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Sloancast

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. 8: Aaron Brophy (formerly of Chart Magazine)

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Ep. 41: Jay Ferguson
Ep. 41: Jay Ferguson
To round off our series of interviews with the four members of Sloan, we sit down with Jay Ferguson and chat about his own "cradle-to-Sloan" story. Tune in to find out more about Jay's gig at Old Dan's Records, about his pre-Sloan careers with Deluxe Boys and Kearney Lake Rd., about his love for collecting music paraphernalia, and about his almost-career as a professional baseball player.
01:49:38
November 06, 2022
Ep. 40: Steady Preview
Ep. 40: Steady Preview
Join us as we dive into the band's 13th studio album "Steady", due for release on October 21st, 2022. Find out why this band just keeps getting better on each and every outing!
01:19:30
October 09, 2022
Ep. 39: Haris Cehajic
Ep. 39: Haris Cehajic
In our first-ever (partially) in-person interview, we sit down with musician, drone enthusiast and guitar/instrument tech to the GBOAT, Haris Cehajic, to talk about his history as part of the band's road crew, the band's upcoming 13th studio album "Steady", as well as his directorial debut for the first single off of this album, "Scratch the Surface". We also entertain our first-ever call-in guest.
56:16
September 25, 2022
Ep. 38: The Album Covers
Ep. 38: The Album Covers
You like ranking stuff? So does Sloancast. Join us as we each individually rank the 16 covers of Sloan's major releases (13 studio LPs, 2 major EPs, 1 live album) from least favourite to favourite, discussing along the way the merits of each piece of artwork.
01:58:44
August 28, 2022
Ep. 37: Supervoice
Ep. 37: Supervoice
Move over, Lennon & McCartney: there's a "new" lead vocal amalgam from the colonies whose double helix harmonic stylings will blow your minds. In this episode, we discuss the iconic lead vocal combination of Patrick Pentland and Chris Murphy, illustrated through ten examples from across the catalogue. 
01:31:16
June 11, 2022
Ep. 36: Paul Myers
Ep. 36: Paul Myers
In this episode, we sit down with Toronto-born, California-based writer, journalist, musician and all-round Cancon renaissance man Paul Myers to chat about his  own overlap with the Greatest Band of All Time, Sloan's place in the power pop canon, and the correlation between comedy and music. Be sure to check out Paul's Record Store Day Podcast as well as his upcoming documentary The Kids In The Hall: Comedy Punks!
50:03
April 25, 2022
Ep. 35: Parallel Play (ft. Ben Lindbergh)
Ep. 35: Parallel Play (ft. Ben Lindbergh)
Together with NYC-based writer and podcaster Ben Lindbergh, we tackle 2008's Parallel Play—an album sandwiched between the classic statements Never Hear The End of It and Hit & Run, and which, despite now being chronologically in the middle of their career, in many ways signals the beginning of the latest phase in the band's sound. Ben also takes us through his own personal Sloan story, including the perhaps only instance (yet) of an on-stage proposal over the band's 30-year career.
02:20:22
April 01, 2022
Ep. 34: Ned Brower and Taylor Locke
Ep. 34: Ned Brower and Taylor Locke
In this episode (which has been a Long Time Coming), Rob takes a virtual trip south of the border to sunny Los Feliz, Los Angeles to chat with singer-songwriter/musical multi-talents Ned Brower and Taylor Locke. Find out about the musicians' longtime appreciation of the GBOAT, about their particular admiration of 2001's Pretty Together, as well as about their own personal encounters with the Sloan throughout their own careers. 
01:13:08
March 17, 2022
Ep. 33: Alive & Alright Recap (w/Ron Baker)
Ep. 33: Alive & Alright Recap (w/Ron Baker)
In this post-mortem look at the band's "Alive & Alright" concert footage from February 2000, we're joined by Ron Baker (aka Blue Suit Ron), who was present at the taping of the special.
01:19:42
February 27, 2022
Ep. 32: Alive & Alright Preview (feat. Laura Mayo)
Ep. 32: Alive & Alright Preview (feat. Laura Mayo)
In this emergency episode of Sloancast, we set the time machine for February 4th, 2000 and the filming of a live performance of the entire Between the Bridges album in front of a select group of 40 fans—the result of which will eventually spawn the "Friendship" music video. Prior to the release of the footage on Side Door on this February 4th, we chat with superfan Laura (Q) Mayo, who attended the original show, and talk to Rob about his own run-in with the concert footage.
