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



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