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Archived Since:April 11, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Now Wakes the Sea

 Continuing with our profiles of Pale Imitation Festival bands, joining yesterday’s New Fabian Society on the bill with The Leg tomorrow (7th August) at Henry’s will be the fantastic Now Wakes the Sea. Given my constant exhortations not to over-estimate bands on the basis of one or two songs, it’s sort of ironic that I […]

New Fabian Society

 Throughout August I shall mainly be blogging about bands we’ll be putting on at the Pale Imitation Festival. The festival itself is pretty much a live extension of the blog, I suppose, with me basically just booking a bunch of bands I myself most want to see, and that’s basically what I do here with writing, […]

Toadcast #302 – The Palecast

Well as you can probably tell from the graphics and indeed also the title, this is going to just be one long plug for our August antics at the Pale Imitation Festival this year. But, as you will hear me rattling on about, I suppose the label and the gigs are essentially the same as […]

Oh Dear God, Bryan Adams

Yeah, sorry to disappoint you, but I am afraid that this post is heading exactly where you feared it might from the headline. I think most of the truly embarrassing skeletons are out of the closet by now when it comes to my youthful music taste. I’ve been writing this damn blog for over ten […]

Neon Waltz

I’ll probably seem a bit slow to pick up on Neon Waltz, given their appearances at T in the Park and Wickerman this year, and I assume that the ‘ZOMG Scottish music is just all so amazin’‘ frotherati will have been all over them for some time. Nevertheless, I like to take my time with these […]

Los Angeles Police Department Album Approaching

 I  am forever sneering at people hopping up and down claiming to have ‘discovered’ bands, or claiming far too much credit for talented people achieving things in their lives. I don’t know how bad bloggers are for it these days, but back when I started there was a fair bit of that kind of territory-marking […]

Howlin’ Fling

I am not writing a review of this fine festival. It is good. The music is ace. You should go if you can. It’s in Scotland, just off the West Coast. So it will probably rain. In the words of Billy Connolly. “Of course it rained. It’s Scotland. Where did you think you were, fucking Benidorm?” […]

Toadcast #301 – The Bettecast

 As you should well know by now, this is not the Bett-cast, it is the Bettycast, as our ridiculous car is named after Bette Davis, who spelled it Bett but pronounced it Betty. So there. Once again this is a bit of a Rust2Rome retrospective, with ruminations on brake fade in the Alps, grown men […]

Pale Imitation Festival 2014

Well brace yourselves, here we go: the full lineup for the Pale Imitation Festival 2014 has been finalised and can now be announced, tickets can be bought, and giddy excitement can commence. It’s a cheap and cheerful festival of Scottish music, held at Henry’s Cellar Bar over the course of August. Conceived initially as a way to […]

Death to Meursault

 For the eagle-eyed amongst you – or, basically, just those of you with Facebook – you may have noticed the recent announcement that August’s Pale Imitation show at the Queen’s Hall will be the last ever Meursault show. It’s weird, this. There’s a large sense in which it’s none of my business, of course, but […]

Our Third Split 12? Vinyl Is Here!

Yep, that fine, yellow beauty up there is the third in our series of Split 12?s on Song, by Toad Records. You can buy one here, and I recommend you do, because it’s fucking awesome. Of course, I would say that, wouldn’t I. But it’s not just me, we’ve had radio play for this from […]

Off on Rust 2 Rome 2014

Yep, it’s that time of year again, where Mrs. Toad and I clamber into our ludicrous Volvo 940 (above) and venture off with a load of other cars in a quest to drag a car we bought for £350 off eBay all the way from Edinburgh to Rome, via some of the most challenging roads […]

Split 12? v3 Launch Gigs

Our third Split 12? is nearly here, and this one was recorded up at the Insider Festival last year. The festival takes place up in the Highlands, and Nic Rue took some fantastic photos of the recording process, which you can see here. We’ve got a couple of launch nights booked – one for Glasgow […]

The Pale Imitation Festival 2014 is Taking Shape

 I have to confess that when we first conceived the Pale Imitation Festival (like most of the stupid ideas we get involved with it was first suggested whilst sitting in the back garden with a lot of gin) I was prepared for it to be a bit of a damp squib. I don’t mean that out […]

Toadcast #300 – The Brazilcast

 Wow, our 300th podcast! But honestly, I celebrated the 200th and the 250th I think, so celebrating again, a mere fifty podcasts later, seems a bit hollow. So Yay Me! for sticking at it, and Yay You! for continuing to listen to this pish, but I guess I should really keep quiet now until number […]

England: Not Great at Football, but That’s Fine

 So, after two narrow defeats to Italy and Uruguay, England are probably out of the World Cup. Not absolutely definitively out, but in all probability that’s it for this year. Ah well. Honestly though, as an England fan, I don’t really mind going out like that. We played two very good sides, had a real […]

The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton

The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton (teaser trailer1) from Greg Butler on Vimeo. I suppose this would be a good idea to quietly mention the David Thomas Broughton and Juice Vocal Ensemble album we’re going to be releasing in September (there’s a track from it on our current sampler). And perhaps subtly hint at the […]

3rd Song, by Toad Split 12?, with David Thomas Broughton, Jonnie Common, Siobhan Wilson & Sparrow and the Workshop

  This is the first song from our third Split 12” – Dear God by Siobhan Wilson. Pre-order the album on clear yellow vinyl here. The third in our Split 12” series seemed set to be rather different to the first couple. I was talking to Gordon from the Insider Festival in the Bailie in Edinburgh […]

Ten Years of Song, by Toad – Why Do I Fucking Bother?

 First things first: the answer to the above question is that I have absolutely no fucking idea why I bother. Secondly: I have absolutely no idea if I’ve been doing this for exactly ten years, but I know it’s roughly there or thereabouts. It may not have a date stamp, but the first review I […]

Toadcast #299 – Eef Barzelay Toad Session

Eef Barzelay Toad Session from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. Video – Vimeo – YouTube Photos – Flickr Session tracks - Soundcloud – zip download (right click – save as) Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page)...Show More Summary

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