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

Video: Vimeo - YouTube
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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





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