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Blog Post Archive

Label Markets Are Odd

I really like the Indepedent Label Markets I travel around to on a regular basis, but they are strange things to go to, I have to confess. Meeting devoted fans of our releases in places like London and Inverness who can go through the whole display and point out no more than maybe one or […]

Rob St. John & Woodpigeon Split 10?

It’s taken a while for this to come together, but we can now announce a Split 10? release by Rob St. John and Woodpigeon called Young Sun | Trouble Comes. Released on the 20th April, you can actually pre-order one here and we’ll post them out a wee bit in advance, because for once we’re […]

Garden of Elks Album Launches Tomorrow and Sunday

Yep, that’s right, A Distorted Sigh by Garden of Elks is coming out soon – early April, actually – but the vinyl has arrived and I am collecting the tapes from Glasgow today so if you can catch them at their next couple of shows then you can get a copy slightly ahead of time […]

Wild Al Hotchkiss and His Aquaphibians

 Well umm, this is ace. I know there’s a lot of talk about the music scene in Edinburgh being either great or terrible at the moment, but one thing is for sure: the sheer number of really promising bands knocking around in Glasgow, releasing on tiny-but-excellent labels is really quite something. The first release on […]

Sean Armstrong

 Sean Armstrong is one of those people I tend to refer to as a ‘talented wee shite’. He’s erratic, I guess, and can be a little temperamental, but he’s still been involved in an awful lot of excellent stuff as well as his own self-releases, from The Yawns to Spinning Coin and Passion Pusher, and presumably […]

Song, by Toad at the Easter Independent Label Market in London

That’s right folks, this weekend we shall be down in London for the Independent Label Market at Spitalfields once again. We don’t really have any ‘exclusives’. I mean, we don’t really do exclusives, honestly, we try and make everything as special as we can, and then make it available for everyone. But we do have […]

Kathryn Joseph

 Somewhere in Aberdeen there will be a gentleman slapping his hand to his forehead and shouting ‘Oh for fuck’s sake, Toad’ when this post goes public. I was told about Kathryn Sawyers (at the time) a wee while ago by a pal up there and once again I have been a little slow to get […]

Tryptamines

 I know I can be a bit of judgemental prick when it comes to this kind of thing, but when someone thrusts a copy of their vinyl into your hand at a record fair with a mumbled ‘you might think it’s shit but, er, yeah whatever’ and then shuffles off to the do the same […]

Jonnie Common – Binary 101

Jonnie Common – ‘Binary 101? (Official) from Jonnie Common on Vimeo. It’s been a good wee spell for Jonnie Common. In the wake of his excellent 6Music session with Tom Robinson (starts just over half an hour into this show, if you want to listen back), he’s been playing a series of dates around the country in […]

BEAM

 Instead of stalking young musicians on social media, this particular tip came to me the old-fashioned way: mentioned by a friend in the pub. Retro! Amy MacDougall, who records as BEAM, will be playing what I think is one of her first Edinburgh shows on Friday at Henry’s supporting Viking Moses and Kathryn Joseph (tickets here, […]

digitalanalogue – Be Embraced, You Millions!

digitalanalogue – ID 83846 (Don’t Look Down) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. This week – today in fact – sees the release of the wonderful Be Embraced, You Millions! by digitalanalogue, the largely solo recording project of Ian Turnbull from Broken Records. It’s on limited-run, 12? vinyl in hand-printed sleeves with artwork by Fee […]

Pennycress

 More gems from my various social media feeds here, with a new Glasgow band I first found out about today: Pennycress. Listening to the first couple of tracks it’s easy to think ‘ah right, they’re basically a punk band’, and quite an old school one at that. A lot of the songs on See Us […]

Kill West

 My inbox has been a pretty barren place of late, tip-wise. I suppose there’s just so much in there that even the gems can end up seeming very isolated, so I feel like I am returning to the days of just being a plain old music fan a bit at the moment, and just getting […]

Thicke, Gaye, Apple, Darwin… I Don’t Think Many People Understand How Creativity Actually Works

 After the Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye court case was settled this week it reminded me of something which has niggled away at me since my days as a design engineer, and that is that I don’t think the general public seem to really understand how innovation and creativity actually work. Thicke and Pharrell lost […]

Fucking Hell, Elvis Perkins is Back

Elvis Perkins‘ last album Elvis Perkins in Dearland was released back in something like 2009. That, in case you were wondering, is fucking ages ago. The last I heard, in fact, he had retired from music to write books. This new album snuck out so completely under the radar (it came out a couple of […]

Jonnie Common and Le Thug in London on the 21st March

Yep, along with our pals at Postcards, we are having a bit of a Song, by Toad Records night down in London on Saturday 21st March. Jonnie Common and Le Thug are making the trip down South to play at the Shacklewell Arms in Dalston. You all know both bands pretty well by now I […]

Psychic Soviets

 Ninety percent of the bands I’ve been writing about on Song, by Toad recently have been introduced to me in conversation with James from Passion Pusher, and this is another one. So you can add ‘unoriginal’ to ‘tedious, pompous and alcoholic’ when you tell people about Song, by Toad from now on. Psychic Soviets is guitar […]

Next Week’s BAD FUN: BeckyBecky, FROTH and Chrissy Barnacle

Our next round of BAD FUN shows kicks off next week, with the fantastic Becky Becky coming up from Brighton. I wrote about their debut album a while back – Good Morning Midnight. I know both Pete and Gemma from their respective previous projects (Woodpecker Wooliams and Art Pedro, since you ask) and I really […]

New Garden of Elks Single

Garden of Elks – SWAP from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. The Garden of Elks debut album A Distorted Sigh is coming out on Song, by Toad Records in April, and this is the first single. The video, like the song, cavorts joyously along for a couple of minutes and then packs it in – no […]

The Holy Modal Rounders – Skydivers

Even now, after all this time, I can forget that my parents used to listen to some absolutely mental shit in their day. It’s a thing most of us learn at some point, but still something I seem to manage to forget on a regular basis – probably because when I make compilations for them […]

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