Toadcast #119 - The Popcast

Tomorr... yesterday I flew out to Paris to see Mrs. Toad, who has been stuck in God Bless America for the last two weeks because of Iceland's seismic indiscipline.  We are going to have dinner and walk together and hold hands and generally act like a couple of idiots.  More or less like we always do.  For a couple of curmudgeonly old fuckers who spend their entire lives swearing at one another, we are a pretty sentimental pair, really.

This podcast is mostly based around my Dad and his music.  For my early years I was well into my Mum's stuff, but as I got older I got more into my Dad's kind of stuff - Tom Waits, Dylan, Neil Young and all that.  When I really, really got into music it was never into contemporary, modern or trendy stuff, it was always the old shite my parents were into.

I repay them the favour nowadays, or at least, I try to, but I never really picked up on music from my peers, it was always from my folks.  Hence this podcast.

Toadcast #119 - The Popcast

01. Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road (05.16)
02. The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (13.27)
03. Willie Nelson - Mommas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys (16.53)
04. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Walking Song (24.12)
05. Tom Waits & Thelonious Monster - Adios Lounge (32.54)
06. Elton John - Ballad of a Well Known Gun (41.21)
07. Bob Dylan - Days of 49 (46.07)
08. Elvis Perkins in Dearland - I Heard Your Voice in Dresden (53.49)
09. The Builders & the Butchers - Barcelona (57.51)
10. Jackson Browne - Fountain of Sorrow (66.15)

Direct download: ToadcastNo119.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:58pm UTC

Toadcast #118 - The Ashcast

Mrs. Toad has been stranded in God Bless America by that infernal cloud of Icelandic ash, so I am home alone for the last week and all of the next one.  This is very much Not Fun, because as much as she's a mean old bitch, I do seem to have developed a grudging affection for the silly old mare so a fortnight apart is very much unappreciated.  It's about time those Icelanders re-established some bloody discipline, honestly.

Anyhew, there is some excellent stuff on this podcast, even though it really doesn't hang together around a particular theme as they sometimes do.  In actual fact, I don't think I've done a themey one for a while - might give that a go next week.

Toadcast #118 - The Ashcast

01. Johnny Flynn - Kentucky Pill (4.11)
02. Burnt Island - A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (10.51)
03. Draw Me Stories - Becomes the Hunted (18.25)
04. Haunted Stereo - Lock the Doors (22.29)
05. Ragged Claws - Lamed Wufniks (30.44)
06. Fleet Foxes - Silver Dagger (36.07)
07. Hezekiah Jones - I Love My Family (40.13)
08. Cocorosie - Lemonade (42.14)
09. Br'er - Crocus (50.41)
10. Devolver - Promise (56.24)
11. Giant Sand - Anarchistic Bloshevistic Cowboy Bundle (58.44)

Direct download: ToadcastNo118.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:47pm UTC

Toadcast #117 - Mumford & Sons Toad Session

Video: VimeoYouTube
Photos: FlickrBlueback Hotrod
Audio: below

This was without a shadow of a doubt the most scary level of military efficiency that anything even slightly Toad-related has ever achieved.  Mumford & Sons were playing to a sold-out Queen's Hall in the evening, so we had to have them in and out of the door within an hour and a half, and we actually bloody managed it!  As the like of the Pictish Trail, who left Toad Hall completely plastered after his session, can testify, this isn't really what we're good at around here.

So, not only did they go to extreme lengths to actually make time to record this, they did a fucking lovely job of it as well.  If you watch the video for Untitled, embedded below, you'll see that they rattled our floors so hard that something actually falls off the shelves behind Marcus at the end of the video.  Gavin has done a lovely job of the recording and mixing, and many thanks to Dylan for the photography and Matthew for help with the filming.

As usual with the Toadcasts, there is a full set of pictures on our Flickr page, Dylan's own choices on his Blueback Hotrod page, freely downloadable and shareable mp3s of the session tracks below, a full podcast of the interview, with playlist at the bottom of the page, and videos of the individual songs themselves embedded below.  I've also made a video of the whole day, with bits of interviews and excerpts from the songs, and that is embedded at the top of the page.  Enjoy!

Toadcast #117 - Mumford & Sons Toad Session
Mumford & Sons - Untitled (Toad Session)

Mumford & Sons - Dance Dance Dance (Neil Young Cover) (Toad Session)

Mumford & Sons - White Blank Page (Toad Session)

Mumford & Sons - Awake My Soul (Toad Session)

Podcast Playlist:
01. Mumford & Sons - Untitled (Toad Session) (04.26)
02. Vampire Weekend - UR a Contra (13.29)
03. Love.Stop.Repeat - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (17.52)
04. Mumford & Sons - Dance Dance Dance (Neil Young Cover) (Toad Session) (21.54)
05. Billie Holiday - God Bless the Child (26.42)
06. Eels - In the Beginning (29.49)
07. Mumford & Sons - White Blank Page (Toad Session) (36.27)
08. My Kappa Roots - It was Rough When the Rain Came (41.19)
09. Mumford & Sons - Awake My Soul (Toad Session) (50.23)

Direct download: ToadcastNo117.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 10:00am UTC

Toadcast #116 - The Dead Calmcast

It's been a very, very long time since we had a nice simple podcast of me just chattering about music without extraneous distractions of various drunken people babbling to one another over the top of it.

Last week was Ruth, Michael and Dylan, the week before that was Vic and Peej, then me and Mrs. Toad and then there was the one from Homegame, which was nuts, so this one is just calm and sensible and plain vanilla and basically just me playing some songs, wondering how to pronounce names like Borcherdt, and talking pish like usual.

Next week will be the Mumford & Sons Toad Session, which is nice.

Toadcast #116 - The Dead Calmcas

01. The Van Allen Belt - The Way You Look (02:14)
02. Songdog - Gene Autry's Ghost (08.50)
03. Over the Wall - Settle Down (16.56)
04. Deathpodal - Squirrel and the Fox (20.55)
05. Brian Borcherdt - While I was Asleep (28.27)
06. Emit Bloch - Dorothy (34.34)
07. David Thomas Broughton - Perfect Louse (40.49)
08. Mat Riviere - FYH (43.09)
09. Member of the Wedding - New Century (51.37)
10. The Sequins - Offside & Beautiful (57.09)

Direct download: ToadcastNo116.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:13pm UTC





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