Toadcast #206 - The Scroogecast

Here we are at the penultimate podcast of the year, and the one immediately preceding Christmas.  I really don't like 99% of Christmas music so there's pretty close to none of it at all on here, although I have made a couple of exceptions as a lazy sort of nod to the season.  Let's face it, if the druids can be arsed dancing about like idiots around Stonehenge and people can fall out over half-defrosted turkeys then I can probably make the effort to shove a couple of token musical nods onto a single podcast, can't I.

I actually take a lot of this podcast from my recently-published albums of the year list, and from my as-yet-unpublished Festive Fifty, so it's a bit of a yearly roundup as well.

And in fact, seeing as Christmas is a Sunday, I won't actually be posting until Boxing Day now, so this will be the last post before Christmas so umm, in the off-chance I don't bump into you on Facebook, Twitter or down the pub, I better wish you Happy Christmas now, hadn't I.

01. Tom Lehrer - A Christmas Carol (00.23)
02. The Black Tambourines - Bad Days (05.09)
03. The Low Anthem - Boeing 737 (10.42)
04. Timber Timbre - Woman (13.31)
05. Sons of Joy - Pig (20.25)
06. The Japanese War Effort - Our Land Could be Your Life (24.51)
07. Jonnie Common - Hand-Hand (31.37)
08. Earth Girl Helen Brown - Girls of My Dreams (35.39)
09. Weird Era - Garage Honeymoon (41.37)
10. The War on Drugs - Your Love is Calling My Name (47.46)
11. Sons of Joy - In the Bleak Midwinter (58.07)
12. Sons of Joy - Coventry Carol (60.00)

Direct download: ToadcastNo206.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am UTC

Toadcast #205 - The Baublescast

The baubles in question would be twofold:

Firstly, the Song, by Toad readers are awarding their own baubles for the year's musical endeavours, both in terms of anointing their song and their album of the year.

And secondly, the very second I post this I am heading up into town to Kid Canaveral's Christmas Baubles, their second of what I assume will become an annual Christmas knees-up, this time hosted at Edinburgh's rather amazing Summerhall.

This week on Song, by Toad I will be publishing my own top twenty albums of the year, and then moving on to the Festive Fifty - basically your average predictable blogger's December rituals.  If you don't like it I guess you're a bit stuck until the new year I'm afraid.

01. Mongrels - Massive Cunt (00.25)

02. Tom Waits - Face to the Highway (06.14)

03. Waiters - Tomorrowland (14.27)

04. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Bats in the Attic (Unravelled) (24.03)

05. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - The Copper Top (27.33)

06. Hookworms - Medicine Cabinet (34.56)

07. Grant Lee Phillips - Josephine of the Swamps (45.21)

08. The Dears - Lost in the Plot (50.49)

09. Warpaint - Billie Holiday (60.27)

Direct download: ToadcastNo205.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm UTC

Toadcast #204 - The Phewcast

PHEW!  Thank fuck that's (more or less) over.  This year has been a bit full-on, I have to confess, but the bulk of the hard work now seems more or less over.  Our last release (Lil Daggers) came out last week, and our label Christmas Party is now done and dusted which leaves me a relatively comfortable run into the Christmas period from now on, which is some for which I am quite grateful.

Nevertheless, The Leg album, the Jesus H. Foxx album and the second album by Yusuf Azak are all on the menu for early next year, so those need to be nudged into motion, so it's not exactly like my feet are going up and my hands reaching for the remote control and a bag of popcorn.

Well maybe, but mostly between Christmas and New Year, I can't really bring myself to work then!

Next week I'll be going through the Song, by Toad readers' top five songs and albums of the year vote, so if you want to chip in then just fill in your top albums of the year on this week's Friday Five.

01. Coolrunnings - Rusk (00.04)
02. The National - I Need My Girl (09.35)
03. Islet - This Fortune (15.44)
04. Saintseneca - Acid Rain (20.45)
05. Doe Paoro - Can't Leave You (25.46)
06. Mark Lanegan Band - The Gravedigger's Song (32.47)
07. Micah P. Hinson - My God, My God (40.30)
08. Liars - Scissor (43.17)
09. Jackson C. Frank (51.43)
10. Monster Rally - Creeping Ghost (58.22)
11. Monster Rally - Sahara (59.57)
12. Monster Rally - Crystal Ball (62.09)

Direct download: ToadcastNo204.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:04pm UTC

Toadcast #203 - The Lardcast

Bleerch, bleurgh...  I feel completely disgusting. I had a really good sleep last night, but that translated into a day spent wasting my time fannying about and just lolling in that way that seems like a good idea at the time, but invariably ends up making you feel completely disgusting by the end.

Also, to make matters worse, we ordered pizza, which is something we hardly ever do and something which we absolutely always regret.  So here we sit on a Friday evening feeling bloated and slightly soiled and wondering whether at this time of the night there's any point really trying to redeem the day, and perhaps it's best just to forget it and wait for tomorrow.  Bleuch.

01. Joanna Gruesome - Madison (00.27)
02. The Mutton Birds - Anchor Me (06.36)
03. Monster Island - Pilot Whales (14.42)
04. Former Bullies - It Might Be Okay (17.36)
05. Video Thrills - Our Plush Selection (21.05)
06. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Some Candy Talking (Peel Session) (25.16)
07. Bottle of Evil - I Can See Your Face (31.20)
08. The Black Tambourines - White Album (39.37)
09. Dolfinz - Teenage Doom (42.47)
10. The Ramones - Psycho Therapy (48.50)
11. Samoan Punks - Everyday (51.42)
12. Waiters - Black Stuff (59.27)

Direct download: ToadcastNo203.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:08pm UTC

Toadcast #202 - The Saxcast

 First things first, I must inevitably apologise for the horrendous lateness of this podcast.  Between my mum visiting, the gig on Sunday and the Samantha Crain Toad Session we recorded on Monday there just hasn't been enough time to catch up.

It's that end of year time, too, when lists are being made, accounts submitted, the last releases of the year tended to and plans for next year being finalised, so just when I thought that I could coast into Christmas, it turns out I actually have just as much work now as at any other time of the year.  Ah well, whinge whinge, etc.

This podcast is called the Saxcast because I happened to be listening to Timber Timbre the other night, and one of their songs features the saxophone quite heavily.  It occurred to me at the time that not only does almost no-one use that instrument at the moment, but despite the eighties ending over twenty years ago, it still seems almost completely taboo, within the kind of musical circles I move in anyway.  Needless to say, this was all it took for me to devote an entire podcast to the instrument.

01. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band - It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City (Live) (00.27)
02. Timber Timbre - Do I Have Power (09.02)
03. Quiet Americans - Summer House (16.54)
04. Samantha Crain - Two Sidedness (20.02)
05. Hazel O'Connor - Will You (25.09)
06. Woodenbox - Twisted Mile (33.42)
07. Monster Rally & RumTum - Raindrops (39.53)
08. My Tiny Robots - Guild of Defiants (42.37)
09. David Tattersall - The Typewriter Ribbon (47.51)
10. Mark Knopfler - Going Home (Theme From Local Hero) (58.30)

Direct download: ToadcastNo202.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:06pm UTC

Toadcast #201 - The Cakecast

Cakecast? Yes, the Cakecast, because I turn thirty-six today, and in the absence of a real cake and in honour of the fact that I have a gig tonight at the Wee Red and will hence be working, I decided that at least a picture of some cake was in order. I don't worry about age particularly, but I have to confess that thirty-six sounds suspiciously more like 'nearly forty' than it does like 'thirty-something'.  Curse you time and your unrelentingly linear nature!

Anyhow, as I said, tonight we have Gummy Stumps, Weird Era and Battery Face at the Wee Red Bar for a fiver, so those of you wishing to come along and help me get pished and make a fool of myself will have plenty of opportunity to do so.  A can of Red Stripe will do the trick, there's none of your fancy micro-brew pish at the Wee Red.

01. Clem Snide - Happy Birthday (00.16)
02. The Quiet Americans - Be Alone (07.10)
03. Bottle of Evil - The Boatman (11.52)
04. Tropic of Cancer - Distorted Horizon (15.55)
05. Islet - This Fortune (21.20)
06. Samantha Crain - Traipsing Through the Aisles (Daytrotter Session) (29.54)
07. Bos Angeles - Beach Slalom (35.16)
08. Ghost Outfit - I Was Good When I Was Young (38.11)
09. The Sleepy Jackson - Tell the Girls That I'm Not Hanging Out (49.29)
10. The Louche FC - Hands (56.42)

Direct download: ToadcastNo201.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:16pm UTC

Toadcast #200 - The Cusscast

So, the 200th podcast.  I remember a couple of years ago when the 100th ticked past, it happened to be a Toad Session, and as those are pre-recorded with little idea when they'll fit into the sequence of Toadcasts I never really marked the milestone in any sort of a way.

This time around I was very much conscious of it, but still couldn't really think of a way to make it interesting and, on Thursday night, with no real plan, I just sat down to have a go at editing a compilation consisting of at least one swear word from each podcast.  It took fucking hours, and in fact had to be finished over a combination of Saturday and Sunday evening, which is the reason the podcast is so late this week.

For some reason though, it seems kind of fitting, because in amongst the swearing there are some bits and pieces which remind me of events now quite a surprisingly long way in the past.  We have the first Toad Session, the first time Mrs. Toad joined me on a podcast, various long-forgotten birthdays, the passing of the legendary Floyd and all sorts of other things.  The kind of things, in short, which make this whole load of bollocks a lot more personal than just a music blog and a record label.

