Toadcast #101 - Boxing Day I recorded this podcast marooned in the middle of France at my parents' house, with no more musical resources than the compilation CDs I've been taking them constantly since I left home. It was quite weird to poke through all the old songs I've sent home over the years, actually. There's something unavoidably honest about the mixes you make for other people. Look back on the year or the decade yourself and you apply hindsight, selective memory and all sorts, but if you look at the stuff you send to other people then you don't get the chance to quietly forget the shite because it looks a little unfashionable in hindsight. Of course, due the benefits of hindsight and making sure I save face I am not playing you any of the shite because my ego is fragile and couldn't stand the mockery if I told you the absolute and honest truth. So here is a version of the music I used to send to my parents, handily sanitised so I don't make a total tit out of myself. Right, happy Christmas, I'm off to watch Back to the Future... Toadcast #101 - Boxing Day 01. Sparklehorse - Eyepennies (02.48) 02. Evan Dando - Hard Drive (11.57) 03. Jay Farrar - Fool King's Crown (14.57) 04. Lucky Jim - You Stole My Heart Away (21.31) 05. Mark Lanegan - Wedding Dress (29.39) 06. Grand National - Boner (32.34) 07. Arizona Amp & Alternator - Baby, it's Cold Outside (41.29) 08. The Zincs - Finished in This Business (46.50) 09. Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel (54.10) 10. Tom Waits - The Part You Throw Away (61.23)
Direct download: ToadcastNo101.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:43pm UTC

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Photos: Flickr - Blueback Hotrod
Audio: below

Shenandoah Davis plays the piano, and needless to say, we don't just happen to have one in the house.  So given she was on a Summer tour of Europe, and given we'd invited her to Edinburgh to record a Toad Session we needed a Plan B.  That Plan B came in the form of Penicuik Town Hall.  Our friend Ben comes from Penicuik and his dad was able to secure three hours in the Town Hall for us to rock up in the Toad Van, unpack like some sort of alcoholic SWAT team, record our session, and bugger off before we were chased off.

Fortunately it has all worked out extremely well, with the usual videos below to be watched, or alternatively you can find them on the Song, by Toad page at either Vimeo or YouTube.  As you probably know, we always make individual videos of the songs and then an overall video of the whole day - sort of like Jools Holland, but with more gin and far less boogie-woogie piano.

The excellent photos were taken by Dylan from Blueback Hotrod and Fiona Buckle, and the main set can be found on the Song, by Toad Flickr page, with Dylan's full set available on his own site.  As ever the session tracks are all freely downloadable and pass-roundable, and the podcast tracklist can be found at the bottom of the page.  Enjoy!

Toadcast #100 - Shenandoah Davis Toad Session
Shenandoah Davis - Proof (Toad Session)

Shenandoah Davis - Our Favourite Idols (Toad Session)

Shenandoah Davis - Milagros (Toad Session)

Shenandoah Davis - We, Camera (Toad Session)

Below I have embedded all the videos, starting with the overall session video, and followed by those for the individual songs.

Toadcast playlist:
01. Shenandoah Davis - Proof (Toad Session) (04.25)
02. Hello, Broken Arrow - Golden Fools (10.57)
03. Karen Dalton - Katie Cruel (13.46)
04. Shenandoah Davis - Our Favourite Idols (Toad Session) (20.37)
05. Grand Hallway - Blessed Be, Honey Bee (24.49)
06. Shenandoah Davis - Milagros (Toad Session) (36.56)
07. Christopher Bell - All My Ghosts (40.31)
08. Anni Rossi - Glaciers (47.47)
09. Shenandoah Davis - We, Camera (Toad Session) (58.44)

Direct download: ToadcastNo100.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:34pm UTC

Toadcast #99 - The Decade Before you break out into a cold sweat about having to sit through another list of the best albums of the decade, don't worry, this is not one of those.  Although most of these songs would be there or thereabouts if I were actually compiling a favourite songs of the decade list, that's not why they're here.

Basically, rather than try and rank anything against anything else, all this is is a meander through the last ten years and me chattering about how my relationship with music has changed and what sort of stuff I was into at what times of my life.

Basically, this is the soundtrack to a perfectly normal, albeit enthusiastic, music fan's descent into full-on deranged internet mania.

Toadcast #99 - The Decade
01. Eels - A Daisy Through Concrete (04.09)
02. Goldfrapp - Pilots (10.04)
03. Grandaddy - The Crystal Lake (14.17)
04. Lift to Experience - To Guard and to Guide You (23.13)
05. Interpol - NYC (30.46)
06. Tom Waits - Kommienezuspadt (34.57)
07. The Decemberists - Red Right Ankle (40.41)
08. The Walkmen - The Rat (44.06)
09. The Mountain Goats - Dilaudid (51.20)
10. Broken Records - Lies (Demo Version) (57.07)
11. The Savings and Loan - Christmastime in the Mountains (64.11)
Direct download: ToadcastNo99.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:05pm UTC

Toadcast #98 - Randomness I get an awful lot of stuff in my inbox.  When I get jaded and fed up it seems like a bit of a burden, in all honesty, like I owe it to every band and every publicity monkey who ever gets in touch with me to give them complete attention and the time to let the music sink in and all these things which just aren't possible.

Sometimes, though, I get in the right mood and having an inbox full of bits and bobs is an indulgent treat.  This week is one of those weeks, where I am enjoying pottering through my inbox and having a listen to this and that and basically, it's just a bit of a treat.

So, after weeks of structured and themed stuff, this week I am basically playing whatever the fuck it is I fancy.  No theme, no plan no goal and no coherence in particular

Toadcast #98 - Randomness

01. Stanley Brinks - The End of the World (01.42)
02. Tune Yards - Hap-B (08.09)
03. eagleowl - Laughter (17.00)
04. Stringjammer - Long Road Home (19.45)
05. Eels - Little Bird (26.09)
06. Fang Island - Daisy (31.32)
07. Candy Claws - Island Grows (41.30)
08. Animal Collective - Bleeding (43.41)
09. Dylan in the Movies - Josephine (52.53)
10. Clues - Perfect Fit (61.20)

Direct download: ToadcastNo98.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:05pm UTC

Toadcast #97 - The Nineties I'm not sure why the end of the noughties should necessarily lead to any kind of retrospective of the nineties, but it has.  I guess it has a lot to do with the fact that I just feel it's way too early for me to figure out what I make of the noughties.

So, given that it must be about time for the nineties revival (actually, probably best give it another year or so) and given that the nineties are now quite a long way away and given that, erm... well I dunno. Given I was poking around at that stuff recently and listening to some Pulp and Gene and Blur and stuff I figured I might as well pop the whole bloody lot into a podcast.

Toadcast #97 - The Nineties

01. Pearl Jam - Even Flow (Unplugged) (4.16)
02. The Stone Roses - (Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister (12.23)
03. Belly - Untitled & Unsung (18.37)
04. Echobelly - Insomniac (22.13)
05. Blur - Yuko & Hiro (29.00)
06. Gene - Wasteland (36.14)
07. Ben Folds Five - Underground (38.49)
08. Blur - Country Sad Ballad Man (44.56)
09. REM - Parakeet (52.03)
10. Radiohead - Everything in its Right Place (59.30)

Direct download: ToadcastNo97.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:42pm UTC

Toadcast #96 - The Excast The Excast is so named because I am playing a lot of people's former bands.  There's Shane MacGowan's Nipple Erectors, Phil Chevron's Radiators, Shilpa Ray's Beat the Devil and Billy Bragg's Riff Raff.

I concentrate so much on new music these days that I often decide whether or not I like a band on the basis of a handful of demos, maybe a single, sometimes a debut EP, stuff like that.  And of course, bands don't stumble into the world fully-formed, it takes some of them ages to become brilliant, and a lot of the time the initial forms of a band can be really strange, presumably because the people in question were still casting around a bit for their sound.

So there's a bit of that here, but it's not all that rigid a theme, and the playlist is a bit messy but, erm, well never mind.  There are some great songs, so enjoy!

Toadcast #96 - The Excast

01. Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers - Beating St. Louis (04.07)
02. Beat the Devil - Plea Bargain (11.09)
03. Bright Eyes - Neely O'Hara (19.56)
04. Richard Hawley - Naked in Pitsmoor (26.16)
05. The Young Republic - The Alchemist (33.20)
06. Construction & Destruction - The Signal (41.24)
07. The Nipple Erectors - Nervous Wreck (48.34)
08. The Radiators - Walking Home Alone Again (50.39)
09. The Pogues - Lorca's Novena (56.37)
10. Riff Raff - You Shaped House (63.33)

Direct download: ToadcastNo96.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:02pm UTC

Toadcast #95 - The Craigcast Pt.2 I think it would be only fair to describe this podcast as a little bit messy.  We recorded it immediately after first Craigcast two weeks ago, and so by the end of it we were all fucking hammered.

I promise I have tried to edit out as much of the madness as I could, but it was difficult.  The problem with incoherent drunken rambling is there don't tend to be a lot of natural breaks, so it was devilishly hard to cut down.

Anyhow, this won't be the first or last time you listen to a load of mental old nonsense on the Toadcasts, so I am going to just have to wish you luck and let you get on with it.

Toadcast #95 - The Craigcast Pt.2

1. Mississippi Fred McDowell - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (04.31)
2. RL Burnside - Fireman Ring the Bell (12.22)
3. RL Burnside - Don't Let My Baby Ride (22.08)
4. Junior Kimbrough - Stay All Night (24.59)
5. Charles Caldwell - Old Buck (34.31)
6. Robert Lucas - Miss Being High (40.35)
7. Steve James - Grain Alcohol (45.22)
8. Kelly Joe Phelps - House Carpenter (57.06)
9. North Mississippi Allstars - Circle in the Sky (66.57)
10. Buddy Guy - Baby Please Don't Leave (75.50)

Direct download: ToadcastNo95.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:58pm UTC

Toadcast #94 - The Not-Notcraigcast I know I promised the Notcraigcast last week, but it didn't happen I'm afraid.  After last week's amazing Craigcast Neil and I were intending to introduce Craig to all sorts of modern music which we thought continued some of the traditions of the blues music he was describing to us, but circumstances have rather conspired against us unfortunately.  Neil is off on tour with Meursault playing his songs, and Craig is off on tour with his liver, taking it around the watering holes of Edinburgh and giving it a good, hard kicking in each one.

