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

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

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

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

Video – Vimeo – YouTube Photos – Flickr Session tracks zip download (right click – save as) Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page) This session was recorded back in March, so once again I find myself apologising to the band for taking so long over it. I blame Beer vs. Records, Sparrow and the Workshop and the Pale Imitation Festival for taking such a lot of time and work that I ended up distracted. The same old disorganised shite as usually happens, in other words. The Yawns emerged late last year when they released their debut album as a pay-what-you-want download to pretty much no fanfare at all. Slowly but surely, however, word seemed to spread around the internet and it turned out that a lot of people were really into the record. I was released on tape by one label, then vinyl by another and actually ended up doing better than loads of stuff people put all their time and energy into promoting. I loved it too, of course, so I asked them to play in Edinburgh in January, and then I enjoyed the show so much a Toad Session ensued. And this is it. Many thanks to the team once again - Gavin, Rory, Matthew and Ian who helped with the filming, Rory who took the photos, Neil who recorded it and Mrs. Toad who made AWESOME brownies! And, I suppose, to the cats, for not massively disrupting everything like they usually do.  Puss-tards.

Toadcast #279 - The Yawns Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

The Yawns - Diamond (Toad Session) [audio: http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheYawns-Diamond-ToadSession.mp3] The Yawns - Jean Thumb (Toad Session) [audio: http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheYawns-JeanThumb-ToadSession.mp3] The Yawns - Romeo Done (Toad Session) [audio: http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheYawns-RomeoDone-ToadSession.mp3] The Yawns - Butterfleyes (Toad Session) [audio: http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheYawns-Butterfleyes-ToadSession.mp3]

01. The Yawns - Diamond (Toad Session) (00.17) 02. Sean Armstrong - Dying in the Garden (08.50) 03. Battery Face - Cider Says (10.23) 04. The Yawns - Jean Thumb (Toad Session) (16.41) 05. Dolfinz - Yeah Right (23.51) 06. The Side Pony - Repeat and More (26.27) 07. The Yawns - Rome Done (Toad Session) (32.44) 08. Mac DeMarco - Stars Keep On Calling My Name (36.34) 09. The Clean - Getting Older (39.01) 10. The Yawns - Butterfleyes (Toad Session) (47.17)

Direct download: ToadcastNo279.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 5:54pm UTC

Video – Vimeo – YouTube
Photos – Flickr
Session tracks zip download (right click – save as)
Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page)

Charles Latham has been something of a legend in Edinburgh ever since his song Hard On became something of a staple in the Withered Hand live set, and also occasionally appeared when other bands, like our own Meursault for instance, played live as well. The Withered Hand version proved so popular that it actually made its way back across the pond, when Toad Session alumnus Samantha Crain covered it a year or two ago.

Funnily enough, though, he's never actually been to Edinburgh, at least until November last year, when he came over here on tour, played a gig in the city and popped by to record a Toad Session. And the Withered Hand version had made such an impact that Charles himself didn't even want to play it!

Nevertheless, we have four excellent songs for you, a genuinely interesting interview, and a night which started with beer and ended with macaroni cheese and vinyl. A win for all concerned, I think you'll agree.

Toadcast #272 - Charles Latham Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

Charles Latham - Squares (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/CharlesLatham-Squares-ToadSession.mp3]
Charles Latham - My Perfect Church (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/CharlesLatham-MyPerfectChurch-ToadSession.mp3]
Charles Latham - The Living Wage (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/CharlesLatham-TheLivingWage-ToadSession.mp3]
Charles Latham - My Parents' House (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/CharlesLatham-MyParentsHouse-ToadSession.mp3]

01. Charles Latham - Squares (Toad Session) (00.22)
02. Withered Hand - Hard On (12.37)
03. Violent Femmes - Waiting For the Bus (15.51)
04. Charles Latham - My Perfect Church (Toad Session) (24.17)
05. Neko Case - Thrice All American (31.46)
06. Jonathan Richman - My Affected Accent (35.15)
07. Charles Latham - The Living Wage (Toad Session) (45.14)
08. George Harrison - I Live For You (52.57)
09. Eef Barzelay - Well (56.33)
10. Charles Latham - My Parents' House (Toad Session) (1.08.00)

Direct download: ToadcastNo272.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 2:27am UTC