35:44
January 23, 2022
Ep. 31: Sloancast 30 (Part 2)
Ep. 31: Sloancast 30 (Part 2)
Kicking off the 31st year of Sloan, we continue with our hand-picked playlist concept "Sloancast 30". In part 2, we talk through tracks 16-30 of this selection—intended to highlight everything great about the greatest band of all time and convert even the pickiest of (not-yet-indoctrinated) music snobs.
02:05:05
January 16, 2022
Ep. 30: Sloancast 30 (Part 1)
Ep. 30: Sloancast 30 (Part 1)
If you had to create a playlist to convince a non-Sloan fan about the band's greatness, what songs would you pick? To commemorate the end of the greatest band of all time's 30th anniversary year, we asked ourselves this very question. The result is the Sloancast 30, a hand-picked selection of tracks that embody the special qualities of the band and helps tell their story. So not our favourite 30 tracks per se, but the most meaningful. And not ABBA Gold, but rather "More ABBA Gold".
02:04:50
December 17, 2021
Ep. 29: Heron & Crane
Ep. 29: Heron & Crane
We sit down with Dave Gibson and Travis Kokas from the band Heron & Crane to talk about their lifelong superfandom for Sloan, including reflections on on-stage and off-stage encounters with the band and with other groups in the Murderecords/Sloan-adjacent universe. Plus: why Dave is the real reason why Pretty Voice and Pick It Up And Dial It aren't played live any more, and why Travis might have the most impressive Sloan collection of anyone out there.
01:43:50
November 21, 2021
Ep. 28: Chris Murphy
Ep. 28: Chris Murphy
For this special one-year anniversary episode of Sloancast, we were honoured to have been able to sit down and chat with Sloan's very own Chris Murphy about his early years and his musical upbringing—through to the formation of the GBOAT (Greatest Band of All Time) in 1991. Get the inside scoop on Chris's musical influences, on the carousel of bands he featured in during the '80s, and on the series of events that led to the formation of Sloan.
01:34:38
October 28, 2021
Ep. 27: The Double Cross
Ep. 27: The Double Cross
Ten years on from the album's release, we are joined by regular guest Aaron Pinto to tackle 2011's The Double Cross track by track. In this, the most compact of their 12 studio albums to date, the band established one of its most unique production statement and signalled the beginning of their contemporary sound.
01:56:48
October 21, 2021
Ep. 26: Hardcore (ft. Greg Polard)
Ep. 26: Hardcore (ft. Greg Polard)
The BPM is about to skyrocket: In our first podcast collab episode, we're joined by Greg Polard—host of the Somethin To Dü and Where It Went podcasts—to discuss Sloan's hardcore influences, and specifically their 2013 Hardcore 7" (Jenny/It's In You, It's In Me) as well as the supplementary Hardcore Covers EP.
01:45:05
October 11, 2021
Ep. 25: Gregory Macdonald (Part 2)
Ep. 25: Gregory Macdonald (Part 2)
It was so nice, we talked to him twice: in part two of our discussion with multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Gregory Macdonald, we chat about his contributions to Sloan studio recordings since 2008's Parallel Play, about injuries and spontaneously filling in for band members, as well as about Greg's own solo projects—including 2020's Cola Wars and the upcoming New Age Doom project featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry.
01:51:21
September 23, 2021
Ep. 24: Gregory Macdonald (Part 1)
Ep. 24: Gregory Macdonald (Part 1)
He's Sloan's veritable Fifth Beatle, and he's finally making his appearance on Sloancast: in part one of our two-parter, we sit down with musical multi-talent Gregory Macdonald as he recounts his musical upbringing and his path to becoming an integral part of the greatest band of all time.
01:22:47
September 11, 2021
Ep. 23: Pretty Together (Part 2 — Live @ MUCH)
Ep. 23: Pretty Together (Part 2 — Live @ MUCH)
In our continuing coverage of the 20th anniversary of Pretty Together, we turn back the dials to October 30th, 2001 and tune in together to Much Music for the band's televised "Live @ MUCH" show. Watch along with us on YouTube or just listen in as normal! And don't miss Rob's television debut (even in 2001, he was asking the tough questions).
