mike and Chad tell the story of our dear friend Jeff Quinn—the subject of our song "The Man From Omaha"—who passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in February 2015. Jeff’s spirit was so strong that it’s still hard to believe he’s gone. In…
20: Duct Tape Grandma to the Chair
Jun 18, 2019 • 54 min
Less than a day after getting home, Patrick and Chad recount the band's two-week West Coast tour through Las Vegas, San Diego, Bullhead City and Phoenix. Also, we get some insight into Patrick's family history and give a lot of love to our hometown of…
19: MacGyver & Wonder Woman
Jun 11, 2019 • 58 min
At long last, Mike and Wes have their debut on the show and share a bit about their musical histories. Also: stories of our experiences in Las Vegas and last year's trip to Philadelphia, and a few crazy incidents with drunk people at our shows. Blaggards…
18: Epiphany’s Little Sister
Jun 4, 2019 • 40 min
Hello from Las Vegas! This week, Paddy and Chad talk about how Blaggards got booked in Las Vegas by the legendary Derek Warfield, the band's longtime relationship with Celtic FC supporters, their unique arrangement of Fields of Athenry, the perils of…
17: Hold Me
May 28, 2019 • 21 min
Chad waxes nostalgic about Fitzgerald's, one of Houston's oldest music venues that closed last year… and was torn down last week to make way for a parking lot. Show notes Irish Aires — KPFT 90.1 FM End of an Era: Fitzgerald’s in Houston Closing at Year’s…
16: Chocolate is a Vegetable, Right?
May 21, 2019 • 74 min
Patrick and Chad talk about their interests outside of music, how they "wind down" between shows, how the band has held together for so long, favorite foods, and the joys of Houston humidity. Also plenty of odd diversions, including a story about Chad's…
15: Sandwich Time
May 14, 2019 • 50 min
What would Paddy and Chad be doing now if Blaggards had never happened? A very good question with a very long answer. The discussion takes us down the winding road of Houston history and the dramatic changes the music industry has seen in the digital era.…
14: Julie Andrews Called Me
May 7, 2019 • 32 min
Patrick and Chad talk about wireless guitar systems, mandolins in Blaggards music, why Blaggards doesn't have a fifth member, our favorite movie soundtracks, and the often hilarious obsession our fans have with Patrick's hair. Patrick wirelessly roaming…
13: Allergic to Sleeves
Apr 30, 2019 • 45 min
Paddy and Chad talk about the artful placement of slow songs, set lists, sound checks, stolen gear, and other forms of chaos. Show notes The coffee mug that Chad uses during this episode Green Fields of France - The Fureys & Davey Arthur QSC TouchMix 16 -…
12: Fried Chicken Tech for Meat Loaf
Apr 23, 2019 • 56 min
What are some of the most ridiculous song requests we've received? What are some of our favorite venues to play? What venues do we miss that have closed? What guitars does Patrick use? Will we ever hear Blaggards on vinyl? Show notes The coffee mug that…
11: 666 Acacia Avenue
Apr 16, 2019 • 58 min
After a brief conversation about David Lee Roth's new podcast, Patrick and Chad talk about their experiences in the recording studio, sing the praises of great sound engineers, and also share a few pointers for fledgling musicians of all ages. References…
10: Just Kidding, Lars
Apr 9, 2019 • 72 min
Two listener questions take us an entire episode to answer… first, we compare Shane MacGowan of the Pogues to Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly of the Dubliners. Then follows a ridiculously long discussion of our top five(ish) desert island discs. References for…
9: Fifteen Dead Bodies
Apr 2, 2019 • 64 min
Why did Patrick choose guitar? Why did Chad choose bass? Why did they both stop using amplifiers on stage? Do they still get nervous before a show? When the hell are Mike and Wes going to be on the show? All these questions and more are sort-of kinda…
8: Gerbil on Cocaine
Mar 26, 2019 • 40 min
Patrick and Chad of Blaggards begin a long discussion about their musical influences, to be continued next week in Episode 9. References for this episode Stop Making Sense - 1984 concert film by Talking Heads No Other Baby - Davee Bryan, with Chad on…
7: Surgery Falling Out of a Plane
Mar 17, 2019 • 33 min
Paddy and Chad talk about how different Saint Patrick's Day is in Ireland compared to the USA, how they first started playing at O'Bannon's Taphouse in College Station back in 2005, and how they've been playing Paddy's Day there every year since 2011.…
6: Before Jesus Had Teeth
Mar 11, 2019 • 46 min
This week, an old list of Blaggards show dates from the band’s first East Coast tour in March 2006 triggers a slew of memories, including a detour into the early days of MySpace. We also reminisce about our first gig at Fadó Irish Pub in Austin, and how…
5: Kerfuffleful
Mar 4, 2019 • 27 min
Patrick and Chad tell the story of how the band’s instrumental tune “Kerfuffleful” was written and recorded for the movie How To Be Single, how “Drunken Sailor” and “Big Strong Man” came to be featured on an episode of the CBS series The Good Wife, and…
4: Worldwide Tour of Ireland
Feb 25, 2019 • 26 min
Patrick and Chad talk about their experiences in Ireland with an eye on Blaggards’ next tour there in October 2019. Ireland Tour Info Join us in Ireland this Fall! Ireland tour pricing and itinerary (PDF) Sign up for the Ireland tour online References for…
3: Shower of Wankers
Feb 22, 2019 • 22 min
What do we look for in truck stops? What are our favorite songs to play live? Do we play house concerts? When's our new record coming out? What "Spinal Tap" moments have we had in the band? Best and worst gig? Join us in IRELAND this Fall Ireland 2019 -…
2: My Friend Lemmy
Feb 18, 2019 • 31 min
Patrick and Chad talk about their earliest influences, Patrick’s teenage years in Dublin, his first guitar, his first almost-gig, his first actual gig, and why he eventually decided to form a band. Related links: Davee Bryan TurnTo Productions Blaggards…
1: Prehistoric Blaggards
Feb 8, 2019 • 20 min
Patrick (lead vocals & guitar) and Chad (bass & vocals) talk about the bands they were in before Blaggards, how they met, how the band got its name, and other anecdotes from the early days of their fifteen-plus years as bandmates. This first episode…