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
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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





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