This is Toad Session #39 with Breakfast Muff, recorded on the 9th December 2016 in our warehouse recording space down in Leith - The Happiness Hotel.

These guys have been our pals for a few years, since before the fantastic David Cameron's Eton Mess compilation, and all three of Eilidh, Simone and Cal have been in loads of other bands we love too.

This stuff is short, sharp and ferocious, at the same time as being loose, flippant and funny. Not many bands I know can combine dark humour, angry politics, outright silliness and boisterous riffery like these guys and this session was an absolute ton of fun to do.

As usual, Mario Cruzado made the fantastic videos, with help from Jennifer Baker.

01. Breakfast Muff - Baby Boomers (Toad Session) (00.13)
02. Mary Column - Strange (14.35)
03. Passion Pusher - Sauchiehall Street (EP version) (08.05)
04. Breakfast Muff - Raspberry Pavlova (Toad Session) (23.11)
05. Duds - No Remark (31.27)
06. Youngstrr Joey - Billy is Drinking Pints With Dogs (34.14)
07. Breakfast Muff - Waving Cat (Toad Session) (39.56)
08. Towel - M8 (43.55)
09. Jealous Girlfriend - UR not Broken (45.24)
10. Breakfast Muff - RU a Feminist (Toad Session) (54.33)

Direct download: ToadcastNo328.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:57pm UTC

Tim the Mute and Kim Gray came over from Vancouver to tour in late Autumn and early Winter of 2016 and played a show for us at The Happiness Hotel on the 27th November. We managed to make time to squeeze in a wee Toad Session beforehand.

Tim runs the fantastic label Kingfisher Bluez and has become a good friend and musical ally over the years, partly because I love a lot of the music he releases, partly because I like how he goes about his business, and partly because he is just a lovely guy.

He's been over to play shows for us a couple of times now, co-released the first Adam Stafford record we did a few years back, and this year brought his friend Kim Gray with him on tour. They played a fantastic house gig at The Happiness Hotel and we recorded this session beforehand.

As usual, Mario Cruzado made the fantastic videos, with help from Jennifer Baker.

Direct download: ToadcastNo327.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:07pm UTC

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:18pm UTC

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:44pm UTC

The Lithpcast is named after the rather impressive lisp I have developed since my dentist yanked my front-left incisor out of my mouth the other day and replaced it with empty space and stitches. There will be a new tooth bunged in there at some point, for the time being I have a rather uncomfortable denture which I don't wear, a bad lisp, and a general sense of trepidation about how I am actually supposed to fucking eat.

The tunes this week are somewhat defined by the fact that various things have nudged me out of the way of new music, so there is a lot of Song, by Toad Records stuff, but for some reason also a lot of profoundly obscure other songs too.

I feature three really good compilations put together by other folk, a wee plug for a pal's label, and there's even time for some surprise Chumbawamba. Who could possibly resist.

01. Blood of the Bull - Hold Your Head Up High and Go Fuck Yourself (00.22)
02. Wendell Borton - Saucy (06.39)
03. Joyce Delaney - Don't Be an Asshole (09.41)
04. Dead Fader - Nightmare Sequence (13.36)
05. Chumbawamba - New York Mining Disaster 1941 (23.07)
06. Garden of Elks - I Hid Inside (26.44)
07. Super Inuit and Jessica Schouela - Blue-Greens (32.36)
08. Call to Mind - Breathe (36.37)
09. Youngstrr Joey - Listen to Antique Pony Too Much (42.20)
10. Don't Die - What is Luvv (Haddaway cover) (48.23)
11. Davina Shell - All the Things She Said (t.A.T.u cover) (52.00)
12. Virgin of the Birds - Spooky, Stony, Barely Over Thirty (unmastered) (59.22)

Direct download: ToadcastNo320.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:21pm UTC

 So Mrs. Toad and I are back from Rust2Romania (just) and before I throw myself into the second half of the Pale Imitation Festival I thought I might take the time to reflect on the rather epic adventure we just experienced.

We have some of the tunes, both excellent and just plain silly (and sometimes both), which we played as we charged about through some of the more unexpected parts of Europe. Driving from Edinburgh to Romania, for example, probably shouldn't include a chapter titled 'via Greece', but somehow it did.

Getting slung in a Romanian jail also 'shouldn't' have happened either, but it was awfy close, and finally Mrs. Toad and I ended up with a wee trip down memory lane by going to a Heuriger in Vienna on the way home. It was all over the place, this particular trip, but especially fantastic because of it.

01. Simon & Garfunkel - Baby Driver (00.25)
02. The Clash - I Fought the Law (07.51)
03. Motorhead - The Ace of Spades (11.42)
04. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (14.36)
05. The Lovely Eggs - Fuck It (25.19)
06. Chuck Berry - Jaguar & Thunderbird (30.11)
07. The Muppets - Movin' Right Along (32.11)
08. Kings of Leon - Charmer (38.39)
09. The Strokes - Vision of Division (41.39)
10. Kenny Rogers & the First Edition - Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition is In) (47.35)
11. R.E.M. - Be Mine (53.07)

Direct download: ToadcastNo319.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:58am UTC

Hiya folks, once again in advance of the glorious Pale Imitation Festival we have a podcast exploring all the weird and wonderful bands who will be playing in Edinburgh during August for your wild and enthusiastic entertainment.

Because you're coming along, right? All of you?

Oh god do please come. Please. Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease!

Ah fuck that, it's really undignified when I grovel isn't it. Fucking come along or you are missing the fuck out on seeing the best under-the-radar bands in Scotland at the most reasonable of prices (a fiver per show or a season ticket to the whole damn thing for £25 - all tickets here) in one of Edinburgh's most legendary underground venues. (Literally. It's actually a cellar.)

 

It's a bit haphazard, but it's a bloody great festival, the beer in Henry's is really good these days and the wonderful Kitchen Disco will be providing cakes and DJing on every single night because they are massive heroes and they are the reason the terrorists will never win.

01. Numbers Are Futile - Monster (00.17)
02. Beam - Hex (08.12)
03. Bat Bike - Willing (18.52)
04. Sharptooth - Queen of Scots (26.37)
05. Min Diesel - War Band (28.32)
06. Adam Stafford - Atheist Money (35.07)
07. Wolf - Tricks and Bones (42.56)
08. Tryptamines - Black and White Blues (47.57)
09. Supermoon - Klopfgeist (55.45)

10. Happy Meals - Electronic Disco (1.03.57)

Direct download: ToadcastNo318.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm UTC

This is what is becoming the annual Rust2Rome podcast. Not so much intentionally as such, it's just that sitting in the car with tapes is pretty much the only music I've been listening to recently that's all, so that's what the podcast is from.

After two years doing the French Alps route I decided that since Mrs. Toad wasn't coming with me this time (she's coming on Rust2Romania in August) I would try the new Swiss Alps route.

The driving was definitely more spectacular, if not quite as quick due to the general busyness of the roads, but it was fantastic to do the new route. And after the absolute rammy last year when there were 55 cars and 140 people, going in a group with 10 cars and a mere 22 people was blissful peace and quiet, much more sociable and of course with fewer people everything was easier too.

What a fantastic expedition! And good old Bette too - ticking up towards 300,00 miles!

01. The Golden Toadstools - Silly Savage (00.21)
02. Soulsavers - Revival (05.35)
03. The Growlers - Gay Thoughts (13.39)
04. Adam Faucett - Melanie (18.36)
05. The Tarantulas - Tucumcari (26.13)
06. Bob Seger 2+2=? (32.46)
07. Grandaddy - El Caminos in the West (37.27)
08. Yo La Tengo - Outsmartener (40.54)
09. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son (48.47)
10. SWF - Automobile Blues (56.07)

Direct download: ToadcastNo317.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:39pm UTC

What a weird, monumentally depressing and yet slightly hopeful few days we've had. A majority elected Tory government basically labels whatever percent of the imbecilic British people who voted for them as rapacious, bullying, socially vindictive, economically illiterate idiots. And there is literally nothing to be happy about in them being elected to govern Britain again. Nothing.

But on the other hand, where Labour destroyed themselves by failing to refute plainly ridiculous Tory fairy tales about the economy, and by being cowed into bowing to their (plain stupid as well as utterly immoral) program of increased welfare cuts, and their (plain stupid as well as utterly immoral) crusade against immigration and asylum, at least Scotland massively embraced the most vocal, credible alternative in the whole conversation.

This shouldn't be seen as a wholesale endorsement of all SNP policies, or even their track record. I don't want to live in a one-party state, and I think we'll see a far more politically diverse result during the Scottish Parliament elections, not least because we embrace proportional representation up here, and that the country will be the better for it.

What this was was a complete rejection of a long-discredited economic dogma and an utterly regressive social narrative spun by one vindictive and avaricious party and barely countered at all by the self-described alternative. It was a rejection of the Lib Dems for their spineless support for a Tory government and complete abandonment of their election promises. It was basically a backlash against two parties who have show their spinelessness in the face of the other, and the narrow cowardice of the Westminster consensus.

It may not fix much in and of itself, but at least up here people have called bullshit as loudly and unanimously as possible. 

01. Breakfast Muff - Dishes (00.22)
02. Onions - You're Not As Boring As (06:15)
03. Joey Fourr - My Dolphins (10.00)
04. Crystal Shipsss - Drum (14.44)
05. Min Diesel - War Band (25.51)
06. Klangstof - Hostage (33.09)
07. Leisure - Got it Bad (38.41)
08. Coin Locker Kid - Boy Toy Pts. 1&2 (45.04)
09. Supermoon - Sarah (Toad Session) (56.55)
10. Trupa Trupa - Halleysonme (1.00.55)

Direct download: ToadcastNo316.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:25pm UTC

Fuck me, sorry, I seem to have managed to not do one of these for about two months. That totally took me aback, I have to confess.

Ah well, I suppose it was inevitable. Due to slightly ambitious scheduling we ended up with four or five releases all being live at the same time in the late Winter/early Spring period and I was kind of overwhelmed with all the work which needed doing for all of them I am afraid, which kind of accounts for how overwhelmed I ended up getting.

The Cherryblossomcast was suggested by Stephen Lappin on Twitter, as I took that picture over there of our front door once the two cherry trees which flank the gate started flowering this week.

It's been sunny and gorgeous here in Edinburgh, and we've been doing that classic thing you do in Northern cities, and sitting outside and drinking too much absolutely every available sunny second, and sometimes persisting way after it's become far too cold to reasonably sit outside. It's just such a joyous relief to feel the warmth and the sunshine, much of a Winter fetish as I do have.

01. Garden of Elks - I Hid Inside (00.22)
02. Rob St. John - Young Sun (06.02)
03. Woodpigeon - When You Look For Trouble, Trouble Comes (10.30)
04. Youngstrr Joey - Cheerleaders (16.43)
05. Bat-Bike - Raw (20.51)
06. Taman Shud - The Ziggurat, A Mirage (24.49)
07. Chump - Sleep In (Bedroom Demo) (30.42)
08. DTHPDL - The Future (Live Demo) (39.50)
09. Passion Pusher - Thinking Very, Very Hard (44.23)
10. Wendell Borton - Saucy (51.34)
11. Slows Down - The Blues Easing (56.14)

Direct download: ToadcastNo315.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21pm UTC

I am going to be spending an awful lot of time on motorways in the immediate future (this is after a Manchester round trip last week as well) so I figured calling this the Motorwaycast made some sense. So many white lines, so many headlights.

I actually don't mind long drives. I find them sort of meditative in a way, although that effect sort of diminishes when you've driven the same stretch of motorway a bit too often. Then it's just dull and frustrating, but in general long drives are kind of nice. I stick a pile of tapes on the seat next to me, get a coffee and just muse my way along the road for hours.

That car in the picture is not entirely like Shirley (our new 240 wagon) but not all that unlike, and because there will be a funeral involved in one of these trips I think Shirley is rather more suitable than Bette, covered in stickers and a ludicrous green racing stripe.  Shirley's good, though, she's handled a few good long round trips now so it looks like we have another long distance workhorse on our hands.

01. Le Thug - Outer Hebridean (00.37)
02. Dearness - It's OK, You're Fine (07.40)
03. Nada Surf - Popular (10.27)
04. Becky Becky - I Remember, I Remember (15.53)
05. Spinning Coin - Late Late Late (22.00)
06. Lush Purr - I Admit It, I'm a Gardener (23.46)
07. Tisso Lake - Carnival (29.39)
08. Corespondents - Winner of My Disco Tent (41.46)
09. If it Ain't Breakfast, Don't Fix It - Expensive Thrill (45.30)
10. Sacred Paws - Vince (50.47)
11. Slows Down - The Way Down Leering (57.59)

Direct download: ToadcastNo314.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:26pm UTC

So many of the songs on this week's podcast should really have been played at the very least six months ago that, honestly, it's just a little bit embarrassing. Some of these came from emails which got utterly buried in my inbox, some from things that I kept intending to feature, only to realise that I had accidentally allowed months to pass without doing so, and others I simply didn't get the chance to even read until the January lull.

That's fine of course, I know none of you come here to be on the very cutting edge of the cutting edge, but some sort of vague punctuality would be nice wouldn't it. Given that, as we discovered last week, jokes have to automatically stop being funny once more than ten people have posted them to Facebook, I assume you probably have to stop enjoying songs now by the time they are three months old or so.

There also seems to be a weird preponderance of all-caps bands. I know that's quite the thing these days, just as no-one ten years ago would even bring themselves to glance at a capital letter, but still, I find it unnerving. Do they care that much? Can I ignore it? Or do they hate it when people spell it like a normal word? Oh my god the anxiety.

Anyway, fuck it, tunes.

