Carl Johnson's music credits read like the story of your childhood: Batman: The Animated Series, Animaniacs, Goof Troop, Gargoyles, Pinky And The Brain, and much, much, much more. He was nice enough to sit down with Billy and discuss the role of a composer and orchestrator and just how he found himself scoring music for film and television following his graduation from Kansas University. Carl's been an active part of your growing up, whether you know it or not! It's Billy's most privileged episode to date: Episode 69!
May 19th, 2013
May 15th, 2013
Okay, no waltzes, it's a solocast with Billy laying some of his favorite heavy-handed sad bastard songs on you. Don't charge into this unless you're mentally prepared for Randy Newman to destroy your insides, unless you really want to go there. There's a bit of band news and a Danny-story highlight. The next few episodes should have some serious news and insight, but until then, cry your damn eyes out. It's Episode 68!
May 3rd, 2013
No claps, no cheers, but you're still back for more. It's Billy and Eamonn discussing their last Lincoln Hall show, the dumbest crap they bought this week, a brief WWF/WWE zone-out, and the reality checks that keep the band humble. We can't tell you some stuff now, but maybe you'll figure it out in this episode. It's a two-hour edited Episode 67!
April 10th, 2013
It's sort of true. After podcasting this episode, a bunch of things happen. We're still not sure what the hell is happening, so we posted it anyway. To give you the feeling of how confused we are, maybe? Well, this is the episode where the segments rule. The return of "Most Inappropriate Purchase of the Week", "Who's Pissed/Who's To Blame", and "Most Depressing Moment of the Day." Regardless, the fundraising is starting. Pony up for Episode 66.
March 28th, 2013
Back from their 22 shows in 20 days outing, the boys run down some of the weirder moments of the trip, drop some goat-filled news, and make way for the purple! Tired? Sure. Attractive? We sure think so. Just getting ready to fight? Shit, yeah. Tune in to a slightly revised hopeful Episode 65!
February 25th, 2013
Days out out from Jonny and Eamonn's longest road trip to date and our full-frontal assault on SXSW, the boys are scrambling to get their affairs in order! What to pack, who to kill, and how the hell to get the van running: IT'S TOUR TIME EPISODE 64!
February 14th, 2013
With the end in sight of his long-term substitute teaching gig, Billy runs down using a popular indie band's song for a Women in Literature class, more van problems, why he currently has stitches, and absolutely nothing Valentine-related. The van leaves in 17 hours. Let's go, episode 63!
January 28th, 2013
Billy needs to talk to someone outside the band. Who better than former guest Joey? He's in South Dako-ta! He's in Chi-Ca-GO! Put them together-and-what-du-yah get?
It's a fearful Episode 62.
January 17th, 2013
Hopes? Goals? If Billy and Eamonn can stop fighting for a few minutes, maybe the boys can share some of their hopes for the coming year. Until then, enjoy hearing about what happens when Tony Soprano doesn't think you drew enough people and RECORDING TALK 101. It's a new year and it's the same old DISASTOUR: Episode 61.
December 20th, 2012
Disastour celebrates its second anniversary with the two original hosts: Billy and Tyler Zee! Recounting some of Tyler's lowest moments with the band and how life NOT in a poor band seems like something to write home about, get to know your local Memphis neutral ground and pray it ain't a Sunday! It's a history-heavy Episode 60!
November 29th, 2012
We leave for tour tomorrow, so here's some catch-up for a Very Merry Episode 59!
The firsts in this episode:
1. Using the new mixer with mixed results
2. Recording at Eamonn's apartment with sexy results
3. Letting Eamonn edit the segments and music selection with OH GOD MAKE IT STOP
November 19th, 2012
Walking the Room host and stand-up extraordinaire Dave Anthony explains the benefits of growing up on The Scorpions, booking a hotel next to a furry convention, and straightens out the ol' Yost Family Tree. Live from a hotel room in the godforsaken suburbs, it's half of our Walking the Room crossover: Episode 58!
November 12th, 2012
Not exactly fresh on the heels, but the scent's around of the boys' 20-day tour. Billy sits down to speak to no one for a rehashing of tour non-shenanigans. Xanax poppers, clothing droppers, and the reason it's okay to sleep on the floor sometimes. It's a tour fresh Episode 57!
October 16th, 2012
It's the second annual Birthcast! Billy sends out some jams on a solo edition of the show, featuring some mid-tempo slow jams from the mid-'90s, over-produced money-grabbing pop rock, and a brief co-host who is both pink and a bear. It's his birthday and he'll lisp if he wants to! Welcome to Billy's Birthcast II: it's Episode 56!
October 10th, 2012
It's your own personal treasure trail! Billy and Eamonn reconvene the podcast to discuss stuffed bears, a real Fed Ex fail, the ongoing shirt drama, and then Billy starts crying while talking about Danny. Yep, a pretty standard show. They say misery loves company, so get in here for Episode 55!
October 1st, 2012
Hours before jumping in the van to tour the Michigan commonwealth, Billy and Eamonn sit down to preview the upcoming weeks, vent some steam from a particularly stressful week, and hand-iron a stack of a dollar bills. The band just announced its fall tour schedule and look to thekickbackband.com for all of your band needs. LET'S GAB, it's Episode 54!
September 10th, 2012
After taking the month of August off to pursue such worthwhile endeavors as two failed podcasts, Billy and Eamonn regroup to run down the purchasing of PR services for the band, the show they didn't play, and more of Brian's amazing management ideas. Do you know "GO TIME?" Well, get ready, buddy. It's Episode 53!
Music from the ineffable Baby Teeth
July 22nd, 2012
On the eve of The Dark Knight Rises, the boys sit down to recount life in July. Maybe the happiest you'll ever hear, there's some real serious news to cover and it gets pretty caffeinated. Close to a year out from the van explosion, the UHaul trip home, and the Rock 'n' Roll McDonalds breakdown, it feels like a new day in Gotham. A famous podcaster, a trip to Mississippi, and the hope for what the Batman movie can do for Billy's soul; it's 100 ccs of HOPE mainlined to yours truly. IT'S EPISODE 52!
June 28th, 2012
Okay, it's not a cold open, but consider it a warning. On the hottest day of the year in Chicago, Billy solocasts away playing a few tunes that left a strong impression, even songs that he may be embarrassed to admit...I already said it once, don't make me do it again. Locker room showering, full-length mirrors, Egan's tiny box house, and the dumbest clothes money could buy. It's Episode 51!
June 24th, 2012
Like drama? Like self-induced pressure? Here's the episode! The boys get a chance. A real chance. It could all go to hell, or it could work out! While the Chicago Gay Pride Parade absolutely rages on the streets below, Billy, Eamonn, and BTM chat about the big news, a Mississippi serial killer, and the Curse of the Beat Kitchen! We made it to 50, yo! It's Episode 50!