Grinch, not because I am being deliberately all Scroogey and slagging off Christmas, just because I am somehow entirely failing to find any Christmas spirit at all.

I like Christmas actually. Although, I suppose to be fair, like a lot of people I despise the hysteria of the presents and all that shit.  Particularly the way the shops start punting it in late September, and the fucking adverts ladle on the emotional blackmail to imply that anything less than an entry-level mortgage spent on presents is some sort of horrendous slight on your loved ones.

Fairly standard anti-commercialisation moaning aside, though, I like the cold and the darkness and the time spent quietly with family doing next to nothing. I also like the ritual preparation of a huge meal, and then lying on the sofa watching Back to the Future or Star Wars or Indiana Jones all evening because you're too bloody full to do anything else.

But I'm not doing that this year, am I. No, I am doing the accounts and editing sessions.  Because I'm a dick.

01. Eddie Izzard - Covered in Bees (00.26)
02. Onions - Christmas (Not as Much as We Would Like) (02.47)
03. The Pictish Trail - The Handstand Crowd (08.47)
04. Kid Canaveral - Low Winter Sun (13.47)
05. Eeek! - Down and Out in Harrison Fjord (20.16)
06. Adam Balbo - Do What You Do (23.50)
07. Yo La Tengo - Ohm (30.09.)
08. Paws - Asthmatic (Laptop Demo) (39.36)
09. S.E. Land Otter Champs - Wolf Like Howls From the Bathhouse (43.27)
10. Kiki Pau - Tomte Mars (48.24)
11. Bob Dylan - Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You (59.37)

Direct download: ToadcastNo254.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:39am UTC

What the fuck am I doing calling something a Currycast, I hear you ask.  Music cannot be curry-themed, and nor is it.  This is called the Currycast simply because I am visiting my Granddad in Manchester and he has just asked me to cook a curry for him tomorrow night.

I have never cooked curry before, and Mrs. Toad makes such a fine one that I have never really been motivated to have a go, myself.  Why bother making the second-best curry in the house, after all. However, I made a gigantic leg of roast lamb today, so there are lots of leftover bits of cabbage, carrots, lamb juice and bits to make a fine stock base, and so as long as the flavour is right the richness should be okay.

Despite being raised abroad, when we were kids roast dinners in my grandparents' house were amongst our most vivid memories, so the fact that me and my little brother get to come here ourselves to cook roast dinners now is a really nice feeling.  It feels like we're helping to continue a tradition in which we were raised, despite the fact the he lives in America and I in Scotland means neither of us spend much time in Manchester these days.

01. Inspector Tapehead - I Am Your Pedigree (00.12)
02. Mothersday - Shoulder Soldier (08.59)
03. King Post Kitsch - Blood and Glitter (15.52)
04. Flutes - Auld Archie (20.11)
05. Flume - Star Eyes (24.33)
06. Sweet Baboo - Let's Go Swimming Wild (32.12)
07. Harness Flux - Stockholders (38.41)
08. Nehemiah St. Danger - Nehemiah St-Danger Lost and Alone in a New Paradigm (Venus of the Tumbling Towers) (44.15)
09. The Hand to Man Band - The Down Moveables (46.42)
10. Adios Amigo - Take Me to Heaven (54.01)
11. Meursault - Song For Martin Kippenberger (Jonnie Common Remix) (1.01.11)

Direct download: ToadcastNo253.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:45am UTC

Don't worry, the chances of me actually playing party music on a Toadcast are about as good as Lana Del Rey getting some semblance of life back into that blank, empty, defeated gaze of hers.

No, in reality this is called the Partycast because we are having the label Christmas Party tomorrow at Summerhall, and so tomorrow I shall be running around all day collecting a PA, and shitloads of absolutely awful tinsel and dreadful Christmas decorations.

Also, rather tragically. I shall be trying my very best (and probably failing) not to get too utterly obliterated because I will have to be up early in the morning to return the bloody PA and get all our merch stuff through to Chambre 69 to try and sell to people of Glasgow in vast, lucrative quantities. But umm... well I think it's time to accept that I am going to feel like a menstruating badger on Saturday morning.

01. Francobollo - Basketball (00.17)
02. Rick Redbeard - Cold as Clay (The Grave) (06.25)
03. Lil Daggers - Faces & Names (13.21)
04. King Post Kitsch - Every Face (19.29)
05. These Brittle Bones - Blood + Snow (24.09)
06. Matthew E. White - Big Love (30.57)
07. Dolfinz - Yeah Right (38.25)
08. Slowcoaches - Proper Job (40.39)
09. Silverbacks - Orange Light (44.56)
10. King DJ - Hold Me Down (50.14)
11. WTCHS - Adult Crimes (54.42)

Direct download: ToadcastNo252.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:09pm UTC





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