Video
- Vimeo - YouTube
Photos
- Flickr
Session tracks
- zip download (right click - save as)
Interview podcast - mp3 - iTunes - Mixcloud

This was recorded at Toad Hall in October 2012 with Woodpecker Wooliams, who releases with our friends Robot Elephant Records. She played at a BAD FUN night on the Friday at Henderson's at St. John's, and we were finally able to get this recorded on Sunday after the hangovers had subsided a little.
We were rather short of personnel for this one, so the whole thing ended up being recorded and filmed by me and Ian, with only the one other body to help out - the awesome photographer Nic Rue, with whose work you are all probably very well familiar by now. For some reason
Gemma only chose to play three songs, and we rather stupidly managed to run out of camera battery before the end of the third, so there is no session video for Crow, although the mp3 can be freely downloaded below as usual. And for the first time in a Toad Session you get to properly meet one of our two new cats, who we've had for over a year now, but who are not quite as determined as Floyd to make themselves the star of the goddam show at every available opportunity.
Woodpecker Wooliams - Sparrow (Toad Session)
Woodpecker Wooliams - Gull (Toad Session)

Woodpecker Wooliams - Crow (Toad Session)

Toadcast #260 - Woodpecker Wooliams Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

01. Woodpecker Wooliams - Sparrow (Toad Session) (03.59)
02. Vivian Void - You Stop It (10.45)
03. Sons of Noel & Adrian - Come Run Fun Stella Baby Mother of the World (14.49)
04. Woodpecker Wooliams - Gull (Toad Session) (24.10)
05. Twice as Much - Coldest Night of the Year (28.37)
06. Peggy Sue - Yo Mama (32.09)
07. Soccer 96 - Super Warrior (38.59)
08. Melanie - The Good Book (42.16)
09. Woodpecker Wooliams - Crow (Toad Session) (50.37)

Direct download: ToadcastNo260.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 4:17pm UTC

Video: YouTube - Vimeo
Photos: Flickr

Audio: zip download (right-click, save as)

This is another one of those painfully late Toad Sessions which crashed into the bottleneck created when we recorded five sessions in a very short space space of time at the end of 2011 and then ended up putting most of them on ice when the label took over my life in early spring.

Nevertheless, this is a lovely session, and as an acoustic one it is also something of a change of sound from the recent ones. Sam had played one of our gigs the previous night at Henry's Cellar Bar with Withered Hand and Mike MacFarlane, and the next day we recorded a session and promptly buggered off to the pub for a few pints.

Thanks are due to Neil from Meursault who recorded this session, to Dylan Matthewsfor the photos, video camera work and excellent leftover turkey sandwiches, and to Ian Greenhill for helping with the filming, as well as for being gracious enough not to make me re-export all the videos after forgetting to add him to the credits because we recorded this damn thing so bloody long ago.

As per usual, mp3s of the session tracks can be downloaded below for free, then there is the full interview podcast (tracklisting at the bottom of the page) and then the four individual session track videos, with the main video at the top of the page. Cheers - Woodpecker Wooliams in a couple of weeks!

Samantha Crain - Paint (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSession/SamanthaCrain-Paint-ToadSession.mp3]
Samantha Crain - It's Simple (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSession/SamanthaCrain-ItsSimple-ToadSession.mp3]
Samantha Crain - Santa Fe (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSession/SamanthaCrain-SantaFe-ToadSession.mp3]
Samantha Crain - Churchill (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSession/SamanthaCrain-Churchill-ToadSession.mp3]

Toadcast #258 - Samantha Crain Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

01. Samantha Crain - Paint (Toad Session) (09.34) 02. Loch Lomond - Egg Song (15.50)
03. Broncho - Get Off My Reservations (18.47)
04. Samantha Crain - It's Simple (Toad Session) (29.14)
05. The Weather Station - Everything I Saw (35.01)
06. Robert Ellis - Friends Like Those (37.41)
07. Samantha Crain - Santa Fe (Toad Session) (53.33)
08. The Hotrats - Up the Junction (1.01.31)
09. Langhorne Slim - Colette (1.04.44)
10. Samantha Crain - Churchill (Toad Session) (1.24.15)

Direct download: ToadcastNo258.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 2:02am UTC

