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This session was recorded in Glasgow before Josh's performance at Oran Mor on 22nd November last year. The first attempt to record a session with him was at Stereo, but recording in a venue really didn't work out, so this time we decided to take up the kind offer of Phil from PAWS to record it in his bedroom instead.

Again we were a little pressed for time, because Josh had a marathon day, recording a session with the BBC and conducting an interview before doing our session, and then having the gig to play afterwards. So we only recorded three songs, and for simplicity's sake we did the interview in one chunk and I have just chopped bits of it into the podcast where appropriate. Given the incredibly punishing schedule he tends to have I really do appreciate Josh taking the time to re-record this session, as well as the infallibly good humour and cooperative nature showed by both himself and Peter and Tom, his management team. It may have been tight to get done, but this is a really, really nice session if you ask me.

As usual, the videos can all be found on our Vimeo and YouTube pages and the photos, which were jointly taken by Stephanie Gibson and Dylan Matthews, are collected on our Flickr page. The session mp3s can be downloaded below, or in a zip file here, the session podcast can be played or downloaded below too, and the tracklisting for the podcast can be found at the bottom of the page. Player

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Josh T. Pearson - Woman When I've Raised Hell (Toad Session) [audio:]
Josh T. Pearson - Country Dumb (Toad Session) [audio:]
Josh T. Pearson - Covers Medley (Toad Session) [audio:]

01. Josh T. Pearson - Woman When I've Raised Hell (Toad Session) (02.54)
02. Lift to Experience - To Guard and to Guide You (12.30)
03. Perfume Genius - All Waters (19.06)
04. Josh T. Pearson - Country Dumb (Toad Session) (25.26)
05. The Dirty Three - Some Summers They Drop Like Flys (31.43)
06. Papa M - The Lass of Roch Royal (38.17)
07. Judy Collins - Wild Mountain Thyme (53.03)
08. Howe Gelb - Can't Help Falling in Love (55.37)
09. Josh T. Pearson - Covers Medley (Toad Session) (61.54)

Direct download: ToadcastNo211.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 12:33pm UTC

After reading Vic Galloway's rather nice article in today's Herald on the rise of bands in Scotland influenced by both grunge and lo-fi slacker indie rock.

Recording for our upcoming split 12" with Manchester bands Waiters and Sex Hands has seen pals recommend I have a good listen to The Meat Puppets too, if that's the kind of stuff I'm into - particularly if that's the kind of guitar sound I am enjoying at the moment.

So that's what this podcast is loosely about.  As I explain, despite growing up at the perfect time to have been into all this stuff the first time around, I ended up being only vaguely aware of it, due to being almost entirely insulated in the bubble of the international expat community in Vienna at the time, and hence only really having MTV to introduce me to new music, beyond what I happened across by accident in the record shops around town.  Which generally wasn't Dinosaur Jr.

01. Nirvana - Love Buzz (Shocking Blue cover) (00.26)
02. Feel Right - She's No Good (08.47)
03. Shudderpulps - Time (10.46)
04. Spectral Park - Colours (16.13)
05. Dinosaur Jr. - Repulsion (24.24)
06. Shift-Static - Sky Burial (Waskerley Way remix) (30.20)
07. The Meat Puppets - Lake of Fire (40.54)
08. Sparklehorse - My Yoke is Heavy (42.57)
09. Narrow Sparrow - Spooky Head (47.40)
10. The Magnetic Fields - Andrew in Drag (52.00)
11. Pavement - Spit on a Stranger (59.40)

Direct download: ToadcastNo210.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:37pm UTC

The Fishcast is so called because Dolfinz are here recording for our split 12", and erm, well dolphins aren't fish are they, but umm... well it sounded better than The Aquaticmammalswhichlookabitlikefishbutaren'tcast.  

Dolfinz played a pretty big drum kit - three toms, three ride cymbals, a double bass drum pedal, and the result was an absolutely frightening racket which must have been shaking the bloody pictures off the walls next door.  We're recording the PAWS songs for the split in about ten days' time, and after that I think we'll have to give the neighbours  a good long break from the kind of noise we make in here from time to time or they'll go fucking mental.

