Song, by Toad


Live in Edinburgh This Week – 5th December 2011

THIS WEEK IS THE MOTHERFUCKING SONG. BY TOAD CHRISTMAS PARTY!  OH YES IT IS! And isn’t that jolly exciting.  You’d best all be very excited indeed or I will be most upset – I’m a sensitive soul after all! I’ve also just realised that although I ordered tickets, I forgot to take them down to Avalanche, because I am a fool, so I will do that today.  And you can buy them online too remember.

However, firstly, a spot of boasting, if that’s okay.  I know I just did this last week but a couple of things have come up which are rather good, so umm… well, I’ll keep it brief.

Firstly, Song, by Toad has been voted joint third favourite music blog, along with Gorilla vs Bear, in the music bloggers’ favourite music blogs poll 2011, as conducted by the Recommender.  Strangely enough, I finished level with GvB last year as well, although we were joint fourth, but we were also behind a second-placed Pigeons & Planes too, which gives this year’s list an oddly familiar look.

And Secondly, The Scotsman asked me to write an article for them about ‘A Year in Toad’, or something like that, this weekend, and the results can be read here.  It’s odd how editing the writing as brutally as I had to to fit it into the 900 word limit changes the feel of it.  I am not sure if I didn’t try and cram too much stuff in there, at the expense of that friendly, readable style I generally aim for.  Still, not a bad discipline to engage in every once in a while.

It’s odd though, because they barely changed what I submitted, albeit a couple of changes which seem oddly meaningless. In the first paragraph ‘in our living room’ was changed to ‘in the living room of my Edinburgh home’ which, despite sounding somewhat constipated and wrong when those particular words are put in my mouth, also seems like an oddly inefficient way to get the information across when they could have just added the word ‘Edinburgh’ before ‘indie label’ in the intro bit they put at the top.

So it was nice that they changed so little, but the changes they made were a little baffling. In almost every case it was just a marginally different way of saying what I had already said.  So none of it was at all bad – the changes weren’t really better or worse – but it was a little odd, because it mostly seemed needless. The only reason I even mention it is because I don’t exactly write for grown up publications a lot, so I am still kind of fascinated by the process.

Anyway, the ramping up of the Christmas boozemageddon continues this week, with plenty of gigs and far too many opportunities to get yourself into a drunken mess.

Monday 5th Dec: Franz Nicolay, Chris T-T & Billy Liar at the Banshee Labyrinth.

I don’t know much about this, but it looks like it might be rather interesting. Nicolay used to play piano in The Hold Steady, and you can still hear a lot of that kind of stuff in his solo material.  Nevertheless, it clearly has its own character, maybe a little more frenzied and tangential than the conversational realism of Hold Steady stuff, so this could be a really interesting gig.

Tuesday 6th Dec: Broken Records, The Douglas Firs & R.M. Hubbert at Cabaret Voltaire.

Broken Records will be test driving some new songs, which is exciting enough, and with The Douglas Firs and R.M. Hubbert also booked, this bill is an absolute corker.

Broken Records – Modern Worksong

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Friday 9th Dec: John Knox Sex Club at the National Portrait Gallery.

The John Knox Sex Club were described to me as the best live band in Scotland, and after their Ides of Toad gig with Easter and Fuzzystar, I can’t disagree.  It was brilliant, and they are in Edinburgh again on Friday at the National Portrait Gallery, playing at the launch for a book called Rough Cut Nation.

Saturday 10th Dec: Song, by Toad Records Christmas Party at the St. Stephen’s Centre.

With a couple of exceptions we will have every band on the label playing on Saturday. Lil Daggers and Trips and Falls are across the pond, The Savings and Loan don’t really play live, particularly, and Charlie from King Post Kitsch has had to go down to London for work-related reasons.  Other than that, we are all present and accounted for, so please join us for a day (and evening) spent celebrating our year’s work with increasing levels of drunkenness.

21 witty ripostes to Live in Edinburgh This Week – 5th December 2011

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    Discovered this was on on friday early evening

    Its A Rough Cut Nation book launch at the National portrait gallery Friday 6 till 8. It’s free and unticketed and The John Knox Sex Club are playing apparently
    See you there

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    i are scientist

    John Knox Sex Club seem to be doing something at the newly reopened Portrait Gallery this Friday:

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    i are scientist

    Oh dear god

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    I’m confident I won’t be as hammered as I was at the Gerry Loves bash. Sorta.

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    Scientist, Wilf, that is the coolest cross-posting I have ever seen. Are you sure you two are suited to being together, you seem to have nothing at all in common 😉

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    It looks like an amazingly good event though. I shall add that to the listings and pretend I knew about it all along…

  7. OOOOOO sat finishes at 23:00? That means I can get the train not take the car, awesome! It’s a byob affair right?

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    i are scientist

    Yes, we have clearly now assimilated – one does become a little borg-like after a while..

    I was going to ask about the BYOB situation Sat as well – although it is clearly excellent news that there will be mulled wine available, I’m not sure if even I can managed to get pissed on the stuff (I’m willing to give it a go though..)

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    I do believe our friday fives were consecutive posts as well.
    Certainly looking forward to saturday, not too far to drag our sorry arses home afterwards either – result

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    Hadn’t heard any Franz Nicolay solo stuff before seeing him on Friday, but he was ace. Good songs and a very likeable person. Ditto for Chris T-T, so that gig tonight should be good.

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    Chris, yes indeed it is.

    Jim, glad to hear it, and glad it went well for Lis too.

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    Well that bottle of Bombay Saphire I was saving just found its special occasion!

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    Hmm that’s interesting my phone and laptop appear to post as two different accounts! I’ll try and fix that! Although I fear I may have exposed myself as a complete Luddite in a previous post!

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    You wouldn’t be the only one who has no fucking idea how that works. For the first posts you signed in with Facebook though, if that helps.

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    Love the poster, wish I could attend. Why does America have to be so far away?

    Congrats, your kudos are well earned.

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    Hmm, maybe a stupid question any idea what the other one is? I feel word press is involved but cant remember.
    Also will there be a hard/paper copy of the poster to steal…. I mean buy?

  17. avatar
    Duncan Shaw

    On Friday 9th there is a big night on at Henry’s with 5 bands; The Cosmonauts, Thank You So Nice, Jen & The Gents, Little Love & The Friendly Vibes and Lost Telegrams.

    Its a charity gig for Marie Curie. There will also be a raffle, with two ukuleles up for grabs!

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    Posters will be available for free on the night.

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    Saturday is going to be fucking amazing.

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    Is that a ‘Robin’ profile picture?! This pleases me.

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    Oh yes it most certainly is old chap!

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