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Toadcast #308 – Broken Records Toad Session v2

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Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page)

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.

Full interview podcast:

Toadcast #308 – Broken Records Toad Session v2 by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

Session tracks:

Podcast playlist:

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)

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Toadcast #299 – Eef Barzelay Toad Session

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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, before the podcast track listing at the bottom of the page. As well as Fiona, I was also helped out with filming and recording by Neil from Meursault.

Full interview podcast:

Toadcast #299 – Clem Snide/Eef Barzelay Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

Session tracks:

Session track videos

Podcast playlist:

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)

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Toadcast #296 – Brown Brogues Toad Session

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Well if we can handle the racket of PAWS and the sheer numbers of Broken Records then fuck it, we can do Brown Brogues. In the two or three years since Mrs. Toad and I first saw these lads playing at an Irish pub in Austin at SXSW a couple of years ago they have become good pals, as well as DIY inspirations. Although totally fucking incapable of taking an interview seriously.

For this one I handled the audio a little differently. Instead of mixing everything in Logic I actually mixed it on the live recording desk and then played it back through our reel-to-reel tape machine, overloading both channels slightly, and then recording the results into my laptop. It’s the first time I’ve used the reel-to-reel, so I am still finding my way, and the results may be nasty as fuck but I really like them.

One thing which doesn’t sound so great, unfortunately, is the interview audio. The band used effects pedals on their vocal mics, which interfered rather badly with the recording of the interview, so I’ve ended up having to do the best I can with the tiny mics on the film cameras, which aren’t the best. It’s alright though – just not as nice as I would have liked it.

The crew for this one was just Nic and Rory and myself, but Mrs. Toad made the most fantastic roast lamb for us all, so I should really be crediting her as well. It really was fucking tasty!

Full interview podcast:

Toadcast #296 – Brown Brogues Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

Session tracks:

Session track videos

Podcast playlist:

01. Brown Brogues – Baby, it’s Alright (Toad Session) (00.21)
02. Elvis Presley – If I Can Dream (08.24)
03. Harlem – Gay Human Bones (11.52)
04. Brown Brogues – Split Disc (Toad Session) (21.43)
05. Black Lips – Feeling Gay (32.15)
06. The Growlers – Gay Thoughts (36.03)
07. Brown Brogues – Shake It (Toad Session) (44.39)
08. Liars – Overachievers (52.57)
09. Oingo Boingo – Private Life (56.35)
10. Brown Brogues – AG From the Cradle (Toad Session) (1.05.36)

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Toadcast #293 – Adam Stafford Toad Session

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Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page)

Adam Stafford released his fantastic album Imaginary Walls Collapse on Song, by Toad Records early in 2013. You can buy a copy on vinyl here if you like, but it won’t tell you quite as much about Adam as I am hoping this session might.

Adam is a film-maker as well, and has a genuinely eclectic taste in music, of the sort that makes me feel really rather ashamed by my own tunnel vision. He made a rather fantastic mixtape for the excellent Gold Flake Paint a while back called Magnatory Baws Prolapse which (despite its rather rotten name) reminded me all too strongly of everything that is wrong with my own taste in music – as well as being brilliant to listen to, dammit!

This session was recorded by myself, with photos by the ever-awesome Nic Rue, with the filming done by Gavin White and Ian Greenhill and the videos all edited by Gavin.

 

Full interview podcast:

Toadcast #293 – Adam Stafford Toad Session by Song, By Toad on Mixcloud

Session tracks:

Session track videos

Podcast playlist:

01. Adam Stafford – Imaginary Walls Collapse (Toad Session) (00.22)
02. Y’all is Fantasy Island – High Hopes, Lost Love & Ruined Lives (15.07)
03. Colin Stetson – Judges (19.16)
04. Adam Stafford – Cold Seas (Toad Session) (29.11)
05. Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo – The Solitary Rabbit (39.27)
06. Siobhan Wilson – Te Petite Minette (42.43)
07. Adam Stafford – His Acres (Toad Session) (53.02)
08. PAWS – Violent Vicki Violet (1.08.20)
09. Toulemani Diabaté – Eylan Road (1.11.01)
10. Adam Stafford – Shot Down You Summer Wannabes (Toad Session) (1.28.32)

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Toadcast #290 – Old Earth Toad Session

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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)

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Toadcast #285 – Sparrow and the Workshop Toad Session (v2)

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Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page)

Wait a second, haven’t we already done a Sparrow and the Workshop Toad Session? Why yes we have, and it is here. But if you follow that link you may well understand why we’ve recorded another one.

