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Zed Penguin – This Town

This is the last single from what I have to describe as the awesomely successful Beer vs. Records project. We haven’t sold out yet, but I have to confess, I never anticipated being this close to doing so. We can’t usually sell 250 of anything this fast, with the exception of a couple of the bands we work with, and given this was hardly a high-profile release I have to confess I wasn’t all that sure how it would go.

Anyhow, I’ll officially announce the winner next week, but for now, this is the last of the live videos we made during recording, and it’s a truly awesome pop song by Zed Penguin. We ended up including the live guide vocal in this mix, and loading it with distortion, just to give the chorus that extra bit of snarl. I think it works really well – I love this song, and I’m really glad I had the chance to record it.

We still have a few copies of the Split 12″ available too, and you can get the beer in Vino in Edinburgh, The God Spirit Company in Glasgow and Rough Trade East in London, I think, assuming they have any left.


Five For Friday – 22nd March 2013

Yawwwwwwn, streeetch… ahhh, the residual jetlag still hasn’t quite evaporated yet, but Mrs. Toad and I are basically back in the swing of things by now. I still got that 7pm MUST SLEEP crash last night just before football training, which was unfortunate, and woke up rather too early this morning, but this is just the tail end.

Anyhow, there will be a little more self-promotion than usual on this week’s Fives, simply because we have quite a few things on the immediate horizon and, frankly, shit is getting exciting!

So have a browse through this little lot, and if you’ve happened across anything interesting on the internet recently then pop down into the comments section and share it with the rest of the class.

1. Sparrow and the Workshop – Shock Shock video

The video at the top of the page is of course the new video for their latest single Shock Shock by Sparrow and the Workshop. As per usual, they make all these daft videos themselves, which is one of many reasons we love them here at Song, by Toad Records. The vinyl of their new album arrived yesterday as well, and it looks bloody lovely (pic below). You can pre-order the album here and get tickets for their Edinburgh and Glasgow launch nights here – £2 cheaper in advance than they will be on the door.

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2. Song of the Day: Spider Lilly by Lil Daggers

From this free compilation by Pure Honey, a free magazine from Miami, where the band are also from. Lil Daggers are developing a really nice, dirty sound and I am really looking forward to their new recordings if this is anything to go by.

3. Adam Stafford – Imaginary Walls Collapse artwork


As you probably know, we are releasing Adam Stafford’s second album Imaginary Walls Collapse in July, and we have just finished laying out the artwork. The album is now mastered, and we are just awaiting test pressings and the finalising of a launch show in Glasgow in late June.

And in case you want a taster, here is a song which was actually cut from the vinyl version of the album, but will be available as part of the download. If you’re wondering, that gorgeous female vocal is Siobhan Wilson, who I am pretty sure will also be playing at the launch night.

4. I wrote an article for the Scotsman about SXSW.

I know a lot of you know about this already, but yesterday I wrote a big ol’ article for The Scotsman about SXSW, what I was doing there, and what Scottish bands hope to achieve. It’s not too bad, I think, although it could have easily been twice as long.

5. Pizarnik, by Plastic Animals & Beer vs. Records.

As you know, we are releasing a new Split 12″ on Record Store Day this year, but what you may not know is that this Split 12″ is facing off against a limited run of 250 special 4-packs of craft beer from Barney’s in Edinburgh, complete with a download card for eight more songs from the same recording sessions, of which Pizarnik by Plastic Animals is the first single. What will sell out first, the beer or the records? WE’LL FIND OUT!


Toad Beer and Cupcakes, Thanks to Fiona Buckle and Barney’s Beer

I am very, very pleased with these!  For those of you in London, come and get some of the cupcakes above and the beer pictured below at the Independent Label Market tomorrow where we will have a stall.  I think we are sort of the Fanny Price of the event however, as the song we were asked for was cut from the promotional compilation and they never published the Q&A with us either, but if you all turn up and buy records tomorrow (which you will, WON’T YOU?) then that won’t matter at all.

So for those even remotely interested in hearing even more of my tedious opinions, I thought I might as well at least publish the Q&A myself seeing as I spent time answering the questions, and you can read the whole thing at the bottom of the page.

And for those of you in Scotland gazing jealously at the cupcakes in the picture at the top of the page, and at the beer in the picture below, fear not: you can help yourself to some of these things by coming to our label Christmas Party on Friday 7th December at Summerhall.

The cupcakes were made by the awesome Miss Fiona Buckle (she stayed up until 5am doing them as well, so you better be appreciative, you greedy beggars), and the beer was brewed by a rather brilliant and rather tiny independent brewer’s called Barney’s, which appropriately enough can be found on the premises at Summerhall. My sincere thanks to both of them for their excellent work.

Q&A With Song, by Toad Records for the Independent Label Market 2012

What is your inspiration for your label?
Mostly I was inspired by other people being Wrong About Music.  I started out as a blogger, and the idea of my own label was mostly fomented by the sheer amount of shit I was sent by proper labels when compared to the quality of a lot of the stuff I was receiving from unsigned bands. It became more and more frustrating the more involved I got with the local underground music community, and eventually my wife and I got very drunk and snapped, telling a band that if no-one else was going to do it, dammit WE would put out their album.

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?
Yes.  Mostly gin.

Are you a record label or a brand? (you’re not allowed to answer ‘both’)
I hate the term, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a brand. As I said, I started out as just a blogger, and the blog is still going today, I do a weekly podcast, we record video sessions, and we put on regular gigs in Edinburgh. It’s a many-tentacled beast, the Toad Empire!

Is this what you want to do for the rest of your life?
I get bored quickly, so I doubt just running a record label will be enough in the long run. The benefit of no-one knowing how the music industry works anymore, however, is that being a record label can be a pretty flexible thing these days.  And the benefit of being your own boss is that if running the label one way becomes boring, I can always just decide to do things differently.

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?
We may have some limited edition Toad Beer, some custom-made Toad Cupcakes, and a couple of yet-to-be-released things which we are making available because we have the finished product already, and the release date is pretty soon so, in the words of Doc Brown, we figured what the heck.

Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?
The Leg, because they would terrify the shit out of everyone.  They make pop music, but it’s pop music in the way that Krampus is a fairytale character.  He is, but not quite in the way you’d think.