Virgin of the Birds Toad Session from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. Photos – Flickr Video - Vimeo - YouTube Session tracks Soundcloud – zip download (right click – save as) Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page) Virgin of the Birds first started to become part of the Toad family when he played our first ever New Year's House Gig back in, erm... I dunno, was it 2009 maybe? Jon's free EPs were pretty much all firm favourites around here, and despite the understatement of his music it was stuff I just kept going back to again and again. I liked them so much that when we released our 5 Year Box Set Jon and I put together a compilation of the very best bits to release on record, and then, despite having not had a formal Virgin of the Birds release for years he suddenly came up with a new album around the same time. The timing was ideal, and so we ended up releasing that in May as well, coincidentally around the time Jon came over to the UK to play some shows. Mrs. Toad and I had just moved house, and so this ended up being the first session recorded in our new place - with a whole new set of neighbours to annoy. Neil and Reuben from Supermoon helped out by playing on a couple of the tracks, the awesome Nic Rue took the pictures for us again, and Dylan, Ian and Steve all came round to say hello and occasionally get roped into helping me and Nic with the filming. So yes, this is what Toad Sessions are going to look like from now on. No more turquoise walls! Full Interview Podcast:


Toadcast #311 - Virgin of the Birds Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud


Session Tracks: Session Videos:       Podcast Tracklisting: 01. Virgin of the Birds - Queen of Sweden (Toad Session) (00.22) 02. The Delgados - Been Accused of Stealing (live) (12.26) 03. Pavement - Frontwards (18.49) 04. Virgin of the Birds - Let Me Be Your Bride (Toad Session) (31.05) 05. The Savings and Loan - Catholic Boys in the Rain (44.10) 06. The Lovely Sparrows - Bury the Cynics (48:30) 07. Virgin of the Birds - The Serpent Plume (Toad Session) (58.19) 08. Meursault - Crank Resolutions (1.09.02) 09. Liz Phair - May Queen (1.13.55) 10. Virgin of the Birds - Ilona, You Should Still Be My Vampire Attendant (Toad Session) (1.25.57)

Direct download: ToadcastNo311.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 1:50pm UTC

Alright alright, so the name of this might have absolutely hee-haw relation to the actual content of the podcast. It's just that I went to the tip today in Bette, as I usually do, and they spat the dummy and tried to charge me commercial rates to dispose of my rubbish and recycling because the car had fucking 'advertising' on the side of it. As in, daft rally stickers. Does Bette seriously look like a fucking company car to you, you morons?

Despite the fact that I emptied it all out on the ground and asked them to point to the commercial waste, of which there was precisely none, the best they could manage was 'well this time it's okay, but next time...' Next time what? Fucking what? Stupid stickers on the side of a car means I can't use the fucking municipal dump? Fucking idiots.

Anyhow, pointless and utterly futile outrage aside, here are some excellent tunes for you once again. Next week will be the Virgin of the Birds Toad Session, so keep an eye out for that as well. Ahh. Pub.

01. Malcom Middleton & David Shrigley - A Toast (00.57.)
02. Hamilton Leithauser - Room For Forgiveness (06.40)
03. C. Duncan - For (15.55)
04. ColeFord - Chains (19.47)
05. Adam Faucett - Benton (25.15)
06. Music Recordings - Virgin Galactic (31.44)
07. Malcolm Middleton & David Shrigley - Story Time (34.31)
08. s>c>r>a>p>s - Siri (42.39)
09. Scraps - Asleep (45.07)
10. Dan Michaelson & the Coastguards - Burning Hearts (51.53)
11. Trips and Falls - Your Consequences are Bullshit (59.17)

Direct download: ToadcastNo310.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:11pm UTC

 I can't really believe I've not done an Edincast before. I mean, I live here, I work here, I run a label here and I go out to gigs here all the time. How has this not happened yet? I've done numerous Scottish ones, label ones, and even Manchester ones although I'm not really from there, but Edinburgh has never happened for some reason.

And why has it happened now? Well I was at the Creative Edinburgh Awards last night and had put together an Edinburgh playlist specifically for the purpose, but the organisers (probably very wisely) just asked the DJs to play through, instead of using my stuff, so I never had the chance to annoy people with my deliberately obtuse choices. Actually, most of them weren't all that obtuse really... just one or two.

So given the muzzling yesterday I figured I could just put most of these songs on a podcast and, let's face it, play them to a much more receptive audience. I mean, The Leg, The Love Gestures, Passion Pusher... not really suitable for last night's Gathering of the Middle Classes. It was fun, though. There was awesome cake and our pals Olaf (Born to Be Wide) and Tommy Perman and Rob St. John (Water of Life) both won awards.  And I had too much gin. So a good night all round, really!

