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ALBUM STREAM: The Toad Sessions

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I think it’s fair to say that the Toad Sessions are one of the things we’ve done since starting this whole enterprise of which I am the most proud. I just, honestly, think they are way better than almost all other internet sessions. It’s not about our ‘one gimmick’, we ask the band about some of their favourite music, we do a nice big long interview with them,  we give them really nice recordings at the end of it – it feels to me like our sessions are more genuinely about the band than most others.

It feels more like a benefit to the band than most others out there too, and there’s none of this ‘hahaha, here’s a session from the back of a chip shop in Shoreditch – wahey!’ nonsense, which I have to confess I am starting to find really annoying.

Having said that, that appears to be pretty much my opinion and my opinion alone. The sessions and the accompanying videos are actually some of the least popular material we publish, judging by the stats. I tend to ignore stats anyway, however, so don’t worry they won’t be going away just because people don’t seem as interested as I would have expected. I hate people who point to stats when it comes to things like music. I think you should have some fucking courage in your creative convictions in this industry, and in a way I guess the Toad Sessions are one of the most obvious ways I try and do that.

You can see them all on their own dedicated site too, if you fancy a browse and still have some time to kill this Friday afternoon…

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Toadcast #287 – The Hibercast

tagYep I feel a bit like I’m emerging from hibernation at the moment. Something about the way Christmas and New Year fell this year completely obliterated two weeks, and this week has been spent mostly trying to slow the levels of alcohol intake from Oliver Reed levels down to about George Best ones.

I’ve also been trying to force my sleep patterns to return to something vaguely resembling normality as well. I have been an absolutely appalling weakling in the face of that ‘oh just one more episode’ syndrome you develop when you have access to entire series of TV shows at once, so I’ve been staying up until five and six in the morning watching one absolutely terrible TV show after another.

I can’t even claim it was something decent like The Wire or Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, it’s all been absolutely dismally shallow and repetitive crime and supernatural series. Fucking dreadful. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MY BRAIN? Anyhow, you can see how I am having a little bit of trouble getting back into gear for the new year, can’t you.  Fucking hell, WAKE UP, BOY!

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01. Clem Snide – Delight (00.22)
02. The Left Outsides – The Third Light (04.47)
03. Brown Brogues – Split Disc (Toad Session) (11.17)
04. Samantha Crain – Paint (14.39)
05. Water of Life – Sources and Springs/Abercrombie, 1949 (21.57)
06. Falling Stacks – White Wild Hare (27.37)
07. Waylon Thornton – Mustache (33.42)
08. Deathcats – Cowabunga Surf Jam (35.32)
09. The Twilight Sad – The Wrong Car (Live with the RSNO) (41.50)
10. Clem Snide – The Ballad of St. Paull (51.24)
11. Mothersday – Motion Sickness (59.25)

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Samantha Crain Signs to Full Time Hobby

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I don’t generally do announcements on this blog – that tends to be kept for my Tumblr – but Samantha Crain is someone Mrs. Toad and I first met back in 2008 and someone with whom I conducted one of my first ever interviews. We got on really well with her, and when she was in the UK a year and a half ago we put her on at Henry’s Cellar Bar and recorded a Toad Session at our house.

And now, some three albums into her career, she finally has a UK record deal, and with none other than the incredible Full Time Hobby. Given they release the absolutely phenomenal Micah P. Hinson and Timber Timbre, Full Time Hobby are one of the very few labels for whom I genuinely have Roster Envy (it’s a legitimate medical condition, just ask anyone who’s ever run a record label) so it’s brilliant news that Sam has ended up there. They’ll be releasing her latest album Kid Face in early January along with a free five-song bonus EP, and have released For the Miner as a free download to heighten everyone’s anticipation.

It’s nice, honestly – nice to see someone progress like this and get good news. People come and go so fast in the music industry that there’s genuine satisfaction to be had when someone sticks around, and crops up again in your life a few years later, so good luck to Sam and her new label for the release.

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Toadcast #276 – The Autumncast

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Yep, a couple of days into September and Scotland really has decided that it’s Autumn now, all of a sudden it’s fucking Autumn. Cold, crappy rain, wind, all the usual fun and games. Season OVER! We are into shitty territory now, just you accept it!

Anyhow, I have never figured out whether good (more likely to leave the house) or bad weather (more likely to want to be inside in a venue) weather is more likely to lead to good gig attendances, but I suppose it’s always nice to have the excuse either way if no-one turns up to your gig.

One nice thing about the weather turning shitty, of course, is that the fucking builders who repaired our roof – Traditional Roofing and Building – whilst excellent in every other respect, managed to paint my office windows shut and are ignoring my requests to come out and fix them. So at least if it’s cold I won’t just be sat up here fucking sweltering all day. Enjoy the tunes!

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01. Temple Songs – Passed Caring (00.16)
02. John Murry – Southern Sky (07.45)
03. Sparrow and the Workshop – Odessa (remixed by White Label) (15.47)
04. Samantha Crain – For the Miner (23.57)
05. Vandaveer – Poor Edward (29.27)
06. Stefan Noons – Signals (35.26)
07. Playlounge – Grandma Death (40.01)
08. The Hundredth Anniversary – Last Drive (43.02)
09. Monster Rally – Orchids (48.44)
10. Califone – Move Music Kills a Kiss (54.23)

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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)

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Friday’s Fives – 25th January 2013

Samantha Crain – It’s Simple (Toad Session) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.

Afternoon, and happy Friday.  Welcome back to the Friday Fives, where I find five sometimes interesting, mostly frivolous thing which I have happened across on the internet this week and slap them up here for a bit of time-wasting Friday afternoon fun.

In the comments please feel free to add any daft shit you’ve come up with because… well, because I certainly have no intention of doing anything productive the afternoon, do you?

1. Samantha Crain Toad Session coming up.

Yep, after the scandalous passage of over a year I am finally almost ready to publish this session.  The first couple of videos are already up on Vimeo, and Dylan Matthews‘ photos are up on Flickr.  The rest of the session will be published next week.

2. 5 Staples of the Legal System Statistics Say Don’t Work.

I know I keep telling you to read Cracked, but have a look at that link above and you might see why.  Or perhaps you might decide you never want to read it again.

3. Now Wakes the Sea Burns Album

Generally speaking I have little to no interest in Burns Night, although whisky and haggis are both excellent things.  But late last night this little gem appeared on Bandcamp, and it’s bloody brilliant.  Now Wakes The Sea’s Fluoxetine Morning is in my top five albums of 2012, and this is a fine record of music based on the poetry of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns.

4. Homemade Dry Ice Bubble Bursting

This guy’s sciencey illusions are bloody amazing.  The one below is pretty impressive, and he has a Best of 2012 on his YouTube page as well.

5. President Obama Being Heckled by Muppets?  Oh yes!

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Toadcast #257 – The Plumbcast

post tag The Plumbcast is so named because we are currently having an awful time with plumbers. My flat in Leith has a leak into the flat below and we’ve had three different fucking plumbers out to look at the thing and they just can’t find anything wrong. Couple that with a general lack of desire to take on a difficult job – and after all why would you when there are far easier jobs out there for good money – and we are having a godawful fucking time with the plumbers of Edinburgh and the moment.

Anyhow, domestic frustrations aside, this is a fine podcast of, for once, the very best new music.  I know I am usually all over the place when it comes to the timely playing of exciting new songs, but I think this week’s playlist is fairly on the ball for a change.  I have stuff from the new Pictish Trail and Rick Redbeard albums – both out around now – new tunes by Anna-Anna and The Leisure Society, and a couple of fresh from the vine Toad Session recordings.

Yep, we are the new NME. Probably.

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01. The Yawns – Butterfleyes (00.20)
02. The Leisure Society – The Sober Scent of Paper (07.03)
03. Woodpecker Wooliams – Crow (Toad Session) (13.20)
04. Samantha Crain – Churchill (Toad Session) (17.56)
05. Anna-Anna – Marianne Will Live Forever (24.37)
06. Meursault – Dearly Distracted (Seb Reynolds Remix) (30.42)
07. Rick Redbeard – Any Way I Can (39.45)
08. The Pictish Trail – I Will Pour it Down (45.06)
09. Roy’s Iron DNA – Under My Skin (51.24)
10. Old Earth – Nonetitled (58.19)

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Toadcast #202 – The Saxcast

 First things first, I must inevitably apologise for the horrendous lateness of this podcast.  Between my mum visiting, the gig on Sunday and the Samantha Crain Toad Session we recorded on Monday there just hasn’t been enough time to catch up.

It’s that end of year time, too, when lists are being made, accounts submitted, the last releases of the year tended to and plans for next year being finalised, so just when I thought that I could coast into Christmas, it turns out I actually have just as much work now as at any other time of the year.  Ah well, whinge whinge, etc.

This podcast is called the Saxcast because I happened to be listening to Timber Timbre the other night, and one of their songs features the saxophone quite heavily.  It occurred to me at the time that not only does almost no-one use that instrument at the moment, but despite the eighties ending over twenty years ago, it still seems almost completely taboo, within the kind of musical circles I move in anyway.  Needless to say, this was all it took for me to devote an entire podcast to the instrument.

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01. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band – It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City (Live) (00.27)
02. Timber Timbre – Do I Have Power (09.02)
03. Quiet Americans – Summer House (16.54)
04. Samantha Crain – Two Sidedness (20.02)
05. Hazel O’Connor – Will You (25.09)
06. Woodenbox – Twisted Mile (33.42)
07. Monster Rally & RumTum – Raindrops (39.53)
08. My Tiny Robots – Guild of Defiants (42.37)
09. David Tattersall – The Typewriter Ribbon (47.51)
10. Mark Knopfler – Going Home (Theme From Local Hero) (58.30)

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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 21st November 2011

Well one thing’s for sure, live in Edinburgh this week will very much not be me.  I have a rather nasty flu/tonsillitis throat infection thingy (I’m not a doctor so I am not sure which, but you know the kind of thing I mean) and it means that swallowing is extraordinarily painful, even if it is gin.