Consequently I've sort of cobbled together a podcast from fragments of the Pantscast and the stuff I'd intended to play for Craig.  It's largely folky, but that wasn't wholly by design, more to do with the fact that listening to the really early blues stuff Craig played for us sent me back to listening to old Smithsonian Folkways stuff and so there are a couple of songs from there, as well as a couple of modern things which those recordings brought to mind.

Smithsonian Folkways, incidentally, is a non-profit record label run by the Smithsonian Institute to preserve and support a truly epic amount of our musical heritage.  Just go and have a browse through their archives - it's amazing how much incredible stuff these guys are looking after on everyone else's behalf. 

Toadcast #94 - The Not-Notcraigcast

1. Micah P. Hinson - She Don't Own Me (02.57)
2. Hem - The Cuckoo (11.13)
3. Saint Etienne - Like a Motorway (16.52)
4. White Antelope - Silver Dagger (22.15)
5. The Boggs - Plant Me a Rose (28.00)
6. Willard Grant Conspiracy - River in the Pines (31.47)
7. Berzilla Wallin - Conversation With Death (Oh Death) (39.22)
8. Samamidon - O Death (44.26.)
9. Dock Boggs - Sugar Baby (49.21)
10. Alela Diane - White as Diamonds (Daytrotter Session) (54.09)
11. Sandy Denny - By the Time it Gets Dark (59.07)

Direct download: ToadcastNo94.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:01pm UTC

Toadcast #93 - The Craigcast I have a friend Craig who works in Waterstones and is an obsessive about old American folk music and, more specifically, blues. He has been making Neil Meursault mix CDs for ages, which I've heard and consistently found myself asking what the hell I was listening to. I usually hate the tedious collections of old blues music which seem to always adorn Uncut covers when they ask bands to name their formative influences, but some of the really scratchy old recordings Craig put on his CDs were amazing, so erm... this is the podcast I guess. At last - someone who actually knows what he's talking about! 01. Blind Boy Fuller - Rattlesnakin' Daddy (02.57) 02. Charley Patton - Pea Vine Blues (12.34) 03. Big Joe Williams - Baby Please Don't Go (18.54) 04. Willie Brown - Future Blues (22.16) 05. Skip James - Hardtime Killing Floor Blues (31.32) 06. Robert Johnson - Hellhound on My Trail (39.57) 07. Muddy Waters - I Can't Be Satisfied (50.54) 08. Muddy Waters - Trouble No More (57.16) 09. Howlin' Wolf - Spoonful (59.54) 10. Mississippi Fred McDowell - Fireman Ring the Bell (71.15)
Direct download: ToadcastNo93.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:25pm UTC

Toadcast #92 - The Pantscast This podcast is a little bit random, I have to say.  There are songs which follow on from the like folk/hate covers posts which have appeared over the course of the last week or so on the site, a couple are related to the fact that Mrs. Toad is once more away in God Bless America shooting illegal aliens, chewing gum, whistling Dixie, or whatever the fuck it is they do over there, while most of the first half is related to the fact that my friend Andrew is coming to visit this weekend.

They do sort of relate to one another, the songs, at least.  Or there's a bit of overlap anyway.  I never keep much track of it, but this is at least the second version of Blues Run the Game we've had on the podcasts, and I have no idea if I've ever actually repeated a song on these things.  I wouldn't be surprised if I had, because I'm bloody disorganised when it comes to this kind of thing.

Anyhow, no scary metal bastards making your ears bleed this week, just a lot of lovely folky stuff and a couple of scratchy indie bands.  Oh, and Jack White.  I'd say that he was an egomaniacal dick, but he's massive and would probably kick my arse, so I won't.  Recent stuttering aside, though, he's produced some cracking tunes, whatever you think of the guy.

Toadcast #92 - The Pantscast

01. Soul Asylum - New World (04.17)
02. The Tragically Hip - Pigeon Camera (10.29)
03. Beck - Guess I'm Doing Fine (14.47)
04. The White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself (24.46)
05. Elbow - Fugitive Motel (29.57)
06. Billy Bragg - Wishing the Days Away (Alternative Version) (34.53)
07. Tortoise & Bonnie Prince Billy - Thunder Road (43.15)
08. Christopher Bell - Pretty Thing (53.53)
09. Nick Drake - Blues Run the Game (55.33)
10. Fairport Convention - Crazy Man Michael (60.52)

Direct download: ToadcastNo92.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:30pm UTC

Toadcast #91 - The Metalcast

Well the Funkcast was probably about as gentle a 'tell me about this genre' podcast as you're likely to get.  This, on the other hand, is not gentle.  I suppose it was never likely to be - there's only so gentle an introduction you can give to this kind of music.

Basically, I was becoming increasingly curious about the number of alt-folkies I know who come from heavy metal backgrounds.  Loads of my friends here who I know because we all listen to indie rock or alternative folk or all sorts of things inbetween seem to have been really into metal when they were young.  This doesn't entirely make sense to me because I see very little connection between the two kinds of music, and for so many people to have made that transition it must be a strong connection.

Then, of course, it turns out that loads of people whose music I listen to - alt-folk, once again - also grew up listening to metal.  The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie and, more locally, Dan from Withered Hand and Neil from Meursault.  So, having been round at the house doing artwork for their single releases I asked the Neil and Chris from Meursault and Matthew who helps out with the label to put together a metal podcast.  It might not be quite as pleasant to cook your bacon sandwiches to on Sunday afternoon, but erm, well I never made any promises with these bloody podcasts anyway - just deal with it, we'll probably be back to the alt-folk next week.

Toadcast #91 - The Metalcast

01. Half Man Half Biscuit - Vatican Broadside (0.00)
02. Withered Hand - Takeaway Food (05.03)
03. AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie (13.17)
04. Slayer - Jesus Saves (17.25)
05. Mount Eerie - Wind's Dark Poem (24.21)
06. Nirvana - School (35.13)
07. Dinosaur Jr. - On the Way (37.50)
08. Lightning Bolt - Ride the Sky (42.59)
09. Richard Cheese - Rape Me (47.47)
10. Children of Bodom - The Trooper (53.50)
11. Meshuggah - Autonomy Lost (57.05)
12. The Mountain Goats - No Children (62.01)
13. Anal Cunt - You're Old (Fuck You) (73.27)
Direct download: ToadcastNo91.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:23am UTC

Toadcast #90 - Honeytrap Toad Session We'd already recorded the FOUND Toad Session earlier this same day, and Honeytrap had just recorded their session with Off the Beaten Tracks.  So basically, the sun was baking and we were all absolutely shit-faced.  Consequently, to describe the interview as any sort of conversation as opposed to some kind of deranged, cataclysmic cluster-fuck would be to massively flatter it.  In all honesty, this is a complete and completely splendid mess - enjoy!

Again, all the videos can be seen on the Song, by Toad Vimeo or YouTube pages, and the photo galleries can be perused on our Flickr page.  Dylan from Blueback Hotrod took all the photos, and the set he has posted has a few more pics than the one on the Toad Flickr page, so go and have a look to view the full set.  The whole interview is below, in the podcast file, and after that there are all the session mp3s which you are welcome to pass around as you see fit.  Good luck with the interview; it's fucking mental.

Toadcast #90 - Honeytrap Toad Session
Honeytrap - Roslin is a Cylon (Toad Session)

Honeytrap - Death Before the Silver Screen (Toad Session)

Honeytrap - Hours With the Masters (Toad Session)

Honeytrap - Broken Violin (Toad Session)

Now we have the increasingly chaotic session video first, and then three session videos for Roslin is a Cylon, Death Before the Silver Screen and Hours With the Masters.

01. Honeytrap - Roslin is a Cylon (Toad Session) (8.15)
02. Kate Bush - Army Dreamers (14.08)
03. Jack Charman - Wibbly Wobbly Walk (16.54)
04. Honeytrap - Death Before the Silver Screen (Toad Session) (25.03)
05. The Sequins - Let's Go Drinking in the Morning (28.43)
06. Dirty Projectors & David Byrne - Knotty Pine (31.39)
07. Honeytrap - Hours With the Masters (Toad Session) (41.29)
08. Beach Boys - Honkin' Down the Highway (50.22)
09. Prince - Raspberry Beret (52.57)
10. Honeytrap - Broken Violin (Toad Session) (66 39.)

Direct download: ToadcastNo90.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:22pm UTC

Toadcast #89 - The Latecast This podcast is unconscionably late once more and again I am going to plead that there is a perfectly good reason for this.  Today has been taken up with constant recording here at Toad Hall, and I myself have been finishing the video for the Honeytrap Toad Session which finally, finally will be making an appearance this time next week.  My job is virtually finished, and it's messy, but it will be a corker.

This podcast has no real theme, but I did let Neil choose most of the songs, so that gives the podcast something of a character of its own.  I did make him be on a podcast with a Noah & the Whale song on it though.  Ha haaa!  That'll teach the trendy little bastard!

Toadcast #89 - The Latecast

01. Sunset Rubdown - I'll Believe in Anything You'll Believe in Anything (02.09)
02. King Creosote - Homeboy (09.14)
03. Rob St. John - Domino (Live) (18.13)
04. Noah & the Whale - The First Days of Spring (23.05)
05. Melanie - What Have They Done to My Song, Ma (31.35)
06. The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir - Stop! (39.42)
(Interlude music: The Divine Comedy - Theme From Casanova)
07. The Notwist - The Devil, You & Me (45.53)
08. Mum - Green Grass of Tunnel (49.26)
09. Sol Seppy - Hafiz, a Mime (60.18)

Direct download: ToadcastNo89.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:19am UTC

Toadcast #88 - The Manchester Podcast Right, given we've come down to Manchester for the Meursault gig, I thought I might make a podcast based around the two years I spent living here.  As I mentioned on this week's Friday Five, however, those were really not very happy times so basically this podcast is just a great big hour-long whinge about how shit my life was a couple of times a few years ago.

Nah, not really.  I mean, I do describe why life was tough then but it really isn't just a great big moan, I promise.  For some reason the music in my life at those times seems to have really stuck in my head and become incredibly strongly associated with the period in question.  Partly, I suppose, because the emotional succour you get from music when things are a bit rough is something you're grateful enough for for it to really form an important connection.

The other aspect is that on both those occasions I had so little music with me that the stuff I did have got played over and over again, so a really small amount of stuff really dominated my listening habits at that point, and became incredibly strongly intertwined with all of my memories of the time.  So, er, yes.  Here you go: The Manchester Podcast.