01. The Shop Assistants - I Don't Wanna Be Friends With You (01.40)
02. Fire Engines - Sympathetic Anaesthetic (07.27)
03. Idlewild - I'm A Message (12.53)
04. Lucky Jim - You Stole My Heart Away (15.33)
05. The Love Gestures - Hey Man (20.24)
06. FOUND - Machine Age Dancing (27.46)
07. Broken Records - So Long, So Late (36.19)
08. Numbers Are Futile - Monster (46.05)
09. Passion Pusher - Couch King (50.19)
10. Young Fathers - Get Up (59.55)

Direct download: ToadcastNo309.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:25pm UTC

So this is the second Broken Records Toad Session. We actually packed a band with four guitarists and a full drum kit into our living room and decided that, fuck it, of course it would sound fine. And you know what, somewhat magically it does. Alright the drums could have done with more than one mic, and perhaps we didn't have all that much control when we had to use one mic for two guitar amps, but they recordings sound really good if you ask me.

The reason we did a second session with Broken Records is because our first was recorded in the dark days of the internet when YouTube footage was published in 640 x 480 format and those videos now look like they were recorded back before steam trains. Ironically, and to my infinite frustration, having decided to do another session in order to upgrade the quality of what we did all those years ago, we actually managed to lose all the video for this one. Yes, all of it. We actually managed to lose an entire camera when we moved house, including the memory card with all my video on it, and Gavin's hard drive, containing all his shots, had a meltdown too, so all that went as well.

I cannot express how much hair-pulling has taken place ransacking old drives for backup versions, nor how incredibly sorry I am for the band going to all that effort only for this to happen, but there's nothing for it I'm afraid. It just isn't there. So what you get instead is a series of photos by Nic Rue, the interview podcast and our session recordings. It's all really, really good stuff, but not having the video still makes me smash my head against the fucking desk.

01. Broken Records - Winterless Son (Toad Session) (00.21)
02. Sun Kil Moon - Pancho Villa (10.32)
03. Electrelane - The Partisan (15.41)
04. Broken Records - Weights & Pulleys (Toad Session) (23.52)
05. Stereolab - Super Electric (29.08)
06. The B-52s - Love Shack (34.26)
07. Broken Records - All Else Can Just Wait (Toad Session) (49.23)
08. Car Seat Headrest - Bodys (56.44)
09. Mark Eitzel - Proclaim Your Joy (1.03.55)
10. Broken Records - Wolves (Toad Session) (1.16.10)

Direct download: ToadcastNo308.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:17pm UTC

 Yep, not gin anymore, these days I drink coffee with my podcasts. Nostalgia really isn't what it used to be, is it. I remember when I was wild, rude, inebriated, etc. etc...

Mind you, seeing as I am driving through to Glasgow once I finish this to engage in sensitive negotiations with a 'hot new band'*, I think half a bottle of gin might not be the wisest preparation, even by my rather slapdash standards. So it's a pot of coffee and some fine new music, and you know, I may even keep the nonsensical rambling to a minimum if I can manage it.

It's going to be weird driving through to Glasgow actually, because I will be taking a friend's car instead of Bette, because it has a working tape player while Bette's is currently out of action. It's still a Volvo estate, but just a normal one, and I have to confess it feels kind of weird that no-one does their 'what the fuck is that?' stare when I drive past. I've kind of grown used to that over the last year or two with the old girl.

01. Becky Becky - I Remember, I Remember... (00.16)
02. Huerequeque - Homöopaatiline Epopöa (05.32)
03. Sex Hands - On a Break (15.47)
04. Jeff Flashinski - Disillusion (21.31)
05. eagleowl - Clean the Night (24.25)
06. Furs - An Eye on the Vicious (29.45)
07. Max Garcia Conover - Wildfires Outside Laramie, WY (33.45)
08. Waiters - What For Art Thou (43.52)
09. Sea Pinks - Dream Happening (47.12)
10. Maston - Gold Leaf (52.45)
11. Water World - Cream Soda (56.44)
12. Frankie Cosmos - Owen (1.00.23)

Direct download: ToadcastNo307.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:19pm UTC

This is called the Crumbscast for no better reasons than that I like the name and that it starts with a song called Crumbs, the new single by Jonnie Common. Given I've had to try and think up unique names for all of these bastard things anything which sounds good and has at least a tenuous link to the topic at hand will do.

I've not done a podcast for ages actually, but the last one was the one just before the independence referendum, and I still feel so utterly let down and disappointed with how that went that I've been unable to really talk about it since. On you go, Westminster, you're doing a decent enough job really - at least a better one than we could ever hope to do on our own. Is that really the message we just delivered to the world? Yes, yes I think it is, at least to some degree. How sad.

So you see, probably a good thing that I waited at least a couple of weeks for the worst of the depressed bitterness to wear off. I almost get dragged into it at the start of the podcast, but like a champ I manage to break free and deliver an hour (and a little bit) of the usual awesome music that no-one's really heard of because the world is WRONG about music. Sorry.

01. Jonnie Common - Crumbs (00.22)
02. Tired Tape Machine - Your Ghost (07.30)
03. Passion Pusher - BLT (17.18)
04. Allison Crutchfield - Supermoon (22.22)
05. Sun Kil Moon - War On Drugs (31.01)
06. Velvet Morning - Green Whale (40.31)
07. 808s and Greatest Hits - Great Western featuring A. Fantastic Reprise (48.44)
08. Memory in Plant - Rainy Veins (54.09)
09. H. Hawkline - Black Domino Box (58.01)
10. Wallflower - Ambien (1.03.02)

Direct download: ToadcastNo306.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm UTC

 This podcast is not really all that referendumy, I thin... actually, I suppose it is kind of. I'm sorry to do this to you, but it's more or less unavoidable at this stage because if you're in Scotland it's impossible to think of anything else. I started off trying to make it apolitical and just play some tenuously connected songs, but fuck it, in the end it inevitably seeped in.

