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





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