01. Song, by Toad Swearing Omnibus #1 (00.20)

02. The Shaky Hands - Whales Sing (11.27)

03. Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster (18.11)

04. Song, by Toad Swearing Omnibus #2 (20.54)

05. The 63 Crayons - Spoils for Survivors (25.09)

06. Broken Records - Out On the Water (Toad Session) (35.18)

07. Meursault - The Dirt & the Roots (42.47)

08. Song, by Toad Swearing Omnibus #3 (46.20)

09. Dusty Springfield - What Good is I Love You? (51.53)

10. Thelonius Monster & Tom Waits - Adios Lounge (60.12)

11. Mike MacFarlane - Done For (70.01)

12. Song, by Toad Swearing Omnibus #4 (72.43)

Direct download: ToadcastNo200.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:25am UTC

Toadcast #199 - The Barfcast

This is called the Barfcast because I feel like utter, unmitigated shite this morning, after another awesome evening with Mrs. Toad getting scooshed and playing records.  I think I had Weald on at the maximum volume our amp can actually manage.  Which, for the record, is pretty fucking loud.

So now I am off to get ready for not one, but three gigs.  Firstly the Ides of Toad at Henry's, then Lach and Viv Albertine after that, and then Flamin' Hott Toadzzz! in Anstruther tomorrow.  When the chance to have a good sleep comes, I think I will have earned it!

Sometime this week I will figure out what the fuck to do with the 200th podcast. Or at least, I'd better!  There have been a good few calls to get Mrs. Toad back on, which is a lovely idea, but will depend very much on whether or not she can possibly be arsed, which I wouldn't take for granted.

01. Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought the Law (00.26)
02. Evan Dando - $1000 Wedding (Gram Parsons) (04.41)
03. Easter - Damp Patch (07.39)
04. Preston School of Industry - So Many Ways (13.52)
05. Sparklehorse - Piano Fire (18.57)
06. The Black Tambourines - A Lot of Friends (26.31)
07. Ghost Outfit - Tuesday (30.47)
08. Loch Awe - I Will Drift into 10,000 Streams (35.33)
09. Lil Daggers - Dada Brown (42.32)
10. Rob St. John - Sargasso Sea (44.45)
11. Dan Mangan - About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help at All (55.56)

Direct download: ToadcastNo199.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:35pm UTC

Toadcast #198 - The Revivalcast

This particular podcast was somewhat railroaded by two different things, and hence has very little of the new music/inbox harvesting stuff you may have come to expect from Song, by Toad.

Firstly, I went to see Jeffrey Lewis on Wednesday.  He was supported by Seth Faergolzia from Dufus and covered 2+2=? by the Bob Seger System, which explains two of the songs.

Secondly, I went out to visit a couple of pals on Thursday night.  That resulted in an epic Pearl Jam-a-thon, so I was looking for some Pearl Jam to play today, only to happen across an old compilation with Pearl Jam, Luna, The Magnetic Fields, Yo La Tengo, Beck and others on it, which explains a couple more songs.  As for the rest, well, there's just no excuse really, is there.

01. Soulsavers - Revival (00.16)

02. Pearl Jam - Bu$hleaguer (08.47)

03. Seth Faergolzia - Weird Old Toad (16.40)

04. Bob Seger System - 2+2=? (19.53)
05. Lords of Bastard - Chant (25.24)

06. The Blue Runes - Stream Fog (31.59)

07. Beck - Golden Age (37.54)

08. Luna - Black Champagne (42.24)

09. The Eagles - Outlaw Man (52.25)

10. Honey Train - Yo Toad/Deepness (Demo) (58.37)

Direct download: ToadcastNo198.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:28pm UTC

Toadcast #197 - The Changecast

This is called the Changecast because, in an absolutely stunning turn of events, it is not packed full of lo-fi garage rock for a bloody change.  Considering the racket you've had to put up with for the last year or so, it seems I have kindly granted you the respite of three songs you'd probably vaguely describe as Americana and a couple which are most unmistakably pop!  I know! Get me!

Tonight is of course the Rob St. John album launch down at Pilrig St. Paul's in Leith.  He will be joined on the bill by Viking Moses, Meursault and eagleowl, the latter of whom just happen to be recording their debut album at the moment, which is rather exciting.

So, I will post this, attempt to get some nice lunch somewhere and then commence that uncomfortable 'no-one's coming no-one's coming no-one's coming... oh thank fuck' dance I inevitably end up doing whenever I am promoting a gig.  Why I put myself through this all the time I just don't know.

01. Cub Scouts - Evie (00.20)
02. Horsecollar - The Thrill of Never Being Satisfied (06.53)
03. Yoofs - John Actor is Monkfish (14.39)
04. Youthfall - Guard it Like a Fortress (18.01)
05. Rollor - Jekyll Island (22.37)
06. The Lovely Sparrows - National Monuments (33.07)
07. Ohbijou - Niagra (39.42)
08. Milk & Biscuits - Rivers (44.10)
09. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar (50.45)
10. The Twilight Sad - Sick (58.25)

Direct download: ToadcastNo197.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:36pm UTC

Video: Vimeo - YouTube
Photos: Flickr
Audio: zip file (right-click, save as)

The Toad Session I was probably most nervous about recording was Milk Maid, I think.  It was arranged at the last minute, they are a full, four-piece rock band, their profile is riding relatively high at the moment and I'd never really recorded anything so loud in our house before.

As it was, it turned out pretty fucking well, if you ask me, so when PAWS came in I was confident enough that we'd get decent recordings, but I have to confess I was a little nervous about how we'd get away with the racket and the general lawlessness of their performances.

There were some changes to the team this time as well, as a lot of the usual suspects couldn't make it.  Wee Matthew was helping out on cameras again, and Rory from Broken Records was back for a second batch of filming.  But we also managed to coax former ace Edinburgh gig photographer extraordinaire Nic Rue out of retirement to take the pictures, and Rory 'brought at friend' to help out with the filming.  And his friend just happened to be Chris Park.  Who just happens to be a serious professional.  So if you're wondering why this isn't as shit as usual, that's probably why.

As per usual, all the session mp3s are available to download for free, either below or in this zip file, we have videos of the songs and of the interview here, photos here, Nic's slightly larger portfolio of pics here, and of course the interview podcast below, with the playlist at the bottom of the page.  Enjoy.  And pity our poor neighbours.

PAWS - Jellyfish (Toad Session)

PAWS - Bloodline (Toad Session)

PAWS - Bird Inside Birdcage, Ribcage Inside Bird (Toad Session)

PAWS - Winners Don't Bleed (Toad Session)

01. PAWS - Jellyfish (Toad Session) (07.17)
02. Bronto Skylift - Cobblepot (15.50)
03. Mr. Peppermint - Carp Act (20.25)
04. PAWS - Bloodline (Toad Session) (26.47)
05. Ultimate Thrush - Complex Cat (35.31)
06. Crystal Swells - Waco, Wasilia, Waikiki (36.41)
07. PAWS - Bird Inside Birdcage, Ribcage Inside Bird (Toad Session) (42.35)
08. Pavement - Gold Soundz (48.59)
09. Dolfinz - Blowhole (51.44)
10. PAWS - Winners Don't Bleed (Toad Session) (61.49)

Direct download: ToadcastNo196.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 11:30am UTC

Toadcast #195 - The Dreichcast

 The Dreichcast is so called because yesterday was fucking dreich. Dreich is another one of those wonderful Scots words which I, with my vague sort of RP/BBC/public school accent can't really pronounce properly, but I wish I could.

Nevertheless it worked out pretty nicely actually, and despite the drizzle and general unpleasantness, Mrs. Toad and I went out for a wander, had some lunch, bought some immensely smelly cheese, and then went and got utterly scooshed at the Emily Scott album launch, and then on to Papi Falso at Henry's Cellar Bar.

I really like Papi Falso actually.  The music is weird, but still upbeat, and far, far better than the doosh-doosh garbage or excruciating cheese you would hear at most other clubs.  And also, being Henry's, there is space to sit and shoot the breeze, rather than having to scream in one another's ears from half an inch away.

01. Only the Sea Slugs - She Said (00.09)
02. Wilco - Art of Almost (06.23)
03. Pet - Love Buzz (16.40)
04. Nirvana - In Bloom (21.37)
05. Benjamin Shaw - The Birds Chirp and the Sun Shines (29.15)
06. We Can't Enjoy Ourselves - Your Darkest Thoughts Will Shine (34.40)
07. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Taste the Floor (39.47)
08. Toto & the Bad Eggs - Little Naked (45.17)
09. Whirling Pig Dervish - A Question of Sport (48.17)
10. Tom Waits - Burma Shave (57.49)

Direct download: ToadcastNo195.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:12pm UTC

Toadcast #194 - The Clamcast

The Clamcast is so-called not because of seafood, but because it all of a sudden became rather clammy here this week.  An unseasonable warm spell descended and I didn't personally adjust my clothing habits fast enough, meaning absolutely everywhere I went I ended up being uncomfortably warm.

So there you go, the Clamcast.

Anyhow, I am off to Glasgow to set up the Independent Record Fair, before scooting back through to Edinburgh to get the John Knox Sex Club, Easter and Fuzzystar Ides of Toad night sorted out at Henry's.  Actually, I say sorted out, but it's not me who sorts things out at this stage, it's really just down to the bands and the venue.  Still, I have to be there and look willing, just in case!

01. Thee Ludds - Parabolic Reflector (00.16)
02. Pregnant- I Wasn't Getting Paid (05.49)
03. Death Songs - Let This Body Go (10.58)
04. Fat History Month - Gorilla (15.00)
05. Aidan John Moffat - I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher Cover) (21.57)
06. King's Daughters & Sons - Volunteer (25.42)
07. Sons of Joy - It Was a Dirty Lie (34.32)
08. Ba Babes - Avon (Extended) (44.04)
09. Yalls - Our Place 1 (50.52)
10. Sic Alps - Cambridge Vagina (52.27)
11. Easter - Somethin' American (57.16)

Direct download: ToadcastNo194.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:38pm UTC

Toadcast #193 - The Remcast

Please note that this is called the Remmcast, rather than the Arriyemcast, for little better reason than that it sounds better. 