In the words of the utterly obscure (but excellent) MC Quake: "It feels good to be in Scotland; it feels like home."

I have no idea how it's all going to go of course, and I am not the sort of ideological idiot who thinks it will be fucking amazing or fucking disastrous either way. I am looking for a marginal improvement, and that will be good enough for me. It's become my home, Scotland, almost by accident. I ended up studying here and then entirely coincidentally fell in love with a Scottish girl and found myself back, some five years after graduating. 

And now I'm here. Possibly permanently. Which is a strange thought, given I had no reason to end up here. 

01. The Sound of Music - So Long, Farewell (00.22)
02. The Futureheads - Yes/No (01.21)
03. MC Quake - Feels Good To Be In Scotland (06.59)
04. Ballboy - I Hate Scotland (13.09)
05. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (21.03)
06. The Police - Every Breath You Take (25.21)
07. Big Joe Williams - Baby Please Don't Go (30.33)
08. The Delgados - Aye Today (36.37)
09. Eliot Smith - Say Yes (41.45)
10. REM - It's the End of the World as We Know It (48.00)
11. Billy Bragg - Take Down the Union Jack (56.04)
12. Orange Juice - Rip It Up (1.01.10)
13. The Rezillos - No (1.06.47)
14. Aretha Franklin - Sisters Are Doing it For Themselves (1.09.35)
15. Erasure - A Little Respect (1.13.54)
16. Sly & the Family Stone - Que Sera Sera (1.22.43)
17. The Smiths - Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (1.27.59)

Direct download: ToadcastNo305.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:19pm UTC

 So, here we are on August 28th and I have neeeeearly made it through another Pale Imitation Festival. Nearly. We still have tonight's awesome show with eagleowlIan Humberstone and Smackvan, and then the closing party on Saturday with PAWSHalfrican and Et Tu Brute! and then I will sleep for a week, and lock the doors and the shutters to the house so I don't have to speak to people until I am good and ready.

That sounds like a moan, and it is I suppose, but it doesn't mean that I don't love the festival we've put on. I've loved every gig so far, and I'm incredibly proud of how well it has all gone and how well it has all been received, it's just that it's kind of exhausting and rather gets in the way of all the other things I have to be doing at the moment. Anyone who does this kind of shit knows, I guess, it's amazing but exhausting, and at the moment I am knackered.

Anyhow, I recently received a most excellent package from Norman Records of about five or so new albums, and a lot of them get a spin here. Oddly enough I had to go an buy the Wytches song on iTunes again because for all Heavenly sent me a download card with the album, there was no sign anywhere of where to actually redeem it, and I couldn't find one on their site anywhere either. Weird. And of course the PR folk never sent me the album for review either so I've ended up buying an album I was asked to review, and then having to buy a song again just to play it on the damn podcast.

Still, they're ten times more established and successful than we are, so I suppose in a way it's sort of reassuring to see that they can still be just as hapless. Music would be pretty shit if it was all ruthlessly efficient people in charge.

01. Temple Songs - Sunspot Dandyline (00.20)
02. Michael Cera - Gershy's Kiss (07.56)
03. Chad VanGaalen - Frozen Paradise (10.44)
04. Jonnie Common - Shark (18.31)
05. Eaten By Television - To Emma (25.40)
06. The Wytches - Wire Frame Mattress (31.29)
07. Los Angeles Police Department - Enough is Enough (36.54)
08. Old Earth - Some Gates'll Swing Wide, For Us (38.47)
09. Beck - Morning (47.39)
10. The Eskimo Chain - Riding (57.37)

Direct download: ToadcastNo304.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:53pm UTC

 So, a little over halfway through the Pale Imitation Festival, and here we are. There are still four gigs to go, with Rick Redbeard, LAW, eagleowl and PAWS headlining (tickets and full details here), and the gigs are only a fiver to get into, which in Edinburgh in August represents a monumental fucking bargain.

We also have a new single out on Song, by Toad Records, from David Thomas Broughton and Juice Vocal Ensemble's new collaborative album Sliding the Same Way which is now available for pre-order so I've popped that on the playlist as well, along with a Passion Pusher song from our first cassette release which is due in October or November or something like that.

Other than that, there are a couple of new Scottish singles, some live gig plugs and a couple of Song, by Toad recording alumni with some bits and pieces, so it's all quite local music for local people this week. Phew. I am finding the Festival heavy going, I have to confess. Not that I'm not enjoying it, just that it does kind of wear you out, not least with all the drinking. Still, my Mum turns up on Sunday, so that should at least put the dampers on some of the worst carrying-on. Hopefully.

