Coffeeeeeee... so very, very much coffee! Christ on a bike, I know I need to not be dozing off at my desk at the moment but I've had so much fucking coffee in the last couple of days I am starting to go fucking cross-eyed.

Mostly this is down to trying to get my head together after the Cold Seeds 2/Wolf Bear Crystal Toads recording sessions over the weekend which, despite my lack of real direct involvement, still managed to knock the usually ruthlessly efficient Toad machine somewhat cockeyed for a few days.

Anyhow, the disruption continues with a trip to London for the Meursault show at the Islington Assembly Hall next week, and some panel appearances in Aberdeen and at Unconvention in Preston both coming up as well. And you thought I just fucked about on the internet all day!

01. Elvis Costello - Couldn't Call it Unexpected No.4 (00.31)
02. The Woken Trees - Yells (07.55)
03. Arran Arctic - Covers (13.09)
04. September Girls - Green Eyed (15.33)
05. Laurence Made Me Cry - Intelligent Mr. Toad v2 (feat. Dementio13) (20.17)
06. Woodsman - Sonic Tomb (26.35)
07. Yoofs - Welcome Home (31.50)
08. The Failed NASA Experiment - So I Met This Girl (38.41)
09. Fairport Convention - Who Knows Where the Time Goes (44.04)
10. Woodpecker Wooliams - Crow (49.07)
11. Yo La Tengo - Stupid Things (56.16)

Direct download: ToadcastNo248.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:46pm UTC

The Ivorycast centres, not altogether surprisingly, on the piano. I remember being mocked at school by someone (a fucking idiot) I knew for swithering on whether the piano or the violin was my favourite instrument in pop music.  She was adamant that the obvious and only answer to that question was the guitar, but then she also liked Lenny Kravitz, so I think that her opinion can be utterly disregarded on principle.

Anyhow, there's not much old music on this one, which I suppose there could easily have been.  Instead, there's a few very new things, a few things from about five years ago, some stuff from about ten years ago and a couple of tunes from the early nineties.

Also, it's not supposed to be exhaustive, definitive nor indeed at all academic.  This is just a bunch of songs I like with a lot of piano on them, not a verbal essay on the history and importance of piano music.

01. The Divine Comedy - Geronimo (00.26)
02. Billy Joel - Piano Man (04.00)
03. Hem - Leave Me Here (12.30)
04. Grandaddy - Underneath the Weeping Willow (16.36)
05. Glacis - Spring/Summer (21.36)
06. Mavis the Dog - Council For The Queen (26.29)
07. Yusuf Azak - Swim (30.04)
08. The National - Fake Empire (35.51)
09. Sufjan Stevens - Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois (39.19)
10. White Rabbits - While We Go Dancing (42.37)
11. Geoffnet - The Little Parisian Music Box (50.12)
12. Ben Folds Five - Mess (51.49)
13. Tom Waits - Innocent When You Dream (78) (58.22)

Direct download: ToadcastNo247.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:52pm UTC

So, after a couple of slightly misnumbered podcasts - 245 coming after 243, and then 244 having to come after that to try and correct the mistake, hoping two wrongs might , if not make a right exactly, at least gloss over the original wrong somewhat - we are back on track with #246.  In the right order and everything.

There's no real theme to this week's podcast, although we have a fair bit of new stuff in there - some by The Walkmen, The Douglas Firs, The Spook School, Monster Island and a couple of others.

Next week I was thinking of doing The Ivorycast, with loads of piano music, and then perhaps one about freak folk next, assuming I manage to successfully tie down what the fuck that is.  Dirty, psychedelic folk music, as far as I can tell, is about the easiest way to approximate it.  Ah well, a bit of digging should do the trick easily enough. In the meantime, however, this:

01. Yusuf Azak - Smile Tactics (00.22)
02. Glass Animals - Cocoa Hooves (07.16)
03. Stoney and Meatloaf - Jessica White (14.44)
04. Elbow - On a Day Like This (17.35)
05. The Walkmen - Vermeer 65 (26.00)
06. Silkies - Red (32.07)
07. The Douglas Firs - Backroads (37.01)
08. The Spook School - Here We Go (39.44)
09. Professor Lafferty - A New Definition of Love (Part 1) (46.47)
10. Monster Island - Ferris Wheel (52.46)
11. Zucchini Drive - Gospel Oak (58.47)

Direct download: ToadcastNo246.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21pm UTC

Ah yes, the Hypecast, so called because some of the discussion on the Chvrches thread made me think about what it is I really dislike about the concept of hype, and why I mistrust it.

It's an area where I struggle to be consistent, honestly. I abhor hype, but I seem to recall being very much caught up in the mystery and excitement around Silver Columns, for example. And I spend most of the Rough Guide to Self-releasing an Album exhorting bands to be more prepared and more organised, and yet I get funny when bands are too organised, and start wondering if they're really there to be a band or just want to get famous. And then I get annoyed at people getting too excited about the excitement itself, but would still accept that it's probably the most effective way for a DIY band on a tight budget to actually generate basic levels of awareness when they can't afford to carpet-bomb the world into submission with PR like major label bands often do.

And then there's always the far more traditional and straightforward old chestnuts that I hate feeling press-ganged into liking something because I just a bloody contrarian, whether the crowd are right or not, and of course that I am always mortally offended when other people are Wrong About Music.  So many opinions out there, and none of them correct except mine - it's a heavy burden to bear, I promise you!

01. Silver Columns - Warm Welcome (00.10)
02. Gene - Sleep Well Tonight (09.12)
03. Voxtrot - Soft and Warm (17.47)
04. Vampire Weekend - Walcott (Insane Mix #2) (21.52)
05. Broken Records - Dia Dos Namorados (30.14)
06. Village - Nowhere (36.00)
07. Darkstar - Timeaway (40.00)
08. The Bluetones - Bluetonic (45.37)
09. Blur - Yuko & Hiro (53.13)
10. Lana Del Rey - Video Games (59.41)

Direct download: ToadcastNo244.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:24pm UTC

Today I rediscovered toast.  Yes, let it be proclaimed that toast is an awesome snack and that I deserve to be booed and hissed for neglecting it for so long.  At university I pretty much subsisted on cups of tea, toast and tins of Heinz Big Soup, but for some reason despite working from home, I haven't resurrected the toast habit.  Well today I put that right, and it was awesome.

Toast goes so well with jam, with marmite, with cheese and with just plain butter, and it takes a second to make and it's just so darn tasty.  So yes, there you have it, this week I shall be mostly eating TOAST! Or Toadst, if you will.

Anyhow, after a couple of fine slices of toast I sit down to bring you this week's installment of songs which have been making me happy this week, starting with a new and vastly, vastly overdue single from Magic Arm.  And, well, I suppose you'll have to listen to find out where we go from there.  Toast!

01. Magic Arm - Put Your Collar Up (00.27)
02. The Magnetic Fields - Love is Lighter Than Air (08.32)
03. Calexico - Black Heart (11.44)
04. Old Earth - Less Words (18.17)
05. Trapped Mice - Mona Lisa (22.56)
06. Woodpecker Wooliams - Gull (30.50)
07. Immigrant Union - My Heart's a Joke (33.54)
08. Sealings - Face Basement (39.16)
09. Hot Panda - One in the Head, One in the Chest (45.46)
10. Monster Island - Pilot Whales (49.20)
11. Juffage - My Weakness (56.50)

Direct download: ToadcastNo245.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:56pm UTC



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