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.
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 has been killing 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”
This week on SlapperCast: disappointing albums, musicians we like but wouldn’t want to work with, difficult working relationships in bands.
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 stand-up comedy show at the Houston Improv (
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
September is National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month, and this week on SlapperCast, we talk with our friend musician Cindy Heywood, who is 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”.
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
We’re performing in the Sherwood Forest VIRTUAL Celtic Gathering Saturday September 12.
The show will be streamed from
Sherwood Forest Faire’s YouTube Channel in two segments: 1 PM to 4 PM, and 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Central Standard Time).
Blaggards go on about 8:30 PM, and as always we’ll be graced with the fiery talents of Solar Rain.
Sherwood Forest will be sharing 50% of tips sent to
paypal.me/virtualfaire with the entertainers and crew.
(Photo by Joyce Koester)