R.E.M. split up this week, which is sort of like the death of an elderly relative: you know it's sad, and you mourn the loss, but they hadn't been themselves for a while, everyone knew it was probably coming, and maybe it's for the best after all.

Due to not really wanting to pontificate too much, I haven't really produced what could be in any way described as a 'career retrospective' or anything, nor have I really gone into much about their contemporaries or influences nor indeed the enduring influence they themselves have had.  Nope, I have simply recorded a podcast as per usual, but with three R.E.M. songs in it because they were fucking brilliant.

01. Ezra Furman & the Harpoons - Hard Time in a Terrible Land (00.26)
02. Burning Yellows - False Horizons (04.33)
03. R.E.M. - Perfect Circle (11.44)
04. The Twilight Sad - Kill it in the Morning (17.52)
05. Niwel Tsumbu - It's All Vibrations (23.35)
06. R.E.M. - Star Me Kitten (33.03)
07. The Fair Ohs - I'm a Woman, I'm Your Wife (38:15)
08. Zoey Van Goey - You Told the Drunks I Knew Karate (GRNR Remix) (39.10)
09. The Whines - Electric Current (45.02)
10. Youthfall - Secular Child (49.01)
11. R.E.M. - Parakeet (59.47)

Direct download: ToadcastNo193.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:41pm UTC

Toadcast #192 - The Winecast

 Winecast because after soberly recording these on a Saturday afternoon for the last couple of years, I'm recording this after a bottle of wine on a Sunday evening for a change.  So don't expect coherence, but it honestly isn't all that bad.

Mrs. Toad and I were down looking at the Port O' Leith  Motor Boat Club today, wondering if we might buy the place, move in and try and turn it into the kind of recording space and performance space we already try and use our house as.  It's a great building, but I am not entirely certain how popular a place in Newhaven might prove to be to Edinburgh people reluctant to go more than a block or two for their musicfunz.

Anyhewww, here we have another ten songs of unbelievable brilliance, for which you will no doubt be enormously grateful and umm *cough cough* well, you're more than welcome.

01. Prize Pets - It Takes Time (00.09)
02. Ian Humberstone - House on the Hill (07.34)
03. Waiters - Tomorrowland (15.05)
04. Former Bullies - Golden Chains (20.21.)
05. Talvihorros - Beta (26.39)
06. Palms - Wolf (37.23)
07. Burning Yellows - Chopsticks (42.32)
08. Debutant - Yeah! Currahee! (51.00)
09. The Japanese War Effort - Dreaming of a New Labour (54.49)
10. King Creosote & John Hopkins - Bats in the Attic (Unravelled) (62.52)

Direct download: ToadcastNo192.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:52pm UTC

Toadcast #191 - The Fullcast

This is called the Fullcast for no better reason than that I tried to fit far too many songs onto the playlist.  I've have used half the Palmist Records stable if possible, but eventually decided to settle for one single track.  There's always next week.

I didn't even make room for a song from the new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah record, although to be fair I haven't really listened to that enough to really know what I think about it, so maybe that would have been hasty.

If anything this reminded me of the really early podcasts, when I tried to squish two hours of music into a single recording, and the things were just sprawling behemoths of wittering and tuneage.  I can't say I regret the decision to trim it down to either ten songs or an hour.

01. Beaters - Dark Haunter (00.22)
02. Body Wash - Cool Bike (06.34)
03. High Pop - For Jord (08.23)
04. Django Django - Waveforms (11.35)
05. Steven Malkmus & the Jicks - No One Is (As I Are Be) (17.31)
06. Milkshakes - Track 1 (24.57)
07. Kurt Vile - The Creature (27.37)
08. Ezra Furman & the Harpoons - Don't Turn Your Back on Love (34.41)
09. Steel Phantoms - Bedouin (41.50)
10. Eagulls - Possessed (47.24)
11. Sands - Fares & Tolls (53.15)
12. U2 - Lemon (60.17)

Direct download: ToadcastNo191.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:50pm UTC

Toadcast #190 - The Snoozecast

Snooze!  Yes, a genuine, proper weekend snooze was had this morning and it was fucking amaaaaazing!  I haven't actually had the chance to lazily sleep in for fucking months and it was an enormous pleasure.  And not even a guilty one, because I genuinely don't have to rush about being efficient today.  Awesome!

This week's podcast contains a fair bit of plugging, I have to confess.  Not all for myself though.  I plug the Kurt Vile tour, Jonnie Common's Deskjob as well as his new album, the new Oates Field album and the new album by The Leg.

Then, just for good measure, I also plug the upcoming Ides of Toad gigs, and two new releases on Song, by Toad Records.  I hope it doesn't get too much for you, but I don't think so, because all the songs are very good and hopefully you know me well enough by now to know full well that I don't plug anything I don't genuinely like.  So there.  Enjoy.  That's an order.

01. Jonnie Common - Infinitea (00.21)
02. The Oates Field - Nae Luck (09.50)
03. Adam Balbo - Just Singing a Song (15.37)
04. The Leg - Twitching Stick (17.22)
05. Kurt Vile - IN/OUT Blues (23.40)
06. Easter - Damp Patch (30.03)
07. Trips and Falls - I Learned Sunday Morning, on a Wednesday (38.41)
08. Rob St. John - Your Phantom Limb (41.39)
09. Sea Pinks - Fountain Tesserae (46.47)
10. Tuesday Glass - Franklin (50.16)
11. John Knox Sex Club - Above Us the Waves (59.23)

Direct download: ToadcastNo190.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:03pm UTC

Toadcast #189 - The Comacast

Comacast?  Yes, because of the imminent onset of a post-Festival coma.

After trying to juggle two gigs of my own, two gigs I wanted to attend, the Antifolk-off and the visit of a good friend I haven't seen in a couple of years and the Retreat Festival this weekend I think I am now ready to officially declare August over and collapse into a somnolent stupour. 

In short, I need to sleep.  A lot.

Mrs. Toad came back from a ten-day holiday last night as well, and that always restores a sense of equilibrium.  She doesn't do much except swear at me and tell me to leave her the fuck alone, but for some reason I find that inordinately comforting in times of stress.  I think it might be because I am a fucking idiot.

1. PAWS - Booger (00.08)
2. Trwbador - Sun in the Winter (07.09)
3. The Walkmen - On the Water (16.35)
4. Arcade Fire - City With no Children (20.05)
5. Enfant Bastard - Pob is Not Interested (26.33)
6. Michael Kiwanuka - Tell Me a Tale (34.49)
7. Electrelane - I'm on Fire (Bruce Springsteen Cover) (42.22)
8. The Love Gestures - Joanna Newsom 666 (49.55)
9. Ghost Outfit - Those Ghosts (52.54)
10. Lach - Blue Overcoat (60.12)

Direct download: ToadcastNo189.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:08pm UTC

Toadcast #188 - The Paedocast

Stop it.  Stop it.  Just fucking stop it.  Don't panic, this is emphatically NOT about pedophilia.  Before you get your knickers in a twist have a quick look at the tracklisting, and in particular the band names, and hopefully you will see why the podcast has the name it does.

So what am I really on about?  Well, I happened across a band recently called Young Girls, and it finally became clear that after Bear Crystal Wolf Fuck Ghost bands, the new fashion is quite clearly paedo bands.  Band whose names, whilst not exactly dodgy in themselves, lead to a lot of very, very awkward moments on Google.

So there you go.  No awkward debates about awkward psychological or sociological issues at all, I promise.  Just lots of good tunes by bands with dubious names.  Mostly.

01. Teens - Golden Years (00.05)
02. Girls - Broken Dreams Club (05.59)
03. Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag (15.19)
04. XX Teens - The Way We Were (19.23)
05. Tim Minchin- Pope Song (26.17)
06. Sonny Boy Williamson - Good Morning, School Girl (33.27)
07. Young Boys - Bring 'em Down (42.30)
08. Young Girls - We're Not Friends (46.30)
09. Tiny Tim - Tiptoe Thru' the Tulips With Me (51.36)
10. Sexy Kids - Sisters Are Forever (59.17)

Direct download: ToadcastNo188.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:48pm UTC

Toadcast #187 - The Godcast

Godcast?  The fucking Godcast?  No, don't worry, there are no theological debates, nor even any snide remarks about the ludicrous nature of religion (except that one).

This is called the Godcast because Anthony from God Don't Like It (promotions, press, parties, DJing, drunken tomfoolery and almost everything else) happens to be visiting this weekend to hang out, have a few beers, go and see stuff at the Edinburgh Festival and enjoy the first week of the football season.

I am not entirely sure what regular listeners to this podcast will make of Anthony's choices but erm... well fuck off, it can't be all 'moaning indie pish'* all the goddam time, can it.

*Copyright Mrs. Toad 2007

01. The Shivers - Irrational Love (00.25)
02. Dels - Capsize (06:47)
03. Sneakpeak - Walk All Over Me (15.02)
04. Baanex - Weird Dance 2 (17.54)
05. Solo Banton - No (27.01)
06. The Japanese War Effort - I Can't Wear Jackets Inside (I'm Afraid) (36.34)
07. The Pineapple Chunks - Dog Shit (39.15)
08. A.A. Bondy - The Heart is Willing (46.57)
09. Funghi Girls - Some Easy Magic (51.03)
10. Seams - Motive Order (58.05)
11. The Offset Spectacles - Elements (67.54)

Direct download: ToadcastNo187.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:53pm UTC

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This session came together in an extremely short space of time, and as such I am extremely pleasantly surprised by how well it turned out - from an audio point of view in particular these are some of my favourite session recordings. We invited Milk Maid to play an Ides of Toad gig in June, they arrived the night before the gig, and we happened to be having beers and listening to some records when I mentioned that we sometimes record in our living room. I showed them the Scottish Enlightenment Toad Session, and they suggested recording a session too, the next day, before the gig.