01. BETS - Don't Give a Fuck (00.10)
02. FURS - An Eye on the Vicious (05.07)
03. Strange Lords - Szandora (12.13)
04. Heavy Drag - Tissue (15.29)
05. Body Cheetah & Messed Up Coyote - Shawty (22.32)
06. Grubs - Dec. 15 (26.25)
07. The Muppets - Happiness Hotel (28.53)
08. TRAAMS - Teeth (34.12)
09. Songdog - A Life Eroding (So Much Sorrow) (44.35)
10. Clem Snide - The Ballad of Saint Paull (49.07)
11. ULTRAS - This is Where I Fall (55.52)

Direct download: Toadcast313.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:42pm UTC

So, with the first podcast of the year I suppose I should be doing New Year's Resolutions, right? I guess I do have some, sort of, for a change.

Firstly, I didn't exactly keep on top of the label admin well enough last year - particularly the accounts - so that really does need to improve.

We're doing gigs again this year, partly because it seems to help with the general awareness of the label and partly because no-one in Edinburgh seems to be putting on the kind of gigs I want to go to. Actually, that's less of a resolution really, and more of an announcement, isn't it.

And thirdly, we have to suck less at PR. I've got a few plans for this, but mostly we just have to do a better job of getting label artists covered in the bigger online magazines in particular. It's heavy work, PR stuff, but if you can't do PR then you aren't really a label so it has to be done.

Also, we have a playlist on Soundcloud of all the new bands we're working with this year.

01. The Muppets - Movin' Right Along (00.00)
02. Garden of Elks - This Morning We Are Astronauts (02.47)
03. Le Thug - Basketball Land (10.07)
04. Krill - Sick Dogs (For Ian) (18.49)
05. Body Cheetah - I'm There (22.17)
06. Jane Weaver - The Electric Mountain (31.26)
07. Rob Cantor - Shia LeBeouf (37.13)
08. Lush Purr - Horses on Morphine (41.07)
09. Supermoon - Klopfgeist (47.56)
10. Numbers Are Futile - Vice Over Reason (55.55)
11. digitalanalogue - Café Royal (1.01.03)
12. The Golden Toadstools - Silly Savage (1.07.51)

Direct download: ToadcastNo312.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:29pm 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 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 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

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

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

 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

Yup, as you know, Song, by Toad Records is five years old so I thought a brief spin through the history of the label would be in order because, well, why the fuck not. There's quite a lot of stuff in the vaults here which has long since vanished into the mists of time, and it's interesting to look back at how we started, in two senses.

Firstly, the roster was very obviously unrecognisable, primarily because it didn't really exist yet. We had a couple of pals who were willing to let us try and help promote their self-recorded bits and bobs, and some folk we thought were talented and knew were unsigned, but had no idea what they would make of us suggesting we try putting out their music for them.

And secondly, there is the ambition. We started out expecting to do little more than assisting people with a self-release. We assumed we'd be working with scrappy little demos and bits of home-recorded EPs and things like that - just trying to get the bands a little bit of extra publicity which they didn't necessarily have the time to try and achieve for themselves.

It think it's safe to say that, looking back five years later, I absolutely never in a million years dreamed we'd end up where we are now. Nor did I have the slightest understanding of how much we'd have to achieve, just to only get this far! But Rome wasn't built in a day, as they say. Apparently it took ages.

01. Meursault - The Furnace (00.20)
02. Uhersky Brod - Seeing Ben Lomond (07.37)
03. Nightjar - Lady of the Calico (14.47)
04. The Savings and Loan - Swallows (18.07)
05. Jesus H. Foxx - I'm Half the Man You Were (25.57)
06. Loch Lomond - Elephants and Little Girls (33.06)
07. Cold Seeds - The Perfume of Mexican Birds (41.19)
08. Trips and Falls - And in Real Life He Wears Corduroy Pants (50.53)
09. Yusuf Azak - The Key Underground (55.15)
10. Rob St. John - Domino (1.03.30)
11. Waiters - So-S0 (1.12.31)
12. Sparrow and the Workshop - Autumn to Winter (1.19.40)
13. The Leg - A Rat's Health (1.26.00)

Direct download: ToadcastNo286.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:37pm UTC

I was in Aberdeen this week, and I happened to leave town at about half three, on my way home, at which point it was pretty much fucking pitch black already. Because the Gulf Stream keeps the UK cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter you tend to forget just how very, very far North we really are.

Anyhow, between that and the cold which overtakes my office during the day because it feels indulgent to have the heating on I am definitely in my Winter mood at the moment. I like Winter, though. I like the dark and the cold and the whole 'nights drawing in' thing. I suggests time with the record player and lots of red wine, and maybe a fire as well. All good things.

So yes, I am uploading this and then going off to do just that. A new restaurant has opened just down the road from us and Mrs. Toad and I are going to toddle along and try it out tonight. After some gin and records, of course. Go us!

01. Absolutely Free - On the Beach (00.06)
02. Min Diesel - Mother (11.39)
03. Pinact - Beauty Freak (16.13)
04. Tarsiers - Camel (demo) (20.33)
05. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska (live) (30.50)
06. Dire Straits - Private Investigations (35.06)
07. Los Angeles Police Department - Enough is Enough (44.06)
08. Soft Drinks - West Suckers (45.42)
09. Meursault - Dirt and the Roots (51.34)
10. Sam Amidon - Fiddle Mayhem (Toad Session) (55.02)
11. Glass Animals - Psylla (1.03.02)

Direct download: ToadcastNo284.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:40pm UTC

I can't believe I've never recorded a Lovecast before, but honestly, I looked back through the old titles and it didn't come up. So here we go, the counterpoint to last week's Hatecast is this. I am full of the joys of life, relaxed and happy. Would you believe it?

Actually, the reason this podcast exists is not because I feel some need to eradicate the rage of last week. I like to live by the words of Clem Snide: "don't be afraid of your anger". I am not afraid of my anger. I actually love my anger. My anger, inner rage, permanent sense of simmering resentment - whatever you want to call it - is what makes me who I am, what drives me on, and what makes me enjoy what I do. Fuck it, you can deal with my anger.

Instead, this podcast simply exists because last week's ragefest has genuinely lifted the black cloud which it represented clean away from my life. I feel refreshed and released by having got it off my chest and am in a genuinely good mood these days. Who'd have thought it!

01. Plastic Animals - Sheltered (00.10)
02. Naked - Lie Follows Lie (09.13)
03. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street (16.12)
04. Mark Lanegan - You Only Live Twice (22.51)
05. Lady Lazarus - Never Ever Anna (28.29)
06. Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside (36.50)
07. Post War Glamour Girls - Johnny and Mary (39.55)
08. Le Thug - Swam (48.15)
09. Rob St. John - Stainforth Force (54.13)
10. Sharon Van Etten - I'm Wrong (1.04.13)

Direct download: ToadcastNo282.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:41am UTC

I am pretty pissed off at the moment. It's not particularly obvious - in fact it tends to manifest itself more as a smouldering sulk than any sort of rage, but you may believe me, the anger is under there somewhere.

Y'see, in the music industry, you're always supposed to maintain some sort of level of politeness - never burn any bridges, never lose your rag, you never know when you might need to be friends with someone. But you know what, bollocks to that. I spend so many hours of my life working on making things good - artwork, endlessly repetitive PR stuff, designing posters for gigs, trying to drum up some sort of interest in our gigs, our releases, our bands, and you know what - FUCK PEOPLE.

People are just fucking wrong about music. They approve of shite bands, they listen to garbage they're too lazy to move beyond, they write about bands they already know are popular rather than ones which are new and might be interesting, and they generally just don't give a shit and then pretend that it's your fault for not grabbing their lazy, indifferent attention. So fuck people, fuck music, and fuck you. Welcome to this week's podcast.

01. PAWS - Winners Don't Bleed (Toad Session) (00.21)
02. Billy Bragg - Some Days I See the Point (08.19)
03. The Leg - Silver Dog (16.43)
04. Trips and Falls - You Should Really Get Yours (20.35)
05. Yusuf Azak - Swim (28.17)
06. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Early Hour (32.56)
07. Eef Barzelay - Well (44.47)
08. Brown Brogues - (48.42)
09. Meursault - William Henry Miller (Part 2) (Single Version) (54.21)
10. Trips and Falls - The Freedom of Homogeneity (1.00.15)
11. FOUND - Mullokian (Toad Session) (1.09.04)
12. The Leg - Celebrating Love (1.14.03)

Direct download: ToadcastNo281.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:40am UTC

This is called the Unioncast because I have had a really bad habit of working into the evenings recently, as well as all bloody weekend, and I am starting to thing I need a union representative to protect me from my own boss. Who, rather sadly, happens to be me. Stand up against myself for the downtrodden worker!

I had no idea what I was going to play this week, but it turned into a surprisingly good playlist, including personal highlights from SWF and the awesome new EP by Shilpa Ray.

Right, enough blabbering about this one, I am off up to the Pleasance to see Rob St. John, Adam Stafford and Ian Humberstone. It's an amazing venue, so I am really looking forward to it. And there's the mega double-blowout label showcase next week as well, so all sorts of musicfuns for you to take advantage of.

01. Lambchop - Hey, Where's Your Girl (00.22)
02. Basketball Shorts - The Reaper (06.56)
03. Vikesh Kapoor - The Ballad of Willy Robbins (13.45)
04. Lesley Riddle - John Henry (18.30)
05. Temple Songs - I Can't Look After You (24.51)
06. Los Angeles Police Department - The Only One (27.57)
07. Shilpa Ray - Posted By Anonymous (35.07)
08. SWF - Turtle Brain (39.10)
09. Octopuses - Ghost in the House (43.51)
10. Boardwalk - Crying (49.17)
11. Doc Watson - John Henry (54.29)

Direct download: ToadcastNo280.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:40pm UTC

Smash as in smash hits, of course, we don't condone vandalism here at Song, by Toad! No, this week we have a podcast full of what can really only very tenuously indeed be described as banging number one smash hits. Or, perhaps more accurately, a lot of single releases.

We've the next 7" from Gerry Loves Records, some new stuff by Vadoinmessico, the new single from local favourites Honeyblood and Halfrican, and the something off the new Black Tambourines album. I add to the smash hit single vibe by including a couple of absolute corkers from varying degrees of yesteryear, in the form of The Animals and the Shout Out Louds, largely because they've been on tapes in the car while we were driving to France and back to visit Mrs. Toad's family.

While I was there I took the opportunity to mix a whole pile of new Toad Sessions, and they're all awaiting editing now, so I thought I'd also include one from the recent Old Earth Session as well. I think you've heard stuff from The Yawns and Sparrow and the Workshop already, so I figured something new might be interesting for you. And there you go, that's pretty much the lot. Pour a big ol' gin, as I am about to, and wrap yer lugs round this little lot.

01. The Animals - House of the Rising Sun (00.44)
02. Honeyblood - Bud (08.34)
03. John Knox Sex Club - Animals (13.44)
04. Over the Wall - Tell Her I Love Her (18.26)
05. Old Earth - Themes and Alarm (Toad Session) (28.27)
06. Halfrican - Cocksucker (36.17)
07. Vadoinmessico - Perfect Strangers (42.25)
08. The Black Tambourines - Out Cold (46.07)
09. Dim Peaks - Reason (52.53)
10. Shout Out Louds - Tonight I Have to Leave it (1.01.29)

Direct download: ToadcastNo278.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:18pm UTC

It's, erm, okay to make fun of old people injuring themselves isn't it? I mean on the internet, not in real life of course, that would be barbaric. But on the internet this shit is okay, right? I mean, we even let the Daily fucking Mail on here, we can't be that picky.

I only ask because the reason this is called the Ribcast is in salute to my cantankerous old father, who managed to fall off a ladder the other day and break a couple of ribs. This, like most rib injuries, has proven to not be all that dangerous, so all we have is a bad tempered old man in lots of pain, unable to laugh, roll over in bed, cough or - heaven forbid - sneeze!

I've cracked ribs myself, before, although never broken them, and it really is an incredibly painful injury. Coughing and laughing are everyday occurrences, but holy shit you fucking notice them when this happens to you. Sneezes are terrifying, because holy crapsticks they fucking hurt! But as long as it's not life-threatening then pain is quite funny, right?

01. The Leg - Chicken Slippers (00.24)
02. Trips and Falls - Destruction is Always More Exciting (07.03)
03. Monoganon - Arc of the Tuna Fish (15.35)
04. Joanna Gruesome - Lemonade Grrrl (24.24)
05. Brown Brogues - Baby, it's Alright (26.34)
06. David Wax Museum - All Sense of Time (33.35)
07. Belgian Fog - You Drive Me to Madness (37.47)
08. Fascinator - Girl I Want You (41.55)
09. Pool Whales - What Was Her Name (50.27)
10. Honeyblood - Bud (55.51)
11. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Incident at Mono Lake (1.02.53)

Direct download: ToadcastNo277.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:33pm UTC

Yep, a couple of days into September and Scotland really has decided that it's Autumn now, all of a sudden it's fucking Autumn. Cold, crappy rain, wind, all the usual fun and games. Season OVER! We are into shitty territory now, just you accept it!

Anyhow, I have never figured out whether good (more likely to leave the house) or bad weather (more likely to want to be inside in a venue) weather is more likely to lead to good gig attendances, but I suppose it's always nice to have the excuse either way if no-one turns up to your gig.

One nice thing about the weather turning shitty, of course, is that the fucking builders who repaired our roof - Traditional Roofing and Building - whilst excellent in every other respect, managed to paint my office windows shut and are ignoring my requests to come out and fix them. So at least if it's cold I won't just be sat up here fucking sweltering all day. Enjoy the tunes!

01. Temple Songs - Passed Caring (00.16)
02. John Murry - Southern Sky (07.45)
03. Sparrow and the Workshop - Odessa (remixed by White Label) (15.47)
04. Samantha Crain - For the Miner (23.57)
05. Vandaveer - Poor Edward (29.27)
06. Stefan Noons - Signals (35.26)
07. Playlounge - Grandma Death (40.01)
08. The Hundredth Anniversary - Last Drive (43.02)
09. Monster Rally - Orchids (48.44)
10. Califone - Move Music Kills a Kiss (54.23)

Direct download: ToadcastNo276.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:49pm UTC

August is traditionally the month where my slender grasp of Song, by Toad Records admin is finally broken and everything collapses into a massive pile of shit. And that is just what has happened this year: I am behind on the accounts, haven't opened a single envelope which has been delivered to the house for about two months, and my inbox is a sprawling, out-of-control mess. Boo fucking hoo.

