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 http://toadsessions.com . 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



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