The opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a good bit is the primary appeal of improvisational podcasts, and few offer as many opportunities to be in on the joke than Office Hours. Tim Heidecker’s weekly call-in podcast and livestream is chaotic by design, frequently propelled and redirected by of-the-moment topics, off-the-cuff impressions, and stumbled-upon melodies. It’s the latter that inspired the show’s latest effort, a compilation of original music that was conceived live on the air or produced specifically for the podcast.
Called Slaps, Bops & Bangers, it features Heidecker and Office Hours co-hosts DJ Douggpound and Vic Berger IV, as well as special guests like A.V. Club fave Nick Lutsko and Fred Armisen. You can hear the latter on the albums’ anthemic lead single, “Brick By Brick,” the bones of which were first assembled during a memorable 2019 episode featuring Armisen. With help from musician Daniel Cupps, a bit of tossed-off riffing between the comedians has become an synthy slice of inspirational, ‘80s-style power-pop.
Hear it below: