Yup, as you know, Song, by Toad Records is five years old so I thought a brief spin through the history of the label would be in order because, well, why the fuck not. There's quite a lot of stuff in the vaults here which has long since vanished into the mists of time, and it's interesting to look back at how we started, in two senses.

Firstly, the roster was very obviously unrecognisable, primarily because it didn't really exist yet. We had a couple of pals who were willing to let us try and help promote their self-recorded bits and bobs, and some folk we thought were talented and knew were unsigned, but had no idea what they would make of us suggesting we try putting out their music for them.

And secondly, there is the ambition. We started out expecting to do little more than assisting people with a self-release. We assumed we'd be working with scrappy little demos and bits of home-recorded EPs and things like that - just trying to get the bands a little bit of extra publicity which they didn't necessarily have the time to try and achieve for themselves.

It think it's safe to say that, looking back five years later, I absolutely never in a million years dreamed we'd end up where we are now. Nor did I have the slightest understanding of how much we'd have to achieve, just to only get this far! But Rome wasn't built in a day, as they say. Apparently it took ages.

01. Meursault - The Furnace (00.20)
02. Uhersky Brod - Seeing Ben Lomond (07.37)
03. Nightjar - Lady of the Calico (14.47)
04. The Savings and Loan - Swallows (18.07)
05. Jesus H. Foxx - I'm Half the Man You Were (25.57)
06. Loch Lomond - Elephants and Little Girls (33.06)
07. Cold Seeds - The Perfume of Mexican Birds (41.19)
08. Trips and Falls - And in Real Life He Wears Corduroy Pants (50.53)
09. Yusuf Azak - The Key Underground (55.15)
10. Rob St. John - Domino (1.03.30)
11. Waiters - So-S0 (1.12.31)
12. Sparrow and the Workshop - Autumn to Winter (1.19.40)
13. The Leg - A Rat's Health (1.26.00)

Direct download: ToadcastNo286.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:37pm UTC

Video – Vimeo – YouTube Photos – Flickr Session tracks - Soundcloud - zip download (right click – save as) Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page) Wait a second, haven't we already done a Sparrow and the Workshop Toad Session? Why yes we have, and it is here. But if you follow that link you may well understand why we've recorded another one. Basically, back then I didn't really have any idea how to record and mix things, I had no idea how to export video properly, and YouTube was in a 640x480 format, meaning that everything looks like it should have been embedded on a Geocities site, not a swish, modern music blog. So we sat down with Broken Records, Meursault and first Sparrow and the Workshop and did whole new Toad Sessions with them because, well because they live locally and we're all friends and fuck it, we can. So this is the second Sparrow and the Workshop Toad Session. The photos were by Nic Rue, as is becoming increasingly traditional, and her fella and fellow long-time Session veteran Rory helped record and also film, along with Ian Greenhill. Gavin White, who also filmed the session, was kind enough to edit it for us. His stuff is on Vimeo under the name of Full Fridge Video. podcast 01. Sparrow and the Workshop - The Gun (Toad Session) (00.07) 02. The Rosy Crucifixion - Don't Water Dead Flowers (15.06) 03. Thee Oh Sees - Nightcrawler (18.37) 04. Sparrow and the Workshop - Medal Round Your Neck (Toad Session) (23.13) 05. Lal Waterson - Midnight Feast (34.42) 06. Richard Dawson - Poor Old Horse (38.23) 07. Sparrow and the Workshop - Shock Shock (Toad Session) (54.45) 08. The Roches - Hammond Song (58.48) 09. Country Teasers - Golden Apples (1.04.18) 10. Sparrow and the Workshop - Flower Bombs (Toad Session) (1.14.55)

Direct download: ToadcastNo285.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 2:52pm UTC

I was in Aberdeen this week, and I happened to leave town at about half three, on my way home, at which point it was pretty much fucking pitch black already. Because the Gulf Stream keeps the UK cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter you tend to forget just how very, very far North we really are.

Anyhow, between that and the cold which overtakes my office during the day because it feels indulgent to have the heating on I am definitely in my Winter mood at the moment. I like Winter, though. I like the dark and the cold and the whole 'nights drawing in' thing. I suggests time with the record player and lots of red wine, and maybe a fire as well. All good things.

So yes, I am uploading this and then going off to do just that. A new restaurant has opened just down the road from us and Mrs. Toad and I are going to toddle along and try it out tonight. After some gin and records, of course. Go us!

01. Absolutely Free - On the Beach (00.06)
02. Min Diesel - Mother (11.39)
03. Pinact - Beauty Freak (16.13)
04. Tarsiers - Camel (demo) (20.33)
05. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska (live) (30.50)
06. Dire Straits - Private Investigations (35.06)
07. Los Angeles Police Department - Enough is Enough (44.06)
08. Soft Drinks - West Suckers (45.42)
09. Meursault - Dirt and the Roots (51.34)
10. Sam Amidon - Fiddle Mayhem (Toad Session) (55.02)
11. Glass Animals - Psylla (1.03.02)

Direct download: ToadcastNo284.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:40pm UTC

I can't believe I've never recorded a Lovecast before, but honestly, I looked back through the old titles and it didn't come up. So here we go, the counterpoint to last week's Hatecast is this. I am full of the joys of life, relaxed and happy. Would you believe it?

Actually, the reason this podcast exists is not because I feel some need to eradicate the rage of last week. I like to live by the words of Clem Snide: "don't be afraid of your anger". I am not afraid of my anger. I actually love my anger. My anger, inner rage, permanent sense of simmering resentment - whatever you want to call it - is what makes me who I am, what drives me on, and what makes me enjoy what I do. Fuck it, you can deal with my anger.

Instead, this podcast simply exists because last week's ragefest has genuinely lifted the black cloud which it represented clean away from my life. I feel refreshed and released by having got it off my chest and am in a genuinely good mood these days. Who'd have thought it!

01. Plastic Animals - Sheltered (00.10)
02. Naked - Lie Follows Lie (09.13)
03. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street (16.12)
04. Mark Lanegan - You Only Live Twice (22.51)
05. Lady Lazarus - Never Ever Anna (28.29)
06. Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside (36.50)
07. Post War Glamour Girls - Johnny and Mary (39.55)
08. Le Thug - Swam (48.15)
09. Rob St. John - Stainforth Force (54.13)
10. Sharon Van Etten - I'm Wrong (1.04.13)

Direct download: ToadcastNo282.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:41am UTC

I am pretty pissed off at the moment. It's not particularly obvious - in fact it tends to manifest itself more as a smouldering sulk than any sort of rage, but you may believe me, the anger is under there somewhere.

Y'see, in the music industry, you're always supposed to maintain some sort of level of politeness - never burn any bridges, never lose your rag, you never know when you might need to be friends with someone. But you know what, bollocks to that. I spend so many hours of my life working on making things good - artwork, endlessly repetitive PR stuff, designing posters for gigs, trying to drum up some sort of interest in our gigs, our releases, our bands, and you know what - FUCK PEOPLE.

People are just fucking wrong about music. They approve of shite bands, they listen to garbage they're too lazy to move beyond, they write about bands they already know are popular rather than ones which are new and might be interesting, and they generally just don't give a shit and then pretend that it's your fault for not grabbing their lazy, indifferent attention. So fuck people, fuck music, and fuck you. Welcome to this week's podcast.

01. PAWS - Winners Don't Bleed (Toad Session) (00.21)
02. Billy Bragg - Some Days I See the Point (08.19)
03. The Leg - Silver Dog (16.43)
04. Trips and Falls - You Should Really Get Yours (20.35)
05. Yusuf Azak - Swim (28.17)
06. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Early Hour (32.56)
07. Eef Barzelay - Well (44.47)
08. Brown Brogues - (48.42)
09. Meursault - William Henry Miller (Part 2) (Single Version) (54.21)
10. Trips and Falls - The Freedom of Homogeneity (1.00.15)
11. FOUND - Mullokian (Toad Session) (1.09.04)
12. The Leg - Celebrating Love (1.14.03)

Direct download: ToadcastNo281.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:40am UTC

This is called the Unioncast because I have had a really bad habit of working into the evenings recently, as well as all bloody weekend, and I am starting to thing I need a union representative to protect me from my own boss. Who, rather sadly, happens to be me. Stand up against myself for the downtrodden worker!

I had no idea what I was going to play this week, but it turned into a surprisingly good playlist, including personal highlights from SWF and the awesome new EP by Shilpa Ray.

Right, enough blabbering about this one, I am off up to the Pleasance to see Rob St. John, Adam Stafford and Ian Humberstone. It's an amazing venue, so I am really looking forward to it. And there's the mega double-blowout label showcase next week as well, so all sorts of musicfuns for you to take advantage of.

01. Lambchop - Hey, Where's Your Girl (00.22)
02. Basketball Shorts - The Reaper (06.56)
03. Vikesh Kapoor - The Ballad of Willy Robbins (13.45)
04. Lesley Riddle - John Henry (18.30)
05. Temple Songs - I Can't Look After You (24.51)
06. Los Angeles Police Department - The Only One (27.57)
07. Shilpa Ray - Posted By Anonymous (35.07)
08. SWF - Turtle Brain (39.10)
09. Octopuses - Ghost in the House (43.51)
10. Boardwalk - Crying (49.17)
11. Doc Watson - John Henry (54.29)

Direct download: ToadcastNo280.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:40pm UTC

Video – Vimeo – YouTube Photos – Flickr Session tracks zip download (right click – save as) Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page) This session was recorded back in March, so once again I find myself apologising to the band for taking so long over it. I blame Beer vs. Records, Sparrow and the Workshop and the Pale Imitation Festival for taking such a lot of time and work that I ended up distracted. The same old disorganised shite as usually happens, in other words. The Yawns emerged late last year when they released their debut album as a pay-what-you-want download to pretty much no fanfare at all. Slowly but surely, however, word seemed to spread around the internet and it turned out that a lot of people were really into the record. I was released on tape by one label, then vinyl by another and actually ended up doing better than loads of stuff people put all their time and energy into promoting. I loved it too, of course, so I asked them to play in Edinburgh in January, and then I enjoyed the show so much a Toad Session ensued. And this is it. Many thanks to the team once again - Gavin, Rory, Matthew and Ian who helped with the filming, Rory who took the photos, Neil who recorded it and Mrs. Toad who made AWESOME brownies! And, I suppose, to the cats, for not massively disrupting everything like they usually do.  Puss-tards.

Toadcast #279 - The Yawns Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

The Yawns - Diamond (Toad Session) [audio: http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheYawns-Diamond-ToadSession.mp3] The Yawns - Jean Thumb (Toad Session) [audio: http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheYawns-JeanThumb-ToadSession.mp3] The Yawns - Romeo Done (Toad Session) [audio: http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheYawns-RomeoDone-ToadSession.mp3] The Yawns - Butterfleyes (Toad Session) [audio: http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheYawns-Butterfleyes-ToadSession.mp3]

01. The Yawns - Diamond (Toad Session) (00.17) 02. Sean Armstrong - Dying in the Garden (08.50) 03. Battery Face - Cider Says (10.23) 04. The Yawns - Jean Thumb (Toad Session) (16.41) 05. Dolfinz - Yeah Right (23.51) 06. The Side Pony - Repeat and More (26.27) 07. The Yawns - Rome Done (Toad Session) (32.44) 08. Mac DeMarco - Stars Keep On Calling My Name (36.34) 09. The Clean - Getting Older (39.01) 10. The Yawns - Butterfleyes (Toad Session) (47.17)

Direct download: ToadcastNo279.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 5:54pm UTC

Smash as in smash hits, of course, we don't condone vandalism here at Song, by Toad! No, this week we have a podcast full of what can really only very tenuously indeed be described as banging number one smash hits. Or, perhaps more accurately, a lot of single releases.

We've the next 7" from Gerry Loves Records, some new stuff by Vadoinmessico, the new single from local favourites Honeyblood and Halfrican, and the something off the new Black Tambourines album. I add to the smash hit single vibe by including a couple of absolute corkers from varying degrees of yesteryear, in the form of The Animals and the Shout Out Louds, largely because they've been on tapes in the car while we were driving to France and back to visit Mrs. Toad's family.

While I was there I took the opportunity to mix a whole pile of new Toad Sessions, and they're all awaiting editing now, so I thought I'd also include one from the recent Old Earth Session as well. I think you've heard stuff from The Yawns and Sparrow and the Workshop already, so I figured something new might be interesting for you. And there you go, that's pretty much the lot. Pour a big ol' gin, as I am about to, and wrap yer lugs round this little lot.

01. The Animals - House of the Rising Sun (00.44)
02. Honeyblood - Bud (08.34)
03. John Knox Sex Club - Animals (13.44)
04. Over the Wall - Tell Her I Love Her (18.26)
05. Old Earth - Themes and Alarm (Toad Session) (28.27)
06. Halfrican - Cocksucker (36.17)
07. Vadoinmessico - Perfect Strangers (42.25)
08. The Black Tambourines - Out Cold (46.07)
09. Dim Peaks - Reason (52.53)
10. Shout Out Louds - Tonight I Have to Leave it (1.01.29)

Direct download: ToadcastNo278.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:18pm UTC

It's, erm, okay to make fun of old people injuring themselves isn't it? I mean on the internet, not in real life of course, that would be barbaric. But on the internet this shit is okay, right? I mean, we even let the Daily fucking Mail on here, we can't be that picky.

I only ask because the reason this is called the Ribcast is in salute to my cantankerous old father, who managed to fall off a ladder the other day and break a couple of ribs. This, like most rib injuries, has proven to not be all that dangerous, so all we have is a bad tempered old man in lots of pain, unable to laugh, roll over in bed, cough or - heaven forbid - sneeze!

I've cracked ribs myself, before, although never broken them, and it really is an incredibly painful injury. Coughing and laughing are everyday occurrences, but holy shit you fucking notice them when this happens to you. Sneezes are terrifying, because holy crapsticks they fucking hurt! But as long as it's not life-threatening then pain is quite funny, right?

01. The Leg - Chicken Slippers (00.24)
02. Trips and Falls - Destruction is Always More Exciting (07.03)
03. Monoganon - Arc of the Tuna Fish (15.35)
04. Joanna Gruesome - Lemonade Grrrl (24.24)
05. Brown Brogues - Baby, it's Alright (26.34)
06. David Wax Museum - All Sense of Time (33.35)
07. Belgian Fog - You Drive Me to Madness (37.47)
08. Fascinator - Girl I Want You (41.55)
09. Pool Whales - What Was Her Name (50.27)
10. Honeyblood - Bud (55.51)
11. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Incident at Mono Lake (1.02.53)

Direct download: ToadcastNo277.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:33pm UTC

Yep, a couple of days into September and Scotland really has decided that it's Autumn now, all of a sudden it's fucking Autumn. Cold, crappy rain, wind, all the usual fun and games. Season OVER! We are into shitty territory now, just you accept it!

Anyhow, I have never figured out whether good (more likely to leave the house) or bad weather (more likely to want to be inside in a venue) weather is more likely to lead to good gig attendances, but I suppose it's always nice to have the excuse either way if no-one turns up to your gig.

One nice thing about the weather turning shitty, of course, is that the fucking builders who repaired our roof - Traditional Roofing and Building - whilst excellent in every other respect, managed to paint my office windows shut and are ignoring my requests to come out and fix them. So at least if it's cold I won't just be sat up here fucking sweltering all day. Enjoy the tunes!

01. Temple Songs - Passed Caring (00.16)
02. John Murry - Southern Sky (07.45)
03. Sparrow and the Workshop - Odessa (remixed by White Label) (15.47)
04. Samantha Crain - For the Miner (23.57)
05. Vandaveer - Poor Edward (29.27)
06. Stefan Noons - Signals (35.26)
07. Playlounge - Grandma Death (40.01)
08. The Hundredth Anniversary - Last Drive (43.02)
09. Monster Rally - Orchids (48.44)
10. Califone - Move Music Kills a Kiss (54.23)

Direct download: ToadcastNo276.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:49pm UTC

August is traditionally the month where my slender grasp of Song, by Toad Records admin is finally broken and everything collapses into a massive pile of shit. And that is just what has happened this year: I am behind on the accounts, haven't opened a single envelope which has been delivered to the house for about two months, and my inbox is a sprawling, out-of-control mess. Boo fucking hoo.

Nevertheless it all has to be smartened up by September. I have a new accountant, having been kicked to the kerb by the previous one for being too disorganised to be worth the hassle, so I can't fuck this one up or I really am in trouble! So August gets to be messy, and then I have to get my shit together for real and get this whole nasty mess under control again.

There are plenty of old favourites on this podcast - blog-era favourites, not real oldies, but nevertheless, some artists I haven't played for ages. There's also a wee taster from the new batch of Toad Sessions we're working on, to give you a taste of the new stuff. They are going to be a lot of work, but still tremendous fun to do, and I think the results are likely to be awesome.

01. Frog - Ichabod Crane (00.16)
02. Sparrow and the Workshop - The Gun (Toad Sessions) (08.06)
03. Alela Diane - Desire (Piano Demo) (11.55)
04. Sam Amidon - He's Taken My Feet (18.47)
05. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - We Real Cool (25.37)
06. Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands - Garbage Pail Kids (33.33)
07. Alela Diane - About Farewell (36.26)
08. The Black Tambourines - Bodies (44.54)
09. Yoofs - For Her (48.12)
10. Emmylou Harris and Liela Moss - So You'll Aim Towards the Sky (56.27)

Direct download: ToadcastNo275.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:10pm UTC

As the run of dates gets into full swing, I figured The Palecast was a tediously inevitable name for a podcast but for all the predictability, I honestly couldn't come up with anything else, sorry.  Although I hope I'm not being too annoying about it (and I'm beginning to suspect that I am), I do take the opportunity to plug this week's Pale Imitation Festival gigs, but there's other stuff too.

There is the by-now-mandatory song from the car, picked from whatever tape I happen to be listening to a little too much at the moment. In this case it's Texarkana from REM's far-from-classic early nineties album Out of Time. It may not be a classic, but there are some really good tunes on there, mostly on the second side, and it's been fun to hear them again for the first time in ages.