Toadcast #88 - The Manchester Podcast

01. Pearl Jam - Dissident (03.16)
02. The Newcranes - Box of Shadows (08.53)
03. James - Say Something (17.17)
04. The Lemonheads - Into Your Arms (20.30)
05. Blur - Clover Over Dover (27.00)
06. Yo La Tengo - On Our Way to Fall (39.47)
07. Moby - Southside (41.31)
08. Calexico - Removed (48.10)
09. Jolene - Constantinople (51.46)
10. The Magnetic Fields - Yeah! Oh, Yeah! (57.57)

Direct download: ToadcastNo88.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:40pm UTC

Toadcast #87 - The Paincast Well this podcast has been recorded from my sick bed, given my current immobility.  Actually, recording the Toadcast from bed was quite pleasant, once I got over the slightly unusual surroundings.  Imagine me in my pants and scratching my balls whilst talking to you and you'll pretty much have the ambience down pat.

I sort of intended this to be a selection of poppy little tunes from my inbox, because all the last podcasts have been so heavily themed, but instead it's ended up a little bit on the experimental side, through no real intent of my own.  Nevertheless, if you're happy to listen to the growl of Polvo, the monologues of George Pringle and the peculiar electro-experimentalism of Mark Linkous and Fennesz all in one podcast then, fuck it, you're in the right place.

Toadcast #86 - The Paincast

01. Langhorne Slim - I Love You But Goodbye (03.11)
02. Cast Spells - Glamorous Glowing (07.39)
03. The Pineapple Chunks - Art Storage (13.02)
04. The Leg - A Rat's Health (17.04)
05. Polvo - Fractured (Like Chandeliers) (22.40)
06. Vandaveer - A Might Leviathan of Old (29.22)
07. Sparklehorse & Fennesz - If My Heart (from In the Fishtank #13) (40.13)
08. George Pringle - SW10 (45.03)
09. X Lion Tamer - Tugboat (52.40)
10. Kurt Vile - Blackberry Song (59.54)

Direct download: ToadcastNo87.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:26pm UTC

Toadcast #86 - The Deathcast DO NOT WORRY!  This is not a podcast stuffed full of tedious moralising and empty pontificating and generally depressing garbage about a subject far too weighty and philosophical for this sort of half-arsed internet enterprise.  In fact, towards the end it really gets quite chipper.

Basically, there are so many extraordinarily good murder ballads that that particular aspect could so easily have entirely overtaken a podcast ostensibly about prison, crime and criminal justice.

This week, however, I have still managed to marginalise the role of the murder ballad, because the concept of death incorporates so many disparate emotions and aspects that simply doing a whole podcast about murderous folk tales and their musical counterparts seemed unnecessarily narrow.  So you get this.  Which starts out a little heavy but becomes positively gleeful by the end, I promise you.

Toadcast #86 - The Deathcast

01. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Painter Blue (03.01)
02. Samamidon - O Death (12.33)
03. Eels - Going to Your Funeral (22.31)
04. Melanie Rivaud & Strange Weather - The Fall of Troy (Tom Waits Cover) (25.05)
05. Bob Frank & John Murry - Jesse Washington 1916 (31.53)
06. Bruce Springsteen - Dead Man Walking (37.02)
07. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Up Jumped the Devil (41.15)
08. The Men They Couldn't Hang - The Green Fields of France (48.26)
09. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Tramp the Dirt Down (57.02)
10. Chumbawamba - Passenger List for Doomed Flight 1471 (66.35)

Direct download: ToadcastNo86.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06pm UTC

Toadcast #85 - The Ruthcast Hello, welcome to the Ruthcast.  Why the Ruthcast?  Because my friend Ruth who runs the Bowery with Jane came round to the house last week to thoroughly upstage me on my own podcast.

Last yearRuth was a guest on my Fresh Air radio show and completely and utterly upstaged me, and in this podcast we agreed that she would come on every week this year.  And that, frankly, sounds like a bloody good idea to me.

I mentioned on the Friday Five a couple of weeks ago that Ellie Greenwich had died, and as this is something which upset Ruth rather a lot, so the podcast is absolutely chock-full of Ellie Greenwich songs

Toadcast #85 - The Ruthcast

01. The Ronettes - Baby I Love You (05.51)
02. Golden Ghost - If You Are in Love Then Why Are You Asleep? (13.36)
03. The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me (16.07)
04. Parenthetical Girls - A Song for Ellie Greenwich (23.25)
05. The Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack (34.25)
06. Jeremy Jay - Beautiful Rebel (37.10)
07. The Blank Tapes - Listen to the One (41.41)
08. Dusty Springfield - What Good is I Love You (43.59)
09. Julie Doiron - Last Night (56.52)
10. Mount Eerie - Between Two Mysteries (69.06)

Direct download: ToadcastNo85.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:44am UTC

Toadcast #84 - The Playing With the Pastcast Playing With the Past is an annual (we hope) event at the Edinburgh Film Festival where contemporary bands are invited to write new soundtracks for old films.  Last year was the first of these, when the superb British Sea Power wrote a brilliant score for Man of Aran, a (slightly fake) documentary about the lives of the inhabitants of a remote island off the West Coast of Ireland (extract here).

This was such a success that the band have been performing it all over the place ever since.  This year David Drummond, who put the event together, decided to invite three different bands to work with roughly half an hour or so of footage each, and he started off by inviting eagleowl, who suggested a number of other bands, from which David chose FOUND and Meursault.

We decided not to include more than a few excerpts of the music in this because the bands were a little uncomfortable about listening to too much of their stuff in the absence of the film to which it belongs.  So a big thank you to Tommy, Bart and Neil for coming in to talk about their music, and to David and Theresa from the Filmhouse who came by to chip in at the beginning, before having to rush off.  It may not be the catchiest of podcasts in a musical sense this week, but I think this is easily one of the best podcasts we've done - one of the most interesting, certainly.

Also, although I haven't tracked down all these films on the internet, I have got some bits and pieces for you to give you an idea of what was going on.  Confusingly, they all have the original scores on these clips, but erm... well, hopefully you'll find them instructive.

The Films:
1. eagleowl: Granton Trawler
2. eagleowl: Begone Dull Care
3. Meursault: Stan & Ollie
4. Meursault: Night Mail (Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3)
5. FOUND: Camera Makes Whoopee (Sorry, couldn't find this one anywhere - here's a Google search though if you want to have a go yourself. And a bit more about Norman McLaren, here.)

Toadcast #84 - The Playing With the Pastcast

01. British Sea Power - Oh Larsen B (06.17)
02. eagleowl - Granton Trawler (Excerpt) (17.16)
03. eagleowl - Begone Dull Care (Excerpt) (24.46)
04. Six Organs of Admittance - Eighth Cognition/All You've Left (27.34)
05. Meursault - Night Mail (Excerpt) (35.46)
06. Meursault - Stan & Ollie (Excerpt) (43.24)
07. The Books - All Our Base are Belong to Them (46.25)
08. FOUND - Camera Makes Whoopee (Excerpt 2) (56.43)
09. Marvin Gaye - T Plays it Cool (68.39)
10. FOUND - Camera Makes Whoopee (Excerpt 1) (72.56)

Direct download: ToadcastNo84.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:58am UTC

Toadcast #83 - The Funkcast

Would you believe that this podcast is finished and ready and done and I am ready to go to bed by 10pm.  This is a fucking scarily strange occurrence.  I've only had about four beers too, which is also a little unsual. The only organisational task at which I have abjectly failed is keeping the length of this podcast down to an hour.  Basically, having different people co-present is really nice, and I think it makes the podcasts miles better, but I am still coming to terms with the discipline of keeping the talky talky down to a manageable level and sticking to that hour which has made these weekly swear-morsels so digestible in the last few months.

At the Wickerman Festival Callum from Meursault made the highly contentious statement that not all funk music was buttock-clenchingly awful and, whilst I mocked him, I decided that someone with that kind of crazy recklessness must be brave enough to bring a Toadcast full of funky classics to an audience of sulky, morose indie kids with art school fringes.  So good luck to Callum - I am going to be listening to this with the same curiosity as the rest of the audience I would think.  It's hard to get a handle on what a podcast sounds like as you record it, so I guess if I am going to absorb the lesson of the funk then I will have to have a cup of coffee, put my feet up on the couch and listen to it the same as everyone else.

Toadcast #83 - The Funkcast

01. Parliament - Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker) (06.23)
02. Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information (17.21)
03. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band - The E-Street Shuffle (25.55)
04. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges (30.15)
05. The Come Ons - Strangelove (37.00)
06. Charles Mingus - Boogie Stop Shuffle (49.39)
07. Bob Marley & the Wailers - Mr. Brown (54.33)
08. Sly Stone - Can't Nickname the Truth (63.09)
09. Funkadelic - You Scared the Lovin' Outta Me (74.53)

Direct download: ToadcastNo83.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01pm UTC

Toadcast #82 - FOUND Toad Session

The most enormous difficulty with recording this podcast was that it was monumentally, wonderfully, amazingly sunny and hot outside.  So there we were, stuck in our house, trying to play songs and conduct an interview while we were all secretly (and not so secretly) longing to just be out in the back garden.  Mrs. Toad was making burgers, you know.  Gaaaaah!

I remember when FOUND recorded a show with Marc Riley recently and I got plenty of emails saying that they really weren’t very talkative.  Which is odd really, because I didn’t entirely get that kind of impression as we recorded this session or about them in general, but then I listen back to it again and the first few interviewy segments really do take a while to get going.  I guess it took a while for Ziggy (who I’d never met before) and myself to figure out exactly how to talk to one another and whether or not we really got on.  So that whole dynamic makes for a really good podcast, which gets more and more interesting, from my point of view anyway, as the thing progresses.

As usual, all the videos are embedded below and can be seen at the Song, by Toad Vimeo on YouTube pages, along with a portfolio of photos by Dylan from Blueback Hotrod, and Fee on Flickr here.  The session tracks can all be downloaded below, and the main interview podcast itself is immediately below.  Have fun Toadlings.  I am going to sleep like a freshly-slaughtered corpse.

Toadcast #83 – FOUND Toad Session

FOUND – Mullokian (Toad Session)

FOUND – You’re No Vincent Gallo (Toad Session)

FOUND – Medley (Toad Session)

FOUND – Anti-Climb Paint (Toad Session)

FOUND – Gifted (Toad Session)

Now we’ve got the main session video below, followed by the videos we made for the individual songs (Vimeo are being fucking useless at the moment, but eventually that main video and Gifted won’t be on YouTube).

