SlapperCast Episode 86: Part-time Professionals

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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”