In the meantime, we have some songs chosen by the Dolfinz lads, some new stuff from my inbox and a couple of things I should have really got into ages ago but for no good reason at all, just didn't.  Shame on me.

01. Fuck (00.20)
02. Cum Stain - Broke My Dick (03.27)
03. Smackvan - Black Eyes (07.59)
04. Keel Her - Enid Coleslaw (16.23)
05. The Distillers - Dismantle Me (20.04)
06. LeThug - Swam (25.47)
07. Benjamin Shaw - How to Test the Depth of a Well (36.57)
08. The Leg - A Rat's Health (42.43)
09. Flight - Witch Hunt Town (48.57)
10. Coolrunnings - Spirit of the High (53.20)
11. The Divine Comedy - A Seafood Song (60.27)

Direct download: ToadcastNo209.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:19pm UTC

For this podcast I am joined by Ian, who is now a member of the Song, by Toad Records team, to go through a bit of a run-down of what's going to be happening on the label this year.

We've got a couple of our more recent releases, like Rob St. John and Lil Daggers, as well as some of our confirmed and ready new albums for next year, by the likes of The Leg, Jesus H. Foxx and Yusuf Azak.

I've also got a couple of tracks from bands we'll be releasing on a split 12" in the Spring.  We'll be recording that stuff in our house next week, so the songs we chose to represent those bands are for obvious reasons not the final ones we'll be releasing, just tracks by the bands so you can get a bit of a flavour of what we're up to.

With Ian on board and based on the good press we managed last year I am hoping we can really kick on with the label this year and make a decent impression.  Obviously the third Meursault album will  help, what with them being our most established band, but we have a good spread of stuff, from bands like Dolfinz with only a few demos to their name, to the likes of Yusuf Azak and The Leg who people know already and then the Foxx album, which has been 'much anticipated' for a while now.

So all in all it should be an exciting year, I reckon.  Enjoy!

01. Mongrels - I'm Gonna Murder Justin Bieber (00.21)
02. King Post Kitsch - The Make the Same Faces Whether Fuck or Fight (02.46)
03. Meursault - Flittin' ( Piano Version) (08.49)
04. Rob St. John - The Acid Test (17.59)
05. Lil Daggers - Dead Golden Girls (22.05)
06. Paws - Bloodline (Toad Session) (31.52)
07. Jesus H. Foxx - This is Not a Rental Car (40.31)
08. The Leg - Twitching Stick (43.00)
09. Sex Hands - Jinglebitch (51.56)
10. Dolfinz - Blowhole (55.36)
11. Yusuf Azak - Lay Me Down (63.12)

Direct download: ToadcastNo208.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am UTC

Sparkcast? Spark?  YES, any kind of fucking spark whatsoever will do the trick. 

I remember getting in trouble at my former day job a couple of years ago for writing something rather negative about that awful sensation of being back at your desk after the excesses and indolence of Christmas.  I am not feeling negative about it now, which is good given I am self-employed, but I am certainly struggling to spark my brain back into something resembling life at the moment.

So yes, I have two new releases to get moving, by Jesus H. Foxx and The Leg, and I have five Toad Sessions to get edited and published, and a split 12" to record (starting in about a week), so whether or not it proves to be a challenge, the old grey matter has to be brought back to life somehow, be it kicking and screaming or otherwise.

01. Jesus H. Foxx - So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away (00.13)
02. The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop (07.47)
03. Post War Glamour Girls - Suburban Barbarian (14.40)
04. Now Wakes the Sea - Another Pair of Hands (18.32)
05. Orienteers - Do You Hear What I Hear? (23.23)
06. Damon Moon & the Whispering Drifters - Seasonal Suite No. 62 (32.40)
07. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Is This Love? (41.27)
08. The Specials - Gangsters (44.30)
09. Simone Felice - New York Times (48.59)
10. Spectral Park - The Thief's Journal (57.04)

Direct download: ToadcastNo207.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:43pm UTC





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