01. FOUND – Mullokian (Toad Session) (05.11)
02. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks (09.27)
03. The Avett Brothers – The Greatest Sum (Acoustic) (13.26)
04. FOUND – You’re No Vincent Gallo (Toad Session) (20.39)
05. Animal Collective – Brother Sport (20.32)
06. FOUND – Medley (Toad Session) (36.00)
07. Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight (44.20)
08. Lambchop – Your Fucking Sunny Day (49.11)
09. FOUND – Anti-Climb Paint (Toad Session) (64.29.)
10. FOUND – Gifted (Toad Session) (72.25)

Direct download: ToadcastNo82.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:52am UTC

Toadcast #81 - The Mulecast

Helloooo people.  This morning the Toadcast comes to you from Leith.  There were beers and there was a fuckload of incoherent rambling, and it ran way over time but, erm, who really cares?

This week I went to visit my crippled friend Steven (v? ph?) Kearney in Leith and we recorded a podcast in his house prattling on about all the usual nonsense.  He got all jumpy about sound quality, omitting to mention the fact that the Toadcasts are the most incredibly badly recorded show on the interwaves.  Honestly, why would this week be the one single week it suddenly didn't sound like shit?

Still, Steven has recently started his own podcast, leading on from his Fresh Air show Dylan and the Mule.  It's only one episode down, but it sounds very promising indeed, so with a bit of luck there could be very good things coming from that part of the world this year.  Me, I just desperately need a sleep.  Night night Toadlings.

I will probably be gawping at the wonderful Cybraphon by the time you read this.  With a hangover.

Toadcast #81 - The Mulecast

01. Withered Hand - No Cigarettes (06.56)
02. Buster Fantastic - Mess of Me (17.57)
03. Mountain Goats - Genesis 3-23 (19.47)
04. Kill It Kid - Send Me an Angel Down (29.07)
05. Joe Cocker - Dear Landlord (33.51)
06. Loch Lomond - Blood Bank (44.52)
07. Micah P. Hinson - Don't You Forget (Parts 1 & 2) (59.24)
08. The Palace Flophouse - Until My Lungs Hurt (64.52)
09. Tom Waits - A Little Rain (78.17)

Direct download: ToadcastNo81.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01pm UTC

Toadcast #80 - The Jailcast

When we were out in Italy on our holidays Mrs. Toad and I had very few CDs with us but one of them was an Uncut compilation of prison blues and murder ballads which, amazingly, given the very promising subject matter, really wasn't very good.  In fact, it was rotten, so I've made a podcast based on the self same concept, but with what I personally think are vastly better songs.

Most  obviously, to my mind, there were very few contemporary songs in there, and I thought that was a little weird.  Now, I actually think that the level of political commentary in popular music is just a little weak at the moment, but there are nevertheless some amazingly good prison and criminal justice-related songs to be had, and certainly some exceptional murder ballads, although I must confess that the most recent bit of genuine social commentary here pre-dates the 1990s by a couple of years.  There was probably more recent material I could have used, it just didn't spring to mind at the time I'm afraid.

So here we have the Jailcast, complete with some largely incoherent ranting about politics and my own stupid fucking jail story which Mr.s Toad takes such delight in sniggering about at every available opportunity, the bitch.  It's not that exciting, really it isn't.

Toadcast #80 - The Jailcast

01. Tom Waits - Jockey Full of Bourbon (02.05)
02. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Drunkard's Prayer (08.37)
03. Pulp - Down by the River (16.14)
04. Bob Dylan & the Rolling Thunder Revue - The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (Live, 1975) (19.42)
05. The Pogues - Streets of Sorrow/Birmingham Six (31.36)
06. Bruce Springsteen - Vigilante Man (Woody Guthrie Cover) (39.33)
07. The Radiators - Prison Bars (43.34)
08. Enfant Bastard - Compilation Tapes (50.10)
09. Nightjar - The Hanging Tree (55.30)
10. Pete Wylie - Stay Free (Clash Cover) (60.49)

Direct download: ToadcastNo80.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:03pm UTC

Toadcast #79 - The Wickerman

This is our first attempt at a stunt podcast, live from a festival.  We go to festivals and I am trying to figure out how much work I can make for myself without taking the fun out of the festival for myself, or just generally trying too hard.

I didn't really set up any interviews this time around - no, not even Billy Bragg - but I did manage to grab Mark from emerging Glasgow band The Seventeenth Century for a chat.  The audio is terrible, I'm afraid, but it should be just about audible.  If I'd been able to locate the keys for the Toad van at that point we'd have gone in there, just for a respite from the wind noises on the recording and the colossal amount of bleed from the main stage.

In any case, it should be entertaining enough, I hope, and with a bit of luck subsequent attempts at the same thing will be a lot better.

Toadcast #79 - The Wickerman

01. The Cave Singers - Beach House (04.04)
02. Julian Plenti - The Fun That We Had (07.31)
03. The Second Hand Marching Band - Mad Sense (15.37)
04. The Seventeenth Century - Mid October (22.59)
05. Celebrity Chimp - Pornstar (35.37)
06. The Lemonheads - The Outdoor Type (40.00)
07. The Human League - All I Ever Wanted (47.11)
08. The Go Team! - Feelgood by Numbers (50.25)
09. Meursault - Lament For a Teenage Millionaire (59.16)

Direct download: ToadcastNo79.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02pm UTC

Toadcast #78 - The Uncast

Uncut Magazine and I had a pretty amazing relationship between the turn of the millennium and about 2004 or 2005.  Basically, I would buy it every month and turn straight to the reviews section and the cover mount CD of what they considered to be the best of new music released that month, and devour both simultaneously, taking notes about what I wanted to spend that monthís meagre wages on.

Those cover mount CDs were amazing, at the time, and almost invariably related to that monthís new releases, but in the last few years they have become way, way more concepty, and I have started to enjoy them less and less.  For some reason, Uncutís relationship with contemporary music seems to have come adrift even faster than my own, even as I approach my mid-thirties.

Even if I am exaggerating that particular claim - maybe blogging is keeping my tastes young(ish), you never know - it seems a shame that I have drifted away from what was one of my major sources of new music for years, so this podcast is something of a retrospective  and also a salute to all the stuff I picked up from Uncut and in particular their amazing cover mount CDs over the years.

Toadcast #78 - The Uncast

01. The Magnetic Fields - I Donít Want to Get Over You (03.36)
02. Ismael Lo & Marianne Faithful - Without Blame (10.01)
03. Gemma Hayes - Over & Over (14.19)
04. Elliot Smith - Memory Lane (19.01)
05. The Woodentops - Well Well Well (26.59)
06. Lift to Experience - To Guard and to Guide You (31.07)
07. Heather Nova - Iím On Fire (39.55)
08. Roddy Frame - I Canít Start Now (46.36)
09. The Flatlanders - Going Away (50.10)
10. The Acorn - Crooked Legs (59.37)

Direct download: ToadcastNo78.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:03am UTC

Toadcast #77 - The Grouchcast

Sorry, I know this is going up late, but I have been working on the promotional material for the Jesus H. Foxx EP release.  There's a fair bit still to be done, but for the time being I am cautiously optimistic that it is going to look fucking brilliant.  There will be a lot of painting to be done though, so putting the final touches on the thing is going to take bloody ages, but I think it is going to be easily worth it.

In other news, this week's podcast is a prolonged chat with Euan (of Kays Lavelle, Trampoline, Steinberg Principle and Woodenbox fame) as a way of rounding up the excellent fortnight he spent feeding and changing Song, by Toad whilst Mrs. Toad and I were off gallivanting.  So, rather than make his usual grouchy, joyless comments on posts I thought I might invite him to make his grouchy joyless comments on a podcast.  So he came round and complained and complained and generally sulked his way through the whole thing, which was nice.

Oh alright, of course he didn't. But it just wouldn't be fun for me if I didn't make fun of Euan for being grouchy long past the time anyone else has ceased to find it funny. 

Oh stop sulking.  You're turning into him.  All of you.  Shame on you, people, shame on you.  Cheer the fuck up for God's sake.

Toadcast #77 - The Grouchcast

01. Wilco - Bull Black Nova (06.39)
02. The Kays Lavelle - Scars From the City (15.14)
03. There Will Be Fireworks - We Sleep Through the Bombs (27.37)
04. Beerjacket - Father (31.46)
05. iLiKETRAiNS - Terra Nova (39.36)
06. Andrew Bird - The Giant of Illinois (50.10)
07. Finn - The Fourth the Fifth (61.47)
08. Fleet Foxes - Oliver James (65.29)
09. Tom Waits - Temptation (74.12)

Direct download: ToadcastNo77.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:21pm UTC

Toadcast #76 - The Presscast

I recently did an interview with Billy from The Scotsman's Under the Radar blog (amongst other venerable organs) which took the form of an interesting chat about the current tension between  bloggers and professional journalists.  He has played off my opinions against those of his friend Mike Diver, who is currently the online editor for (the excellent) Clash magazine.  The whole thing can be found here, along with plenty of comments from Ally and Milo, professional writers from around these parts, and myself and Tart, on the side of the bloggers.  The comments on that thread

It's an interesting debate, frankly, and one which, as a blogger with aspirations, as opposed to someone who is happy to simply chat for the sake of it, I have applied a fair deal of thought to.  Ultimately, though, I think it is something of a false dichotomy: some of the best reporters keep blogs as ways of expressing themselves outwith the constraints of the editorial policy of whatever rag pays their wages and a lot of the best bloggers end up parlaying their writing skills into professional careers in journalism.  And of either side there is a vast amount of detritus, professional and amateur.

So, yes, the Toad once again holds forth passionately on subjects he knows far too little about and may in general be making a fool of himself once more.  The, erm, songs are good though.

Toadcast #76 - The Presscast

01. Billy Bragg - Which Side Are You On? (03.17)
02. The Decemberists - Cautionary Song (Live) (11.03)
03. Jens Lekman - No Time For Breaking Up (14.09)
04. The Meteors - Out of Time (22.21)
05. Franz Ferdinand - Darts of Pleasure (32.47)
06. The Dead 60s - Horizontal (35.17)
07. Sleepy Horses - Lubbock Love Song (42.27)
08. Eels - I Write the B-sides (52.05)
09. The Replacements - Unsatisfied (62.30)
10. David Cross - My Kids are Amish (68.09)

Direct download: ToadcastNo76.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01pm UTC

Toadcast #75 - The Bone Idlecast

Well, we are nearing the end of our time in Puglia.  We're spending a couple of days in or near Napoli before we fly back on Sunday, presumably troughing like total pigs, rather than paying all that much attention to culture and all that bobbins.

