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





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