Toadcast #124 - The Dolecast

This is called the Dolecast for... well, for obvious reasons.  I am on the downward slope to imminent joblessness, with my last day at Proper Job now pencilled in for the 23rd of June - the day before Glastonbury, rather handily.

Actually festivals are something of a feature this Summer, as there's that one, Kelburn, Rockness, Fusion out in Germany, and then Knockengorroch, which I will be driving out to the very second I hit 'post' on this.  We're also looking at going out to Musicfest Northwest this year as well, and of course the rather splendid Fence Away Game.

So erm, yes, maybe I should have called this the Festcast or something like that.

Toadcast #124 - The Dolecast

01. The Wave Pictures - I Shall be a Ditchdigger (03.09)
02. Fur Hood - Tweetle Beetle Battle Beetles (12.27)
03. Fear the Fives - Devil's Tongue (15.39)
04. Southern Tenant Folk Union - South Ythsie (20.19)
05. Benni Hemm Hemm - Retaliate (29.11)
06. The Douglas Firs - Grow Old and Go Home (33.09)
07. Magic Bullets - Lying Around (37.12)
08. Perfume Genius - Lookout, Lookout (41.25)
09. The Effort - Adjust (46.54)
10. Tusk Tusk - Crazy Little Birthmarks (55.56)

Direct download: ToadcastNo124.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:20pm UTC

Toadcast #123 - The Drivecast

Having spent the week driving Loch Lomond around the country I figured that some sort of driving-themed nonsense would be in order for this week's podcast.

Driving music (NOT in the Top Gear sense) tends to stick in your head, probably because when listening to it there is nothing else to do but sit and absorb the whole album.  I know most musicians would probably blanche somewhat at the idea of having their work enjoyed over the thrum of wind noise, tyre noise and a grumbling engine, but a long drive is still probably one of the best places to listen to music.

Oh, and the 'character'is supplied by all the fuckers outside having fun while I DO FUCKING WORK FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT OF YOU UNGRATEFUL INTERNET BASTARDS.  Erm, sorry.  I'm tired.

Toadcast #123 - The Drivecast

01. The Twilight Sad - The Wrong Car (01.53)
02. Bear Driver - A Thousand Samurais (09.12)
03. The National - Terrible Love (14.37)
04. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms (19.11)
05. The Wedding Present - Drive (25.07)
06. The French Wives - Me vs Me (28.54)
07. Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Davy's on the Road Again (Live) (35.01)
08. Foon Yap - Gabriel Moody (41.49)
09. The Goodnight Loving Supper Club - The Pan (50.14)
10. The Men They Couldn't Hang - A Map of Morocco (54.27)

Direct download: ToadcastNo123.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:08pm UTC

Toadcast #122 - The Greencast

This podcast is called the Greencast because we have the most hobbled government in recent memory - Cameron has kinda, sorta, maybe won, in the sense that he is actually the PM.

On the other hand Clegg, having been butchered at the polls, after a promising campaign, is now in a position of more influence than he was ever likely to gain from the election alone.

And yet Labour, despite being deposed, seem to have come out of it all better than anyone.  They may be out of power, but they are free from the millstone of the next few years of cuts, they can sit back and watch the Tories and the Lib Dems squabble for a couple of years and achieve nothing at all, and once the coalition has made fools of themselves for a couple of years Labour can pop up again with a new, smooth, television-friendly leader and trade on the inevitable failure of the preceding government.

So, as read in the Guardian, Labour may actually have won by losing.  And here are some tunes.  Utterly unrelated tunes!

Toadcast #122 - The Greencast

01. Loch Lomond - Spine (05.49)
02. The Man From Delmonte - Drive Drive Drive (13.00)
03. The Magnetic Fields - Drive On Driver (15.24)
04. Modernaire - Bloodshed in the Woodshed (21.27)
05. Rats With Wings - Hungry Like the Wolf (29.27)
06. Pet Shop Boys - Rent (36.09)
07. David Bowie - Let's Dance (40.59)
08. Huey Lewis & the News - The Power of Love (54.50)
09. Glaciers - Brooklyn (61.15)
10. The Moulettes - Bloodshed in the Woodshed (71.25)

Direct download: ToadcastNo122.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:33pm UTC

Toadcast #121 - The Votecast

I will be in Macclesfield at Unconvention, pretending to know what the fuck I am talking about when it comes to new music business models when you come to listen to this.

I do get a shiny new pair of Converse, courtesy of the sponsors, which is cool.  But above all, me, the chance to talk shit... well, it's just a match made in heaven isn't it.

My Granddad lives in Manchester too, which is rather convenient, so on Sunday I will go round to his house and say hello.  Who knows, it might even shunt me slowly out of the Bad Son status I have been occupying for all these years.

This playlist is largely composed of new stuff which has appeared in my inbox recently, and a couple of bizarre wild cards - two covers,

Toadcast #121 - The Votecast

01. Yusuf Azak - Turn on the Long Wire (06.23)
02. Micah P. Hinson - 2s and 3s (12.50)
03. Nina Nastasia - Cry, Cry, Baby (17.58)
04. Emit Bloch - Milkshake vs. Passenger (Kelis & Iggy Pop) (23.50)
05. Run on Sentence - Out in the Woods (30.16)
06. eagleowl - Morpheus (33.43)
07. David Tattersall - The Old Family (39.15)
08. Los Hombres - Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) (41.36)
09. Male Bonding - Year's Not Long (46.12)
10. Willie Nelson - Smells Like Teen Spirit (49.22)
11. Super Adventure Club - Pick Up Sticks (57.03)

Direct download: ToadcastNo121.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm UTC

Toadcast #120 - The Swing-O-Cast

We have been collecting for the lifeboats today and as usual we have had a massive, lovely meal prepared by my darling Mrs. Toad.  It was fucking awesome, I have to tell you, and anyone who wasn't here truly did miss out.

We, and the RNLI, owe a massive debt of thanks to Sharon from the Wirral, Euan from The Kays Lavelle (and many other things), Peter from next door, Matthew from Glasgow (as of last week), Ella from the Last Battle, Lucy and Catherine from Mrs. Toad's Finance Corp., Jamie from Broken Records, and Dylan and Ed who turned up and were nice but didn't really do much.

In terms of actually making a difference, it's worth pointing out that the collection in Stockbridge has hovered around the £200 mark for about the last thirty years, but since us young 'uns have been involved that number has almost tripled, which is sort of nice.  It actually does make a big difference when you all turn up and show some enthusiasm and commit even just a few hours to helping out.  Charity people can be a bit pushy at times, so it gets a bit of a bad rap, but it really does make an important difference.  So thank you.  And hopefully we'll see you all again next year.

Toadcast #120 - The Swing-O-Cast

1. The Bonzo Dog Band - No Matter Who You Vote For, the Government Always Gets In (5.35)
2. Billy Bragg - The Marching Song of the Covert Battalions (13.27)
3. Wham! - Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) (22.23)
4. Pet Shop Boys - Opportunites (28.59)
5. The Dead Kennedys - Kill the Poor (41.00)
6. Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City (44.04)
7. REM - Ignoreland (52.33)
8. Pearl Jam - Bu$hleaguer (60.39)
9. Gao Yuqian, Liu Changyu, Qian Haoliang - The Party Has Taught Your Son to be a Man of Iron (80.01)
10. Erase Errata - Another Genius Idea from our Government (81.44)

Direct download: ToadcastNo120.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:52pm UTC





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