Basically, back then I didn’t really have any idea how to record and mix things, I had no idea how to export video properly, and YouTube was in a 640×480 format, meaning that everything looks like it should have been embedded on a Geocities site, not a swish, modern music blog. So we sat down with Broken Records, Meursault and first Sparrow and the Workshop and did whole new Toad Sessions with them because, well because they live locally and we’re all friends and fuck it, we can.

So this is the second Sparrow and the Workshop Toad Session. The photos were by Nic Rue, as is becoming increasingly traditional, and her fella and fellow long-time Session veteran Rory helped record and also film, along with Ian Greenhill. Gavin White, who also filmed the session, was kind enough to edit it for us. His stuff is on Vimeo under the name of Full Fridge Video.

Full interview podcast:

Session tracks:

Session track videos

Podcast playlist:

01. Sparrow and the Workshop – The Gun (Toad Session) (00.07)
02. The Rosy Crucifixion – Don’t Water Dead Flowers (15.06)
03. Thee Oh Sees – Nightcrawler (18.37)
04. Sparrow and the Workshop – Medal Round Your Neck (Toad Session) (23.13)
05. Lal Waterson – Midnight Feast (34.42)
06. Richard Dawson – Poor Old Horse (38.23)
07. Sparrow and the Workshop – Shock Shock (Toad Session) (54.45)
08. The Roches – Hammond Song (58.48)
09. Country Teasers – Golden Apples (1.04.18)
10. Sparrow and the Workshop – Flower Bombs (Toad Session) (1.14.55)

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Toadcast #279 – The Yawns Toad Session

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Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page)

This session was recorded back in March, so once again I find myself apologising to the band for taking so long over it. I blame Beer vs. Records, Sparrow and the Workshop and the Pale Imitation Festival for taking such a lot of time and work that I ended up distracted. The same old disorganised shite as usually happens, in other words.

The Yawns emerged late last year when they released their debut album as a pay-what-you-want download to pretty much no fanfare at all. Slowly but surely, however, word seemed to spread around the internet and it turned out that a lot of people were really into the record. I was released on tape by one label, then vinyl by another and actually ended up doing better than loads of stuff people put all their time and energy into promoting.

I loved it too, of course, so I asked them to play in Edinburgh in January, and then I enjoyed the show so much a Toad Session ensued. And this is it.

Many thanks to the team once again – Gavin, Rory, Matthew and Ian who helped with the filming, Rory who took the photos, Neil who recorded it and Mrs. Toad who made AWESOME brownies! And, I suppose, to the cats, for not massively disrupting everything like they usually do.  Puss-tards.

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

The Yawns – Diamond (Toad Session)

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The Yawns – Jean Thumb (Toad Session)

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The Yawns – Romeo Done (Toad Session)

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The Yawns – Butterfleyes (Toad Session)

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

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Toadcast #272 – Charles Latham Toad Session

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Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page)

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

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

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

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

Charles Latham – Squares (Toad Session)

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Charles Latham – My Perfect Church (Toad Session)

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Charles Latham – The Living Wage (Toad Session)

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Charles Latham – My Parents’ House (Toad Session)

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

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Toadcast #260 – Woodpecker Wooliams Toad Session

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This was recorded at Toad Hall in October 2012 with Woodpecker Wooliams, who releases with our friends Robot Elephant Records. She played at a BAD FUN night on the Friday at Henderson’s at St. John’s, and we were finally able to get this recorded on Sunday after the hangovers had subsided a little.

We were rather short of personnel for this one, so the whole thing ended up being recorded and filmed by me and Ian, with only the one other body to help out – the awesome photographer Nic Rue, with whose work you are all probably very well familiar by now.

For some reason Gemma only chose to play three songs, and we rather stupidly managed to run out of camera battery before the end of the third, so there is no session video for Crow, although the mp3 can be freely downloaded below as usual.  And for the first time in a Toad Session you get to properly meet one of our two new cats, who we’ve had for over a year now, but who are not quite as determined as Floyd to make themselves the star of the goddam show at every available opportunity.

Woodpecker Wooliams – Sparrow (Toad Session)

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Woodpecker Wooliams – Gull (Toad Session)

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Woodpecker Wooliams – Crow (Toad Session)

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

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

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Toadcast #258 – Samantha Crain Toad Session

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

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

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

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

Samantha Crain – Paint (Toad Session)

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Samantha Crain – It’s Simple (Toad Session)

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Samantha Crain – Santa Fe (Toad Session)

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Samantha Crain – Churchill (Toad Session)

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