Then we have a couple of new unsigned bands for you, and someone else's selections from my vinyl collection. Job's a good 'un.

01. R.E.M. - Texarkana (00.22)
02. Deathcats - Danny Dyer (07.07)
03. Tangles - Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (11.49)
04. Plastic Animals - Pizarnik (15.59)
05. Le Thug - Of Europe (Arc 1993) (23.50)
06. Wozniak - New Hampshire (31.35)
07. Rad Stewart - Arabesque Bedouin (38.11)
08. Calexico - Sunken Waltz (45.02)
09. Yo La Tengo - Our Way to Fall (47.34)
10. Sparrow and the Workshop - Autumn to Winter (54.23)

Direct download: ToadcastNo274.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:25pm UTC

The Rustcast is of course dedicated to the Rust2Rome adventure we returned from last week. We went with a bunch of tapes, and all the tunes on this podcast come from those tapes.

In fact, these come from a relatively narrow selection of the tapes, because I took a few fairly downbeat tunes along and we never listened to them. I love listening to quiet music when I drive, but generally only at night, and there was no night driving on the trip, so those tapes tended to stay in the bottom of the box, unlistened.

In fact, you may not believe me, but there was plenty of time when we actually listened to nothing at all. We have no air-conditioning in the car and it was so hot we had to drive large chunks of the way with all the windows rolled down, and when the car picked up any speed at all the noise made it pretty much impossible to hear anything unless it was being played at uncomfortably loud volumes.

Nevertheless, there was plenty of music to be listened to and this is a collection of my favourite bits. 

01. Eels - Rags to Rags (00.22)
02. Grandaddy - El Caminos in the West (06.29)
03. Liars - Scarecrows on a Killer Slant (12.33)
04. Grinderman - No Pussy Blues (16.59)
05. R.E.M. - Disturbance at the Heron House (24.59)
06. Majical Cloudz - Silver Rings (30.33)
07. Willie Nelson - I Gotta Get Drunk (40.07)
08. Nirvana - Love Buzz (41.37)
09. Quiet Americans - Summer House (47.17)
10. Bob Seger System - 2+2=? (53.16)

Direct download: ToadcastNo273.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:05pm UTC

Video – Vimeo – YouTube
Photos – Flickr
Session tracks zip download (right click – save as)
Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page)

Charles Latham has been something of a legend in Edinburgh ever since his song Hard On became something of a staple in the Withered Hand live set, and also occasionally appeared when other bands, like our own Meursault for instance, played live as well. The Withered Hand version proved so popular that it actually made its way back across the pond, when Toad Session alumnus Samantha Crain covered it a year or two ago.

Funnily enough, though, he's never actually been to Edinburgh, at least until November last year, when he came over here on tour, played a gig in the city and popped by to record a Toad Session. And the Withered Hand version had made such an impact that Charles himself didn't even want to play it!

Nevertheless, we have four excellent songs for you, a genuinely interesting interview, and a night which started with beer and ended with macaroni cheese and vinyl. A win for all concerned, I think you'll agree.

Toadcast #272 - Charles Latham Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

Charles Latham - Squares (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/CharlesLatham-Squares-ToadSession.mp3]
Charles Latham - My Perfect Church (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/CharlesLatham-MyPerfectChurch-ToadSession.mp3]
Charles Latham - The Living Wage (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/CharlesLatham-TheLivingWage-ToadSession.mp3]
Charles Latham - My Parents' House (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/CharlesLatham-MyParentsHouse-ToadSession.mp3]

01. Charles Latham - Squares (Toad Session) (00.22)
02. Withered Hand - Hard On (12.37)
03. Violent Femmes - Waiting For the Bus (15.51)
04. Charles Latham - My Perfect Church (Toad Session) (24.17)
05. Neko Case - Thrice All American (31.46)
06. Jonathan Richman - My Affected Accent (35.15)
07. Charles Latham - The Living Wage (Toad Session) (45.14)
08. George Harrison - I Live For You (52.57)
09. Eef Barzelay - Well (56.33)
10. Charles Latham - My Parents' House (Toad Session) (1.08.00)

Direct download: ToadcastNo272.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 2:27am UTC

After writing about the SAY Award, I thought I might well do a podcast about it, given there are more than enough ace bands and ace records on that list, last year's list and I assume next year's list to make a couple of podcasts.

I play a couple of shocking, scandalous omissions from this and last year's long- and shortlists, and stamp my little foot about them. I play a couple of tracks from bands who I reckon should be in with a very strong shout of making next year's shortlist.  And I play a random tune by David Thomas Broughton because he, along with Rick Redbeard who I tip for next year's shortlist, is playing a show in Edinburgh this week.  David on Thursday with Rachael Dadd and Ichi, and Rick on Saturday with the awesome Ian Humberstone. 

And again, I try and remind people not to get too worked up about this kind of thing, because, well, if no-one agrees with you that something is excellent, it should hardly make you love it any the less, should it. And equally, being told that yes, you are right, this album is good, shouldn't particularly improve your enjoyment of it should it. So these things are here to be bickered over and are good fun, as well as being fantastic for the artists who win them, but they aren't of course to be taken too seriously.

01. Meursault - Untitled (00.26)
02. PAWS - Bird Inside Birddcage, Ribcage Inside Bird (06.40)
03. Rick Redbeard - Any Way I Can (14.35)
04. David Thomas Broughton - River Lay (20.10)
05. Now Wakes the Sea - Propranolol (28.47)
06. RM Hubbert - Car Song (With Aidan Moffat and Alex Kapranos) (35.42)
07. Django Django - Love's Dart (39.59)
08. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Bats in the Attic (45.36)
09. Rob St. John - Stainforth Force (52.54)
10. The Pictish Trail - I Will Pour it Down (1.02.06)

Direct download: ToadcastNo271.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:52pm UTC

 Welcome to the Autocast. The Autocast? Yes, we have a new car. So exciting! It is, much in the style of pretty much every car I have ever owned in my life, a bit of a shit-heap. In fact, it's a total shit-heap: a 1992 Volvo estate.

