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Eef Barzelay House Gig

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Our pal Eef Barzelay is coming back to Edinburgh in November, and kindly offered to play a gig in our new warehouse space The Happiness Hotel. I am really excited to see him play again, and we’ll be sorting out a suitably excellent support in the fullness of time. In the meantime have a listen to the ton of excellent music on his Bandcamp page (I suggest We Leave Only Ashes if you don’t know where to start).

Warehouse Gig: Tim the Mute, Juffage and Hostel Freaks


Mrs. Toad and I have spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks clearing out the warehouse and making it fit for human habitation. We’ve even installed a wood-burning stove and got some lights in there which aren’t the face-melting halogens which were installed when we bought the place.

Anyhow, our pal Tim is visiting from Vancouver, so we thought we’d put on a wee gig in there to celebrate its being pretty much ready and finished… a mere two years after we first moved into the house: Friday 26th February, £5 entry, 7pm start, BYOB. The warehouse is down in Leith, and I’ll email address details once you buy a ticket, rather than sticking up our address on the internet*.

Tim is performing under the banner of Tim the Mute. He runs Kingfisher Bluez Records in Vancouver and released the Adam Stafford record over there last time around, as well as a ton of other really good stuff (top tip, if you listen to nothing else on the label: Allison Crutchfield) including excellent Scottish acts Rick Redbeard and Ballboy. Here’s Tim the Mute’s latest release for those who fancy a bit of a preview.

Joining Tim will be Leeds-based, American-raised Jeff T. Smith, better known as Juffage. He played a show for us last year at Henry’s and it was awesome, as you can be confident this will also be. Also on the bill, a new Edinburgh band – well, solo act really, I think – called Hostel Freaks. It’s sort of depressed electronica washed out with that sort of early-morning jet-lag feeling.

So come along, it will be fun. Just don’t wreck the place, now we’ve finally got it all tidied up!

Song, by Toad New Year's House Gig


If scenes like the one above fill you with a special kind of horror, then you may wish to join Mrs. Toad and I in Leith for another wonderfully special Song, by Toad New Year’s House Gig.

Started by Jon Rooney from the fabulous Virgin of the Birds, who once rather optimistically asked if I could get him a gig in Edinburgh on one of the craziest nights of the year, we’ve been doing these every New Year’s Eve since 2009, and this year we will be joined by the fantastic Tissø Lake and Aberdeen legend the Kitchen Cynics.

Alan from the Kitchen Cynics is one of the most prolific and interesting musicians in Scotland. He’s a legend if you ever head up North, but if you can’t be arsed going as far as Aberdeen, maybe a couple of miles to Leith will show you why.

Tissø Lake is the work of Ian Humberstone, someone who you hopefully remember from his Split 7″ with Rob St. John back in 2011, but if not should surely remember all the phenomenal Folklore Tapes stuff he has both released for himself and been involved in releasing for others.

So basically, you can head up into the puke and broken glass of town and have what I personally consider to be a pretty shit evening. Or for a fiver and BYOB you can come down to Leith and have a pleasant, sociable and utterly inebriated evening in the company of myself, Mrs. Toad and two of the finest underground students of local folklore Scotland has to offer.

Tickets here:

House Gig With Matthew Caws of Nada Surf


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.


Song, by Toad's New Year's House Gig


Umm, that’s about it, really. Party. Pop music. Gin. And Bart Owl and Neil Moon will be providing non-specific musical entertainments. Don’t ask – I have no idea.

Also, it’s a fiver to get in, so we can pay the band. Because we’re nice like that. Also, it’s BYOB, although we will provide munchies and things, as we usually do. Oh, and it’ll be in the warehouse, so be aware it might be a bit chilly. We’ll try and warm it up, and with loads of people there it shouldn’t be a problem, but dressing warmly might be advisable.

The Gentle Toad Presents: Gulp & eagleowl House Gig


The Gentle Toad? The what? Well, for a brief entente cordiale Bart of The Gentle Invasion and eagleowl and myself have been able to set aside our mutual animosity and agree to cooperate on one last thing. Apart from beer. Oh, and terrible films. And being weird on the internet. Actually, maybe not one last thing, but eagleowl did sign for Lost Map instead of Song, by Toad so will always need to be treated with a degree of suspicion around here. Even if they do invite awesome bands to play in our warehouse.

On Saturday 4th of October eagleowl will be supporting the awesome Gulp round at our place, and you can come along for the price of a fiver. The rules are pretty simple: BYOB, feel free to stick around and get pished with us as long as you like, and don’t be a twat to anyone – easy!

In return you get to see some excellent music in one of Edinburgh’s more seldom-used venues, and, erm, well get shit-faced and have an awesome time. I rather anticipate Bart insisting on DJing afterwards as well, as he tends to, so erm, well whether you consider that good news or bad is entirely your decision. Oh, and we can only take about 50 or 60 people, so make your decision fast, as these things have a habit of selling out.

It’s going to be fucking brilliant.

Buy your tickets here:

Sold out now, sorry.

Live Stream: Song, by Toad New Year's House Gig

Hello folks. I suppose this applies mostly to people in different time zones, but as per usual we will be live streaming our New Year’s House Gig this year. The player is below the jump just to stop it slowing the whole page down to a crawl, so click through and you should be able to see it.

The timing will be roughly this (all times GMT):
Dan Mutch (from The Leg) 9:45 – 10:15pm.
NAKED (see video above) 10:45 – 11:15

For the live video, see below… (more…)

Song, by Toad New Year's House Gig 2013

Yep, continuing in our proud if raucous tradition of avoiding the drunken chaos of the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations by creating drunken chaos all of our own, this year will see another Song, by Toad New Year’s House Gig.

These events are TICKETS ONLY for the gig part, because we need to pay the band and we need to control the numbers of people clattering about our house scaring the cats, so if you can’t get a ticket, that’s just unfortunate, sorry.

On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough to snag one, this year’s show features NAKED and the awesome Dan Mutch from The Leg, and will have lasers and smoke machines – amazing!

Tickets sold out now, sorry.

Tuesday 26th November 2013: Charles Latham House Gig

Mr. Charles Latham made his name amongst the Edinburgh underground music community when first Withered Hand and, for a while, Meursault began to regularly cover his tune Hard On, to the extent that the song actually ended up on Withered Hand’s debut album, Good News.

It wasn’t until about a year ago, however, that he actually had his first chance to come over here and tour and so of course we did our best to snag a Toad Session with him, which you can find here. He didn’t actually play Hard On, but we got four fantastic songs recorded, and he seems to have enjoyed our house so much he’s volunteered to come back in a couple of weeks and play a house gig with us.

So, on Tuesday November 26th, swing by and see Charles Latham and a mystery guest play at Toad Hall for the princely sum of £5, all of which goes straight to the artist. You can thank me later! And remember that our house only takes about thirty to thirty-five people, so be quick if you want to be guaranteed entry.

Sold out now, sorry.