Mrs. Toad is doing Sudoku and complaining about the 'wrong sort of paper'.  I kid you not, it's just like British fucking Rail and their 'wrong type of snow', but she insists it's just for that reason that she can't solve them, not because they're too hard.  Personally I find myself wondering if 'evil' is used to describe the comments one's spouse will inevitably make when you fail to complete it, rather than the actual difficulty of the Sudoku puzzle itself.

So yes, we have done the lazing about and there are now a few days of actually doing shit in between us and a return to the damp splendour of the British Isles.  I suppose this is what you're supposed to do on holiday - pay attention to the country you're in and return, eventually - but honestly, another week of doing bollocks-all wouldn't hurt anyone would it?

Toadcast #75 - The Bone Idlecast

01. Snow Patrol - An Olive Grove Facing the Sea (04.14)
02. Beck - The Golden Age (12.33)
03. Belle & Sebastian - Simple Things (19.32)
04. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Tom Justice, the Choirboy Robber (21.00)
05. Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues (29.10)
06. Navigator - Work is Done (NOT Change, as we announced, sorry!) (34.44)
07. Lord Cut Glass - Holy Fuck! (40.19)
08. Son Volt - Sultana (46.46)
09. Smog - Drinking at the Dam (56.30)
10. Alela Diane - Age Old Blue (60.17)

Direct download: ToadcastNo75.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01pm UTC

Toadcast #74 - The Poolcast Mrs. Toad and I might be gallivanting about the Italian countryside, but we are still thinking of you, our loyal Toadlings. We may be relaxing by the pool, but we understand that life might not be quite so easy for those of you at home. Actually, fuck it, life is never this easy for us either. This is like some bizarre anomaly for us - time, peace, reading books… it’s all so fucking restful I’ve almost forgotten to swear at the locals. The place we’re staying is just plain ridiculous. We are living in what amounts to the tiniest of little comedy garden sheds imaginable, but the outside space is some great big gigantic plaza. It’s just ridiculous. Fortunately, there is something to lower the tone. Nature is basically a great big urinal, as we all know, and I have been doing my best to maintain a time-honoured male principle of ‘no place being too sacred or picturesque for having a sly piss’. So when the bladder beckons, so does the wall, and there I go to water the olive groves of Puglia. It feels like a public service, really it does. Thanks again to Euan and the lads for keeping things going while we're away. The connection here is so damn slow I really haven't been able to read it all, but Mrs. Toad periodically checks up on things on her Blackberry (the woman's insane) and lets me know how things are going. This news I generally treat with an indifferent grunt, before returning to the pondering of precisely which sort of cheese I most fancy for lunch, but I appreciate her efforts. Toadcast #74 - The Poolcast 01. The Shaky Hands - Summer’s Life (03.26) 02. Lemonjelly - Spacewalk (12.45) 03. Grandaddy - Ghost of 1672 (19.44) 04. Billie Holiday - Good Morning Heartache (24.36) 05. Animal Magic Tricks (with Neil from Meursault & Pete from The Leg) (34.42) 06. Edith Piaf - C’etait Une Histoire D’amour (38.11) 07. The Flaming Lips - Can’t Get You Out of My Head (48.12) 08. Wilco - Jolly Banker (52.17) 09. The Laurel Collective - No Pirates Left (63.04) 10. Yoshimi! - Philosophy For Fangirls (69.12)
Direct download: ToadcastNo74.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:27am UTC

Toadcast #73 - The Holiday Podcast

This is not so much the holiday podcast as the pre-holiday podcast, because for all we are away now, I recorded this on Thursday night before going away, as we prepare ourselves for the unspeakable burden of doing absolutely fuck all for two weeks.

I am taking a pile of books and a pile of new music and we are going to do pretty much nothing at all.  My parents used to do really adventurous travelling when we were young, but honestly I don't have the energy.  I am so incredibly fucking exhausted from constant Toadery that actually, despite having a holiday inferiority complex, pretty much all I can cope with at the moment is a couple of weeks of fuck all.

Even last year when we went to Portland for a couple of weeks, we took all the technology and recorded interviews and all sorts at Pickathon.  It was relaxing and nice, but I still got a hell of a lot of work done.  This time I will take along some tunes which I have been meaning to catch up with, perhaps record a podcast or two, and basically spend the rest of the time lying in the sun by the pool.  My folks might not be all that impressed, but the recharging of the batteries is the sole purpose of this trip and I think we might manage just that.

Toadcast #73 - The Holiday Podcast

01. MJ Hibbett & the Validators - Being Happy Doesn't Make You Stupid (04.17)
02. Midnight Oil - Bushfire (10.06)
03. Headless Heroes - Hey, Who Really Cares? (Jon Hopkins Remix) (16.56)
04. Alela Diane - Pieces of String (21.05)
05. Inspector Tapehead - A Fillet of Bozo (25.42)
06. Maxwell Panther - Shiver on a Twist of Fate (33.19)
07. Jack Richold - Lady of the Calico (37.00)
08. Grant-Lee Phillips - Calamity Jane (41.16)
09. Billy Bragg - Bread & Circuses (50.20)
10. The Divine Comedy - Les Jours Tristes (57.45)
Direct download: ToadcastNo73.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:02pm UTC

Toadcast #72 - The Slowcast

This is called the Slowcast because there are so many songs and, more commonly, whole albums out there which I took ages and ages to get into, and for no really obvious reason.

There are several reasons, I guess: how familiar a sound is, your emotional state at the time, what your mates are listening to, how popular something is and stuff like that.  I know I've admitted plenty of times in the past that I have a habit of refusing to like things if they get too popular.  That sounds ludicrous, but it's not exactly a conscious decision, more an instinctive recoiling.  I never have liked much popular stuff, although I do certainly go through phases.  Maybe that's one of the reasons that, with the label, I am not looking to sign or work with the modern equivalent of a Top 40 band - I have never much liked Top 40 music. 

Anyway, that's not really the point of the podcast.  This is dedicated to those albums which for some reason you have to hear about a million times before you eventually, out of nowhere, realise that you love them.

Toadcast #72 - The Slowcast

01. Billy Bragg - Honey I'm a Big Boy Now (04.36)
02. Tom Waits - Goin' Out West (08.37)
03. Radiohead - My Iron Lung (14.14)
04. The Mutton Birds - Envy of Angels (23.42)
05. Mancino - Definition of an Accident (32.26)
06. The Mabuses - I'm the Greatest (36.09)
07. Interpol - Obstacle #1 (43.31)
08. My Latest Novel - Wolves (49.30)
09. The Wedding Present - 2, 3, Go! (55.29)
10. Yo La Tengo - Big Day Coming (59.56)
Direct download: ToadcastNo72.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:24pm UTC

Toadcast #71 - The Tough Lovecast

Oh dear god almighty I have a hangover.  Fucking bastard music people.  Last night there was gigging and drinking and wandering the streets of a most balmy and pleasant Edinburgh with an assortment of miscreants and other ne'er-do-wells.  We saw Honeytrap and Meursault play at Sneaky Pete's - I was recording this podcast, hence late for X-Lion Tamer, sorry to both Ed and Tony - and it was fucking amazing. 

And after that there was drinking.  Fuck me there was lots of drinking.  And then I came home and went into the local all night shop and purchased a couple of steaks for late-night snacking purposes, and was harassed by a bunch of young lads when I came out.  Not harassed in a bad way, but I think I was asked to buy them some fags or something like that.  Anyhow, the conversation... erm, well I'm not really sure how the conversation went, because I was fucking hammered, but at some point the van came up, which was parked just along the road.  So, ah, for some slightly bizarre reason I ended up with five high school lads and me sat in the van with the stereo up fucking loud - so loud apparently that you could hear it all the way down the street.  Or, at least, so Mrs. Toad tells me.  Because at some point she came home from wherever it was she was out drinking and hopped in as well.

So, after a little van-based rocking out, they came back into the house for a bit and Mrs. Toad played them Motorhead and The Sex Pistols and The Wedding Present so fucking loud the windows shook.  Funnily enough, these nice, polite lads kept insisting throughout that we should just let them know when we were bored and we would like them to go.  Such nice, polite boys!  I think one of them even did the dishes.  I didn't want to have to try and explain what a couple of total fucking bozos they were dealing with, but erm, yeah, that was our Friday night.  Weird, huh?  I think we went to bed at about five, eventually.  And now to record a couple of Toad Sessions, at least one with a very, very hung over band.

Toadcast #71 - The Tough Lovecast

01. Belle & Sebastian - Take Your Carriage Clock & Shove It (03.46)
02. Adam Balbo - Debating a Time Metaphor (07.16)
03. The Sequins - The Usual Delights (14.05)
04. Situationists - A Cold Front (16.31)
05. Blur - Out of Time (23.02)
06. New Ruins - Symptoms (32.37)
07. The Laurel Collective - Hindenburg Mile High Club (41.26)
08. The Lovely Eggs - Tyrannosaurus Rex for Christmas (45.07)
09. The Empty Set - A Challenge to Copernicus (49.34)
10. Honeytrap - Mussolini's Son (55.29)

Direct download: ToadcastNo71.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:53am UTC

Toadcast #70 - The Snobcast

This week I am piling on the music snobbery.  Oh, okay, I'm not really - if anything I'm undermining it with some truly guilty pleasures.  There's not much modern fluffy pop music which I happen to enjoy despite my snobbery because... well, because I just don't think there's anything I can think of which fits that bill at the moment.

I know nostalgic guilty pleasures and truly embracing low-brow music purely for the enjoyment of it aren't quite the same thing but I think I've budged about as far as I am going to go on this one.  Girls Aloud are unlikely to ever make an appearance on this podcast, but there's a spot of memory-tickling being indulged in with picks from Kylie and Guns 'n' Roses.  You can tell Mrs. Toad has been involvedin choosing a playlist when it contains Guns and fucking Roses, but she was sacked from co-presenting duties due to excessive drunkenness, so her imprint on this particular episode is in selections only, and not in the presence of her dulcet tones on the interwaves.