Recording a band with a full drum kit, two guitarists and a bass in one room made me nervous enough, and actually getting anyone to help seemed improbable at such short notice, but thankfully Fee and Rory were able to make it down, so I owe them both a massive debt of gratitude for their help.

As per usual we have a full set of photos, freely downloadable session mp3s, a full interview podcast (immediately below, and with the tracklisting at the bottom of the page) and videos of both the whole day (above) and each individual song (below). Enjoy!

01. Milk Maid - Can't You See (Toad Session) (04.11)
02. Women - Black Rice (12.14)
03. Weird Era - Summer Heights (15:26)
04. Milk Maid - Girl (Toad Session) (20.19)
05. Irk the River - Mind That Child (26.22 )
06. Daily Life - No Eyes (28.43)
07. Milk Maid - Stir So Slow (Toad Session) (36.32)
08. Evan Dando - Hard Drive (45.12)
09. Easter - Holy Island (48.24)
10. Milk Maid - Not Me (Toad Session) (62.50)

Direct download: ToadcastNo186.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 3:56pm UTC

Toadcast #185 - The Weddingcast

We nearly missed our anniversary again this year, but fortunately caught the fucker just in time.  We were heading off to Leith to get some scran and I was sitting at the bus stop thinking about how it was nearly August and then asked one of those stupid questions you ask when something is really obvious, but actually so obvious you become unsure of it:

"It's July, right?"
"Yes, of course it is."
"That means it must be nearly..." (hastily fishes in pocket for phone) "Fuck!  It's our anniversary.  Today!"

When your wife forgets the thing entirely as well I guess it makes no difference, so instead of going to see something daft at the pictures, we went to a fishy place, had a seafood platter and bottle of champagne, before going for (a couple too many) cocktails at The Raconteur round the corner from our house.

Five years married.  Oh how happy we looked.  That didn't last*.

01. Mazes - Summer Hits (00.22)
02. Frightened Rabbit - Fuck This Place (feat. Tracyanne Campbell) (05.49)
03. CD/EX - Tell the Girl (12.13)
04. Lab Coast - Astronaut Like Me (18.11)
05. Sauna Youth - Backgrounds (20.31)
06. Hookworms - Teen Dreams (26.52)
07. R.E.M. - Swan Swan H (Athens Demo) (41.33)
08. Admiral Radley - All Fucked on Beer (44.24)
09. Dolfinz - Coral Reefer (51.17)
10. Tom Waits - All the World is Green (59.01)

*Of course it fucking did, don't be silly.  We're the happiest fucking couple I know, despite spending 90% of our time together swearing at one another!

Direct download: ToadcastNo185.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:17pm UTC

Toadcast #184 - The Barbecast

This is called the Barbecast because we finally went out and replaced our shitty old one this morning, and today we intend to christen the new one.  The previous one had actually rusted through, and the only way to hold the burning coals in place was a shonky combination of chicken wire and tin foil. Not ideal.

It's funny though, the two nations who go about barbecueing things the most actually know nothing whatsoever about the barbecue.

Dear Aussies and Americans, if it is powered by gas rather than charcoal it IS NOT A BARBECUE.  It is simply a cooker you keep outside.  Cultural differences ... blah blah ... practicality ... witter ... special smoked wood chips ... etc etc etc.... BOOOORING!  You're wrong, you don't know what you're talking about, it's not a barbecue unless you have to light your own coals.  Full stop.  Non-negotiable, this is simply a fact of life: if it is gas-fired then it is a cooker, not a barbecue, irrespective of whether or not you use it out of doors, and you can stop calling it that and kidding yourself you actually barbecue, because you don't.

And that is that.

01. Grandaddy - AM 180 (00.22)
02. I Break Horses - Winter Beats (07.36)
03. Acid Glasses - My Pale Garden (16.53)
04. Tunabunny - (Song for My) Solar Sister (19.49)
05. Grandaddy - Chartsengraphs (24.55)
06. The Spectral Mirror - Distant Murmurs (27.46)
07. Loved Ones - Hi Pressure (35.24)
08. Paul Hawkins & the Awkward Silences - Johnny (40.35)
09. Fear of Men - Church Words (48.23)
10. Sealings - Stay Cold (52.11)
11. Grandaddy - Saddest Vacant Lot in All the World (57.33)

Direct download: ToadcastNo184.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm UTC

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Audio: zip download (right-click, save as).

Lach is the man behind the Antihoot, the New York open stage which gave rise to the term and the movement called Antifolk.  People bandy the word about so much these days it's almost become as nebulous as the term 'indie', but it had a very specific origin and a very specific meaning back at the beginning.

Last year Lach brought the Antihoot to the Edinburgh Festival, and we recorded a Toad Session with him while he was here.  When we figured out that we would actually be releasing his new album as well, and that he would be returning to Edinburgh this year - running both the Antihoot at the Gilded Balloon as well as a free fringe show called Lach, the Waitress, the Walls and the Weirdos in The Speakeasy at Cabaret Voltaire - I figured we might as well wait a little while to publish this session.

Well Lach is back now, his album comes out on Song, by Toad Records on Monday and we are starting to get ready for both the one-man show at Cab Vol, and also the Antihoot itself.  If you want to play at the Antihoot yourself, then just get in touch.  The rules are that you get either two songs or eight minutes, whichever is shorter, and that has to include your setup, so no brass bands please, but otherwise pretty much anything goes.

Also, this year we'll be picking a semifinalist each night, by a combination of audience acclaim and executive decision, and inviting them back to the Anti-idol on the last three nights of the show.  Those three nights will be recorded, with the best dozen or so performances being released on a Best of the Anti-hoot album on Song, by Toad Records.

As per usual with the Toad Sessions, the full interview podcast is immediately below, followed by free mp3 downloads of all the session tracks (zip file here), videos of the individual tracks themselves (all video here), and finally the tracklist for the podcast.  There aren't as many pictures as usual, but that's because we were a little short-staffed this time, and Dylan was too busy with the video camera to produce the usual number of pretty pictures.

01. Lach - A Quiet Distance (Toad Session) (12.40)
02. The Love Gestures - Hey Man (16.40)
03. Phil Ochs - Small Circle of Friends (20.31)
04. Lach - Ambition Burns (Toad Session) (32.41)
05. Kirk Kelly - Stephen Foster (37.42)
06. Roger Manning - Pearly Blues (41.14)
07. Lach - Another Night Without You (Toad Session) (55.31)
08. Neil Halstead - Might Engine (62.05)
09. Lach - Coffee Black (Toad Session) (75.06)

Direct download: ToadcastNo183.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 2:45pm UTC

Toadcast #182 - The Raincast

 The Raincast is so called because we have had three days of sporadic, but at times absolutely torrential rain here in Edinburgh this week.  The leak in our ceiling has sprung back into action with some vigour, although this time it manifested itself in a manner which didn't ruin all sorts of my vinyl, which was generous of it.  We really must get that looked at before the whole bloody ceiling comes crashing down.

The rest of my day will be spent sticking things into envelopes to publicise the Lach release, which is really, really soon, as well as the new album by Trips and Falls, which isn't out until the end of September.  I will be back on the gocco printer hand printing the artwork for that one though, which isn't something I've done for a while, so rather looking forward to it.

Anyhow, in the meantime, have a wee listen to this. It's an interesting mix this week, from the utterly obscure, to the borderline famous, to the might almost have been nearly famous five years ago, but not really likely to crack it now.  And then Radiohead. Yes, I've finally listened to King of Limbs.  At last.

01. Barry Adamson - Set the Controls for the Heart of the Pelvis (00.29)
02. DanDanDan - Match of the Day Background Music (08.47)
03. Anna-Anna - Mirrors of America (13.17)
04. Clem Snide - Ice Cube (21.56)
05. Lambchop - Up With People (24.29)
06. Public Dims - Lorimer (31.09)
07. Rollor - Energies are Dead in the Mind Constellation (40.17)
08. Camera Phone - Artifacts (43.44)
09. Radiohead - Lotus Flower (50.55)
10. I Like Trains - Sirens (Remix) (57.19)

Direct download: ToadcastNo182.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:09pm UTC

Toadcast #181 - The Fastcast

 Fast because I need to squeeze eleven songs into an hour because I just didn't want to trim the playlist, fast because I want to get out into the back garden asap to enjoy the sun, and fast because um... well, just because.  I dunno.  Fuck you, anyway, this is the one-hundred-and-eighty-first stupid name for one of these damn things I've had to come up with.  The names were bound to get worse over time really, weren't they.

Anyhow, once this is done, I expect to get a couple of hours out in the garden before buggering off to Henry's for the Edinburgh School for the Deaf, Zed Penguin and Spook School gig.  These things have to happen on bloody glorious days, don't they. Ah well, at least it wasn't a Toad Session this time, like it usually is the moment we get a sunny day.