Videos: Vimeo - YouTube Photos: Flickr Audio: zip download - mp3s below For the utter shame of it, we actually recorded this Toad Session back in December last year. I know we can be a little tardy publishing these fuckers, but this has to be something of a record. I blame the fact that The Leg, The Foxx, Meursault and the Split 12" albums all ended up being released within a month or so of each other for knocking me firmly out of my stride, but well, there's always an excuse isn't there. We actually recorded this on the Monday after a fearsomely brilliant gig at Henry's Cellar Bar last Christmas, and did a session with the brilliant Joanna Gruesome on the same day. It was a bit rough, just a little bit like hard work, and I have no idea how the neighbours decided not to complain to the coppers, but I hugely grateful that they didn't. Massive thanks for this one are owed to Dylan Matthews and Ashley Hampson for their video camera work, to the consistently awesome Nic Ruefor taking the pictures, and to Rory Sutherland for helping me with the recording, the mixing, and for also wielding a video camera during the session itself.

The Black Tambourines - Bad Days (Toad Session) [audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheBlackTambourines-BadDays-ToadSession.mp3] The Black Tambourines - Let You Down (Toad Session) [audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheBlackTambourines-LetYouDown-ToadSession.mp3] The Black Tambourines - Ghost at a Party (Toad Session) [audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheBlackTambourines-GhostataParty-ToadSession.mp3] The Black Tambourines - School Level (Toad Session) [audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/TheBlackTambourines-SchoolLevel-ToadSession.mp3]
Direct download: Toadcast #250 - Black Tambourines Session Subscribe to the Toadcasts on iTunes Subscribe to the Toadcasts on Mixcloud

01. The Black Tambourines - Bad Days (Toad Session) (06.37) 02. Jeff the Brotherhood - Bone Jam (11.27) 03. Ringo Deathstarr - So High (14.39) 04. The Black Tambourines - Let You Down (Toad Session) (21.02) 05. T. Rex - Life's a Gas (26.53) 06. Can - Moonshake (29.29 ) 07. The Black Tambourines - Ghost at a Party (Toad Session) (37.00) 08. The Germs - Forming (41.04) 09. Y Niwl - Dau (42.55) 10. The Black Tambourines - School Level (Toad Session) (46.54)

Direct download: ToadcastNo250.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 5:11pm UTC

Video: Vimeo - YouTube
Photos: Flickr

Audio: zip download - right click, save as

I am rather embarrassed to confess that we recorded this session absolutely bloody ages ago. First the Festival, then the mixes, then intervening sessions, and finally just the sheer amount of time these take to edit managed to delay things. But now, finally, at long, long last here it is: the Kid Canaveral Toad Session.

This was another relatively messy, drunken one I'm afraid. We were nice though - we made them dinner and supplied them with a beverage or several, and it happened to be a nice day too, so we were even able to sit out in the garden for a bit.

The team this time around consisted of Neil from Meursault, who recorded the session (and I hope I've not offended him with my mixes!), Fiona and Dylan who took the photos, and Dylan also did a lot of the video work as well. And cooked. Whereas I just sat around, drank beer and swore at people mostly.

Kid Canaveral - And Another Thing! (Toad Session)
Kid Canaveral - Homerun and a Vow (Toad Session)

Kid Canaveral - You Only Went Out to Get Drunk Last Night (Toad Session)

Kid Canaveral - Her Hair Hangs Down (Toad Session)



01. Kid Canaveral - And Another Thing! (Toad Session) (06.44)
02. The Shivers - Irrational Love (14.45)
03. Sleeper - What Do I Do Now? (18.33)
04. Kid Canaveral - Homerun and a Vow (Toad Session) (31.46)
05. Washington Irving - SiSi (38.47)
06. Popup - A Year in a Comprehensive (43.16)
07. Kid Canaveral - You Only Went Out to Get Drunk Last Night (Toad Session) (52.57)
08. Built to Spill - Carry the Zero (59.42)
09. Hall & Oates - Maneater (65.13) 10. Kid Canaveral - Her Hair Hangs Down (Toad Session) (78.02)

Direct download: ToadcastNo214.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 12:33pm UTC


Video: Vimeo - YouTube

Photos: Flickr
Audio: zip download: right-click, save as

This session was recorded in Glasgow before Josh's performance at Oran Mor on 22nd November last year. The first attempt to record a session with him was at Stereo, but recording in a venue really didn't work out, so this time we decided to take up the kind offer of Phil from PAWS to record it in his bedroom instead.

