Toadcast #133 - The Tapecast

This is called the Tapecast because last night, for the first time in about ten years, I made a mixtape.  Because of the van having a tape player there is actually a point to making these bloody things now, so we got hammered and listened to records all night (again), only this time I recorded them all onto a C-90!  

There is something so stupidly fascinating about making tapes in the first place, but there is certainly something surreal in resurrecting what genuinely was dead technology.  It is far from easy to actually buy blank tapes these days.  I ended up recording over a shite old one I had to hand, and there is only a limited supply of ones hanging around which I would be happy to tape over.

It was bloody fun though, so I think it might well happen again! 

01. The Humms - Blood Sucking Vampire (02.30)
02. We Can't Enjoy Ourselves - Put Your Blue Dress On (11.19)
03. Ezequiel Ezequiel - Dear Permafrost (15.03) 
04. Small Town Boredom - Apologies for Apathy (22.32)
05. Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights (30.59)
06. The Dodos - Walking (35.59)
07. Trips and Falls - I Learned Sunday Morning, on a Wednesday (41.57)
08. Br'er - Whitewash (48.41)
09. Efren - Stay High (53.22)
10. Donny Hue & the Colors - Wild Again (59.22) 

Direct download: ToadcastNo133.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:50pm UTC

Toadcast #132 - The Fuzzcast

This wasn't particularly supposed to be all fuzzy and noisy, and in actual fact is probably isn't, except for in bits. I have been listening to the Male Bonding album a lot this week, and then the split single from Thee Ludds and The No-Brainers dropped into my inbox, and then I became fascinated by the splendid mess that is I'llfinishyrfinish and suddenly I realised I had a podcast which was pretty much all over the place.

So I decided to embrace it, go for it and just appreciate the noise. There is some acoustic fuzz too, and a song by Grandaddy who can be fuzzy but often aren't, but in general if you like your music to be played on a tape recorder down the back of the sofa in the next room, you should like this.

Oh, and we have the new Walkmen track and the new Cotton Jones one and all sorts. Aren't we clever. Actually, who the fuck am I calling 'we', anyway?

01. The Walkmen - Stranded (02.20)
02. Grandaddy - Fuck the Valley Fudge (09.02)
03. Male Bonding - Your Contact (16.19)
04. Navigator - Headless Horseman (The Microphones cover) (19.44)
05. Grizzly Prospector - Oh! Grizzly Me (Slow) (Live) (21.06)
06. Cotton Jones - Glorylight and Christie (24.09)
07. The Sound of the Ladies - The 40s Never Died (27.35)
08. Thee Ludds - I'm a Moron (34.42)
09. The Walkmen - Thinking of a Dream I Had (42.06)
10. Ace Bushy Striptease - I'llfinishyrfinish (I'll Finish You) (49.32)

Direct download: ToadcastNo132.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:38am UTC

Toadcast #131 - The Brocast

My brother heads off today, so I figured we'd take one last chance to do a podcast while we can.  This is mostly new stuff and inbox though, so I am not sure how he'll react.

Actually, he was in the room last week while I went through my inbox, played stuff, replied to emails, deleted things, and so on and so forth.  I think his response was that he simply wouldn't be able to handle the avalanche of shit I have to get through, and that it would simply turn him off music completely.

I don't mind that, I have to confess, because although some people do send me wildly inappropriate things, after two hours of listening to one 'psychedelic rock band who are blazing a trail across the LA scene right now' after another I then open an email from Allister Izenberg, which was possibly the most terse, abrupt and non-sugar-coated promo email I have ever read, even including Trips and Falls.  It was such a bad email actually that even before listening I had a sneaky suspicion I was going to really like the music, and boy oh boy was I right.  It makes all the 'rock, hip-hop, funk fusion's next big thing' emails easily worthwhile.

01. Hot Lava - Pink Lemonade (02.52)
02. Burnt Island - Hiding Out (07.42)
03. King Post Kitsch - Monomaniac (11.26)
04. Glass Animals - Leaflings (19.17)
05. Allister Izenberg - Little Swan (24.24)
06. Television Keeps us Apart - Voices (33.22)
07. Ola Belle Reid - High on a Mountain (41.01)
08. Clarence Ashley - Cuckoo Bird (51.54)
09. Willard Grant Conspiracy & Telefunk - The Cuckoo (54.23)
10. Soft Cat - Blackbird (62.41)

Direct download: ToadcastNo131.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:20pm UTC

Toadcast #130 - The Poshcast

My little brother is in town visiting, and he is the sound designer for the Boston Ballet, and on Wednesday night (I think) we got obliterated on gin and had something of a musical duel; each taking turns on the stereo, me playing some of the weirder stuff I listen to and him playing bits of classical music.  Honestly, it was fucking ace.  As a DJ set it would have absolutely delighted me anyway, even if everyone else ended up fucking off, but nevertheless, that evening was what music fandom is really about for me.