01. Yo La Tengo - Outsmartener (00.25)
02. Enfant Bastard - Demo Scene (06.40)
03. Lambchop - Came Home Late (12.34)
04. Smog - Teenage Spaceship (16.35)
05. Castor - Watcher Buckles (21.56)
06. Boring Girls - Tin Foliage (27.57)
07. Mitchell Museum - What They Built (32.15)
08. Plastic Animals - It Fell Apart (35.27)
09. Seafieldroad - Cramond Island Causeway (40.56)
10. Sun Glitters - Things Are... (47.11)
11. Little Deadman - Post Helado Madness (52.31)

Direct download: ToadcastNo181.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:59pm UTC

Toadcast #180 - The Corsicast

This podcast was recorded - not a word of a lie - on a deserted mountaintop in Corsica in the shadow of a ruined castle.  Not an especially enormous ruined castle, I'll grant you, but the shadow of a ruined castle nevertheless. 

I will try and show you this as clearly as possible when I choose the picture for the mp3 tag and all that stuff, but I honestly doubt it will be all that easy.  Vast panoramas of rocky mountains don't really come across all that well in photos, particularly when the only device you have with you with which to take them is an iPhone.

Anyhow, having recorded this, the challenge is going to be to find somewhere to upload the fucker.  Bank machines and shops which let you pay by card are pretty scarce commodities in the interior of the island, never mind a decent internet connection.

01. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Come a Long Way (00.09)
02. Yusuf Azak - Lay Me Down (05.36)
03. The Black Tambourines - Better Off Dead (09.54)
04. Fog - 10th Avenue Freakout (18.42)
05. Six Organs of Admittance - Saint Cloud (23.19)
06. Adam Stafford - Fire & Theft (33.20)
07. Neil Young - Old Man (Live at Massey Hall 1971) (38.45)
08. Girls Names - I Lose (46.53)
09. Mavis the Dog - End of Our Day (50.55)
10. Jenny Reeve & Jill O'Sullivan - Tooth & Claw (56.59)

Direct download: ToadcastNo180.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:16pm UTC

Toadcast #179 - The Nukecast

 The reason this is called the Nukecast is because I am pretty irritated by the exaggeration of just how horrible it is to be alive in 2011.  2011 is a total piece of piss.  It's easy, unthreatening and perfectly comfortable, and the idea that the modern world is in any way topsy-turvy is just plain silly.

I am not all that old, but even the eighties, when I was a kid, were far rougher than this.  There was actual genuine menace, the world might just have been about to end in a nuclear fireball, and no-one had anything you could honestly call a proper job.

So I complain about this for about an hour, while Mrs. Toad calls me an idiot.  Welcome to the drunken Toadcasts.  Again.

01. Tom Lehrer - Who's Next (00.08)
02. Billy Bragg - Think Again (10.34)
03. Milk Maid - Girl (21.07)
04. Odonis Odonis - Mr. Smith (24.06)
05. Sonny & the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It (31.09)
06. Phil Ochs - Talking Cuban Crisis (41.19)
07. Crystal Swells - Dead Awake (47.43)
08. Male Bonding - Bones (52.07)
09. M.J. Hibbett & the Validators - The Fight for History (63.10)
10. Tom Lehrer - So Long, Mom (72.33)

Direct download: ToadcastNo179.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00am UTC

Toadcast #178 - The Northcast

 This week's podcast is named the Northcast because I was just up in Inverness at GoNorth, which is I suppose the biggest official Scottish music industry chatfest.

I am getting better at these, I have to be honest.  The music industry is heavily based around status and I do not do well when I suspect people might be looking down their nose at me, consequently my first few were quite a challenge to escape from before I picked a fight with someone I shouldn't, but as my general stature within music, and Scottish music in particular, has slowly grown I am finding these events easier to handle.

It also helped that as well as helping Lloyd from Peenko and Jason from the Popcop curate one of the stages, I did some one-to-one mentoring sessions (yes, I know!) and was on two of the panels myself.  That in itself gives you a kind of status which means people seem less awkward if it comes time to approach them asking about something they can do for you - I suppose it just feels like you're on a more equitable footing.  And in general this makes me less jumpy.

None of this stops you drinking far, far too much at these things though.

01. David Thomas Broughton - Nature (00.06)
02. Edinburgh School for the Deaf - Orpheus Descending (07.09)
03. John Knox Sex Club - Katie Cruel (14.57)
04. Post War Glamour Girls - Ode to Harry Dean (Concrete Hearts) (21.00)
05. Tim Minchin - Storm (24.46)
06. The Pineapple Chunks - Look Back in Horror (40.01)
07. Scott Hutchison & Rod Jones (Fruit Tree Foundation) - I Forgot the Fall (45.23)
08. PAWS - Jellyfish (52.40)
09. Kid Canaveral - And Another Thing!! (55.29)
10. Crystal Swells - Goethe Head Soup (63.15)

Direct download: ToadcastNo178.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:21pm UTC

Toadcast #177 - The Scottish Enlightenment Toad Session

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I first got into The Scottish Enlightenment back in 2007 when they releases the Eyes single on Moojuice Records.  Then they went silent for a couple of years, to the extent that I thought they might have actually called it a day, but last year they came back stronger than ever before.

Two fantastic EPs and an equally excellent album were released on Glasgow's rather awesome Armellodie Records, and in general I think it's fair to say that it was a toss-up between them and Kid Canaveral as to who I thought the Scottish band of 2011 was (*cough cough* Song, by Toad Records bands apart of course)

Mrs. Toad operated one of the video cameras this time, and Dylan was on still and video cameras.  I recorded and edited this one - the first full band I've recorded since Sparrow and the Workshop back in 2008.  As per usual we have the podcast below, the freely downloadable session mp3s underneath that, followed by the videos we made for all the individual songs.  The tracklisting for the podcast is at the very bottom of the page.  Enjoy!

01. The Scottish Enlightenment - Black Dog (Toad Session) (07.53)
02. Mitchell Museum - Warning Bells (14.53)
03. Lower Dens - I Get Nervous (18.54)
04. The Scottish Enlightenment - Earth Angel (Toad Session) (33.00)
05. At the Drive In - Arcarsenal (43.15)
06. Low - Starfire (46.10)
07. The Scottish Enlightenment - Get My Limousine (Toad Session) (55.55)
08. Eef Barzelay - The Ballad of Bitter Honey (63.25)
09. Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper (67.14)
10. The Scottish Enlightenment - The Universe is Drifting Apart (Toad Session) (79.47)

Direct download: ToadcastNo177.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 6:27pm UTC

Toadcast #176 - The Braincast

The Braincast is not so called because it unusually filled with penetrative insights, but because if you listen to it this weekend it will be while I am down at the Brainlove Festival either listening to bands, DJing or sneaking off to watch the Champions League final at the nearest pub.

This week is another relatively haircut-friendly playlist actually, with words like 'remix' to be found and some fashionably hazy production and everything.  In fact I may have to do another 'tedious old shite' podcast soon, just to make up for it.

Anyhow, next week looks like being the Scottish Enlightenment Toad Session, which is coming along nicely.  I just need the photos and to complete the constantly challenging ten minute main video, which always takes quite a long while.  I will listen to the podcast on the train down to London and figure out which bits I think should go in the video.  In the meantime, enjoy...

01. FOUND - Anti-climb Paint (00.22)
02. Silverbacks - Atta Boyz (07.32)
03. Phil & the Osophers - Ink on the Page (13.02)
04. Slim Twig - Priscilla (18.57)
05. Yuppies - For the Future's Sake (21.41)
06. Lau vs Adem - Imporsa (Silver Columns Remix) (24.11)
07. Dirty Beaches - Coast to Coast (Remastered) (35.06)
08. Tasseomancy - Soft Feet (44.37)
09. Sonny & the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It (52.11)
10. Youth Lagoon - Cannons (54.54)
11. Psychedelic Horseshit - Laced (60.40)

Direct download: ToadcastNo176.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am UTC

Toadcast #175 - The Floydcast

The Floydcast is named after that furry fuckwit in the picture: the Song, by Toad house cat and Mrs. Toad's imbecilic companion of the last seven years.  Last night we had him killed.  I know you're supposed to say 'put to sleep' or whatever, but when the poor wee fucker is looking plaintively at you because you're the only person at the vet's that he actually trusts it really does feel like execution.

We think he had lung cancer of some form or other.  His lungs had clouded up, the vet had tried more or less every trick they could, and he was still battling for every breath.  In the end we had him put down because his poor wee lungs were so fucked that even in the off chance we could have found what was wrong and put it right, he would still have been limping his way through what remained of his life on half a gulp of breath.

Anyhow, as much as a nuisance as I found the wee bastard I really will miss his idiotic presence, capering about the house like an arse and getting in the way whenever you try and do anything.  He would come and sit in my lap when I was trying to write this and try and lick my fingers as I typed, and that's the least of it.  Fucking pain in the arse, he was.  And I really, really will miss the wee fucker.

01. Bombadil - So Many Ways to Die (00.09)
02. Yajé - True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston cover) (09.24)
03. The Douglas Firs - A Military Farewell (13.31)
04. Sebastian Dangerfield - Morris (22.05)
05. Glass Animals - Drips (28.14)
06. The History of Apple Pie - Tug (33.40)
07. The Twilight Sad - Suck (Wedding Present cover) (39.50)
08. U.S. Girls - If The Walls Could Talk (45.42)
09. BITCHES - Wallet (47.53)
10. Tied to the Branches - Backwards (50.56)
11. Cold Seeds - Leave Me to Lie Alone in the Ground (57.59)

Direct download: ToadcastNo175.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:07am UTC

Toadcast #174 - The Plancast

I am learning to despise hotel internet.  Whether I book myself and end up staying in a fucking Travelodge or Mrs. Toad books and we end up staying on one of the larger guest suites at Buckingham fucking Palace, absolutely all of them have such risibly bad internet connections that recording a podcast leaves me tearing my fucking hair out.

I couldn't even get the online image editor to load properly, so the image is that rather pathetic, borderline clipart stinker you see in the top right hand corner.  Dreadful.  My art teachers would be justifiably disappointed.