Nevertheless it all has to be smartened up by September. I have a new accountant, having been kicked to the kerb by the previous one for being too disorganised to be worth the hassle, so I can't fuck this one up or I really am in trouble! So August gets to be messy, and then I have to get my shit together for real and get this whole nasty mess under control again.

There are plenty of old favourites on this podcast - blog-era favourites, not real oldies, but nevertheless, some artists I haven't played for ages. There's also a wee taster from the new batch of Toad Sessions we're working on, to give you a taste of the new stuff. They are going to be a lot of work, but still tremendous fun to do, and I think the results are likely to be awesome.

01. Frog - Ichabod Crane (00.16)
02. Sparrow and the Workshop - The Gun (Toad Sessions) (08.06)
03. Alela Diane - Desire (Piano Demo) (11.55)
04. Sam Amidon - He's Taken My Feet (18.47)
05. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - We Real Cool (25.37)
06. Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands - Garbage Pail Kids (33.33)
07. Alela Diane - About Farewell (36.26)
08. The Black Tambourines - Bodies (44.54)
09. Yoofs - For Her (48.12)
10. Emmylou Harris and Liela Moss - So You'll Aim Towards the Sky (56.27)

Direct download: ToadcastNo275.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:10pm UTC

As the run of dates gets into full swing, I figured The Palecast was a tediously inevitable name for a podcast but for all the predictability, I honestly couldn't come up with anything else, sorry.  Although I hope I'm not being too annoying about it (and I'm beginning to suspect that I am), I do take the opportunity to plug this week's Pale Imitation Festival gigs, but there's other stuff too.

There is the by-now-mandatory song from the car, picked from whatever tape I happen to be listening to a little too much at the moment. In this case it's Texarkana from REM's far-from-classic early nineties album Out of Time. It may not be a classic, but there are some really good tunes on there, mostly on the second side, and it's been fun to hear them again for the first time in ages.

Then we have a couple of new unsigned bands for you, and someone else's selections from my vinyl collection. Job's a good 'un.

01. R.E.M. - Texarkana (00.22)
02. Deathcats - Danny Dyer (07.07)
03. Tangles - Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (11.49)
04. Plastic Animals - Pizarnik (15.59)
05. Le Thug - Of Europe (Arc 1993) (23.50)
06. Wozniak - New Hampshire (31.35)
07. Rad Stewart - Arabesque Bedouin (38.11)
08. Calexico - Sunken Waltz (45.02)
09. Yo La Tengo - Our Way to Fall (47.34)
10. Sparrow and the Workshop - Autumn to Winter (54.23)

Direct download: ToadcastNo274.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:25pm UTC

The Rustcast is of course dedicated to the Rust2Rome adventure we returned from last week. We went with a bunch of tapes, and all the tunes on this podcast come from those tapes.

In fact, these come from a relatively narrow selection of the tapes, because I took a few fairly downbeat tunes along and we never listened to them. I love listening to quiet music when I drive, but generally only at night, and there was no night driving on the trip, so those tapes tended to stay in the bottom of the box, unlistened.

In fact, you may not believe me, but there was plenty of time when we actually listened to nothing at all. We have no air-conditioning in the car and it was so hot we had to drive large chunks of the way with all the windows rolled down, and when the car picked up any speed at all the noise made it pretty much impossible to hear anything unless it was being played at uncomfortably loud volumes.

Nevertheless, there was plenty of music to be listened to and this is a collection of my favourite bits. 

01. Eels - Rags to Rags (00.22)
02. Grandaddy - El Caminos in the West (06.29)
03. Liars - Scarecrows on a Killer Slant (12.33)
04. Grinderman - No Pussy Blues (16.59)
05. R.E.M. - Disturbance at the Heron House (24.59)
06. Majical Cloudz - Silver Rings (30.33)
07. Willie Nelson - I Gotta Get Drunk (40.07)
08. Nirvana - Love Buzz (41.37)
09. Quiet Americans - Summer House (47.17)
10. Bob Seger System - 2+2=? (53.16)

Direct download: ToadcastNo273.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:05pm UTC

After writing about the SAY Award, I thought I might well do a podcast about it, given there are more than enough ace bands and ace records on that list, last year's list and I assume next year's list to make a couple of podcasts.

I play a couple of shocking, scandalous omissions from this and last year's long- and shortlists, and stamp my little foot about them. I play a couple of tracks from bands who I reckon should be in with a very strong shout of making next year's shortlist.  And I play a random tune by David Thomas Broughton because he, along with Rick Redbeard who I tip for next year's shortlist, is playing a show in Edinburgh this week.  David on Thursday with Rachael Dadd and Ichi, and Rick on Saturday with the awesome Ian Humberstone. 

And again, I try and remind people not to get too worked up about this kind of thing, because, well, if no-one agrees with you that something is excellent, it should hardly make you love it any the less, should it. And equally, being told that yes, you are right, this album is good, shouldn't particularly improve your enjoyment of it should it. So these things are here to be bickered over and are good fun, as well as being fantastic for the artists who win them, but they aren't of course to be taken too seriously.

01. Meursault - Untitled (00.26)
02. PAWS - Bird Inside Birddcage, Ribcage Inside Bird (06.40)
03. Rick Redbeard - Any Way I Can (14.35)
04. David Thomas Broughton - River Lay (20.10)
05. Now Wakes the Sea - Propranolol (28.47)
06. RM Hubbert - Car Song (With Aidan Moffat and Alex Kapranos) (35.42)
07. Django Django - Love's Dart (39.59)
08. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Bats in the Attic (45.36)
09. Rob St. John - Stainforth Force (52.54)
10. The Pictish Trail - I Will Pour it Down (1.02.06)

Direct download: ToadcastNo271.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:52pm UTC

 Welcome to the Autocast. The Autocast? Yes, we have a new car. So exciting! It is, much in the style of pretty much every car I have ever owned in my life, a bit of a shit-heap. In fact, it's a total shit-heap: a 1992 Volvo estate.

I will be driving it up to GoNorth in Inverness this week, to see if it's going to prove to be reliable in the long run. It made it all the way from Oxford to Edinburgh a week or so ago though, and that was seven hours, so I reckon it should be fine. Hopefully. The thing about spending £350 on a car is that you can be pretty much certain that something serious must be wrong with it. A properly functioning car is worth more than £350, more or less whatever it is.

Anyhow, GoNorth should be fun. It usually is, and now that we are a bit more established within the Scottish music community it's a nice chance to catch up with pals who I might not necessarily see that much of because for some reason Glasgow seems too far away most of the year. Ridiculous, really.

01. Book Group - Year of the Cat (00.22)
02. TV Girl - She Smokes in Bed (07.07)
03. Garden of Elks - Contented Contender (12.58)
04. Camera Obscura - Fifth in Line to the Throne (16.44)
05. Four Visions - Closer (23.01)
06. Way Yes - Get Healed (28.57)
07. Majical Cloudz - Chilhood's End (37.40)
08. Stuart Warwick - The Nail That Sticks Out Gets Pounded (41.45)
09. The Tablets - Tablets (50.57)
10. Virals - Wax Works (59.45)

Direct download: ToadcastNo270.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23pm UTC

 Yes, the Sousedcast, mostly because I am fucking steaming.

Getting shitfaced and swearing at the internet about music may sound irretrievably sad, but it is one of the great pleasures in my life. Seriously, listen to this shit, is it not completely brilliant? I don't listen to my own podcasts again and again - that would be a bit like wanking with a fistful of your own toothpaste - but I listen to the playlists for these things all the time, because even if my chat is shit, the playlists to our podcasts are brilliant. They really are, aren't they.

Anyhow, Mrs. Toad is away at the moment, which is why I am getting shitfaced and shouting at you on the internet. IN ALL CAPS! But this week we have the best possible balance between hipster pop shit and genuinely weird bollocks. Go weirdos! GO!

01. Le Thug - Swam (00.26)
02. Temples - Colours to Life (11.12)
03. Big Deal - Dream Machines (15.24)
04. Wooden Wand - No Bed For Beatle Wand/Days This Long (23.26)
05. Magic Arm - Is History (37.12)
06. The Yawns - Butterfleyes (41.23)
07. Ed Harcourt - The Pretty Girls (44.46)
08. Glass Animals - Cocoa Hooves Pt.1 (47.57)
09. Teardrop Factory - Vanity Unfair (56.36)
10. Mac DeMarco - She's Really All I Need (1.03.49)

Direct download: ToadcastNo269.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:55am UTC

Welcome to The Schoolcast wherein I acknowledge a few of the people who have educated my music taste more than most. Without a Musical Big Brother figure in my life I have relied on a motley crew of people from all over to get me into music to which I might otherwise never have been exposed, and the process continues today of course.

For someone who is an accidentally self-appointed arbiter of taste* I actually know relatively little about music, and particularly the history of pop music. I don't know much Neil Young, for example, I don't know much Pink Floyd, I don't know much Dinosaur Jr. or Guided By Voices, or even Can - and those are just the ones for which I have been directly chided.

Anyhow, I am making inroads into some of this ignorance, and it's actually a shitload of fun, as you can imagine. As with last week's Neil Young write-up, I think I'll start covering some of these records on the blog a bit more often, as I think the blend of brand new stuff and older music will work really nicely. Enjoy!

01. Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine (00.22)
02. Lee Noble - December (08.46)
03. Jake McKelvie & the Countertops - Oh the Ghost (13.57)
04. Neil Young - Southern Man (20.29)
05. Thirty Pounds of Bone - The Maritime Line (29.04)
06. Pearl Jam - Dissident (35.29)
07. The Raincoats - Don't Be Mean (43.09)
08. Yo La Tengo - Bog Day Coming (47.09)
09. Cherokee Red - Mythomania (55.50)
10. Columboid - Juicy Mode (1.00.57)

Direct download: ToadcastNo268.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:50pm UTC

Salford is to Manchester pretty much what Leith is to Edinburgh - the scummy port town which is close enough to be pretty much part of the city, but still maintains a separate identity. And indeed Salford may be a good way behind Leith in this aspect, but it too seems to be slowly becoming nicer and nicer, and shrugging off some of its rough image. Salford has a very long way to go I suppose, but there does seem to be a fair bit of decent arty stuff happening down there at the moment, which tends to be how these things start.

Anyhow, on Sunday I am going to down to Salford for the Sounds From the Other City festival.  There will be stages booked by all sorts of excellent Manchester promoters, like Comfortable on a Tightrope, Underachievers, Now Wave and Manchester Scenewipe, and plenty of people knocking around who I haven't seen for a while, so I am rather looking forward to it. 

I also get the chance to see my Granddad and have a wee whisky together on Saturday night, which will be excellent. My Granddad and I get on really well these days, but when I first moved to England and spent some of my first year at university living at his house it wasn't always the case for various reasons. Consequently, the fact that we get on so well is something we both take great pleasure from and make sure we don't take for granted, which is a nice thing.  Whisky: bringing people together since the 1400s.

01. Black Market Karma - Sole Abuser (00.21)
02. Rob St. John - Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey (09.14)
03. Virgin of the Birds - Christiane (16.15)
04. Powerdove - Love Walked In (22.21)
05. Still Caves - Dutch (26.17)
06. Laura Viers - Shadow Blues (35.27)
07. Suuns - Powers of Ten (42.02)
08. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Swimming Song (47.21)
09. Weavers - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (49.47)
10. Adam Stafford - Please (57.35)

Direct download: ToadcastNo267.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:36pm UTC

 The Gnomecast could have been called many, many things. It could have been called The Widecast after Wide Days, the Edinburgh-based music convention I attended in the middle of last week, and from the showcases at which two of the songs on this podcast were chosen. Equally, it could have been called the Witchcast, due to the fact that the vicious old Fucker of Working Britain is now a thing of the past.

In fact, now that I think about it, a whole podcast dedicated to anti-Thatcher songs would probably have been a distinct possibility, but my feelings on her death are not quite so clean cut. Yes, I am glad she is dead, but it's more of a sense of relief, just a sort of feeling of peace now such a vindictive, spiteful cause of so much harm is finally gone, rather than the sort of air-punching, high-fiving glee which was in evidence after Osama Bin Laden was finally rubbed out.

But make no mistake, Thatcher was far more evil than Osama Bin Laden. Never mind domestic politics, her support for despots around the world was directly involved in the deaths of many, many more people than amateurs like Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden.  The fact that these people were mostly brown, or at least brownish, leads us to underestimate the horror for which she was responsible, but responsible she most certainly was. To be fair, of course, I don't doubt that Hussein and Bin Laden would have been capable of far, far worse deeds had they had the power to actually carry them out, but I am not sure that should really be an excuse for the likes of Thatcher, Reagan, Bush and Blair.

Sorry, that really had nothing at all to do with gnomes, did it. Ah well, move along.

01. Judy Garland - Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead (00.19)
02. M.J. Hibbett and the Validators (01.07)
03. eagleowl - Not Over (12.24)
04. The Pictish Trail - Wait Until (17.46)
05. Numbers are Futile - Justice is Light (and Blood) (27.37)
06. Law Holt - Hustle (34.30)
07. Garden of Elks - Floaty (42.07)
08. Siobhan Wilson - Reading You (45.10)
09. Kid Canaveral - Who Would Want to be Loved? (51.31)
10. Virgin of the Birds - Evening of Light (58.09)

Direct download: ToadcastNo266.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06am UTC

It took me ages to name the Cranecast, primarily because it's a tenuous name, doesn't really pertain to the podcast at all, and there weren't many other options immediately springing to mind either.

It turned out that the answer was literally staring at me the entire time. At the Scottish Tattoo Convention last week I met a friend of a friend who runs Venus Flytrap Tattoo in Edinburgh. In amongst her sketches was a really nice one featuring a Japanese Red Crowned Crane. The image was awesome, but it is already someone else's tattoo unfortunately, so I couldn't just get one myself.

So I've spent a large part of the day looking up images for old Japanese crane images, images of the bird itself, and some Art Deco stuff, because the combination of Japanese and Art Deco styles in her stuff was one of my favourite aspects.

So yes, nothing to do with the music, just what happened to be right in front of my nose at the time, sorry.

01. Hookworms - Away Towards (00.24)
02. Dolfish - Grown Ups (11.02)
03. The Hundredth Anniversary - Pressure Sphere (19.01)
04. Lonesome Leash - Pelican (26.05)
05. Jane Bolts - Magnet (30.57)
06. Father Sculptor - Ember (36.02)
07. Hemlock Shaw - She in the Backyard (41.32)
08. Lou Breed - Hospital Ward (50.23)
09. Elim Bolt - Farm Kid (53.22)
10. Nia - Doctor Doctor (1.00.30)

Direct download: ToadcastNo265.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:43pm UTC

The Semitoadcast is not an erection joke, it is so named because there are four tracks on this one by Song, by Toad Records bands. Two - the Yusuf Azak and Lil Daggers tunes - are not actually on the label, and two - Sparrow and the Workshop and Plastic Animals - are.

One of the others was just an experiment which Yusuf fired up on Facebook the other week, but happens to be ace, and the other is a freebie on this compilation by Miami magazine Pure Honey. So not quite Toad Records releases as such, but sort of related.

I also discuss our plans for Record Store Day, which includes the Beer vs. Records launch, the release of our new Split 12" and an all-day event in The Last Word on St. Stephen's Street in Stockbridge, in partnership with VoxBox Records.

01. Program - Waiting (00.17)
02. Plastic Animals - Pizarnik (07.06)
03. Yusuf Azak - Deceive (13.24)
04. Whilk and Misky - Wing Clipper (14.34)
05. Peace Arrow - Broken Bridge (21.29)
06. Sparrow and the Workshop - Faster You Spin (32.00)
07. Bogan Via - Red Sun (36.12)
08. Echo Park - Teleportation (39.33)
09. Lil Daggers - Spider Lily (46.37)
10. Lid Emba - One Less Philistine (50.26)
11. Lower Plenty - Strange Beast (1.02.39)

Direct download: ToadcastNo264.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49pm UTC

Yes, another year, another total shambles of a podcast. Oddly enough, the one time this has been even vaguely together was the one year the BBC happened to show up to film it. How we managed to get it together for that one occasion I have no idea. Maybe the TV cameras scared us into behaving.

Anyhow, this year's podcast is probably the biggest shambles since the very first SXSW podcast. We are joined, at various times, by Mrs. Toad, Young Ian, Pandy from Gerry Loves Records, Ben Soep, the managers of Tango in the Attic and We Were Promised Jetpacks, as well the BBC's ultra-credible and in-no-way-inebriated Ally McCrae who definitely wasn't still a total shambles from St. Mirren's League Cup win earlier in the day. And that's before the usual subjects as myself, Vic Galloway, Peej and Stuart from Creative Scotland.

We were a few Margaritas down already, and it only got worse during the podcast, honestly. I am not sure this tells you much about SXSW, but it sure gives you a pretty clear idea of what it does to people.

01. Paws - Sore Tummy (00.22)
02. Doe Paoro - Hallelujah (07.49)
03. Young Fathers - The Guide (20.21)
04. Tango in the Attic - Sellotape (23.52)
05. Sinkane - Runnin' (30.47)
06. Reuben Dangoor - Being a Dickhead's Cool (36.12)
07. Indians - Somewhere Else (43.30)
08. Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler (48.41)
09. Ghostface Killer - The Mask (57.57)
10. Holy Esque - St. (1.08.57)
11. Dave Carroll - United Breaks Guitars (1.12.21)

Direct download: ToadcastNo263.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:14am UTC

The Queuecast is the best I could come up with in an attempt to amalgamate the anticipation of heading off to SXSW on the weekend, with the inevitable queueing to get into stuff once there.  

Actually, that’s not quite true. There’s so much going on at places like SXSW that really, if the thing you want to see has an annoying queue (and for me they are never anything other than annoying) outside it, then you can always walk five minutes down the road, walk straight in untroubled, and see something else equally brilliant instead.

Mrs. Toad is out there already, presumably having cocktails with young Ian who works at the label with me. In fact those two total fuckers are probably three or four margaritas down already, as you read this. Bastards. Anyhow, I get out on Saturday afternoon, and the gin will be flowing within moments, I promise you.

The upside of this SXSW fun, which will no doubt irritate the shit out of people back home, is that Toad Hall once again becomes a recording studio while we are away.  Both Rob St. John and Meursault will be making inroads into their next releases over the next fortnight, so hopefully the thought of that will calm your jealous rage at all the fun we are having in Texas.

01. Mike Higbee - Secret Life (00.28)
02. Shift-Static - Estrella (10.03)
03. Vandaveer - Pretty Polly (15.51)
04. Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards - Sheets (19.32)
05. Brown Brogues - Anyone But You (25.07)
06. Kurt Vile - Wakin' on a Pretty Day (32.02)
07. Breathe Out - Dead Friends (45.30)
08. Playlounge - Elephant (48.50)
09. Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - Pentecostal (53.46)
10. New Fabian Society - Homily (1.00.22)

Direct download: ToadcastNo262.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:38pm UTC

 Man Edinburgh's being a little tease at the moment. It's cold, but the sun is out, and from the safe confines of my office it's all too easy to look out the window and think that Spring really is in the air.

Of course, once you go outside such myths are dispelled, but there's nevertheless something immensely cheering about bright sunshine, even if it's cold.  In fact, probably especially if it's cold.

Anyhow, what the fuck ever, we're off to SXSW next week for Margaritas in the sun and Bloody Marys at Rio Rita's and the ludicrous carnival of commercialism which is SXSW.  It's fun to go to, but honestly I wouldn't want to have to go there with ambitions to work because, honestly, you'd just get utterly swamped.

That's all for later though. For now, sunshine! Aaaahhh...

01. Jonnie Common - Figurehead (FOUND's The Wetter the Better Remix) (00.44)
02. Bill Baird - Spring Break of the Soul (08.07)
03. Ardentjohn - In the Morning (20.24)
04. Peter - Sleep With Me Baby (25.07)
05. Robin Grey - Mariam's Cake (29.27)
06. Britt Sommar - Tell Me (39.20)
07. bagelproject - Fickle Heart (46.24)
08. belgianfog - Wait For Help (48.45)
09. Female Band - One Day the Sea Will Swallow Me (57.01)
10. Suuns - Edie's Dream (1.03.12)

Direct download: ToadcastNo261.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:02pm UTC

The Stiffcast is not the cheap innuendo I am sure you assume it to be.  No no no, not that sort of stiff, the sort where every joint and muscle in your body aches because you are woefully out of shape and attempting to run around like a teenager.  That sort of stiff.

Yes, after three months out with a groin strain (no sniggering at the back, please) I have tried to go back to the gym and to five-a-sides over the last week or two with what can only be described as somewhat mixed results. I am sure it didn't use to be this hard to get back in the saddle, as it were.

The one undeniable result, however, is that I have been hobbling around like an old man, because every morning without fail I have been stiff as a fucking board with aching muscles and sore joints. This must be what it's like to wake up as C3PO.

01. The Black Tambourines - Ghost at a Party (Toad Session) (00.25)
02. Jonnie Common - Figurehead (Dry) (05.57)
03. Peace Arrow - Gems (11.27)
04. The Hundredth Anniversary - The Jump (15.05)
05. Shiny Darkly - Diana (20.27)
06. The Android Angel - Her Shoulders (27.27)
07. Weeknight Sinners - Give Me a Taste (35.07)
08. True Gents - Honeycomb Heart (39.57)
09. North American War - Geraniums on a Spit (47.46)
10. Mat Riviere - Wool (54.20)

Direct download: ToadcastNo259.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:44pm UTC

The Plumbcast is so named because we are currently having an awful time with plumbers. My flat in Leith has a leak into the flat below and we've had three different fucking plumbers out to look at the thing and they just can't find anything wrong. Couple that with a general lack of desire to take on a difficult job - and after all why would you when there are far easier jobs out there for good money - and we are having a godawful fucking time with the plumbers of Edinburgh and the moment.

Anyhow, domestic frustrations aside, this is a fine podcast of, for once, the very best new music.  I know I am usually all over the place when it comes to the timely playing of exciting new songs, but I think this week's playlist is fairly on the ball for a change.  I have stuff from the new Pictish Trail and Rick Redbeard albums - both out around now - new tunes by Anna-Anna and The Leisure Society, and a couple of fresh from the vine Toad Session recordings.

Yep, we are the new NME. Probably.

01. The Yawns - Butterfleyes (00.20)
02. The Leisure Society - The Sober Scent of Paper (07.03)
03. Woodpecker Wooliams - Crow (Toad Session) (13.20)
04. Samantha Crain - Churchill (Toad Session) (17.56)
05. Anna-Anna - Marianne Will Live Forever (24.37)
06. Meursault - Dearly Distracted (Seb Reynolds Remix) (30.42)
07. Rick Redbeard - Any Way I Can (39.45)
08. The Pictish Trail - I Will Pour it Down (45.06)
09. Roy's Iron DNA - Under My Skin (51.24)
10. Old Earth - Nonetitled (58.19)

Direct download: ToadcastNo257.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:26pm UTC

Another podcast from the South Coast, as I am down in Brighton again this weekend, visiting my parents.  My wee brother happens to be over visiting from the States as well, so we went to see Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday, which was rather fun, despite the rain.

Tonight there will be roast pork and gins and tonic, and then tomorrow we will walk into Brighton to see how good a job our distributors are doing at getting Song, by Toad Records releases into the music shops around these parts. It feels a bit sneaky, checking up on people like that, but it has to be done I suppose.

Anyhow, next week I am hoping to have a new Toad Session for you. About fucking time blah blah get on with it etc... I know, I know, but I promise I really am doing my best to get these edited and out for you - honest!

01. D. Gwalia - In Puget Sound (00.04)
02. The Bee Gees - New York Mining Disaster 1941 (05.27)
03. Naked - Lie Follows Lie (09.56)
04. Plastic Animals - Ghosts (14.07)
05. Fnords - Surfer of the Apocalypse (21.00)
06. Tom Waits and Keith Richards - Shenandoah (28.49)
07. Flamingods - Taishogoto (35.31)
08. Leonard Cohen - Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye (42.17)
09. Alela Diane - The Rifle (45.26)
10. Pagan Moon - Your Swan (48.37)
11. Woodpigeon - Sufferin' Suckatash (52.51)

Direct download: ToadcastNo256.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:18pm UTC

Welcome to 2013, Toadcast listeners.  As is tradition around these parts, we start the year with a podcast of songs we will be releasing this year on Song, by Toad Records, combined with a few we have released quite recently.

There are a few things I didn't put on here, because it seemed a shame to spill the beans too early - we have a new Rob St. John single coming soon, as well as a new album by The Leg and that collaborative album between Jill from Sparrow and the Workshop, Neil and Pete from Meursault, Rory from Broken Records and Reuben Taylor and Rob St. John - but it didn't feel right to play anything from those just yet.

What we do have is new stuff from Trips and Falls, stuff from our next split 12" with Magic Eye, Zed Penguin, Le Thug and Plastic Animals, as well as brand new and hugely exciting label signings Adam Stafford and Sparrow & the Workshop, who we'll be doing a couple of EPs with as they prepare their new album.

All in all, this is going to be a fucking amazing year for the label, I think, and I am really, really looking forward to it.  Hopefully by the end of this podcast, so will you.

01. Sparrow & the Workshop - Shock Shock (00.26)
02. Meursault - Lament For a Teenage Millionaire (05.37)
03. Le Thug - New Balance (11.21)
04. Plastic Animals - Best Friend (16.37)
05. Adam Stafford - Vanishing Tanks (25.21)
06. Yusuf Azak - Go Native (31.53)
07. Lil Daggers - Faces and Names (33.59)
08. Trips and Falls - Freedom of Homogeneity (45.44)
09. Magic Eye - Golden Circle (52.17)
10. Zed Penguin - Letters (56.17)
11. Rob St. John - Doomino (1.07.43)

Direct download: ToadcastNo255.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:12pm UTC

Grinch, not because I am being deliberately all Scroogey and slagging off Christmas, just because I am somehow entirely failing to find any Christmas spirit at all.

I like Christmas actually. Although, I suppose to be fair, like a lot of people I despise the hysteria of the presents and all that shit.  Particularly the way the shops start punting it in late September, and the fucking adverts ladle on the emotional blackmail to imply that anything less than an entry-level mortgage spent on presents is some sort of horrendous slight on your loved ones.

Fairly standard anti-commercialisation moaning aside, though, I like the cold and the darkness and the time spent quietly with family doing next to nothing. I also like the ritual preparation of a huge meal, and then lying on the sofa watching Back to the Future or Star Wars or Indiana Jones all evening because you're too bloody full to do anything else.

But I'm not doing that this year, am I. No, I am doing the accounts and editing sessions.  Because I'm a dick.

01. Eddie Izzard - Covered in Bees (00.26)
02. Onions - Christmas (Not as Much as We Would Like) (02.47)
03. The Pictish Trail - The Handstand Crowd (08.47)
04. Kid Canaveral - Low Winter Sun (13.47)
05. Eeek! - Down and Out in Harrison Fjord (20.16)
06. Adam Balbo - Do What You Do (23.50)
07. Yo La Tengo - Ohm (30.09.)
08. Paws - Asthmatic (Laptop Demo) (39.36)
09. S.E. Land Otter Champs - Wolf Like Howls From the Bathhouse (43.27)
10. Kiki Pau - Tomte Mars (48.24)
11. Bob Dylan - Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You (59.37)

Direct download: ToadcastNo254.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:39am UTC

What the fuck am I doing calling something a Currycast, I hear you ask.  Music cannot be curry-themed, and nor is it.  This is called the Currycast simply because I am visiting my Granddad in Manchester and he has just asked me to cook a curry for him tomorrow night.

I have never cooked curry before, and Mrs. Toad makes such a fine one that I have never really been motivated to have a go, myself.  Why bother making the second-best curry in the house, after all. However, I made a gigantic leg of roast lamb today, so there are lots of leftover bits of cabbage, carrots, lamb juice and bits to make a fine stock base, and so as long as the flavour is right the richness should be okay.

Despite being raised abroad, when we were kids roast dinners in my grandparents' house were amongst our most vivid memories, so the fact that me and my little brother get to come here ourselves to cook roast dinners now is a really nice feeling.  It feels like we're helping to continue a tradition in which we were raised, despite the fact the he lives in America and I in Scotland means neither of us spend much time in Manchester these days.

01. Inspector Tapehead - I Am Your Pedigree (00.12)
02. Mothersday - Shoulder Soldier (08.59)
03. King Post Kitsch - Blood and Glitter (15.52)
04. Flutes - Auld Archie (20.11)
05. Flume - Star Eyes (24.33)
06. Sweet Baboo - Let's Go Swimming Wild (32.12)
07. Harness Flux - Stockholders (38.41)
08. Nehemiah St. Danger - Nehemiah St-Danger Lost and Alone in a New Paradigm (Venus of the Tumbling Towers) (44.15)
09. The Hand to Man Band - The Down Moveables (46.42)
10. Adios Amigo - Take Me to Heaven (54.01)
11. Meursault - Song For Martin Kippenberger (Jonnie Common Remix) (1.01.11)

Direct download: ToadcastNo253.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:45am UTC

Don't worry, the chances of me actually playing party music on a Toadcast are about as good as Lana Del Rey getting some semblance of life back into that blank, empty, defeated gaze of hers.

No, in reality this is called the Partycast because we are having the label Christmas Party tomorrow at Summerhall, and so tomorrow I shall be running around all day collecting a PA, and shitloads of absolutely awful tinsel and dreadful Christmas decorations.

Also, rather tragically. I shall be trying my very best (and probably failing) not to get too utterly obliterated because I will have to be up early in the morning to return the bloody PA and get all our merch stuff through to Chambre 69 to try and sell to people of Glasgow in vast, lucrative quantities. But umm... well I think it's time to accept that I am going to feel like a menstruating badger on Saturday morning.

01. Francobollo - Basketball (00.17)
02. Rick Redbeard - Cold as Clay (The Grave) (06.25)
03. Lil Daggers - Faces & Names (13.21)
04. King Post Kitsch - Every Face (19.29)
05. These Brittle Bones - Blood + Snow (24.09)
06. Matthew E. White - Big Love (30.57)
07. Dolfinz - Yeah Right (38.25)
08. Slowcoaches - Proper Job (40.39)
09. Silverbacks - Orange Light (44.56)
10. King DJ - Hold Me Down (50.14)
11. WTCHS - Adult Crimes (54.42)

Direct download: ToadcastNo252.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:09pm UTC

Winter has been slow to arrive this year, but it certainly feels like it's here now. The last few days have been pretty cold, but more importantly when you live this far North, it's getting fucking dark. It's not something I dislike, actually.  We may not get much real cold in Edinburgh, nor indeed very much which anyone else would describe as Summer, but Edinburgh is at a surprisingly high latitude and during the Winter months it really is dark around these parts.

So there I was sitting at my desk at four in the afternoon and it was already really rather fucking dingy outside, and in the absence of an obvious theme it seemed about as relevant as anything else I could have come up with.  And let's face it, without that this is just a mish mash of new stuff which has been piling into my inbox over the last little while, and where's the fun in that, eh? Well? Where?

01. Temples - Shelter Song (00.21)
02. Eels - Peach Blossom (06.54)
03. PVT - Shiver (13.01)
04. Milk and Biscuits - White Noise (16.49)
05. Murals - Eyes of Loves (24.32)
06. Lady Lazarus - Lapsarian (31.44)
07. Garden of Elks - This Morning We Are Astronauts (38.47)
08. Palms - Cold (41.07)
09. These Brittle Bones - Anchor Bleed (48.11)
10. Qurious - Gold (55.16)

Direct download: ToadcastNo251.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:12pm UTC

My folks are spending a couple of months in Rottingdean down on the South coast, and after the Meursault, Rob St. John and Withered Hand gig at the Islington Assembly Hall in London on Tuesday I have come down to spend a few days with them, before pootling on back to Edinburgh tomorrow.

This may not excuse but most certainly does explain the fact that the blog has been slightly more erratic than usual this week.  I've squeezed in posts where I can, but parents don't take all that kindly to you spending your entire visit buggering about on the internet, so I've had to cool it slightly.  Although I did force them to sit through an hour of my inbox yesterday, just so they would know how the internet makes me suffer.  Boo fucking hoo.

Anyhow, Rottingdean is very near Brighton, which I visited for the first time for the Great Escape this Spring, so it was sort of nice to be back, in an odd way. I spent way too much money at Resident again, so I will have explaining to do when I get home. Mrs. Toad is an unforgiving beast, when it comes to my vinyl obsession.

01. Elton John - Ballad of a Well-Known Gun (00.10)
02. Holy Modal Rounders - Hey, Hey Baby (08.06)
03. Alabama 3 - Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlife (11.30)
04. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band - Thunder Road (15.40)
05. Simon & Garfunkel - Blues Run the Game (23.32)
06. Younghoon Beats - Ours (31.06)
07. The Douglas Firs - The Possessed (38.15)
08. ABC - Poison Arrow (42.26)
09. Holy Modal Rounders - Blues in the Bottle (45.59)
10. Bagel Project - The Chariot Tale (51.33)
11. Rob St. John - The Mandrake (57.07)

Direct download: ToadcastNo249.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:39pm UTC

Coffeeeeeee... so very, very much coffee! Christ on a bike, I know I need to not be dozing off at my desk at the moment but I've had so much fucking coffee in the last couple of days I am starting to go fucking cross-eyed.

Mostly this is down to trying to get my head together after the Cold Seeds 2/Wolf Bear Crystal Toads recording sessions over the weekend which, despite my lack of real direct involvement, still managed to knock the usually ruthlessly efficient Toad machine somewhat cockeyed for a few days.

Anyhow, the disruption continues with a trip to London for the Meursault show at the Islington Assembly Hall next week, and some panel appearances in Aberdeen and at Unconvention in Preston both coming up as well. And you thought I just fucked about on the internet all day!

01. Elvis Costello - Couldn't Call it Unexpected No.4 (00.31)
02. The Woken Trees - Yells (07.55)
03. Arran Arctic - Covers (13.09)
04. September Girls - Green Eyed (15.33)
05. Laurence Made Me Cry - Intelligent Mr. Toad v2 (feat. Dementio13) (20.17)
06. Woodsman - Sonic Tomb (26.35)
07. Yoofs - Welcome Home (31.50)
08. The Failed NASA Experiment - So I Met This Girl (38.41)
09. Fairport Convention - Who Knows Where the Time Goes (44.04)
10. Woodpecker Wooliams - Crow (49.07)
11. Yo La Tengo - Stupid Things (56.16)

Direct download: ToadcastNo248.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:46pm UTC

The Ivorycast centres, not altogether surprisingly, on the piano. I remember being mocked at school by someone (a fucking idiot) I knew for swithering on whether the piano or the violin was my favourite instrument in pop music.  She was adamant that the obvious and only answer to that question was the guitar, but then she also liked Lenny Kravitz, so I think that her opinion can be utterly disregarded on principle.

Anyhow, there's not much old music on this one, which I suppose there could easily have been.  Instead, there's a few very new things, a few things from about five years ago, some stuff from about ten years ago and a couple of tunes from the early nineties.

Also, it's not supposed to be exhaustive, definitive nor indeed at all academic.  This is just a bunch of songs I like with a lot of piano on them, not a verbal essay on the history and importance of piano music.

01. The Divine Comedy - Geronimo (00.26)
02. Billy Joel - Piano Man (04.00)
03. Hem - Leave Me Here (12.30)
04. Grandaddy - Underneath the Weeping Willow (16.36)
05. Glacis - Spring/Summer (21.36)
06. Mavis the Dog - Council For The Queen (26.29)
07. Yusuf Azak - Swim (30.04)
08. The National - Fake Empire (35.51)
09. Sufjan Stevens - Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois (39.19)
10. White Rabbits - While We Go Dancing (42.37)
11. Geoffnet - The Little Parisian Music Box (50.12)
12. Ben Folds Five - Mess (51.49)
13. Tom Waits - Innocent When You Dream (78) (58.22)

Direct download: ToadcastNo247.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:52pm UTC

So, after a couple of slightly misnumbered podcasts - 245 coming after 243, and then 244 having to come after that to try and correct the mistake, hoping two wrongs might , if not make a right exactly, at least gloss over the original wrong somewhat - we are back on track with #246.  In the right order and everything.

There's no real theme to this week's podcast, although we have a fair bit of new stuff in there - some by The Walkmen, The Douglas Firs, The Spook School, Monster Island and a couple of others.

Next week I was thinking of doing The Ivorycast, with loads of piano music, and then perhaps one about freak folk next, assuming I manage to successfully tie down what the fuck that is.  Dirty, psychedelic folk music, as far as I can tell, is about the easiest way to approximate it.  Ah well, a bit of digging should do the trick easily enough. In the meantime, however, this:

01. Yusuf Azak - Smile Tactics (00.22)
02. Glass Animals - Cocoa Hooves (07.16)
03. Stoney and Meatloaf - Jessica White (14.44)
04. Elbow - On a Day Like This (17.35)
05. The Walkmen - Vermeer 65 (26.00)
06. Silkies - Red (32.07)
07. The Douglas Firs - Backroads (37.01)
08. The Spook School - Here We Go (39.44)
09. Professor Lafferty - A New Definition of Love (Part 1) (46.47)
10. Monster Island - Ferris Wheel (52.46)
11. Zucchini Drive - Gospel Oak (58.47)

Direct download: ToadcastNo246.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21pm UTC

Ah yes, the Hypecast, so called because some of the discussion on the Chvrches thread made me think about what it is I really dislike about the concept of hype, and why I mistrust it.

It's an area where I struggle to be consistent, honestly. I abhor hype, but I seem to recall being very much caught up in the mystery and excitement around Silver Columns, for example. And I spend most of the Rough Guide to Self-releasing an Album exhorting bands to be more prepared and more organised, and yet I get funny when bands are too organised, and start wondering if they're really there to be a band or just want to get famous. And then I get annoyed at people getting too excited about the excitement itself, but would still accept that it's probably the most effective way for a DIY band on a tight budget to actually generate basic levels of awareness when they can't afford to carpet-bomb the world into submission with PR like major label bands often do.

And then there's always the far more traditional and straightforward old chestnuts that I hate feeling press-ganged into liking something because I just a bloody contrarian, whether the crowd are right or not, and of course that I am always mortally offended when other people are Wrong About Music.  So many opinions out there, and none of them correct except mine - it's a heavy burden to bear, I promise you!

01. Silver Columns - Warm Welcome (00.10)
02. Gene - Sleep Well Tonight (09.12)
03. Voxtrot - Soft and Warm (17.47)
04. Vampire Weekend - Walcott (Insane Mix #2) (21.52)
05. Broken Records - Dia Dos Namorados (30.14)
06. Village - Nowhere (36.00)
07. Darkstar - Timeaway (40.00)
08. The Bluetones - Bluetonic (45.37)
09. Blur - Yuko & Hiro (53.13)
10. Lana Del Rey - Video Games (59.41)

Direct download: ToadcastNo244.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:24pm UTC

Today I rediscovered toast.  Yes, let it be proclaimed that toast is an awesome snack and that I deserve to be booed and hissed for neglecting it for so long.  At university I pretty much subsisted on cups of tea, toast and tins of Heinz Big Soup, but for some reason despite working from home, I haven't resurrected the toast habit.  Well today I put that right, and it was awesome.

Toast goes so well with jam, with marmite, with cheese and with just plain butter, and it takes a second to make and it's just so darn tasty.  So yes, there you have it, this week I shall be mostly eating TOAST! Or Toadst, if you will.

Anyhow, after a couple of fine slices of toast I sit down to bring you this week's installment of songs which have been making me happy this week, starting with a new and vastly, vastly overdue single from Magic Arm.  And, well, I suppose you'll have to listen to find out where we go from there.  Toast!

01. Magic Arm - Put Your Collar Up (00.27)
02. The Magnetic Fields - Love is Lighter Than Air (08.32)
03. Calexico - Black Heart (11.44)
04. Old Earth - Less Words (18.17)
05. Trapped Mice - Mona Lisa (22.56)
06. Woodpecker Wooliams - Gull (30.50)
07. Immigrant Union - My Heart's a Joke (33.54)
08. Sealings - Face Basement (39.16)
09. Hot Panda - One in the Head, One in the Chest (45.46)
10. Monster Island - Pilot Whales (49.20)
11. Juffage - My Weakness (56.50)

Direct download: ToadcastNo245.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:56pm UTC

The recovery in the title of this podcast is down to the fact that I actually managed to spend a full, undisrupted week in the office last week.  Whilst that is a ludicrously banal thing to be celebrating, getting things back on the rails, or at least moderately close to being back on the rails, does feel like something of a relief at this stage.

The accounts desperately need doing as well, which is another little rock 'n' roll tidbit for you.  I can keep this up all day - there's loads more fascinating little insights where this came from. Did I tell you the one about how I need to move a pile of our stock from the downstairs hall to the new shelving I've assembled in the office?  Fuck me it's going to be thrilling.

Actually, after all this I really do feel the need to go out and inject heroin into my eyeballs or punch a tiger in the face or something, just to resurrect some pretence of excitement for anyone (myself included) who might expect the coal face of new music production to be a slightly more exciting place.