01. Neon Waltz - Bare Wood Aisles (00.17)
02. Broken Records - So Long, So Late (06.37)
03. David Thomas Broughton & Juice Vocal Ensemble - In Service (12.41)
04. Numbers Are Futile - Justice is Light (and Blood) (18.37)
05. Sharron Kraus - When Father Hanged the Children (22.45)
06. Samantha Crain - Paint (30.50)
07. Sex Hands - Gay Marriage (36.07)
08. Ian Humberstone - House on the Hill (43.55)
09. PAWS - Poor Old Christopher Robin (Tape Demo) (46.11)
10. Passion Pusher - BLT (54.06)
11. eagleowl - Too Late in the Day (1.02.34)

Direct download: ToadcastNo303.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:21pm UTC

Well as you can probably tell from the graphics and indeed also the title, this is going to just be one long plug for our August antics at the Pale Imitation Festival this year.

But, as you will hear me rattling on about, I suppose the label and the gigs are essentially the same as the blog really aren't they, in that it's basically just me having a massive tantrum that the entire world doesn't completely agree with me about music. So in that sense plugging label releases and our live shows on here isn't me compromising the integrity of the site, is it, it's just an extension of the original purpose of the site in the first place isn't it? ISN'T IT?

I hope so, anyway.

In any case, for those of you outside Edinburgh you can't actually attend this festival but that won't really matter because basically this is just a podcast full of absolutely fantastic Scottish bands, so for a change I am being Mr. Scotland tonight, although as you will hear, I'm not all that gracious about it!

01. Adam Stafford - Vanishing Tanks (00.22)
02. Le Thug - Paints (08.40)
03. Andrew R. Burns - Stinking Ship (16.19)
04. Sharptooth - Bonnie Blaze (19.22)
05. alansmithee - Snooze (26.07)
06. Deathcats - Danny Dyer (29.47)
07. Ian Humberstone - Ocean Paths to Palace (37.57)
08. LAW - Lilo (44.45)
09. Rick Redbeard - Dreams of the Trees (47.30)
10. Kitchen Cynics - When Father Hanged the Children (57.22)
11. Halfrican - I'm in L.U.V. (1.05.55)
12. PAWS - War Cry (1.07.04)

Direct download: ToadcastNo302.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29pm UTC

 As you should well know by now, this is not the Bett-cast, it is the Bettycast, as our ridiculous car is named after Bette Davis, who spelled it Bett but pronounced it Betty. So there.

Once again this is a bit of a Rust2Rome retrospective, with ruminations on brake fade in the Alps, grown men sporting mohicans, driving far too fast and complaining about things not being entirely predictable when on holiday in a car which cost lest than £500. There may also be a little teeny-tiny bit of ranting about stupid people, but y'know, there usually is on these things isn't there.

Also, I think some of my Rust2Rome pals might end up listening to this, which is going to be weird, because they'll get to realise what depressing taste in music I have. Generally when you tell someone you work in music they think 'oh, that's interesting' and you can pretend to be cool for a bit. Then they hear the kind of music you're into and the illusion is shattered. Ah well, they had to find out sooner or later.

01. The Wedding Present - Drive (00.24)
02. The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) (06.24)
03. Parts & Labor - Fractured Skies (16.16)
04. My Teenage Stride - The Genie of New Jersey (20.20)
05. R.E.M. - Be Mine (26.43)
06. Jonnie Common - Summer is For Going Places (35.52)
07. David Thomas Broughton - Ain't Got No Sole (40.47)
08. Steven Malkmus & the Jicks - Baby C'mon (50.23)
09. Eels - Woman Driving, Man Sleeping (54.49)
10. Band of Horses - The Funeral (1.03.25)

Direct download: ToadcastNo301.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:01pm UTC

Wow, our 300th podcast! But honestly, I celebrated the 200th and the 250th I think, so celebrating again, a mere fifty podcasts later, seems a bit hollow. So Yay Me! for sticking at it, and Yay You! for continuing to listen to this pish, but I guess I should really keep quiet now until number 500.

Also, OH WOW TEH WURLD CUPZ! Except for the fact that England are effectively out, by this stage, and so I suppose I should just appreciate the fact that now I get to pull for whoever plays the best football. So far I guess that might be Germany, Holland and Chile - at least they're the only teams who have really convinced so far, in my opinion.

And finally, Woo Hoo, the first free-play podcast in ages. The last few have been strongly themed, so this is the first time in a while that I've been free to just sit down at the computer and pick whatever the fuck I want to play, which is fun. Enjoy!

01. The Victorian English Gentleman's Club - Ban the Gin (00.56)
02. Siobhan Wilson - Dear God (06.02)
03. David Thomas Broughton - Yorkshire Fog (14.39)
04. BRAAINZZ - Ode 2 Lil B (feat. Slide Show) (22.06)
05. Grace Joyner - Young Thing (23.33)
06. Jeff Finlin - Language of Love (30.57)
07. Broken Records - So Long, So Late (42.04)
08. PAWS - Erreur Humaine (45.40)
09. Wozniak - El Maresme (53.24)
10. Myriam Gendron - Threnody (1.02.13)

Direct download: ToadcastNo300.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:44pm UTC

I first found Clem Snide back in around 2000 or 2001 when they released Ghost of Fashion, and have followed both the band's releases and Eef Barzelay's solo work ever since. I certainly never though back then that he'd end up staying in our house and that I'd interview him and record his songs in the living room one day.