Anyhow, this is called the Plancast for one simple and far from compelling reason: the fact that Mrs. Toad and I are down in London and have had to be clinically heartless in who we do and don't see.  We don't exactly have lots of friends down South, but still far too many to see in one weekend and at times in the past we have tried to do too much and ended up being inadvertently rude to everyone.

01. Love Inks - Blackeye (00.06)
02. Dubstar - The Day I See You Again (04.57)
03. Rev I.B. Ware with Wife and Son - I Wouldn't Mind Dying ( But I Gotta Go By Myself (12.01)
04. Billy Bragg & Wilco - Airline to Heaven (18.30)
05. Ezra Furman & the Harpoons - Hard Time in a Terrible Land (23.12)
06. I Break Horses - Hearts (29.39)
07. Tusk Tusk - Out of Tune and Out of Time (37.22)
08. Sandy Denny - By the Time it Gets Dark (41.01)
09. Girls Names - Nothing More to Say (46.02)
10. Thomas Tantrum - Hot Hot Summer (51.33)
11. Jarad Miles - Darjeeling (56.04)

Direct download: ToadcastNo174.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:58pm UTC

Toadcast #173 - The Brokencast

This is the post-Homegame, 'dear Jesus please just let me sleep for a week, good god someone please fetch me a green vegetable' podcast.

I can just about keep my head together enough to get through this, but then I have the Monday listings to write and the bloody Francois/This is the Kit/Babe gig to organise tonight as well.  Aargh!

I also have all sorts of other things to do this week, but after the sort of mind-boggling battering your mind and your liver get at Homegame I am not sure I can face any of it.  I am going back to sleep, wake me up in June.

01. FOUND - I'll Wake With a Seismic Head No More (00.34)
02. Randolph's Leap - Counting Sheep (7:57)
03. Josh T. Pearson - Country Dumb (Piano Version) (13.57)
04. The Singleman Affair - If I Only Fell in Love When I Was Young (21.16)
05. eagleowl - Into the Fold (Toad Session) (29.00)
06. The Last Battle - Ruins (35.07)
07. King Creosote & the Earlies - Bats in the Attic (Live on 6Music with Mark Riley) (40.23)
08. Sweet Baboo - Girl Under a Tree (45.37)
09. David Thomas Broughton - Ain't Got No Sole (54.57)

Direct download: ToadcastNo173.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:34pm UTC

Toadcast #172 - The Oldiecast

This podcast is, as you will already know, very, very late.  Personally I blame a combination of the RNLI, gin, and the fact that Mrs. Toad is away all week, which meant that yesterday wasn't really available for blog things.

It's also not very new music-orientated either, so hopefully those of you who come here pretty much just for that won't be too disappointed.

I think what happened was that I got so into a handful of new releases recently that I neglected all the others, so when I came to sit down and write about tunes last week I suddenly realised I had nothing to write about.  For blogging that makes things a little challenging, but from a podcast point of view I am always happy to just fuck it and play some oldies, which is what I'll do here.

01. Mad Melvin (00.17)

02. Chumbawamba - Farewell the Crown (01.43)

03. Billy Bragg - Walk Away Renee (07.37)

04. The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee (09.59)

05. Bruce Springsteen - Growin' Up (17.07)

06. Psychedelic Horseshit - Rat Poison (24.17)

07. The Chesterfields - Ask Johnny Dee (32.21)

08. The Close Lobsters - Just Too Bloody Stupid (35.23)

09. The Delgados - Everything Goes Around the Water (43.45)

10. The Sleepy Jackson - Acid in My Heart (50.19)
11. Calexico - Si Tu Disais (56.17)

Direct download: ToadcastNo172.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:50pm UTC

Toadcast #171 - The Chillcast

No, no, don't worry this isn't some sort of chillout special (although we did actually do one of those once upon a time).  The only reason this is called the Chillcast is because on what was a beautifully sunny day for the rest of Scotland, Edinburgh performed its age old trick of drawing a freezing sea mist off the North Sea - the haar, as it's called - and turning a lovely Spring day into a damp, chilly sulk.  Bastard.

I realised a while back that I don't actually cover all that much Scottish music, despite the location of this blog being quite a prominent feature of the thing. This week, though, we have something like five Scottish (or Scottish-based) bands on this, and all of them relatively under the radar ones as well.

Anyhow, I am off to play nicely with Mrs. Toad's colleagues for the rest of the day, in some sort of horrific bonding exercise.  Ah well, it pays the bills I suppose, and it's not like she doesn't have to spend an awful lot of time hanging out with my 'colleagues'.

01. The Sandwitches - Summer of Love (00.11)
02. The Japanese War Effort - Pool Attendant (7.41)
03. King Post Kitsch - Don't You Touch My Fucking Honeytone (10.42)
04. PAWS - Summer Wipeout (16.22)
05. Marcy Playground - Wave Motion Gun (25.05)
06. The Low Anthem - Boeing 737 (33.40)
07. Horsecollar - Christopher (39.12)
08. Morris Major - In Amongst My Ideas (47.11)
09. Plastic Animals - It Fell Apart (Demo) (50.34)
10. Earth Girl Helen Brown - Girls of My Dreams (59.06)

Direct download: ToadcastNo171.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:07pm UTC

Toadcast #170 - The Sparracast

Sparrow and the Workshop recorded one of our first ever Toad Sessions.  In fact, they were the first band I ever recorded all on my lonesome and, after a few rather panicked emails to my little brother who knows about this shit, it all seemed to go pretty well.

So, not content with merely asking Meursault to join them on their next tour of England, they upped the level of niceness by offering to come round the house and record a sort of album preview podcast for their next record.

Spitting Daggers comes out in a couple of weeks, and the band came over to get pissed, to talk utter balls and to play a couple of songs from the album and a few others they've been listening to recently.  A good, and very drunken, time was had by all.

01. Tegan & Sara - Walking With a Ghost (00.24)
02. Sparrow and the Workshop - Snakes in the Grass (09.53)
03. Brian Jonestown Massacre - Nevertheless (19.07)
04. Fists - Ascending (22.32)
05. John Knox Sex Club - Run William Run (30.27)
06. Meursault - Flittin' (40.29)
07. Sparrow and the Workshop - Faded Glory (49.44)
08. Roddy Woomble - Work Like You Can (61.47)
09. Lou Barlow - Caterpillar Girl (66.20)
10. Melanie Safka - Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) (76.32) 

Direct download: ToadcastNo170.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:39pm UTC

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The more I read about Johny Lamb from Thirty Pounds of Bone before this session, the more nervous I became.  The internet seemed to be full of all sorts of tales of him being reclusive, antisocial and very, very hard on interviewers.

Now, the press can be a little unreliable at the best of times, and personality-based reports of this nature can vary from person to person, but it almost comical how completely different this session was to my expectations.  Johny was friendly, perhaps a little shy, genuinely chatty and a lovely guy.  In fact, in terms of the interview podcast I think this is probably the most interesting one we’ve ever had.

Thanks are due to Mrs. Toad for the splendid bacon sarnies, to Dylan and Fiona who took the pictures, and to Matthew who did a lot of the filming.  As per usual we have the podcast below, the freely downloadable session mp3s underneath that, followed by the videos we made for all the individual songs.  The tracklisting for the podcast is at the very bottom of the page.  Enjoy!

01. Thirty Pounds of Bone – The Maritime Line (Toad Session) (11.02)
02. Birdengine – Scarecrow and the Longpig (19.00)
03. Dad Rocks – Aroused By Hair (23.36)
04. Thirty Pounds of Bone – A Lesson in Talking (Toad Session) (37.19)
05. Le Reno Amps – You Must Remember (42.47)
06. Mary Hampton – Ballad of the Talking Dog (44.56)
07. Thirty Pounds of Bone – The Jonah Shanty (Toad Session) (57.37)
08. Diamond Family Archive – I Have Forgotten (66.16)
09. Men Diamler – Waiting for the Snow to Thaw Pt. 2 (68.22)
10. Thirty Pounds of Bone – Uyeasound (Toad Session) (82.44)

Direct download: ToadcastNo169.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 9:44pm UTC

Toadcast #168 - The Springcast

It is a very, very fine Spring day indeed, this morning in Edinburgh, and so needless to say I am going to spend it in my office talking to imaginary people on the internet. 

This week we are simply going to have a bit of a trawl through my inbox.  As I mention halfway through the podcast, I now have unlistened albums totalling a mighty one day, eighteen hours and thirty-four minutes worth of music.  So if you are wondering why I haven't reviewed this that or the other, then that probably has something to do with it. 

The trickiest part, of course, is that it's not enough to simply have listened to something. To actually have anything resembling an intelligent comment to make you need to listen to something really quite often, and know the ins and outs of an album pretty well.  This takes a lot more than just a once-over lasting for one day, eighteen hours and thirty-four minutes.

01. The Lovely Eggs - Don't Look at Me (I Don't Like It) (00.40)
02. Lady Lazarus - Fighting Words & Fists (06.46)
03. Bill Callahan - Drover (12.09)
04. Evil Hand - Returned in Time (20.32)
05. Weird Era - Garage Honeymoon (24.41)
06. Teens - Golden Years (28.36)
07. The Spook School - Hallam (32.57)
08. The Sandwitches - Lightfoot (38.37)
09. Honeydrum - Human Stuff (45.09)
10. Timber Timbre - Woman (46.42)
11. Clem Snide - Pale Blue Eyes (54.29)

Direct download: ToadcastNo168.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:49pm UTC

Toadcast #167 - The Shoppingcast

This podcast is all about our week's record shopping in Austin, although I promise I am done going on about SXSW, so those of you bored to tears by the whole business are entirely safe, I promise.

