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



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