01. Cold Pumas - Fog Cutter (00.26)
02. The Lemonheads - Malo Cup (08.11)
03. Pillars & Tongues - Dogs (10.25)
04. Shelter Point - Braille (19.29)
05. Nadine Shah - Aching Bones (27.25)
06. R. Ring - Fallout & Fire (32.35)
07. Playlounge - Sweet Tooth (36.14)
08. Fear of Men - Mosaic (38.33)
09. Blur - Strange News From Another Star (45.10)
10. Hiva Oa - These Hands (51.36)
10. The Twilight Sad - Nil (Liars Remix) (57.17)

Direct download: ToadcastNo243.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:24pm UTC

Given how little time I've had to do anything recently, I certainly haven't been able to make time for new music.  So this means that this week's podcast is a little backward-facing really, looking at some of the 80s and 90s music I was into at the time - not the most famous stuff, just some of the stuff I personally liked the best, of course.

Back when I was at Uni in the 90s, when 80s music was utterly reviled, I remember making a tape of 80s music I thought was good, and really, really enjoying it.  Had I made a similar tape for the 90s a few years back, when they too were taking their turn at the bottom of the pile, then bands like Arnold, The Delgados (although they straddled the 90s and the 00s), Yo La Tengo, Eels and Clem Snide would have been right in there.

I can't quite bring myself to do the same for the early 2000s just yet, but they too will inevitably be hated in their turn. If you doubt me, just mention The Killers, Razorlight, The Ordinary Boys, Hard-fi or The Libertines to any self-respecting music snob!

01. Morrissey - You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side (00.57)
02. Yo La Tengo - Big Day Coming (10.20)
03. The Delgados - Pull the Wires From the Wall (19.17)
04. LeThug - Lux (25.03)
05. Magic Eye - Holy Male (30.25)
06. Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - From the Hip (35.27)
07. Eels - Not Ready Yet (42.04)
08. Clem Snide - 1989 (46.35)
09. Arnold - Fleas Don't Fly (52.09)
10. Hazy & the J's - It's Fantasy Man (57.48)

Direct download: ToadcastNo242.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:05am UTC

The Stagcast is a confused, late and distinctly creepy podcast.  There are a few reasons for this, and they all sound vaguely like the making of inadequate excuses but umm… well, I hope you'll hear me out.

Firstly, and most creepily, this was recorded in a small flat in Holland surrounded by sleeping people.  So to avoid waking anyone up I ended up speaking largely under my breath.  The result, instead of the tact and sensitivity for which I was hoping, was pretty much the radio debut of the Toad Paedo Voice.  Hooray.  Super.

And on top of that, just to make things even more awkward, there is some Bon Jovi.  I think - or at least I dearly fucking hope - that this is a first for the Toadcasts, but nevertheless you can believe me when I say that this makes me as uncomfortable as it does you.  Want to know who to blame?  The fucker getting married next weekend who will probably prevent me getting next week's podcast done punctually as well.  What a bastard.

01. The Pixies - Where is My Mind (00.16)
02. Ryan Adams - Come Pick Me Up (07.42)
03. The Reservations - Dogs in the Day (19.12)
04. Manners - Will Pt.1 (22.22)
05. Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built (28.21)
06. The Wilderness of Manitoba - The Ark (34.31)
07. Apostille - Wrong (41.00)
08. Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark (49.06)
09. Bon Jovi - Living on a Prayer (53.17)
10. The Lemonheads - Style (59.33)

Direct download: ToadcastNo241.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:28am UTC

Yes, mosherama!  This podcast draws its name, slightly sadly, not from the fact that I have been in one insane moshpit after another this week, which might have been quite cool, but from the rather more mundane circumstance that I have simply been to quite a lot of gigs.

I did mosh, in a sense. In the fat, sad old man sense that I stood sort of in the middle and nodded my head vaguely in time to the music.  I know, I know, who will save society from such excess? This must be a job for Carol Vorderman.

Defeatist self-mockery aside, I genuinely did see three fantastic gigs one after another this week, so the podcast is going to reflect this.  Once again we have multiple Grandaddy songs, which means my fandom is probably tipping the balance into sad, slavering fanboy territory but umm... well, it's too late for me to make a last-minute scramble for dignity anyway, so fuck it, they were absolutely fucking amazing and you are just going to have to sit through it and pretend to love them as much as I do.

01. Grandaddy - Stray Dog & the Chocolate Shake (00.21)
02. Mark Lanegan Band - Strange Religion (07.21)
03. Thula Borah - Skye Falling (18.44)
06. Pinact - Into the One (23.33)
05. PAWS - Homecoming (32.49)
06. Eagulls - Moulting (36.21)
07. Noun Verb Adjective - Inside of You (42.52)
08. Dalton - Wood Frames (47.42)
09. Mark Lanegan - The Winding Sheet (52.10)
10. Grandaddy - For the Dishwasher (1.01.32)

Direct download: ToadcastNo240.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:14pm UTC

The Curiocast because there are indeed some odd little bits and pieces on this week's podcast.  Listen to it and you might not notice much different - it's not exactly shocking or all that strange or anything like that, but there are most certainly a few odd little things here and there.

Geographically, we have music from Karachi, Vienna and Novosibirsk.  Genre-wise, we have some of the first R&B(ish) music ever to appear on a Toadcast and then we end with seven minutes of choral folk singing performed in Hamilton Mausoleum, reputed to have the longest echo of any building in the world. 

So none of it will knock you off your feet in a 'what the flying fuck is that?' sort of a way, but there's definitely some odd little bits and pieces on this week's podcast.  Which I like.

01. Toy - Motoring (00.27)
02. Angel Olsen - Tiniest Seed (08.14)
03. Bagel Project - Back and Forth (15.44)
04. OverUnda - She Falls to the Floor (17.35)
05. Sun Stains - Fortify Perfect (24.09)
06. Menomena - Heavy is as Heavy Does (28.59)
07. Basheer & the Pied Pipers - Circling Nowhere (36.19)
08. Heatherwood - Insight (47.35)
09. Mile Me Deaf - Troubles Caught (51.17)
10. Daughter - Smother (56.06)
11. Wounded Knee - Hamilton (1.02.22.)

Direct download: ToadcastNo239.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:56pm UTC

This weekend I was dragged down to the Beacons Festival in Yorkshire because pals of mine had spare tickets and umm... well, I figured why the fuck not.  Also, go to the website and take a look at that lineup. Amazing!

So yes, at five o'clock on Friday morning, five lads all over six feet tall squished  their way into a Ford fucking Focus and pootled on four hours down the motorway into deepest, darkest Yorkshire. We even got the 'Ee, ba gum' treatment in the café we stopped at for a bacon sarnie on the way down.

Anyhow, this podcast features bands we saw over the weekend, and given the hipster-friendly lineup at the festival should prove to be a rather hipster-friendly podcast as well, after the relative (and shameful) lack of interest show in last week's comedy, I reckon this should prove rather more successful.  My inner hipster is certainly excited.

01. Fawn Spots - Spanish Glass (00.05)
02. Juffage - Small Fires (Viola Version) (06.57)
03. Best Friends - Break My Neck (14.22)
04. King Krule - The Noose of Jah City (17.19)
05. Still Corners - Endless Summer (24.55)
06. PINS - Shoot You (35.03)
07. Japandroids - The Nights of Wine and Roses (38.26)
08. The Wave Pictures - I Love You Like a Madman (47.27)
09. Hookworms - Teen Dreams (50.30)
10. Willy Mason - We Can Be Strong (59.22)

Direct download: ToadcastNo238.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:58pm UTC

This podcast, I suppose I am going to have to accept from the start, really isn't going to be for everyone, is it.  There is plenty of music in here, but not all that much which would make it onto a regular Toadcast.

Mixed in with those few more traditional tunes is a little musical comedy, a genre with which I have a very patchy relationship indeed, and also some outright stand-up. It's the Edinburgh Festival and some friends and I were talking about how we generally avoid the whole boiling pot of shit, but that there were some comedians we would make an effort to see nevertheless.

Because, with the exception of Stewart Lee, I don't have any of their stuff this isn't about people I may or may not see here in August just some stuff by comedians I happen to a/ like and b/ happen to have handy (because I am lazy).  So it may not be the usual cutting edge hipster tunefest, but it's still a very good podcast if you're into this sort of shit.  Plus it's a nice change.  So deal with it.

01. Richard Cheese - Rape Me (00.22)
02. Doug Anthony Allstars - If You're Happy/Waco (05.09)
03. David Cross - Certain Leaders In Government Look Or Act Like Certain Pop Culture References! (08.14)
04. Phil Ochs - Talking Cuban Crisis (14.54)
05. Doug Anthony Allstars - Gilbert & Sullivan (17.36)
06. Half Man Half Biscuit - Surging Out of Convalescence (19.03)
07. Animaniacs - International Friendship Song (26.15)
08. Bill Hicks - Dinosaurs in the Bible (29.17)
09. Doug Anthony Allstars - Gilbert & Sullivan 2 (35.06)
10. David Cross - Women, Please Rinse Off Your Vagina and Anus (36.17)
11. Richard Cheese - Milkshake (43.36)
12. Jeff Foxworthy - Redneck Games (46.20)
13. Doug Anthony Allstars - Gilbert & Sullivan 3 (49.57)
14. Me First & the Gimme Gimmes - Stand By Your Man (51.35)
15. Inspector Tapehead - I am Your Pedigree (54.49)
16. Tim Minchin - Pope Song (1.00.26)
17. Stewart Lee - Top Gear (1.02.41)

Direct download: ToadcastNo237.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:02pm UTC

 I have named the Nursecast in honour of the fact that Mrs. Toad has been unthreateningly but rather inconveniently ill for the last few days and I have been nursing her gently back to health.  And by nursing of course I mean taking the opportunity to lounge around in bed next to her and watch stupid videos while she suffers.  I know, I know, I'm a gem.

We have a couple of new and exciting announcements from Tom Waits and Jason Lytle on this podcast, as well as a rather interesting-sounding new band from about as far North in Scotland as it is possible to get before you fall into the sea and have to paddle frantically for Iceland.

And, just to cheer us all up, the sun has finally come out, which is at least some consolation for the fact that the Edinburgh International Festival of Overpriced Shit landed on us last week, and will have to now be studiously avoided for the next month

01. Texas Tea - Heart Says Yes (Head Says No) (00.26)
02. Tom Waits - I Breathe Better Underwater (05.40)
03. Jason Lytle - Dept. of Disappearance (06.01)
04. Sex Hands - Way, No Way (12.27)
05. Onions - Gemsbok (14.57)
06. The Maginot Band - Slow Down Sundial (22.34)
07. OnlyReal - Cadillac Girl (27.52)
08. White Poppy - Mirage Man (35.04)
09. Noun Verb Adjective - Darwinian Lust (39.40)
10. Lost Left - Thank You For the Lung (43.26)
11. Lord Huron - Time to Run (48.34)
12. The Von Bondies - Rock 'n' Roll Nurse (56.27)

Direct download: ToadcastNo236.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:57pm UTC

So, as I said last week, we should now be stumbling back to something vaguely resembling equilibrium here at Song, by Toad.  The releases are out, nowt else has a fixed date, we're cruising into Summer and dammit I better find something to do soon before I get a fit of the lazies.  Which is what happens to me when I have too little to do.

So this podcast is a fairly normal trip through a pile of shiny new songs, with a brief detour to mark the occasion of Mrs. Toad and I celebrating our sixth anniversary, which we did this weekend just past.

Dress Sexy at My Funeral may sound like a rather inappropriate song for an anniversary, but I like it nevertheless.  The sentiment has a certain degree of 'fuck you' to it, which is one of the things which makes our relationship rather fun to be in, from my perspective.

And as I said when introducing the Billy Bragg song, it's a funny thing to think that Mrs. Toad and I first met at school as fifteen year olds.  And presumably back then we were just normal high school kids thinking about normal high school things, with not the slightest inkling that this embryonic friendship would turn out to be the most important relationship in our lives.  Which I think is rather sweet, actually.

01. Ringo Deathstarr - Rip (00.22)
02. H. Hawkline - Black Domino Box (07.36)
03. Smog - Dress Sexy at My Funeral (15.51)
04. Billy Bragg - The Fourteenth of February (22.07)
05. Popstrangers - In Some Ways (27.27)
06. The Marble Vanity - The Autumn Woods (32.09)
07. The See See - Automobile (40.11)
08. The Louche - Salt (43.49)
09. Woodpecker Wooliams - Sparrow (48.50)
10. Dolly Parton - Little Sparrow (57.32)

ringo deathstarr, h hawkline, smog, billy bragg, popstrangers, marble vanity, the see see, the louche, woodpecker wooliams, dolly parton

Direct download: ToadcastNo235.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:36am UTC

Wow.  I am just - only just, mind you - about back in my right mind after the Fence Collective's awesome Away Game Festival on the Isle of Eigg.  After spending three days in the Inner Hebrides, embracing Scotland's talent for wildly variable weather to its absolute fullest, we journeyed back yesterday, stopping off to record a Vic Galloway session for BBC Radio Scotland.

That meant we got back in around one in the morning, and after eight hours' kip and a very long, very hot shower, I now feel just about ready to face the world again.  Not to take in on in a carpe diem, up and attem boy sort of a way, just ready, just about, to handle real life once more.

This podcast is, as I assume you will have noticed by now, going to be all about Away Game, with all but a couple of the songs by bands I saw play at the Festival.  And what a fucking awesome festival it was.  Well played Eigg, and well played Fence.

01. Water World - Catch Yrself (00.26)
02. King Creosote - Not One Bit Ashamed (07.09)
03. OLO Worms - Strays (17.55)
04. Y Niwl - Undegnaw (22.09)
05. Rob St. John - The Whites of Our Eyes (29.15)
06. Scott Rudd - Bullshit Love (38.01)
07. Jo Schornikow - Bird's Nest (39.47)
08. The Twilight Sad - I Became a Prostitute (Acoustic) (46.26)
09. Sparrow & the Workshop - Faded Glory (50.17)
10. Luna - Malibu Love Nest (55.49)
11. eagleowl - No Conjunction (1.04.52)

Direct download: ToadcastNo234.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:16pm UTC

Delivered to you live(ish) from Istria, welcome to Toadcast No. 233, the Crocast, recorded whilst travelling some of Europe's prettiest coastline.