We did buy a fair bit of vinyl while we were over there though, whether it be directly from the bands at their shows (usually whilst still pished and giddy from enjoying the gig) or on one of our particular excursions to either End of an Ear or Waterloo Records.

There is such pleasure to be had from poking through rack upon rack of vinyl, and whilst I have no real quibble with digital music, I think the sheer ritual and physical relationship it sacrifices can't really be matched in the digital realm.

01. X-Ray Eyeballs - Crystal (00.22)
02. The Magnetic Fields - All the Umbrellas in London (08.15)
03. Sparklehorse - Homecoming Queen (11.33)
04. The Coathangers - Chicken 30 (17.35)
05. Lost in the Trees - Walk Around the Lake (24.30)
06. Kurt Vile - My Sympathy (32.44)
07. Pavement - Range Life (35.15)
08. Warm Ghost - Open the Wormhole in Your Heart (43.57)
09. The Books - The Future, Wouldn't That be Nice (50.19)
10. Deerhunter - Earthquake (58.27)

Direct download: ToadcastNo167.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:12pm UTC

Toadcast #166 - The Tequilacast

Apologies for the lateness of this week's podcast, but inevitably the chaos of SXSW nudges schedules into the background a little. 

Last year, several margaritas the worse for wear, we sat down with Ben from Instinctive Racoon, Stuart from Creative Scotland, Vic Galloway from BBC Radio Scotland and Peej from Dear Scotland, and recorded a ramshackle, lurching podcast about the fun of the week.

This year, perhaps goaded into something bordering on professionalism by the presence of the BBC camera crew who have been following Vic around all week, things were a little smoother.  Although this may also have been related to the fact that the margarita-hoovering didn't actually start until afterwards this time. Ben wasn't here this time, but we did have myself, Peej, Vic and Stuart sharing a beverage on Peej's back porch and talking something approaching the usual gubbins.

Oh, and the Detour Scotland Big Walk video we mention in the podcast can be found here.

01. Admiral Fallow - Squealing Pigs (00.37)
02. Withered Hand - Religious Songs (10.40)
03. Menomena - Taos (23.02)
04. Clock Opera - A Piece of String (28.13) 
05. Ringo Deathstarr - Imagine Hearts (35.32)
06. The Twilight Sad - Cold Days From the Birdhouse (48.50)
07. Josh T Pearson - Sweetheart I Ain't Your Christ (62.27)
08. Erland & the Carnival - My Name is Carnival (74.19)
09. King Creosote - Grace (Jeff Buckley cover) (82.49)

Direct download: ToadcastNo166.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:58pm UTC

Toadcast #165 - The Torrentcast

 Fucking hell, it's been battering it down for the last few days - 'torrent'ial, see, nothing to do with the naughty internets!  We've had snow in the morning and pishing rain for the rest of the day - fucking rotten.  Combine this with our worryingly leaky roof and honestly, it's a bit of a surprise I am not in a worse mood.  

As it is, however, I feel relatively chirpy.  There is footie tonight, and I will sit up late with some wine and make mixtapes for... well, for no obvious reason whatsoever I have to confess, apart from the fact that I am getting fed up of being embarrassed by the music taste of my nineteen-year-old self whenever I randomly select a tape to play in the van.  Also, making tapes is a nice way to listen to vinyl singles which might otherwise be neglected. 

01. David Thomas Broughton - Ain't Got No Sole (00.29)
02. Lab Coast - Really Realise (06.54) 
03. M.J. Hibbett & the Validators - The Gay Train (17.49) 
04. Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang - Island Brothers (24.19)
05. Bob Dylan & the Rolling Thunder Revue - Romance in Durango (29.12)
06. Dolfish - Your Love is Bummin' Me Out (35.56)
07. Daniel Knox - Ghost Song (39.59)
08. The Honorable Worm - Behind the invisible hedges, into the unimaginable fields... (43.29)
09. Elbow - Lippy Kids (52.37)
10. Honeydrum - Those Babes (63.17) 

Direct download: ToadcastNo165.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:11pm UTC

Toadcast #164 - The Roadcast

I really am running out of stupid names for these fucking things.  I'm sure I'm going to end up just numbering them in future, but for now you're going to have to put up with the bloody silly names I'm afraid.

In my effort to squeeze eleven songs into an hour I actually don't ramble very much on this one, only to find out that the podcast ends up being much less than the usual hour and a bit, for a change.  Do I really talk so fucking much the rest of the time?

Anyhow, this is a fucking ace podcast of new music.  I don't generally pay too much attention to how cool (or otherwise) these things might be, but I reckon any haircut merchants out there might rather enjoy this one.  For the rest of you, those without Haircuts with a capital haitch, well, just get on as best you can.  Let's face it, if I love it all, it can't really be all that cutting edge, can it.

01. FOUND - Machine Age Dancing (00.25)
02. Girls Names - Seánce on a Wet Afternoon (07.00)
03. Sonny & the Sandwitches - A. Grassley - Throw My Ashes From This Pier When I Die (12.19)
04. The Honorable Worm - Wouldn't Mind Dying (14.46)
05. Li'l Daggers - Ya Tu Sabe (22.54)
06. The Louche FC - Back Bedroom Casualty (29.27)
07. Milk Maid - Such Fun (33.24)
08. Brown Brogues - Treet U Beta (35.56)
09. The Honey Pies - Hair of the Dog (41.07)
10. Zed Penguin - This Town (46.49)
11. Manners - Knives (56.44)

Direct download: ToadcastNo164.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:42pm UTC

Toadcast #163 - The Fat Possumcast

Almost a year and a half ago now my friend Craig came round to record a podcast about early blues which we, somewhat unimaginatively, called the Craigcast.

A great deal of that conversation centred around Fat Possum Records (Wikipedia), and how Matthew Johnson struggled for years to keep it trundling along, despite being near bankruptcy for most of the time.  It wasn't until soul legend Solomon Burke decided to release his comeback record with them that they finally got out of the financial woods with some finality.

Craig's interest in the label is based around an obsession with old blues music, but from a modern indie kid's perspective Fat Possum are still one of the best record labels in the world - The Walkmen, AA Bondy, Andrew Bird, Sonny and the Sunsets, Band of Horses, The Black Keys, Dinosaur Jr., The Felice Brothers, Wavves and Yuck all release with them.  So this is absolutely all about Fat Possum and their bands.  Sort of a tribute, and sort of a public demonstration of me being absolutely green with envy.

01. R.L. Burnside - Snake Drive (00.15)
02. Dinosaur Jr. - Almost Ready (14.11)
03. Junior Kimbrough - Meet Me in the City (21.34)
04. Andrew Bird - Plasticities (Live) (28.46)
05. Johnny Farmer - Ocean Blues (38.37)
06. Townes Van Zandt - Pancho & Lefty (46.26)
07. Sonny & the Sunsets & Death Cream (59.02)
08. The Walkmen - Donde Esta la Playa (61.45)
09. Cedell Davies - Keep on Snatchin' it Back (68.03)
10. T-Model Ford - Take a Ride With Me (76.47)

Direct download: Toadcast163.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:25pm UTC

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We actually recorded this Toad Session in the Queen Charlotte Rooms in Leith before the Song, by Toad Christmas Party back in December.  Partly this was because it seemed like a fun thing to do, and partly because swapping our traditional and rather overpowering turquoise backdrop for their Christmas lights and tinsel.

Also, we had six different bands playing the Queen Charlotte Rooms that night, as sort of a Song, by Toad Records Christmas celebration, and as Rob had only just agreed to release his debut album on Song, by Toad Records (later this year – probably in the Autumn sometime) it seemed fitting that he headline one of the rooms on the night itself.

In terms of manpower we were woefully, woefully understaffed for this session.  The only person who could help at all was Wee Matthew, and even he couldn’t make it for the start, so I pressed my parents into service.  Well come on, they’ve got be more use than just glue, eh?  So my mum took some pictures and did some filming, I set up the recording and the main camera, and then she passed the video camera on to Matthew when he arrived and the stills camera on to me.

And miraculously, it wasn’t a total disaster.  In fact, the actual recordings, whilst more than a little noisy, in part due to the hum of the fridges behind the bar, are some of my favourite-sounding Toad Session recordings.  As usual, we have all the individual song videos embedded below, or on our Vimeo or YouTube pages, and the photos can be found on Flickr. The main interview podcast can be streamed or downloaded immediately below, as can the individual session tracks, with the playlist for the podcast at the bottom of the page. As per usual feel absolutely free to share and pass around any of this stuff – that’s what it’s for.

01. Rob St. John - Whites of Our Eyes (Toad Session) (07.33)
02. Smog & the Dirty Three - Cold Discovery (Peel Session) (15.20)
03. James Yorkston & the Athletes - Hermitage (21.33)
04. Rob St. John - Your Phantom Limb (Toad Session) (29.35)
05. Grouper - We've All Time to Sleep (36.07)
06. Ben Frost - Hibakusja (39.17)
07. Rob St. John - An Empty House (Toad Session) (51.19)
08. Earth - Hung From the Moon (57.29)
09. Micah P. Hinson - Patience (65.13)
10. Rob St. John - Muted Flourish (Toad Session) (72.06)

Direct download: ToadcastNo162.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 10:00am UTC

Toadcast #161 - The Slappercast

 Mrs. Toad and I do NOT approve Valentine's Day, and I have to say the fact that she genuinely seems to hate it (rather than just saying so, but secretly still expecting flowers) is a very liberating thing.  It means I can know finally forget about the whole bloody nonsense once and for all, and never ever have to figure out exactly how much I am expected to spend in order to demonstrate my affection for someone.

There is, after all, very little that can be less romantic than obediently making protestations of love for no other reason than that everyone else is doing so and you are expected to conform.  Seriously?  I actually think it's just plain fucking insulting, frankly.  