I will be driving it up to GoNorth in Inverness this week, to see if it's going to prove to be reliable in the long run. It made it all the way from Oxford to Edinburgh a week or so ago though, and that was seven hours, so I reckon it should be fine. Hopefully. The thing about spending £350 on a car is that you can be pretty much certain that something serious must be wrong with it. A properly functioning car is worth more than £350, more or less whatever it is.

Anyhow, GoNorth should be fun. It usually is, and now that we are a bit more established within the Scottish music community it's a nice chance to catch up with pals who I might not necessarily see that much of because for some reason Glasgow seems too far away most of the year. Ridiculous, really.

01. Book Group - Year of the Cat (00.22)
02. TV Girl - She Smokes in Bed (07.07)
03. Garden of Elks - Contented Contender (12.58)
04. Camera Obscura - Fifth in Line to the Throne (16.44)
05. Four Visions - Closer (23.01)
06. Way Yes - Get Healed (28.57)
07. Majical Cloudz - Chilhood's End (37.40)
08. Stuart Warwick - The Nail That Sticks Out Gets Pounded (41.45)
09. The Tablets - Tablets (50.57)
10. Virals - Wax Works (59.45)

Direct download: ToadcastNo270.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23pm UTC

 Yes, the Sousedcast, mostly because I am fucking steaming.

Getting shitfaced and swearing at the internet about music may sound irretrievably sad, but it is one of the great pleasures in my life. Seriously, listen to this shit, is it not completely brilliant? I don't listen to my own podcasts again and again - that would be a bit like wanking with a fistful of your own toothpaste - but I listen to the playlists for these things all the time, because even if my chat is shit, the playlists to our podcasts are brilliant. They really are, aren't they.

Anyhow, Mrs. Toad is away at the moment, which is why I am getting shitfaced and shouting at you on the internet. IN ALL CAPS! But this week we have the best possible balance between hipster pop shit and genuinely weird bollocks. Go weirdos! GO!

01. Le Thug - Swam (00.26)
02. Temples - Colours to Life (11.12)
03. Big Deal - Dream Machines (15.24)
04. Wooden Wand - No Bed For Beatle Wand/Days This Long (23.26)
05. Magic Arm - Is History (37.12)
06. The Yawns - Butterfleyes (41.23)
07. Ed Harcourt - The Pretty Girls (44.46)
08. Glass Animals - Cocoa Hooves Pt.1 (47.57)
09. Teardrop Factory - Vanity Unfair (56.36)
10. Mac DeMarco - She's Really All I Need (1.03.49)

Direct download: ToadcastNo269.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:55am UTC

Welcome to The Schoolcast wherein I acknowledge a few of the people who have educated my music taste more than most. Without a Musical Big Brother figure in my life I have relied on a motley crew of people from all over to get me into music to which I might otherwise never have been exposed, and the process continues today of course.

For someone who is an accidentally self-appointed arbiter of taste* I actually know relatively little about music, and particularly the history of pop music. I don't know much Neil Young, for example, I don't know much Pink Floyd, I don't know much Dinosaur Jr. or Guided By Voices, or even Can - and those are just the ones for which I have been directly chided.

Anyhow, I am making inroads into some of this ignorance, and it's actually a shitload of fun, as you can imagine. As with last week's Neil Young write-up, I think I'll start covering some of these records on the blog a bit more often, as I think the blend of brand new stuff and older music will work really nicely. Enjoy!

01. Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine (00.22)
02. Lee Noble - December (08.46)
03. Jake McKelvie & the Countertops - Oh the Ghost (13.57)
04. Neil Young - Southern Man (20.29)
05. Thirty Pounds of Bone - The Maritime Line (29.04)
06. Pearl Jam - Dissident (35.29)
07. The Raincoats - Don't Be Mean (43.09)
08. Yo La Tengo - Bog Day Coming (47.09)
09. Cherokee Red - Mythomania (55.50)
10. Columboid - Juicy Mode (1.00.57)

Direct download: ToadcastNo268.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:50pm UTC

Salford is to Manchester pretty much what Leith is to Edinburgh - the scummy port town which is close enough to be pretty much part of the city, but still maintains a separate identity. And indeed Salford may be a good way behind Leith in this aspect, but it too seems to be slowly becoming nicer and nicer, and shrugging off some of its rough image. Salford has a very long way to go I suppose, but there does seem to be a fair bit of decent arty stuff happening down there at the moment, which tends to be how these things start.

Anyhow, on Sunday I am going to down to Salford for the Sounds From the Other City festival.  There will be stages booked by all sorts of excellent Manchester promoters, like Comfortable on a Tightrope, Underachievers, Now Wave and Manchester Scenewipe, and plenty of people knocking around who I haven't seen for a while, so I am rather looking forward to it. 

I also get the chance to see my Granddad and have a wee whisky together on Saturday night, which will be excellent. My Granddad and I get on really well these days, but when I first moved to England and spent some of my first year at university living at his house it wasn't always the case for various reasons. Consequently, the fact that we get on so well is something we both take great pleasure from and make sure we don't take for granted, which is a nice thing.  Whisky: bringing people together since the 1400s.

01. Black Market Karma - Sole Abuser (00.21)
02. Rob St. John - Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey (09.14)
03. Virgin of the Birds - Christiane (16.15)
04. Powerdove - Love Walked In (22.21)
05. Still Caves - Dutch (26.17)
06. Laura Viers - Shadow Blues (35.27)
07. Suuns - Powers of Ten (42.02)
08. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Swimming Song (47.21)
09. Weavers - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (49.47)
10. Adam Stafford - Please (57.35)

Direct download: ToadcastNo267.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:36pm UTC

 The Gnomecast could have been called many, many things. It could have been called The Widecast after Wide Days, the Edinburgh-based music convention I attended in the middle of last week, and from the showcases at which two of the songs on this podcast were chosen. Equally, it could have been called the Witchcast, due to the fact that the vicious old Fucker of Working Britain is now a thing of the past.

In fact, now that I think about it, a whole podcast dedicated to anti-Thatcher songs would probably have been a distinct possibility, but my feelings on her death are not quite so clean cut. Yes, I am glad she is dead, but it's more of a sense of relief, just a sort of feeling of peace now such a vindictive, spiteful cause of so much harm is finally gone, rather than the sort of air-punching, high-fiving glee which was in evidence after Osama Bin Laden was finally rubbed out.

