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





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