'Hello darling, I thought we might go out for a meal tonight.' 
'Yes dear, what a lovely idea, what made you think of that?'

In what possible world can 'because the shops told me to' be considered a better answer than, say, 'because we've both been really busy recently and I miss spending time with you'.  And assuming that the latter is obviously the more romantic answer, what the fuck does that have to do with the fourteenth of February?

01. Cracker - Mr. Wrong (00.18)
02. The Dead Kennedys - Your Emotions (08.39)
03. Fear of Pop - In Love (13.25)
04. The Veils - Don't Let the Same Bee Sting You Twice (22.02)
05. Bill Callahan - Our Anniversary (24.33)
06. The Wedding Present - Nobody's Twisting Your Arm (36.00)
07. Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years (39.40)
08. The Clash - White Riot (46.15)
09. Taxrat - Burn Down Slow (48.32)
10. Josh T. Pearson - Honeymoon is Great, I Wish You Were Her (55.25)

Direct download: ToadcastNo161.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:25pm UTC

Toadcast #160 - The Crapcast

The Crapcast is so named because I am in one of the dingiest hotel rooms I have ever been in.  In isn't even entertainingly bad, which would be something, just like being dressed in clothes from Marks and Spencer and being trapped inside a grey cardboard box listening to Keane's greatest hits.

Anyhow, the shower was really good, and I can forgive almost any other atrocity in a hotel room, as long as the shower is hot and the pressure is good.

Anyhow, I am abandoning the Hotel of Beige for a friend's house tonight, and then tootling back up to Edinburgh tomorrow evening to see my nice lady again.  It makes a bit of change for me to be away on business instead of her, so I can go back and gloat about being a mover and a shaker… until she puts me firmly back in my place my reminding me that when she goes away it is to China and New York and Australia, not just a long weekend in London.

And yes, I do refer to a bit of 'verbal writing' in this.  Don't judge me too harshly.  I was wrecked.

01. Billy Bragg - The Saturday Boy (00.56)
02. Pet Ghost Project - Glitch Shake (10.09)
03. We Are Losers - Cheerleaders (18.27)
04. Yuck - Rubber (21.15)
05. King James - A Big Black Dog (30.41)
06. Eef Barzelay - Ballad of Bitter Honey (37.13)
07. Elbow - Station Approach (41.04)
08. David Dondero - Don't Cry No Tears (47.37)
09. The Veils - Bloom (52.00)
10. Micachu & the Shapes - Everything (58.19)

Direct download: ToadcastNo160.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:56am UTC

Toadcast #159 - The Vinylcast 2

After enjoying the Vinylcast I recorded a couple of weeks ago, I'm afraid I wasn't able to resist the temptation to come bacl to my record collection for this week's podcast as well.  In fact, I think I can safely say that this is now something which is going to become a regular feature of Song, by Toad podcasts because... er, well just because it's fun I suppose.

This week I went to the Shelter charity shop on our street and bought about half a dozen records: some Bessie Smith, Shirley Bassey, Ella Fitzgerald, Kid Thomas and his Algiers Stompers, and a couple of old Dylan records.

If I end up ever developing a taste for jazz I am pretty sure I will be able to trace it directly to a sense of misplaced nostalgia, and the charity shops of Scotland.  I am a long way from being a jazz fan, but there's something so fitting about the crackle of vinyl on an old jazz record.  I never used to listen to this stuff as a kid, but for some reason I get a nostalgic feeling from listening to it now.

01. The Meteors - Wrecking Crew (00.22)
02. Kurt Vile - I Wanted Everything (07.16)
03. The Ad Libs - He Ain't No Angel (15.01)
04. Tom Waits & Crystal Gale - Little Boy Blue (17.39)
05. The Velvet Underground - Stephanie Says (24.07)
06. U2 - Twilight (29.00)
07. Girls Names - Graveyard (33.19)
08. Rene - Destination: Mars (40.00)
09. Ambitious Tugboat - Age Rings (43.07)
10. Manners - My Will (48.27)
11. Otis Redding - Pain in My Heart (56.36)

Direct download: ToadcastNo159.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:20pm UTC

Toadcast #158 - The Refreshcast

I think I have figured out why Fence Records hate the internet.  Or at least, I feel like I am starting to get some insight into what is an intensely troubled relationship.  The two of them just don't get along at all, and the mutual antipathy has boiled over into outright hostility this afternoon, with the rush to buy Homegame tickets from the Fence website actually breaking the whole internet.

So while I wait for normal service to be resumed, and with it the opportunity to buy tickets for Homegame this year, I thought I might record a podcast.  Or at least, so I thought.  But it turned out the Facebook chat about the interminable (three hour) wait was too entertaining, and the paralysing fear of the site suddenly coming back online and me missing out on tickets was too much.

So I faffed about, went out and got pissed, and ended up recording this after our gig tonight, sorry.

01. Edinburgh School for the Deaf - Love is Terminal (00.17)
02. Black Tambourine - Throw Aggi off the Bridge (07.34)
03. The Great Valley - Tall Smoke (11.53)
04. Hezekiah Jones - I Love My Family (Album Version) (20.47)
05. Lift to Experience - These are the Days (29.14)
06. Titus Andronicus - Fear & Loathing in Mahwah, NJ (33.09)
07. Byrds of Paradise - Touch Tunnel (42.54)
08. Eels on Heels - G (48.59)
09. Balkans - Edita V (52.40)
10. The Caulfield Sisters - I See Your Face (59.37)

Direct download: ToadcastNo158.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:35am UTC

Toadcast #157 - The Vinylcast

I've been itching to do this podcast for a while, but only now got my arse in gear to do it: record a podcast straight from vinyl.  It's a bit of a nuisance, because I have to switch back and forth from the mic, for the chatty bits, to the USB input for the records... oh never mind, you don't care about my logistical hassles do you.

The nice thing about vinyl is that the playlist is not simply going to be an inbox dump of whatever new indie has arrived this week, simply because I don't have all that much new music on vinyl.  Some, but not lots. 

Also, the electicism factor is massively increased, partly because my vinyl collection is downright eccentric, and partly because the very act of leafing through completely unsorted piles of records seems to make me lots more likely to pick something absolutely random which fits with nothing else at all and really has no excuse being anywhere near a haircut indie try-hard hipster podcast.  Which is of course exactly what this is.

01. Windsor Davies & Don Estelle - Whispering Grass (from It Ain't Half Hot, Mum) (00.29)
02. Eat Skull - Heaven's Stranger (06.27)
03. The Shop Assistants - Safety Net (12.50)
04. Beat the Devil - Mr. Ray (15.14)
05. King Creosote - The Right Form (25.47)
06. Seefeel - Faults (34.12)
07. The Japanese War Effort - Ribbit (39.09)
08. Edna McGriff - The Fool (44.29)
09. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Heart Like a Wheel (51.19)
10. Jimmie Lunceford & his Orchestra - Well Alright Then (62.43)

Direct download: ToadcastNo157.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:38pm UTC

Toadcast #156 - The Stallcast

The Stallcast you ask?  Yes indeed the Stallcast, because my brain is still stuck in neutral after the Christmas break and seems annoyingly resistant to being asked to function properly at the moment.  I've had half a week back 'at work', if I can really call it that, and I still feel like the the old grey custard is still spluttering a bit, rather than firing on all cylinders.

The playlist reflects this in many way too, because it's a bit all over the place.  Good tunes though, although I suspect those amongst you with Haircuts might not be as impressed as others.

Anyhow, the mission for this week is to get fucking moving, clean out the foostiness in the brain and properly embark upon 2011.  A jump start may be needed, however.

01. R.E.M. - It Happened Today (00.23)
02. Sin Fang - The Only Living Boy in New York (09.24)
03. Jamie Cameron - When You're Almost Done, Run (15.14)
04. Johnny Hawaii - The Lonely Smurfer (20.10)
05. Speak & the Spells - She's Dead (26.51)
06. Beth Gibbons & Rustin' Man - Tom the Model (35.34)
07. Future Bible Heroes - A Thousand Lovers in a Day (39.09)
08. Kurt Vile - Jesus Fever (43.15)
09. Charles Latham - Hard On (48.25)
10. FOUND - Machine Age Dancing (55.39)

Direct download: ToadcastNo156.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:36pm UTC

Toadcast #155 - Song, by Toad Records 2011

This is my annual World of Song, by Toad Records podcast, where I prattle on a bit about the stuff we have coming up in the new year.  I play a couple of things we released towards the tail end of the year, and some stuff by some of the new bands we're going to be working with for the first time in 2011.

I also prattle on at immensely tedious length about the ins and outs of running a record label, which may or may not actually interest you at all, but it's there whether you like it or not. 

We've got plans for some changes for the new year as well, with a new imprint for the label being launched, and a partnership with the Brothers Grimm for the creation of new lines of merch to go with every release.  It's going to be a bit exhausting, I think, but immense fun nevertheless.

01. King Post Kitsch - Eggshells (00.21)
02. Animal Magic Tricks - Heavenly Bodies (06.31)
03. The Savings and Loan - The Virgin's Lullaby (18.45)
04. Inspector Tapehead - Sugar on Your Sheets (22.00)
05. Rob St. John & the Braindead Collective - The Whites of Our Eyes (28.11)
06. Loch Lomond - Elephants and Little Girls (41.36)
07. Trips and Falls - This is All Going to End Badly (52.37)
08. Jesus H. Foxx - Plans (Alt. Version Demo) (54.59)
09. Meursault - Another (61.34)
10. Lach - I Want to Be With You (65.56)
11. Yusuf Azak - Lay Me Down (Demo) (76.49)

Direct download: ToadcastNo155.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:38am UTC





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