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Strange Lords

This is fucking brilliant. I was sent it in July last year, and it only appear on the site now, six months later, but so the fuck what. I’m just glad I didn’t miss it altogether. Waylon Thornton you might remember from his solo work, as well as stuff with Waylon Thornton and the Heavy […]

Heavy Drag

Remember Lil Daggers? We did an album, an EP and a split 7? with them, and they are one of the very few non-Scottish bands we’ve ever released. They were based in Miami, made nasty, nasty swampy psychedelic rock songs (actually, if they were releasing nowadays the Modern British Hipster would fucking love them) and […]

James Blunt is Funny, but He is Also Totally Wrong

 Alright, we all know about this already, right? Labour MP Chris Bryant said something about not wanting an art world dominated by the (very posh) likes of Eddie Redmayne and James Blunt, and then in characteristic fashion James Blunt wrote an open letter (those fucking things seem to make up about 40% of the fucking […]

Numbers Are Futile Sign to Song, by Toad Records

Well anyone who has heard our new sampler for this year, Song, by Toad’s Magic Beanz, or has listened to a recent podcast or has erm, met me down the pub, knew this already, but Edinburgh’s fantastic Numbers Are Futile are going to be releasing their debut album on Song, by Toad Records this year. […]

Number Are Futile Sign to Song, by Toad Records

Well anyone who has heard our new sampler for this year, Song, by Toad’s Magic Beanz, or has listened to a recent podcast or has erm, met me down the pub, knew this already, but Edinburgh’s fantastic Numbers Are Futile are going to be releasing their debut album on Song, by Toad Records this year. […]

Toadcast #312 – The Resolvecast

 So, with the first podcast of the year I suppose I should be doing New Year’s Resolutions, right? I guess I do have some, sort of, for a change. Firstly, I didn’t exactly keep on top of the label admin well enough last year – particularly the accounts – so that really does need to […]

Supermoon, Wolf & Ryan Van Winkle

Meursault ceased to exist in late 2014, but then there was Supermoon. And no-one really knew what that was, apart from NOTMeursault, but since then we have start to see new bits and pieces cropping up which might give us a few hints. Firstly, there are the cartoons which have been appearing on Instagram. They […]

My Invisible Friend

 Given the musical disconnect between the UK and a lot of our European neighbours, I am always slightly curious when we seem to see eye to eye on certain genres. Britain and Sweden are indiepop cousins, for example, and our mutual love of excruciatingly pretentious atmospheric cinemascapes brings us and Iceland wonderfully close together. Germany […]

The Music Industry Isn’t Fake, It Just Isn’t What You Think It Is

I watched the above ‘exposé’ and I can imagine it is intended to be shocking. And I can imagine, I suppose, that for some people it might be pretty shocking, although I doubt very many of them read this blog. In short, every – and I mean every – record in mainstream pop is auto-tuned […]

Song, by Toad’s Albums of the Year 2014 1-5

Okay okay, before we get down to the serious business of 2015 (and there’s really rather a lot of that piling up already), I suppose I should clear the decks of one last thing before I can declare 2014 done and dusted and that is my favourite albums of the year list. I can only […]

2015: Let’s Get on With This Shit

 Ah man, one more alcoholic mini-apocalypse until 2015 starts in earnest and I dunno, 2014 was probably our best year yet at Song, by Toad, but I am cautiously looking forward to 2015 and hoping it might be better. We have most of the year’s releases planned out and ready to go already – or […]

Song, by Toad’s Albums of the Year 2014 6-10

 Welcome to the latest instalment in what must surely be the most hotly-anticipated of all of the end of year lists which thunder towards us as this time of year with all the unavoidable, wild-eyed hysteria of a flock of panicking sheep. Actually, that’s maybe not fair, is it. Actually, I think I’ve probably missed […]

Song, by Toad’s Albums of the Year 2014 11-20

 Welcome to Song, by Toad’s brief tuppence tossed into the swirling whirlpool of List Season. I know everyone writes these lists and mine isn’t exactly going to overthrow the status quo, but I think mine tends to be a little different, so I hope you’ll find it worthwhile. Most of the big sites are offering […]

Song, by Toad’s New Year’s House Gig

Umm, that’s about it, really. Party. Pop music. Gin. And Bart Owl and Neil Moon will be providing non-specific musical entertainments. Don’t ask – I have no idea. Also, it’s a fiver to get in, so we can pay the band. Because we’re nice like that.

Happy Christmas: Song, by Toad’s MAGIC BEANZ!

Welcome to Song, by Toad’s MAGIC BEANZ! This is a wee sampler of six new band’s we’ll be working with this year – a complete rejuvenation of the label, in many ways. We’ll be releasing stuff by our more established collaborators of course, but 2015 will be dominated by the new people. Free mp3 download (right-click, save as) […]

David Thomas Broughton – Wintertime Songs 2014

 There aren’t many people I would trust to make a Christmas song, or indeed even a recording of an existing one. Generally it just seems wrong, but this three-song Bandcamp release by David Thomas Broughton is absolutely fucking great. Generally I find over cynical Christmas songs to be just plain unsuitable, but I mostly like […]

Toadcast #311 – Virgin of the Birds Toad Session

Virgin of the Birds Toad Session from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. Photos – Flickr Video – Vimeo – YouTube Session tracks - Soundcloud – zip download (right click – save as) Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page) Virgin of the Birds first started to become part of the Toad family when he played our first ever New Year’s House Gig back […]

Song, by Toad Records’ Year in Review

Phew, fucking hell, nearly there! Another year comes careering to an end, with little in the sense of control, planning or even semi-coherence to sellotape it all together. One thing, though, it’s been a fucking great year. Not a single other label out there has come close to matching the kind of stuff we’ve put […]

Krill – Lucky Leaves

 Krill (I think it’s just one guy) seems to be doing pretty well in the States, with features in Stereogum and Pitchfork and some high-profile support slots to their name, but they still feel like a fledgling band just finding their way. Their Bandcamp page suggests that they’ve been around for a couple of years […]

Hot Lunch – Drew Bought a Computer

 Yet more garage rock for me (irrespective of the actual presence or otherwise of a real life garage in the making of this music), and I suppose me liking this album is going to surprise absolutely no-one, but ummm… well it’s really good, so you should have a listen. The band apparently broke up several […]

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