Toadcast #70 - The Snobcast

01. Kid Canaveral - Couldn't Dance (03.52)
02. Popup - Lucy, What Are You Trying to Say (07.04)
03. Art Fag - Nakhla Dog (15.48)
04. Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me (23.27)
05. Motorhead - Ace of Spades (28.50)
06. The Seventeenth Century - Mid October (36.16)
07. Alan Pownall - The Others (43.56)
08. Haggard the Listener Group - Blackette (47.29)
09. Soft Cell - Tainted Love (51.22)
10. Guns 'n' Roses - Sweet Child o' Mine (58.12)
Direct download: ToadcastNo70.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:46pm UTC

Toadcast #69 - The Fifecast

My Homegame review is pretty brief, but it is here, and there is a wee video thingy as well for you to enjoy.  This is of course the accompanying podcast, with songs either from the bands I saw there, or from EPs and bits and pieces I acquired at the merch table up in Fife.

I should really have included some interviews and shit in this podcast, shouldn't I, but then I wasn't actually as well prepared or as organised as I should have been, really.  Inasmuch as I kind of think I would prefermy video to have turned out a bit more like Milo's, I would also have preferred my podcast to turn out a little more like DC's Homegame show over at the Waiting Room.  I'm not saying that I dislike the stuff that I've done this year, just that to my eyes it lacks a little bit of fizz and personality, unfortunately.  Oh well, it's all a learning process, and by the time Wickermancomes around I reckon I should be able to produce something a lot better.

Toadcast #69 - The Fifecast

01. The Phantom Band - Island (03.00)
02. The Hand - Happa Yori (15.02)
03. King Creosote - Nothing Rings True (19.52)
04. James Yorkston & Adrian Crowley - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grieviance (25.42)
05. Jake Flowers - One For the Ditch (30.07)
06. Love.Stop.Repeat - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (33.25)
07. Viking Moses - Clown School (39.03)
08. Inspector Tapehead - A Fillet of Banjo (46.14)
09. Animal Magic Tricks - Smallish Hooves (51.26)
10. Jonnie Common - Taken Out (57.16)

Direct download: ToadcastNo69.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:30pm UTC

Toadcast #68 - The Leprecast

Me and the missus are rambling away together on this one.  It's largely new music, bookended by a couple of more well-known things.  We Invent a new term - a weird combination of food and sex called culiniungus.  We offend the Irish and the Scots.  In fact, we are as offensively and predictably us as you could imagine.

We were out and totally smashed at the Broken Records gig at the Bowery yesterday, followed by some hot Sneaky Pete's action.  There are some disastrously embarrassing pictures here, if you want to point and laugh.  The gig was amazing.  I knew a group like Broken Records would be amazing in a small space like that, and so it proved.

I had to do some very pointed Standing Up though, which was fucking annoying.  What the fuck is it with people, sitting down at fucking gigs?  If the room's empty that's one thing, but the room was full, people were on tiptoes up the back, and this shower of cunts insisted on sitting on their fucking arses down the front, protecting a meter and a half of empty floor space between them and the band.  So, as Mr. Discreetandtactful, I went and stood in front of them.  Fuckwits.  The band did get everyone on their feet after a song, which was a fucking relief, but honestly... it's rock 'n' roll bitches, get up off your fucking hippy folk arseholes and stop acting like the Chipping Sodbury Chapter of the National Union of Knitting Champions.  It's not, to paraphrase a friend of mine, the fucking Teddy Bears' Picnic.

This delightful little anecdote does have a darker side, however.  Some lass tugged on my sleeve to ask me to sit down during the first song, and I attempted to politely but firmly say no thank you.  Unfortunately I may have succeeded more at the latter than the former, and ended up just being rude to the woman.  Who was very pregnant.  Well done me.  Picking fights with pregnant women isn't really all that clever, is it.  So, er, sorry pregnant lady, I didn't mean to be quite so terse, nor did I mean to imply that you should just stop moaning about your baby and stand up.  But then, you can't really expect to sit two metres back from the stage and object to anyone standing in front of you either, because that's just silly.

Oh, and we met Peej, a reader from New York, who was in town for the week and said hello.  He was a really nice chap, so why he reads this fucking site is a mystery, to be honest, but it was brilliant of him to say hello, and then to put up with our drunken stumbling later on as well.   Sometimes I love teh internetz.  Not times like this of course, but sometimes.

Podcast #68 - The Leprecast

1. Joy Zipper - Dosed & Became Invisible (01.40)
2. Love Like Fire - William (08.37)
3. Rock Plaza Central - O Lord, How Many are My Foes (13.17)
4. Animal Magic Tricks & Neil Pennycook (17.24)
5. Ambulances - Last Old Fiver (24.45)
6. King Creosote - Camels Swapped for Wives (27.11)
7. Jesus H. Foxx - I'm Half the Man You Were (33.51)
8. God Help the Girl - Act of the Apostle (44.15)
9. The Limes - Dead Furniture (46.47)
10. The Pogues - Night Train to Lorca (58.06)

Direct download: ToadcastNo68.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm UTC

Toadcast #67 - The Wuzzlecast

This podcast is sort of like the Clustercast should have been.  I haven't actually listened to it yet, so I don't know if it's any good, but it sort of felt better, somehow.  It isn't anything like that incoherent and garbled anyway, which is a relief.

We spent the day collecting for the lifeboats, along with some excellent help from our pals Dylan from Blueback Hotrod, Neil from Meursault, Ed from 17 Seconds, Dave, Michael and the Stormettes from The Stormy Seas and Morgan from, erm, Glasgow.  I have to point out how important their help was as well.  It's easy to talk a good game and then to pussy out at the last minute, but despite the fact that both Neil and Ed had other things on today, everyone made the time to come down and help out, which is bloody good of them.  We collected a fair chunk of cash - Mrs. Toad's pretty blonde colleague collected the most, rather predictably.  Maybe we need fewer beardy alt-folkies and more hot babes next year.

Enjoy the podcast, then; we've got a lot of nautically-themed songs this week and could have had even more.  There are loads of songs, and we had far more on the list before trimming.  It's a bit out of control, this podcast, but actually I think it's quite good.  Dylan's roving reporter slots are just... well, they're just.  They're just. That's what they are.  Experience them for yourself.  Good luck.

Podcast #67 - The Wuzzlecast

01. The Pogues - The Ship Comes In (05.57)
02. Sad Day For Puppets - Big Waves (09.07)
03. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (17.44)
04. James Yorkston - Sir Patrick Spens (26.22)
05. The Second Hand Marching Band - Not Yet (38.40)
06. The Stormy Seas - The Sea Wind (42.40)
07. Ute Lemper - Little Water Song (50.31)
08. Frightened Rabbit - Floating in the Forth (57.25)
09. Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians - The Wreck of the Arthur Lee (64.53)
10. American Music Club - The Song of the Rats Leaving the Sinking Ship (75.43)
Direct download: ToadcastNo67.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:13pm UTC

Toadcast #66 - The Greedcast

Today I am angry at Capitalism.  Partly, funnily enough, I am angry at Capitalism because in many ways I myself am a Capitalist.  The problem I have with Capitalism is not really the theory, but the practise.  So many people and companies who chant the free market mantra simply are not free marketeers.  They want isolationism and protectionism as much as the most paranoid Marxist when it will protect their interests, but they won't for a second entertain the economic theory behind that sort of behaviour - gosh no!

So there is plenty of paranoid ranting in this week's podcast, railing against people who talk all Capitalist whilst not actually being Capitalist, people who are moral and honorable in their personal lives but who turn into voracious whores as soon as they put on a suit and, erm, well generally there's lots of pish to be talked, sorry.

Still, at least it's marginally better than last week.

Podcast #66 - The Greedcast

01. Pet Shop Boys - Opportunities (03.27)
02. Billy Bragg - NPWA (16.27)
03. Eric Bachmann - Liars & Thieves (21.30)
04. The Zincs - Moguls' Wives (28.04)
05. Tom Lehrer - Selling Out (34.24)
06. Depeche Mode - Everything Counts (39.16)
07. The Clash - Bankrobber (45.07)
08. Tom Waits - God's Away on Business (54.07)
09. Billy Bragg - To Have and to Have Not (65.56)

Direct download: ToadcastNo66.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:02pm UTC

Toadcast #65 - The Clustercast

As you might expect from the title, this is one ungodly clusterfuck of a podcast.  It was recorded well into the early hours of the morning with Dylan, Neil and DC who were all in the house by virtue of Homegame being imminent (happening already by the time you hear this) and the Meursault EP being in the final stages of completion.  DC stopped by the house on his way to Fife, Neil was around to put CDs into card envelopes and Dylan, er, just likes beer I think.

There's was also some heinous Norweigan anus cheese being eaten as well.  Toffee-flavoured cheese.  Fucking toffee-flavoured fucking cheese.  Honestly, it is the most disgusting substance known to man and looks just a little bit like brown plasticine.

Anyway, please don't expect anything coherent or, frankly, even anything listenable.  Four of us sat around and bellowed incoherently into a microphone for a couple of hours, and frankly that's exactly what it sounds like.  There are some good songs, though, and somereally good new music but, erm, honestly you might want to skip the talky bits.   Actually, you know the first time anyone talks any sense whatsoever on this podcast?  The last link.  Really.  We get drunker and drunker and more incoherent, and then right at the end there's an utterly shocking outbreak of common sense.

Toadcast #65 - The Clustercast

01. Eels - Fresh Blood (02.27)
02. Jeffrey Lewis - Don't Be Upset (10.10)
03. Slim Twig - Young Hussies (17.07)
04. Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows (21.04)
05. Dame Satan - Suffering Daughter (33.03)
06. Eagle Winged Palace - Hand of Doom (36.21)
07. Arab Strap - Fucking Little Bastards (43.49)
08. Graffiti Island - Wolfguy (53.47)
09. Graham Coxon - In the Morning (66.12)

Direct download: ToadcastNo65.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm UTC

Toadcast #64 - The Welshcast

It's been a longish week, but believe me this weekend is going to be worse.  I am offering up my poor old Volvo for sale, which breaks my embittered little alcoholic heart, so it does.  I am going to miss that car, we've had some wonderful times pottering about in her and I am going to miss the silly old girl, really I am.

This is a joint podcast, seeing as how I was in the pub with Dylan and the poor whelp seemed to have nowhere else to go, I invited him back to the house to add his own particular brand of incoherent nonsense to this week's podcast.  Because lazy racial stereotyping is something of a stock in trade around here, I find myself making several lame attempts to bring up Welshness and national identity and all that pish, but ultimately this is just two drunk people chattering about music. 