Again we were a little pressed for time, because Josh had a marathon day, recording a session with the BBC and conducting an interview before doing our session, and then having the gig to play afterwards. So we only recorded three songs, and for simplicity's sake we did the interview in one chunk and I have just chopped bits of it into the podcast where appropriate. Given the incredibly punishing schedule he tends to have I really do appreciate Josh taking the time to re-record this session, as well as the infallibly good humour and cooperative nature showed by both himself and Peter and Tom, his management team. It may have been tight to get done, but this is a really, really nice session if you ask me.

As usual, the videos can all be found on our Vimeo and YouTube pages and the photos, which were jointly taken by Stephanie Gibson and Dylan Matthews, are collected on our Flickr page. The session mp3s can be downloaded below, or in a zip file here, the session podcast can be played or downloaded below too, and the tracklisting for the podcast can be found at the bottom of the page. Player

Direct download: Toadcast #211 - Josh T. Pearson Toad Session Subscribe to the Toadcasts on iTunes Subscribe to the Toadcasts on Mixcloud
Josh T. Pearson - Woman When I've Raised Hell (Toad Session) [audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/JoshTPearson-WomanWhenIveRaisedHell-ToadSession.mp3]
Josh T. Pearson - Country Dumb (Toad Session) [audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/JoshTPearson-CountryDumb-ToadSession.mp3]
Josh T. Pearson - Covers Medley (Toad Session) [audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/JoshTPearson-Medley-ToadSession.mp3]


01. Josh T. Pearson - Woman When I've Raised Hell (Toad Session) (02.54)
02. Lift to Experience - To Guard and to Guide You (12.30)
03. Perfume Genius - All Waters (19.06)
04. Josh T. Pearson - Country Dumb (Toad Session) (25.26)
05. The Dirty Three - Some Summers They Drop Like Flys (31.43)
06. Papa M - The Lass of Roch Royal (38.17)
07. Judy Collins - Wild Mountain Thyme (53.03)
08. Howe Gelb - Can't Help Falling in Love (55.37)
09. Josh T. Pearson - Covers Medley (Toad Session) (61.54)

Direct download: ToadcastNo211.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 12:33pm UTC



Video: Vimeo - YouTube
Photos: Flickr
Audio: zip file (right-click, save as)

The Toad Session I was probably most nervous about recording was Milk Maid, I think.  It was arranged at the last minute, they are a full, four-piece rock band, their profile is riding relatively high at the moment and I'd never really recorded anything so loud in our house before.

As it was, it turned out pretty fucking well, if you ask me, so when PAWS came in I was confident enough that we'd get decent recordings, but I have to confess I was a little nervous about how we'd get away with the racket and the general lawlessness of their performances.

There were some changes to the team this time as well, as a lot of the usual suspects couldn't make it.  Wee Matthew was helping out on cameras again, and Rory from Broken Records was back for a second batch of filming.  But we also managed to coax former ace Edinburgh gig photographer extraordinaire Nic Rue out of retirement to take the pictures, and Rory 'brought at friend' to help out with the filming.  And his friend just happened to be Chris Park.  Who just happens to be a serious professional.  So if you're wondering why this isn't as shit as usual, that's probably why.

As per usual, all the session mp3s are available to download for free, either below or in this zip file, we have videos of the songs and of the interview here, photos here, Nic's slightly larger portfolio of pics here, and of course the interview podcast below, with the playlist at the bottom of the page.  Enjoy.  And pity our poor neighbours.

PAWS - Jellyfish (Toad Session)

PAWS - Bloodline (Toad Session)

PAWS - Bird Inside Birdcage, Ribcage Inside Bird (Toad Session)

PAWS - Winners Don't Bleed (Toad Session)





01. PAWS - Jellyfish (Toad Session) (07.17)
02. Bronto Skylift - Cobblepot (15.50)
03. Mr. Peppermint - Carp Act (20.25)
04. PAWS - Bloodline (Toad Session) (26.47)
05. Ultimate Thrush - Complex Cat (35.31)
06. Crystal Swells - Waco, Wasilia, Waikiki (36.41)
07. PAWS - Bird Inside Birdcage, Ribcage Inside Bird (Toad Session) (42.35)
08. Pavement - Gold Soundz (48.59)
09. Dolfinz - Blowhole (51.44)
10. PAWS - Winners Don't Bleed (Toad Session) (61.49)

