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



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