Here we go folks: the first ever Toad Session, with local band and all-round Toad pals Broken Records. These sessions are generally going to take place in my living room, but seeing as these guys were quite keen to record one and their single release is imminent, it seemed sensible to rush things a little. So given my equipment has yet to arrive, we went down to Banana Row Studios and recorded four session tracks and had a bit of chat, and this is the result.

There's a full podcast, mp3s of the individual songs, a Flickr photo gallery and couple of videos of the whole business, so there's lots and lots of stuff to play with. I think in terms of workload I can possibly manage about one of these per month, so keep an eye out in the future.

Toadcast #26 - Broken Records Toad Session

The mp3s include their forthcoming single If the News Makes You Sad Don't Watch It, a couple of new tracks, Wolves and They All Fell Into the Sea, and a special Toad request, the truly beautiful Out on the Water.

Broken Records - If the News Makes You Sad, Don't Watch It
Broken Records - And They All Fell Into the Sea
Broken Records - Wolves
Broken Records - Out on the Water

The videos are all posted on the main Song, by Toad YouTube page. There are session videos of Out on the Water and Wolves, but the video of the whole session will be posted a little bit later. We're new to this, so the video editing is taking a little bit of time. It should be up in two weeks', hopefully, so you'll have to gird your loins until then I'm afraid, but I promise to let you know as soon as it makes an appearance.

Toadcast #26 Playlist:
01. Broken Records - If the News Makes You Sad, Don't Watch It (03.34)
02. Broken Records - A Good Reason (07.28)
03. Micah P. Hinson & the Gospel Of Progress - Don't You Forget (14.33)
04. John Cale - Paris 1919 (24.32)
05. The Moulettes - The Cannibal Song (29.40)
06. Yann Tiersen - Comptine D'un Autre Ete - L'apres-Midi (39.08)
07. Broken Records - And They All Fell Into the Sea (40.21)
08. Beirut - Elephant Gun (45.24)
09. The Waterboys - Sweet Thing (52.11)
10. Broken Records - Wolves (63.23)
11. My Latest Novel - When We Were Wolves (66.34)
12. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Love Letter (72.39)
13. Broken Records - Out On the Water (83.16)

If I have one slight issue with these it's that they're a little too polished and sensible, really. Not enough of the rude, random style I tend to think gives this site its character. Maybe recording them in the house will change this, but then the recordings won't be as good. Thoughts?  Too shiny?  Good like this?  Let me know what you think.

Direct download: ToadcastNo26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:34pm UTC

Toadcast Tag

This is a real quickie this week as I am working my hairy little buttocks off on the Broken Records stuff at the moment. Still, in your insatiable thirst for pointless, self-indulgent rambling I was sure you'd want to listen to something splendid in the meantime.

There's no underlying theme to anything this week, just me rattling on about some current and very interesting music, as well as a couple of confessions so shocking you may never come back here again. Looking at the playlist, I'm sure you can guess what they are.

So good luck with this, and I am already looking forward to the next one. Toadcast #25 - The Quickcast

01. The Futureheads - Broke Up the Time (02.02)
02. Tapes 'n' Tapes - Hang Them All (05.05)
03. Meursault - Pissing on Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues(13.21)
04. The Byrons - Azerbaijan (19.13)
05. The Fire Engines - Candyskin (26.04)
06. The Close Lobsters - Firestation Towers (28.53)
07. Mighty Mighty - Law (34.21)
08. Kim Carnes - When I'm Away From You (41.14)
09. Meat Loaf - Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (44.32)
10. Dirty Summer - War is Bad, Bono is Great (50.02)
11. The Low Lows - Dear Flies Love Spider (53.40)
12. Sargasso Trio - It's Hot in Hell (58.32)
13. The Extraordinaires - High Five the Cactus (63.11)
14. Modernaire - Distraction (69.40)
15. The Indelicates - Point Me to the West (75.47)
16. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Night of the Lotus Eaters(83.47)

Yes, you did read that correctly. Meat Loaf. Fuck off.

Song, by Toad

Direct download: ToadcastNo25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:16pm UTC

Toadcast #23½ - The Freshcast

A week or so ago, I recorded a demo show for Fresh Air FM, the local student radio station, with a view to applying for a slot during next term, only the computer ate the bastard thing. Fucking technology. Anyhow, Sunday was Mrs. Toad’s birthday, and for some reason she was keen to get plastered and do a podcast with me, so we re-did it together. It wasn’t played quite as straight as I’d hoped, and by the time I’d had time to reflect on submitting it I was pretty certain Fresh Air would chase me out of the building with sticks. Fortunately for me, however, they didn’t hate it, didn’t seem to think I was a smart-arsed twat and didn’t dispatch me from the building with a boot print in my arse.