Or sort.  Actually it is recorded in one of the most horrendous resort complexes either of us has ever seen, but this is just a mere stop on the way; tomorrow we shall be travelling some of Europe's prettiest coastline!

We even managed to turn up at the rent-a-car place with an expired driving license and credit card which didn't actually work, and they still gave us a car without so much as blinking.  This is an awesome holiday!  Tonight: buttery, garlicky grilled fish and dry white wine.  And actually, the local dry whites, despite us hearing awful reports about Istrian white wine, have been really good so far.  As you can probably tell from this podcast.

01. Vadoinmessico - Archaeology of the Future (00.45)
02. Murals - Eyes of Love (09.20)
03. Sharon Van Etten - Kevin's (20.49)
04. The Lovely Sparrows - While Sailing (24.55)
05. Errors - Relics (33.24)
06. Buttonhead - Champion Bread (42.37)
07. Caravan Club - Tongue Tied (Rough Mix) (54.24)
08. Honey - Cape Canaveral (58.06)
09. Fantasy Rainbow - O, Weirdo (1.07.54)
10. The Blank Tapes - I'm Back (1.14.45)

Direct download: ToadcastNo233.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47pm UTC

This was originally supposed to be called something vaguely phlegm-related, due to the amount of hacking and coughing I have been doing over the course of the last few days.  It's the reason this podcast never appeared on Sunday or Monday, that's for sure, and had I tried to record it then you'd have just heard me growling my way through links like I was auditioning to replace that guy who does the voiceovers for all those macho trailers in Hollywood.

"Forced to choose between his old ways and the family he would do anything to protect" - that kind of shit, y'know?

Anyhow, sitting in muggy Edinburgh while rain interrupts play at Wimbledon, and with a rather odd tennis-themed song on this week's playlist I figured The Ballscast would be more suitable.  I am not fussed about tennis at all, but being back at my grandparents' house in Manchester during the Summer holidays and watching Wimbledon is a rather significant childhood memory for me. As was then going out to play tennis on my Granddad's carefully cultivated lawn and completely destroying it, much to his silent fuming!

01. Blur - The Puritan (00.22)
02. Zed Penguin - Heathens (07.20)
03. Vitamin Pets - Fried Eggs (11.06)
04. Paul Banks - Summertime is Coming (16.36)
05. Indian Wells - Wimbledon 1980 (21.16)
06. Keaton Henson - To Your Health (31.59)
07. Trans Manna Ray - Woman Killed, Fetus Removed (37.00)
08. The Traps - Your Headland (45.53)
09. Conner Youngblood - Gold (49.19)
10. Two Gallants - Broken Eyes (56.57)

Direct download: ToadcastNo232.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:33pm UTC

Despite this being called the Applecast (imaginative, don't you think?) and being recorded in New York, it has preciously little to do with anything American.  We just happen to be here at the moment.

As soon as I record and publish this I will be heading out to watch England's inevitable hard-luck story as we go out of the Euros to Italy in the quarter finals, as seems to be traditional with England. And then I get on a ferry to the Governor's Ball, which is a music festival on Randall's Island, which looks like it will be rather fun.

Mrs. Toad might actually be able to get a three-month secondment out here, which might be fun.  We'd have to find some way of making sure the cats were fed in our absence, and that the house was looked after in general, but given I can basically work from a laptop pretty much anywhere, it seems like it would be a really rather fun thing to do, don't you reckon? The Song, by Toad Records New York office!

01. Milk Maid - Stir So Slow (Toad Session) (00.16)
02. New Fabian Society - Necropolis (06.02)
03. Jesus H. Foxx - Permanent Defeat (13.56)
04. Yola Fatoush - Celine (20.25)
05. Min Diesel - A Bitter Pop Song (23.29)
06. Rick Redbeard - Now We're Dancing (31.49)
07. I Am Oak - Palpable (40.15)
08. Meursault - Lament For a Teenage Millionaire (43.25)
09. Eels on Heels - Kaleidoscope (51.09)
10. Barna Howard - Timber, Nails and Tears (56.46)

Direct download: ToadcastNo231.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:49pm UTC

So, I know what you're all thinking (well, those of you that give a shit anyway).  Yes, that's right, last week, for the first time in about three years, I missed a weekly edition of this podcast.  I can whinge about excuses all I like, but you don't really care do you?  Suffice to say that I genuinely was too busy.

Or, I suppose, too hungover.

Because there was a window - one, tiny, podcast-recording-shaped window of time - where I could actually have got the damn thing done, in the middle of the afternoon in Iceland, before the England game I suppose I might have been able to squeeze it in but you know what?  Yes, I bottled it.  I bottled it because I was hungover. I know.  I feel the shame.

So there you go, whinging out of the way, let's get on with this week's music choices.

01. Adam Stafford - Vanishing Tanks (00.07)
02. Kate Nash - Underestimate the Girl (10.37)
03. Glass Animals - Cocoa Hooves (18.11)
04. Eagulls - Coffin (22.25)
05. David Byrne & St. Vincent - Who (27.35)
06. Loch Awe - The Diamond King & Six Holy Mirrors (34.44)
07. Keel Her - Prize Catch (41.19)
08. Mission of Burma - Second Television (44.49)
09. Hut - Smiley (Demo) (48.36)
10. Fantasy Rainbow - Sun is a Drug (53.19)
11. Brer - Sea of Doubt (60.02)

Direct download: Toadcast230.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:56am UTC

It's Jubi-fucking-lee weekend, so whilst we are all engaging in various levels of plotting against the Royal Family and being resentfully grateful for a couple of days off.  Although given we've had this fucking pantomime and that grotesque carnival of obsequiousness and vulgarity of a Royal Wedding, surely we wouldn't have to be pillaging old people's pensions if we'd just made the fuckers pay for it all themselves, and kept the people's money in the people's coffers.

Mind you, given that their hands are permanently in the fucking public purse anyway, the idea of 'their money' and 'our money' is a little blurred.  Burn the fucking lot of them I say.  Burn them alive and do it in public.

Why?  Because having done away with inherited rule, we now have another stratum of unelected persons running countries, in the form of the pornographically super-rich.  Burning the Royal Family alive might just serve as a warning to the bankers that we like the people who run the country to actually be fucking accountable, thank you very much.

01. Chumbawamba - Farewell to the Crown (00.)
02. Playlounge - Conor, Oh Burst! (07.41)
03. Joanna Gruesome - Tugboat (Galaxie 500 cover) (Toad Session) (09.25)
04. Piano Magic - The Slightest of Threads (16.43)
05. The Thlyds - I Fucked the Queen (22.12)
06. Silver Jews - Secret Knowledge of Back Roads (25.05)
07. Easter - Begin Again (30.54)
08. Onions - Louise Louise (36.52)
09. North American War - Geraniums on a Spit (42.16)
10. The Grand Gestures - There's No Place Like Home (47.22)
11. Sonny & the Sunsets - I See the Void (53.09)
12. Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen (58.10)

Direct download: ToadcastNo229.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:06pm UTC

The Philcast is named after the detestable little Tory weasel Phil Collins, as a result of this comment on this post by James who writes Appetite for Distraction.  So you can all blame him.

In addition to Phil Collins, we have some Phil Spector, Phil Ochs, Phil & the Osophers and, somewhat more tenuously, Esther Phillips.  Also, for some utterly inexplicable reason, the Spider Man theme song came up when I searched my iTunes library for 'Phil'.  Any ideas?  Was it written by Phil Phillips from Philadelphia?

Also, we have the first 'Fucking Preposterous Song of the Week', in the form of Phil Collins' Easy Lover.  For reasons of being a fuckwit, mostly, I suppose, I'd quite like to make this a regular feature.  Next week Turn Around Bright Eyes by Bonni Tyler or Hello by Lionel Richie - whaddaya reckon!

01. Billy Bragg - I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night (01.20)
02. Phil Ochs - Jim Dean of Indiana (08.20)
03. Pet - Black Arts (15.49)
04. Money - So Long (God is Dead) (20.10)
05. Phil Collins - Easy Lover (27.05)
06. James Yorkston - Catch (33.26)
07. Esther Phillips - Home is Where the Hatred Is (37.46)
08. Crystals - Then He Kissed Me (41.10)
09. The National - The Rains of Castamere (47.07)
10. Stagnant Pools - Dead Sailor (49.40)
11. Phil & the Osophers - Uses of a Man (56.01)

Direct download: ToadcastNo228.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:51am UTC

Seeing as we are in Canada for the weekend (dear thieves, the house is not unoccupied, and the lad staying there is a fighty little fucker), I figured some Canadian songs might be in order.  I am actually half-Canadian, which is a bit odd, because I've never actually lived there.  So it's always weird coming here, to a country I'm technically from, but which I really don't know at all.

Given we played Born Gold, Odonis Odonis, Slow Down Molasses and Hot Panda on last week's show, however, I figured that was probably enough new Canadian bands for the time being, although the excellent Hooded Fang did sneak on this one at the beginning.

But mostly, apart from the more usual new stuff I tend to play, I've included a handful of nostalgic songs by Canadian bands, most of which I haven't listened to in quite a long time.  And I must say it was sort of nice to look this stuff up again, after so long.

01. Hooded Fang - E.S.P. (00.44)
02. The Tragically Hip - Ahead By a Century (09.26)
03. UMA - Drop Your Soul (feat. Silver Apples) (16.20)
04. White Heath - In a Glasshouse (19.36)
05. 54-40 - Casual Viewin' (33.11)
06. Bruce Springsteen - Circus Song (Live on WBCN 9th Jan 1973) (41.07)
07. Giant Giant Sand - Detained (47.35)
08. Alan Watts - Africa Bats (51.37)
09. Barenaked Ladies - Wrap Your Arms Around Me (1.00.59)
10. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Kiss and Say Goodbye (1.08.12)
11. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Heart Like a Wheel (1.11.00)

Direct download: ToadcastNo227.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am UTC

Ian and myself were down in Brighton for most of last week with The Great Escape, and that's pretty much what this podcast is about from start to finish.  It's hardly a studied analysis of course - and I sincerely doubt you'd expect one - instead it's more of a chatter about the Brighton fun we've had and the people we've met.

Scotland is actually rather isolated when it comes to music.  Hence, I suppose, the importance of the local Scottish music community to bands and labels based up here. Nevertheless, it is really important to connect with the rest of the UK.

A lot of our most appreciated supporters are people I know only from Twitter and the other end of an email, be they fans, label customers, writers and broadcasters who have supported us or labels who have inspired us.  So, in the interests of cementing these relationships, meeting new people and drinking an absolute fucking shitload of beer, off to Brighton we went...

01. Hot Panda - Fuck Shit Up (00.24)
02. Slow Down, Molasses - Light (07.44)
03. Born Gold - Lawn Knives (16.19)
04. Odonis Odonis - Tick Tock (23.07)
05. PAWS - Bainz (26.17)
06. The Black Tambourines - Let You Down (Toad Session Sneak Preview) (34.15)
07. Fear of Men - Doldrums (44.06)
08. PINS - Eleventh Hour (47.13)
09. Perfume Genius - Lookout, Lookout (55.02)
10. Fanzine - L.A. (62.51)

Direct download: ToadcastNo226.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:50pm UTC

The Nightcast.  Yes, night.  I am recording this at about two in the morning for the simple reason that for all I aim to do these once a week, on the weekend, once again it has been just plain impossible to actually get the damn thing done on the weekend just gone, so here I am squeezing it into the ungodly hours of Tuesday night.

Well, Wednesday now.

And of course I am off to The Great Escape in the morning.  Actually, it already is the morning.  Oh all right then, by the time this is uploaded and ready to go and I can actually get some sleep, I think I might be due to get out of bed in two hours time.  Cock and balls.  I thought the night time was supposed to be a little more glamorous than this.

01. The Pictish Trail - Of Course You Exist (FOUND Remix) (00.26)
02. Plastic Animals - Ghosts (07.56)
03. Playlounge - Boner Hit (Keel Her cover) (15.24)
04. Yoofs - Love at 140 (18.17)
05. Dead Rat Orchestra - The Geshin & the Guga (23.15)
06. The See See - Fix Me Up (30.24)
07. Meursault - Flittin' (36.26)
08. Woody Guthrie - So Long, it's Been Good to Know You (40.37)
09. PAWS - Misled Youth (46.20)
10. Blank Canvas - Golden (53.53)
11. The Eighteenth Day of May - Cold Early Morning (59.04)

Direct download: ToadcastNo225.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48am UTC

This is called the Repeatcast because I sometimes wonder that the constant flow of new music I fire into these podcasts might just passing you by.  I know I struggle to stay on top of things sometimes myself, so maybe you just listen when you can be bothered and sometimes things just go in one ear and out the other.

I've been considering doing an artist of the week thing, like Ted from http://www.cloudsounds.co.uk/ where he plays two tracks from an artist one week (well, one month now that the show's monthly) and then one from the same artist the next week as well, so there is a degree of reinforcement

Knowing me, I doubt I'll ever get round to it, honestly, but you know, it seems like a good idea.  Or something vaguely like it seems like a good idea, because it would be a shame if all this music just vanished into the ether.  So this week we have a lot of repetition of bands already played on the podcasts, just to make sure you're paying attention properly.  Like you should be.

01. Easter - Damp Patch (00.21)
02. The Spyrals - Long Road Out (06.40)
03. Mac DeMarco - She's Really All I Need (11.40)
04. Apostille - Journal (17.42)
05. Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere (28.26)
06. The Babies - My Name (35.46)
07. Islet - A Warrior Who Longs to Grow Herbs (41.17)
08. Niilo Smeds - Summer Air (45.26)
09. Kalle Mattson - Miles (51.35)
10. Slowcoaches - We're So Heavy (58.19)

Direct download: ToadcastNo224.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:10pm UTC

This is called the Justcast because, whilst it may well be late, it is entirely justifiably late, so piss off and stop moaning at me. And come on, stop being coy, I know you're secretly tutting.  Or at least I fucking hope you are, because the other option is that you don't really give a fuck, and where would that leave us?