Direct download: ToadcastNo196.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 11:30am UTC

Video: Vimeo - YouTube
Photos:
Flickr
Audio:
zip dowload (right click, save as)

This session came together in an extremely short space of time, and as such I am extremely pleasantly surprised by how well it turned out - from an audio point of view in particular these are some of my favourite session recordings. We invited Milk Maid to play an Ides of Toad gig in June, they arrived the night before the gig, and we happened to be having beers and listening to some records when I mentioned that we sometimes record in our living room. I showed them the Scottish Enlightenment Toad Session, and they suggested recording a session too, the next day, before the gig.

Recording a band with a full drum kit, two guitarists and a bass in one room made me nervous enough, and actually getting anyone to help seemed improbable at such short notice, but thankfully Fee and Rory were able to make it down, so I owe them both a massive debt of gratitude for their help.

As per usual we have a full set of photos, freely downloadable session mp3s, a full interview podcast (immediately below, and with the tracklisting at the bottom of the page) and videos of both the whole day (above) and each individual song (below). Enjoy!

01. Milk Maid - Can't You See (Toad Session) (04.11)
02. Women - Black Rice (12.14)
03. Weird Era - Summer Heights (15:26)
04. Milk Maid - Girl (Toad Session) (20.19)
05. Irk the River - Mind That Child (26.22 )
06. Daily Life - No Eyes (28.43)
07. Milk Maid - Stir So Slow (Toad Session) (36.32)
08. Evan Dando - Hard Drive (45.12)
09. Easter - Holy Island (48.24)
10. Milk Maid - Not Me (Toad Session) (62.50)

Direct download: ToadcastNo186.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 3:56pm UTC

Video: Vimeo - YouTube
Photos: Flickr
Audio: zip download (right-click, save as).

Lach is the man behind the Antihoot, the New York open stage which gave rise to the term and the movement called Antifolk.  People bandy the word about so much these days it's almost become as nebulous as the term 'indie', but it had a very specific origin and a very specific meaning back at the beginning.

Last year Lach brought the Antihoot to the Edinburgh Festival, and we recorded a Toad Session with him while he was here.  When we figured out that we would actually be releasing his new album as well, and that he would be returning to Edinburgh this year - running both the Antihoot at the Gilded Balloon as well as a free fringe show called Lach, the Waitress, the Walls and the Weirdos in The Speakeasy at Cabaret Voltaire - I figured we might as well wait a little while to publish this session.

Well Lach is back now, his album comes out on Song, by Toad Records on Monday and we are starting to get ready for both the one-man show at Cab Vol, and also the Antihoot itself.  If you want to play at the Antihoot yourself, then just get in touch.  The rules are that you get either two songs or eight minutes, whichever is shorter, and that has to include your setup, so no brass bands please, but otherwise pretty much anything goes.

Also, this year we'll be picking a semifinalist each night, by a combination of audience acclaim and executive decision, and inviting them back to the Anti-idol on the last three nights of the show.  Those three nights will be recorded, with the best dozen or so performances being released on a Best of the Anti-hoot album on Song, by Toad Records.

As per usual with the Toad Sessions, the full interview podcast is immediately below, followed by free mp3 downloads of all the session tracks (zip file here), videos of the individual tracks themselves (all video here), and finally the tracklist for the podcast.  There aren't as many pictures as usual, but that's because we were a little short-staffed this time, and Dylan was too busy with the video camera to produce the usual number of pretty pictures.

01. Lach - A Quiet Distance (Toad Session) (12.40)
02. The Love Gestures - Hey Man (16.40)
03. Phil Ochs - Small Circle of Friends (20.31)
04. Lach - Ambition Burns (Toad Session) (32.41)
05. Kirk Kelly - Stephen Foster (37.42)
06. Roger Manning - Pearly Blues (41.14)
07. Lach - Another Night Without You (Toad Session) (55.31)
08. Neil Halstead - Might Engine (62.05)
09. Lach - Coffee Black (Toad Session) (75.06)

Direct download: ToadcastNo183.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 2:45pm UTC

Toadcast #177 - The Scottish Enlightenment Toad Session

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Photos: FlickrBlueback Hotrod
Free mp3 downloads: zip file (right click – save as)

I first got into The Scottish Enlightenment back in 2007 when they releases the Eyes single on Moojuice Records.  Then they went silent for a couple of years, to the extent that I thought they might have actually called it a day, but last year they came back stronger than ever before.