So this podcast isn't really a recreation by any means (we are far, far too sober and nothing like argumentative enough for starters) but I thought it would be nice to do a podcast along those lines.  Personally, it's maybe not even as classical as I might personally have liked it to be, but never mind, I really like it.

And, as usual, there is a correction to be made.  We describe the them tune to Star Trek Deep Space Nine as Theme for the Common Man, and apparently it isn't that at all.  What it is is heavily heavily borrowed from Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.  So the bit of classical music Ben describes hearing before we play that song must actually have been Fanfare for the Common Man, which only reminded him of the Deep Space Nine theme without actually being it.  Whoops.  Next time research before talking!


01. Mozart - Requiem in D Minor (02.40)
02. Yann Tiersen - La Lettre d'Explication (16.18)
03. The Flaming Lips - Watching the Planets (23.33)
04. Theme to Star Trek - Deep Space Nine (28.47)
05. Les Têtes Raides - Manuela (38.49)
06. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - The Proposition #1 (49.13)
07. The Books - S is for Everysing (52.29)
08. Nico Muhly - The Only Tune (64.00)

Direct download: ToadcastNo130.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:46pm UTC

Housecast?  Well, yes.  One of the things I have been trying to do since I left my grown up job is get our house vaguely under control.  I have mananged to get the boxes of albums out of the hallway and into the office now, but there is still all manner of paperwork and assorted other shit all over the place.

Also, my folks are visiting at the end of next week, and you know what that means: the famous Mother-in-Law Clean.  Mrs. Toad isn't exactly a domesticated young lady, but she will be setting about the house with a bucket of bleach and a million fistfuls of wire wool over the course of the next few days I would imagine.

I, on the other hand, just have to destroy the ropey old oven in the back garden with a pick axe.  Sometimes it rocks to get the man jobs!


01. Perfume Genius - Mr. Petersen (03.44)
02. Bottle of Evil - Same Old Story (10.02)
03. Cate Le Bon - Shoeing the Bones (15.17)
04. Warm Ghost - So Sick of the Sun (18.34)
05. Andrew Cedermark - Masterpieces (23.41)
06. Micah P. Hinson - Seven Horses Seen (29.12)
07. Yusuf Azak - Thin Air (34.23)
08. Kid Canaveral - Cursing Your Apples (38.55)
09. Communist Daughter - The Lady is an Arsonist (41.52)
10. Richard Hawley - The Ellen Vannin Tragedy (feat. the Smoke Fairies) (49.20)

Direct download: ToadcastNo129.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:34pm UTC

Toadcast #128 - The Glastocast

So, erm, yes, this podcast should really have happened on Sunday, but it was so unspeakably bakingly hot (alright, in all honesty it was only about 28 degrees, but it felt much fucking hotter, okay) that there was basically no fucking chance it was going to happen.

I've also been adjusting to not having a day job, which in its own way made this easier.  I'd write posts when I could during the day, but at the moment my only job is Song, by Toad so I have focussed entirely on the important jobs, not on the day to day business of posting on the site.

Also, this is late and it may be (early) Thursday, but there will still be a podcast on the weekend, but I thought this was an opportunity which should not be passed up.  It's Glastonbury for fuck's sake, and it really did need its own podcast pretty sharpish, even if just to wonder why one Earth Glastonbury needs its own podcast when there are so many better festivals out there!

Toadcast #128 - The Glastocast

01. Radiohead - Idioteque (06.55)
02. Flaming Lips - God Walks Among Us Now (19.26)
03. Eels - Looking Up (24.06)
04. The Avett Brothers - Murder in the City (39.57)
05. The National - England (42.57)
06. The Books - A Cold Freezin' Night (57.02)
07. Devendra Banhart - The Charles C Leary (70.57)
08. Broken Social Scene - 7/4 (shoreline) (73.34)
09. Wild Nothing - Your Rabbit Feet (81.06)
10. LCD Soundsystem - All Your Friends (96.59)

Direct download: ToadcastNo128.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:03am UTC





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