This was recorded at the Happiness Hotel back in early Summer 2016 on a gloriously sunny day in Leith.

Storm the Palace were up in Edinburgh to record at Chamber Studio which happens to be just down the road from us so they took the opportunity to pop in and record a Toad Session while they were around. Sophie, as it happens, is a veteran of Toad Sessions past, having been up here with Honeytrap to record a session back in 2009. That was possibly our most drunken and raucous Toad Session of all time, ending in a drunken dance party in the living room.

This time around things were rather more sedate, with polite beers in the garden afterwards, but the session still turned out beautifully. Thanks to photographers Andy Catlin and Steven Crichton, and to Rich Hanrahan for filming and Lily Higham for filming and editing the videos for us.

01. Storm the Palace - DLR Dreaming (Toad Session) (00.28)
02. Abba - Let the Music Speak (12.17)
03. Reginald Dixon - I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside (17.26)
04. Storm the Palace - Statues and Snowmen (Toad Session) (22.17)
05. Honeytrap - Death Before the Silver Screen (Toad Session) (29.27)
06. Meursault - A Sort of Doctor Who Theme, Kind Of (33.24)
07. Storm the Palace - On Snowing (Toad Session) (38.57)
08. Chump - Treat Me Mean (46.01)
09. Korova - Small Amour (50.57)
10. Storm the Palace - Does it Have a Name (Toad Session) (1.04.04)

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Mrs. Toad and I, as you possibly know, went on something of an epic road trip at the end of July this year.

We took the ferry to Amsterdam and drove up through Germany to Denmark, through Sweden via the Volvo Museum, and into Norway, where we went all the way up the West Coast via the Trollstigen in the South, up through Molde, Kristiansund, Trondheim, Mo I Rana, through the Lofoten Islands to Tromsø. After a couple of days there we went East and South through Finland, took the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn, then drove through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania into Russia where we spent our 10th wedding anniversary in Kaliningrad, on board a decommissioned oceanographic research vessel.

From there it was Poland and the Czech Republic to Vienna, where Mrs. Toad flew home and I carried on to even sillier adventures. But that is the subject for another podcast. For now, here are a bunch of songs from our Norway trip. Because these were all on mixtapes to play in the car whilst driving it's all actually surprisingly upbeat too. Not your usual miserable shite.

01. The Get Me Downs - Sexsie Volvo (00.13)
02. The Spencer Davis Group - I'm a Man (05.44)
03. Evan Dando - Hard Drive (11.47)
04. Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (15.07)
05. She and Him - Don't Look Back (22.16)
06. Jerry Reed - Tex Bound and Flyin' (27.52)
07. The Beatles - Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey (35.33)
08. Kate and Anna McGarrigle - Come a Long Way (38.03)
09. The Come Ons - Strangelove (41.35)
10. Dory Previn - The Lady With the Braid (48.17)
11. Grandaddy - El Caminos in the West (52.17)
12. Raggare United - Volvo 245 (58.17)

Direct download: Toadcast323.mp3
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Firstly, NO I shall not be launching into a long-winded plea for acceptance over how long it has been since the last podcast. Other shit distracted me, as is always the case when someone doesn't do something. A lot of other shit, in this case.

I don't know if any of you remember this, but in April me and my most singularly epic Volvo Bette (pronounced 'Betty' because she's a stubborn and moody old bitch and therefore named after Bette Davis) went on the Rust2Sahara trip with the Rust2Rome Pioneers group. It was, as I am sure you can imagine, a pretty fucking epic experience.

After a couple of surprise detours, via Belfast for example, and the Pendine Sands in Wales, and some straight ahead burns down the motorways of Spain, we crossed into Morocco and there the really amazing stuff really began. We dodged camels, lost track of where the road was entirely, jumped sand dunes, clambered over the top of the Atlas mountains on a tiny goat track, visited a Bond villain lair in an extinct volcano, lost suspension, oil filters and exhausts and suffered punctures.  

We had to ask random mechanics at the side of the road to help us out, welding bits of the cars back together with fags in their mouths and no more than a pair of sunglasses to shield their eyes. We ran out of petrol so badly we ended up having to siphon between cars to get to the next town, and over the CBs we planned and executed a pit stop to swap a battery from one car to another, jump start them and resume our 100mph dash to Tangiers port that an F1 team would have been proud of.

In short, it was absolutely fucking amazing.

01. Dionne Warwick - Do You Know the Way to San José? (00.23)
02. Pavement - Half a Canyon (06.00)
03. DTHPDL - Summer (14.39)
04. Ella Fitzgerald - Caravan (1957 version) (18.40)
05. Donovan - Sun (22.52)
06. Hans Klammer - Voyager 1 (30.11)
07. Jonnie Common - Keep Refrigerated (36.27)
08. Maria Muldaur - Midnight at the Oasis (45.44)
09. R.E.M. - Low Desert (49.43)
10. Unknown - Ger's Birthday Serenade (58.27)
11. Cherifa - Maysh Yiwin May Tshawrth? (1.01.05)

Direct download: ToadcastNo323.mp3
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Technically speaking, recording is banned from our living room, but erm, Mrs. Toad was away and Rocky was by himself so why the fuck not, eh?

This was an odd mismatch. Originally the session was prepared for Chantal Acda, who was headlining the tour. Then it turned out she couldn’t make it due to illness, and then there I was having a chat with Rocky, who I’d never exchanged a word with before.

Considering I was monumentally unprepared, this was a wonderful session. Rocky was relaxed and chatty, and it was one of the nicest and easiest conversations we’ve had on the session since they began in 2008.

Thanks to Matthew and Alex for the video and to Mario for the photos.

Direct download: ToadcastNo322.mp3
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Well as you probably know, Mrs. Toad and I spent the last quarter of 2015 living in Brooklyn - in Red Hook to be precise - and it was fucking amazing.

Red Hook itself is a fucking brilliant neighbourhood. Still pretty industrial, but with loads of really nice places, so the balance between residents and incoming hipsters (like, I suppose, ourselves - we are the problem!) is still pretty decent for the time being. Only a matter of time, I suppose, but for now it's a pretty great place to be.

Well while I was out there I went to some gigs, listened to some music, and with the help of my little brother's recording expertise and Tom from Gold Flake Paint's curatorial sagacity we made a record. That's right, the fifth Song, by Toad Split 12" (actually the one and only release on Toad Flake Paint Records) was recorded at the National Opera Centre while I was out there.

So this is a mix of bands I saw, bands I listened to and bands I worked with in the three months when we could pretend to be a trendy Brooklyn record label for a bit.

01. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You (00.24)
02. Told Slant - Ohio Snow Falls (09.29)
03. Sean Henry - The Crow (12.32)
04. Samantha Crain - Elk City (20.59)
05. Kevin Morby - Slow Train (29.01)
06. Florist - Vacation (39.39)
07. Furnsss - Settle Down (43.31)
08. Alex G. - Kicker (52.15)
09. Cashavelly Morrison - Iodine (55.24)
10. Infinity Girl - Firehead (1.03.52)

Direct download: ToadcastNo321.mp3
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