More or less the usual, then.

Toadcast #64 - The Welshcast

01. Billy Bragg & Kirsty MacColl - A New England (05.12)
02. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Miniature Kingdoms (14.54)
03. Manic Street Preachers - From Despair to Where (18.53)
04. M.J. Hibbett & the Validators - The Fight for History (27.46)
05. Broken Records - And They All Fell Into the Sea (35.50)
06. Drunk Country - The Rain That Almost Drove the Windows In (44.44)
07. Meursault - William Henry Miller (49.34)
08. Super Furry Animals - Into the Night (57.24)
09. Supergrass - Moving (65.15)

Direct download: ToadcastNo64.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01pm UTC

Toadcast #63 - Sprrring is Here!

Spring makes a fucking colossal difference, doesn't it.  People have been tripping around Edinburgh with a spring in their step for the last week, when the sun has come out and the air, whilst it may still be a little chilly, is notably warmer.  It's gentler, I suppose, is the main difference.  There's something of a release about Spring, as if all the uncomfortable restraint of Winter no longer has to be acknowledged.  Does anyone remember that episode of Northern Exposure when the ice melted?  Everyone went nuts, and the relieved exhalation we all express on the coming of the sunshine does remind me in many ways of a tame version of the exact same mania depicted in that episode of, erm, a serialised drama from the, er, mid ah nineties...  anyone still reading?  Never mind.

In any case, this is a purposeless but musically excellent podcast which is something of a lazy one, if I'm honest.  Frankly though, I think I deserve it after the effort put into the Pictish Session, so fuck you if you have an issue with that.  Tee hee.  There's a lot of new release stuff on here, a couple of bands reviewed recently on the site, and a couple who are going to be reviewed later this week. Next week I'll think of a theme. Promise.

Toadcast #63 - Sprrring is Here!

01. The Soft Pack - Right & Wrong (01.33)
02. Maxwell Panther - A Shade Away (08.24)
03. Phil & the Osophers - They Threw a Shoe at You (11.16)
04. The Felice Brothers - The Big Surprise (15.34)
05. The Empty Set - Alice & Bob (Forlorn Photo Love) (24.01)
06. The Van Allen Belt - The Revolution Will be Merchandised (27.24)
07. Meursault (no, not that Meursault) - Blindfolds (33.31)
08. Outlaw Con Bandana - Rainy Season (37.16)
09. Dame Satan - Ghost Dance (39.25)
10. Peter Doherty - 1939 Returning (49.30)

Direct download: ToadcastNo63.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:02pm UTC

Toadcast #62 - The Pictish Trail Toad Session This Toad Session has been a wee while coming, but frankly I think it's fucking superb.  The videos have turned out wonderfully, Neil and Gav have done an amazing job with the sound, Fee and Dylan have taken some great photos.  I'm happy as a pig in shit, quite frankly.  Johnny Lynch (Mr. Pictish Trail) had plenty of time to kill, so we drank some beer, took our time and talked a monumental amount of shite.  The podcast is really strong this time around, I think.  We talk a lot but I think it's pretty decent stuff for the most part, not random blather, so I really think it should be an enjoyable listen.  Hopefully, anyway.

Johnny picked really nice songs, too.  He's recorded a couple of unreleased ones, and a Lone Pigeon cover, as well as his Top of the Pops hit single Winter Home Disco.  It makes for a really nice mix.  As per usual the songs are all available for downloading, hotlinking and sharing around, the videos can be watched below, on our YouTube (yeuch) page or our Vimeo page, and the photos are all to be seen as a slideshow here or on the general Song, by Toad Flickr page here.  Go to Blueback Hotrod for more of Dylan's live music photography.  And enjoy the podcast - it can be played below, and the tracklisting is at the bottom of the page.  I'm really proud of this, people, so I hope you enjoy it.

Toadcast #62 - The Pictish Trail Toad Session

The Pictish Trail - Winter Home Disco (Toad Session)

The Pictish Trail - I Will Pour it Down (Toad Session)

The Pictish Trail - You Covered the Earth With Your Thumb (Toad Session)

The Pictish Trail - Won't You Take Me Back (Lone Pigeon Cover) (Toad Session)

And now the videos, starting with the overall session video, and then the ones we made for the individual songs:

01. The Pictish Trail - Winter Home Disco (06.04)
02. Bonnie Prince Billy - Today I Started Celebrating Again (17.33)
03. Adam Beattie - Bank Street (22.12)
04. The Pictish Trail - I Will Pour It Down (34.37)
05. Judson Claiborne - Song For Dreaming (38.30)
06. Amadou & Mariam - Sabali (43.35)
07. Why? - The Song of the Sad Assassin (48.51)
08. The Pictish Trail - You Covered the Earth With Your Thumb (62.31)
09. Preston School of Industry - Walk of a Gurl (69.03)
10. The Pictish Trail - Won't You Take Me Back (Lone Pigeon Cover) (76.42)

Thanks folks, hope you enjoyed that.

Direct download: ToadcastNo62.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01pm UTC

Well, as DC pointed out on Five Friday Fatwas, the 90s revival is not quite upon us yet.  It's both totally inevitable and somewhat due, so it will be here sooner rather than later, but for the time being it has yet to entirely arrive.

So in anticipation of the inevitable, I thought I might just make a podcast which partly tried to anticipate the revisionism and partly talked just a little about what I myself might remember when the 90s revival hits full swing in a couple of years.

I wouldn't describe myself as a child of the 90s, but I think that I might be wrong in neglecting to do so.  When they started I was 15, just moved from Singapore back to Vienna and very much a kid.  By the time they ended I had finished my Master's degree and spent a long time pouring pints waiting for a proper job, which in some ways I suppose might just make you an adult. It was an interesting era for me personally and when the revival arrives , as it inevitably will, I am downright fascinated to know what the younger generation will make of the music with which I grew up.

Toadcast #60 - The Blandcast

01. Pearl Jam - Go (03.47)
02. R.E.M. - Oddfellows Local 151 (11.05)
03. Cocteau Twins - An Elan (18.16)
04. Gene - Sleep Well Tonight (21.46)
05. Counting Crows - Omaha (30.33)
06. Supergrass - She's So Loose (38.37)
07. Echobelly - King of the Kerb (41.33)
08. Alice in Chains - Nutshell (47.47)
09. Pavement - Gold Soundz (53.22)
10. Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra - Eggshell Miles (59.01)

Song, by Toad

Direct download: ToadcastNo61.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:55pm UTC

Toadcast #60 - The Blandcast

This week I welcome you to the absolutely 100% guaranteed non-controversial podcast.  Nothing to see here. Move along.  Although, it might be slightly controversial, just possibly, around two thirds of the way through if you are excessively religious or perhaps if you have some objection to pointing and laughing as Jade Goody dies of cancer or Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse slowly expire in the full and relentless gaze of the public eye.

Has anyone seen the film Deathwatch?  It's set in Glasgow in the 1980s and almost entirely obscure, despite an amazing cast: Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel and Max von Sydow.  What it amounts to is that a woman discovers that she is going to die, and then a TV company ask to buy the rights to film her last weeks.  It's a bit over the top at times, but a pretty visionary movie nevertheless.  It's always disconcerting where something like that makes a prediction which proves to be so uncannily true.  I think the scariest thing about 1984 is how utterly determined the species seems to be to make sure that it comes true.

If you can find a copy, I'd recommend that you watch it.  It's pretty hard to track down though - we had to get ours from Amazon France for some bizarre reason, so good luck to you.

Toadcast #60 - The Blandcast

1. Belle & Sebastian - Women's Realm (04.41)
2. Clem Snide - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievience (09.00)
3. Pree - Light Falls (17.05)
4. Frivolous Laura - A Lullaby (20.22)
5. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Statues (27.27)
6. The Low Anthem - Oh My God Charlie Darwin (37.18)
7. Kill It Kid - Burst its Banks (41.31)
8. Pete Doherty - The Last of the English Roses (49.03)
9. R.E.M. - Perfect Circle (59.41)

Direct download: ToadcastNo60.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:59pm UTC

Toadcast #58 - The Livecast

Live recordings - in fact, specifically, live albums - came up in a recent post on Song, by Toad and the idea of doing a podcast composed entirely of live recordings really appealed to me because there are so many great ones. 

That said, on the post in question there arose a debate, one voice expressing my deepest hatreds of the genre, and another being perhaps over-generous in the other direction.  Frankly, I despise the vast majority of live albums.  Mostly they are shit recordings of songs we already know, released for the sole reason of fleecing fans whose devotion has already been established, and whose wallets can clearly be plundered for a few more empty sheckles. 

Despite that, of course, there are some truly stunning live recordings.  In fact, I'd argue that some of the most memorable, legendary recordings of all  time are in fact live ones.  Bob Dylan live at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester in 1966.  Bruce Springsteen pretty much any time in the seventies.  Basically, for all live recordings are mostly rip-off bollocks, there are some truly phenomenal live albums, ones which open your eyes to the artist, ones which fill in that artist's musical upbringing, and some which are just genuinely amazingly wonderful recordings in their own right.  Therefore we bring to you the Livecast.  Enjoy, Toadlings...

Toadcast #57 - Production Values

01. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - 10th Avenue Freeze Out (04.09)
02. Andrew Bird - Why (11.47)
03. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Papa Won't Leave You Henry (16.22)
04. The Moulettes - Country Joy Song (25.29)
05. Colin Meloy - Blues Run the Game (32.49)
06. Quasar Wut-Wut - The Partisan (35.45)
07. Jeff Mangum - Two Headed Boy (43.04)
08. Tom Waits - Diamonds on My Windshield (54.37)
09. Billy Bragg - Days Like These (DC Remix) (56.46)
10. Ben Folds Five - Satan is My Master (60.15)
11. Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone (64.16)

Song, by Toad

Direct download: ToadcastNo58.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:02pm UTC

Toadcast #57 - Production Values

After a week spent debating it, how about a podcast embodying the discussions we've been having about production values I thought a podcast which sort of pulls all the disagreements and moans and whingeing and so on into one big mp3 of joy would be a good idea.

So we've got some Big Production, some demo scratchy stuff and a few bands who have dabbled with both.  I fart on about production values as if I have the faintest idea what I'm talking about, which of course I don't.

