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





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