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Some Exciting Releases Coming Up

It’s been a quiet start to the year in terms of album releases and the like, but there are a couple of things on the horizon about which I am most excited. Nervous too, in a sense, because these are bands of whom I am a long-time fan, and in one case a personal friend, […]

Dead Katz/Passion Pusher Split Tape

 Due to our extensive research department here at Song, by Toad I know basically nothing at all about Dead Katz, apart from the fact their their Facebook page says they’re from a small town in California I’ve never heard of, and that they describe this town as ‘shitty’. I heard about them because of a […]

Toadcast #290 – Old Earth Toad Session

Video – Vimeo – YouTube Photos – Flickr Session tracks - Soundcloud – zip download (right click – save as) Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page) Todd Umhoefer from Old Earth came to Scotland on a sort...Show More Summary

If I’m Recording, I’m Not Writing

That sounds so massively bloody obvious as to not really be worth saying, doesn’t it, but I mean it in a more specific way than just not being able to do two things at the same time.  You may not notice it around the Toad Sessions, because they are relatively brief, but I would imagine […]

Magic Eye – Babylon

 Ah, bands. Such contrary bastards! Magic Eye, you may remember, featured on our second Split 12? record, released in April last year. They played gorgeous, crystal clear, dreamy pop tunes, and seemed very much in tune with the zeitgeist and possibly on the verge of good things. Well, to me anyway, although as we’ve seen, […]

Toadcast #289 – The Monkeycast

 Tomorrow morning we start recording the new Meursault album: The Organ Grinder’s Monkey. The only problem is, we have no idea whatsoever what’s going to be on this album, just yet, but we’re going to have a go nevertheless. The album is actually being fan-funded, so we thought it should probably also be fan-chosen, so […]

Passenger Peru & Fleeting Youth Records

 As well as Soft Power, another tiny label with an excellent back catalogue is the relatively new Fleeting Youth Records.  Like Soft Power they already have an extensive Bandcamp page of interesting stuff, although Fleeting Youth do have the advantage of coming from the relative musical mecca of Austin, Texas, rather than an East Lothian […]

Chalk and Numbers – Cassette Compilation

 I know I grouse sometimes about Edinburgh being a bit of a musical outpost, as far as the world of music is concerned, but at least we’re still a relatively big city. Imagine running a record label from somewhere like Livingston – i mean, just imagine! Well somebody does, and those somebodies are the team […]

How The Organ Grinder’s Monkey is Shaping Up

 So, we’re about a week in The Organ Grinder’s Monkey project, and where do we stand? As a reminder, this is a crowd-funded, crowd-chosen album by Meursault, released pretty much NOW through Kickstarter, to help fund the band’s trip to SXSW 2014 and subsequent US tour. In short, if you chip in you get a […]

ALBUM STREAM: The Toad Sessions

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 […]

Meursault – The Organ Grinder’s Monkey

Help us send Meursault to SXSW by picking the tunes on their next album. You have just over two weeks to chip in, and in doing so you get to vote for five songs – Meursault tunes or covers. The highest voted songs will be recorded for The Organ Grinder’s Monkey, Meursault’s next album, which […]

Dean Wareham has a Solo Album on the Way

 He’s a funny one, Dean Wareham. Unlike a lot of the indie rock fanboys around at the moment, I never really knew Galaxie 500 during their heyday. This is daft, because I love the music and I am the right age, but we only really had MTV in Austria and I just never heard of […]

Yesterday, Perhaps – Songs of the Kitchen Cynics

 This is an internet-defyingly brilliant album, which I can’t find to buy anywhere, and I can’t find any digital samples of to share with you to convince you just how fucking ace it is. But honestly, it’s incredible. It is in fact one of those albums I first heard, thought ‘what on earth is going […]

Sometimes I am Grateful for My Own Nepotism

I know nepotism is one of the most derided aspects of the music industry, and I can understand that, I really can. It can be intensely frustrating watching the whole industry revolve around its little centres, knowing that being out in the sticks here in Edinburgh puts us at a massive disadvantage. And that’s just […]

Toadcast #288 – Song, by Toad Records 2014

Welcome to our sneak preview of Song, by Toad Records’ plans for 2014. For the most part this is the exact track listing in the exact order of the free sampler we’ll be putting up for download soon, although there are a couple of little tweaks. I’ve even snuck in a special wee preview of […]

Album stream: Virgin of the Birds – Abandoned Love

Yep, it’s time for a new free album stream from our fifth anniversary box set (available here, if you fancy one). This is actually a compilation made from a series of EPs Virgin of the Birds released on Bandcamp a few years ago. I always thought the songs were too good to just be consigned […]

David Thomas Broughton – UnAbleTo

 I love David Thomas Broughton, and it seems a bit weird to be reviewing an album by someone we’re going to be working with later in the year. Nevertheless, just after we started discussing releasing his records over here I got an email from a very interesting-looking label in Portland called Antiquated Future about a […]

Broken Records – New Album Pledge Project

After a (fairly) long quiet period, our pals Broken Records are back in the saddle, with a crowd-funded EP and album project up on PledgeMusic. Honestly, this post was supposed to help them in their fundraising, but given they have raised 99% of their goal and still have almost 120 days to go, something tells […]

Alan Smithee

 With the excellent Soft Power Records making their home there, and now this lot, maybe the ‘ha ha ha, right, a band from Livingston’ shit really has to change. One of my favourite Scottish bands, The Scottish Enlightenment, are from Dunfermline, Stonehaven has half a dozen cracking bands to its name (albeit mostly composed of […]

Toadcast #287 – The Hibercast

Yep 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 […]

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