For someone really quite shy in person Eef because incredibly chatty as soon as we turned the mics on, and the interview itself is probably one of the longest and most interesting of any of the Toad Sessions we've published yet. Fiona, who both filmed and photographed the session also made the most amazing cookies (see the front panel of the video above), and we fed them pheasant, of all things, before the Edinburgh show. Not your usual tour food, I have to confess, and I felt just a little embarrassed, but it was tasty, and at least better than the usual service station sandwiches.

As per usual we have the interview podcast below, freely downloadable mp3s of the session tracks from the Soundcloud player, and four individual song videos as well at . As well as Fiona, I was also helped out with filming and recording by Neil from Meursault.

01. Eef Barzelay - In the Service of... (Toad Session) (00.22)
02. Heligoats - Fishsticks (14.15)
03. Mark Woods - Giving Up (18.30)
04. Eef Barzelay - Nick Drake Tape (Toad Session) (31.43)
05. Lambchop - Nashville Parent (39.42)
06. Bill Callahan - Javelin Unlanding (45.37)
07. Eef Barzelay - Grace (Toad Session) (1.02.19)
08. Louvin Brothers - Satan's Jewelled Crown (1.11.05)
09. Washington Phillips - Mother's Last Word to Her Son (1.14.07)
10. Lydia Mendoza - Sigue Adalante (1.17.01)
11. Eef Barzelay - All the Way (Toad Session) (1.26.02)

Direct download: ToadcastNo299.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:11pm UTC

 A follow-on from (unsurprisingly) The Routecast Pt.1, this week I am playing songs which namechecks towns Mrs. Toad and I drove through on our way back from upstate New York to Phoenix to return the van, after the Meursault tour. 

Due to not wanting to just barrel down the motorway we tried to stay off the main roads as much as possible, and that did two things: firstly, it meant we went through some amazing countryside and down some unfeasibly small, picturesque roads in an unfeasibly large, ridiculous RV; and secondly it meant that we ended up having to spend more or less ten hours per day on the road to make up for the extra miles and rather lower speeds this particular plan entailed.

It meant that there were some pretty epic drives, but I don't mind driving, in all honesty. The scenery alone made it worthwhile, and I find sitting in a car chattering away to Mrs. Toad whilst listening to awesome music to be a very nice way to spend a day. Especially if you have the Radio Alan app for your iPhone. Seriously, it's awful, but amazing. "Did that man kill the Muppets?"

01. Bruce Springsteen - Johnny 99 (00.11)
02. Hem - Rainy Night in Georgia (09.17)
03. Ray Charles - Chattanooga Choo-Choo (20.25)
04. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Tupelo (Live) (23.27)
05. Elk City - Los Cruzados (33.37)
06. Tony Christie - Amarillo (41.27)
07. Ennio Morricone - For a Few Dollars More (47.29)
08. Jimmie Rodgers - Tucumcari (51.16)
09. The Tarantulas - Tucumcari (53.49)
10. Tom Waits - Take it With Me (1.00.42)

Direct download: ToadcastNo298.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:14pm UTC

This podcast is composed of songs which namecheck towns I drove through on my rather epic 7500 mile drive across American in March and April of this year.

Part 1 is places I drove through between collecting the van in Phoenix, collecting Meursault in Texas and then driving up to New York on their East Coast Tour. Part 2, which is coming next week, will be songs about places I drove through with Mrs. Toad on our way back to drop the van in Phoenix again.

Most of the connections are a little tenuous, honestly, tending to concentrate more on the fact that the song name-checks the town in the title rather than provides a touching insight into real life in that town, but you know, superficial is kind of what we do best here.

01. Bob Dylan - Romance in Durango (Live) (00.22)
02. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Christmas in Nevada (11.00)
03. Samantha Crain - Santa Fe (14.55)
04. Sleepy Horses - Lubbock Love Song (21.50)
05. Fastball - Sweetwater, Texas (29.47)
06. Micah P. Hinson - On the Way Home (to Abilene) (33.17)
07. REM - Texarkana (38.11)
08. Paul Simon - Graceland (43.07)
09. Steven Malkmus and the Jicks - Baltimore (47.57)
10. LCD Soundsystem - New York, I Love You, but You're Bringing Me Down (59.22)

Direct download: ToadcastNo297.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:48pm 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) Well if we can handle the racket of PAWS and the sheer numbers of Broken Records then fuck it, we can do Brown Brogues. In the two or three years since Mrs. Toad and I first saw these lads playing at an Irish pub in Austin at SXSW a couple of years ago they have become good pals, as well as DIY inspirations. Although totally fucking incapable of taking an interview seriously. For this one I handled the audio a little differently. Instead of mixing everything in Logic I actually mixed it on the live recording desk and then played it back through our reel-to-reel tape machine, overloading both channels slightly, and then recording the results into my laptop. It's the first time I've used the reel-to-reel, so I am still finding my way, and the results may be nasty as fuck but I really like them. One thing which doesn't sound so great, unfortunately, is the interview audio. The band used effects pedals on their vocal mics, which interfered rather badly with the recording of the interview, so I've ended up having to do the best I can with the tiny mics on the film cameras, which aren't the best. It's alright though - just not as nice as I would have liked it. The crew for this one was just Nic and Rory and myself, but Mrs. Toad made the most fantastic roast lamb for us all, so I should really be crediting her as well. It really was fucking tasty! Full interview podcast:


Toadcast #296 - Brown Brogues Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud


Session tracks: Session track videos Podcast playlist: 01. Brown Brogues - Baby, it's Alright (Toad Session) (00.21) 02. Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream (08.24) 03. Harlem - Gay Human Bones (11.52) 04. Brown Brogues - Split Disc (Toad Session) (21.43) 05. Black Lips - Feeling Gay (32.15) 06. The Growlers - Gay Thoughts (36.03) 07. Brown Brogues - Shake It (Toad Session) (44.39) 08. Liars - Overachievers (52.57) 09. Oingo Boingo - Private Life (56.35) 10. Brown Brogues - AG From the Cradle (Toad Session) (1.05.36)

Direct download: Brown_Brogues_Toad_Session.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 7:17pm UTC

I will preempt your question: what the fuck is this?

Well, on the Sunday of SXSW this year, the Sunday of our traditional and traditonally chaotic SXSW podcast, I went off to record this podcast instead, with the awesome Draught Punk gents. WHAT? Ignoring our awesome annual podcast in order to hang out with new friends? Isn't that what happens just before massive comeuppance in every high school movie in history? Have you learned NOTHING from shallow, saccharine, moralistic cinema?

Well, as every cheating boyfriend ever would say, wait, I can explain. I didn't realise at the time that it would be an either/or situation, but after discussing excellent beer over the course of six or seven pints during the afternoon I got back to Peej's house and realised I was far, far too drunk to try and record anything at all. So I drank more margaritas instead, because of course I did.


Fortunately Peej stepped in to rescue matters and recorded this for us. Bless him. Although one or two bits had to be beeped out. Mostly me.

01. Willie Nelson - I Gotta Get Drunk (00.26)
02. Sparks - Reinforcements (08.17)
03. Sweet Baboo - Let's Go Swimming Wild (04.55)
04. Withered Hand - King of Hollywood (20.09)
05. EMA - California (23.59)
06. Fat White Family - Touch the Leather (31.17)
07. Cate Le Bon - No God (35.52)
08. Tony Joe White - Polk Salad Annie (41.47)
09. Eagulls - Possessed (47.37)
10. Big Tits - You Made Me Look (52.15)
11. Meursault - I'll Believe in Anything (55.34)

Direct download: ToadcastNo295.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:41pm UTC

Umm, perhaps not as slick as the usual ultra-professional fare you’ve no doubt come to expect here at Song, by Toad, this podcast is nevertheless at least not quite as howlingly mental as our usual SXSW podcast.

Instead of recording the usual podcast, drunkenness compelled me to put it off, so we ended up recording one in the tour van a week later. I say ‘tour van’ but what I really mean is 30ft RV, which is what we’re actually travelling around the in instead.

Late confirmations meant we couldn’t confirm the trip until the last minute, so booking hotels would have been an expensive nightmare, and a regular van was looking to be twice the price, so we, er, ended up with this. Fuckwit caper of a lifetime!

01. Meursault - Was ist Das? (00.24)
02. Gary Numan - Are Friends Electric (19.04)
03. Fat White Family - Wet Hot Beef Pt.1 (24.25)
04. Mark Kozelek and Jimmy LaValle - Gustavo (37.41)
05. Nirvana - Love Buzz (Live at the Milestone, Charlotte) (49.11)
06. Adam Faucett - Melanie (58.08)
07. Kevin Ayers - Religious Experience (Singing a Song in the Morning) (1.07.24)
08. Calexico - Black Heart (1.12.02)
09. Little Feat - Long Distance Love (1.23.28)
10. Viking Moses - Little Arms (1.32.40)

Direct download: ToadcastNo294.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:20am UTC

Adam Stafford Toad Session from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. Video – Vimeo – YouTube Photos – Flickr Session tracks Soundcloud – zip download (right click – save as) Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page) Adam Stafford released his fantastic album Imaginary Walls Collapse on Song, by Toad Records early in 2013. You can buy a copy on vinyl here if you like, but it won't tell you quite as much about Adam as I am hoping this session might. Adam is a film-maker as well, and has a genuinely eclectic taste in music, of the sort that makes me feel really rather ashamed by my own tunnel vision. He made a rather fantastic mixtape for the excellent Gold Flake Paint a while back called Magnatory Baws Prolapse which (despite its rather rotten name) reminded me all too strongly of everything that is wrong with my own taste in music - as well as being brilliant to listen to, dammit! This session was recorded by myself, with photos by the ever-awesome Nic Rue, with the filming done by Gavin White and Ian Greenhill and the videos all edited by Gavin.   Full interview podcast:


Toadcast #293 - Adam Stafford Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud


Session tracks: Session track videos Podcast playlist: 01. Adam Stafford - Imaginary Walls Collapse (Toad Session) (00.22) 02. Y'all is Fantasy Island - High Hopes, Lost Love & Ruined Lives (15.07) 03. Colin Stetson - Judges (19.16) 04. Adam Stafford - Cold Seas (Toad Session) (29.11) 05. Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo - The Solitary Rabbit (39.27) 06. Siobhan Wilson - Te Petite Minette (42.43) 07. Adam Stafford - His Acres (Toad Session) (53.02) 08. PAWS - Violent Vicki Violet (1.08.20) 09. Toulemani Diabaté - Eylan Road (1.11.01) 10. Adam Stafford - Shot Down You Summer Wannabes (Toad Session) (1.28.32)

Direct download: ToadcastNo293.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 2:10am UTC

 Epicast because this is indeed epic. A double-length podcast - well, almost - and all for the reason that I simply have to clear the decks a little. Next week I go away to the States for SXSW and after that I shall be driving Meursault on their first US tour.

With next week's podcast being the Adam Stafford Toad Session, the week after that being our traditional SXSW one in Peej's back yard, and fuck knows what I'll manage whilst on tour, this means that anything not played this week will be both woefully out of date and quite possibly (shamefully) forgotten by the time I get back. Besides, my inbox will build up so much after a month in the States that I'll be overwhelmed with new things by that point and barely able to process anything else.

So yes, an epic podcast, almost two hours long, but if you have the patience for both the length and my drunken rambling, then one which will reward you with some truly excellent new music. This really takes me back to the early days of the podcasts, back when I would get utterly obliterated and play songs for hours until I could barely speak.  Awful for the listener, I imagine, but kind of nostalgic for me

01. Panda Kid - A Long Long Summer (00.26)
02. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams (06.47)
03. David Thomas Broughton - Problems (17.44)
04. Tissø Lake - Carnival (20.56)
05. The B-52s - Rock Lobster (27.44)
06. alansmithee - Half Measured Man (38.22)
07. Passion Pusher - Life in Transit (44.12)
08. iLLshORE - All Night (45.54)
09. Benjamin Shaw - Goodbye, Kagoul World (52.32)
10. Keel Her - Go (1.01.24)
11. Fear of Men - Luna (1.03.50)
12. Jargon Party - Lucy Melanie (1.10.32)
13. Miserable - Bell Jar (1.14.56)
14. Le Thug - Paints (1.22.17)
15. Magic Eye - Bollywood (1.26.55)
16. Sean Armstrong - Bright Review (1.33.03)
17. Glaciers - Cryptomeria (1.36.02)
18. Passenger Peru - Dirt Nap (1.45.31)

Direct download: ToadcastNo292.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:38pm UTC

 God we're shit at this. Even the most romantic thing Mrs. Toad and I can usually bring ourselves to do on Valentine's Day - i.e. get pished and do a ranty podcast together about how we hate Valentine's Day - didn't work out this year for, erm, somewhat predictable reasons: we got a bit too jolly before recording it and it was a bunch of rambling, tedious nonsense.

So a week too late you get me by myself instead, recording a podcast stone cold sober in the middle of the afternoon. Romantic, isn't it. Ah well, never mind, I never did much like Valentine's Day anyway.

Anyhow, Mrs. Toad is off in the States at the moment, being all important and financey, and in actual fact by the time she returns I won't have seen her for about ten days, which is loads. It'll be worse when I go to SXSW with Meursault though, because that will involve us being apart for three fucking weeks, which is the most we have ever managed since the time when I lived in London and she lived in Edinburgh. Sigh.

01. The Divine Comedy - Geronimo (00.07)
02. The Magnetic Fields - Love is Lighter Than Air (06.15)
03. Blur - To The End (La Comedie) (with Françoise Hardy) (11.46)
04. Pet Shop Boys - Left to My Own Devices (20.33)
05. Meursault - No Children (Mountain Goats cover) (25.36)
06. Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger Medley (35.31)
07. Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good (51.10)
08. The Ronettes - Be My Baby (57.56)
09. The Cure - Pictures of You (1.00.45)
10. Tom Waits - All the World is Green (1.12.59)

Direct download: ToadcastNo291.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:55pm 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) Todd Umhoefer from Old Earth came to Scotland on a sort of holiday/tour late last year and Song, by Toad collaborated with his UK label Mini50 Records to put on shows in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and we also took the chance to record a Toad Session as well. Old Earth were actually spotted by Mini50 because of a post on Song, by Toad so it seemed rather fitting to work together to make the tour and the session happen. This was another one of those sessions which ended with Mrs. Toad making an amazing meal, and with us all drinking an absolute shitload of wine and playing records late into the night. There was something of a skeleton crew this time around, with Rory Sutherland helping me out with recording and cameras, and extra video help by Steven Tonge. Rory also edited all the video for us this time, which is why it looks rather more stylish than usual! Full interview podcast:

Toadcast #290 - Old Earth Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

Session tracks: Session track videos Podcast playlist: 01. Old Earth - Higher Th'n Houses (Toad Session) (00.21) 02. Mat Riviere - The Garden (10.51) 03. Hiva Oa - Badger (14.34) 04. Old Earth - The rest, who cares? (Toad Session) (22.50) 05. Land of Vandals - Wildfire (29.25) 06. Altos - Never Named (32.47) 07. Old Earth - Themes & Alarm (Toad Session) (43.19) 08. Williard Grant Conspiracy - Early Hour (51.31) 09. Now Wakes the Sea - Seven Apples (56.26) 10. Old Earth - Unhunted further, four each (Toad Session) (1.11.02)

Direct download: ToadcastNo290.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:55pm UTC

 Tomorrow morning we start recording the new Meursault album: The Organ Grinder's Monkey. The only problem is, we have no idea whatsoever what's going to be on this album, just yet, but we're going to have a go nevertheless.