But make no mistake, Thatcher was far more evil than Osama Bin Laden. Never mind domestic politics, her support for despots around the world was directly involved in the deaths of many, many more people than amateurs like Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden.  The fact that these people were mostly brown, or at least brownish, leads us to underestimate the horror for which she was responsible, but responsible she most certainly was. To be fair, of course, I don't doubt that Hussein and Bin Laden would have been capable of far, far worse deeds had they had the power to actually carry them out, but I am not sure that should really be an excuse for the likes of Thatcher, Reagan, Bush and Blair.

Sorry, that really had nothing at all to do with gnomes, did it. Ah well, move along.

01. Judy Garland - Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead (00.19)
02. M.J. Hibbett and the Validators (01.07)
03. eagleowl - Not Over (12.24)
04. The Pictish Trail - Wait Until (17.46)
05. Numbers are Futile - Justice is Light (and Blood) (27.37)
06. Law Holt - Hustle (34.30)
07. Garden of Elks - Floaty (42.07)
08. Siobhan Wilson - Reading You (45.10)
09. Kid Canaveral - Who Would Want to be Loved? (51.31)
10. Virgin of the Birds - Evening of Light (58.09)

Direct download: ToadcastNo266.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06am UTC

It took me ages to name the Cranecast, primarily because it's a tenuous name, doesn't really pertain to the podcast at all, and there weren't many other options immediately springing to mind either.

It turned out that the answer was literally staring at me the entire time. At the Scottish Tattoo Convention last week I met a friend of a friend who runs Venus Flytrap Tattoo in Edinburgh. In amongst her sketches was a really nice one featuring a Japanese Red Crowned Crane. The image was awesome, but it is already someone else's tattoo unfortunately, so I couldn't just get one myself.

So I've spent a large part of the day looking up images for old Japanese crane images, images of the bird itself, and some Art Deco stuff, because the combination of Japanese and Art Deco styles in her stuff was one of my favourite aspects.

So yes, nothing to do with the music, just what happened to be right in front of my nose at the time, sorry.

01. Hookworms - Away Towards (00.24)
02. Dolfish - Grown Ups (11.02)
03. The Hundredth Anniversary - Pressure Sphere (19.01)
04. Lonesome Leash - Pelican (26.05)
05. Jane Bolts - Magnet (30.57)
06. Father Sculptor - Ember (36.02)
07. Hemlock Shaw - She in the Backyard (41.32)
08. Lou Breed - Hospital Ward (50.23)
09. Elim Bolt - Farm Kid (53.22)
10. Nia - Doctor Doctor (1.00.30)

Direct download: ToadcastNo265.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:43pm UTC

The Semitoadcast is not an erection joke, it is so named because there are four tracks on this one by Song, by Toad Records bands. Two - the Yusuf Azak and Lil Daggers tunes - are not actually on the label, and two - Sparrow and the Workshop and Plastic Animals - are.

One of the others was just an experiment which Yusuf fired up on Facebook the other week, but happens to be ace, and the other is a freebie on this compilation by Miami magazine Pure Honey. So not quite Toad Records releases as such, but sort of related.

I also discuss our plans for Record Store Day, which includes the Beer vs. Records launch, the release of our new Split 12" and an all-day event in The Last Word on St. Stephen's Street in Stockbridge, in partnership with VoxBox Records.

01. Program - Waiting (00.17)
02. Plastic Animals - Pizarnik (07.06)
03. Yusuf Azak - Deceive (13.24)
04. Whilk and Misky - Wing Clipper (14.34)
05. Peace Arrow - Broken Bridge (21.29)
06. Sparrow and the Workshop - Faster You Spin (32.00)
07. Bogan Via - Red Sun (36.12)
08. Echo Park - Teleportation (39.33)
09. Lil Daggers - Spider Lily (46.37)
10. Lid Emba - One Less Philistine (50.26)
11. Lower Plenty - Strange Beast (1.02.39)

Direct download: ToadcastNo264.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49pm UTC

Yes, another year, another total shambles of a podcast. Oddly enough, the one time this has been even vaguely together was the one year the BBC happened to show up to film it. How we managed to get it together for that one occasion I have no idea. Maybe the TV cameras scared us into behaving.

Anyhow, this year's podcast is probably the biggest shambles since the very first SXSW podcast. We are joined, at various times, by Mrs. Toad, Young Ian, Pandy from Gerry Loves Records, Ben Soep, the managers of Tango in the Attic and We Were Promised Jetpacks, as well the BBC's ultra-credible and in-no-way-inebriated Ally McCrae who definitely wasn't still a total shambles from St. Mirren's League Cup win earlier in the day. And that's before the usual subjects as myself, Vic Galloway, Peej and Stuart from Creative Scotland.

We were a few Margaritas down already, and it only got worse during the podcast, honestly. I am not sure this tells you much about SXSW, but it sure gives you a pretty clear idea of what it does to people.

01. Paws - Sore Tummy (00.22)
02. Doe Paoro - Hallelujah (07.49)
03. Young Fathers - The Guide (20.21)
04. Tango in the Attic - Sellotape (23.52)
05. Sinkane - Runnin' (30.47)
06. Reuben Dangoor - Being a Dickhead's Cool (36.12)
07. Indians - Somewhere Else (43.30)
08. Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler (48.41)
09. Ghostface Killer - The Mask (57.57)
10. Holy Esque - St. (1.08.57)
11. Dave Carroll - United Breaks Guitars (1.12.21)

Direct download: ToadcastNo263.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:14am UTC

The Queuecast is the best I could come up with in an attempt to amalgamate the anticipation of heading off to SXSW on the weekend, with the inevitable queueing to get into stuff once there.  

Actually, that’s not quite true. There’s so much going on at places like SXSW that really, if the thing you want to see has an annoying queue (and for me they are never anything other than annoying) outside it, then you can always walk five minutes down the road, walk straight in untroubled, and see something else equally brilliant instead.