As this show is just a pre-record and will be going out randomly over the night when they stop broadcasting, I thought I’d pop it up here for you to have a listen. I won’t be doing this with any more Fresh Air things because, well, you need to go over there and listen for yourselves really, don’t you. But for this once I thought you might like it seeing as you shower of treacherous fuckers all seem to love Mrs. Toad so very bloody much. Be warned though, because it was made for a different audience, so there may be a bit of duplication from previous podcasts, and it’s rather long, as apparently there is a lot of time to fill overnight when there are no presenters in the building.

The Fresh Air plugs themselves were enough to see us kicked out.

Toadcast #23½ - The Freshcast

01. Shout Out Louds - Tonight I Have to Leave It (03.09)
02. The Shaky Hands - Whales Sing (06.41)
03. The Cave Singers - Thinking of Heaven (13.05)
04. Preston School of Industry - Straits of Magellan (17.23)
05. Adam Balbo - Talkin’ Bush (27.11)
06. Donnan Linkz feat. Baje One of Junk Science - The N Word (29.18)
07. Riff-Raff - Romford Girls (36.44)
08. The Pogues - Dirty Old Town (38.58)
09. Nicole Atkins - Neptune City (46.44)
10. Edith Piaf - Elle Frequentait la Rue Pigalle (50.11)
11. Dusty Springfield - You Don’t Own Me (53.34)
12. AA Bondy - Vice Rag (59.12)
13. Relatively Clean Rivers - Hello Sunshine (68.09)
14. The Eighteenth Day of May - Lady Margaret (71.05)
15. Celebrity Chimp - Pornstar (81.27)
16. Nightjar - Poor Man’s Son (84.01)
17. Ravens & Chimes - General Lafayette, You Are Not Alone! (93.03)
18. Eels - Love of the Loveless (95.59)
19. Glasvegas - It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry (106.49)
20. Flashguns - St. George (111.01)
21. Elle S’Appelle - Little Flame (123.09)
22. Elk City - Cherries in the Snow (125.58)
23. The Low Miffs - Also Sprach Shareholder (130.41)

Direct download: ToadcastNo24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:10am UTC

Toadcast #23 - The Filthcast

In preparation for applying for a slot on Edinburgh's student radio station Fresh Air, I thought I would challenge myself to get through an entire podcast without actually swearing because, on public access radio, you can't use naughty words.  A Toad without swearing, you say, what the fuck has the world come to?

Well to make sure I don't disappoint you in your noble quest for dissolute anti-culture I thought I'd compensate by playing a collection of the filthiest and most sweary songs I could lay my hands on.  Thinking about it, I've managed to forget Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot's truly foul 'Je T'aime, Moi Non Plus', but there you go.  I could have improved just about every playlist I've ever done in retrospect, I think, so at some point I have to draw the line.

So, I use bad words when I quote other people and when I give you the names of the songs but I don't think I let a single naughty word slip during my own chat on this one, but let me know if you catch me out. 

Toadcast #23 - The Filthcast

01. Aidan John Moffat - Cunt (01.09)
02. The Pogues - Boys From the County Hell (05.24)
03. Adam Balbo -Let's Make a Porno (10.03)
04. Celebrity Chimp - Pornstar (13.06)
05. The Tacticians - Hardcore Porns (15.37)
06. Billy Bragg - St. Swithin's Day (21.05)
07. Grinderman - No Pussy Blues (26.05)
08. The Libertines - I Get Along (33.10)
09. Carbon/Silicon - What the Fuck (35.47)
10. Frank Turner - Heartless Bastard Motherfucker (42.03)
11. Les Enfant Bastard - U R My Fucking Sunshine U Cunt (44.52)
12. Plans & Apologies - Tony Blair Fucknut (49.50)
13. The Libertines - What a Waster (57.00)
14. Lambchop - Your Fucking Sunny Day (60.49)
15. The Ex-Men - Suck Her (67.35)
16. Micah P. Hinson - Patience (73.04)
17. Eels - It's a Motherfucker (76.59)
18. Doug Anthony Allstars - I Fuck Dogs (80.07)

Song, by Toad

Direct download: ToadcastNo23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:02pm UTC





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