Two fantastic EPs and an equally excellent album were released on Glasgow's rather awesome Armellodie Records, and in general I think it's fair to say that it was a toss-up between them and Kid Canaveral as to who I thought the Scottish band of 2011 was (*cough cough* Song, by Toad Records bands apart of course)

Mrs. Toad operated one of the video cameras this time, and Dylan was on still and video cameras.  I recorded and edited this one - the first full band I've recorded since Sparrow and the Workshop back in 2008.  As per usual we have the podcast below, the freely downloadable session mp3s underneath that, followed by the videos we made for all the individual songs.  The tracklisting for the podcast is at the very bottom of the page.  Enjoy!

01. The Scottish Enlightenment - Black Dog (Toad Session) (07.53)
02. Mitchell Museum - Warning Bells (14.53)
03. Lower Dens - I Get Nervous (18.54)
04. The Scottish Enlightenment - Earth Angel (Toad Session) (33.00)
05. At the Drive In - Arcarsenal (43.15)
06. Low - Starfire (46.10)
07. The Scottish Enlightenment - Get My Limousine (Toad Session) (55.55)
08. Eef Barzelay - The Ballad of Bitter Honey (63.25)
09. Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper (67.14)
10. The Scottish Enlightenment - The Universe is Drifting Apart (Toad Session) (79.47)

Direct download: ToadcastNo177.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 6:27pm UTC

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Photos: FlickrBlueback Hotrod
Free mp3 downloads: zip file (right click – save as)

The more I read about Johny Lamb from Thirty Pounds of Bone before this session, the more nervous I became.  The internet seemed to be full of all sorts of tales of him being reclusive, antisocial and very, very hard on interviewers.

Now, the press can be a little unreliable at the best of times, and personality-based reports of this nature can vary from person to person, but it almost comical how completely different this session was to my expectations.  Johny was friendly, perhaps a little shy, genuinely chatty and a lovely guy.  In fact, in terms of the interview podcast I think this is probably the most interesting one we’ve ever had.

Thanks are due to Mrs. Toad for the splendid bacon sarnies, to Dylan and Fiona who took the pictures, and to Matthew who did a lot of the filming.  As per usual we have the podcast below, the freely downloadable session mp3s underneath that, followed by the videos we made for all the individual songs.  The tracklisting for the podcast is at the very bottom of the page.  Enjoy!

01. Thirty Pounds of Bone – The Maritime Line (Toad Session) (11.02)
02. Birdengine – Scarecrow and the Longpig (19.00)
03. Dad Rocks – Aroused By Hair (23.36)
04. Thirty Pounds of Bone – A Lesson in Talking (Toad Session) (37.19)
05. Le Reno Amps – You Must Remember (42.47)
06. Mary Hampton – Ballad of the Talking Dog (44.56)
07. Thirty Pounds of Bone – The Jonah Shanty (Toad Session) (57.37)
08. Diamond Family Archive – I Have Forgotten (66.16)
09. Men Diamler – Waiting for the Snow to Thaw Pt. 2 (68.22)
10. Thirty Pounds of Bone – Uyeasound (Toad Session) (82.44)

Direct download: ToadcastNo169.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 9:44pm UTC

Video: VimeoYouTube.
Photos: Flickr.
Free mp3 downloads: zip file (right click – save as).

We actually recorded this Toad Session in the Queen Charlotte Rooms in Leith before the Song, by Toad Christmas Party back in December.  Partly this was because it seemed like a fun thing to do, and partly because swapping our traditional and rather overpowering turquoise backdrop for their Christmas lights and tinsel.

Also, we had six different bands playing the Queen Charlotte Rooms that night, as sort of a Song, by Toad Records Christmas celebration, and as Rob had only just agreed to release his debut album on Song, by Toad Records (later this year – probably in the Autumn sometime) it seemed fitting that he headline one of the rooms on the night itself.

In terms of manpower we were woefully, woefully understaffed for this session.  The only person who could help at all was Wee Matthew, and even he couldn’t make it for the start, so I pressed my parents into service.  Well come on, they’ve got be more use than just glue, eh?  So my mum took some pictures and did some filming, I set up the recording and the main camera, and then she passed the video camera on to Matthew when he arrived and the stills camera on to me.

