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

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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

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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)
Samantha Crain - It's Simple (Toad Session)
Samantha Crain - Santa Fe (Toad Session)
Samantha Crain - Churchill (Toad Session)

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





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