01:00:47
August 22, 2021
Ep. 22: Catherine Stockhausen
Ep. 22: Catherine Stockhausen
If you've ever looked into the liner notes of a Sloan album, her name will be familiar to you, and if you've ever picked up a "classic-era" Sloan album, you'll have seen her work: on the latest episode of Sloancast, we talk to Catherine Stockhausen about Sloan (and other bands that you'll know) through her lens.
01:23:42
July 18, 2021
Ep. 21: OCTA 25
Ep. 21: OCTA 25
On the latest episode of Sloancast, podcast regular Aaron Pinto joins us to reflect on the importance and the greatness of Sloan's "One Chord To Another" upon its 25th anniversary. In the first of our anniversary OCTA-related talks, we dote on the album's sonic place within the band's catalogue, on the reason it was the gateway for so many new Sloan fans, and on why Sloan is the Wu-Tang Clan of rock music.
01:38:58
July 04, 2021
Ep. 20: Smeared 2?
Ep. 20: Smeared 2?
Calling all multiverse theorists! On the latest episode of Sloancast, we hypothesize on the direction that the band’s second album might have taken had Sloan/DGC decided to continue in a grungier direction similar to Smeared and the band's '93 material—as opposed to creating what would become Twice Removed. Brace yourselves for the selection of our "Smeared 2" single.
01:48:47
June 06, 2021
Ep. 19: Kevin Hilliard
Ep. 19: Kevin Hilliard
It’s the guest you’ve all been waiting for: join us for our talk with Sloan crew all-rounder Kevin Hilliard (aka Skip Lowe, "Lamps" Hilliard, Kevrock, The Clapper), as we touch upon topics as diverse as MRCH 108.8, setting up and tearing down shows, practical jokes on tour, Bruce Dickinson’s stubble, Black Abba, and Emilio Estevez.
01:26:59
May 23, 2021
Ep. 18: Terry Pulliam
Ep. 18: Terry Pulliam
In the latest episode of Sloancast, we sit down for a chat with Halifax music stalwart and producer of Pepperment and Smeared, Terry Pulliam. Get the inside scoop on the Hear and Now contest that launched the band's career, on the recording techniques used during the Pepperment/Smeared sessions, on early band gear, and on the true namesake of Gus' Pub in North End Halifax!
01:15:55
May 13, 2021
Ep. 17: Patrick Pentland
Ep. 17: Patrick Pentland
We were thrilled to be able to sit down with Patrick "The Hitmaker" Pentland for a chat on Ripping Convulsions, sobriety, being the band's bassist for about a month, songwriting processes, and why the Jesus and Mary Chain in fact have Patrick to thank for their post-2007 renaissance. Plus: get the inside scoop on a new Sloan album in the works for the near future.
01:59:17
April 25, 2021
Ep. 16: Pretty Together (Part 1)
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!
01:52:55
April 11, 2021
Ep. 15: Jay Coyle
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!
01:30:02
March 28, 2021
Ep. 14: HFX 1991 (Stephen Cooke + Shant Pelley)
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).
01:33:37
March 08, 2021
Ep. 13: Andrew Scott
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.
01:28:26
February 15, 2021
Ep. 12: 1st Concert Watchalong (30th Anniversary Special)
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. 
26:41
February 10, 2021
Ep. 11: Commonwealth (Part 2)
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? 
01:35:22
February 05, 2021
Ep. 10: Commonwealth (Part 1)
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.
01:55:34
January 28, 2021
Ep. 9: Fan Q&A, 1997 vs. 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.
01:53:18
January 02, 2021
Ep. 8: Aaron Brophy (formerly of Chart Magazine)
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.
01:13:17
December 06, 2020
Ep. 7: Never Hear The End Of It (Part 3: Tracks 16-30)
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.
01:37:57
November 22, 2020
Ep. 6: Never Hear The End Of It (Part 2: Tracks 1-15)
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.
01:38:34
November 21, 2020
Ep. 5: Never Hear The End Of It (Part 1: Preamble)
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.
01:19:13
November 03, 2020
Ep. 4: Ron Baker (Blue Suit Ron)
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.
01:12:21
October 24, 2020
Ep. 3: Aaron Pinto
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.
01:26:47
October 18, 2020
Ep. 2: 1998/1999 (Part 2)
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.
01:43:26
October 04, 2020
Ep. 1: 1998/1999 (Part 1)
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.
01:19:34
September 25, 2020