Song, by Toad Records Update
It’s been a while since we had an update on exactly what on Earth is going on at Song, by Toad Records, so I thought I might let you all know what our plans are for the rest of the year. Partly for shits and giggles, partly because I am really excited, and partly as a desperate marketing ploy to wear you down by constant repetition into accepting that everything we ever release will be the best thing you have ever heard in the world.
It will be, you know.
So, in chronological order, here’s an brief outline of our release schedule for the rest of the year, although some of it is still a little undefined and a couple of things are still being negotiated. We’ll be popping a label sampler in the Avalanche album club soon, so anyone subscribed to that will get a nice CD taster of what we’re planning to get up to between now and Christmas. For the rest of you, that taste will come in digital form, below:
Jesus H. Foxx – Matter
We are planning a release party for their Matter EP on the re-opening of the Bowery in mid-September, but I told you all about this quite recently, so that’s all I’ll put in here.
Jesus H. Foxx – Trying to Be Good.mp3
Loch Lomond & The Builders and the Butchers – Split 12″
This is being released in partnership with Matt from Bladen County Records. We love both these bands anyway, and they were the most amazingly lovely people to hang out with when we were in Portland last year, and even offered to allow us to release this over here. The muppets never sent me the artwork though, so I’ve used one of my own drawings, which I also really like. And it’s our first vinyl release, which is just fucking exciting in itself. The vinyl itself is just being made now, so it will be out in a month or so.
Loch Lomond – Elephants & Little Girls
Maxwell Panther – Do You Feel Different Yet?
Maxwell’s recordings are rough as hell, but his songwriting is bloody great. I genuinely don’t know what people are going to make of this, but I love it, so I decided not to second-guess myself too much. I like it, so it’s being released.
Maxwell Panther – Tip of the Tongue (The Quiet One)
Meursault 7″ singles.
We’re releasing two double a-side singles on white vinyl in the Autumn, with William Henry Miller Parts 1 and 2 paired with The Furnace and The Dirt & the Roots respectively. The band are just putting the finishing touches to the new versions of the Williams Henry Miller, and we’re looking at release dates in October for these. Meursault vinyl. Fucking yes!
The Savings and Loan are my friend Martin Donnelly and former De Rosa pianist Andrew Bush, and they self-released an EP of gloomy Scottish Winter music last year. Currently they’re fleshing it out into a full album, and have specifically decided to release it in mid-November as that’s the season they think it suits the best. And I think they’re right.
The Savings and Loan – The Virgin’s Lullaby
Inspector Tapehead – Duress Code
The band are still working on this, but Jonnie has news to deliver when he plays his Trampoline gig on Saturday – which is where I first heard Inspector Tapehead, funnily enough, and Meursault come to think of it. They don’t exactly work at pace, these lads, but I love the results so I don’t really care how it all comes to pass. I can’t tell you much about artwork or release dates or anything like that, but I reckon this should be out by the end of the year too, hopefully.
Inspector Tapehead – I am Your Pedigree (There are supposed to be naughty words in this song. Where have they gone, boys, eh?)
Trips & Falls – He Was Such a Quiet Boy
This is far from certain just yet, and I don’t want to jinx anything, but I am talking to Jacob and the band about a UK release for what is pretty much my favourite album of 2009 so far, give or take a best guess here and there. We’ll see what they say, but I would be fucking chuffed if they wanted to release this on Song, by Toad because I think it’s weird and brilliant.
Trips & Falls – How Do You Do
Cammy is erratic, I suppose, and I don’t love everything he does, but I do love a fuck of a lot of it. In general though I reckon the moments of clarity far outweigh the times it doesn’t quite come together, and anyone who’s prepared to let the times when they don’t quite get it pass them by and wait a little for it to click is going to be rewarded. As with Trips & Falls, this is hardly a done deal, but I’ve told Cammy I’d love to release the next album he wants to really put out there, so I just have to wait and hope he takes me up on it.
Enfant Bastard – Landscape Painting is Easy
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