So, having worked all through the working week, and then having spent all of Saturday working at Record Store Day stuff, I got to Sunday and was honestly just not up for doing anything at all, sorry. I was pooped.  Bushed.  Knackered. Tuckered. Done for.  So I did fuck all, and I actually felt guilty about this for a while, and then realised that actually, every cunt gets a fucking weekend, so stop feeling sorry for yourself, embrace a day of doing bugger all, and just do the podcast as soon as you can reasonably manage.  So there you go.

Next week I might do a bit of a podcast on my Record Store Day purchases (and there were many) but not this week, because I haven't had the chance to sit down and listen to them yet.  Maybe Thursday that might happen.  And/or Wednesday.  And then I will waffle on about them on the internet next week, for which I am sure you will all be truly grateful.

01. The Leg - Witch on the Speaker (00.15)
02. Algiers - Blood (05.33)
03. The Walkmen - Heaven (14.17)
04. Milk Maid - Do Right (18.49)
05. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - The Powers and the Glory of Love (23.44)
06. Daily Life - Alabaster (29.26)
07. Possimiste - Clockworkbird (33.17)
08. Liars - No.1 Against the Rush (40.16)
09. Richard Hawley - Leave Your Body Behind You (46.13)
10. The Babies - My Name (57.33)

Direct download: ToadcastNo223.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:45pm UTC

We are in St. Andrews this weekend for the Fence Collective's Eye of the Dug Festival.  Needless to say, The Dugcast or something to that effect might have been more suitable, but there are so many golf twats around town that I really couldn't ignore them, not after all the effort they make to look like complete prats.

I get the impression that with golf, the costumes became so ludicrous that really the only way to look cool, instead of dressing like a normal person, was to try and look like an even bigger fuckwit than the rest of them.  Which, given the exceptionally high bar that has already been set, takes some doing.

Anyhow, there is no danger of me ever taking up golf.  None at all.  I already find playing pool frustrating enough, and it strikes me as really quite similar in the following crucial way: you play what turns out to be a perfect shot, then the next time you do what feels like the exact same fucking thing, and yet somehow the shot you produce is dreadful.  With no clue what you've done differently.  It would drive me round the fucking bend.  Anyhow... erm, oh yes, the podcast:

01. Broncho - Try Me Out Sometime (00.09)
02. Silence at Sea - Gladiators on Repeat (05:13)
03. Fat Bicth - The Seagull (12.49)
04. Slowcoaches - 54 (15.57)
05. Mac DeMarco - Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans (20.54)
06. Islet - This Fortune (27.15)
07. Werk - Giant Isopods Have Stolen My Gameboy (33.54)
08. Ziggy Bolus & the Thomas Fergusson Band - Me, Myself and Isopod (37.10)
09. The Spyrals - Calling Out Your Name (42.39)
10. Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler (46.27)
11. R.M. Hubbert - Sandwalks (with Stevie Jones & Paul Savage) (55.54)

Direct download: ToadcastNo222.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:37pm UTC

The Dutchcast was named after football.  I was at the pub all day watching United play QPR and City getting done by Arsenal.  For some reason this reminded me of living in Holland, primarily because Arsenal have dropped off the pace in the Premier League a lot recently, but when I was in Holland it was the height of the Wenger vs. Ferguson clashes, so watching the team play again and actually caring about the result reminded me really strongly of a time when Arsenal actually mattered as a football club.  Harsh, but fair.

So yes, in my reminiscences of my time spent living in Holland I have popped in a couple of songs I was introduced to by pals when I lived out there, as well as a cracking track by Bettie Serveert, one of the most well-respected Dutch indie bands out there.

Added to that are a couple of new things from the internet, not least the new track from Owen Ashworth's new project Advance Base, as well as a demo from our pal Tom Western, who recorded four gorgeous demos in our living room about a month ago.  These songs are awaiting a proper recording, but for now the demos themselves are lovely enough.

01. Supergrass - Cheapskate (00.26)
02. Weeping Willows - Failing in Love (08.51)
03. Bettie Serveert - I'll Keep it With Mine (12.45)
04. Tom Western - Green Broom (Demo) (19.52)
05. Advance Base - New Gospel (27.53)
06. Dennis Driscoll - Bury Me Beneath the Weeping Willow (33.06)
07. Niilo Smeds - Summer Air (37.46)
08. The Verve - Lucky Man (45.26)
09. Grandaddy - Summer Here Kids (52.41)
10. Symphonic Pictures - Feathers (59.35)

Direct download: ToadcastNo221.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:11pm UTC

April Fool's Day really does bore me to tears.  The jokes are so weak and obvious most of the time that they really are pointless, although Avalanche's Withered Hand futon did make me laugh.

It's the forced bonhomie which I find the most tedious, I have to confess. 'Oh yes, ha ha, very funny, well done you, gosh how everso fucking hilarious'.

And then just occasionally you hear news, like Viva Brother splitting up which, whilst it is painfully obviously an April Fool, is just too close to real, actual good news we'd actually all want to hear to cause any real merriment.

And then there's the Republican candidates for the presidency of the United States.  Tragic, frightening, comical, and depressing. And sadly not an April Fool's joke either.

01. Two Tears - Heisse Hexe (00.22)
02. Magic Eye - Flamin' Teenage (06.49)
03. North American War - Me & My G.I. Joes (14.02)
04. Palms  - Wolf (18.57)
05. Habibi Band - Sunsets (25.39)
06. Woodsman - Supernal Radionics (30.55)
07. Sex Hands - The Moist Maker (39.25)
08. The Leg - Bake Yourself Silly (43.30)
09. Father Sculptor - Ember (48.39)
10. Kurt Vile - Freak Train (57.09)

Direct download: ToadcastNo220.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30pm UTC

The Procast is so called because this week has been an awfy professional one.  The third Meursault album is approaching, and because there are publishers, managers, bookers and all sorts involved in this one we had to have a Serious Meeting about it and make sure the planning was all being done properly.

We did all the grown-up stuff like minute the meeting, assign people deliverables and all sorts of stuff.  It was the closest to being back at my old job that I have experienced since I left, in all honesty - lists, management, timescales, budget discussions and all sorts.

That sounds dismal, I know, but it was quite fun actually.  I know I like releasing under the radar, awkward releases, but at the same time, if a band starts doing well and achieving things I don't want them to have to necessarily leave our label in order to do so, and it's quite satisfying (and actually quite interesting too) to be involved in a project on a slightly larger scale to usual.

01. John Knox Sex Club - Above Us the Waves (00.17)
02. Interpol - Obstacle #1 (10.44)
03. Elbow - Any Day Now (15.07)
04. Hiva Oa - Badger (26.47)
05. The Soft Walls - Black Cat (34.00)
06. King of Prussia - Black Cat (38.11)
07. British Sea Power - Oh Larsen B (45.07)
08. iLiKETRAiNS - The Beeching Report (50.40)
09. Unknown Artist - Bird Cage (56.09)
10. eagleowl - Into the Fold (62.11)

Direct download: ToadcastNo219.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:09pm UTC

After last year's relatively sensible podcast (I think the BBC cameras scared us into some degree of sensibleness), this years is far, far less sensible.  I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it's probably a little more honest.

This time around, as well as the more usual suspects of Messrs. Galloway, Reid, Thomas and myself, we are joined by The Two Jamies: Webster who manages Three Blind Wolves and Gilmour who manages We Were Promised Jetpacks.  This is helpful because instead of drunken fuckwits gabbling at one another, we actually have some proper insight from people who have brought bands out to SXSW and have something useful to add.

And for the rest of it me, Vic, Peej and Stuart just take the piss out of one another.  So umm... well, you have to take the rough with the smooth I suppose.

01. Grave Babies - Nightmare (00.21)
02. Pond - Leisure Pony (5.59)
03. The Animals - We Gotta Get Outta This Place (16.28)
04. Bruce Springsteen - Excerpt from SXSW keynote speech (19.37)
05. Roy Orbison - Crying (21.33)
06. BITCHES - Cage Babies (27.26)
07. Yellow Ostrich - The Shakedown (34.32)
08. The Twilight Sad - Sick (45.21)
09. We Were Promised Jetpacks - The Walls Are Wearing Thin (59.56)
10. OFF - Jeffrey Lee Pierce (61.47)
11. Thulebasen - Gate 5 (77.22)
12. Samuel L. Jackson - Go the Fuck to Sleep (83.00)

Direct download: ToadcastNo218.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:15am UTC

 The Airconcast?  Yes, because I am recording this in our hotel room in Austin, surrounded by a noisy fridge and an even noisier air-conditioning unit.  It was so loud I actually turned it off during the recording, but the room then quickly became uncomfortably stuffy, so this podcast was recorded with me sitting in my pants in a slightly uncomfortable  sweat - picture that if you will.

We are, as you will have guessed, out here for SXSW again, but seeing as next week's podcast is going to be our now-traditional chat with Peej, Vic Galloway and Stuart Thomas about this year's festival, I figured you probably didn't want two SXSW podcasts in one week so I'd lay off this time and just make it about music.

01. Trogons - Solo Amor (00.10)
02. Pond - Mystery (06.45)
03. FLATS - Foxtrot (13:14)
04. Mariee Sioux & Bonnie Prince Billy - Mad Mad Me (19.49)
05. Monster Rally & RUMTUM - Andes (23.47)
06. Ender Belongs to Me - New Light (28.33)
07. Ira Lee - Drinking Alone in Paris (feat. Scream Dream Baby) (38.13)
08. The Teardrops - Tears Come Tumbling (44.26)
09. Robert George Saull - A Jug of This (47.19)
10. Stagnant Pools - Consistency (53.57)

Direct download: ToadcastNo217.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:36pm UTC

I honestly thought I was done with politics.  Watching us commit genocide in Iraq despite the protests across the entire country, and then watching the Lib Dems spinelessly capitulate to the rapacious, craven Tory lizards once they got their little sniff of power just sickened me.

Right, I thought, I am done with this shit, it is just a gigantic waste of everyone's time.

However, the Tories haven't just been shit, they've been a repellent disgrace, governing with a sort of vindictive, cackling glee generally reserved for people in plastic armour in the Star Wars movies.  Between that and the SNP deciding that forcing all minor cultural events to require a financially prohibitive and bureaucratically obstructive license, I find my simmering rage for politics to be reinvigorated.  There's no fucking point voting whatsoever, but that doesn't mean you can't get stuck the fuck into these cunts.

01. Aidan John Moffat - Dear Donald (00.25)
02. Speck & the Specktones - Fruitcakes (01.37)
03. Galaxie 500 - Tugboat (09.57)
04. Big Deal - Chair (14.02)
05. Youthfall - Goodbye Horses (Q Lazzarus Cover) (25.09)
06. Barna Howard - Horizons Fade (32.00)
07. New Fabian Society - Lost in Berlin (49.21)
08. Fry & Laurie - Police Privatisation (55.32)
09. Hookworms - Medicine Cabinet (58.33)
10. Barton Carroll - Those Days Are Gone, and My Heart is Breaking (71.20)
11. Beat Happening - Indian Summer (79.36)
12. Lana Del Duck (82.37)

Direct download: ToadcastNo216.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:49pm UTC

Welcome to Toadcast number 215.  This is called the Kingcast because I have been on a bit of run promoting gigs recently, with three in the last eight days or so.  Given almost none of my friends or music associates came to these gigs and that the list of attending guests on the Facebook event pages made for pretty grisly reading, I was grimly expecting the gigs to be absolutely awful - barely attended wastelands of funlessness - but every single one was brilliant.

The people who came were almost all people I didn't know, with a few welcome exceptions, and the gigs themselves were absolutely immense fun.  There was probably more dancing this weekend that at anything Toad-related in history.  

So today I have been looking through the forthcoming gigs and getting my ticket links live and stuff like that, and realising that we have some absolute stonkers coming up.  So with a bit of luck, and rather depending on whereabouts in the world you're listening from, I might well see you there.Dancing!  At a Toad gig!  I know!

01. Withered Hand - Heart Heart (00.26)
02. Willy Mason - Restless Fugitive (07.57)
03. Robert George Saull - One Sugar Day (16.47)
04. Narrow Sparrow - Joe Meeks Dream (22.59)
05. The Dirty Three - Sometimes I Forget You've Gone (28.41)
06. Jad Fair, Hifiklub & KPT Michigan (32.20)
07. Jonnie Common - I'll Be Back (38.17)
08. Shudderpulps - Time (45.10)
09. Honeyblood - No Spare Key (48.33)
10. The Soft Walls - Black Cat (54.06)

Direct download: ToadcastNo215.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:22pm UTC

Don't worry, this podcast really isn't about football.  I might have been tempted, but in all honesty, but I can't really think of all that many good songs about football and if I am being truthful with myself I can't imagine you lot really enjoying a podcast about football all that much.

More to the point, I am back playing football myself now, after something like two years out with back problems.  Two years really is a long time to miss out on something you love doing, and even more so when you're past your mid-thirties and every year you miss is one of the last you'll get the chance to play at all.

So, in amongst the new songs and all the usual things you would expect from a Toadcast (i.e. mostly swearing) there are a couple of songs which represent my reaction to getting back to playing football again, and my reaction to some of the more newsworthy moments of the footballing week as well.

01. Morris Major - Seymour Grove (00.17)
02. Chris Devotion and the Expectations - A Modest Refusal (07.27)
03. Billy Bragg - A Lover Sings (20.13)
04. Bob Dylan - Oxford Town (24.07)
05. PAWS - Bainz (30.17)
06. Coast Jumper - Lawless (37.49)
07. That Ghost - Morning Now (42.09)
08. Now Wakes the Sea - Propranolol (50.31)
09. Smackvan - 4am (54.19)
10. Mark Lanegan Band - Bleeding Muddy Water (64.01)

Direct download: ToadcastNo213.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:56am UTC



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