Mrs. Toad is out there already, presumably having cocktails with young Ian who works at the label with me. In fact those two total fuckers are probably three or four margaritas down already, as you read this. Bastards. Anyhow, I get out on Saturday afternoon, and the gin will be flowing within moments, I promise you.

The upside of this SXSW fun, which will no doubt irritate the shit out of people back home, is that Toad Hall once again becomes a recording studio while we are away.  Both Rob St. John and Meursault will be making inroads into their next releases over the next fortnight, so hopefully the thought of that will calm your jealous rage at all the fun we are having in Texas.

01. Mike Higbee - Secret Life (00.28)
02. Shift-Static - Estrella (10.03)
03. Vandaveer - Pretty Polly (15.51)
04. Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards - Sheets (19.32)
05. Brown Brogues - Anyone But You (25.07)
06. Kurt Vile - Wakin' on a Pretty Day (32.02)
07. Breathe Out - Dead Friends (45.30)
08. Playlounge - Elephant (48.50)
09. Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - Pentecostal (53.46)
10. New Fabian Society - Homily (1.00.22)

Direct download: ToadcastNo262.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:38pm UTC

 Man Edinburgh's being a little tease at the moment. It's cold, but the sun is out, and from the safe confines of my office it's all too easy to look out the window and think that Spring really is in the air.

Of course, once you go outside such myths are dispelled, but there's nevertheless something immensely cheering about bright sunshine, even if it's cold.  In fact, probably especially if it's cold.

Anyhow, what the fuck ever, we're off to SXSW next week for Margaritas in the sun and Bloody Marys at Rio Rita's and the ludicrous carnival of commercialism which is SXSW.  It's fun to go to, but honestly I wouldn't want to have to go there with ambitions to work because, honestly, you'd just get utterly swamped.

That's all for later though. For now, sunshine! Aaaahhh...

01. Jonnie Common - Figurehead (FOUND's The Wetter the Better Remix) (00.44)
02. Bill Baird - Spring Break of the Soul (08.07)
03. Ardentjohn - In the Morning (20.24)
04. Peter - Sleep With Me Baby (25.07)
05. Robin Grey - Mariam's Cake (29.27)
06. Britt Sommar - Tell Me (39.20)
07. bagelproject - Fickle Heart (46.24)
08. belgianfog - Wait For Help (48.45)
09. Female Band - One Day the Sea Will Swallow Me (57.01)
10. Suuns - Edie's Dream (1.03.12)

Direct download: ToadcastNo261.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:02pm UTC


Video
- Vimeo - YouTube
Photos
- Flickr
Session tracks
- zip download (right click - save as)
Interview podcast - mp3 - iTunes - Mixcloud

This was recorded at Toad Hall in October 2012 with Woodpecker Wooliams, who releases with our friends Robot Elephant Records. She played at a BAD FUN night on the Friday at Henderson's at St. John's, and we were finally able to get this recorded on Sunday after the hangovers had subsided a little.
We were rather short of personnel for this one, so the whole thing ended up being recorded and filmed by me and Ian, with only the one other body to help out - the awesome photographer Nic Rue, with whose work you are all probably very well familiar by now. For some reason
Gemma only chose to play three songs, and we rather stupidly managed to run out of camera battery before the end of the third, so there is no session video for Crow, although the mp3 can be freely downloaded below as usual. And for the first time in a Toad Session you get to properly meet one of our two new cats, who we've had for over a year now, but who are not quite as determined as Floyd to make themselves the star of the goddam show at every available opportunity.
Woodpecker Wooliams - Sparrow (Toad Session)
Woodpecker Wooliams - Gull (Toad Session)

Woodpecker Wooliams - Crow (Toad Session)

Toadcast #260 - Woodpecker Wooliams Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

01. Woodpecker Wooliams - Sparrow (Toad Session) (03.59)
02. Vivian Void - You Stop It (10.45)
03. Sons of Noel & Adrian - Come Run Fun Stella Baby Mother of the World (14.49)
04. Woodpecker Wooliams - Gull (Toad Session) (24.10)
05. Twice as Much - Coldest Night of the Year (28.37)
06. Peggy Sue - Yo Mama (32.09)
07. Soccer 96 - Super Warrior (38.59)
08. Melanie - The Good Book (42.16)
09. Woodpecker Wooliams - Crow (Toad Session) (50.37)

Direct download: ToadcastNo260.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 4:17pm UTC

The Stiffcast is not the cheap innuendo I am sure you assume it to be.  No no no, not that sort of stiff, the sort where every joint and muscle in your body aches because you are woefully out of shape and attempting to run around like a teenager.  That sort of stiff.

Yes, after three months out with a groin strain (no sniggering at the back, please) I have tried to go back to the gym and to five-a-sides over the last week or two with what can only be described as somewhat mixed results. I am sure it didn't use to be this hard to get back in the saddle, as it were.

The one undeniable result, however, is that I have been hobbling around like an old man, because every morning without fail I have been stiff as a fucking board with aching muscles and sore joints. This must be what it's like to wake up as C3PO.

01. The Black Tambourines - Ghost at a Party (Toad Session) (00.25)
02. Jonnie Common - Figurehead (Dry) (05.57)
03. Peace Arrow - Gems (11.27)
04. The Hundredth Anniversary - The Jump (15.05)
05. Shiny Darkly - Diana (20.27)
06. The Android Angel - Her Shoulders (27.27)
07. Weeknight Sinners - Give Me a Taste (35.07)
08. True Gents - Honeycomb Heart (39.57)
09. North American War - Geraniums on a Spit (47.46)
10. Mat Riviere - Wool (54.20)

Direct download: ToadcastNo259.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:44pm UTC

Video: YouTube - Vimeo
Photos: Flickr

Audio: zip download (right-click, save as)

This is another one of those painfully late Toad Sessions which crashed into the bottleneck created when we recorded five sessions in a very short space space of time at the end of 2011 and then ended up putting most of them on ice when the label took over my life in early spring.

Nevertheless, this is a lovely session, and as an acoustic one it is also something of a change of sound from the recent ones. Sam had played one of our gigs the previous night at Henry's Cellar Bar with Withered Hand and Mike MacFarlane, and the next day we recorded a session and promptly buggered off to the pub for a few pints.

