This, ladies and gentlemen, is a quite splendid podcast.  Not the chat - there's actually blessed little of that for a change - but the actual music.  There may not be the one or two big names I tend to try and slip in to make sure that casual listeners are more likely to have a listen and thus bring an audience to the smaller bands, and also because I quite like to throw in a few for my own benefit as well but it just didn't quite happen.  For some reason they just didn't quite get a look in this week, although I did throw in a rather obscure Pogues track, but it just seemed fine without them.

I really like this one though, and there are some excellent new things to hear, so get stuck in.  It has quite an acoustic folk-pop sort of atmosphere, so I hope that sort of thing is your bag, but I've thrown in a couple of slightly different things, like David Cronenberg's Wife, Mother & the Addicts and A Hawk & a Hacksaw to make sure it's not too one-paced.  So get stuck in, my little Toadlings, music a-plenty and jolly fine stuff too!

Toadcast #8 - New Things & Englishness

1. Donny Hue & the Colours - Humming With the Flowerbirds (01.01)
2. Monkey Swallows the Universe - Jimmy Down the Well (06.19)
3. Emmy the Great - Canopies & Grapes (10.26)
4. Mother & the Addicts - Are Others (14.30)
5. Champion Kickboxer - Perforations (20.42)
6. Jake Flowers & the Carol-Anne Showband - Annabel (26.06)
7. Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit - Tickle Me Pink (28.07)
8. Mirah & Spectratone International - Supper (34.09)
9. Patti Page - Old Cape Cod (38.01)
10. A Hawk & a Hacksaw - The Way the Wind Blows (41.52)
11. David Cronenberg's Wife - My Ukrainian Girlfriend (47.20)
12. The Pogues - First Day of Forever (54.08)
13. Iron & Wine - Kingdom of the Animals (57.22)
14. The Ralfe Band - Albatross Waltz (63.23)
15. A Hawk & a Hacksaw - Portlandtown (68.19)

Song, by Toad
Direct download: ToadcastNo8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:04am UTC

Toadcast #7 - The Chillout Tent

Yes, we’re back and this time we’ve relaxed a little.  There’s a bit less cussing and ranting in this podcast than usual - in fact virtually no ranting at all, which is probably as much of a surprise to me as it is to you.

I’m looking at late evening music this week because Mrs. Toad and I were recently talking about the Chillout craze which kicked off about six or seven years ago. It descended into electronic muzak unfortunately, but there were some good things in there at the beginning, so I thought I’d have a look at it.  I’ve thrown in some stuff I find nice and eveningy and relaxing as well just to stop it becoming too tedious.

Toadcast #7 - The Chillout Tent

01. Groove Armada - At The River (01.31)
02. The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist (04.32)
03. Calexico - Human (10.31)
04. Cinerama - Diamonds Are Forever (15.14)
05. Jazzy Jeff - For Love of Da Game (19.02)
06. Fear of Pop - In Love (23.12)
07. The 18th Day of May - Cold Early Morning (31.11)
08. Lucinda Williams - Ventura (35.40)
09. Lemonjelly - In the Bath (41.51)
10. Sandy Bull - Carmina Burana Fantasy (48.28)
11. The Hold Steady - The Chillout Tent (54.04)
12. RJD2 - Ghostwriter (57.36)
13. Edith Piaf - La Vie en Rose (63.22)
14. Marilyn Monroe - Through With Love (67.02)
15. The Divine Comedy - Theme From Casanova (69.50)

Song, by Toad

Direct download: ToadcastNo7.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:21pm UTC

Toadcast #6 - About a Boy

Erm, I ave no idea how to explain what you're in for if you bother to listen to this I'm afraid.  The story goes like this: it was our anniversary, we were drinking and chatting and listening to music. A classic came on the stereo and we got talking about songs that would be so popular and so ingrained in popular culture that the writer of them would never have to work again and could live off the royalties, be they from television, advertising, movies or everyone wanting to cover your song.  Like that chap in about a boy, for example.

Unfortunately, we were far from sober already and by the end of this, honestly: take my gin consumption, take the equivalent volume of water out of Noah's flood, and the Ark would have run aground on Clapham Common.  In Toad world, apart from slurring, that means ranting and a relatively well-conceived podcast about commercial immortality descends into a rambling, incoherent tirade against the advertising industry, with songs.

So listen to it at your peril, you have been warned. 

Toadcast #6 - About a Boy

1. Blur - Song 2 (02.38)
2. Eileen Carr - What a Feeling (04.46)
3. Eels - Mr. E's Beautiful Blues (10.10)
4. Bob Marley - Three Little Birds (16.15)
5. Tom Waits - Innocent When You Dream (20.58)
6. Kinobe - Slip Into Something (27.00)
7. The Pet Shop Boys - Go West (30.28)
8. Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love (35.34)
9. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n' Roll (38.06)
10. The Pogues - Fairytale of New York (43.15)
11. The Who - My Generation (49.40)
12. The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go? (52.55)
13. The Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict a Riot (58.14)
14. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (64.04)
15. Bill Hicks - Marketing & Advertising (71.09)

Song, by Toad

Direct download: ToadcastNo6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:24pm UTC





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