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Archived Since:April 11, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Why EXCLUSIVES!!! Make Me Hate Music

 Jesus Christ these damn things irritate the shit out of me, both as a label and as a blogger. You know what I mean, don’t you? EXCLUSIVE!1!!! FIRST STREAM OF WAYLOR STIFT’S NEW SINGLE ZOMGWOW!!!1! etc etc etc.. Firstly, there’s no such fucking thing as a fucking exclusive. It’s pointless. This is the fucking internet […]

Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust

 Well this is apparently not his best album by any means – so say my Chad VanGaalen-loving friends at least. Funnily enough, though, this is actually the first of his albums I’ve actually sat down with properly and listened through to and my perspective is probably a bit different from theirs. I’ve heard the name […]

Beck – Morning Phase

 Okay, first things first, despite some initial confusion it turns out I am no more than a very occasional Beck fan. You know what I mean: I kept hearing good things about him, bought one album which I thought was fucking incredible, and then kept buying disappointment after disappointment in the mistaken belief that I […]

Adam Faucett – Blind Water Finds Blind Water

Adam Faucett is someone who we discovered on Meursault’s March tour of the States, after SXSW. He played with the band at Boone in North Carolina, which sounds hugely unpromising, but was actually just about the best show of the tour, give or take. On the bill that night were Adam and his band, and […]

Toadcast #304 – The Nearlycast

 So, here we are on August 28th and I have neeeeearly made it through another Pale Imitation Festival. Nearly. We still have tonight’s awesome show with eagleowl, Ian Humberstone and Smackvan, and then the closing party on Saturday with PAWS, Halfrican and Et Tu Brute! and then I will sleep for a week, and lock […]

David Thomas Broughton and Juice Tour

In support of their brilliant new album Sliding the Same Way (out at the end of September on Song, by Toad Records) David Thomas Broughton and Juice Vocal Ensemble will be hitting the road over the course of September, both to promote the release, and also to give you one of the only chances you’ll […]

Michael Cera – True That

 I have to confess I am kind of amazed by this album. There is no reason to assume that a famous actor won’t have musical skills of course, but if you’re my age it does remind you rather worryingly of our generation’s attempts to bridge this particular gap. Russell Crowe’s Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts, […]

Stuart Maconie and the Virtues of Having a Bit of Patience

 It’s a monumentally frustrating business, doing PR. There’s a famous line attributed to one of the pioneers of advertising John Wanamaker which says that “half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, the problem is I don’t know which half.” It’s a bit like that with PR. You just never know what’s worth the effort and the […]

Rick Redbeard

It seems ridiculous, but tomorrow’s Pale Imitation Festival gig is actually going to be the first time I have properly seen Rick Redbeard live. Even more ridiculous when you think that I first became aware of his stuff on MySpace back in about 2006 or 2007. And yet more so when you think that his […]

Please Help Fund a New David Thomas Broughton Documentary

The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton (video pitch & teaser1) from Greg Butler on Vimeo. If you are quick – i.e. take action today – there is a new documentary about David Thomas Broughton which is using Indiegogo to raise funds, and of course we would appreciate any contribution you can make. This isn’t one […]

Toadcast #303 – The Palercast

 So, a little over halfway through the Pale Imitation Festival, and here we are. There are still four gigs to go, with Rick Redbeard, LAW, eagleowl and PAWS headlining (tickets and full details here), and the gigs are only a fiver to get into, which in Edinburgh in August represents a monumental fucking bargain. We […]

Kitchen Disco – Massive Pale Imitation Thanks

 We are ploughing through the shows at a frightening rate, but the Pale Imitation Festival still has four fantastic lineups coming your way before the end of August, with headline slots from Rick Redbeard (this Thursday), LAW (Saturday), eagleowl and PAWS (next week – full lineup details here). The Pale Imitation Festival is mostly about the […]

Plastic Animals

Plastic Animals – Floating from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. I know tonight at the Queen’s Hall is mostly being discussed in terms of being the last ever Meursault show, but of course opening for them are another Song, by Toad band: Plastic Animals. I always thought of Plastic Animals as a band with real […]

Sharptooth

 I didn’t know about Sharptooth, I have to confess, before this year’s Pale Imitation Festival. I asked PAWS who they would like on the bill for their festival-closing slot, and they recommended Sharptooth and Halfrican. Sharptooth couldn’t make that particular date, but they did happen to be around for the show last Saturday with The […]

New release: David Thomas Broughton & Juice – Sliding the Same Way

 Well well, it’s time to formally announce a new album here at Song, by Toad Records. Sliding the Same Way is a collaboration between David Thomas Broughton – who you hopefully know from our latest Split 12? release – and the Juice Vocal Ensemble, and it is absolutely fucking lovely – pre-order one here. It’s another semi-improvised […]

The Leg

The Leg are headlining tonight’s Pale Imitation Festival gig at Henry’s, so I thought I might as well tell you about how they slowly but surely became one of my favourite bands, because it wasn’t something that happened overnight. As I first started to get into local music Bart from eagleowl and Neil from Meursault […]

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 […]

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