Thanks are due to Neil from Meursault who recorded this session, to Dylan Matthewsfor the photos, video camera work and excellent leftover turkey sandwiches, and to Ian Greenhill for helping with the filming, as well as for being gracious enough not to make me re-export all the videos after forgetting to add him to the credits because we recorded this damn thing so bloody long ago.

As per usual, mp3s of the session tracks can be downloaded below for free, then there is the full interview podcast (tracklisting at the bottom of the page) and then the four individual session track videos, with the main video at the top of the page. Cheers - Woodpecker Wooliams in a couple of weeks!

Samantha Crain - Paint (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSession/SamanthaCrain-Paint-ToadSession.mp3]
Samantha Crain - It's Simple (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSession/SamanthaCrain-ItsSimple-ToadSession.mp3]
Samantha Crain - Santa Fe (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSession/SamanthaCrain-SantaFe-ToadSession.mp3]
Samantha Crain - Churchill (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSession/SamanthaCrain-Churchill-ToadSession.mp3]

Toadcast #258 - Samantha Crain Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

01. Samantha Crain - Paint (Toad Session) (09.34) 02. Loch Lomond - Egg Song (15.50)
03. Broncho - Get Off My Reservations (18.47)
04. Samantha Crain - It's Simple (Toad Session) (29.14)
05. The Weather Station - Everything I Saw (35.01)
06. Robert Ellis - Friends Like Those (37.41)
07. Samantha Crain - Santa Fe (Toad Session) (53.33)
08. The Hotrats - Up the Junction (1.01.31)
09. Langhorne Slim - Colette (1.04.44)
10. Samantha Crain - Churchill (Toad Session) (1.24.15)

Direct download: ToadcastNo258.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 2:02am UTC

The Plumbcast is so named because we are currently having an awful time with plumbers. My flat in Leith has a leak into the flat below and we've had three different fucking plumbers out to look at the thing and they just can't find anything wrong. Couple that with a general lack of desire to take on a difficult job - and after all why would you when there are far easier jobs out there for good money - and we are having a godawful fucking time with the plumbers of Edinburgh and the moment.

Anyhow, domestic frustrations aside, this is a fine podcast of, for once, the very best new music.  I know I am usually all over the place when it comes to the timely playing of exciting new songs, but I think this week's playlist is fairly on the ball for a change.  I have stuff from the new Pictish Trail and Rick Redbeard albums - both out around now - new tunes by Anna-Anna and The Leisure Society, and a couple of fresh from the vine Toad Session recordings.

Yep, we are the new NME. Probably.

01. The Yawns - Butterfleyes (00.20)
02. The Leisure Society - The Sober Scent of Paper (07.03)
03. Woodpecker Wooliams - Crow (Toad Session) (13.20)
04. Samantha Crain - Churchill (Toad Session) (17.56)
05. Anna-Anna - Marianne Will Live Forever (24.37)
06. Meursault - Dearly Distracted (Seb Reynolds Remix) (30.42)
07. Rick Redbeard - Any Way I Can (39.45)
08. The Pictish Trail - I Will Pour it Down (45.06)
09. Roy's Iron DNA - Under My Skin (51.24)
10. Old Earth - Nonetitled (58.19)

Direct download: ToadcastNo257.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:26pm UTC

Another podcast from the South Coast, as I am down in Brighton again this weekend, visiting my parents.  My wee brother happens to be over visiting from the States as well, so we went to see Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday, which was rather fun, despite the rain.

Tonight there will be roast pork and gins and tonic, and then tomorrow we will walk into Brighton to see how good a job our distributors are doing at getting Song, by Toad Records releases into the music shops around these parts. It feels a bit sneaky, checking up on people like that, but it has to be done I suppose.

Anyhow, next week I am hoping to have a new Toad Session for you. About fucking time blah blah get on with it etc... I know, I know, but I promise I really am doing my best to get these edited and out for you - honest!

01. D. Gwalia - In Puget Sound (00.04)
02. The Bee Gees - New York Mining Disaster 1941 (05.27)
03. Naked - Lie Follows Lie (09.56)
04. Plastic Animals - Ghosts (14.07)
05. Fnords - Surfer of the Apocalypse (21.00)
06. Tom Waits and Keith Richards - Shenandoah (28.49)
07. Flamingods - Taishogoto (35.31)
08. Leonard Cohen - Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye (42.17)
09. Alela Diane - The Rifle (45.26)
10. Pagan Moon - Your Swan (48.37)
11. Woodpigeon - Sufferin' Suckatash (52.51)

Direct download: ToadcastNo256.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:18pm UTC

Welcome to 2013, Toadcast listeners.  As is tradition around these parts, we start the year with a podcast of songs we will be releasing this year on Song, by Toad Records, combined with a few we have released quite recently.

There are a few things I didn't put on here, because it seemed a shame to spill the beans too early - we have a new Rob St. John single coming soon, as well as a new album by The Leg and that collaborative album between Jill from Sparrow and the Workshop, Neil and Pete from Meursault, Rory from Broken Records and Reuben Taylor and Rob St. John - but it didn't feel right to play anything from those just yet.

What we do have is new stuff from Trips and Falls, stuff from our next split 12" with Magic Eye, Zed Penguin, Le Thug and Plastic Animals, as well as brand new and hugely exciting label signings Adam Stafford and Sparrow & the Workshop, who we'll be doing a couple of EPs with as they prepare their new album.

All in all, this is going to be a fucking amazing year for the label, I think, and I am really, really looking forward to it.  Hopefully by the end of this podcast, so will you.

01. Sparrow & the Workshop - Shock Shock (00.26)
02. Meursault - Lament For a Teenage Millionaire (05.37)
03. Le Thug - New Balance (11.21)
04. Plastic Animals - Best Friend (16.37)
05. Adam Stafford - Vanishing Tanks (25.21)
06. Yusuf Azak - Go Native (31.53)
07. Lil Daggers - Faces and Names (33.59)
08. Trips and Falls - Freedom of Homogeneity (45.44)
09. Magic Eye - Golden Circle (52.17)
10. Zed Penguin - Letters (56.17)
11. Rob St. John - Doomino (1.07.43)

Direct download: ToadcastNo255.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:12pm UTC



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