And miraculously, it wasn’t a total disaster.  In fact, the actual recordings, whilst more than a little noisy, in part due to the hum of the fridges behind the bar, are some of my favourite-sounding Toad Session recordings.  As usual, we have all the individual song videos embedded below, or on our Vimeo or YouTube pages, and the photos can be found on Flickr. The main interview podcast can be streamed or downloaded immediately below, as can the individual session tracks, with the playlist for the podcast at the bottom of the page. As per usual feel absolutely free to share and pass around any of this stuff – that’s what it’s for.

01. Rob St. John - Whites of Our Eyes (Toad Session) (07.33)
02. Smog & the Dirty Three - Cold Discovery (Peel Session) (15.20)
03. James Yorkston & the Athletes - Hermitage (21.33)
04. Rob St. John - Your Phantom Limb (Toad Session) (29.35)
05. Grouper - We've All Time to Sleep (36.07)
06. Ben Frost - Hibakusja (39.17)
07. Rob St. John - An Empty House (Toad Session) (51.19)
08. Earth - Hung From the Moon (57.29)
09. Micah P. Hinson - Patience (65.13)
10. Rob St. John - Muted Flourish (Toad Session) (72.06)

Direct download: ToadcastNo162.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 10:00am UTC

Toadcast #152- The Savings and Loan Toad Session

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Photos: Flickr
Audio: download links below

This Toad Session is something a little different, in that instead of setting up a studio environment in the house, we actually just recorded the songs at a house gig.  The gig was in fact also the band's first live appearance in four or five years.  So the whole atmosphere of the session is massively different to the usual ones we record. The interview took place all at once before the gig, rather than in and around the songs like it usually does, and for the podcast I have just spliced bits of it into the podcast as and when it seemed suitable.

We also webcast this live, which was kind of fun.  I am not sure how brilliant the image and sound were for everyone, but it was an extremely fun thing to do and something we'll be looking to do more of in the new year I hope.

It was a little tricky to ask people to take pictures in the middle of a performance, so we have a few photos by Anneli and Fiona but not very many.  As per usual we have videos of four songs, over and above the main video above.  Martin actually read some of his poetry before the gig started, so there's a little of that in the main video as well.  The session tracks are all downloadable for free below, as is the main interview podcast, with the full tracklist for that at the bottom of the page.  A large thank you to Fiona Buckle and Anneli Kuukka for their pictures, to Neil Pennycook for recording and mixing the songs and to Ben Clarke for helping with the filming.

Direct download: Toadcast #152 - The Savings and Loan Toad Session
The Savings and Loan - These Hands/Catholic Boys in the Rain (Toad Session)

The Savings and Loan - Met (a Storm) (Toad Session)

The Savings and Loan - The Ropes (Toad Session)

The Savings and Loan - Her Window (Toad Session)

01. The Savings and Loan - These Hands/Catholic Boys in the Rain (Toad Session) (02.07)
02. Evan Crichton - Holiday Time (12.27)
03. Palace Brothers - Stable Will (17.16)
04. The Savings and Loan - Met (a Storm) (Toad Session) (27.24)
05. Gerry Mitchell & Little Sparta - The Ragged Garden of Your Eye (32.46)
06. Otis Redding - That's How Strong My Love Is (37.34)
07. The Corries - Loch Tay Boat Song (40.04)
08. The Savings and Loan - The Ropes (Toad Session) (50.11)
09. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Darker With the Day (53.23)
10. Codeine - Broken Hearted Wine (60.22)
11. The Savings and Loan - Her Window (Toad Session) (69.52)

Direct download: ToadcastNo152.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 11:18am UTC

Toadcast #146 - Inspector Tapehead Toad Session

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Photos: Flickr
Audio: download for free below...

Every time a drum kit comes into our house I am kinda worried that the cafe downstairs is going to have a tantrum about the noise, but we've been lucky so far, and long may it continue.  More worrisome in this instance was probably Jonnie Common's incredible box of tricks.

