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Toadcast #85 – The Ruthcast

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Hello, welcome to the Ruthcast.  Why the Ruthcast?  Because my friend Ruth who runs the Bowery with Jane came round to the house last week to thoroughly upstage me on my own podcast.

Last year Ruth was a guest on my Fresh Air radio show and completely and utterly upstaged me, and in this podcast we agreed that she would come on every week this year.  And that, frankly, sounds like a bloody good idea to me.

I mentioned on the Friday Five a couple of weeks ago that Ellie Greenwich had died, and as this is something which upset Ruth rather a lot, so the podcast is absolutely chock-full of Ellie Greenwich songs

Toadcast #85 – The Ruthcast

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01. The Ronettes – Baby I Love You (05.51)
02. Golden Ghost – If You Are in Love Then Why Are You Asleep? (13.36)
03. The Crystals – Then He Kissed Me (16.07)
04. Parenthetical Girls – A Song for Ellie Greenwich (23.25)
05. The Shangri-Las – Leader of the Pack (34.25)
06. Jeremy Jay – Beautiful Rebel (37.10)
07. The Blank Tapes – Listen to the One (41.41)
08. Dusty Springfield – What Good is I Love You (43.59)
09. Julie Doiron – Last Night (56.52)
10. Mount Eerie – Between Two Mysteries (69.06)

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Five Sly Naps in the Disabled Loo

sneakysThat there finely crafted piece of graphic art is the flyer for the Toad Night happening on Sunday at Sneaky’s.  Beauticious, isn’t it – took me almost fifteen minutes.  It should be a fun night though, particularly if you get lubricated at the Shipping Forecast Garden Party at the Pear Tree beforehand.

I was a guest DJ at Born to Be Wide last night, which was rather fun.  My assignment was to play about half an hour of unsigned Edinburgh bands, so it was a fine opportunity to make a club crowd listen to tunes by the likes of The Leg, Enfant Bastard, the Pineapple Chunks and eagleowl.  I can’t imagine there are many clubs where that sort of stuff is on the playlist, so that made me smile a little on the inside – particularly when I was approached by someone during eagleowl, demanding to know who was playing this wonderful song.  Score one for the wol.

The other comedy about last night was the lineup of guest DJs.  Born to Be Wide is a good night anyway, but last night Derek and Olaf truly excelled, getting porn director Ben Dover, actor and former Fire Engines singer Tam Dean Burn, and Orange Juice/Josef K/Low Miffs guitar hero Malcolm Ross to do sets at various points during the evening.  So yes: me, Ben Dover, Tam Dean Burn and Malcolm Ross.  I might as well retire now.

To make matters even more surreal, Malcolm did his Postcard Records set after my Unsigned Edinburgh one, and didn’t know how to use the DJ stuff, so I had to show him.  Talk about the blind leading the bloody blind – me with my almighty two sets of DJ experience having to show someone else how to use the equipment.  In future, of course, I am going to simply refer to this incident as ‘that time I taught Malcolm Ross to DJ’.  If any of you let slip the fact that this is a gross exaggeration to the point of pure fabrication, then I’ll kill you.

“What did you do last night Toad?”
“Oh the usual… played some tunes, had a couple of gins, taught Malcolm Ross how to DJ.  You get up to much?”

Not sure where I was going with that, actually.  Apart from trying explain the fact that it’s Friday and once again I have a massive hangover.  If only the day was 30 hours long I could sleep this shit off quite happily – curse you, Earth, and your excessively hasty axial rotation!  The only real consolation is that Mrs. Toad went on one of those corporate circle jerk team building buzzword bingo tossathons last night, staggered in so pished she didn’t even turn out the light in the bedroom and is now probably feeling far worse than I am.

Although knowing her, she’s probably curled up on the floor of the disabled loo having a crafty nap, the cheeky little minx.

1. Best ritual to get you to sleep.
2. Best tip for getting ready for work and out of the house fast with a stinking hangover.
3. Best hangover treat.
4. Best comfort food your mum made.
5. Best drunken debacle which happened to someone else and was hence very amusing instead of mortifying.

