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Two Moments of Brilliance Left – The May 2015 Avalanche of Gigs is Nearly Over

rope-unraveling-300x113 I have to confess that by the time I looked at the finalised version of my May gig calendar I kind of knew it was going to be like this. Chaos. One gig after another and little time for the blog or the label. I’ve tried to keep both on track of course, but it’s been the absolute bare minimum in both cases, because this month was all about the twenty-seven bands I was going to be putting on over the course of the thirty-one days of May. You may scoff, but I am not a professional promoter, and it has been a shitload of fun, but heavy going nevertheless.

And it isn’t fucking over either, because this week we have the last two shows of our hectic May schedule, and then I am never putting another gig on ever again as long as I live. Or at least until late June when we have Songdog coming to Edinburgh.

TOMORROW, FREE at the Paradise Palms on Bristo Square: Strop (formerly Froth), Psychic Soviest and alansmithee.

The last night of our fantastic run of free shows at the Paradise Palms showcasing the very best new Scottish guitar bands. The first three shows have been incredible and this will be no different. All the bands are raucous, kind of messy and incredibly fun to watch. All three are also on a new 12″ vinyl compilation we’ll be releasing in the Autumn, which I have just about finalised and which is sounding fucking brilliant.

Also, try the Ninja Buns at the Paradise Palms because they’re bloody ace.

FRIDAY: £5 at Henry’s Cellar Bar: Rob St. John, Eerie Idles and Elara Caluna.

Rob is back with a full band for the first time in ages, and this is brilliant news. There’s something so recklessly brooding about them when they really get going, which is a real counterpoint to how lovely Rob’s music can be when he wants to dial it back a bit.

The rest of the lineup can probably at best be described as a little elusive. Eerie Idles only exist at all because we asked Pablo from My Kappa Roots to play and this is what he came up with. I think it’s just one of those occasions when you just have to shrug your shoulders, accept that fuck it, he’s a talented wee bastard and let’s see what the fuck he comes out with.

And finally, Elara Caluna are simply a new Glasgow band about whom I know very little indeed, but who still sound really promising. There are only wee bits here and there on the internet, but those bits are good, and they’ve been on bills with some good bands in Glasgow too, so I am most excited to see them.

Sucker Punch this weekend in Glasgow.

This weekend sees the fabulous Gold Flake Paint celebrating its fifth birthday by hosting Sucker Punch at the Glad Café on the Southside. It’s a fantastic lineup across every single day, and on Saturday Rob St. John and Supermoon (Neil from Meursault’s new thing) will both be on the bill, so if your chief interest is Toad stuff (ha!) then that’s the day to be there.

Honestly though, the whole fucking lineup is absolutely fantastic, so don’t fuck about, just go along to the whole thing.

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Rob St. John Full Band Shows Coming Up

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It’s been a while since I saw Rob St. John with a full band. It was his full-band, going electric, judas performance at the Retreat Festival back in 2000andsomethingsomething that I realised I didn’t just like his music, I thought it was fucking brilliant, and after a bit of determined stalking that’s kind of how we ended up releasing his records.

So, after a relatively long absence in this particular guise Rob returns to Scotland next week with two full band shows. One is our own show at Henry’s on Friday 29th May (see the poster image above) which you can get tickets for here. For this show Rob will be joined by Eerie Idles, the new project from Pablo Clark who you may remember from his previous guise My Kappa Roots, and Glasgow newcomers Elara Caluna.

Then on Saturday Rob (along with Supermoon) will be playing at the Gold Flake Paint fifth birthday celebrations at the Glad Café in Glasgow. The event is actually spread over two days and features all sorts of incredible bands, like C Duncan, Kathryn Joseph, Wolf, Apostille and plenty more. You can hear a playlist of all the bands here, and get your tickets from this link.

The song below is one of Rob’s tunes on the new split 10″ vinyl we just released with him on one side, long-time pal Woodpigeon on the other, and paintings by another friend Jake Bee on the front and back covers. It is fucking ace. You should buy one.

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MAYDAY! Emergency Toad Gig Guide For the Month

bear I have no idea how I ended up doing this, but it’s mainly, I suppose, because there’s no such thing as a silly idea I am not prepared to run with and make even sillier. The result being that during the month of May, the last week of which I won’t won’t even be in the country for, I am putting on no less than seven gigs in Edinburgh – pretty much two a week all month.

So, to help you out, here is a basic outline of everything, with clickable links to more information:

Paradise Palms Song by Toad Dingus Rock Slop Fest – every Wednesday in May, a free lineup of the very best undiscovered gems in Scottish guitar music at the Paradise Palms on Bristo Square.

Song, by Toad Hidden Door Showcase – an eight band bill of bands on the label, and bands I just happen to really like on Saturday 23rd May at the Hidden Door Festival. It will also be the album launch for Numbers Are Futile’s debut album Sunlight on Black Horizon.

Two BAD FUN nights at Henry’s, with Joey Fourr and Virgin of the Birds on the 16th and Rob St. John on the 29th.

And, if that’s too general, here is a list for you:

Wednesday 6th May at Paradise Palms (free entry):
Halfrican, Dune Witch Trails and Wendell Borton

Wednesday 13th May at Paradise Palms (free entry):
Passion Pusher, DTHPDL and Breakfast Muff

Saturday 16th May at Henry’s (tickets):
Virgin of the Birds, Joey Fourr, Sharptooth and Onions

Wednesday 20th May at Paradise Palms (free entry):
Spinning Coin, Filth Spector and Andrew R. Burns & the Tropicanas

Saturday 23rd May at the Hidden Door Festival (tickets):
Long Room: Le Thug, Supermoon and Numbers Are Futile
Cage Room: Garden of Elks (acoustic) and Adam Stafford
Bongo Club: Youngstrr Joey, Lush Purr and Bat Bike

Wednesday 27th May at Paradise Palms (free entry):
Strop (formerly Froth), Psychic Soviets and alansmithee

Friday 29th May at Henry’s (tickets):
BAD FUN with Rob St. John, Eerie Idles and Elara Caluna

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Numbers Are Futile Album Launch at the Song, by Toad Hidden Door Showcase

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The Hidden Door Festival this year brings us, amongst dozens of other things, the glorious Song, by Toad showcase that *ahem* the world has been waiting for all these years. And also the album launch for Numbers Are Futile’s debut album Sunlight on Black Horizon, which you can pre-order here if you like.

Tickets here.

We have the continuing rebirth of Supermoon, Adam Stafford is back too and preparing for a new album, and new signings Le Thug and Garden of Elks will be playing too. There will be a weird, somewhat creepy stage up in the Cage Room, and a raucous off-shoot of the Dingus Rock Slop Fest we’re doing at Paradise Palms in May, with brand new bands Lush Purr and Youngstrr Joey, along with Trashmouth Records signings Bat Bike.

In short, it’s going to be fucking awesome and you should come along.

Long Room:
Numbers Are Futile, Supermoon & Lush Purr

Cage Room:
Adam Stafford & Le Thug

Bongo Club:
Garden of Elks, Bat Bike & Youngstrr Joey

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Paradise Palms Song by Toad Dingus Rock Slop Fest

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If you read this blog on a regular basis (does anyone actually still do that?) you’ll know that there has been a huge explosion of awesome, DIY guitar music coming out of Glasgow recently, and this free entry mini-festival is designed to showcase as much of it as possible.

EVERY WEDNESDAY IN MAY, 7:30pm FREE ENTRY
PARADISE PALMS ON BRISTO SQUARE

We don’t really have a lot of obvious, eye-catching headliners exactly, although you should recognise a good few of those names from various gigs and blog posts over the last year or two, but generally I’m kind of just hoping you’ll be up for just taking my word for it and chancing your arm with these shows. There’s a playlist of all the bands at the bottom of the page to help you make up your mind.

Oddly enough, despite a dozen bands playing at four different shows over the course of a month, I could happily have booked half as many gigs again – there are really just that many fantastic bands playing this kind of shrugged-shoulder guitar music at the moment.  There are often bits of slacker, psyche, lo-fi, punk and surf in there, as well as art- and of course dingus rock. I have no idea what dingus rock actually is, but James from Passion Pusher called his music that and I fucking love the term, so there you go. I know it when I hear it.

Here’s the full lineup:

Wednesday 6th May: Halfrican – Dune Witch Trails – Wendell Borton

Wednesday 13th May: Passion Pusher – DTHPDL – Breakfast Muff

Wednesday 20th May: Spinning Coin – Filth Spector – Andrew R Burns & the Tropicanas

Wednesday 27th May: Strop – Psychic Soviets – alansmithee

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Kathryn Joseph

Kathryn-Joseph-lying-down Somewhere in Aberdeen there will be a gentleman slapping his hand to his forehead and shouting ‘Oh for fuck’s sake, Toad’ when this post goes public. I was told about Kathryn Sawyers (at the time) a wee while ago by a pal up there and once again I have been a little slow to get my shit together and listen.

Early this year, however, Kathryn (now) Joseph released her debut album. She did it rather on the quiet, I think, but it made a real impact with the people who heard it. It’s pretty simple really, based around just her lovely piano and trembly vocal. There is more there – a bit of keys, some percussion – but it’s all based around bringing the best out of the gorgeous interplay between vocal and piano.

So, having finally realised what Stevie up in Aberdeen was talking about, I’ve invited Kathryn to play an Edinburgh show – tomorrow (20th March) with Viking Moses at Henry’s Cellar Bar.

It’s going to be a lovely evening, I reckon. Viking Moses will be playing a low-key, more piano-based set, and BEAM’s stuff is absolutely gorgeous, as I pointed out to you a couple of days ago on this very blog. So yes, hope to see you there.

