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By Rob Butcher and Ken Gildner
Two superfans take deep dives into the career and catalogue of the Canadian rock band Sloan.
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Ep. 4: Ron Baker (Blue Suit Ron)


Ep. 16: Pretty Together (Part 1)
We finally delve into the album that polarizes the Sloan fanbase (both casual and super) the most—2001's Pretty Together. Join us and our special guest Travis Stokl (drummer extraordinaire of The Elwins) as we examine the album's meaning in the oeuvre, the reason why it "sticks out", and why it's one of the most underrated elements of the band's legacy. 2021 is a Pretty Together anniversary year, so get ready for more content soon!
April 11, 2021
Ep. 15: Jay Coyle
In this all-superfan episode of Sloancast, we chat with artist manager, direct-to-fan expert, music educator and Sloan crew member Jay Coyle (Music Geek Services) about his own superfandom for the band, stories from the tour bus, and the genesis of merch and fan articles. Plus: a sneak peek into the band’s release plans for the near future!
March 28, 2021
Ep. 14: HFX 1991 (Stephen Cooke + Shant Pelley)
We delve into the musical scene of Halifax in the 1980s and 1990s and talk to guests and 30-plus-year fans and friends of the band Stephen Cooke and Shant Pelley about proto-Sloan band formations, strange bar opening hours, the Peppermint "CD release" show, and a long, lost fan tribute cassette (that might yet see the light of day).
March 8, 2021
Ep. 13: Andrew Scott
We join Andrew Scott in his frigid Toronto garage studio for a chat about youth, musical origins and visual art. Learn about his early band experience, about the development of his visual art praxis, and about the true meaning of his lyrical content.
February 15, 2021
Ep. 12: 1st Concert Watchalong (30th Anniversary Special)
In this "Sloancast snackable", we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's first concert (on February 8th, 1991 at the NSCAD cafeteria in Halifax) by launching a new format: join us for a live watchalong of the video footage of the concert that the band graciously shared to commemorate the occasion. 
February 10, 2021
Ep. 11: Commonwealth (Part 2)
Together with our guest Aaron Pinto, we wrap up our side-by-side dissection of Sloan's 2014 double LP, talking to the Shamrock and Spade sides. How many distinct parts of Forty-Eight Portraits can you count? 
February 5, 2021
Ep. 10: Commonwealth (Part 1)
Where does one begin when it comes to discussing Sloan's perhaps most unique album project, 2014's Commonwealth? A good starting point is to invite writer and Sloan superfan Aaron Pinto back for a chat on this contemporary-era gem. In this episode, listen to us get carried away about the complex beauty of the first LP of the double album, featuring the Diamond (Jay) and Heart (Chris) sides.
January 28, 2021
Ep. 9: Fan Q&A, 1997 vs. 2021
Ever wonder why Sloan hated Manitoba gigs? Or where the photos for the Party Album cover were shot? Or why Andrew's middle name isn't Bradley? With a nod to the innocence of the early internet, we take a look at fan questions from 1997 in a Q&A with Chris Murphy (presumably) from the official Sloan website. Keeping the motto "all filler, much killer" in mind, we reflect on CMM's answers from a 2020s perspective, adding our own insights into the mix.
January 2, 2021
Ep. 8: Aaron Brophy (formerly of Chart Magazine)
We talk to music journalist Aaron Brophy—former Managing Editor of Chart Magazine—about Chart’s importance on the Canadian alternative music scene and its relationship with Sloan, including their two-time selection of Twice Removed as the best Canadian album of all time. We also yak about Andrew Scott’s and Chris Murphy’s skills on the ice. Apologies for slight audio quality issues; someone (Ken!) didn't do a proper sound check.
December 6, 2020
Ep. 7: Never Hear The End Of It (Part 3: Tracks 16-30)
In this third instalment of our look at the 2006 album Never Hear The End Of It, we discuss the second LP and tracks 16-30 of the album. Tune in for even more minutiae on all-time favourites Such such as Ill-Placed Trust and Another Way I Could Do It.
November 22, 2020
Ep. 6: Never Hear The End Of It (Part 2: Tracks 1-15)
What's that? You wanted an excruciatingly detailed analysis of Never Hear The End Of It? Luckily for you, you might not ever hear the end of our commentary on this album. Today, we take you song by song through the first LP and tracks 1 to 15 of Sloan's 2006 magnum opus. Give the album a re-listen and stream our analysis simultaneously for maximal effect. We promise, we only have a couple of hours to go on this topic before we move on.
November 21, 2020
Ep. 5: Never Hear The End Of It (Part 1: Preamble)
We (finally!) begin our conversation on the greatest rock album of all time—2006's Never Hear The End Of It. In this prelude to our song-by-song examination of the album, we discuss the years leading up to its release and ponder why the album was an inevitability in Sloan's career.
November 3, 2020
Ep. 4: Ron Baker (Blue Suit Ron)
How does a teenager from Malton, Ontario end up becoming the (real) star of three Sloan music videos and two Muchmusic specials? Our chat with superfan Ron Baker (known to most as "Blue Suit Ron") elucidates this and more—including the origin of Ron's famous threads.
October 24, 2020
Ep. 3: Aaron Pinto
In this episode, we interview writer, musician and Sloan superfan Aaron Pinto about discovering the band at a later point in their career and about the merits of ever-popular Sloan/Beatles comparisons.
October 18, 2020
Ep. 2: 1998/1999 (Part 2)
In the second part of our two-part examination of Sloan's journey through 1998 and 1999, we dissect the 1999 album Between the Bridges song for song.
October 4, 2020
Ep. 1: 1998/1999 (Part 1)
In our inaugural episode of Sloancast, we explore the 18 months in 1998 and 1999 that encompassed the releases of Navy Blues, 4 Nights at the Palais Royale and Between the Bridges. Part 1 delves into the releases of Navy Blues and 4 Nights.
September 25, 2020