I am not sure that soaking the paracetamol in alcohol particularly aids in its efficacy either, but as I said, I am not a doctor.

We, of course, have our next Ides of Toad gig on Sunday, when the awesome Withered Hand, Samantha Crain and Mike MacFarlane will be at Henry’s.  I should also point out that I am selling tickets to the Song, by Toad Christmas Party for a mere £8 at the moment, but that price will disappear sometime this afternoon, so if you want the cheap tickets better get ‘em now, otherwise it will cost you the (still extremely good value for money) sum of £10. Go here to get yourself sorted out for the finest carnival of Christmas piss-artistry to be had in Edinburgh.

However, until then, here is some stuff to keep you entertained in Edinburgh this week:

[Edit: fuck fuck fuck, I forgot that Alex Cornish has a full band plus strings show at Cabaret Voltaire on Thursday 24th.]

Monday 21st November 2011: Rozi Plain, Jamie Harrison & This is the Kit at the Electric Circus.

I am not sure if I am even going to end up getting this posted in time for you to scoot down to the Electric Circus and catch this, but if a Fence Records/Red Deer Club one-two isn’t enough enticement then umm… well, you deserve the X-Factor or whatever it is you end up doing instead.

Rozi Plain – The Lang Toun (James Yorkston Cover)

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Thursday 24th November 2011: Django Django, The Marvels & Snide Rhythms at Sneaky Pete’s.

Django Django were absolutely all over the radio about a year and a half ago, and they’ve been quietly recording their debut album ever since.  Judging from the songs we’ve heard so far, it should be very good indeed.  They are a little like Jonnie Common in the sense that the music they make may be rather experimental in terms of its constituent components, but the end result is pure pop (although I’d be tempted to say that the similarity ends there). This stuff even gets me wanting to dance.  Yes, you read that right, even me.

Django Django – Waveforms

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Saturday 26th November 2011: Lach’s Fort comes to Le Monde.

It’s a very, very odd place to do it, but when you’re looking to put on an event which is a little different to what a place is used to, then picking a surprising venue could just end up working in its favour.  Lach is bringing his New York night to Edinburgh, with film, esoteric DJing and live performances from Seafieldroad, Lee Patterson, Emily Scott, head BMX Bandit Duglas T. Stewart, comedian Chloe Phillip and more.

Sunday 27th November 2011: Withered Hand, Samantha Crain & Mike MacFarlane play the Ides of Toad at Henry’s Cellar Bar.

I am really looking forward to this.  Apart from the excellence, the humour and the pathos of Withered Hand, I am really looking to Sam Crain’s first Edinburgh gig.  I first me her at Pickathon in Portland in something like 2008, and we’ve pretty much had this gig in mind ever since.  He voice is amazing, and her songs are absolutely gorgeous.  Mike MacFarlane is a relative newcomer, but having seen him for the first time at the Antihoot this Summer I am really interested to see more.

Withered Hand – Providence

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Samantha Crain – We Are the Same

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Mike MacFarlane – Waltz

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Sunday 27th November 2011: Loch Lomond, The Last of Barrett’s Privateers & Pronto Mama at Sneaky Pete’s.

Loch Lomond’s new album is out now on Chemikal Underground, and having played here a couple of times, they are back with something approaching a full band (although like many bands I know and love, establishing what, exactly, their standard, full lineup is isn’t entirely straightforward). They’ll be joined by impressive Edinburgh folkies The Last of Barrett’s Privateers and Pronto Mama, about whom I have to confess to knowing more or less nothing, sorry.

Loch Lomond – Elephants & Little Girls (Toad Session)

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Toadcast #201 – The Cakecast

 Cakecast? Yes, the Cakecast, because I turn thirty-six today, and in the absence of a real cake and in honour of the fact that I have a gig tonight at the Wee Red and will hence be working, I decided that at least a picture of some cake was in order. I don’t worry about age particularly, but I have to confess that thirty-six sounds suspiciously more like ‘nearly forty’ than it does like ‘thirty-something’.  Curse you time and your unrelentingly linear nature!

Anyhow, as I said, tonight we have Gummy Stumps, Weird Era and Battery Face at the Wee Red Bar for a fiver, so those of you wishing to come along and help me get pished and make a fool of myself will have plenty of opportunity to do so.  A can of Red Stripe will do the trick, there’s none of your fancy micro-brew pish at the Wee Red.

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01. Clem Snide – Happy Birthday (00.16)
02. The Quiet Americans – Be Alone (07.10)
03. Bottle of Evil – The Boatman (11.52)
04. Tropic of Cancer – Distorted Horizon (15.55)
05. Islet – This Fortune (21.20)
06. Samantha Crain – Traipsing Through the Isles (Daytrotter Session) (29.54)
07. Bos Angeles – Beach Slalom (35.16)
08. Ghost Outfit – I Was Good When I Was Young (38.11)
09. The Sleepy Jackson – Tell the Girls That I’m Not Hanging Out (49.29)
10. The Louche FC – Hands (56.42)

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