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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