In a slight change to the usual lineup, my wee brother happened to be over from the States visiting when we recorded this, so he did the sound for this.  He has his own company over there, called Red Cottage Audio, and spends most of his time as the sound designer/recording engineer for the Boston Ballet, so I am not sure quite how he took the change from that to trying make a bunch of pop songs sound good in our living room. Still, it's all about the results, and the results are fantastic.

The pictures are also especially good this time around.  Fee has contributed photos before - most notably to, I think, the Shenandoah Davis and Pictish Trail sessions - but this time she really has excelled herself.  I generally cut the photo sets down to about twenty pics, but in this case I really couldn't manage any fewer than thirty, I liked them that much.  Head over to Flickr to see the set.

As per usual, all the Toad Session recordings are made available for free sharing/downloading/whatever, just after the full interview podcast, which is below, and as well as the main video at the top of the page, we have individual videos of every song as well (see a bit further down) as well, finally, as the full tracklisting for the podcast itself at the bottom of the page. 

Oh, and this wouldn't be a proper plug if I didn't point out that Inspector Tapehead's debut album, Duress Code, can now be purchased from Song, by Toad Records.

Toadcast #146 - Inspector Tapehead Toad Session
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Inspector Tapehead - Yarvil (Toad Session)
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Inspector Tapehead - WCMJ (Toad Session)
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Inspector Tapehead - A Fillet of Bozo (Toad Session)
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Inspector Tapehead - Pherenzil Tear (Toad Session)
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01. Inspector Tapehead - Yarvil (Toad Session) (05.37)
02. Adam Beattie & the Consultants - We'll Wave From the Shore (15.23)
03. Jonnie Common - Photosynth (19.24)
04. Inspector Tapehead - WCMJ (Toad Session) (28.27)
05. Charlot Webster - Stay What You Are (40.40)
06. dBASS - Garden (44.35)
07. Inspector Tapehead - A Fillet of Bozo (Toad Session) (56.59)
08. Django Django - WOR (63.51)
09. Inspector Tapehead - Pherenzik Tear (Toad Session) (80.24)

Direct download: ToadcastNo146.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 4:52pm UTC

Toadcast #117 - Mumford & Sons Toad Session

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Photos: FlickrBlueback Hotrod
Audio: below

This was without a shadow of a doubt the most scary level of military efficiency that anything even slightly Toad-related has ever achieved.  Mumford & Sons were playing to a sold-out Queen's Hall in the evening, so we had to have them in and out of the door within an hour and a half, and we actually bloody managed it!  As the like of the Pictish Trail, who left Toad Hall completely plastered after his session, can testify, this isn't really what we're good at around here.

So, not only did they go to extreme lengths to actually make time to record this, they did a fucking lovely job of it as well.  If you watch the video for Untitled, embedded below, you'll see that they rattled our floors so hard that something actually falls off the shelves behind Marcus at the end of the video.  Gavin has done a lovely job of the recording and mixing, and many thanks to Dylan for the photography and Matthew for help with the filming.

As usual with the Toadcasts, there is a full set of pictures on our Flickr page, Dylan's own choices on his Blueback Hotrod page, freely downloadable and shareable mp3s of the session tracks below, a full podcast of the interview, with playlist at the bottom of the page, and videos of the individual songs themselves embedded below.  I've also made a video of the whole day, with bits of interviews and excerpts from the songs, and that is embedded at the top of the page.  Enjoy!

Toadcast #117 - Mumford & Sons Toad Session
Mumford & Sons - Untitled (Toad Session)

Mumford & Sons - Dance Dance Dance (Neil Young Cover) (Toad Session)

Mumford & Sons - White Blank Page (Toad Session)

Mumford & Sons - Awake My Soul (Toad Session)

Podcast Playlist:
01. Mumford & Sons - Untitled (Toad Session) (04.26)
02. Vampire Weekend - UR a Contra (13.29)
03. Love.Stop.Repeat - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (17.52)
04. Mumford & Sons - Dance Dance Dance (Neil Young Cover) (Toad Session) (21.54)
05. Billie Holiday - God Bless the Child (26.42)
06. Eels - In the Beginning (29.49)
07. Mumford & Sons - White Blank Page (Toad Session) (36.27)
08. My Kappa Roots - It was Rough When the Rain Came (41.19)
09. Mumford & Sons - Awake My Soul (Toad Session) (50.23)

Direct download: ToadcastNo117.mp3
Category:Vidcast -- posted at: 10:00am UTC



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