Orange Juice – Love Sick

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Josef K – Sorry For Laughing (Vinyl Version)

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Fire Engines – Get Up and Use Me

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The Shop Assistants – It’s Up to You

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Parenthetical Girls – A Song For Ellie Greenwich (Who is dead.  Ruth from the Bowery and I recorded a podcast yesterday, which will go up next Saturday, which goes into this in much more detail, but for now just look her up and marvel at quite how many truly legendary songs the woman wrote.  I genuinely had no idea.)

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The Waiting Room 03.12.08

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What ho!

Mr. Toad, possibly in a far more gin-sodden fug than usual, has rather superbly extended his amphibious hand to The Waiting Room & granted me a bit of Song, by Toad space to post TWR podcasts whilst we swim about in the unemployment bins. Whether this sees a sharp downturn in his traffic we’ll have to wait & see.

You, then, being readers of this worldwiderife infamous blog, are probably aware of my occasional filth & jibber jabber in the comments portal thereunder &, by association, may possibly know what to expect from the ear mollestation what is The Waiting Room — perhaps having tuned in, tuned out & turned off as quickly as it took you to read that.

This week, then, on the show, The Woman of The House (TWoTH to the passengers of Deep Space Nine) & I mouthfart our merry way between such loveliness as Anna & The Family Tree, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Thomas Tantrum, The Republic Tigers, Parenthetical Girls, The Theatre Fire, Kría Brekkan (ex múm), Pale Young Gentlemen, Pete & The Pirates + the ever embedded many, oh so very, more. We also jump on the bandwagon du jour & spin a tune off of the new recording by popular beat combo Mirkinassault.

Added to all that giddiness, we have a rather dodgily realised competition, open to bands/artists/& the like, to write a new theme tune for the show. Christ knows how that one’s going to run, but if you have any musical talent & fancy a stab then aim your blunt instruments this way.

The Waiting Room: 3rd December 2008

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Ta very & huge cheers plus a doff’d fedora to Toad for the assist.

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The Waiting Room is Father Fucking Christmas

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DC is giving away all sorts of goodies on The Waiting Room this week. In fact, he’s giving away all sorts of things that I would rather like to win myself, bar a couple of things which I have already. I was supposed to write this last week, but given it appears I have some sort of Black Belt in Fuckwittery, I managed to miss it by a week. Idiot.

Anyhow, all you have to do is listen to last week’s episode and email DC with the weight, pounds or kilos, of his suitcase when he flew back from the States the other week. The podcast itself is mostly about that trip and the bands he encountered there, so there should be bags of good things to listen to. I’m just downloading it myself, so I’ll be listening in a wee while.

Last week’s Waiting Room – the one with the competition.

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Anyway, the goodies to give away are as follows:

The Builders & Butchers / Loch Lomond split 12″ – signed by The Builders & The Butchers
The Builders & Butchers Debut CD Album – signed by The Builders & The Butchers
Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers T-Shirt – size Adult Medium (US)
Anni Rossi CD Albums Scandia + Insects Kissing
Parethetical Girls 7″ Picture Disc + CD Album Safe As Houses
The Jones Street Boys CD Album Overcome
Or, The Whale CD Album Light Poles & Pines

I can promise you, that Builders & the Butchers album is still the best thing I’ve heard since I tiptoed in to the blogosphere a couple of years ago, and Loch Lomond are brilliant. Samantha Crain is bloody marvellous too, and I’m really looking forward to seeing her at Pickathon in a couple of weeks, and to hearing her new album. When Mrs. Toad and I get drunk, The Builders & the Butchers is pretty much the first thing we reach for in the evening. The only row is whether to play Black Dresses or Spanish Death Song first.

The Builders & the Butchers – Bottom of the Lake
Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers – Bananafish
Loch Lomond – Nothern Knees, Trees, and Lights

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