The album is actually being fan-funded, so we thought it should probably also be fan-chosen, so if you buy a copy of the album from our Kickstarter page, you then get to vote for five songs, Meursault ones or covers, and we'll record the most popular ones for the album - hence the title.

Anyhow, picking an album involving so many potential covers is a nightmare. So many great ideas, so many awful-but-brilliant ideas, so many just plain awful ideas, and you just don't know where to stop! So this podcast is a combination of the most popular tunes, the most popular bands, and some brilliant covers by bands who have already done an amazing job of this kind of shit. As to the final album - hell, who knows, you've about as much idea of how it'll turn out as I do!

01. The Flaming Lips - I Just Can't Get You Out of My Head (00.22)
02. Wolf Parade - I'll Believe in Anything (09.27)
03. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Bats in the Attic (16.44)
04. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Fare Thee Well (20.10)
05. Admiral Radley - I'm All Fucked on Beer (26.47)
06. The Japanese War Effort - Face Like a Lemon (Live on Fresh Air Radio ) (32.44)
07. Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie (35.37)
08. Dead Kennedys - Viva Las Vegas (45.40)
09. Clem Snide - Beautiful (51.49)
10. The Mountain Goats - Dilaudid (59.19)
11. The Magnetic Fields - All the Desperate Things You Made Me Do (1.01.27)

Direct download: ToadcastNo289.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:51pm UTC

Welcome to our sneak preview of Song, by Toad Records' plans for 2014. For the most part this is the exact track listing in the exact order of the free sampler we'll be putting up for download soon, although there are a couple of little tweaks.

I've even snuck in a special wee preview of Bastard Mountain - a tune which won't be on the sampler - primarily because that spot will be taken by The Leg, but I've played quite enough from Shrunken Tina Turner in the last few months, so I thought I would give you an exclusive treat, seeing as you're one of the 4-500 people who download this thing religiously every week.

Actually, I suppose far fewer actually download it every single week - maybe you're one of the 8-900 people who download the podcasts 'when they think about it', which results in that regular listenership of about 500. Who knows how many 'kinda' fans you have to have to regularly get 500 listeners in the first week, but I bet it's a fuck of a lot more than 500. Anyway, however many of you there are, it's a wee treat for you. You're welcome!

01. Virgin of the Birds - Ilona, You Should Still Be My Vampire Attendant (00.22)
02. Jonnie Common - Photosynth (Split 12" version) (09.00)
03. Animal Magic Tricks - Sex Acts (16.30)
04. David Thomas Broughton & Juice - Yorkshire Fog (19.45)
05. Plastic Animals - Ghosts (26.42)
06. Siobhan Wilson - Dear God (33.00)
07. Meursault - Dirt & the Roots (2014 version) (39.47)
08. NAKED - In Heaven (43.27)
09. Bastard Mountain - Something on Your Mind (53.27)
10. Sparrow and the Workshop - One Brush (59.16)

Direct download: ToadcastNo288.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:25pm UTC

Yep I feel a bit like I'm emerging from hibernation at the moment. Something about the way Christmas and New Year fell this year completely obliterated two weeks, and this week has been spent mostly trying to slow the levels of alcohol intake from Oliver Reed levels down to about George Best ones.

I've also been trying to force my sleep patterns to return to something vaguely resembling normality as well. I have been an absolutely appalling weakling in the face of that 'oh just one more episode' syndrome you develop when you have access to entire series of TV shows at once, so I've been staying up until five and six in the morning watching one absolutely terrible TV show after another. 

I can't even claim it was something decent like The Wire or Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, it's all been absolutely dismally shallow and repetitive crime and supernatural series. Fucking dreadful. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MY BRAIN? Anyhow, you can see how I am having a little bit of trouble getting back into gear for the new year, can't you.  Fucking hell, WAKE UP, BOY!

01. Clem Snide - Delight (00.22)
02. The Left Outsides - The Third Light (04.47)
03. Brown Brogues - Split Disc (Toad Session) (11.17)
04. Samantha Crain - Paint (14.39)
05. Water of Life - Sources and Springs/Abercrombie, 1949 (21.57)
06. Falling Stacks - White Wild Hare (27.37)
07. Waylon Thornton - Mustache (33.42)
08. Deathcats - Cowabunga Surf Jam (35.32)
09. The Twilight Sad - The Wrong Car (Live with the RSNO) (41.50)
10. Clem Snide - The Ballad of St. Paull (51.24)
11. Mothersday - Motion Sickness (59.25)

Direct download: ToadcastNo287.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:26pm UTC





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