Winter has been slow to arrive this year, but it certainly feels like it's here now. The last few days have been pretty cold, but more importantly when you live this far North, it's getting fucking dark. It's not something I dislike, actually.  We may not get much real cold in Edinburgh, nor indeed very much which anyone else would describe as Summer, but Edinburgh is at a surprisingly high latitude and during the Winter months it really is dark around these parts.

So there I was sitting at my desk at four in the afternoon and it was already really rather fucking dingy outside, and in the absence of an obvious theme it seemed about as relevant as anything else I could have come up with.  And let's face it, without that this is just a mish mash of new stuff which has been piling into my inbox over the last little while, and where's the fun in that, eh? Well? Where?

01. Temples - Shelter Song (00.21)
02. Eels - Peach Blossom (06.54)
03. PVT - Shiver (13.01)
04. Milk and Biscuits - White Noise (16.49)
05. Murals - Eyes of Loves (24.32)
06. Lady Lazarus - Lapsarian (31.44)
07. Garden of Elks - This Morning We Are Astronauts (38.47)
08. Palms - Cold (41.07)
09. These Brittle Bones - Anchor Bleed (48.11)
10. Qurious - Gold (55.16)

Direct download: ToadcastNo251.mp3
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Videos: Vimeo - YouTube Photos: Flickr Audio: zip download - mp3s below For the utter shame of it, we actually recorded this Toad Session back in December last year. I know we can be a little tardy publishing these fuckers, but this has to be something of a record. I blame the fact that The Leg, The Foxx, Meursault and the Split 12" albums all ended up being released within a month or so of each other for knocking me firmly out of my stride, but well, there's always an excuse isn't there. We actually recorded this on the Monday after a fearsomely brilliant gig at Henry's Cellar Bar last Christmas, and did a session with the brilliant Joanna Gruesome on the same day. It was a bit rough, just a little bit like hard work, and I have no idea how the neighbours decided not to complain to the coppers, but I hugely grateful that they didn't. Massive thanks for this one are owed to Dylan Matthews and Ashley Hampson for their video camera work, to the consistently awesome Nic Ruefor taking the pictures, and to Rory Sutherland for helping me with the recording, the mixing, and for also wielding a video camera during the session itself.

The Black Tambourines - Bad Days (Toad Session) [audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheBlackTambourines-BadDays-ToadSession.mp3] The Black Tambourines - Let You Down (Toad Session) [audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheBlackTambourines-LetYouDown-ToadSession.mp3] The Black Tambourines - Ghost at a Party (Toad Session) [audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheBlackTambourines-GhostataParty-ToadSession.mp3] The Black Tambourines - School Level (Toad Session) [audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheBlackTambourines-SchoolLevel-ToadSession.mp3]
Direct download: Toadcast #250 - Black Tambourines Session Subscribe to the Toadcasts on iTunes Subscribe to the Toadcasts on Mixcloud

01. The Black Tambourines - Bad Days (Toad Session) (06.37) 02. Jeff the Brotherhood - Bone Jam (11.27) 03. Ringo Deathstarr - So High (14.39) 04. The Black Tambourines - Let You Down (Toad Session) (21.02) 05. T. Rex - Life's a Gas (26.53) 06. Can - Moonshake (29.29 ) 07. The Black Tambourines - Ghost at a Party (Toad Session) (37.00) 08. The Germs - Forming (41.04) 09. Y Niwl - Dau (42.55) 10. The Black Tambourines - School Level (Toad Session) (46.54)

Direct download: ToadcastNo250.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 5:11pm UTC

My folks are spending a couple of months in Rottingdean down on the South coast, and after the Meursault, Rob St. John and Withered Hand gig at the Islington Assembly Hall in London on Tuesday I have come down to spend a few days with them, before pootling on back to Edinburgh tomorrow.

This may not excuse but most certainly does explain the fact that the blog has been slightly more erratic than usual this week.  I've squeezed in posts where I can, but parents don't take all that kindly to you spending your entire visit buggering about on the internet, so I've had to cool it slightly.  Although I did force them to sit through an hour of my inbox yesterday, just so they would know how the internet makes me suffer.  Boo fucking hoo.

Anyhow, Rottingdean is very near Brighton, which I visited for the first time for the Great Escape this Spring, so it was sort of nice to be back, in an odd way. I spent way too much money at Resident again, so I will have explaining to do when I get home. Mrs. Toad is an unforgiving beast, when it comes to my vinyl obsession.

01. Elton John - Ballad of a Well-Known Gun (00.10)
02. Holy Modal Rounders - Hey, Hey Baby (08.06)
03. Alabama 3 - Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlife (11.30)
04. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band - Thunder Road (15.40)
05. Simon & Garfunkel - Blues Run the Game (23.32)
06. Younghoon Beats - Ours (31.06)
07. The Douglas Firs - The Possessed (38.15)
08. ABC - Poison Arrow (42.26)
09. Holy Modal Rounders - Blues in the Bottle (45.59)
10. Bagel Project - The Chariot Tale (51.33)
11. Rob St. John - The Mandrake (57.07)

Direct download: ToadcastNo249.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:39pm UTC



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