I'm not sure how well it works as a playlist - it might be a bit disjointed - but in general I like it.  I like the debate in general, I like the thought process we've all gone through together this week, and in general, by association, I like this podcast.

Toadcast #57 - Production Values

01. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA (Original Nebraska Sessions Demo Version) (04.31)
02. Radiohead - Everything in its Right Place (11.13)
03. Enfant Bastard - Vessel (20.19)
04. Half Man Half Biscuit - 1966 and All That (22.37)
05. U2 - Red Hill Mining Town (29.56)
06. Snow Patrol - Last Ever Lone Gunman (37.40)
07. The Divine Comedy - Life on Earth (42.10)
08. Yann Tiersen - Geronimo (Black Session w. Neil Hannon) (46.07 )
09. The Wave Pictures - A Long Way Away From Me (53.34)
10. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, 1975) (57.35)

Direct download: ToadcastNo57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02pm UTC

Toadcast #56 - Valentine's Schmalentine's

We both hate Valentine's day and have no desire to take part in its consumerist pantomime.  It seems to have created its own little rituals in our house though: we have an annual Valentine's hate-fest, which lasts a couple of days, where we pour scorn on both the event itself and anyone who takes part in it.  The problem is, in doing so, we have sort of made ourselves part of what gets on our own nerves.  Fucking people and their fucking stupid valentine's traditions like, er... this one.

This is probably only the second in what will probably become an annual Valentine's Scorn-o-rama, but it already feels like a time-honoured tradition.  So if you're single, generally antagonistic, miserable, lonely or just plain indifferent then this is the podcast for you.  We even have an odd conversation where we wonder what the point of marriage is - a slightly bizarre thing for a married couple to start wondering about.  But that's the Toadcasts for you.

Toadcast #56 - Valentine's Schmalentine's

01. Nirvana - Rape Me (00.57)
02. Weeping Willows - Failing in Love (06.39
03. Cherry Poppin' Daddies - When I Change Your Mind (13.36)
04. The White Stripes - Conquest (16.04)
05. Tammy Wynette - D.I.V.O.R.C.E. (22.38)
06. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - She's Leaving You (25.32)
07. Yo La Tengo - Stockholm Syndrome (35.26)
08. Aidan Moffat & the Best Ofs - Oh Men! (42.33)
09. The Avett Brothers - The Ballad of Love & Hate (45.36)
10. Arab Strap - There is No Ending (59.09)

Song, by Toad

Direct download: ToadcastNo56.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:43pm UTC

Samamidon Toad Session

The day after his amazing live set at the Bowery, Sam Amidon came round to the house to record a Toad Session.  He didn't have all that much time, and I don't think he quite knew what he'd let himself in for either, so this one is pretty brief.  Still, between this and the footage from the live show I think we have a really nice portrait of the guy, who is so different in person from his recordings.  Whilst the latter may be beautiful, and whilst All Is Well is an amazingly lovely album, his personality dominates his live show so much it gives you such a different perspective on his music.

As per usual, we have the session podcast below, and after that the Toad Session mp3 files, which you are free to pass around as you please.  The videos are posted below that, and can all be found on the Song, by Toad Vimeo page (recommended) as well as the YouTube page (shit, but popular, so I have to put them there too).  There's also a series of photos from the session, which can be found on our Flickr page.  The tracklisting for the podcast is at the bottom of this post - enjoy!

Toadcast #55 - Samamidon Toad Session

And the downloadable, shareable, huggable mp3s from the session:

Samamidon - 1842 (Toad Session)

Samamidon - Pretty Fair Damsel (Toad Session)

Samamidon - Fiddle Mayhem (Toad Session)

And the videos:

This is the main Toad Session video.

Samamidon's live Toad Session version of 1842, recorded in January 2009 for songbytoadcom.

During his Toad Session we persuaded Sam to play his fiddle, and believe me it's something to behold. He switches from these perfect reels into abstract experimentalism and back and, as long as the screeching doesn't put you off, it's truly amazing to see. Recorded for in January 2009.

Samamidon's live Toad Session version of Pretty Fair Damsel, recorded in January 2009 for

And the playlist for Toadcast #55 - Samamidon Toad Session:

01. Samamidon - 1842 (Toad Session) (05.23)
02. Peter & Mary Alice Amidon - True Born Sons of Levi (10.23)
03. Mary Margaret O'Hara - When You Know Why You're Happy (12.49)
04. Shirley Collins - Lovin' Hannah (18.17)
05. Samamidon - Pretty Fair Damsel (Toad Session) (24.16)
06. Othar Turner & The Rising Star Fife And Drum - Bouncin' Ball (33.20)
07. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Swimming Song (36.29)
08. Doveman - Happy (38.53)
09. Samamidon - Fiddle Mayhem (Toad Session) (47.49)

Direct download: ToadcastNo55.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:03pm UTC

Toadcast #54 - The Spacecast

The Spacecast is yet another podcast dreamed up in the pub, this time between myself and Dylan, the official Song, by Toad photographer.  And again it's one of those podcast which could have gone on for over two hours quite easily, but we don't do that anymore, not around here, we're disciplined these days goddammit.

So I've missed off about a million other suggestions and come up with a combination of songs genuinely about space, and few that use space as some sort of metaphor and then a few which just stick a few spacey words in the title.  And of course, it starts with something rather splendid... but you'll have to listen to find out what it is.  Alright, it's not that special.  Just mildly amusing.

Toadcast #54 - The Spacecast

01. Me First & the Gimme Gimmes - Rocket Man (03.52)
02. David Bowie - Space Oddity (07.06)
03. Bob Geldof - Thinking Voyager 2 Type Things (15.09)
04. Inspiral Carpets - Saturn V (24.49)
05. The Only Ones - Another Girl Another Planet (28.30)
06. Shirley Bassey - In Other Words (Fly Me to the Moon) ( 32.36)
07. Yann Tiersen (Black Session w. Neil Hannon) - Life on Mars (36.04)
08. Riff-Raff - I Wanna be a Cosmonaut (41.34)
09. The Holy Modal Rounders - Mr. Spaceman (42.59)
10. Tom McRae - 2nd Law (48.29)
11. Blur - Far Out (51.46)
12. Queen - Flash Gordon Theme (57.30)

Song, by Toad

Direct download: ToadcastNo54.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:15am UTC

Toadcast #53 - Shiny!

This is just an overspilling of all the shiny new things I have in my inbox this week.  It's so fabulously up to the minute that there are songs in here which only landed in my inbox yesterday.  There's a slightly sneaky legend making an appearance as well, in the shape of Jason Lytle.  Jason was the lead singer of Grandaddy, a legendary group who disbanded back in about, erm, 2006 or so, leading to Jason moving to a house out in Montana and apparently giving up on the idea of making a living out of music altogether.

The thing is, music is an art form, and no-one makes a fucking living out of making art.  The only exceptions are deplorable cunts like Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and fucking Bono, so please can we dispel the idea that art is a profession.  It's not a job, nor a career, it's a fucking calling; an obsession.  Of course, the good news for us fans is that, because it's a calling rather than a job, Mr. Lytle was never likely to stay away forever.  If you care about something it's almost impossible to stop yourself doing it.  Believe me, I know - I feel the same way about masturbation (sorry, not that funny, I know).

Oooh, by the way, I was very macho this evening.  I got home and I opened the gate to find some random chump sitting on our steps drinking beer.  So I bellowed with rage, grabbed him by the lapels and flung him out into the street, shouting angry man things like 'get the fuck out of my fucking house you cunt or I'll fucking batter you fucking senseless' and other well known aristotelian arguments.  Unfortunately, as is often the case with fighting, one proved vastly less capable than the other, and he apologised and asked for the rest of his beer back and acknowledged that was in the wrong.  Christ that made me feel like a prick and a bully.  So I ended up pointing out that my wife was small and that if she came home and found someone sitting on our steps drinking beer she's have been scared, and that I was sorry for being so violent and please just bugger off etc etc.  He agreed and apologised and basically took all the fun out of being an alpha male, the bastard.  Christ, I might have to wait ten years to be that macho again, why did he have to ruin it for me?

Toadcast #53 - Shiny!

01. Orouni - A Greased & Golden Palm (05.47)
02. The Gillyflowers - Country Boy (09.25)
03. Trips & Falls - And in Real Life He Wears Corduroy Pants (16.45)
04. Ragged Claws - On the Death of an Emperor (25.00)
05. Findo Gask - Wrapped in Plastic (Live) (32.00)
06. Enfant Bastard - Landscape Painting is Easy (36.23)
07. Scuff - Sailing Three Sheets to the Wind (40.56)
08. Jason Lytle - Birds Encouraged Him (Live at Maps) (47.34)
09. Auld Lang Syne - Where My Fortune Lies (51.01)
10. Scott Pinkmountain & the Golden Bolts of Tone (58.24)

Song, by Toad

Direct download: ToadcastNo53.mp3
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Toadcast #52 - Let's Go

Well here we go.  The new year is yet to quite take hold or take off, but I promise you that things will kick back into gear this weekend.  There are some fine love shows appearing on the calendar, slowly but surely, and eventually 2009 will get going.  No rush though.

This Toadcast is a bit of a mix.  I've got some of this year's favourites, I look back at some of last year's favourites, and I also poke away at a couple of the bands I hope will make their mark in 2009. 

In that sense, examining last year's favourites makes a lot of sense.  I'm always curious about how well our fads and fancies bear up to the passage of time.  I've not been too fickle in recent years, which is sort of nice, so I don't mind looking back like this.  There aren't too many embarrassments to be had, so it's kind of nice to take the chance to look backwards, look forwards a little and generally just take the opportunity to pause for breath and enjoy the new year.  As should you, toadlings, as should you.  Happy new year, folks.

Toadcast #52 - Let's Go

01. Bombadil - Cavaliers' Har Hum (02.24)
02. Gerry Mitchell & Little Sparta - The Ragged Garden of Your Eye (08.57)
03. Aidan John Moffat - The Boy That You Love (12.19)
04. Mitchell Museum - Extra Lives (18.11)
05. The Savings & Loan - The Virgin's Lullaby (24.36)
06. The Builders & the Butchers - When it Rains (28.06)
07. Elvis Perkins - It's Only Me (34.30)
08. Mother & the Addicts - Are Others (38.21)
09. The Pictish Trail - Winter Home Disco (46.27)
10. The Low Lows - Dear Flys, Love Spider (54.49)
Direct download: ToadcastNo52.mp3
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