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BEAM

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 15.05.28 Instead of stalking young musicians on social media, this particular tip came to me the old-fashioned way: mentioned by a friend in the pub. Retro!

Amy MacDougall, who records as BEAM, will be playing what I think is one of her first Edinburgh shows on Friday at Henry’s supporting Viking Moses and Kathryn Joseph (tickets here, seriously, you should come along).

I think Amy might be better know for singing with other people, but that’s a bit of a disservice, because her own music is delicate and lovely. Not in that prissy way that some singer-songwriter stuff can be, just dreamy and gorgeous, with diaphanous* vocal loops providing an elusive sense of atmosphere and mystery. The loops themselves may be dreamy but when the lead vocal comes in it has more presence than you might expect, listening to the tracks build up.

The songs are all about texture and atmosphere, and are a gorgeous blend of organic and digital elements. There is cello (Pete Harvey once more, of The Leg, Cold Seeds, Bastard Mountain and Meursault fame – seriously, that boy gets everywhere), piano, a bit of guitar, Amy’s gorgeous voice, all drifting in and out of focus amongst a gently shifting digital landscape. It’s odd and elusive, but entirely welcoming. I know I’m into my awkward, slightly needly music these days, but this is really warm and generous and I like it for that.

So, Friday then. This is going to be excellent! BEAM will be onstage first – at 8pm – so if you want to catch her performance come down early.

*Seriously, fuck you, I write about music all the time and I never use that word. You’ve got to give it to me this once, surely. No? Seriously? Too far? Alright, maybe you have a point, sorry, what was I thinking. Seriously. ‘Diaphanous’. Who fucking uses words like that?

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Next Week’s BAD FUN: BeckyBecky, FROTH and Chrissy Barnacle

Our next round of BAD FUN shows kicks off next week, with the fantastic Becky Becky coming up from Brighton. I wrote about their debut album a while back – Good Morning Midnight. I know both Pete and Gemma from their respective previous projects (Woodpecker Wooliams and Art Pedro, since you ask) and I really like this stuff. It’s really dark electro synth pop, and this isn’t normally my kind of territory admittedly, but I really like this album.

The show is at Henry’s Cellar Bar on Thursday, with advance tickets available here as per usual. Henry’s is getting nicer by the day under new ownership at the moment, and they’ve even got Williams and Joker on tap now too, so I hope to see you there. I am most excited!

Also on the bill will be a couple of Glasgow newcomers – FROTH and Chrissy Barnacle. FROTH have been described as the best band in Glasgow at the moment by people I generally trust to be right about music, and I really enjoyed them the only time I’ve seen them play, which was at the Passion Pusher cassette launch late last year. The recordings on their Bandcamp page are pretty clean actually, but live they are loose and splenetic and ace, and I am delighted to bring your their first Edinburgh show.

I am not entirely sure if this is Chrissy Barnacle‘s first Edinburgh show too, but I sort of guess it might be. Her stuff is rather more delicate and gentle, with a lovely sense of uncertainty about it. I happened across her name on a bill with a couple of other people I like and she has a lovely four-song EP with strings on her Bandcamp page, and I am really interested to hear what she sounds like live.

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House Gig With Matthew Caws of Nada Surf

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Hello internet people of Edinburgh (sorry, yes, pretty much just Edinburgh this time), it’s time to announce our next absolutely awesome house gig – after starting life in our new house with Viking Moses and Alec from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Next up, on Friday 27th February (sold out now – see below), we have Matthew Caws from Nada Surf, a band I suppose I am going to be forced to refer to as ‘seminal’ or something like that. Maybe I’ll just settle for really fucking good instead.

The rules are simple. I’ll email you our address on the day of the gig (we’re down in Leith though, if that helps you plan), it’s BYOB but we will provide some food and drink that you’re welcome to help yourselves too, and after the show you’re welcome to stick around as long as you like and get pished and listen to records with us.

SOLD OUT NOW, SORRY.

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Supermoon, Wolf & Ryan Van Winkle

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Meursault ceased to exist in late 2014, but then there was Supermoon. And no-one really knew what that was, apart from NOTMeursault, but since then we have start to see new bits and pieces cropping up which might give us a few hints. Firstly, there are the cartoons which have been appearing on Instagram. They are, erm, well not narratively expansive exactly, but they do give you something of a sense of something anyway, even if I am not entirely sure what it is.

There are also new Supermoon recordings cropping up on Soundcloud all the time at the moment, and we’re working towards a formal EP release in the fairly near future, so we though fuck it, why not have a proper gig and say hello to the world like normal bands do.

The show will take place at Henry’s Cellar Bar on Friday 23rd January, and you can get tickets here. Neil will be joined by the awesome Wolf, who you should hopefully remember from either Howlin’ Fling or Jonnie Common’s album launch last year, as well as locally-based poet and one of the key driving forces behind the Forest Café, Ryan Van Winkle.